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Businessman Tom Hicks’ Dallas, TX estate, located at 5555 Walnut Hill Lane, is unofficially on the market. It’s not listed on the MLS, but sources say that the price tag could be $100 million or more as it’s dubbed one of the finest estates in America! Situated on 25 acres in the prestigious Preston Hollow neighborhood, the estate was originally designed by renowned architect Maurice Fatio and built in 1938. It was later renovated by architect Peter Marino. It features a main house with approximately 33,000 square feet of pure opulence with 6 bedrooms and 12 fireplaces . There is also two attached servants quarters (726 and 676 square feet), one detached servants quarters (6,318 square feet), swimming pool, cabana (6,216 square feet), tree-lined driveway with water feature and formal gardens. The land alone is valued at over $23 million.

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  • Grrrowler

    Flat-out drop dead gorgeous.




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  • Chris

    Wow. Simply wow. A flat out gorgeous Texas estate. True Texas luxury at its finest.




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  • Randy

    I smell another $100 million dollar listing . By the way, has anyone heard about Silicon Valley investor selling his Woodside, Ca. for $117,500,000. The end of 2012 was marked with a rush of huge deals for tax reasons . Many Billionares are not thinking twice about putting their money into ‘hard’ investments like a house .

    I can’t believe it was 3 residential home deals over $100 million in 2012 !!!




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  • mak

    This is an insanely beautiful place. What else is there to say?




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  • Zach

    Although in an absolutely PRIME location, this home defines privacy. I’ve seen 95+% of the high end luxury homes in dfw, but this is one of the few I haven’t because of its location. All ive seen of thos one are the birds eye views. I wonder how George bush is gonna like possibly having a new neighbor.. Lol




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  • Jason

    well like everyone else has said- wowser! this is a beautiful place. too bad it’s so removed all you can glimpse are the entry gates. I have Maurice Fatio’s most recent books- written by a daughter of his- and sadly this house was not in the book. it focused on his Florida work. I’d love to see this home in person as the only shots I have seen are through the builders website and an article in Arch. Digest.




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    • Daniel

      I just got that book too! I love how every home had an accompanying floorplan. Let me know which one is your favorite…I have the addresses for all of them if you want to see them present day 😉




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    • Teddi

      It’s bad for people like us that the house is so removed from the gates, but that is exactly what I expect an estate home do to. Hate those high priced mansions that practically sit on the street. The placement of this home on the land is what they should all do, unless the sole purpose of the home is draw the attention of gawkers…like me.

      Otherwise, build it big, build expensive, keep it private. In fact, if I had my way you wouldn’t even catch a glimpse of the house from anywhere other than above. Let them wonder and let only a chosen few get to see what it looks like. That’s the epitome of true wealth in my opinion. The Real Housewives have taught us, anyone, no matter how broke, can get a mansion, show it off and pretend to be rich. This…this is wealth.




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  • phoenix

    I do not like almost all the houses that I can see in this blog. I can not list more than a dozen houses that I really like. But this house is definitely a gem. I could believe that this house is in a suburb of Paris if I did not know that it is in Texas. Estate has incredible landscaping and elegant architectural design of the house. I especially liked the high ceilings and lack of gilt typical of many houses in the French style. It is worth 70-100 millions.




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  • Daniel

    Echoing the other statements, a truly stunning home. I had no idea Fatio did work all the way out here. A truly great architect (and in my opinion, more skilled than Mizner).




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    • Jason

      I agree that he was more skilled than Mizner. I can hardly say which one is my favorite as they are all SO good. Post the addresses- I’m sure we would all like to see a M. Fatio even it’s from the sky. and yes, I love books with floorplans!




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      • Daniel

        Ha. Just remembered all the addresses are in the back of the book! Talk about convenient…




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  • Venom

    Beautiful home on a nice piece of land but you could not pay me to live in Dallas, that place is a dump. Preston Hollow and Highland Park are it and then it becomes a dump almost instantly when you turn the corner. Unless your business is in Dallas and you have to live there, I could see no reason to move there and spend any kind of money like this.

    Obviously it will be sold because there are a lot of billionaires that are out there that have to be there and that is all that matters in the end I guess.




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    • Chris

      I may not live in Dallas, but I know for a fact its not a dump. Dallas has nearly 30 Fortune 500 companies, a couple prestigious universities, one of the world’s busiest airports, several world renowned museums and an acclaimed performing arts scene in addition to several famed restaurants, not to mention Neiman Marcus, a department store considered the very definition of style and refinement. It practically rains money in Dallas. Given its industry, economy, and low unemployment rate, the city is a magnet for college graduates.

      That being said, the existence of an estate like this in Dallas doesn’t surprise me. The city has style and panache, and a shit load of money.




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      • Venom

        The city has style and panache. LMAO that is the most hilarious thing I have ever heard. NYC and Chicago have style and panache, Dallas is a dump.




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        • Chris

          Well Dallas is ranked by Forbes as the nation’s second best city for luxury shopping (behind Houston) and Neiman Marcus is Dallas based. For years, fashion editors and writers have labeled Dallas as one of the world’s most stylish cities.

