My favorite estate in Dallas is still for sale / by Chad Rodvold

I was blessed seven years ago with opportunity to work on this amazing Robert A.M. Stern estate. Architectural Digest described it as Stern’s “finest pied-à-terre.” The estate has been host to presidents and numerous entertainers including Don Henley, Michael McDonald, Journey and the Doobie Brothers. I even received several invites!

I was referred to the property manager, Darrell, who was looking for someone to trust working on their landscape lighting system and got lucky enough to get the work. Honestly, taking care of the landscape lighting wasn't a high priority for the owner, so I didn't do a lot of work over the years. At least not what you'd expect...I got so much more. I was never able to convince Darrell or the owner on the majority of work the lighting system required, however the relationship forged with Darrell is something I'll cherish. When things were slow in the beginning, Darrell was always good for a cup of coffee on the grounds and even allowed me to run a tractor at the ranch home the owner was building. Darrell took another job on an estate in Wyoming a couple years ago, but before he left, he loaded my van and gave me a covered trailer full of tools for my company. Still amazes me today when I think of all he did for me.

So Darrell, your baby is on the market for a cool $28,500,000, thanks again for everything and I hope the new owners give me a call to finish what we started.

 The Baron Estate

The Baron Estate