Once in a while we see a house and think, wow, it checks every single box a buyer wants. This Hill Country contemporary at 5531 Boca Raton is a great example of getting it absolutely right.
Hunter Dehn and Laura Baynham of The Hunter Dehn Group just listed this 4,253-square-foot home in Inwood Road Estates for $1.395 million. If you’re unfamiliar with the area, it’s right across the Dallas North Tollway from The Lamplighter School and The Hockaday School. You can also be downtown in minutes — talk about a great location.
The original home was built in 1955. Builder Jim Farmer, who owns JFE Design Group, took one look and knew exactly what he wanted to do.
“I had actually been down to New Braunfels and seen a lot of the Hill Country contemporary style,” Farmer said. “When I got back I was talking to Hunter Dehn about the project and he thought that style would work well in this location because it’s a little bit different from what is generally being done.”
After about 10 minutes inside the house, Farmer already had a vision.
“I gave Jay Peskuski, principal with Pekuski Design Firm, a call,” Farmer said. At the top of his list was the hallmark of any Hill Country home, a giant porch across the front of the house. Farmer also wanted a large master bedroom addition, an open floor plan, and three-car garage. “I can’t imagine only having a two-car garage,” he added.
The first order of business was to take the house down to the studs. He moved the front door to the center of the house so you can see straight through to the back yard. That inspiring blue entry door was Dehn’s idea.
“I wanted a front door to stand out and make a statement,” Farmer said. “Hunter showed me a picture of a house he had listed with a blue door. I knew it would work with the gray Lueders stone, the white stucco, and standing-seam metal roof. It was a team effort!”
The home has four bedrooms, three bathrooms, and one powder bath. Originally, the master was upstairs so Farmer decided to keep it as a master, adding a fabulous bathroom and closet.
“It would also make a fantastic game room,” Farmer said.
The downstairs addition of a master suite was essential, and having it access the patio was a nice touch. Both masters are enormous, clocking in at 21 x 20 and 22 x 18.
Builders generally have a favorite room when they complete a house. “I like everything about the house, but if I had to choose, it would be the master addition. It’s beautiful,” Farmer said.
Some of the best things about a home are not visible. Security being paramount, Farmer wired the house to support cameras and motion detectors.
You don’t normally find a builder that can create a nice balance between the home and the yard but clearly it was important to Farmer. “The yard is big enough for a huge pool without feeling cramped at all,” Farmer said.
If you’re longing for that Hill Country look that makes you feel you are on the banks of the Guadalupe and not minutes from downtown Dallas, have your Realtor head to the Brokers Open today, February 22, from 2 to 4 p.m.
Karen Eubank is the owner of Eubank Staging and Design. She has been an award-winning professional home stager for more than 25 years. She’s been a professional writer for 20 years. Karen is the mother of a son who’s studying music at The University of Miami. An ardent animal lover, she doesn’t mind one bit if your fur baby jumps right into her lap. Find Karen at www.eubankstaging.com