You can tell when someone hasn’t spent much time in Dallas when they refer to our summers. They use words like “scorching,” “oppressive,” or some other generic term. In Curbed‘s case, they say that “a long lap pool also features plenty of seating for guests beleaguered by the hot Dallas summer,” in their write up of J. McDonald “Don” Williams’ incredible Bluffview contemporary mansion.
Anyone from Dallas knows that:
1) There is no way being in proximity to a lap pool during summer is going to do anything to cool you down. It will, at best, give you the extra incentive you need to just dive right in, Louboutins and all.
2) You aren’t “beleaguered” by the “hot Dallas summer.” If you’re lucky, you escape to Aspen, the Hamptons, or wherever your second home (or third!) may be. If you’re sticking around, though, you’re morally and physically aggrieved by the inconceivable high temperatures, becoming irrationally obsessed by how many days in a row we’ve seen 100-degree weather, and loathing the many crevices from which your body pours sweat.
But, I digress.
What Dallas residents will appreciate in a home is the almost 7,000 square feet of sleek and light interiors in which you can retreat from the “hot Dallas summer.” This home is in Bluffview, one of the most sought-after neighborhoods in Dallas, which boasts a stunning variety of architecture and huge lot sizes.
Williams, who was once the chairman of Trammel Crow Company and founded the Foundation for Community Empowerment and the J. McDonald Williams Institute at the University of Texas at Dallas, hired Bodron+Fruit Architecture, Mesa Landscape Design, and contractor Elite Homes by John and Stephen Hardy to construct 4610 Wildwood Road in 2009.
This masterpiece of contemporary architecture was built in tune with the surrounding environment. Boasting Cottonwood limestone, mahogany, and copper exteriors, rift cut white oak and Gascoigne marble floors, custom cabinetry, an expansive library, a marble-clad Rumford fireplace, and 14-foot ceilings, the interiors are at least worth a good long gander. It’s marketed by the insanely talented Claire Dewar at Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s for $9.75 million.
My favorite thing? The beautiful views offered by the surrounding 1.3 acre wooded lot, which you can appreciate in the comfort of air conditioning.