Belle Nora

Historic Belle Nora Mansion Is Home At Last

Dad Buys Landmark By The Lake As Surprise For Daughter’s 16th Birthday

It was more than seven years in the making, but the red-and-white “sold” sign staked on the edge of the rolling 2-acre yard across from White Rock Lake says it all.

Belle Nora, the stately 82-year old white-brick mansion on Garland Road, finally has a new owner.

Dallas businessman Dave Anderson purchased the Greek revival-style home, which was listed for $1.875 million.  Anderson owns Zoo Music, a musical instrument retailer with locations in East Dal-las, Garland and Fort Worth.

Anderson and his teenage daughter have been longtime admirers of the house. His daughter had jokingly asked him if he would buy it for them.

And then, as a surprise, he did.

On Saturday, her 16th birthday, Anderson decorated the house with a huge pink bow and a gift tag before driving his daughter to their new home.

The undisclosed sales price for the more than 6,000-square-foot manor was the highest for any home sold in the Forest Hills-Casa Linda area of East Dallas in the last six years,

Like Anderson, the former owner bought the home as a surprise gift for a loved one.

Dr. Jesus S. Guevara, a renowned Mexico City surgeon, bought the estate in the mid-1980s for his late wife, Joan.

Guevara could not be reached for comment Tuesday.

When he renovated the home, Guevara imported Italian marble for some of the floors and hired a crew from Mexico to install them.

He also commissioned an Italian artist to add a classical ceiling mural above the formal living room.

His wife furnished the home with antiques. An accomplished pianist, Joan Guevara also installed a grand piano in a corner room.

A dozen ornate crystal chandeliers from Austria were scattered throughout the home, and meticulous crown moldings lined each wall.

The house had a formal air, but some areas, such as the sun porch and pool, reflected the couple’s more casual side.

After his wife’s death in 2001, Guevara began spending most of his time in other homes.

In 2004, he put Belle Nora up for sale for $4.4 million. Over the years, the price dropped, and Guevara proved to be a picky seller.

He didn’t want to see it sold to somebody who would tear it down, and when he first put it on the market, it was the height of the buy-’em-up-tear-’em-down market.”

“He didn’t want to see it sold to somebody who would tear it down,” said Vicki S. White, the listing agent for Keller Williams Realty. “And when he first put it on the market, it was the height of the buy-’em-up-tear-’em-down market.”

The home was taken off the market for a while, but the property  received at least three offers in the recent weeks before it was sold, but Guevara found Anderson’s offer most to his liking.

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