A mansion on White Rock Lake that once belonged to Dallas' most famous preacher-turned-TV-star is up for sale. T.D. Jakes’ former estate at 4001 W. Lawther Dr. can be yours for $5.75 million.
Cue the angel chorus because property around White Rock Lake rarely comes on the market. This one is listed with Dave Perry-Miller’s luxury agent Sharon Redd.
For those who may not know Bishop Jakes, he’s the charismatic personality behind The Potter’s House, a non-denominational congregation of oh, about 30,000 devoted followers in Dallas. He’s been written about in almost every newspaper and magazine. And he’s a pal of Oprah Winfrey’s and once had his own daytime talk show. Yep, he’s a mover and a shaker.
Jakes sold the home in 2005 and moved to Fort Worth. One might think that drawing attention to where he lived by having an Easter sunrise services on his front lawn was not a particularly clever move. If you are any sort of a celebrity, and people know your address, well, it’s time to move.
This White Rock estate is one big property, and it’s ideally suited for a large family. It’s located in the Lakewood Elementary School feeder pattern and close to multiple private schools. It’s rather vast, with 10,681 square feet, five bedrooms, six bathrooms, two powder baths, five fireplaces, and a gym.
As if the house doesn’t have it all, the grounds are equally spectacular. There is a gorgeous pool, a batting cage, a koi pond, and guest quarters — all on almost two acres of land with a magnificent view of the lake. You can see why owners tend to stay here for a very long time.
“I was in awe the first time I drove up to this White Rock estate,” Redd says. “Breathtaking and majestic are the words that come to mind. It is an absolutely stunning property, and truly offers resort living in the heart of the city.”
Donald Peterson was the architect of the home. If that name rings a bell, it’s because he has not only designed incredible luxury homes all over America, but is now a Realtor with Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s. His designs are known for standing the test of time.
The sweeping double staircase gives you an inkling of what awaits. The grand mansion has two-story windows in the great room that overlook the grounds, but it is also a warm family home.
“It has such a good feeling,” Redd says. “It’s a very warm and welcoming home with great spaces for family and entertaining. The present owners have loved every inch of this home. It’s truly a one-of-a-kind estate. I don’t know of any other property that offers what this home has in the city.”
And if you don’t hold a sunrise service on your front lawn, you can be assured of privacy.
A version of this story originally was published on CandysDirt.com.