8643 Groveland Side Twilight

They have great views!

OK, that was a really bad joke, but it does illustrate why our Friday Four Hundred this week is an amazing property. This modern home at 8643 Groveland was just featured in the White Rock Home Tour, and is a gorgeous example of sustainable architecture and design. Not only does this two-bedroom, two-and-a-half-bath modern masterpiece have tons of windows all around its exterior, but it takes advantage of the nature surrounding the home, allowing the homeowner to feel more connected to the outside space. It’s not a huge home at 1,550 square feet, but thanks to the windows, it feels that way. It’s listed by Ebby Halliday Realtor Jude Nash for $469,000.
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Friday Five Hundred: Northwood Hills Soft Contemporary is All Drama Inside

7115 Meadowcreek Front

My first impression of this 1970s soft contemporary in Northwood Hills went something like this:

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Totally dramatic, right? From the cool leaded glass double front doors, the vaulted ceiling and ridiculously beautiful fireplace, to the cool wallpaper in the dining room, well, it makes an impact, that’s for sure. And that impact is why I love 7115 Meadowcreek, which is open Sunday, March 2, from 1 to 3 p.m.

This home is huge, and has so much room for entertaining that you’ll be hosting soirees year-round with family and friends. And while some of this home has been updated over the years, the galley kitchen is a total time capsule for any fan of 2000: A Space Odyssey. It’s so stark you can tell that it was made in Germany, but you’ll be wondering if it was east or west.

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Seriously, with five bedrooms, four full baths, three living areas, two dining areas, and an awesome pool in the backyard, how could you not love this home? OK, yes, it’s an acquired taste, mostly because the seller hasn’t staged this property to appeal to a larger audience. Still, it’s located inside a fantastic neighborhood, with Richardson ISD schools and tons of trees. It’s listed by Virginia Cook Realtor Mayo Redpath for $550,000. Yes, it may seem a little steep for this property, but consider the more than 4,100 square feet, the huge windows, and the exceptional condition this property comes in, it’s totally worth the $133/per square foot price tag.

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Of course, the spot where you’ll see the most DRAAAMAAAAAAAAAA! is the master suite. It’s a good size, if you couldn’t tell that visually from the enormous four-poster bed in this place. It feels even bigger than its 23×18 footprint thanks to the vaulted ceiling. With a little work, this place will be fabulous.

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Now, don’t freak out, but I think the wallpaper in the master bath could be a bit too busy, don’t you think? I mean, combined with the very busy green marble tile floor and counter, it seems like a little too much. But still, this is a five-piece bath, and once you take down the wallpaper, it’s just about awesome. I’d keep the brass fixtures, too, because that’s just how I roll.

But it’s the backyard that will have you hooked, and that’s mostly because you can see so much of it through the huge windows at the back of the house, and that view can become positively addicting. Trust me, this home is just a very, very cool place that when combined with a buyer who has great vision, will be worthy of a home tour.

What do you think?

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AIA Dallas Gives Russell Buchanan’s Unique Mockingbird House Honor Award

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We’ve reported on this incredible box-like residence on Mockingbird in Highland Park, a home that caused some friction with neighbors thanks to its unique design and use of materials. With a building envelope you’d most often find covering a warehouse and some really innovative use of natural materials, Russell Buchanan’s “Mockingbird House” caught the eyes of AIA Dallas, which gave the home an Honor Award.

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The house is a two-story, 4,140-square-foot home that is basically a rectangular box served by a vestibule that, when lit up at night, glows amber thanks to the onyx slab construction. The owners, whose trade is in wholesale stone, used several different types of granite, quartz, and marble in the home’s construction.

Buchanan, who likened the home to a giant refrigerator box, says the insulated panels provide a construction efficiency that is unmatched, and have the added benefit of providing sound-dampening properties that keep the home quiet despite the busy street just outside.

When I toured this home during a Dallas Architecture Forum event, what really struck me was the versatility that this type of construction could lend. And considering that the home was pretty much finished in a year, well, that’s incredibly fast for a well-insulated home.

Congratulations to Buchanan for his forward-thinking design!

 

AIA Dallas Gives Russell Buchanan's Unique Mockingbird House Honor Award

Mockingbird June 4

We’ve reported on this incredible box-like residence on Mockingbird in Highland Park, a home that caused some friction with neighbors thanks to its unique design and use of materials. With a building envelope you’d most often find covering a warehouse and some really innovative use of natural materials, Russell Buchanan’s “Mockingbird House” caught the eyes of AIA Dallas, which gave the home an Honor Award.

