Divorced Divas Dwell in Dallas Mansion, On Sale for $20M
Jacque Evans (no relation) built this 19,337-square-foot palace as her dream home with her husband of 20 some years. No expense was spared in the building or design, and Jacque picked out every stitch of fabric, every stick of furniture, and imprinted her touch on every inch. There is a musical flushing toilet, 2 infinity pools, 6 living rooms, Moroccan media room, a guest house with three bedrooms, a caretakers home, Longhorn, cattle and horses and a barn (with full bar) to house them. There are even deer jumping (and getting stuck on) the fence plus rabbits, coyotes, snakes, critters, three mules, a horse, donkey, catfish and brim because the home is on the shores of Lake Grapevine. In fact, there are more than 450 feet of waterfront views of the lake from a 75-foot bluff, which is not only high for, but extremely rare in, Texas. The home took three years to build.
After her divorce, Evans was awarded the home. She found herself opening up to other women in her situation. When she found out some of them had no place to live, she said, why don't you come over and live with me – I certainly have plenty of room.
"What is the point of having things – a big home, two swimming pools – if you can't share them with people?" says Jacque.
Now guess who's living there? Four forty-something, beautiful divorcées, rent-free, while the house is on the market for $19.9 million.
Living in the guest house is a divorcée with one daughter. Three other women are in 2 of the 6 bedrooms. And in this house, a bedroom measures about 20 by 20 feet. They are almost a football field away from Jacque's bedroom and spa bath. Another lives in the caretakers' home.
"We are a total support system for each other -- we pray, share food and clothes, try on clothes, and have fun all the time," says Jacqui. "We try to laugh every day and are actually having a blast!"
But there is stress without a man around: A few weeks ago, the Divas were out (in boots and heels) in Jacque's pasture trying to help a deer who had jumped over and gotten stuck on a fence. Deer, they learned, are pretty heavy. Jacque managed to get the poor dear unstuck and off the fence, and he ran off into the woods.
The estate is protected by an electronic gated fence, located within a gated community in Flower Mound, north-west of Dallas, close to D/FW airport. In fact, sitting on Jacque's lakeside patio, you would never think you are anywhere near Dallas until you see a 747 taking off in the distance. Full water views start right in the foyer.
"I grew up in Lakeland, Florida," says Jacque. "When we found this property, it reminded me of that."
The home sits on 10.4 acres, and because of the cattle and horse, the new owner will get a Texas agricultural exemption on 9.4 acres. The features and extras in this home run so way over, you have to see to believe: venetian plaster everywhere, stained glass windows, custom tile, the truly Moroccan media room where Jacqui hangs with her new beau, a friend from college, a huge bricked-in wine cellar, geo-thermal heating, smart house wiring, two Aga stoves, a walk-in food vault (both refrigerator and freezer), exercise rooms, and quality everywhere from the walnut floors to the groin vault ceilings to my favorite: a secret office off a hidden stairway located behind a bookshelf in the zebra study. Also, a billiard room with shoe-shine chairs, and a game room.
Forget The Bachelor: This home would be the perfect setting for the trials and tribulations of Divorce Divas. Because the guys would have to be pretty darn special to drag these divas out of this castle, deer or no dear!
Candy is an award-winning, Dallas-based real estate reporter, blogger, and consultant. She's the gal who brought House Porn to the Bible Belt! Read more at SecondShelters.com. and send story ideas and tips to CandyEvans@secondshelters.com.