A Cool Custom Contemporary With Privacy and Location

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If you’ve driven down Abbot Avenue, you’ve passed by this cool custom contemporary. You may not have noticed it, however, because it’s nestled discreetly behind a sleek white stucco wall in a gorgeous leafy setting.

Although the location is extremely private, you can pop out the backdoor to the Katy Trail, saunter over to Javier’s to have dinner, or walk down to Glencoe Park for a game of tennis. This cool custom contemporary offers what we all want — that perfect combination of location and privacy.

And, the owner is a builder, so you know what that means. You can count on the fact nothing has been overlooked. He teamed up with renowned architect Doug Hildinger, a principal with H2LR Architects to create his home. It’s easy to spot Hildinger’s love of Midcentury Modern aesthetics in his work. He’s designed some of the most cutting-edge homes in the Peninsula and Kessler Woods, but this one might be my favorite.

The thought and care that went into the positioning of this 5,650-square-foot home are evident. This cool custom contemporary is anchored by the dramatic main living space and a staircase that will certainly make you pause to admire not only the style but also the construction. While the scale of the rooms is large, there is still intimacy to the layout. Stand anywhere, and there is a gorgeous view out of every window and door.

Notice the bar is not tucked away behind a wall. This is a design concept that is creeping back into our lives, thank goodness. It makes sense, and it’s simply more fun to have the bar as a part of the living area. Hildinger has always been ahead of his time, not only in style but also in how a home lives.

The dining area is one of the most impressive I’ve seen. You’d be hard-pressed to get me to leave the table with that view of the pool. The view from the master bedroom barely surpasses it. Can you imagine waking up to a private garden?

This is absolutely resort-style living.



With three bedrooms, an option for a fourth, five bathrooms, a powder bath, and Highland Park schools, it’s an excellent option for a family that appreciates design. There is also what I consider a must-have, a guest house with a kitchen. This one is two stories and was designed by Bernbaum/Magadini, whose compositional integrity blends beautifully with Hildinger’s.

When you consider having a home that allows for privacy, yet is so centrally located, it just does not get much better than this cool custom contemporary.

For more details on 5004 Abbott Avenue, contact Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s listing agent Madeleine Jobst. At $3.65 million, this beauty won’t last long in our busy luxury market. It hits MLS today!

Karen Eubank is the owner of Eubank Staging and Design. She has been an award-winning professional home stager and writer for over 25 years. Karen teaches the popular Staging to Sell class and is the creator of the online course, The Beginners Guide to Buying Wholesale. Her love of dogs, international travel, history, white paint, champagne, artificial turf, and Tudor and Midcentury Modern homes, and any house designed by Clifford Hutsell knows no bounds. Her father was a spy, so she keeps secrets very well! Find Karen at www.eubankstaging.com


Karen Eubank

Karen 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 over 20 years. Karen is the mother of a son who’s studying for his masters at The New England Conservatory of Music. An ardent animal lover, she doesn’t mind one bit if your fur baby jumps right into her lap.

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