Best Super Bowl Party at $12.5M Estate

super bowlSuper Bowl XLV in Dallas -- OK, Arlington -- gave North Texas home sellers a unique chance to strut their real estate inventory to a vast new audience of potential home buyers: Pittsburgh and Green Bay fans, topped with movie stars. The biggest and best party was thrown at Phil Romano's gigantic home, which is on the market for $12,500,00, making it one of the priciest in North Texas.

Award-winning actress Hilary Swank hosted the best ticket in town at the 4.697-acre estate of restaurant and heart-stent magnate Romano. (She wore a "Don't Mess With Texas" tee shirt after her luggage was lost.) Tickets to the formal event were $1,000. The event, and let me tell you it was 700 people strong, benefited The Giving Back Fund.

Romano's neighbor's include Ross Perot, Excel Communications founder Kenny Troutt and, about a mile away, former President George W. Bush. The estate is so vast, guests were vetted by the
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clipboard Nazi at the street, then whisked to the front door in golf carts. Other celebs partying included Fed Ex CEO and founder Fred Smith, Rush Limbaugh, hometown actor Owen Wilson who grew up right across the street from the Romano pad, Pat and Emmit Smith, Phil Hellmuth, and a host of celeb NFL players.

To show you how this market has fared, Romano's estate was first listed in 2007 for $17,500,000. The estate has gorgeous views of the grounds, a private lake with fountains, waterfalls and a private creek side setting. Really much more like a country club, the home is 14,680 square feet with 8 bedrooms, 8.5 baths, and get this: 9 living areas. Also wine room, media room, tennis court, and I would not be surprised if Phil had a putting green or three. The best part may well be the kitchen. As a restaurateur, Romano pulled out all the stops and created a commercial kitchen where staff could easily serve 700, as they did the Saturday night before the Super Bowl. Someone from out of town said they couldn't believe it the estate was so well-priced. How much fun, said another, would it be for the Wilson brothers to have this as a play pad right across the street from mom and dad?

The Realtor's dream is that one of those celebs might snap up Chez Romano on Strait Lane, or anything else in Dallas. Flower Mound broker Charles Nuber says the business-friendly Texas climate has made D/FW a target for many corporate relocations, and the Super Bowl was a decision-maker for those that decide on how and when.

Of course, last week's lousy weather meant everyone saw North Texas at its worst, including its real estate. The celeb with the best accommodations may well have been Prince, who leased out a huge downtown condo at The Residences at the Ritz-Carlton, Dallas: no icy sidewalks, and room service from the Ritz.

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