          You obviously haven’t been to Dallas. Based on your blase statements regarding Dallas, I’m willing to bet you’re from the north. You can hate Dallas all you want, but just remember, every time you put gas in your car, the oil companies in Dallas (and Houston) make money.




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        • Chris

          If Dallas is a dump, its the nicest damn dump I’ve ever seen.




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          • Christopher Williams

            Obviously Venom is delusional. Dallas is far from being a dump!




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    • Jason

      don’t know where you live, but Dallas is not a dump. there are not any mountains, oceans or major topographical features, but there are far worse places out there. plus, it’s a neat and tidy city by comparison to other places. I also don’t think the many billionaires and millionaires who live here have to. I’m sure there fortunes would remain intact if they moved away- so I’m sure they must like the place.




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  • NOVA Ben

    Wow. It’ll be interesting if/when this shows up for real, I’d love to see a nice big fat photo tour of the place. Till then I guess I’ll just have to drool.




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  • Grrrowler

    And there’s a video tour of the grounds: http://youtu.be/qQkYis9Q6TY




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    • Grrrowler

      Duh…nevermind. Just realized that’s on the listing page :-/




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  • Joseph

    From the outside, the mansion looks nothing less than gorgeous. I see character, beauty. and details that most modern homes lack, but…

    It is once again another sunbelt palace in a car-centric faux city. I dislike the sunbelt and find it funny that cities that are much nicer than Dallas with homes at a similar level are much cheaper. Why?




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    • Venom

      In one word, oil. If all the oil dried up in Dallas tomorrow that place would be deserted overnight. There are countless better places to live in this country, but they don’t have the oil. You really think someone would prefer to live in the ugly barren wasteland of Dallas for that kind of money over living on an ocean or a lake or in the mountains? Never.

      Out there is so expensive because there is no land. If you want to build new you basically have to buy someone else’s place and knock it down. If you want to have a lot of land you have to buy a few of those places. Hence the land value of this place being $25 million. Your amazing views in Preston Hollow consist of looking at your front or backyard and the neighbors in the front, back or the sides of you and your giant walls and gates and theirs also.




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      • Kyle

        So because Dallas is not by an ocean or mountains it is considered a dump? As for your logic for oil, most headquarters could be in Dallas but most drilling is done elsewhere. Don’t know why you have such bias.




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      • Chris

        Dallas has banking, law, and finance in addition to oil and gas. Its more than just an oil and gas town. Get that through your thick skull. It has leading schools and one of the nation’s highest standards of living with higher than average incomes across the board and a lower than average cost of living. I would take Dallas over Chicago or NYC any day of the week.




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        • Joseph

          Well, to each his own I guess. The city of Dallas has a population density half that of LA and therefore it really isn’t much of a city but a conglomeration of annexed land. NYC is incredibly expensive and has its problems, but it is practically the cultural center of the world. Chicago has certainly lost a lot of its essence but will always remain the second city. The sad part is that rustbelt cities like Detroit, and rural Appalachia are known for their extreme poverty yet they are in beautiful locations. People live in sunbelt cities for money. People live in real cities (Dense, relatively small area, grittiness) for the culture.




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  • phoenix

    Dallas has many billionaires are not associated with oil. While I agree that the oil money have a significant presence in Dallas, but they are much less significant than in Houston. I think one of the main reasons for the popularity of the Texas is the lack of state income tax and excellent business climate. Just look how many corporations have moved to Texas in recent years.




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  • PU13

    Whoa, this is my friend’s house…had no idea they were selling




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  • andi

    Great house and grounds. Love the sense of privacy; however, for a hundred or more million I’d prefer not to live next to a 6 lane toll road.




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    • Daniel

      Same here. There is an obvious elevation change and a house blocking it, but it’s still awfully close.




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  • Shannon

    Absolutely BEAUTIFUL!!! TO DIE FOR!! Love it!!! One of the best homes I’ve seen on here..




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  • Iemand

    $135 million…just imagine what you could do with that.
    Put it on the bank, buy a (very) nice home (let’s say 5 million) en live from the interest (with 2% that’s about $2.6 million, no taxes or other stuff included).
    Never have to work again…




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  • Tony

    The foyer of this house looks extremely cheap. That foyer is straight up Joe Gorga quality. Anyone that can’t see that doesn’t know anything about quality. But the exterior and grounds of the house are amazing. I would have to completely gut the interior and start over from scratch thhough.




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    • Daniel

      And by gutting the interior you would completely destroy any history and true value along with it. I have no idea where you get Joe Gorga quality from this. Is it the faux-finishing? Not every room in every house needs to have over-the-top embellishments and wood molding. Remember, this is a home and not a showroom for ornateness. I think Peter Marino did a fantastic job.




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    • Chris

      Gutting this house would be a tragedy and the house would instantly lose the cachet it has. This house is true Texas luxury. Its not over-the-top and it shouldn’t be. Its elegant, grand, and yet subtle decor wise and oozes opulence and wealth without reaching the level of Joe Gorga trashiness.




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