$135 Million Dollar Listing!

Everything’s bigger in Texas, and the Lone Star State has
taken the title as the locale with the most expensive home for sale in the
United States.

The Crespi/Hicks estate in Dallas is on the market for $135
million. For that price, you get a big home: 28,996 square feet on 25 acres
within eight minutes of downtown. Plus, there is a 7,200-square-foot pool house
and a 6,300-square-foot guest house.

The home is owned by Tom and Cinda Hicks, who spent five to
10 years and close to $100 million expanding and remodeling, according to Candy
Evans of Candy’s Dirt. But now that their six children are grown, they have
decided it’s time to downsize. Hicks, an investment banker, is the former owner
of the Dallas Stars hockey team and the Texas Rangers baseball team.

 

 

 

 

 

The home was built in 1939 for Pio Crespi, an Italian count
who came to the United States to establish the cotton trade between the United
States and Europe. He and his wife, Florence, were, as the Dallas Morning News’
Pop Culture blog put it, “jet-setters before there were jets.” The
two fell in love when both were married to other people, and Florence’s husband
sued Pio in 1929 for “alienation of affection.” The spurned husband won, but
only $10,000, not the $1 million that he had sought.

 

 

 

 

 

After the trial, the couple married and built the grand home
they called Villa Fiorenza – though they built it only half as large as
initially envisioned, in deference to the Depression. They lived there until
their deaths, Pio in 1969 and Florence in 1999, at age 100.

 

 

 

 

 

The architect was Maurice Fatio, who also designed homes for
E.F. Hutton and the Vanderbilts and was considered one of the top architects of
his time in New York and Palm Beach, Fla. The Crespis brought in artisans and
unique materials from Europe, building a European-style home with timeless
proportions and unique materials. It was also the first home built in Dallas
with central air conditioning and central heating.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Hickses bought the house after Florence Crespi died, and
Cinda Hicks hired New York architect Peter Marino to update and expand the
home, staying true to Fatio’s style.

Unlike many mega mansions, the home is widely praised in
architectural circles. It’s considered one of the most architecturally
significant homes in Dallas and perhaps in the United States.

 

 

 

 

 

Much of the information on it is written by Douglas Newby,
who is the listing agent and also writes the Dallas Architecture Blog. He has a
number of posts about the home, a video and lots of photos, including some of
the original construction.

To learn more about this home go to it’s full listing at http://significanthomes.com/home/finest-estate-home-in-america/

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