Where The Cool Kids Are: Brent Brown-Designed Modern in Urban Reserve

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Urban Reserve is where the cool kids live — there’s no doubt about it. You have to have a certain aesthetic and sensibility to appreciate what this master-planned, sustainable, modern oasis is all about. It’s not surprising that in a neighborhood of 50 homes spread over 13 acres you’ll find seven architects, artists, and interior designers — you know, the cool kids.

Now you can join them (and be cool, too) because 14 Vanguard Way, our Inwood National Bank Home of the Week, has just been listed by Joseph Garcia of Gharbieh + Associates for $904,900. Architect Brent Brown designed the 3,008-square-foot, three-bedroom, three-bathroom home. Brown is a director with BC Workshop and the founding director of the city of Dallas’ CityDesign Studio. And he’s won more awards than we have room to write about.

This cool iron sculpture is actually a fire pit! (Photos: Rick Davis/FLUX Media Productions)

Brown designed the entry of this home to complement the exterior, wrapping both in a warm, rich, IPE— a hardwood from Brazil that is, of course, eco-friendly.14 Vanguard WayThe open-plan living area was enhanced by the present owner Pamela Southern, an interior designer. Southern designed the show-stopping fireplace wall, creating repetitions of niches under the existing window and adding a wonderful metal sculptural element to the fireplace.

“It’s a wow factor,” Garcia said. “The living and dining areas are a great entertainment space.”



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The dining room custom cabinetry is by Studio Becker, which uses only sustainable sources. Light fixtures can make or break a room, and this one — Oh Mei Ma by Ingo Maurer (you may remember their iconic Lucellino—a light bulb fixture with wings) — is a touch of perfection.

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The kitchen countertops are reconstituted granite and the island is Corian. This is a smart choice because it’s incredibly durable, non-porous, stain resistant, seamless, heat resistant, and, of course, sustainable.

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Walnut countertops lend warmth to the master bathroom.

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A stunning iron fence by Luis Obregon

By now most of us know the mastermind behind this green community is Diane Cheatham, one of the most futuristic thinkers in real estate development. Urban Reserve is a shining example of what happens when smart people are allowed to do smart things. Every house in the development has LEED-H certification. Style and sustainability go hand-in-hand here. In fact, two of the existing homes will be featured in the upcoming AIA Dallas Tour of Homes in October.

Are you ready to be one of the cool kids?


Karen Eubank

Karen is the owner of Eubank Staging and Design. She has been an award-winning professional home stager for more than 25 years and a professional writer for over 20 years. Karen is the mother of a son who’s studying for his masters at The New England Conservatory of Music. An ardent animal lover, she doesn’t mind one bit if your fur baby jumps right into her lap.

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