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Luxurious Architect-Designed Lakewood Modern Glass House

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Living luxuriously with nature is the theme of this newly available modern home in Lakewood. And while the feel throughout is sleek, sophisticated and contemporary, the treehouse vibe is everywhere, and intentional.

The 4,400-square-foot house was designed and built by Dallas architect Jim Manning in 2015. Manning’s Treehouse Residential specializes in one-of-a-kind homes that, in his words, “blur the line between inside and outside.” He succeeds with this Lakewood home — and then some.

In fact, nature is a constant companion at this rare property. The house sits on a 2/3 acre lot, flanked by heavily treed woods, Williamson Creek, and nearly two acres of dense greenbelt. This setting and the home’s design ensure complete privacy.  Douglas fir, copper, and brick comprise the exterior — its sharp edges blurred by native grasses. A low-profile appearance when viewed from the street surprises the first-time guest, not expecting to find two levels, soaring ceilings and walls of glass within. The private gated courtyard gives way to front door and entry to rooms that, if entering in daytime, are bathed in natural sunlight. Light colors throughout enhance the ambiance. The homeowners’ collection of carefully curated art adds warmth and energy.

The entry spills into a sitting room and chef’s kitchen, all sleek lines and light. A top-of-the-line appliance package (Sub-Zero fridge, Asko dishwasher, and Wolf five-burner cooktop, convection oven, microwave, and warming drawer) shares the space with white oak cabinets, granite countertops and a 13.5-foot-long island, room enough for any crowd. Through the adjacent utility room with wine Eurocave and coffee bar is the barbecue deck and kitchen garden below.

Two of the home’s three bedrooms are located off the entry. The owners’ study/vinyl listening room easily becomes a fourth bedroom.

The master bedroom suite located on the main level, perhaps best reflects the owners’ love of nature. Huge windows and a deck overlook gently sloping terrain and the creek and woods beyond. Step into the master bathroom and view leafy branches or rolling clouds through a glass ceiling over tub and shower. The sleek white oak cabinetry and quartz counters lend to its spa-like decor.

A glass bridge connects these rooms to the “heart” of the house:  the oversized dining and living rooms and large screened porch. A granite-topped built-in buffet adds function to form in the dining area. The adjacent living room boasts Italian porcelain tiles, a glossy black fireplace and raised hearth for additional seating. The rooms, while luxurious and large, are surprisingly comfortable, ready to host CEO or barefoot child.

The living room opens onto a screened porch, actually the owners’ favorite room. It’s the perfect spot for day or evening entertaining, or as a perch from which to view the creek’s resident Barred owls, and never better than when the weather allows fresh air and cool breezes in. Heavenly!

“Smart home” technology provides security, convenience, comfort, and energy efficiency. The home, which also features a media room and extra deep four-car garage, is centrally located near Mockingbird Lane off Williamson Road. White Rock Lake is an easy 10-minute walk away.

For a private tour, contact Beth Gilbert Parks with Allie Beth Allman & Associates at 214.444.4176.

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Candy Evans

Candy Evans is one of the nation’s leading real estate reporters, bloggers and consultants. She reports on Dallas real estate for WFAA-TV’s Daybreak with Ron Corning, and is frequently called as a real estate expert by other Dallas media. She is also a real-estate editor for CultureMap Dallas, Modern Luxury Dallas, the Katy Trail Weekly and the White Rock Weekly. She even has her own web-based Real Estate show called, The Party Line. Candy has written for AOL Real Estate, and is a guest blogger for Joel Kotkin’s The New Geography, Inman Real Estate News plus a host of national sites. Candy was a longtime contributing editor to Dallas’ D Magazine and sister pubs, and in 2007 founded the wildly successful Dallas real estate blog, DallasDirt. That’s where she broke the news on where former president George W. Bush bought his Dallas home in 2008. She is the founder and publisher of an exciting platform of Dallas-based real estate sites including, devoted to the vacation home market, and her signature, everything you need to know about real estate in North Texas. And yes, we are still psyched about the GOLD! In 2013, was named Best Blog by the venerable National Association of Real Estate Editors, one of the nation’s oldest and most prestigious journalism associations, and the only association for journalists covering real estate, home and urban design. We snatched silver in 2015, and who knows what 2016 brings...

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