Mayflower Estates has some of the most beautiful architect-designed homes anywhere in Dallas. It’s where you’ll find Walnut Place, the 25-acre estate now owned by Andy Beal, which is also on the market, right down the street. The 16-acre Phillips estate is here. It’s also home to former President George W. Bush and his wife, Laura. If you want privacy, exclusivity, and an extraordinary setting, you want Mayflower Estates.
It comes as no surprise that builder Randy Hughes chose Mayflower Estates as the perfect location to create this stunning Mediterranean Italian renaissance revival at 10227 Gaywood Rd. If Hughes’ name sounds familiar, you’re probably a Dallas Cowboys fan.
In 1974, Randy Hughes was selected by the Cowboys as one of their 12 rookies — that “Dirty Dozen” helped the Cowboys win Super Bowl X. He was lauded by Tom Landry as the best safety in the league at the end of 1979. Eventually, as happens to most players, he succumbed to a series of injuries that ended his football career.
He went into luxury home construction and built a sprinkling of homes with veteran Gordon Todd across North Dallas (Preston Hollow and Glen Abbey) and Plano. He brought in architect Lloyd Lumpkins to create this 10,801-square-foot home in 2014. Together they have raised the bar for luxury construction in Dallas.
“To be honest, it’s a pleasure to market a home like this,” Allie Beth Allman listing agent Burt Zinser says. “I feel privileged to be associated with it. The quality and attention to detail are unsurpassed. The house is like an art gallery. You can stand there and look at a detail for 10 minutes, and your appreciation for it just deepens. Whether it’s the quality of the Venetian plaster or the design of the buttress ceilings, the details are flawless.”
The Mayflower Estates mansion has six bedrooms, seven bathrooms, four powder baths, a study, a game room, and a home theater to beat all home theaters. The present owners brought in interior designer Richard Trimble to add his magic touch to the home.
If you are familiar with the nuances of building a home theater, you will know most media rooms have seven speakers, one subwoofer, and two surround sound speakers. When looking at a real estate listing with a great home theater, it will read “media room with 7.1.2 audio.” This one reads, “Media room is the first in Texas to use the 10.2.4 audio.” That means it has a center channel, right and left channels, two more along the sides, plus additional speakers in the ceiling, all by Bowers & Wilkins, leaders in the industry. It’s like being at a movie theater — well, more like being at theme-park theater because there are also D-Box seats. Those are the seats that are programmed to move in perfect synchronization with onscreen action in a film, known as motion-enhanced cinema seating.
Needless to say, the home has the latest state-of-the-art automation. Everything is controlled from your phone or tablet, from the lights to the sound to the security systems.
One of the essential features of any luxury build today is an outdoor living space, and this one is beyond compare. “The outdoor kitchen is by Kalamazoo Outdoor Gourmet, the Rolls Royce of outdoor kitchens,” Zinser says. All the under-cabinet refrigeration is by Perlick, the leader in commercial and residential refrigeration.
The pool cabana is air conditioned and heated, and the pool deck is made of granite.
The exterior of the home is maintenance-free with a lifetime finish. It’s also a designated Green Built North Texas home — gorgeous and energy efficient.
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“It’s a tie between the resort-level lifestyle and the quality and attention to details,” Zinser says. “For the person that appreciates quality, they will be in heaven.”
Zinser listed the Mayflower Estates Italian Renaissance for $7.75 million, and there are people flying into town to see it. If you want a move-in ready estate, with the absolute best of everything, in an exclusive neighborhood, this just might be your next home.
A version of this story originally was published on Candy's Dirt.