The house that make-up built: Pink mansion of late cosmetics queen Mary Kay Ash goes on sale for $3.3m (matching Cadillac not included)
Had its proportions been more miniature, one might imagine it was the residence of Barbie and Ken.
But a vast pale pink mansion that went on sale in Dallas, Texas, this week was actually once the home of the late, great cosmetics entrepreneur Mary Kay Ash.
The 11,874sq ft property, which was built in 1984, has been put on the market at $3.3million. It is a significantly lower figure than the $5.7million price tag it failed to sell at in 2007.
Lavish: The former home of Mary Kay Ash, which has gone on the market for $3.3m, has a pale pink exterior
Rose-tinted: The vast property still bears many of the hallmarks of the late cosmetics entrepreneur's style
Realtor.com notes that it is one of the city's most distinctive
homes and a symbol of the success of the Mary Kay empire, which
continues to enjoy annual sales of over $2billon.
It has six bedrooms and eight bathrooms, and boasts soaring 40ft ceilings, bevelled glass windows and teak and marble floors.
Grand scale: The property boasts large bevelled glass windows and 40ft ceilings
Dining in style: traditional dark wood furniture and decadent chandeliers fill the entertaining space
Cosy: A library, with its own study nook, functions as a further reception room
A central courtyard features a
neo-classical-style swimming pool, while landscaped gardens – complete
with terraced lawns and fountains – fill the rest of the
Though Ash, who died in 2001, had not lived there since the Nineties, many of her signature touches remain.
Among the features prospective buyers can expect to enjoy are a pink bathtub and a decadent pink quartz toilet, while murals adorn the walls in the living areas.
Luxury living: The centrepiece of the property is a neo-classical-style swimming pool
Elegant: Grecian-inspired columns create a cloistered effect around the inner courtyard
Passion for pink: Mary Kay Ash, who died in 2001
The interior of the mansion has been
decorated in what might be akin to her style too.
The upholstery of the
furniture is all in the same deep rose hue, and the walls of the
kitchen, like the exterior, are pale pink. Even the rugs have hints of
pink and purple in them.
Ash, who died in 2001 at the age of
83, founded the Mary Kay cosmetics company after she was passed over for
a promotion in favour of a man who she herself had trained.
With an investment of $5,000, she
formulated a business plan, and opened her first store in September
It rapidly grew into a multi-million dollar business, which she
ran with the support of her son, Richard Rogers until she suffered a
stroke in 1996.
Her success made her such an
important figurehead for women in business, she appeared on CBS's 60
Minutes in 1979 and received countless awards.
Ash was well known for her love of the colour pink, which features in the packaging of Mary Kay products to this day.
She famously drove a pink Cadillac, custom-painted to match her company branding.
Unfortunately for the future owner of the property, though, their own co-ordinating car will cost extra.
Girlish taste: The pink theme even filters into the kitchen, where the walls are painted in the hue
Spacious: Even the bedrooms are on a grand scale, and are decorated in the same traditional style
Bargain: The $3.3million price tag is significantly lower than the $5.7million figure it failed to sell at in 2007