The home at 2906 Shadow Drive has to be the winner of the “2017 CandysDirt.com Most Interesting Home Award.”
OK, so I made up that award, but if it did exist, I would give it to this work of art in a split second. I have to be honest: When I received a request to feature a home in Arlington, I did not expect to find a spectacular home in the modernist style of architecture.
What is Modern Architecture?
The term “modern architecture” is thrown about so freely these days. If there are clean lines, white walls, and a mixture of building materials, many will just say, “It’s a modern house.” However, modern architecture goes way beyond that.
At the end of the 19th Century architects such as Joseph Paxton (The Crystal Palace), William Le Baron Jenney (The Home Insurance Building in Chicago), and Gustave Eiffel (The Eiffel Tower) began a movement to rebel against the traditional methods and materials of construction.
After World War II, the Modernist movement came into full swing when designers such as Frank Lloyd Wright (Prairie style), Le Corbusier (Villa Savoye), and Walter Gropius (The Bauhaus) took architecture and construction to a higher level.
With Modernism there are no rules. Traditional materials are combined — stone, concrete, glass, steel — into one structure, and not hidden behind a facade. Form follows function. The more outlandish the better!
The designer and builder of 2906 Shadow Drive certainly took inspiration from the early Modernist architects.
Built on 2.5 acres, the property is flat as you enter the privacy gate, but soon falls off significantly into a mass of trees, streams and boulders as it meets the Trinity River. Breathtaking views of Lake Viridian can be seen from many angles inside and outside the home.
Inside 2906 Shadow Drive
Inside the 10,076-square-foot, six-bedroom home is also a splendid example of modern style. From elevated cabinets, stainless steel fireplaces, walls that terminate in a triangle, stainless counters, all you can say is “WOW!”
There is a 1,000-gallon fish tank between the dining room and the living room. There is even a place for your Harley Davidson if you wish to keep it inside!
The kitchen is very open and yet placed perfectly in the space. It has a feel as if a 1950s soda fountain met with Buck Rogers … and that’s a good thing. The crispness of the stainless steel semi-circle serving bar with the stained concrete floors and floating cabinets are just so funky and cool. You can eat in the kitchen or sit in a spacious dining area across from kitchen that has views for miles and miles.
What sells homes? We’ve discussed this before:
- Bathrooms (including closets).
If that’s true then you will love, love, love this master bathroom and closet. With four shower heads in the walk-in shower, if there is any dirt on you upon entering the shower, it will soon be gone.
It’s not a master bathroom, it’s a spa! Complete with two large, private walk-in closets, Ann Sacks tile, and plenty of unconventional angles abound to make it a destination.
The Wine Cellar
If you have read my posts, you know I am a sucker for wine cellars — this one is no exception. From the kitchen, you walk right into a large, perfectly refrigerated room with thousands of steel pegs to store your favorite vino. I have to admit, I wanted to spend all day in this room just hanging out and checking out the labels.
Did I Mention the Amazing Views
I know I mentioned it before but you just have to see it to believe it. This is Arlington, Texas, folks … this isn’t supposed to exist in Arlington, Texas. Beautiful trees and terrain gives a Texas Hill Country look and feel. This home is minutes from civilization but gives the feeling of privacy and exclusivity that very few homes offer.
I’ve had the pleasure of touring some fantastic homes in 2017 for CandysDirt.com. Without a doubt this has been my favorite. I could go back plenty more times and have something new to write about each time. It’s so rare that you get to experience a home like this in Texas. Modern architecture isn’t for everyone, and not everyone will appreciate this modern marvel. If you can get to see this home you will be amazed.
This incredible specimen of modern architecture at 2906 Shadow Drive is priced at $3.95 million by Linda Magazzine of Ebby Halliday Realtors of Arlington.
Well that’s all from Tarrant County this week, Dirty Readers. Remember, if you have comments, questions, or ideas for future stories – I’m always here to listen! Bring it.
Seth Fowler is a licensed real estate sales professional with Williams Trew Real Estate in Fort Worth. Statements and opinions are his own. Seth has been involved in the home sales and real estate business in DFW since 2004. He and his family have lived in the Fort Worth area for over 14 years. Also, Seth loves bow ties. You can reach Seth at 817.980.6636 or firstname.lastname@example.org.