The Crespi-Hicks Estate: America’s Most Expensive Home
Described as America’s finest estate home, inspiring cultural awareness and defining superb design, the Crespi-Hicks Estate will not come cheap. At an astounding $135 million, the Crespi-Hicks Estate has become the most expensive property listed for sale in the United States.
In the quaint, ultra-elite Mayflower Estates neighborhood in Dallas, Texas, sits the Crespi-Hicks property, the largest residential property in the country, situated within jogging distance of a major metropolitan downtown city center and with neighbors like President George W. Bush.
Designed by renowned architect Maurice Fatio in 1939, the home was built for Italian Count Pio Crespi who traveled to the United States to manage the American division of his family’s cotton empire. The 25-acre, 42,500 sq. ft. estate includes a five-story main residence, three-story pool house, and two-story guesthouse.
Tom Hicks, a multimillionaire sports tycoon, has owned the property for the last 16 years and has spent roughly $100 million restoring the home extensively with the help of architect Peter Marino.
The estate’s main house includes lavish amenities, including a main kitchen tiled in 10th-century Dutch Delft manganese tiles, a 19th century Italian-carved walnut and burl paneled library, a mirrored art deco bar room and an exercise room.
The estate’s pool house has a plush outdoor kitchen and living area, a game room, a very nice home theater and an indoor kitchen.
The property’s grounds have nice little treasures, too, including two guest houses, a full-sized tennis court, rose and vegetable gardens, a tree house, multiple green houses, hidden walking paths, rolling meadows, spring-fed creeks, custom stone bridges, dense forest areas and a hidden driveway entrance leading to the estate.
The agent handling the property, Douglas Newby of Douglas Newby and Associates, said, “The Crespi/Hicks estate clearly has all the aesthetic, physical and pragmatic components of the finest estate home… A winding private drive descends to the home beautifully placed in front of a creek flowing across the 25-acre estate property. It is majestic, dignified and graceful. The home is also warm and fun. The design exudes elegance and the architecture, a subtle power. The architectural massing of the main house, guest house and pool house convey a home that is grand yet serves primarily as a place for a family to live. The sensibility for the past is blended skillfully with the technology and resources of the present, presenting visual continuity. The estate owners honored the original family, architecture and history of the home with an inspired approach – one that creates the impression that the home has not been renovated or expanded, but truly and magnificently completed.“
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