Historic Real Estate

Grand Swiss Avenue estate for sale has Neiman Marcus history

Grand Swiss Avenue estate for sale has Neiman Marcus history

5803 Swiss Ave. exterior
Neiman Marcus co-founders Carrie Marcus Neiman and A.L. Neiman built the home at 5803 Swiss Ave. Photo courtesy of Elizabeth Mast/Briggs Freeman Sotheby's International Realty
5803 Swiss Ave. foyer historic
The foyer as it once was. Photo courtesy of Elizabeth Mast/Briggs Freeman Sotheby's International Realty
5803 Swiss Ave. foyer
The foyer today. Photo courtesy of Elizabeth Mast/Briggs Freeman Sotheby's International Realty
5803 Swiss Ave. dining room historic
The formal dining area, as it looked when Marcus lived there. Photo courtesy of Elizabeth Mast/Briggs Freeman Sotheby's International Realty
5803 Swiss Ave. dining room
The dining room today. Photo courtesy of Elizabeth Mast/Briggs Freeman Sotheby's International Realty
5803 Swiss Ave. living room historic
The formal living area before. Photo courtesy of Elizabeth Mast/Briggs Freeman Sotheby's International Realty
5803 Swiss Ave. living room
The formal living room after. Photo courtesy of Elizabeth Mast/Briggs Freeman Sotheby's International Realty
5803 Swiss Ave. sunroom
The solar off the formal living room. Photo courtesy of Elizabeth Mast/Briggs Freeman Sotheby's International Realty
5803 Swiss Ave. kitchen
Kitchen was remodeled in the 1950s. Photo courtesy of Elizabeth Mast/Briggs Freeman Sotheby's International Realty
5803 Swiss Ave. breakfast nook
Breakfast area could easily be combined with the formal dining room and kitchen. Photo courtesy of Elizabeth Mast/Briggs Freeman Sotheby's International Realty
5803 Swiss Ave. landing
The stained glass window here is not original to the home. Photo courtesy of Elizabeth Mast/Briggs Freeman Sotheby's International Realty
5803 Swiss Ave. master bedroom
Master suite has a sitting area. Photo courtesy of Elizabeth Mast/Briggs Freeman Sotheby's International Realty
5803 Swiss Ave. master bathroom
Master bath needs an update. Photo courtesy of Elizabeth Mast/Briggs Freeman Sotheby's International Realty
5803 Swiss Ave. bathroom
This bathroom has been remodeled. Photo courtesy of Elizabeth Mast/Briggs Freeman Sotheby's International Realty
5803 Swiss Ave. bedroom
Hardwoods run throughout the home, even in the bedrooms. Photo courtesy of Elizabeth Mast/Briggs Freeman Sotheby's International Realty
5803 Swiss Ave. loft
The upstairs studio could be a teenager's bedroom. Photo courtesy of Elizabeth Mast/Briggs Freeman Sotheby's International Realty
5803 Swiss Ave. bathroom
Upstairs studio has a bath too. Photo courtesy of Elizabeth Mast/Briggs Freeman Sotheby's International Realty
5803 Swiss Ave. pool
Pool has a backyard. Photo courtesy of Elizabeth Mast/Briggs Freeman Sotheby's International Realty
5803 Swiss Ave. backyard
More room for entertaining out back. Photo courtesy of Elizabeth Mast/Briggs Freeman Sotheby's International Realty
5803 Swiss Ave. exterior
5803 Swiss Ave. foyer historic
5803 Swiss Ave. foyer
5803 Swiss Ave. dining room historic
5803 Swiss Ave. dining room
5803 Swiss Ave. living room historic
5803 Swiss Ave. living room
5803 Swiss Ave. sunroom
5803 Swiss Ave. kitchen
5803 Swiss Ave. breakfast nook
5803 Swiss Ave. landing
5803 Swiss Ave. master bedroom
5803 Swiss Ave. master bathroom
5803 Swiss Ave. bathroom
5803 Swiss Ave. bedroom
5803 Swiss Ave. loft
5803 Swiss Ave. bathroom
5803 Swiss Ave. pool
5803 Swiss Ave. backyard

A piece of Dallas history is for sale at 5803 Swiss Ave., the home built by Neiman Marcus co-founders Carrie Marcus Neiman and husband Abraham Lincoln Neiman. Marcus lived out her last days in the house, and it has had only two owners in its 93-year history.

Translation: This house has been well-maintained, and it’s not a gut job. List price: $1.3 million.

Listing agent is Elizabeth Mast of Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty, who specializes in the Swiss Avenue Historic District. Mast does a lot of research on all of her listings and dug up some old photographs of the property, which can be seen in the slideshow.

The 5,100-square foot home has four bedrooms and four-and-a-half bathrooms. According to Mast, some rooms were renovated in the 1950s, including the solar, just off the formal living room; kitchen; and master suite. More recently, two of the three full baths on the second floor have gotten facelifts, with marble counters, subway tiles in the shower surround, and vintage-inspired hex tiles on the floor.

What makes this home special is its potential, says Mast.  “Compared to the other homes on Swiss, this one has an open floor plan, sweeping living spaces and expansive rooms that flow so well,” she says. “It is perfect for entertaining, I think. It would easily host a large Christmas party.

“If you want to update these rooms for a modern family, it would be a great property to do so,” she adds. One area of opportunity is the formal dining room, butler’s pantry and kitchen, which could be combined into a great space more suited to today’s lifestyles.

Up that beautiful staircase are three small bedrooms and the master suite; there also is an elevator original to the home. The master has a large sitting area, but the new owners might want to steal some space from that and give it to the master bathroom, which definitely needs an update.

Also upstairs is a partially finished attic studio with another full bath. An teenager who wants privacy would love it up there, or it could be used as an artist’s retreat. The view to the backyard is a lovely one.

Before putting the home on the market, Mast consulted with a structural engineer who said that the foundation, for the home’s age, is in excellent shape. The new owners, should they be interested in returning the home to its former glory, should pay special attention to the brick facade and the cast metal overhang.

Mast notes that there’s a 768-square-foot basement that is not included in the total square footage, and it can be accessed through the rear patio. Out back there is also a good-sized pool.

Investment-minded people will appreciate the income-producing apartment over the two-car garage just off the home’s driveway. It’s occupied right now but could fetch a prettier penny once updated — and that would be money well spent.

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A version of this story originally was published on Candy’s Dirt.