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The house is a two-story, 4,140-square-foot home that is basically a rectangular box served by a vestibule that, when lit up at night, glows amber thanks to the onyx slab construction. The owners, whose trade is in wholesale stone, used several different types of granite, quartz, and marble in the home’s construction.

Buchanan, who likened the home to a giant refrigerator box, says the insulated panels provide a construction efficiency that is unmatched, and have the added benefit of providing sound-dampening properties that keep the home quiet despite the busy street just outside.

When I toured this home during a Dallas Architecture Forum event, what really struck me was the versatility that this type of construction could lend. And considering that the home was pretty much finished in a year, well, that’s incredibly fast for a well-insulated home.

Congratulations to Buchanan for his forward-thinking design!

 

Lennox Front

Just a block away from the much-famed Strait Lane is Lennox Lane, a street brimming with homes just as amazing and luxurious in an area that is known for its exclusivity. You’ll find some of the most unique architecture in this talked-about neighborhood — Roxbury Park — and 10427 Lennox Lane is no exception.

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Originally built in 1983 and recently renovated, this home is contemporary without losing its Texas accent. So, where does this house say “y’all” instead of “you all”? Let’s start with the stone pillars surrounding the front of the home, the port cochere, and are echoed on the rear covered porch. The standing seam roof, which is copper and not your typical zinc-coated metal, also has a Hill Country flavor to it. The stucco exterior, painted a really fabulous blue gray, is 100 percent contemporary, though.

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Inside you’ll notice the abundance of light right away. The huge windows throughout this stunning home let in oodles of light, making this home feel bright and open and warm — quite the opposite of many contemporary homes. The walls of windows also allow the outdoors to filter inside, too, and considering the lot’s 1.27 acre size, you’ll have plenty of nature to appreciate. The warm neutral paint on the walls and ceiling add to the home’s warmth, which is reflected on the gorgeous wood floors and accents. It’s a home for a collector or someone who appreciates interesting angles, that’s for sure. It’s listed by Ralph Randall of Dave Perry-Miller and Associates for $3.85 million.

 

With six bedrooms, eight full baths and one half bath, and more than 10,000 square feet, this home is an ample estate that has a completely different feel that what you would anticipate in a home this size with all of the amenities you’d expect. There are four living areas, five fireplaces, a fabulous outdoor kitchen, cabana and pool for entertaining, and a partridge in a pear tree (well, considering the private and heavily treed landscape, there could be a partridge in a pear tree, but we can’t guarantee it).

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The wine tasting room, great room, dining room, kitchen, and family room anchor the first floor, while most bedrooms with the exception of the guest suite occupying the second floor. On the third floor you’ll find the game room and media room and exercise area, as well as a bathroom.

There are some really fantastic finishes in this home, especially the immense and curvy island in the very contemporary kitchen, which makes a great place for gathering family during the holidays. Imagine everyone drinking some wine, preparing dinner together, sharing stories, swapping photos … it’s just a vision. And it’s spacious, too, considering the breakfast area and the huge lot of cabinets. You’ll find, of course, state-of-the-art stainless steel appliances throughout this kitchen, and a heck of a vent-hood, too.

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Another really fun feature in this home is the master bath tub. This is the first time I’ve seen a stainless steel tub in a listing, and I love its visual impact. The bathroom is where you’ll also notice the complete lack of window covering throughout the home. Considering the heavily wooded lot, there’s no need to put in blinds, shutters, shades, or curtains. You could, but considering how much light you get from these double-pane windows, why would you? There’s a gorgeous balcony attached to the master suite, too, which faces southwest. It’s an ideal place to have your first cup of coffee and really soak in the landscape.

Truly, this is a fun, unique, and luxurious estate for anyone who knows how to pronounce “fixin’ to.” What about you?

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7210 La Vista front

Happy Friday! It’s wedding season, so I know a lot of you are headed out of town. I’ll keep things short and sweet: This house is amazing, you’re going to love it, and someone is going to buy it before you can get your checkbook out.

7210 La Vista Living

This gorgeous German contemporary at 7210 La Vista is listed by Scott Carlson for $549,000. It has four bedrooms, three full baths, more than 2,700 square feet indoors, and it is the ideal home for preschool-aged kids considering the ample playroom and the schools (Lakewood/DISD).

