A home that didn’t pull out of the Paris Accord

I like to walk with a purpose, an endpoint. Sunday was just such a day when, as a real estate writer, a cool open house is a great endpoint.  One option asked me to “imagine living in an Italian villa” (yeah, no). Then I came across the walk-worthy 9317 Midway, which looks very modern (good), but also has a fascinating story to tell, which was hinted at when I saw the rooftop solar collectors and Tesla gear in the photos. Not to be outdone by their environmental fortitude, I slipped on my shoes and headed to the open house (so there!).

The home contains five bedrooms and four full bathrooms over 4,257 square feet. It rests on nearly two-thirds of an acre (112’ x 237’ lot). It’s listed with Robert Plessinger of Keller-Williams Park Cities for $1.75 million.

The home is on Midway just north of Northwest Highway. For those in less urban environments who like a little walkability, the home of across the street from the strip center housing Fernando’s and La Madeleine restaurants and other retail outlets including the coming soon Central Market. Oh, and did I mention that this stretch of Midway has sidewalks!


Tricia Weiner and Frank Welch

There is one thing I always want to know when an agent tells me about a cool listing — especially a celebrity listing: how did you get it? Often the agent knows the celeb owner, is related, or has an interesting story that shows how connections can lead to listings.

Tricia Weiner, who is listing the Frank Welch house on Cragmont, has known Frank for years and has a very interesting story to tell about their relationship: turns out Frank was very paternal. And his idea of lunch was a sandwich in a bag. (more…)

It’s funny how my life in Dallas has always had a connection to Northern Hills. Years ago, when we were in our thirties, friends owned a brick bungalow on Cragmont. Then my son became friends with the son of a friend who I had known in college, and she and her husband lived on Cragmont. Little did I know that the times we spent at those homes, I was passing by and probably parking in front of, the future home of one of the greatest architects of our time, Frank D. Welch.

Frank died in June, at the age of 90.

Often called the Dean of Texas Architecture, Welch, much like his mentor O’Neil Ford, explored and expanded a tradition of modernism in Texas’ landscapes, materials, style, and culture.  His many Dallas residences (including that of two dear friends in Preston Hollow) blend warmth with sophistication. They are contemporary buildings that engage with their environments without screaming they are doing it, yet they are clean, crisp, stylish and, like the product of an architectural geniuse, display meticulous attention to detail, obsessive choice of materials (only the best), and an atmosphere of peaceful humanity through spacial design.

You just felt a beautiful peace in a Frank Welch home.

And so it is with his own home, hitting the MLS on September 25.


How do they really live?

I really should make us play “Who’s the Builder?”, but it is so very seldom we get a chance to take a peak inside an actual builder’s personal home. So I’ll just spill it: this is the personal home of home builder extraordinaire Mickey Munir of Sharif & Munir Custom Homes. Hunter Dehn has it listed, and we will be taking you inside very soon. Meantime, if you want to grab a little Pecan Lodge BBQ for lunch, there is an exclusive preview today from about one pm until… the barbecue runs out! 14929 Havenshire Place, Addison.

This gives me a great idea: who wants to see inside the personal residences of MORE home builders?


10300 Strait Lane ext

Comes word that the tear down of the Bud Oglesby home at 10300 Strait came sooner rather than later.

In fact, she is gone, her body laid to a fitful rest somewhere in Lewisville …

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Frank Welch

As you know, one of the Southwest’s most important and renowned architects, Frank D. Welch, FAIA, has published a memoir, On Becoming an Architect. He chose SMINK in the Dallas Design District to autograph his very first books on June 5th. Signing signing signing!


Timothy Hearsum

Next he goes to Midland, where he lived for more than 25 years, and where he has a wife and son buried, to sign. Check our sister blog, MidlandDirt.com, for a Q and A with Frank on his life in Midland.

Then he’s back to Dallas on June 23, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at the Dallas Center for Architecture to sign even more books!

Says Jennifer Smink about the event she hosted: “Frank said “it was the best book signing I ever experienced”   I think he had a splendid time, and sold a couple hundred books.  We were pleased to see so many old friends.  I had worked at Caudill Rowlett and Scott in Houston before coming to Dallas, and it was interesting to see that Frank had studied with Caudill in College Station!  The photos in the book are wonderful!

A vivid memory and sharp focus enabled Welch to narrate the extraordinary story of his life with great richness and insight.  From his boyhood in Sherman, Texas, through his education at Texas A&M in the 1950’s and his first professional ventures, Welch‘s story is a remarkable memoir of how he became one of the Southwest’s most important architects.

The book signing at the Dallas center for Architecture will be a come-and-go event. Refreshments will be provided (nice!) and books will be available for purchase for $45.00.

Please RSVP by e-mailing info@DallasCFA.com. This is also the same night that we have had to move our CandysDirt Quarterly Staff Meeting (exclusive invitation only) but… we might just be able to swing BOTH!welch-becoming-architect

How very nice of the original owner, an architect, to plan things this way. But that’s why people flow makes sense in this home, from the playroom wing tucked behind the kitchen to the very private master bedroom oasis at the end of the bedroom corridor.

Welcome to 4224 Briar Creek Lane, just off Mockingbird Lane east of Abrams Road in the Hillside addition. Listed with Christy Berry for $842,000. This is a circa 1969 ranch hugging a small lake that feeds into White Rock Creek. Waterfront, yes, but the property is a whopping .52 acre. Every room in the 3550 square foot house takes full advantage of the view, which is, frankly, a rare to-die-for of water in Dallas that is NOT rain. Homes on the street seldom last but for a few days once listed. 4224 Briar Creek just popped into MLS late last week, so get out your checkbook! (more…)

Candy Cole Sherry

The beautiful new home of Joyce and Larry Lacerte was the scene Saturday evening for a private showing of the prolific and quite talented works of architect Cole Smith. He designed and recently completed this house for the Lacertes, even as he designed and helped them built their former $20 plus million estate at 5323 Park Lane in Dallas, now owned by Kelcy Warren. The house is stunning. But the center of attention Saturday was several paintings, A LOT,  all painted by Cole himself. The spectrum of his talented art eye is everywhere, from Antarctic scenes to the beach to mechanical machines with moving parts to pastoral. This was Cole’s very first painting show, but his love of brush and canvas has been long-lived. The paintings are available through Sherry Hayslip’s Boutique — Sherry  being Cole’s beautiful wife. My favorite: the beach scenes and the fabulous penguin!  (more…)