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by Douglas Newby, Real Estate Broker

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Owner of Crespi/Hicks Estate Decides to Retain Land for Next Architect-Designed Home

Crespi/Hicks Estate with private drive to formal motor court and informal motor court
Crespi/Hicks Estate with private drive to formal motor court and informal motor court

When in negotiations with a buyer who desired the entire 25.25 acres, the owners of the Crespi/Hicks Estate determined that they could not find land as appealing as their current land, so they have chosen to retain part of the land for a home they are having designed.  This gives a buyer the opportunity to purchase the 42,500 square foot estate home on 12 acres.  There has also been discussion regarding creating a few magnificent estate lots that are removed but relate to the Crespi/Hicks Estate Home.  The expansive 13 acres would provide the only private estate park setting in Dallas, befitting the finest architect-designed estate homes.  This estate home plan would allow the 42,500 square foot Crespi/Hicks Estate home on 12 acres of land to be purchased separately.

The Crespi/Hicks Estate on 12 Acres of Land Characterizes the Aesthetic of the Estate Home

Forest and paths are included in the 9 acres of land surrounding the Crespi/Hicks Estate
Forest and paths are included in the 12 acres of land surrounding the Crespi/Hicks Estate

The Crespi/Hicks Estate home – main house, guest house, and pool house – is being offered for sale with twelve acres of land, which includes the forest, creek and stone bridges, meadow, formal and informal gardens that characterize the site, refinement, and aesthetic of the original design by architect Maurice Fatio, the renovation design by international architect Peter Marino, and London based landscape architect Arabella Lennox-Boyd.

Crespi/Hicks Estate Represents the Best Value of any Estate Home Offered for Sale

Guest house garden looking at master bedroom balcony of Crespi/Hicks Estate
Guest house garden looking at master bedroom balcony of Crespi/Hicks Estate

The Crespi/Hicks Estate represents the finest architecture designed by some of the worlds greatest architects. The property represents the best estate land in Dallas. Mayflower Estates is the best neighborhood in the estate area of the city.

Finest Architecture

View of the guest house from the pool house
View of the guest house from the pool house

All three structures that comprise the 42,500 square foot Crespi/Hicks Estate home – the main house, guest house, and pool house – and are linked by gardens are architectural achievements unmatched by any other home in the United States built in the last few decades.  The price for the home on 12 to 25 acres represents the best value on a square foot measurement or aesthetic measurement of any estate home offered for sale.

Best Estate Land

Crespi/Hicks Estate placed in front of creek and forest
Crespi/Hicks Estate placed in front of creek and forest

Most large estate homes are built on multiple lots that have been pieced together to create enough land for a large home.  The original Crespi Estate land was originally selected specifically for its topography, creek, forest and because it is a site that would naturally and gracefully embrace a magnificent home.  From the winding approach to the rugged and refined outdoor spaces, no other Dallas property has the depth of enchantment.

Best Location in Estate Area

Small neighborhood lake
Small neighborhood lake

Mayflower Estates is the best location in the estate area.  Even with the seller retaining land for their next architect-designed home, this small, intimate neighborhood remains the location of the two largest estate properties.  The charm, seclusion, and security of the neighborhood, along with its location that is only eight miles from the Arts District downtown, is the reason it has a history of attracting the finest and most prominent Dallas families from the Murchisons, Woodalls, Fitts, Coxes, Altshulers, to the former President and First Lady.

Twelve Acres Provide the Aesthetic Substance of the Property

Twelve acres of the original Crespi Estate land is a lovely site for the Crespi Hicks Estate home, guest house, pool house, pool, rose garden, tennis court, motor courts, and stone bridges over the creek and waterfall.

Main House Designed by Architect Maurice Fatio

Original Crespi Estate was designed by architect Maurcie Fatio lined with allée of magnolias
Original Crespi Estate was designed by architect Maurcie Fatio lined with allée of magnolias

The original allée of magnolias frame the 1939 Crespi/Hicks Estate originally designed by Swiss-born architect Maurice Fatio and renovated and expanded by New York-based architect Peter Marino.

Guest House Designed by Architect Peter Marino

Guest house designed by Peter Marino
Guest house designed by Peter Marino

The architecture, detail and scale of the rooms in the guest house reflect that of the main home.  Placed next to the forested creek, balconies are placed right into nature.  A path takes guests to the kitchen and breakfast room of the main house to start the day with the family.

Pool House and Pool

Pool house balcony and master bedroom balcony overlook pool and garden
Pool house balcony and master bedroom balcony overlook pool and garden

The pool and pool house are connected by gardens to the main house and guest house.  It is the center of recreational indoor and outdoor games and activities.

Rose Garden

Formal rose garden of Crespi/Hicks Estate
Formal rose garden of Crespi/Hicks Estate

Past the informal motor court and garage bays and on the way to the tennis court, one passes the rose garden and vegetable garden.

Crespi/Hicks Estate tennis court
Crespi/Hicks Estate tennis court

Stone Bridges Over Creek

View of stone bridge from conservatory
View of stone bridge from conservatory

One stone bridge takes one from the guest house to the paths through the forest.  The other stone bridge and water fall is off of the conservatory that has an extensive curved wall of windows that provides views of the water, birds and trees.

Stone bridge leading from guest house to forest
Stone bridge leading from guest house to forest

Aerial View Capturing Some of the Twelve Acres Offered with the Crespi/Hicks Estate Home

Aerial view of Crespi/Hicks Estate home
Aerial view of Crespi/Hicks Estate home, motor court, informal motor court, pool, pool house, guest house, surrounding by a forest
The Crespi/Hicks Estate is the finest estate home in America whether it is sited on 9 acres, 16 acres, or 25 acres
The Crespi/Hicks Estate is the finest estate home in America whether it is sited on 12 acres or 25 acres

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