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by Douglas Newby, Real Estate Broker

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President and Mrs. Bush’s New Home?

As a real estate broker in Dallas, Texas, the question inevitably comes up, where are the president and first lady buying a home in Dallas?  More often the question comes in the form of “Is it true the President and Mrs. Bush have purchased a specific property?” and then they state the location of a mansion or an incredibly expensive lot.  Often, any question gives way to a statement:  “I understand the Bushes are moving to such and such house.”  Their confidence in the specific location of the President’s new home comes from knowing people in high places or from a Realtor or from what they have read or heard.  For several years, I have commented that I had no idea where President and Mrs. Bush will be moving, but have mentioned I did not think the rumor of the moment was accurate because the President and Mrs. Bush had not started looking for a house yet.

President and Mrs. Bush Have Chosen Home

In September the search became much more public with the President and First Lady mentioning they were actively looking for a house in Dallas.  The inquiries I received from the local and national media became more frequent.  I have continued to dispel rumors that did not seem likely, always with the caveat that I have never asked the President or First Lady or any of their friends or any officials in high places which home they might purchase.  More important, no one has told me which house they are buying.  So my thoughts on their next house is just based on President and Mrs. Bush’s public comments and my knowledge of the real estate market in Highland Park and Preston Hollow.

Criteria for Dallas Estate Home

• First, the President and Mrs. Bush have said very specifically they are moving to the city of Dallas which rules out Highland Park.

• They already have a large piece of property and home in Crawford, not far from Dallas, so it makes sense for a Dallas residence to be smaller and easy to manage.

• Mrs. Bush has shown a great deal of interest in architecture from her work in restoring the White House and she has always had a great interest in art.

• The Secret Service surely needs some sort of accommodations close by.

• A secluded street offers less intrusion and more protection.

• Estate properties surrounding the home would also provide more privacy and protection than small clustered homes.

• Any home will be presumably modified, but a home ready to move into would be a great advantage to a family that has very busy lives.

• They lived in Preston Hollow previously.

• From their house in Crawford and previous home, the President and First Lady have excellent taste, avoiding extraneous architectural exuberance.

Why the Above Preston Hollow Home Could be the Next One for President and Mrs. Bush

The casual photograph of the home above is the type of home that would fit the above criteria.  On a secluded street the home is attractive in an understated way.  It is between 4,800 and 5,800 square feet on a standard size estate lot, so it is substantial but not in any way ostentatious.  In fact, it would be one of the smaller homes in the estate area.

As many Preston Hollow homes, this home also enjoys a separate living area and quarters linked to the garage and house which might be convenient for the Secret Service.  The home also enjoys the benefit of large estate properties in close proximity increasing privacy and is also close to a modestly priced home that most likely will end up being purchased and used for the Secret Service.

In the last six months this home appraised for approximately $2.6 million which would make it on the low end of the home prices in the estate area.  This particular house has been cleverly renovated, introducing a more contemporary aesthetic, making it perfect for the President and Mrs. Bush’s art collection and yet it has traditional lines that create a pleasing environment for antiques.

My discussion of this home is only as a point of reference for discussing what type of home President and Mrs. Bush have purchased in Dallas.  I am confident that wherever they move to in Dallas they will be greeted warmly and make a great contribution to the city.

10 Responses to “President and Mrs. Bush’s New Home?”

  1. David Fuller Says:

    Douglas,

    I think your analysis is correct about Preston Hollow, although I’ve thought Bluffview would also fit their needs nicely.

    When I lived in Midland in the 1980’s I was familiar with the Bush home and it was very unpretentious. What people fail to understand about these people is that they don’t like to make a big splash. They want to live comfortably and with adequate space, but making a big impression is not what is important to them.

    I’m glad to see you still have 5569 Nakoma Drive listed on your website.

    Nancy and I still owe you a dinner at our new place.

    David

  2. Michele Says:

    I am impressed you identified the new Bush house before media realized it had been purchased. Great insight!

    Michele

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  4. Meghan, FL Says:

    I truly wish for President & Mrs. Bush a wonderful life in their new home… they certainly deserve it after the fishbowl life in Washington & as TX Governor. Thanks to George W Bush for keeping America Safe for 7 years. May they have only sunny happy days ahead. May God Bless them.

  5. Keith from Nebraska Says:

    I wish the outgoing president and first Lady the best. We thank them for keeping our country safe. We are very concerned about our safety from this day forward. We will be praying each and every day that our country stays safe.I have a cousin that lives in Dallas. Nice home Mr. & Mrs. Bush!! Keep in touch.
    Keith

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  7. Neil Robertson Says:

    10141 Daria Place in Mayflower Estates of Preston Hollow, in case you the reader have been in a cave for the last 2 weeks, is indeed the new Dallas residence for W and Laura. Being tucked into the northwest corner perimeter of Tom Hicks estate, I wonder if Tom will allow an easement in his property line so W can get his daily 3 miles in on Hicks 25 acres without having to leave Daria proper? The only question remaining is whether the street security gate will go up at the intersection of Daria Place and Daria Drive or at Daria Drive and Meaders Lane. If the latter, the eight or so homes on Daria Drive will benefit greatly from significantly increased property values by living in a de facto gated community.

  8. DeeVee Says:

    I am very pleased President and Mrs. Bush chose to come “home” to Texas, and I am assured that the residents and surrounding community in the Mayflower Estates will respect their privacy and safety. The Bush family deserves relief from the immature media and the uninformed. DeeVee

  9. Big Davve Says:

    Nice job on picking the president’s new home before it was announced! To President and Mrs. Bush, thank you for keeping us safe for the last eight years and good luck on your retirement! I truly believe that history will eventually judge you as an excellent president.

  10. constance pipperr Says:

    I wish that where ever you have “landed”, you will be happy and have some peace in life.
    Thank you for your service in the White House.
    Real name
    Connie

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