A Reimagined Vaquero Estate By David Stocker and Barry Williams

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Photography by Stephen Reed

When I imagine the perfect Texas home, it has an easy elegance, subtle sophistication, quiet luxury, and breathtaking views. This Vaquero estate is all that, and more.

If you keep up with Texas architecture it won’t surprise you to see the definitive style of David Stocker, a principal with SHM Architects throughout this Vaquero estate. Although it looks like a new build, it’s not.

“It was a significant remodel,” Stocker said. “The early homes built in Vaquero were dark, and depressing by today’s standards,” he said. This one was no different. But it did have a great location. Situated at the end of a cul-de-sac, the front overlooks the golf course, and the back is completely private. It also sits atop one of the highest hills in Vaquero, so views are a given.

Vaquero estate

From the moment you enter the dramatic steel-and-glass pivoting front door, you know you’re in for a treat.

The house unfolds beautifully through sweeping archways and walls of floor-to-ceiling steel-framed windows, a hallmark of Stocker’s design. When Stocker toured the house he was pleased to find he and the owner were on the same page.

“The owner knew the house had decent bones, but needed to find its larger light sources,” Stocker said. “It is a fairly thin house so it was easier for me to pull light from the front and back together. This changes the whole character of a house. These steel and glass windows speak to the modern side of the design but they’ve been in use forever. We chose a pivot door because it’s unexpected, which makes it cool and adds a modern touch.”

Vaquero estate
Vaquero estate
Vaquero estate

Once Stocker finished the stunning remodel of this 9,040-square-foot Vaquero estate with five bedrooms, six bathrooms, and three powder baths, the owners brought in interior designer Barry Williams to make this house a home.

“The property is really special and secluded,” Williams said. “We loved working with the owners, and had a great experience with them.”

Designer Nicole Siritanapivat works with Williams and was deeply involved in the design.

“The owner had a vision,” Siritanapivat said. “They have to trust the architect with that vision and we were lucky to show up with a beautiful place to start. There is a real play between modern and traditional with cleaner lines. We used a lot of natural finishes, soft, subtle textures and performance fabrics because the owner has rescued Greyhounds. I love the vibe of the house and that we were able to create spaces that beautiful but also functional.”

There was really nothing left untouched, inside or out, on this Vaquero estate. Dahlberg Landscape Studio redesigned the 1.2 acres to ensure total privacy. Terraced lawns, a heated spa and pool with a swim-up bar and surround sound complete the resort-like outdoor living experience.

Vaquero is one of those communities that offer privacy and security as well as beautiful homes which is one of the many reasons your neighbors might be sports stars, media moguls or singing sensations. One thing is for sure, you will love this surprisingly modern Vaquero estate.

Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s Realtors Jennifer Shindler and J.L. Forke have 2211 Vaquero Estates Boulevard listed for $5.299 million.

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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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