This week’s Top 10 homes spotlight at TopTenRealEstateDeals.com includes a look at the home of the man who inspired the TV series Dallas. H.L. Hunt was the wealthiest man in the world when he died in 1974. He was a gambler and a risk taker of the first order who got his start in the oil business by winning $100,000 in a poker game with his last $100. He ended up with the largest oil field in the world, $5 billion, two families, a mistress and 14 children.
Hunt’s former estate on White Rock Lake in Dallas is an almost exact replica of George Washington’s Mount Vernon, but larger. Grounds include 10 acres, tennis courts, two putting greens, pool, show-car garage, new guest house and outdoor cooking and entertaining areas. There is also a 5,000 square foot Brunswick bowling center, the largest private alley in the nation. The asking price was recently reduced by $4.6 million to $24.9 million.
In other home news:
Sean “Diddy” Combs has created a penthouse bachelor pad in New York City that would send even the hippest man-about-town into imagination overload. Let’s talk 9′ flat screen TV and world-class sound system. Listed as 3 bedrooms, 4 baths, P. Diddy has customized the three bedrooms into a master suite, music room with Diddy-designed galley wet bar and media room – the latter two rooms with wide openings establishing an open view to the living room with its glass walls. Cleverly adding to the airy clear-sky feeling, Sean used clear furnishings including a dramatic lucite grand piano.
A California home with strong Hollywood and political connections just sold for $8.5 million. Ronald Reagan was once married to Jane Wyman and they built a house in 1942 where they raised their family. Ronald and Jane divorced in 1949 and the home went through several subsequent owners eventually ending up as the home of Jane Fonda and her current significant other, music producer Richard Perry. Jane sold the 5,935 square foot home with 5 bedrooms, 7 baths, spas, pool and 340-degree views over the city, ocean and mountains in less than three months.
A home on the Puget Sound was custom built in 1987 to house a 1920′s-era Wurlitzer theater organ with more than 3,000 pipes. It is one of only five such organs built by Wurlitzer to provide music for the silent movie screen. These organs became obsolete with the advent of the “talkies” and were retired at a young age. The organ eventually passed to a couple in Washington who built a 17,846 square foot home, with the Wurlitzer as the focal point of their 4,800 square foot music room. The entire estate, including organ, is now for sale at $5.95 million.
Jesse Jackson Jr’s Washington D.C. townhome was for sale at $2.5 million for 11 days, but was quickly removed. According to the Chicago Sun Times, it may have been put on the market to help pay the medical bills incurred during his recent hospitalization for mental health issues.