Lee Trevino has come far in life, notwithstanding that he lives only a few miles from where he grew up in Dallas. He grew up poor, but now, at 74, he's selling his house, listing price $13 million.
Trevino, a member of the World Golf Hall of Fame, and wife Claudia listed the 10,000-square-foot house on nearly five acres in the upscale Old Preston Hollow neighborhood of North Dallas last week. They bought it in 1996, spent three years renovating and expanding it, and moved in in 1999.
"They have loved it," the listing agent, Penny Cook of Briggs Freeman Sotheby's International Realty, said. Cook has known the Trevinos from when their kids attended St. Mark's Episcopal Academy together. "It's a fabulous house, but they feel like traveling more, and their kids are out on their own. It's just time for them to look for something on a smaller scale."
Trevino told Golf Digest's Jaime Diaz in 2009 that he "was meant to be in this house. This house was built in 1939, same year I was born. And we'd come down here, see this house, and we thought it was a castle. Never seen anything this big. Then when we moved back to Dallas a few years ago, this house was Claudia's favorite of the one's she looked at. We drive up, and I say, I've seen this house before.' She says, When? Where?' So I told her the story. I'm back to my roots, man."
The house features a tennis court and two putting greens on leafy property that has a creek running through it, and, at one time apparently, an obstinate beaver intent on doing damage. "All my life living around here, never seen a beaver," Trevino told Diaz. "I've been doing research on them, but it's been hard to find him. I know one thing: He never stops working. Tough little dude."
Cook called it "a captivating piece of property" and "such a warm and inviting home, but still sophisticated, and such an incredible setting."