Rock Cliff Place Home Designed by Famed Palm Beach Architect Up for Grabs

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SimonsonByron Simonson wasn’t as well known as the holy trinity of architectural mentors he could draw inspiration from, but the influences of Frank Lloyd Wright, Addison Mizner, and Maurice Fatio are still seen in the original midcentury modern abodes that dot Palm Beach — and in today’s Monday Morning Millionaire found right here in Dallas.

The bulk of Simonson’s portfolio can be found in Palm Beach — the Colony Hotel is his design, as was the former La Coquille Club in Manalapan before it was torn down to make for a Ritz-Carlton.

Byron Simonson

But just like Wright, Mizner, and Fatio, Simonson jettisoned the arches and columns that were popular in post-war construction for the sleek, streamlined midcentury modern looks that make the most of natural light and are designed for open spaces that serve multiple purposes.

And all those hallmarks of midcentury modernism can be found in 5315 Rock Cliff Place, a four-bedroom, three full-bath, and two half-bath home dropped carefully within easy access of the amenities of the Park Cities, Bluffview, Greenway Parks, and Midway Hollow.

In fact, Realtor Ralph Randall of Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International rightfully calls the home a “midcentury modern jewel.” He and Madeline Jobst are the listing agents for the home.

The split-level home sits on 1.38 acres of private, gated estate with walls of glass that invite the heavily treed lot inside the home.

“The split-level main house has walls of glass viewing to towering trees and rolling terrain down to the pool and cabana,” Randall said.

The home has an impressive five living areas that include a library, solarium, formal living and dining rooms, a home office or game room, wine cellar and exercise room. It even has the rare-to-Dallas basement.

“The cabana guest house with living, dining, bedroom, and kitchen overlooks the large pool and grounds,” Randall said.

While the house, which was built in 1952, could use a few updates in the kitchen, it’s undeniable that the bulk of this house — and it’s impressive layout and pedigree — will make someone a phenomenal space for entertaining.

It is listed for $3.9 million.



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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