Durham Builders Create Modern Marvels with East Dallas Santa Barbara Development

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These photos are of the Durham Builders home at 6924 Santa Barbara Dr., one of three modern houses now available in the new Santa Barbara development. Photos: MetroplexHD

East Dallas has a new modern enclave near White Rock Lake, with three houses built, and four more planned.

The Santa Barbara development, near Mockingbird Lane and W. Lawther Drive, creates a style that fuses native Texas materials with California-style architecture. The result is marvelous, something that’s being called “this-century modern.”

“When we were doing the original modeling, we were doing was more Midcentury Modern [style], but I felt  a Texas modern house would go better with the community,” said builder Miles Durham of Durham Builders. “It seems like the people around the lake and in Lakewood are open to this type and style of house.”

Durham’s father, Robert Durham, is the architect for the Santa Barbara development.

“He has modernist influences, and Frank Lloyd Wright,” Miles said. “He does all of the floorplan layouts and all of the elevations, I do all the finish selections and more. We’ve done a lot of houses and we work well together.”Durham Builders

The Santa Barbara houses are priced between $810K and $825K, and are around 3,200 square feet with four or five bedrooms. The designs include an abundance of large windows, open floorplans, fireplaces clad in Carrera Marble and wood, designer tile, concrete floors, and chef’s kitchens with high-end KitchenAid stainless steel appliances and Silestone quartz countertops.

“It’s extremely affordable by Lakewood standards, and that was important to us,” Miles said.

The photos throughout this post are of the home at 6924 Santa Barbara Dr. listed by Jennifer Baldwin with Clay Stapp + Co. for $810,000. It is a 5-4 with two living areas and 3,137 square feet.

Durham Builders Durham Builders Durham Builders Durham Builders Durham Builders Durham BuildersOutside, the Santa Barbara homes offer native landscaping, covered dining patios, decks, and large backyards with privacy fences and enough space to accommodate swimming pools.

The price point of about $250 per square foot is quite reasonable for new construction of this caliber in such a desirable location: in addition to being walking distance to White Rock Lake, Ridgewood Park, and the White Rock Creek Greenbelt, it’s directly in front of the SoPac Trail.
“There was a church [on this land], and I loved the proximity to White Rock Lake, the Katy Trail extension, and that it’s in the Lakewood Elementary district,” Miles said.

He is no stranger to successful residential developments. Miles was one of two builders of Pine Tree Court, located at the corner of McMillan and Ellsworth. Along with Cambridge Homes, Durham Builders created 16 modern patio-style homes that sold out quickly last year.

His style is widely admired: Durham’s Eagle Trail home was featured in Dallas Modern Home Tour in 2012.

In this home, the most outstanding aspect is the sense of connection between the outdoors and indoors. The windows are the key to achieving that (and they’re all low-E and UV-reducing). The clean lines help draw attention to focal pieces: the staircase and entryway panel, are stunning in their simplicity and craftsmanship. Durham Builders Durham Builders Durham Builders 6924SantaBarbara-13 6924SantaBarbara-3 6924SantaBarbara-4 6924SantaBarbara-5 6924 Santa Barbara C
Residential building energy codes are done by the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC). The homes in the Santa Barbara development exceeded all IECC codes substantially, Miles said.
“We run through an extensive protocol on energy code compliance,” he said. “All the glass is low-E and reduces a lot of UV rays, and they are oriented in the house to avoid direct rays. We also tried to use maintenance-free or low-maintenance products, like polished concrete instead of hardwood floors on the first floor. All of the tile is form Texas-based companies, too.”
Miles says the response to the Santa Barbara development has been good.

“We’ve had a lot of showings and right and I think we’re close,” he said. “In terms of square footage, design, and price, we’re great.”

The next four homes will break ground soon.

“The design work on those homes is complete and our hope is to start construction by Dec. 1,” he said.


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Leah Shafer

Leah Shafer is a content and social media specialist, as well as a Dallas native, who lives in Richardson with her family. In her sixth-grade yearbook, Leah listed "interior designer" as her future profession. Now she writes about them, as well as all things real estate, for CandysDirt.com.

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  1. ceemac says

    Why do so many of the new houses like this have such an unfriendly fortress style design. The dominant feature is the garage and there is no front porch. These designs do not promote great neighbors that are like tight knit extended families.

    If I were king I would ban garages and mandate big front porches. Tonight would be a great night to have a BIG front porch. Fire up the grill, invite the neighbors something to toss on the grill. Eat a little. Drink a little. Watch the storm roll in.

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