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Built in 1949, this home looks like its a traditional on the outside, but indoors is another story entirely. Everything is sleek and modern, including the gorgeous floors and brand-spanking-new windows. The walls are fresh and white, making the whole first floor light up.

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The kitchen is amazing, too. It has European-style cabinetry, stainless appliances, and plenty of room for preparation. There’s a breakfast bar, too, and while it’s a galley style with no island, this commissary is anything but cramped.

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The master suite is large and light, and you’ll absolutely love the tile in the bathroom. Another great feature of this home is the fantastic outdoor space, which includes a balcony upstairs with room to move around, and a patio downstairs with a fabulous modern trellis.

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Need plenty of covered parking? There is an attached two-car garage and a second, detached garage. I say used the detached one for storage and keep the attached one clutter-free! Great idea!

Love this home, too? Act fast!

7210 La Vista front

Happy Friday! It’s wedding season, so I know a lot of you are headed out of town. I’ll keep things short and sweet: This house is amazing, you’re going to love it, and someone is going to buy it before you can get your checkbook out.

7210 La Vista Living

This gorgeous German contemporary at 7210 La Vista is listed by Scott Carlson for $549,000. It has four bedrooms, three full baths, more than 2,700 square feet indoors, and it is the ideal home for preschool-aged kids considering the ample playroom and the schools (Lakewood/DISD).

7210 La Vista Dining

Built in 1949, this home looks like its a traditional on the outside, but indoors is another story entirely. Everything is sleek and modern, including the gorgeous floors and brand-spanking-new windows. The walls are fresh and white, making the whole first floor light up.

7210 La Vista Kitchen

The kitchen is amazing, too. It has European-style cabinetry, stainless appliances, and plenty of room for preparation. There’s a breakfast bar, too, and while it’s a galley style with no island, this commissary is anything but cramped.

7210 Master Bath

The master suite is large and light, and you’ll absolutely love the tile in the bathroom. Another great feature of this home is the fantastic outdoor space, which includes a balcony upstairs with room to move around, and a patio downstairs with a fabulous modern trellis.

7210 La Vista Backyard

Need plenty of covered parking? There is an attached two-car garage and a second, detached garage. I say used the detached one for storage and keep the attached one clutter-free! Great idea!

Love this home, too? Act fast!

9774 Twin Creek Front

This area is beyond hot — it’s smoking! Homes in the Ash Creek/Alger Park area are selling fast and for just about asking price — especially if they have been staged. This home has been staged by an expert, too, and I bet this listing — 9774 Twin Creek from Dave Perry-Miller agent Janice Parson — will get snapped up fast as well.

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There are plenty of reasons to love this home, so let’s tick them off: Completely remodeled with museum-finish walls, contemporary decor, tons of natural light, more than 1,700 square feet, three bedrooms and two full baths, and there’s a two-car garage for $279,900.

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If you’re about to balk at the price, consider this: besides having gorgeous hardwoods throughout and a brand-spanking-new kitchen, you don’t have to make any investments in this property. It’s totally turn-key and it has some cool architectural details for a home built in 1955. Take the slanted corner windows in both the dining area and in the den, and the neat pond in the backyard for example. If it were me, I’d come in with a bid around $269,900 and feel pretty confident.

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But back to the kitchen. It’s so cute with the two-tone cabinets. I love it when a homeowner takes a risk with design and it pays off. Not many people would think to do two different finishes for their cabinets, but the golden birch kitchen doors really coordinate with the hardwood floor. It also warms the kitchen area the up and plays up the stainless steel appliances and clean lines of the vaulted ceiling. And the strip of mosaic glass in the backsplash is just enough color without being too overt.

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The master bedroom has plenty of light, and buyers will appreciate the ceiling fan, too. However, I kind of feel like there could have been some color on the walls in here. Maybe a soft gray or a neutral blue? It feels a little sterile.

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The master bath is absolutely coated in travertine, which is definitely an upgrade from some of the bathrooms I’ve seen in this area sporting the original funky-colored DalTile. That’s an acquired taste, for sure. Still, there’s only one sink from this vantage point, which buyers will expect from their master bath at this price point.

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The backyard is all aces when it comes to entertaining. Guests can pass through the full-light backdoor from the den into the covered patio area, which features a fireplace for partygoers to cozy around when it’s a little chilly.

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Follow the winding path to the garden area of the backyard, where you’ll find a pond with a modern waterfall. How relaxing!

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So what do you think about this contemporary remodel in an up-and-coming White Rock Lake neighborhood?