The 1950s brought us a lot of cool things. TelePrompTers, zippered storage bags, leaf blowers, and the artificial heart were all invented during the decade. The era was rife with innovation and architecture was no exception. This Preston Hollow midcentury traditional is a good example of how architects began to take license with style. Clients that were hesitant to go full bore midcentury modern could still enjoy elements of the look in a more traditional design.Our Monday Morning Millionaire at 6231 Desco Drive is a real find because it’s stood the test of time and been impeccably updated.
It’s a tribute to the original architect and builder that the home maintains a strong visual relevance. Our lifestyles have changed, but a solid build can easily be adapted if you have the right team that understands how to bring a 1955 house into this century with grace. The present owners knew just how to make that happen. They hired Susan Newell Custom Homes and Will Snyder, principal with Boerder Snyder Architects.
“The owners wanted to keep the integrity of the house,” Dave Perry-Miller listing agent Gianna Cerullo said. “They did not want a cookie-cutter house.”
Downstairs, the family room was extended into the backyard, and a guest room and hunting closet were added. Upstairs, a second master suite and a game room became the ultimate retreat for the owner’s teenage daughter. The house now has 6,875 square feet, six bedrooms, five bathrooms, and two powder baths. Despite a significant remodel, the owners kept plenty of details intact, including original parquet floors and crown molding in the living room.
“It’s hard to pick a favorite spot in the house,” Cerullo said. “The kitchen and family room open onto the pool. The whole back of the house is where everyone will congregate, and you can have the best parties here. It’s a very livable house and a really a great house for entertaining.”
The kitchen was remodeled with cutting-edge products, including Neolith Sintered Stone. Neolith is the hottest new engineered stone product for kitchens and bathrooms and a lot more durable than marble. The extraordinary vent hood is a custom creation of Venetian Murano glass.
Newell and Snyder hit the mark. “People are shocked when they walk in,” Cerullo said. “I think they’re a bit shocked by how cool it is.”
It’s a nice change of pace to see a home preserved and renovated in a manner that honors the origins. It’s become too easy to tear down, so our hats are off to anyone that puts preservation first.
Cerullo has the home listed for $2.85 million. We can’t imagine this one-of-a-kind property lasting long!
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.