July 1, 2022



Pantera drummer’s former Texas party palace sells quickly

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We’re not exactly sure of the level of debauchery that took place over the years at 1209 Hickory Valley Court in Arlington, TX. Let’s just say the previous owner had a bit of a reputation.

This Lone Star State residence was once owned by Vinnie Paul, the drummer for Pantera. Paul, who died in 2018, reportedly hosted some legendary parties there.

But whatever happened inside the walls didn’t dissuade a buyer. The gated hilltop home landed on the market for $750,000 at the tail end of January, and a deal was sealed for an undisclosed amount just two weeks later.

Along with its serious metal cred, the 1.5-acre property also offers incredible views of downtown Fort Worth, Veridian Lake, Las Colinas, and Arlington.

“There is no other home on that special hill that offers panoramic views quite like that from the balcony,” said the property’s seller and listing broker, Chris Johnston of Hartford Realty Group.

Johnston made a quick flip of the home after purchasing it last September.

“We just thought it was such a cool and unique house with a lot of history, but it was more house than I needed,” he says. “The house was so special that we dedicated this webpage specifically for the house. I had met Vinnie a few times, but one of my friends was one of Vinnie’s good friends, which is how I got introduced to the property.”

Exterior of home in Arlington, TX


Aerial view


View from balcony


Living room




Primary bedroom



Primary bathroom


Vinnie Paul’s autograph in concrete




The house was built in 1995, and the listing photos show the custom interiors appear to be stuck in that decade. The home’s exterior is one of a kind, a serious contemporary flair.

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Dual rounded abutments out front set an imposing tone. Paul’s signature touches are apparent throughout. The home has 30-foot barrel ceilings and four top-of-the-line air-conditioning units, as well as Paul’s autograph signed into the concrete garage floor. There’s even a secret room, accessible through a bookshelf.

The broker made a few improvements to highlight the views, but the new owners are likely to make some updates of their own.

“When I owned the home, I had a lot of the trees trimmed to expose the view,” he says. “The view was definitely a big draw for the new buyer of the home. When Vinnie was living here, he wanted privacy, which is understandable after his brother was killed. He had a reason to want to keep his home very private.”

And as for the rock star lore, the broker did share a couple of stories about the home’s past. After the local hockey team clinched the NHL title in 1999, a party kicked off.

“Vinnie was friends with the Dallas Stars. They brought the Stanley Cup to the house and threw it off the balcony into the pool—and it got dented,” Johnston said.

The four-bedroom home was never intended to be anything other than a place to kick back with friends and fellow rockers.

“He had Godsmack over, and they all jammed in the backyard by the pool,” the broker recalls. “He built this house in 1995 as a party house, not as a family house. There were two different wet bars, and he had an industrial ice machine for drinks. He didn’t do drugs, but he did drink—and was the most generous host. He’d be cooking on the grill when guests would come over. When people would see him at a restaurant, he was always so humble and would sign autographs. He really loved his fans.”

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Vincent Paul Abbott (better known as Vinnie Paul) formed the heavy metal band Pantera back in 1981, with his guitarist brother Darrell “Dimebag” Abbott. The band attracted a huge following among metal fans, but broke up in 2003.

The brothers formed a new band called Damageplan and were performing on stage when a disgruntled fan, upset that Pantera had broken up, fatally shot Darrell in 2004. After dealing with the loss of his brother, Vinnie Paul took a year off and later joined a band called Hellyeah. He continued to play with the band until his death in 2018 from heart disease.

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