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“The big rumor in town is where is Cindy Sheehan going to live now?” That’s how my friend, Texas Monthly writer Skip Hollandsworth, joked about President Bush’s plans to live in the most exclusive neighborhood in Dallas. But news of a President with dismal approval ratings hasn’t squashed the excitement of his new neighbors in the Preston Hollow area of Dallas.
Doug Fletcher lives right across the street from the home where George and Laura Bush are expected to live after leaving office next January.
“It’s quiet, very quiet. People tend to mind their own business and help each other out if they need it, so that’s probably where he’d like to live” Fletcher told me as we watched dozens of cars driving by his home.
A steady stream of gawkers have been sneaking a peak of the Bush’s new home. It’s an 8,500 square foot home with 5 bedrooms that sits on a quiet cul-de-sac. The pricetag: $3 million dollars
I spoke briefly with the current owners of this house who seem to get a kick out of all the attention it is getting. They didn’t want to give us an interview on camera. But their children are cashing in. They spent the weekend selling hot chocolate and lemonade to the gawkers. Last count, they’d made about $100 in profits.
The Bush’s new home is actually quite modest compared to their neighbors' digs. This area is a majestic cocoon of wealth. Properties sell for one-million dollars an acre. The Bush property sits next to the estate of Tom Hicks, the owner of the Texas Rangers baseball team and Dallas Stars hockey team. He’s also close to Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, Ross Perot and a bunch of other titans of business.
But the Bush’s aren’t coming back to the same Dallas they left 14 years ago when George W. Bush moved to Austin to become Governor. Preston Hollow is a staunchly Republican neighborhood. But some neighbors did say there were more than a few Obama supporters near the President’s new home.
My friend Skip said it best, “No matter where he goes, he is not going to be met with adoring crowds. There are going to be just as many people sticking their fingers out the window at him when the motorcade drives by, even in Dallas.”
The President might not see that - neighbors tell me there’s talk of putting a gate on the street’s entrance.
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