Dallas Landmark For Sale

By Allie Beth Allman And Associates, PRNE
Wednesday, October 19, 2011

DALLAS, October 20, 2011 -

- “A true Texas historical treasure, an unforgettable iconic landmark, an estate with unparalleled entertainment venues.”

Texas’ most legendary estate, Mount Vernon at 4009 Lawther Drive, has been listed for sale by Allie Beth Allman, founder and CEO of Dallas-based Allie Beth Allman and Associates.  This historic home has had only three owners. It rests on 10 acres overlooking White Rock Lake.  With its extraordinary views and impeccable grounds, it is truly an irreplaceable residence.

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January, 1938, legendary oilman H.L. Hunt moved into the neoclassical Georgian home built in 1930.  Additions during the six epochal decades of the Hunt family included air conditioning, one of Dallas’ first residential swimming pools, pool house, tennis courts, guest house and garage.  Ever the visionaries, the Hunts planted specimen live oak and pecan trees, that continue to provide grace and splendor to the property all these years later.

Current owners John and Teresa Amend began total and meticulous renovation of the main house and outbuildings in 2000, completing the extensive project in 2002.  With the vision of creating an unmatched versatile site for entertaining on any scale, a new two story guest house and showroom garage were also built.  And in 2004, a spectacular bowling center was added on the grounds.

The warm and inviting fourteen room manor comprises approximately 10,500 square feet plus a 2,700 square foot basement with controlled wine storage, large laundry area, and an expansive storage area, served by the mansion’s elevator.

A few feet north of the main house, the charming 4,200 square foot two-story guest house has a media room, separate wine tasting and dining room on the first level, four bedrooms with baths and full kitchen on the second floor.

Adjacent to the guest house, is a 5,000 square foot air conditioned showroom garage and event venue.  Styled as a carriage house and designed with cathedral ceilings, this event center features scored, stained and buffed concrete floors, with capacity for 16 vehicles or seated dining for 250 guests as well as two collapsible and removable NCAA glass basketball goals.  Upon completion of the estate renovation in 2002, the Dallas Historical Society hosted a black tie seated dinner in the new carriage house, where members of the Hunt family shared their memories of Dallas’ most famous home.

West of the main house, a wide stone walkway leads past the lighted tennis courts to a 1,200 square foot pool house.  The shared patio has an outdoor kitchen with grill, large fireplace and professional wood fired Renato pizza oven. 

Next to the pool house is the incredible 5,000 square foot bowling center, among the largest, private professionally equipped centers in the nation.  Built with guidance from the Brunswick Corporation, this fabulous entertainment venue has four regulation lanes, state of the art automatic pin setters and electronic scoring, multiple flat screen televisions, and a digital photo-booth.  Additional amenities include two Enomatic four bottle Argon gas wine dispensers and a Touchtunes digital jukebox, currently with over 500,000 songs available through a concert hall quality sound system - two firsts in private residential installations.  Over 400 events have been held in this popular and unique venue.

Following its inaugural opening event in 2004, Dallas retail legend Neiman Marcus sought permission to feature the unique bowling facility as the exceptionally exclusive and highly publicized  “His and Hers” gift in their famed Christmas catalog.  Neiman Marcus then chose Mt. Vernon as the host site for its spectacular Christmas Wish Book launch event.

The pool area, with an expansive limestone deck, is another fabulous picturesque setting for entertaining or relaxing.  Bordering the pool site are a putting green, limestone fireplace and a romantic gazebo.

“The original Mount Vernon in Virginia is the most popular historic estate in the United States,” said Ms. Allman.  “This larger replica is among Dallas’ and Texas’ preeminent estates - and rightfully so.  Many tales from the nation’s mythological oil industry originated within these walls.”

The current owners’ enduring commitment to tradition and quality means that essential elements of the original structure remain, including foot-thick concrete walls, marble fireplaces and murals, while daily comfort is assured with technology and amenities for the next century.  With its majestic unobstructed view of landmark White Rock Lake, the setting and tradition are irreplaceable. 

Allie Beth Allman and Associates is recognized as the leading single office residential real estate firm in Dallas County, with the top position in listings and sales for 2010, including million dollar-plus homes.  In 2010, the firm sold 55% of the million-plus dollar homes in Dallas.  The firm accomplished Dallas’ seven largest single residential transactions in 2010.  Allie Beth Allman is known for high profile clients and upscale transactions, including the two largest single residential deals in Dallas history.

For price and details on the property, please contact Allie Beth Allman at +1-972-380-7750 or aballman@alliebethallman.com. 


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