Midcentury-Inspired Treehouse in Mockingbird Park

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Few things are more magical to a child than a treehouse. Perched above the day-to-day, shrouded by the generous boughs of its host, a treehouse is a place for imagination and excitement.

Perhaps that’s why 3902 Fairfax, our High Caliber Home of the Week presented by Lisa Peters at Caliber Home Loans, is so appealing. With its warm schoolhouse-style, midcentury modern-inspired brick façade complemented by cedar siding, and its contemporary take on a classic gabled roof, it’s a throwback to childhood. It’s visually interesting thanks to its banks of industrial-style windows framed by two mature oak trees, all without sticking out like a sore thumb among the ranches that line the quiet streets of Mockingbird Park.

It’s a fantastic accomplishment for Dallas-based Grun-Built Homes in partnership with RBS Brown Development — creating a home that captures the imagination and excitement of a childhood treehouse with the finish-out and amenities worthy of Architectural Digest

This two-story home is ready for anything with four bedrooms, four full baths, a glittering powder bath, two living areas, and exceptional outdoor spaces. This reconstruction project totals 4,320 square feet and has some of the most clever fixtures and finish-out sure to strike your fancy. Right from the foyer you’ll appreciate the how the designer chandeliers and pendants accent but don’t compete with the natural light pouring in from the oversized commercial-grade windows.  The floating staircase offers eye candy, showing off the 22-foot ceilings that open the second-story loft-like living room to the views outside. Wide-plank hardwood floors extend throughout the first level.

The visual impact, complemented by interior design  from Lee Lormand Design, carries through the first floor, with glass doors flanking the contemporary floor-to-ceiling fireplace and offering views to the private backyard. An open floor plan that connects the living room to the kitchen and formal dining room is great for families, but also allows you to admire your art collection from every angle. Speaking of art — there’s plenty of room for all of your favorite pieces on the perfect museum-finish walls throughout.

Kitted out with a top-of-the-line, stainless steel Thermador appliance package featuring a chef-worthy six-burner, two-oven range with griddle, you’ll find every excuse to eschew your Postmates account. A generous eat-in island is draped in a waterfall of quartzite and illuminated by hand-blown glass pendants and cleverly designed clerestory windows. Extra style points are earned with the textural backsplash that begs to be touched — a detail that speaks to the quality and thoughtfulness of the builder. Oenophiles will appreciate the dual wine refrigerators installed within easy reach of the formal dining room and living area.

If a home is a collection of vignettes, then the powder bath inside 3902 Fairfax is the storefront of a jewelry store. Calcutta Gold marble on the floating vanity gives way to a column of azure Ann Sacks tile. Like the perfect pair of earrings for an red carpet-worthy outfit, the wall-mount pendants add a touch of glamour and glitz, showing off the depth and beauty of the finishes without competing for attention.

The first-floor master suite has the second of two fireplaces, with views to the backyard through the sliding glass doors. The 12-foot ceilings offer drama to the space, which has a serene and private feel. The master bath is an exercise in subtle luxury. Superb custom cabinetry offers crisp structure to the Calcutta Gold countertops and warm contemporary vanity lighting. It’s the perfect foil for the chevron tile floor and freestanding vessel tub. The shower walls, awash in Persian White marble, up the luxe factor. Just beyond is the 90-square-foot custom closet, complete with a storage island.

As you travel upstairs, the treehouse feel captures your childhood memories as you enjoy the light filtering in through the mature oak trees and into the home. On the second floor you’ll find the perfect space for casual entertaining, with a large area that could easily function as a game room, family room, or play room opening onto a balcony that overlooks the backyard and pool. A full wet bar ups the ante.

The three additional bedrooms are upstairs, with two sharing a bathroom with private vanities and a third full en-suite bedroom. Designer tile and contemporary windows offer interesting views of the lush treetops. The thoughtful design doesn’t end there, as the entire home has creative finishes and fixtures that will excite you. Besides a full utility room downstairs, there’s space just off of the upstairs living area for a stackable washer and dryer, putting an end to the hazard of carrying laundry downstairs. The cabana bath, which is connected to the kitchen just beyond a large built-in desk, has a separate entry off of the patio for easy outdoor entertaining. The attached two-plus-car garage has a side entry, which keeps cars out of sight and off the street.

The pool bath offers easy access to the backyard for effortless outdoor entertaining.

Though the home is technically considered “reconstruction,” it’s completely re-engineered from the ground up, with a beefed-up foundation. Three programmable Nest thermostats control the 16 SEER HVAC system, which are ridiculously efficient thanks to the spray foam insulation and low-e windows throughout. The pool, which is original to the lot, was completely redone.

If you’ve grown out of your childhood treehouse dreams, this exceptional midcentury modern-inspired build from Grun-Built and RBS Brown Development is sure to rekindle your imagination. It’s listed with Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate agents Stewart Lee and Phillip Murrell for $1.85 million.


Joanna England

If Executive Editor Joanna England could house hunt forever, she absolutely would. Instead she covers the North Texas housing market and the economy for CandysDirt.com. While she started out with the Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University, Joanna's work has appeared in The Dallas Morning News as well as several local media outlets. When she's not knitting or hooping, or enjoying White Rock Lake, she's behind the lens of her camera. She lives in East Dallas with her husband, son, and their furry and feathered menagerie.

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