University Park French Contemporary —Troy Aikman, You Better Have a Look!

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If dreams of the Loire Valley and Château du Chenonceau fill your head but you hang your hat in Dallas, we may have found your next home. This University Park French contemporary at 2901 Bryn Mawr marries classic French exterior style with clean contemporary interior lines. The result is perfect.


“It appeals to a couple that wants a classic timeless look with clean sophisticated transitional style inside,” architect Clint Pearson, founding principal of Symmetry Architects said.

Pearson’s firm, you may recall, is responsible for the gorgeous house we will forever refer to as The Troy Aikman House, regardless of who lives there. Pearson worked with Luis Gonzalez, owner of Validus Development Corporation, to bring this 8,620-square-foot beauty to life. With five bedrooms, five bathrooms, and one powder bath, there’s a lot to fall in love with.

“When I design a floor plan, I think about how you experience the home,” Pearson said. “When you start walking, what is that experience like? What are the visual clues to lead you through the house? What does your eye see?”

And there is plenty to see. From the elegant circular staircase designed by Gonzalez, to the groin-vaulted hallway ceilings, there are unexpected delights at every turn. In a traditional French-designed home, you’d find ornate moldings and fireplace surrounds. Gonzalez incorporated a sleeker, more modern look with the use of cast stone.

“I like simple, timeless design with classic lines,” Gonzalez said. “I wanted the house to be a clean canvas for the buyer’s own style.”

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The kitchen has custom designed cabinets that beautifully demonstrate that blend of traditional and modern styles. A Calcutta marble waterfall island looks out onto the breakfast area and family room, and onto the back porch. There is a clean, modern feel to the finishes throughout the house.

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Nowhere is that more evident than in the master bathroom with quartz countertops, marble and tile floors, and an enormous shower that allows for entry from either side. There are also the expected dual walk-in closets and a lovely private balcony off of the master bedroom.

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Pearson wanted to create a lot of views to the outdoors, he so wrapped the home with floor-to-ceiling windows and doors. “The light is fantastic in this house,” listing agent Jonathan Rosen with The Collective Residential said. “The builder and architect did a beautiful job of capturing it and creating an airy feel.”

Rosen co-listed the home last week with Elizabeth Hutchinson for $3.7 million. If you’re longing for the Loire, this will fit the bill nicely.