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A new listing in Dallas' Old Preston Hollow is not what it appears. At first glance, the $3.3 million luxury home looks like another graceful, stately, two-story Colonial. But flip it around, and there's a party in the back.
Built in 1938, the home at 5251 Ravine Dr. is a unique blend of classical and modern styles. Constructed with an elegant Colonial design on the front exterior, it was expanded through the years to integrate modern features, namely the great room — a two-story, window-covered "sanctuary" in the back that overlooks the serene pool and lush landscaping.
The residence once belonged to prominent Dallas attorney and communications industry pioneer Bill Brice, who died in 2003.
Ted Bangs and Shaun Jiou of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage represent the Colonial-meets-contemporary home.
“The grandeur of the two-story windows that overlook the private backyard instantly captivates your attention and beautifully merges the interior with the exterior," says Jiou.
The agents say that the contrasting styles of the architecture are best appreciated with a 360-degree view of the home. So, you could fly a drove over or read their description here: "While the home’s curb appeal features Colonial grace with tall columns and traditional window shutters that add color to the home, the home’s posterior two-story sanctuary provides its modern appeal, as well as striking views of its lush garden and pool," they say. "The balance of both architectural styles is also visible throughout the home’s interior design, which includes columns, spiral staircases and modern finishes."
Within its 8,004 square-feet of living space, the home has five bedrooms, five bathrooms, and three more partial bathrooms. Downstairs, the spacious master bedroom boasts a view of the gardens and fountain. Most of the upstairs rooms have the full view out of the great room windows, they say.
Additional and custom features include:
- Kitchen with large island and custom white cabinetry
- Study room with custom built-ins
- Built-in wine cooler and wet bar
- Vaulted ceilings and skylights
- Three fireplaces
“Each room of this extraordinary home offers luxurious features and nearly all offer serene views of the gardens," Bangs says, "including its master bedroom with a regally designed bathroom and fireplace.”
It also has a three-car garage and sits on almost an acre of land in one of the most coveted areas of Old Preston Hollow.
And, oh yes, there's also a putting green. Business in the front, party in the back.