Highland Park, Dallas’ original luxury neighborhood, was designed by 20th-century land planner Wilbur David Cook who also planned Beverly Hills, CA, around the same time at the beginning of the 20th Century, is a haven for lovers of historically significant estate homes. Bluffview, once a dairy farm area on the outskirts of Dallas, today provides unique homesites with hilltop views and other one-of-a-kind homesites along the winding streets with creeks and ravines interlacing underneath and around the area. This area of Bluffview, along with the neighborhood on either side of the Inwood corridor between Walnut Hill Lane and Royal Lane, comprised the original town of Old Preston Hollow. North of the dirt road known today as Northwest Highway is where early the wealthy Dallasites kept horses on acreage and today the city’s most expensive estate homes are built along the quiet residential streets that still retain their country feel with plenty of room to provide set-back and security for the hidden estate homes of the city’s most well-known residents.
Homes in these Dallas estate home neighborhoods are a showcase for some of the most well-known architectural talent of the past century. With prices for land and homes limiting residency to the top one percent in net worth, their streets are the most likely places for Rolls-Royce owners to reside. And due to the deep roots of many of these Texas homeowners, they’re likely to own ranch homes somewhere else in Texas. Combine all of these factors and there lies a propensity toward Cullinan ownership!
Sporting the signature Rolls-Royce grill, said to be inspired by Rome’s imposing Pantheon temple, Cullinan’s unique “Architecture of Luxury” is defined by its unique aluminum space frame underpinning new Rolls-Royce chassis technology, to deliver the signature Rolls-Royce magic carpet ride. We put the Cullinan to the test on a privately listed ranch property in East Texas represented by Wright Monning, whose own family has owned ranches in Texas for five generations. Wright heads up the Monning Ranch Group at Compass Real Estate. Our friend Duke Jimerson, an agent for Monning’s farm and ranch group, connected us.
The first all-wheel-drive Rolls-Royce glided effortlessly and quietly across the ranch’s gravel roads, actively engaging in All-Terrain mode to provide uninterrupted torque. And we certainly found out about the muddy surfaces at the ranch after a flash flood that occurred the evening before our photoshoots of the Cullinan in its true element. Had there been more rain on our day at the ranch, we could have had occasion to whip out the Rolls-Royce hallmark umbrella housed in its special compartment in the back door and the Cullinan would have waded just fine in the water. On another occasion, we had the opportunity to drive a Cullinan in a creek bed filled with water that came about halfway up the side of its doors.