Perched on a hill and nestled right into a cliff, our Inwood National Bank House of the Week is a Bluffview modern masterpiece. If you value your privacy, love modern architecture, and want to be centrally located, you cannot beat this unique home at 4254 Shorecrest Drive.
The Bluffview neighborhood was originally a 215-acre dairy farm, developed by John P. Stevens. That’s the same fellow that was responsible for the Stevens Park neighborhood in Oak Cliff. He obviously had a knack for selecting excellent sites. The area is known for the 50-foot cliffs that project up from Bachman Creek and create a topography unlike any other neighborhood in Dallas. It naturally attracted notable architects who built inspired homes that continue to be updated and reinvented today.
This home is a case in point. It was pretty edgy when it was built in 1986, all modern lines and loads of glass brick. Like many homes, it had, over time, become neglected. However, we know all it takes is the right person with a great eye to transform a house. As luck would have it, this home was purchased by a very talented architect. He’s spent the last four years completely renovating and updating this Bluffview modern into a sleek home with every modern amenity.
We say it all the time, but it bears repeating — constantly — if you can purchase an architect’s own home, you have hit the jackpot. They don’t scrimp on anything, pay attention to the most minute details, and they have the most incredible resources.
I’ll give you a little insight into those details. The owner diligently researched to find large picture windows that would fit into the openings left when he removed the glass block.
“His goal was to bring the outside into the home,” Dave Perry-Miller listing agent Keith Callahan said. Because the house is perched high above street level and built into the cliff, each window has a view of either cliffs or trees. “The view out your window is your art,” Callahan said. It’s also completely private, and although each window has recessed blinds that completely disappear, there’s seldom a reason to use them.
There are 4,328 square feet on almost half an acre of land, all cleverly designed on multiple levels, both inside and out. The entry leads both downstairs to secondary bedroom suites, and upstairs to the main open-plan living area which is a sight to behold. It’s like walking into a treehouse.
“I’d never leave that level,” Callahan said. “It flows out to the multiple decks, and it’s the most wonderful place to mingle, have a cocktail party or just hang out.”
Even though this main floor is open, it’s still intimate, with multiple conversation areas and that seamless transition to the many outdoor areas. There is a lot of privacy. The master suite is in a secluded wing with tree-top views. That’s the room I’d never leave!
There are three secondary bedrooms, all en suite, a media room with a full bar, and a man cave that is hands-down, one of the best I’ve seen. Complete with a flat screen, mini fridge, and bar, it’s so cool you may never see your significant other!
This is one home where as much attention was paid to the exterior as the interior. The multiple access points from inside to out, and the multiple levels allow for mixed use entertainment areas. The covered outdoor kitchen is a perfect cozy dining spot, then you can gather around the fire pit for after dinner drinks. If a larger event is in the cards, there are decks and patio areas that allow for easy party set ups.
Not only is it gorgeous, but this Bluffview modern also has all of the bells and whistles, from a tricked-out kitchen to the smartest of home automation systems. When it was time to take the listing photos, all it took was a quick call to the sellers. “They were in Florida sailing and turned on the lights and TV’s from the boat,” Callahan said. You can’t get much smarter than that!
“There is so much to see in this house,” Callahan said. “You really do have to see it in person!”
This stunning Bluffview modern is listed for $ 1.775 million. You won’t find this kind of sleek beauty and privacy in location this central, anywhere else in Dallas.
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