Preston Hollow Custom Home with a Palm Springs Vibe

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Dallas has always been a hotbed of excellent residential architecture, and our Inwood National Bank Home of the Week is a perfect example of the sterling level of local talent. The architectural firm Domiteaux + Baggett are the masterminds behind this Frank Lloyd Wright inspired Preston Hollow custom home with a Palm Springs vibe. It would be a perfect location for a remake of any Rat Pack movie. We can easily imagine George Clooney and Brad Pitt hanging out by the pool at 5706 Watson Circle.

The 5,000-square-foot home is listed by Minnette Murray with Coldwell Banker for $2.75 million and we were lucky enough to get a peek at it this week.

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Entry door designed by Robin Herndon

It was designed with floor-to-ceiling windows that overlook a lush backyard. That idea was not just a cool style choice; it was also a practical consideration. “The present owners had young children when they began building the house, so we wanted to make it easy to keep an eye on the kids,” said Mark Domiteaux, one of the principal architects in the firm.

IWHOTWThe growing family directed a lot of the design decisions. “The clients wanted each child to have their own bedroom and bathroom, in a separate wing, so the havoc could be contained,” Domiteaux said. Three bedroom suites were created upstairs as well as an open-plan recreation area. The master suite and guest room are in their own secluded space at the end of the house. If you’re keeping track, that’s five bedrooms and five bathrooms. Of course there are four more half bathrooms in the house. No one is ever going to be waiting in line to brush their teeth here.

A hallmark of Domiteaux + Baggett is the front door. The firm works with local artist Robin Herndon, well known for her fused glass art. “We introduce our clients to Robin and they work together to create a statement door that sets the tone for the house,” Domiteaux said. This one is Spanish mahogany with a long rectangle of fused glass surrounded by windows with horizontal mahogany bars, a signature look that is repeated throughout the home.

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The stacked stone dining room overlooks the backyard.

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An exterior view of the dining room windows.

Upon entering the house, you’re swept away by light, glass, stone, wood, a view of the expansive backyard, and a sense of calm. “Everything about this house gives off a peaceful, Zen feel,” Murray said. “The home’s warm and organic atmosphere is perfectly balanced with the contemporary style.”

“I think the entry dining room windows are my favorite thing,” Domiteaux said. The windows are a real nod to Frank Lloyd Wright architecture and they just explode that corner open.”

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The entry staircase encloses the back corner of the kitchen.

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A view of the entry and kitchen wrapped with Paduk Brazilian wood.

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Honed granite and stainless steel countertops and a Brossa, Aqua Polished Edge ThinkGlass bartop keep the kitchen at the top the style charts.

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A glass box encloses both the breakfast room and the study to allow for unobstructed views of the backyard.

The kitchen is a study in style and efficiency. The family entertains a lot, and with the dining room as a focal point, the kitchen needed to be an easy space to work in while still pulling its weight in the style department. Domiteaux used Padauk, a Brazilian hardwood, for the desired effect. “I had used it in my own kitchen so I knew it would be perfect,” he said. This is when trusting your architect is essential: Padauk is orange — bright orange. “It takes about six weeks for it to turn color,” Domiteaux said. “As it ages it becomes darker and richer, and more and more beautiful.”

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The family room opens onto the kitchen and overlooks both the backyard and enclosed landscaped driveway area.

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The glass box study evolved from the owners wish to see as much of the backyard and pool as possible. Pocket doors create privacy when needed.

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The master suite is wrapped in a hemp cloth wall covering.

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“The laundry room is entered from the garage and it’s the control center,” Dominteaux said. “There is space for everything to happen here.”

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The 55,000-gallon beach-entry pool is surrounded by a wrap-around sun patio. A five-layer solid limestone waterfall flows into the pool. And yes the kids did drive their bikes right into the pool on opening day.

“Our homes are eclectic,” Domiteaux said. “The design is always driven by the personality of the client. We get to know them and their needs during the process. This is very much a family house. It was a dream job because the clients were open to ideas and did not want to compromise on anything.”

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This is where George Clooney and Brad Pitt will be hanging out.

That’s exactly what a potential buyer wants to hear because lack of compromise translates to an extremely good investment. And then there’s that potential for George Clooney to film a movie here. That’s a deal sealer!