Courtesy of Dave Perry Miller Real Estate

A stunning, resort-style mansion next to the iconic "Mount Vernon" estate on Dallas' White Rock Lake went on the market Friday, February 17 for $11,995,000.

Situated on a 1.49-acre gated lot at 4033 W. Lawther Dr., the 10,000+ square foot home - with dreamy views and ultra-luxurious interior and exterior appointments - is represented by Ryan Streiff of Dave Perry-Miller.

The French transitional-style home was built in 2019 by SCH Homes and designed by C.A. Nelson Architects, and incorporates an open floor plan and walls of windows to make the most of the dazzling view.

Downstairs, two offices and a primary suite with a private patio join living spaces designed for entertaining and socializing. A media room, modern game room, and generously-sized bedroom suites upstairs are accessible by staircase or elevator.

Outside, there's a pool and spa, an outdoor entertaining space, an expansive lawn, and a four-car motor court.

Other features of this home include:

  • Six full and three half bathrooms
  • Five bedroom suites
  • Primary suite with custom closets
  • Savant home automation with smart appliances, energy management, sound, and lighting throughout the home
  • Kitchen with butler's pantry, prep kitchen, a keeping room, two kitchen islands, commercial-grade range and vent
  • Multiple staircases and an elevator
  • A 29'x19' upstairs game room
  • A large upstairs exercise room
  • Four fireplaces and an outdoor fire pit
  • Heated pool and spa with water features
  • Covered outdoor living center with grilling stations, a bar, drop-down screens, plus heaters, and chillers
  • Decorative lighting, wainscoting, and other design elements

The new owners will be next-door neighbors to Mount Vernon, one of Dallas' most famous estates, so-named because it was designed to look like George Washington's Virginia estate.

To see the full listing and more photos, visit the listing site. Watch a video tour of the property here.

4033 W. Lawther Dr.

This home at 4033 W. Lawther Dr. is for sale for $11,995,000.

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Ultra-buzzy Bobbie's Airway Grill opens at Dallas' Preston-Royal

Big Opening News

A hyper-buzzy new restaurant in prime North Dallas turf is making its big debut: Bobbie's Airway Grill, a neighborhood spot from Western Addition, who also own the Park Cities restaurant il Bracco, has opened at 5959 Royal Ln. #515, at the northwest corner of the Preston-Royal intersection, in the space that was previously home to Preston Hollow institution Dougherty's Airway Pharmacy.

According to a release, the restaurant is named for two things: owner Robert Quick’s mother, Bobbie, the inspiration behind many of the company’s recipes; and Dougherty’s.

The restaurant hosted a soft opening over the weekend of June 4-5, and if you judge by the social media posts, it attracted just about every foodie in town. Buzz buzz buzz.

Their cuisine is upscale American grill fare with mid-century nods, high-quality ingredients, and from-scratch cooking, including Prime meats and fish butchered in-house, plus house-made breads and desserts.

A flashy French brass Rotisol rotisserie is on display through the kitchen window, spinning the chicken used in a variety of dishes, and a wood-fired grill burns Texas Post Oak.

In a statement, COO Matt Gottlieb calls Bobbie's "your new neighborhood go-to."

"Whether it’s a salad and glass of wine on the patio at lunch, a bite and a cocktail at the bar during date-night, or family dinner, there is something on the menu for anyone and any occasion," Gottlieb says.

They should know, since they live in the neighborhood.

“We live in this neighborhood, as do our families, and we saw the need for a place like this," Quick says. "Preston and Royal is an iconic Dallas intersection. With the revitalization of the area, everything looks different. Preserving a piece of Dallas history was important to us. You’ll see the original “Airway” sign hanging above our kitchen window, and nods to the golden age of aviation and classic Preston Hollow neighborhood culture throughout the space, whether through design details, art, architecture or menu."

Design of the 5,500-square-foot space features intimate booths, coffered ceilings, wood floors, a full service bar inside, and a partially covered patio, designed by Michael Hsu Office of Architecture, in conjunction with Mary Lucille Quick, VP of Design for Western Addition and principal partner of MMaison.

