That's classic Preston Hollow, right down to the high ceilings, smallish rooms, old parquet floors, etc. Nice master bath, eh? There are a lot of homes like that in PH/north Dallas-- very modest facade, but they go on forever once you get inside. The location is key-- it wouldn't be half the price if it were in Garland or Grand Prairie or someplace like that (where Bill's $100k frame house might be.)
Have you spent time in Dallas?
That's entirely possible. Of course it is very difficult to compare, but you COULD buy a house for $5,000-$7,500 in Dallas and it would have electricity, running water, sewer, a paved street, telephone available, cable tv and internet available, etc., but it might be next door to a crack house or a boarded up ruin. You would not be safe living there and you'd have to send your kids to private schools. Could you buy a habitable house in Bulgaria with any infrastructure for that price?
In the surrounding suburbs, maybe not the absolute wealthiest ones, you could get a 5,000 square foot McMansion for $250,000 and up. The metropolitan area covers a very very large area and there is a lot of existing housing stock as well as a LOT of room to expand, so you get a lot of value for your dollar. Freeway infrastructure is excellent so it's not impractical to drive 40-50 miles to work. You wouldn't be in the heart of the city, but there's tons of shopping and plenty of restaurants everywhere. (Not so much nightlife, though, if that matters.)
You could also get a more modest (let's say 1,300 sq ft.) house in the same kind of suburb for $75,000. On the other hand, if you wanted a deluxe apartment downtown, it would cost more than Sofia because there just aren't that many available. http://www.victoryresidences.com/floorplans/index.html ... Dallas has a lot of suburban sprawl, but there's been some residential building downtown in recent years and it's geared toward the wealthy.
"The 8500 sq feet home, believed to be a 10141 Daria Place Preston Hollow has been recently renovated and includes 4 1/2 bathrooms, a cabana and detached servants quarters. The price was $2 million."
That's a lot of house for $2m, even in Dallas.
Me neither. Maybe it's nicer on the inside? It appears to be at the end of a street with some open land behind it. Somewhat private. It does look nicer from the air.
I think he could've found something with more character.
I know a million dollars ain't what it used to be, but the Dallas area is one populated place where Bill MIGHT be able to get that $100,000 frame house with decent heating on a street with almost sort of relatively normal neighbors without being shot at the first day. :)
Somebody posted a picture of the actual house in Preston Hollow that they bought. http://activerain.com/blogsview/820241/President-and-Mrs-Bushs-Next-Home . It looks large, but not very ostentatious. Classic old Dallas.
Preston Hollow is really elite; but Highland Park has its own police, fire departments, and schools, so it's a protected bubble within the somewhat crappy city of Dallas. Of course George and Laura don't have to worry about security or schools, so I'm sure they will enjoy what I perceived as larger lot sizes and estate homes in Preston Hollow. Breathing room.
Recip, you must be remembering Deep Ellum as something else, because it's a converted industrial loft area with a lot of bars. Not necessarily prestigious, but hip, I guess. Uptown is much younger and along with Oak Lawn there's a large gay community there, I think. Probably not as many well-off older folks as PH or HP. Highland Village is way out in the boonies on Lake Lewisville, not in Dallas. Maybe you're thinking of Highland PARK Village, a shopping center; and the area around it is very nice indeed.
They lived in Preston Hollow before he was governor, as well.
I wish they'd show a picture of the actual place, instead of just a nice tight shot of the ambassador's chicken neck. :) I wonder if the decor has been modified for the local market at all, how spacious the place is, if there are any customers, etc.
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