Unique Architecture Sets Chapel Valley Road Contemporary Modern Apart

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We’re suckers for unique architecture here at CandysDirt, and when Rocky Zablan of Dallas City Center Realtors showed off this contemporary modern listing in Bluffview on day on Facebook, I’ll confess — I immediately asked him for more details.

We talk a lot about curb appeal, but this 2,162 square foot home at 9119 Chapel Valley Road is practically a magnet from the road. And you’d probably assume it was a new build, given how distinctly modern this contemporary home looks (although I had a few people guess that it was built in the midcentury range, too).

You’d be wrong.

“One of the best compliments given by a broker was that you could not tell it was built in the 80’s,” Zablan told me. But it was — 1987, to be exact.

But no fear — whoever buys this three-bedroom, three bath, split-level contemporary won’t be living in the Peach Pit. It’s had the benefit of a full renovation, Zablan said.

“The owner has done a $110,000 renovation to the split-level contemporary,” he said, adding that the end result (combined with the unusual exterior and the creekside lot) gave the home a distinctly Austin vibe.

“The home has an ‘Austin’ vibe because of the updated interior and heavily treed and creek lot it sits on,” Zablan said. “And who doesn’t love Austin!”

The renovation completely retooled the first floor main living, doubling the custom kitchen’s size with an almost 13-foot long kitchen island. Silestone counters, sleek white cabinetry, dual wine fridges, a glass backsplash, and concrete flooring do a good job of making you forget the home is an 80s vintage — especially with a wall of windows that go all the way to the top of the house.

“The home is truly an urban oasis, people often comment how they don’t feel like they’re in Dallas right when they step through the front doors,” Zablan added.

But the living areas aren’t the only spots that got updates. All the bathrooms have been updated with glass showers, floating shelves, and 12×24 tiles, for instance. All three bedrooms have rounded walk-in closets, too.

“The master retreat is perched up top overlooking the back deck and creek, with stunning views of the interior of the home from the top floor,” Zablan said.

All told, the home is an entertainer’s dream, with two living areas, an outdoor deck, and a private treetop balcony.

Zablan said that the home is as smart as it looks, too, with Nest features throughout including temperature control, smoke detectors, outdoor cameras and August Moon locks.

“You can unlock/lock the home with an app and it’s shareable with friends and family, so no more leaving a key under the mat,” he said.

And just in case you’d ever want to leave this oasis, you’re also minutes from the new Central Market, shopping and dining at the Plaza at Preston Center and you’re an easy hop onto the Dallas North Tollway.

The home is listed for $525,000, and you can check it out this weekend, since there will be an open house from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday.

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Bethany Erickson

Bethany Erickson lives in a 1961 Fox and Jacobs home with her husband, a second-grader, and Conrad Bain the dog. If she won the lottery, she'd by an E. Faye Jones home. She's taken home a few awards for her writing, including a Gold award for Best Series at the 2018 National Association of Real Estate Editors journalism awards, a 2018 Hugh Aynesworth Award for Editorial Opinion from the Dallas Press Club, and a 2019 award from NAREE for a piece linking Medicaid expansion with housing insecurity. She is a member of the Online News Association, the Education Writers Association, the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, and the Society of Professional Journalists. She doesn't like lima beans or the word moist.

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