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.
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!