Party People! Entertaining Possibilities Abound at this Lake Highlands Contemporary

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I’m not going to bury the lede. This week’s Saturday Six Hundred is brought to you by rooftop patios. Two of them. However, I will make you wait until after the jump to see them, so stick around. There’s also a completely fabulous saltwater swimming pool and yet another patio (this one’s a regular, on-the-ground type) – and that’s just the start to this entertainer’s paradise in Dallas’ Lake Highlands neighborhood.

Perfected for modern living and hosting, 10310 Lakemere Drive is a sleek, stylish contemporary,listed by Deanna Hall with Keller Williams for $679,000. The 3309 square-foot home features 4 bedrooms, 3 full and 2 half bathrooms, and endless updates.

For starters, the drive-up is perfection if crisp, clean, and current is your thing. The interior is a continuation of this feeling, with newly refinished walls, perfect for displaying an art collection. Hand-scraped hardwood floors run throughout, providing a warm contrast to the home’s cool, modern finish-out.

Because the original structure was built in the 1950s, the first floor isn’t quite as open as some newer builds. You can’t have everything, right? But the 2012 renovation and expansion updated everything meticulously and the space is bright and polished. The downstairs living area is sun drenched and outfitted with a cozy gas fireplace with marble surround. Other updates include wired SONOS audio system and speakers, and security surveillance system.

The kitchen showcases a large island with eat-in bar, marble counters, and commercial-grade, stainless appliances. For the java enthusiast, the built-in espresso machine is a nice touch.

Bright, Clean, and Contemporary

Likewise, the bedrooms appear generous and well-lit and all feature updated lighting and ceiling fans. The bathrooms, for the most part, did well by the renovations, as well. Marble flooring, beautiful cabinetry and bright white, up-to-date fixtures make these spaces feel clean and inviting. While the shower in one bath seems a bit … busy by comparison, we’re willing to forgive this minor transgression.


An Entertainer’s Delight

Upstairs, a second living area opens into a bar with Sub Zero refrigeration, sink, and a dishwasher. This is where you’ll be hosting all those get-togethers. It’s also where you gain access to the home’s two rooftop patios. Which brings us full circle. One patio overlooks the pool area below (if you have teens, you’ll have to establish a ‘no jumping’ rule immediately. The temptation is quite real). And enormous side yard makes for a terrific dog run (or kid run. No judgment here) or yet another entertaining space. Bocce, anyone?


Heather Hunter

In addition to a 15-year career in marketing and communications, Heather is an accomplished freelance writer and has contributed to The New York Times’ “Modern Love” column and “The United States of Dating” on National Public Radio. Her blog, This Fish Needs a Bicycle, was syndicated by NBC Universal (iVillage) for four years. As a ghostwriter, her work has appeared in publications such as WIRED and Stadia Magazine

Reader Interactions


  1. Ray says

    The hand scraped floors was a big miss. That’s very new build rustic suburban and kitchen seems really small too. But everything else I liked!

      • Jon Anderson says

        Gosh, I hope so. I’ve never been a fan of the faked distressed look. But here I think Ray means that in a home that’s modern in every way, factory-scraped flooring is out of place.

        • LonestarBabs says

          But what about the conversion of an old building into modern lofts — always trying to combine the old with new there, and hand-scraped wood floors seem to fit in those settings.

          While not my personal preference, I think the floors in this listing are ok. It’s nice to see something other than glossy tile, colored cement, or shiny dark wood.

          The 2 busy bathrooms are more of an issue for me. Dramamine, anyone?

          • mmJon Anderson says

            Don’t most loft conversions use the original 100-year-old flooring? In that case, I’m a fan (it’s not fake, it’s original). What about more matte wood floors? Those are my favorite type of new-install wood flooring.
            The second bath shower tile is remedy to guests overstaying their welcome. 🙂

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