5706 Watson Cir IHOTW

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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The Cedars is a favorite trendy neighborhood of ours, full of urban lofts, condo buildings, and townhomes in an area that is cleaning up nice, but still is a little gritty, kind of like Brad Pitt in “A River Runs Through It” or George Clooney in “The American.”

So yes, like both Pitt and Clooney (SWOON!), the Cedars is a fantastic neighborhood that is easy on the eyes even with a five o’clock shadow. It’s a hub of artists and venues and great local dives. It has downtown views, is close to North Oak Cliff, and next door to the Trinity River. It has mass transit and is fantastic for someone who wants to simplify, and perhaps live car free.

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And this unit inside the popular Buzz Lofts is a great place to start your urban lifestyle. It has an open, convertible floorplan that is either a large one-bedroom unit or a cozy two-bedroom apartment with a spacious single bath. Unit 406 at 1111 Akard St. has a gorgeous view of downtown Dallas, too, and is listed for lease by Virginia Cook Realtor Chad Barker for $1,325 a month.

Considering the sleek, Euro-style kitchen with island, and convenient garage-door opening to the balcony, these condos often feel like they would be more at home in Denmark than in Dallas, and still, with our mild spring and fall, I would have that roll-up door open early and often to soak up the urban vibes.

The Beat Unit 406 Kitchen

The bamboo floors are a boon for anyone who wants cool, low-maintenance floors that aren’t quite as freezing cold as polished concrete but still feel a little edgy. There’s a huge utility area and closet — 12 feet of space! — which is rare for an urban loft. You have more than 980 square feet of space to move around and customize, and considering the separate bedroom accommodations, you could easily make this home a great place for hosting a few friends by using the second bedroom area as a living or dining room, and perhaps even put a large farm table next to the roll-up door, which you could open when the weather suits you for a lovely dining experience.

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Now, the only nit I’m going to pick isn’t even a big deal, because those creepy human-looking wall sconces in the master? They’ll be gone by the time you move in. So it’s a non issue! Still, are they not super weird voodoo doll looking things? I would not be able to sleep with those at my bedside!

So come for the culture, stay for the views, and viva la Cedars!

The Beat Unit 406 Downtown View

The rumor was rampant in Dallas Real Estate circles last winter that Angelina Jolie, Brad and all the kiddos had leased this house — 3911 Beverly Drive — for the weekend while in town for the Super Bowl.  If so, someone ought to ring up Mr. and Mrs. Pitt and tell them the place is now even more of a bargain. The Dave Perry-Miller listing is reduced from $7,995,000 to $7,500,000. Hot dang! The home is also open on Sunday, July 10 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. No wonder it’s a hotbed of rumors, 3911 Beverly is beyond wonderful! There are 8 bedrooms, 7.3 baths, 9 living areas, a huge four car garage plus everything you could ever need in 12,250 square feet. Added plus: the home is on a giant 78 foot wide, 225 foot deep lot. Even more, it overlooks the Dallas Country Club, so the backyard seems to go on forever. 

It may also be the only home on Beverly large enough to hold that Jolie-Pitt brood!

There are four grand stories total that commence with a Sunset Boulevard-quality dramatic spiral staircase, but never fear clacking the Loubies on those steps: there’s an elevator that serves each floor. Of course there is total fancy-pants, whole-house networking, rare marble and granites, wide-plank hardwoods and hand-chiseled limestone floors.

Built in 2010, the home is rather energy-efficient, including 19-SEER air-conditioning and super duper insulation. In winter, you could almost heat the house by lighting all five — yes, 5! — fireplaces. This is also a family-friendly home, though there are five balconies (one to match each fireplace?). Location has a capital “L” here: the home is on a coveted block of Beverly with only three houses, so the Dallas Country Club and Lakeside Park are within walking distance.

On the ground floor: the library,  great room with hidden screen and projection system, and formal and informal dining areas. Any Dartmouth grad would want this island kitchen boasting Olympian Danby granite countertops direct from Danby, New Hampshire, a six-burner Wolf gas range, a Sub-Zero, and Wolf double convection ovens. Do not forget there is a lower level, a veritable entertaining mecca: billiards room, exercise room, a home theater, a living room, a wet bar and wine room with tasting area. The second level also has a den, plus a guest wing with living, dining, kitchenette. The master is on the second floor and has great views of the DCC.  Knock-out bathroom includes jetted tub, dual steam shower and expansive closets. The guest suite is on the third and top floor, with a sitting area, a balcony and the best fireworks views in town. Or the country, for that matter.

When  I checked it out, it appears that Brangelina et al did NOT stay at this home, though a source did tell me he had seen a lot of Secret Service types around the place SuperBowl week. The house is owned by Catherine T. and Robert C. Karlseng, he being a very big real estate attorney in town.