Art is from the Quicks' personal collection featuring original works and limited-run prints from notable artists such as David Shrigley, Robert Mangold, Roy Lichtenstein, David Byrne, and Matt Kleberg.

The patio is a new addition to the building, with tables for al fresco diners, as well as lounge seating around a hand-poured concrete outdoor firepit. A newly planted Live Oak from south Texas offers shade.

Starters include:

  • Buttermilk Biscuits with French Beurre de Baratte and house-made orange marmalade
  • Oaks Dip, inspired by a secret family recipe, with sharp cheddar and served chilled with Frito’s
  • Poached Shrimp cocktail with horseradish cocktail sauce
  • Crispy Oysters with Flower Street vinaigrette

Salads include:

  • The Moroccan, with rotisserie chicken, Medjool dates, herbs, roasted carrots, pistachios and French feta
  • Iceberg Wedge with warm blistered tomatoes, herbs, bacon lardons and Pt. Reyes bleu cheese
  • Niçoise, with seared ahi tuna, new potatoes, green beans and Kalamata olives and tomatoes

Sandwiches include

  • The Oaks Burger with house-ground chuck, aged cheddar, pickles, iceberg and Oaks barbeque sauce
  • Italian Beef, with shaved tri-tip, provolone, sauteed broccolini, and giardiniera spread, served with au jus
  • Tuna Burger, offered at lunch only, with seared tuna, avocado, jalapeño coleslaw on a toasted bun

Entrees include crab cakes with lemon dill sauce and French fries; Duroc pork chop; and two USDA Prime steaks: a Center Cut Filet and the Post Oak Ribeye, are cooked over the Texas Post Oak woodfire grill.

Desserts include a classic Banana Split, Pineapple Upside Down Cake a la mode, and Carrot Cake, from Bobbie's recipe.

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House cocktails include cocktails such as the The Bracco (a frozen greyhound with Aperol and fresh grapefruit), Rum Dum with Mt. Gay rums, lemon, & egg white, and a Vesper martini, stirred, not shaken, as well as an extensive yet approachable wine list with interesting finds as well as big names, which the release says is a feature that Western Addition restaurants are known for.

Founded in 2018, Western Addition specializes in casual fine dining concepts, and has launched il Bracco locations in both Dallas and Houston, where they'll open a concept called Balboa Surf Club this summer.

Brookhaven Country Club in Farmers Branch preps big for pickleball tourney

Pickleball News

For the first time, the 2023 USA Pickleball National Championships will be held in Texas — specifically, at Brookhaven Country Club in Farmers Branch — and now Brookhaven Country Club is getting ready.

The club is executing a $5 million investment to transform itself into a first-class racquet club and state-of-the-art play area with 68 tennis, pickleball, and padel courts.

The project is underway and will be completed ahead of the championships, presented by PPA Tour, November 5-12. The event will kick off on November 5 with clinics and other activities, while official tournament competition begins on November 6.

Previously held in Indian Wells, California, the USA Pickleball National Championships will be the largest-ever pickleball tournament, hosting an expanded field of more than 4,000 amateur and professional players competing on up to 100 pickleball courts.

The renovations are being funded by Invited, the Dallas-based owner-operator of private golf and country clubs, city and stadium clubs, whose portfolio comprises more than 200 owned or operated golf and country clubs, city clubs, sports clubs, and stadium clubs in 27 states, the District of Columbia, and two foreign countries.

Invited CEO David Pillsbury says in a statement that they're all in on pickleball.

“We continue to see incredible growth in the game across our nationwide portfolio of clubs," Pillsbury says. Invited has made strategic and substantial investments in creating world-class pickleball facilities, capable of hosting the highest level of professional pickleball events, that our members will enjoy as well."

Upon completion of the project in October, Brookhaven Country Club will feature:

  • 28 permanent outdoor pickleball courts, four of which are covered
  • new fencing with a lower height between courts
  • new lighting pole placement with new LED lights
  • new court surfaces
  • new pickleball net systems
  • New landscaping and enhanced member and player hospitality areas

This is on top of previously announced upgrades that include designating the street outside of Brookhaven Country Club as “Pickleball Boulevard” to make space for nightly musical performances and family-friendly activities with sponsors and local businesses during the event.

