Sort of like the mullet of megamansions, this aristocratic estate just ten minutes from downtown Dallas is all business up front, but a major party in the back.
Behind the stately, ornamental French facade at 10711 Strait Lane — a 4.4-acre Preston Hollow property that until recently was actually two separate mansions — lies an oasis of fun and childlike wonder. Including its very own water park.
Designed in 2003 by influential Dallas architect Robbie Fusch, and combined into one property in 2008 by previous owner Dr. Richard Malouf, according to D Magazine, the Strait Lane estate is a wonderland of its own Magic Kingdom proportions, featuring an opulent 10 bedrooms and 21 bathrooms (11 full, 10 half), plus 10-car garage, across an aristocratic 37,000 square feet of interior living space. It also has eight fireplaces. You've seen one Versailles-inspired mansion, you've seen them all, right? Not like this.
It's the exterior features that really wow with child-like wonder: a full size water park that includes a lazy river "with animatronics" (hello, It's a Small World), waterfalls, a grotto, slides, a diving platform with zip line, a swim-up bar, a splash pad, and a built-in trampoline. If you need more entertainment, there's also an outdoor sports court and a tennis court, or if you just want to sit back and watch all the fun while just lounging around in your best luxury swimwear/sunnies, there's a palapa with outdoor entertaining space plus several cabanas and outdoor guest suites.
For rainy days (and face-of-Mars Texas summers), there's also a full indoor basketball court, indoor Route 66-themed bowling alley, movie theaters (plural), a golf simulator, a billiard's room, a padded gymnastics room... and multiple kitchens top-of-the-line kitchens for when the munchies attack after you burn all those calories in #beastmode. Even the ho-hum indoor gym has garage bay doors for exterior walls that retract to look out onto the water park.
At a whopping $27,995,000 asking price, the sometimes controversial Malouf Estate is one of the largest and most expensive properties in Texas. Check out the listing through agent Allie Beth Allman & Associates/Berkshire Hathaway for more details.
h/t Southern Living