It is a masterpiece among masterworks — the finest of the fine. Welcome to 6915 Baltimore Drive — a confluence of design, craftsmanship, elegance and efficiency in one of the most sublime enclaves of Dallas: University Park’s Volk Estates.
Sited on a generous 1.841 acres in an area of utmost privacy and peace, this is the home of a lifetime. Designed by noted architect Richard Drummond Davis and realized by an all-star team of professionals, the home brims with quality, thoughtfulness and exceptional amenities and finishes.
From its grand double-staircase entry hall to its relaxing pool surrounded by palm trees, the home is perfectly balanced between formal and casual living. Even the materials are both rarefied and humble — from Bulgarian stone, Flemish glass and exotic marbles to sandstone, hickory and stainless steel.
The main floor features a formal living room, formal dining room, double-height great room, double-island kitchen, game room, private office, bookshelf-lined library, dog grooming/boarding room and oversized laundry with dog shower. The primary bedroom suite on this level includes a coffee bar, a spacious bath with walk-through shower and a large additional room for future use: office, gym, exercise room, unlimited possibilities.
The second floor offers many pleasures. A proper cinema is the place for movie nights and TV shows, with its tiered seating for 12, additional seating for six, acoustic cork wall panels and a ticket office/concessions stand with Dutch door and glass-topped counter for candy display. On this level, too, are an open office or reading nook, several spacious bedrooms and a unique exercise retreat — revealed behind double doors from India with mother-of-pearl inlays — complete with rubber-floored gym, octagonal sanctuary room and mirror-walled yoga or barre studio. For staff, guests or family, a one-bedroom apartment on this level, over the main-floor garage, can be locked off to the main house or left open. It features an open kitchen/living/dining area and a private bath lined in jade onyx.
The crown jewel of the second floor is the owner’s suite. This sumptuous haven is hidden behind a pair of wooden doors from India, inlaid with mother-of-pearl, and features a dome-ceilinged bedroom, sitting area, coffee bar and covered balcony. The bath is positively sybaritic, with its heated stone floors, octagonal vanity room and walk-through shower. The materials here are beyond compare and include Amazonite, rose quartz and rose gold. There are two capacious closets, one with three aisles for hanging, an Amazonite-topped bank of drawers, shoe storage, accessories storage, full-length mirror, valet hooks and cedar closet. The other has an Amazonite-topped bank of drawers and a cedar closet. A private laundry for the owner’s suite is the utmost in convenience.
The home’s basement level holds yet more amenities. Reached by a spiral stairway modeled after the most impressive and valuable one in Venice — an outdoor stair at the Palazzo Contarini del Bovolo — it contains a wine cellar/cigar room, workshop, mechanical room and unique safe-room apartment, surrounded by foot-thick concrete walls and complete with a bedroom, bath, walk-in closet, escape chute and kitchen, which doubles as the home’s catering kitchen. On this level, too, is one of the home’s three garages: This underground space has no vertical support columns and can accommodate up to 20 vehicles. Another garage, on the main level above, accommodates two vehicles and offers a storage room, bike-staging area and plenty of room to move around the vehicles; a third garage accommodates one car and is nearby the primary bedroom suite on the main floor. An elevator serves all of the home’s floors.
Life outside this grand home is equal parts refined and relaxing. Its many al fresco features include an outdoor cooking area with built-in grill and pizza oven; a rear patio; a river-rock fireplace; and the sparkling pool, complete with integr