Do you want to look inside one of Dallas' most expensive fixer uppers?
On April 7, one of the pieces of real estate on the Turtle Creek Tour of Homes is a 13,000-square-foot home that cost $5 million in an auction. At that price tag, it was still "unlivable," says its owner. So they shelled out nearly $2 million more in upgrades.
It's owned by Real Housewives of Dallas cast member Stephanie Hollman and her husband Travis Hollman. Those who buy a ticket to the Tour of Homes can look inside this home and three more.
The tour costs $50 to $60 per person. An afterparty, available for $125 per person or $150 with the tour ticket included, will be hosted near the Turtle Creek addresses, at the 18,000-square-foot home of Betsy and Guinn Crousen.
But back to the Hollman's home. Fans of the Bravo TV show Real Housewives of Dallas will find particular interest in one of home's oddities: a pool in the middle of the living room. On the show, Stephanie pointed out that the pool would have to go before her family — which includes two young boys — could move in.
The pool is still there, even after the renovation, Travis says. But it's been drained and covered up with wood flooring.
Travis seems like the ideal participant in the tour of homes, not only because of Stephanie's reality TV celeb status but also because he's lived on or near Turtle Creek Boulevard, at four addresses over the past 20 years.
He calls 3816 Turtle Creek Blvd. "the house I've always wanted."
It was for sale for $10 million, and Travis says he took a gamble and bid $5 mil. He and Stephanie were shocked to hear they'd won the home in an all-cash deal.
"Thank God I had some money laying around," Travis says. He's the CEO and president of Hollman, Inc., which supplies lockers to companies like Google, Facebook, Apple, Nike and more. The company is also working on a project at the Texas Rangers' coming-soon stadium.
Paying for the home was only the beginning, though. "It didn't even have a laundry room," Travis says. "It had two kitchens — but no laundry room."
The $2 million in renovations included expanding the house several thousand feet and updating its interiors. Now, their manse has spaces for nine cars; a man cave; a guest cottage; an expanded master bedroom and, of course, a laundry room. The Hollmans spent $125,000 to wallpaper the dining room alone. The two chandeliers in the living room cost $100,000 apiece.
Other perks include a steam room, an elevator
"From my point of view, it's one of the top 10 pieces of real estate in Dallas," Travis says. "I can't think of another place that's secluded like it is. It's right near downtown and near restaurants ... [there's] a peninsula that goes out onto the creek. I think it's just a great piece of property."
The Turtle Creek Tour of Homes includes a look inside four addresses and takes place April 7 from 1-5 p.m. Ticketholders can park at 3811 Turtle Creek Blvd., Dallas; parking is not allowed at any of the homes and shuttles are available. Find tickets at turtlecreekassociation.org.