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A Bluffview Home with Star-Studded History

November 1st, 2012 | by The Update
8740 Canyon Drive, Bluffview, Dallas - a Briggs Freeman Sotheby's luxury home, Update Dallas 13

Hidden atop secluded Bluffview at the end of a steep, tree-lined driveway, a 1.34 estate with a glamorous history waits for someone to build its next adventure. Once a resting place for celebrities and rock stars the eclectic home of the late architect, this estate at 8740 Canyon Drive that once shielded celebrities from flashbulbs is now available for the next owners to enjoy. 

The story began when the owners, who regularly traveled to homes in Michigan and Galveston, received a call from a Realtor friend wanting to rent the home to Rock Hudson, who was looking for a private estate to call home during his run in I Do! I Do! with the Dallas Summer Musicals. From there, a list of celebrity renters ranging from Stevie Nicks and Paul McCartney to Burt Reynolds and Carol Channing, called the Canyon Drive house their temporary home. Larry Hagman, with fellow cast-mates in tow, was a regular during the heyday of filming Dallas—the original.  Picture parties with Linda Gray and Carol Burnett hiking up to the front door because the driveway was too steep and winding for a stretch limo.

The history of this popular Bluffview neighborhood reaches back to pioneer days when the Cochran family developed the county’s first corn mill and some of its first crops of wheat and cotton. In 1856, the family built Cochran Chapel at the current-day intersection of Midway Road and Northwest Highway. It remains the county’s oldest deeded Methodist church, and the names on the cemetery’s headstones read like a roll call of Dallas’ most prominent streets.  Later, the winding streets attracted many of Dallas’ premier architects like Charles Dilbeck and O’Neil Ford who designed homes that harmonize with the picturesque surroundings.

This seven-level five-bedroom home sits among dense trees overlooking Bachman Creek. A pool and deck and several balconies allow for maximum exposure to greenery while whimsical touches, like floor to ceiling Portuguese tiles in the master bath, make this home an artistic stand-out. And a gourmet kitchen ensures that it will continue as an entertainment destination.

Listed by Claire Dewar with Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty. Call her at (214) 808-6045 for more information on this home, and visit briggsfreeman.com to see more celeb-worthy homes in Dallas-Fort Worth and around the world.

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