From the outside, this house at 7136 Aberdeen in the way cool Meadows is kind of blah. And I’d appreciate any suggestions on how to improve that exterior — I am not fond of that paint color on the stucco, and is it me or is that door too dark and heavy and well, Plano, for the mid-century vibe?

But once inside, this home is va va va voom — look at the gorgeous kitchen. Cathedral ceiling. I feel a masculine touch in the decorating — like the master bath — but it is not bothering me one bit. You?

So taken back to studs. I mean, this gal has had some work! Updates include: electrical, windows, doors, stucco exterior, stone entry way, Bosch SS gas range & double ovens, spa shower with frameless glass, jetted tub, double vanities, solid oak flooring, porcelain tile, granite, cabinetry, built-ins, lighting, hardware, fixtures, moldings, arbor, gutters, landscaping, spinkler system and more. Four bedrooms, three baths, 2823 square feet, built in 1964 on almost 1/3rd acre. Asking $538,835.

Like I said, you cannot judge a book by  the cover. Sometimes the inside is way better, sometimes waaaay worse.

White Rock Home Tour Goes All Modern This Year!

Modernistas, unite! Your day has come or rather, will be here very soon, like next weekend. The White Rock Home Tour has been happening for a few years.¬† But next week, the tour turns thoroughly modern, benefiting Hexter Elementary, and becoming the city’s first all modern home tour. And wait ’till you see the homes coming up: like 8214 San Benito Way — be still, my heart. Talk about House Candy, if this one were on the market I think I’d be popping out of the computer.

Located in beautiful, grand Forest Hills, this modern marvel is as functional as it is innovative. The homeowners have lived at this address for many years and opted to tear down the original structure to build their dream home. But finding the right architect turned out to be a bit harder than they imagined. Then they discovered their next door neighbor and architect, Jay Matthiesen, who was able to see their vision perfectly. Jay came up with a plan that gives the homeowners a unique contemporary design with a livable family environment.

A stone walkway leads you to the impressive glass entry. Twenty-two foot ceilings with front and rear facing walls of glass allow you to see through the center of the home and fill it with light. Upon entering notice the limestone fireplace, which is the solid centerpiece of the living room. Privacy is not an issue with all that glass as a smooth stucco exterior is used on either end of the home. Uniquely designed wooden screens protect the bedrooms from street views.

With two teenagers and constant family gatherings, large rooms are needed for entertaining. A 400 square foot kitchen with oversized black marble bar meets their every need. Notice the 12 ft. wall of natural wood lined cabinetry. Upstairs a game and media room allow for additional gathering space as well as a teenager hideaway. The second floor provides spectacular views of the neighborhood and backyard oasis with pool and fire pit. Not ridiculously large, this residence is just over 5,000 square feet with 4 bedrooms and 4 full bathrooms.

Clifford Miles Welch, AIA discusses MODERNISM THEN AND NOW: the influences of post-war residential architecture

When: April 15, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Where: Design Within Reach, 4524 McKinney Avenue Suite 103, Dallas, TX 75205.
Cost:Donations requested, which benefit Hexter Elementary.
What:Light refreshments will be provided by II Cane Rosso from 6:30 to 7:30. A speaker to begin at 7:30.
RSVP: Space is limited to 150. Reservations required at [email protected].
Parking: Complimentary valet.

6th Annual Advocate Magazines White Rock Home Tour
Presented by Ed Murchison, Realtor, Specializing in Mid-Century Modern Homes, Virginia Cook, Realtors

When: April 16 – 17, noon to 5 p.m.
Where: White Rock Lake area. See for confirmed locations.
Cost:$10 in advance at White Rock Coffee, GreenSpot and neighboring Tom Thumb locations. Or, $15 during the tour at any tour-home.
What: Tours with remarks by docents at five White Rock area modern homes.

Architect meet-and-greets
Where, Who, When:

Saturday, April 16
1-3 p.m.
8214 San Benito Way
Jay Matthiesen AIA, CDP, architect

3-5 p.m.
10754 Wyatt Circle
Jane Landry FAIA, architect
Dwayne Landry FAIA, architect
Ellyn Amador, architect

Sunday, April 17
1-3 p.m.
9955 Woodgrove
Jonathan Delcambre, Assoc AIA, LEED AP BD+C, home designer

3-5 p.m.
8214 San Benito Way
Jay Matthiesen AIA, CDP, architect



  Tour Map

To download a printable version of our 2011 White Rock Home Tour map click here.