Weekly Top Ten Real Estate Hot List Tue: 10-09-2012
Never say that the wealthy don’t get away with more. If the average man was a bigamist with a mistress on the side and was actively breeding with all of them, it would make headlines and he’d probably end up in an orange jumpsuit! It’s one of the country’s big dramas that we’re not likely to hear about, or if we do, it’s because his outrageous acts were worthy of a decent TV script. The writers of Dallas, the TV series that we planned our schedules around, was one such script. Most of us never knew it was inspired by the wealthiest man in the world at that time, H.L. Hunt. Notice we said “inspired”, not copied? Hunt’s real life story would have had it running years longer!
H.L. Hunt was a gambler and a risk taker of the first order. He got his start in the oil business by winning $100,000 in a poker game with his last $100. With that he bought oil properties in El Dorado, Arkansas. Because he was good to his employees, they were also good to him. One day an employee told him about a newly discovered oil field in East Texas. He went on to make a deal with the shady discoverer for $1,000,000 plus his silence, and ended up with the largest known oil field in the world at the time. The rest is oil history. But with all that going on, he still kept two wives and one mistress and kept them all quite busy giving birth to his 14 children. One wife found out and divorced him, one died and he ended up marrying his mistress. H. L. died at age 85 in 1974, most likely from total exhaustion!
Almost an exact replica of George Washington’s Mount Vernon, but larger, Hunt’s estate is spread over ten beautifully groomed and tastefully landscaped acres at the edge of White Rock Lake in Dallas. Grounds contain tennis courts, two putting greens, pool, new guest house and outdoor cooking and entertaining areas. There is also an almost 5,000 square foot Brunswick bowling center, the largest private alley in the nation. There is also a show car garage of the same size with display space for 16 vehicles and an office. The interiors of the main house and the guest house are impeccable as to detail, comfort and livability. We were happy to hear about this property on candysdirt.com, in her fun and informative blog on the Dallas market. Cheers, Candy!
Current owners reduced former H. L. Hunt estate price $4.6 million to $24,900,000.