I am choosing 6124 St. Andrews as my Candy Sale of the Week because it is a true tree house in Dallas. I am heading west today, to sample the beautiful living in the trees of Northern California at Calistoga Ranch. This hidden architectural treasure designed by Gary Cunningham, AIA, gave me packing inspiration.
And it is also the most amazing one-bedroom home in North Texas. Really, this is the most perfect empty-nester retirement home ever. You are not rocking on the porch. You are communing with the trees and nature surrounded by exquisite design!
Cunningham chose Pennsylvania blue stone for the exterior, both irregular slab pieces and a cut stacked design that evokes a controlled ramshackle, blend-in-with-nature feel. Then there is the standing seam copper roof that has the aged patina to blend in beautifully with the setting. The home is glass view of gardens upon glass view of gardens. Every angle from all of the living areas of the home takes advantage of the walls of glass, truly connecting the home with its magnificent setting. Your feet will tap on the stained concrete concrete floors and you may think you are in the mountains. The first floor holds the living room, library, gorgeous over-the-top kitchen with maple cabinetry and a window wall with glass shelving that floods the kitchen with natural light. Nearby is the informal dining room, a trophy room/family room and laundry room.
The 26 by 14 foot master bedroom suite is upstairs, but no worries: this home has an elevator for the weak-kneed. The master also views the gardens through more glass, and there are dual baths and probably the most famous master closet in town. There is a sitting room with a hidden bar, open to the two-story living room below. Then there is the bridge — a dramatic suspended walkway that connects the sitting room to a private glass walled office. (The office could easily be converted to a second bedroom and full bath.) The finishes of every square inch are obsessively perfect, from the smooth as a baby’s butt glass finish walls to the smallest hardware details. Yes, it is a 7631 square foot, one-bedroom house with two and a half baths. It was built as a downsizing home and is a Baby Boomer’s dream house: a 3-car garage for the sports cars one can finally have now that Suburbans can be put to pasture, or to the ranch, multiple storage rooms for scrapbooks, sprinkler, security and mosquito systems so you can enjoy the woods and dinner without becoming dinner. Listed with David Nichols, Mathews Nichols Group, for $5,750,000. The home has been on the market since April and the price has not so much as thought about heading south. Don’t blame them. This home is one of the treasure homes of Dallas.