Cris Craft Home in Urban Reserve Available, Awesome, Gets National Ink

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Really, it’s one of Dallas’ most unique new homes. I’m talking about Ed Murchison’s listing at 22 Vanguard Way, otherwise known as the Chris Craft House, designed by architect Vince Snyder. The home is named after the famous boat company that immortalized hand-crafted wood boats because interlocking wood beams under the home’s long, vaulted ceiling, evoke the feeling of being a ships’ hull. I think the home also looks like a ship from the front. It would make the perfect beach house!

Well, so great is this listing that it got national acclaim from the folks at Curbed last week. I dialed up Diane Cheatham, owner of the home and also developer of the Urban Reserve, who told me the house has been occupied by a tenant but will be soon be vacant.

Chris Craft house 1I do not think this will last long, not in our market. The home has a perfect 3927 square feet with formals, three bedrooms, two full and one-half bath, a lofty study, and a geothermal HVAC system. It sits on a .27 acre site next to a pond with a rainwater catching Vermont slate roof and copper roof. Water spill off that roof feeds the pond.

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You will find it in The Urban Reserve, Cheatham’s single-street development of individually-designed, eco-friendly homes up near Forest Lane just east of Central Expressway, where lot inventory is thinning out. As it is all over town:. 38 of the Reserve’s 50 lots have new owners. Each home in the one-street community boasts high energy efficiency and dynamic design. On a recent field trip visit with a large marketing group hosted by Cadillac, I was privy to the crowd reaction of the development: pristine and well located as the perfect lock-and-leave community for those with an eye for contemporary style.

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Candy Evans

Candy Evans is one of the nation’s leading real estate reporters, bloggers and consultants. She reports on Dallas real estate for WFAA-TV’s Daybreak with Ron Corning, and is frequently called as a real estate expert by other Dallas media. She is also a real-estate editor for CultureMap Dallas, Modern Luxury Dallas, the Katy Trail Weekly and the White Rock Weekly. She even has her own web-based Real Estate show called, The Party Line. Candy has written for AOL Real Estate, and is a guest blogger for Joel Kotkin’s The New Geography, Inman Real Estate News plus a host of national sites. Candy was a longtime contributing editor to Dallas’ D Magazine and sister pubs, and in 2007 founded the wildly successful Dallas real estate blog, DallasDirt. That’s where she broke the news on where former president George W. Bush bought his Dallas home in 2008. She is the founder and publisher of an exciting platform of Dallas-based real estate sites including SecondShelters.com, devoted to the vacation home market, and her signature CandysDirt.com, everything you need to know about real estate in North Texas. And yes, we are still psyched about the GOLD! In 2013, CandysDirt.com was named Best Blog by the venerable National Association of Real Estate Editors, one of the nation’s oldest and most prestigious journalism associations, and the only association for journalists covering real estate, home and urban design. We snatched silver in 2015, and who knows what 2016 brings...

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  1. Stuart Hood says

    This home has been on and off the market for years and has never sold.

    All those beautiful windows now point directly into another home just 50 or so feet away.

    • mmCandy Evans says

      I see your point, Stuart, but part of the eco-nature of the Urban Reserve is going lightly on the land — smaller lots that suck up less water, requires less fertilizer, etc. So you don’t get a prairie to view. I mean you can’t have it both ways.

      • Stuart Hood says

        For $1,000,000+ in this location, I am sure buyers think they can have it both ways.

        And to be fair, do we really think Diane went lightly on the land purely for eco purposes? Keep in mind, she is selling, or trying to sell, land at $30 psf…well above market in this area (even if you tack on the premium of an eco community).

        • Diane Cheatham says

          Lot layouts at UR minimize east/west solar exposure and provide a wide 20′ side yard which allows all rooms to engage with the garden. The view from the windows at the Chris Craft House is a beautiful Texas stone wall which is softened with landscaping. Owners at UR enjoy the gardens and visual privacy afforded by the north wall of the homes. Interestingly, most backyards in Dallas are 50’wide x 25′ deep = 1,250sf vs. the side yards at UR = 20′ wide x 125′ deep = 2,500sf.

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