Give Me Shelter

When the cashmere-clad billionaires and air-kissing socialites of Dallas need their next 14,000-square-foot, four-story castle with tiered landscaping and twelve bathrooms, whom do they turn to? A 62-year-old realtor with the discretion of a five-star concierge, the tenacity of a quarterback, and the personal style of a Vogue cover girl. Meet Erin Mathews.
  1. Take exit 430A from Interstate 35 in Dallas, then drive north on Oak Lawn Avenue, and you will eventually come to the Ashley Priddy Memorial Fountain, a burbling, five-tiered, stone-and-tile sentry that signals your arrival in Highland Park. As you cross Armstrong Parkway—named for John S. Armstrong, the meatpacking titan who purchased Highland Park’s original 420 acres in 1907—Oak Lawn becomes Preston Road. You’ll notice that the street signs are now blue. A bit up the street, past the $24 million home of real estate scion Harlan Crow and—tap the brakes—the 4400 Preston residence of Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, is Highland Park Village, the most gorgeous strip mall you’ve ever seen. Art deco buildings house Ralph Lauren and Jimmy Choo, and at the Starbucks on the corner, you might just catch a glimpse of the newly single Troy Aikman. His six-year-old Spanish-tiled home on Highland Drive is for sale, by the way, priced at $24 million. ¶ Welcome to the honeypot of Dallas real estate, MLS ...

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