Monday Morning Millionaire, II: Contemporary Architectural Wonder on Watauga Taking Us to New Heights

This is one of those moments when you just want to go, ahhhh. Breathe deeply, because you will need it to get up the hill, the HILLS. This stunning abode in the bluffs is the home of a Dallas couple named David and Emily Corrigan. They LOVE  architecturally significant homes. In fact, they told D Home Magazine a few years ago that, while David grew up in a traditional Highland Park home, Emily grew up steeped in Bud Oglesby on Strait Lane with interiors by the late, great John Astin Perkins. In late 2005, the Corrigans, who lived in a fairly traditional ranch in Preston Hollow, felt edged out by the McMansions shooting up around them, hemming them in. So they went shopping, and found a contemporary home on this magical hill in bucolic Bluffview, built by Dallas architect Downing Thomas in the 1950s. It was almost more about the setting than the house: lush, hilly, and heavily treed, country-esque, the anti-thesis of flat Dallas. It reminded David and their boys more of life on the family ranch or fishing camp.

It was, of course, Bluffview. 

The home was completely remodeled, calling in nationally-renown interior designer Emily Summers — mother of Caroline  Summers — and Mary Elizabeth Johnson to do the heavy lifting. Two-thirds of the original home was torn down, and during the two-year renovation miracles took place. Like moving the swimming pool to create more yard space. When it was finally complete in 2007, they had a whopping 9090 square feet, four bedrooms, six and a half baths, loaded with details only your heart could desire from cedar closets in the bedrooms to a second master suite, library, gameroom, mud room, complete exterior misting and mosquito repellent system,  and extraordinarily huge windows that  bring the outdoors in and make it seem as though the trees and critters are an active part of the interiors. The master is not just a treasure, it has won several design awards. There is also outdoor living with two grills and a fireplace overlooking the waterfall pool. You could live out here, but much better in the guest house with two bedrooms, two full baths, kitchen, living area and office.

Emily Corrigan told D Home she wanted to seriously collect Greek and Byzantine pottery when her family is grown. We can only say, please invite us over to see your NEXT home! In the meantime, this baby, fresh on the market, will set you back $7,200,000. What do you know: 7 is my lucky number!

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  • I've got the purrfect buyer –ME! Seriously gorgeous Miss Candy. I am dialing up a few prospects right now.

  • I've got the purrfect buyer –ME! Seriously gorgeous Miss Candy. I am dialing up a few prospects right now.

  • Beautiful home. I do have to say those fuzzy chairs looked like something from a haunted house b-movie. Sit down and you become consumed by the chair.

  • Beautiful home. I do have to say those fuzzy chairs looked like something from a haunted house b-movie. Sit down and you become consumed by the chair.

  • That photo of what appears to be the master bedroom, with the pair of Eames chairs in the windows, is heaven! What incredible views.

  • That photo of what appears to be the master bedroom, with the pair of Eames chairs in the windows, is heaven! What incredible views.

  • To set up a private showing, contact listing agent Julie Gilbert with Briggs Freeman Sotheby's International Realty.

  • To set up a private showing, contact listing agent Julie Gilbert with Briggs Freeman Sotheby's International Realty.

  • @Gene: if you email me the link to this, I'm happy to include it in the story. Is it up on the Briggs site yet?

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    @Gene: if you email me the link to this, I'm happy to include it in the story. Is it up on the Briggs site yet?

  • WOW Candy, this is totally my style. I have alway dreamed of living in this home……I have the 200,000 but can you lend me the 7 million?

  • WOW Candy, this is totally my style. I have alway dreamed of living in this home……I have the 200,000 but can you lend me the 7 million?

  • The architect who designed the 2007 additions and renovations to this property is Jason Smith.
    http://www.smitharc.com

  • The architect who designed the 2007 additions and renovations to this property is Jason Smith.
    http://www.smitharc.com

  • This home was originally a simple 1950's North Dallas ranch style home perched high on a "hill" in what was previously the Bluffview Dairy in the 1950's. I was told that the original waterfalling swimming pool in the back was the first to be built in Dallas using dynamite, perhaps by Cardinal Pools (?). Later, it was owned by Mr. Boot, Bubbha Katz. After him, it was owned by Joanna Rogers. She hired Downing Thomas in the 1970's to do renovations–concentrating on the kitchen and library. In 1980, it was purchased by Diana and Phil Cobb. Not long after they purchasd the property, a tornado went overhead taking down many of the old trees. They planted around 50 young red oaks and magnolias in the wooded areas as replacements. They hired Downing Thomas to come back in the mid-1980's and design the addition which extends toward the front of the property, into the trees, facing Watauga Road, and the separate caretakers' house which was built over the three car garage. When the bronzed columns first went up, Ben Briggs (across the street) joked that the Golden Arches (McDonald"s) had come to Bluffview. At Downing Thomas' urging, they hired Bruce Berger (formerly with Boyd & Heidrich, now Armstrong Berger) to do the landscape design, adding a barbecue and outdoor dining area to the backyard, and transforming the front of the property from a treacherous rock stepped vinca covered hillside to water weirs, a koi pond, and children's play area, using predominantly native landscaping. In the 1990's, Diana Sargent again hired Downing Thomas to renovate the "children's wing" of the home. She sold it in 1994. This is a spectacular lot, located in a wonderful neighborhood. Because of the location and unusual topography, this property seems to attract a series of owners who enjoy transforming the property to meet their visions.

  • This home was originally a simple 1950's North Dallas ranch style home perched high on a "hill" in what was previously the Bluffview Dairy in the 1950's. I was told that the original waterfalling swimming pool in the back was the first to be built in Dallas using dynamite, perhaps by Cardinal Pools (?). Later, it was owned by Mr. Boot, Bubbha Katz. After him, it was owned by Joanna Rogers. She hired Downing Thomas in the 1970's to do renovations–concentrating on the kitchen and library. In 1980, it was purchased by Diana and Phil Cobb. Not long after they purchasd the property, a tornado went overhead taking down many of the old trees. They planted around 50 young red oaks and magnolias in the wooded areas as replacements. They hired Downing Thomas to come back in the mid-1980's and design the addition which extends toward the front of the property, into the trees, facing Watauga Road, and the separate caretakers' house which was built over the three car garage. When the bronzed columns first went up, Ben Briggs (across the street) joked that the Golden Arches (McDonald"s) had come to Bluffview. At Downing Thomas' urging, they hired Bruce Berger (formerly with Boyd & Heidrich, now Armstrong Berger) to do the landscape design, adding a barbecue and outdoor dining area to the backyard, and transforming the front of the property from a treacherous rock stepped vinca covered hillside to water weirs, a koi pond, and children's play area, using predominantly native landscaping. In the 1990's, Diana Sargent again hired Downing Thomas to renovate the "children's wing" of the home. She sold it in 1994. This is a spectacular lot, located in a wonderful neighborhood. Because of the location and unusual topography, this property seems to attract a series of owners who enjoy transforming the property to meet their visions.