Preston Hollow Midcentury Modern Leonardo DiCaprio Would Love

Our Inwood House of the week is a Preston Hollow midcentury modern that encompasses the best design elements of the 1950s. The influences of Edward Durrell Stone, Bruce Goff, Phillip Johnson, and Frank Lloyd Wright are all apparent in the design of 7008 Yamini Drive.Wright happened to be working on 9400 Radbrook at the time plans were being drawn up for the house. As luck would have it, the original owners got to know him. We’ve been told that, as they were finishing their architectural plans, Wright had a look and offered some advice to the owners and to Leon Eaves, the designer. The round living room conversation pit is a Wright trademark, so we have little doubt that design direction was the result of his input.

The house is set well back from the street, another Wright element, but that arched roofline— well, we’ve been debating about it for days. Johnson is taking the lead right now, but weigh in if you’d like in our comments section. Regardless of who the exact influencer happened to be, this is a one-of-a-kind home, and the opportunity to own an iconic Preston Hollow midcentury property in Dallas is a rare one.

Built in 1955 in the midst of atomic-era fever, it’s an architectural cocktail with one part Usonian sensibility of Wright, with a stylish dash of New Formalism and splash of Donald Wexler’s Desert Modern style. The result is a blend that will have you intoxicated from the moment you enter that bold front door.

In fact, have a look at the estate Wexler designed for Dinah Shore, now owned by Leonardo DiCaprio. This Preston Hollow midcentury modern would fit right into that Palms Springs landscape without missing a beatPreston Hollow Midcentury Modern

Preston Hollow Midcentury Modern

One of our favorite CandysDirt.com special contributors, Donovan Westover of Preservation Dallas, got a peek inside last week. “The house is fabulous,” he said. “It wraps around the backyard and reminds me of a resort. There is nothing small scale. The rooms are huge. The first thing that caught my eye is the fireplace pit and the gorgeous wood that lines those round walls. It says come here and let me hug you!”

The house has 6,486 square feet of living space with four bedrooms, four bathrooms, and two powder baths.

Preston Hollow Midcentury Modern

Preston Hollow Midcentury Modern

“It has a cool, hip vibe and style that people are craving right now,” Allie Beth Allman listing agent Clarke Landry said. “Every room looks out onto the backyard oasis.”

Sliding doors open up completely, and terrazzo floors carry through to the outside creating that seamless indoor-outdoor lifestyle everyone wanted in the 1950s, and everyone wants again today.

Some things never change. Thank goodness!

Landry has this Preston Hollow midcentury modern listed for $1.3 million. That’s frankly a steal. We suggest you give Inwood National Bank a call and then give Landry a call before someone with Leonardo DiCaprio’s appreciation for iconic midcentury architecture scoops this baby up.

Karen Eubank is the owner of Eubank Staging and Design. She has been an award-winning professional home stager for more than 25 years and 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

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  • I’m down with Donovan Westover: this fabulous Preston Hollow home uniquely personifies fabled MCM design. The sunken and circular conversation area is certainly FLW-inspired. However, the arched roofline, hinting toward interior arced ceilings, is an attribution enigma. Philip Johnson definitely favored arches. Yet, in the 1930s, Edward Durell Stone incorporated rhythmic arced ceilings in Radio City Music Hall, and later favored perforated masonry similar to the low forecourt entry walls of this home. During the 1960s, Wallace Harrison employed repetitive exterior arches reminiscent of this home on the edifices of the Hopkins Center for the Arts, Dartmouth, and Metropolitan Opera House, Lincoln Center. Summarily, the design mystique of this home enhances its allure!

  • This home was originally built by my friend’s parents, Morris & Mildred Shwiff. Their daughter & I have been friends since we were five. I lived in the house across the alley catty corner, 7015 Midbury. We used to have lots of parties here. In fact, my engagement announcement party was held in this home.