The Nationals will feature the largest prize purse in tournament history. The release predicts that it will turn the Brookhaven community into "the biggest pickleball party of all time," with a "unique blend of entertainment and culinary celebrations to create unforgettable memories for players and an estimated 25,000 spectators."

Connor Pardoe, CEO of the PPA Tour, is grateful: “With Invited’s substantial investment, Brookhaven will be a spectacular venue for this historic tournament," Pardoe says. "The significant number of permanent pickleball courts available year-round is outstanding for the sport’s local growth. We cannot wait to showcase the incredible upgrades to the players and fans. The atmosphere for Nationals will be off the charts, and we are excited to continue to work with our partners as we look to grow the event year after year."

So is USA Pickleball Board Chair Robert Quicksilver: "As we work with the PPA, Invited, and our partners to present the premier tournament in pickleball, I am pleased to see Invited's significant investment into our sport," he says. We are confident that this will create a best-in-class facility for the 2023 USA Pickleball National Championships and future tournaments."

"Invited and Brookhaven Country Club's commitment to pickleball was a key factor in our decision to bring the crown jewel of our sport to Dallas," Quicksilver says. "All of us at USA Pickleball look forward to seeing how these renovations and upgrades will further elevate this year's player and fan experience."

High school stars shine at Broadway Dallas' teen musical theater awards

Broadway Babies

Musical theater's rising stars had their night in the spotlight on June 3, when Broadway Dallas hosted its 12th annual High School Musical Theatre Awards.

Broadway veteran Major Attaway hosted the event at the Music Hall at Fair Park, which is modeled after the Tony Awards and features student performances, award presentations — including $60,000 in scholarships — and acceptance speeches from the winners.

The 2023 Outstanding Musical Award went to Guyer High School’s production of Anastasia, and the awards for Outstanding Lead Performer were presented to Fabiola Caraballo Quijada (Hairspray, Tyler Legacy High School) and Corbin Ross (Anastasia, Guyer High School).

Previous winners of the HSMTA have found success as professional performers, including Haley Dortch, who is currently starring as Fantine in the national tour of Les Miserables.

A list of all 2023 winners, participating high schools, and their productions can be found at https://broadwaydallas.org/education-community/hsmta/.

“As we always say, the Broadway Dallas High School Musical Theatre Awards is our favorite night of the year and this year’s ceremony was nothing short of spectacular,” says Ken Novice, president and CEO of Broadway Dallas. “We are so proud of these hardworking students and teachers, and it’s our honor to be able to celebrate them on the Music Hall stage. Congratulations to all the 2023 nominees and winners!”

A total of 74 productions from 72 participating high schools were evaluated by a diverse group of highly qualified judges from the North Texas theater community.

Awards were presented in 14 categories and scholarships were awarded to outstanding graduating seniors who were nominated by their teachers and selected by the Broadway Dallas scholarship panel. To date, the Broadway Dallas HSMTA College Scholarship program has awarded more than $500,000 in cash scholarships to deserving students.

In addition, award-winning producer, writer, and founding artistic director for the Bishop Arts Theatre Center, Teresa Coleman Wash, was presented with the 2023 Fullinwider Award in honor of her accomplishments within the North Texas theater community and beyond.

Wash is a National Arts Strategies fellow, having studied at Harvard Business School and is the recipient of several accolades, including the Theater Communications Group’s prestigious Peter Zeisler Memorial Award for Artistic Integrity and Ingenuity in 2019, the Irma P. Hall Theatrical Excellence Medal in 2020, and most recently the Dallas Black Chamber of Commerce’s Quest for Success Award.

The Fullinwider Award is named for Leah and Jerry Fullinwider, the founding donors of the Broadway Dallas High School Musical Theater Awards. The award was created to honor the Fullinwiders for their initial gift of $100,000, which helped fund and produce the HSMTA program in 2012.

Matilda at Melissa High School

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Melissa High School's production of Matilda was nominated for Outstanding Musical.