I love this house. 7507 Baxtershire. It takes me back ever so far to my childhood, when I spent my summers frolicking with cousins and bicycling by Bruce Goff’s Round House in Aurora, Illinois, on the west side of that town. Yes, THIS house. My cousins lived nearby in a sprawling ’50s ranch:


 

I have been trying to write about this house since I first teased it, but travel, saying goodbye to a beloved pet, and illness precluded. Now, at long last, feast your eyes on the way the current owners, Julie Celum & Guillaume Garrigue, have so beautifully preserved and enhanced this truly iconic and architecturally significant home.

The “Dallas Round House”, as legend has it, was commissioned by a Dallas bon vivante named Eddie Parker. Built in 1961, the home is loaded with 1960s-era materials such as walnut, bamboo, rattan, onyx terrazzo that will knock your socks off, and Hawaiian mahogany. Amenities the last time it was marketed included an indoor pool that has now, thankfully, been taken outside; five bedrooms, four bathrooms, four living areas, and, at one time,  a wisteria-covered steel dome over the circular motor-court. Additional touches include mosaic murals and 24-karat gold-dipped ceramic tiles in the main living area. 

Listing agent Richard Graziano puts it thusly: “The Round House is a true masterpiece and an architecturally significant Mid Century Modernist retreat that was inspired by noted architect, Bruce Goff. This triumph of visionary design was conceived and commissioned by his protege, Eddie Parker. Situated on nearly half an acre, this architectural gem is a sophisticated mix of modern and vintage elements incorporating natural stone, wood, and glass with the extensive use of walnut paneling, onyx terrazzo, Frankoma tiled glass walls, brass inlaid concrete floors and intricate mosaics. This is a rare and limited opportunity to own one of the most iconic and architecturally significant homes in Dallas.”

No kidding. The asking price is $1,725,000 which sounds maybe high, but actually, comes to only $296.70 per square foot. The construction is rock and stone, there is a basement, and the home is now more than 5800 square feet. I am particularly amused by the bunk room, a throwback perhaps to the Atomic Age house bomb drills — “Duck under the desk real quick” — that was a part of my childhood? After all, the home was built in 1962. 

Go ahead, drink these in. Sit on that round bed! We shall return shortly with more on this house, perhaps some design explanation. Ironically, I am once again a not-too-far neighbor of an (almost) Bruce Goff home. 

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Devonshire Contemporary

George Jetson would be so jealous. So would George Lucas. When this University Park Contemporary at 4404 Greenbrier crossed our digital desktops, we did double and triple takes. We could not wait to get it posted. There is quite simply nothing like this neo-futuristic home in Dallas. Maybe anywhere. Oh and it’s open on Sunday. AND it’s in Highland Park Independent School System: win and WIN! (more…)

Jacotte house

All photos: Jeff Baker

Ten years ago, Catherine Horsey fell in love with a house.

Jacotte House

Catherine Horsey

Having spent seven years at the helm of Preservation Dallas, and recently returned to Dallas to work on the sustainable neighborhood Urban Reserve, Horsey saw an article on the house at 3216 Jacotte Cir. and was immediately smitten.

This home is significant in Dallas because it was Howard Meyer’s first modernist house, built in 1937. Meyer is one of Dallas’ first and most accomplished modern architects, known for designing Temple Emanu-El, one of the most distinguished works of contemporary architecture in Texas built during the 1950s; the Lipshy-Clark House at 5381 Nakoma Dr., one of the finest international modernist houses in Texas; and 3525 Turtle Creek Blvd., considered the most fully realized and successful modernist apartment building in Texas, perhaps in America.

Horsey saw this home’s rehabilitation as a great opportunity to showcase how historic preservation and green building practices could work hand-in-hand, and spent a year updating the entire house.

With the help of the original plans, photographs from a 1940 Architectural Record article, and conversations with Eugene K. Sanger, Sr., for whom the house was designed, Horsey restored its character-defining elements and adapted it for resource-efficient modern living.

“The longer I have lived in this house, the more I have loved it—that must be one of the definitions of good architecture,” Horsey said. “What I love about the house is the light—so many large windows that open out to the nearly 17,000-square-foot yard, and the very low utility costs. Howard Meyer really knew what he was doing when he designed this house for the Texas climate.”

This is a three bedroom, four bathroom house, with 2,034 square feet. Horsey is selling it herself for $739,000.

“It’s for sale by owner right now, because I’m going to do my best to keep it from falling into the wrong hands,” she said.

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Golf extI know, I know, you think I’m talking about pitching a tent on a lovely piece of Turtle Creek creekside property on Golf Drive, one of the most desirable pockets of living in UP.

No, there is a house, a very nice house, indeed. English Tudor. One of my favorites. And it is more than liveable. And it’s practically free!

The property is now priced at $1,849,000. Because, frankly, the idea is to move it. And so you are getting a quarter acre of treed, creekside living on the prettiest creek in Dallas for lot value. Proof: two doors down, Booth Brothers, a CandysDirt approved homebuilder (we only have the best!) are building a brand spanking new home on the same sized property that sold  FOR THE DIRT and is now asking $3,995,000. Great builders. Ditto Tatum Brown, also CandysDirt-approved, whose 6629 Golf sold in 2013 for $3.2, THEN was listed with Chad Barrett of ABA for $3,775,000. I’ve heard it was close to that asking price when it sold this summer in a private non-MLS transaction. A large, irregular lot at 6825 golf sold in April through MLS for $3.2. Are you seeing this? 21 creek (more…)

Photography courtesy of Lisa Stewart Photography

Ashley Stanley, Joanna England, Karen Eubank, Suzanne Felber, and Katherine Rodriguez (Photo: Lisa Stewart Photography)

As a new member of the CandysDirt.com team and a Lifestylist® who loves history and architecture, I was so excited to be included in this CandysDirt.com staff meeting and to have the opportunity to tour one of Dallas most significant modernist homes at 3616 Crescent.

Photography courtesy of Lisa Stewart Photography

Realtors sipped and noshed as they admired the home designed by legendary architect E.G. Hamilton and renovated by bodron+fruit. (Photo: Lisa Stewart Photography)

Staff meetings are open to all in the real estate industry in Dallas as well as buyers and sellers who want to learn more about what we do. (We drink champagne while we listen!) It’s a great opportunity to meet new people and to learn about what makes Dallas such a special place to live, all inside a really great listing.

Photography courtesy of Lisa Stewart Photography

Mil Bodron, principle of bodron+fruit, shared before-and-after photos of 3616 Crescent with listing broker and host Emily Price Carrigan and guests. (Photo: Lisa Stewart Photography)

Learning about 3616 Crescent was the perfect way to finish up a spectacular year. Broker Emily Price Carrigan gave tours of the home and pointed out some of the features that make this place so special — knowing the stories behind the improvements that have been made to the home make it even more fascinating, and she had some great stories to tell!

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Here is a little teaser to whet your appetite because we plan to get ourselves inside this beauty once the rain ends. That cherry laminate in the kitchen! A most architecturally significant home NOT in MLS, weighing in at 9,000 square feet on just under an acre. Owners commissioned Ford to build their vision in 1954, and it remains a piece of glorious art to this day. Offered at $7.5. Stay TUNED!

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3756 Armstrong Ave

Rain rain, go away, CandysDirt wants to PLAY!

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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He writes, of course, of the sad fate that is to befall 10330 Strait Lane, the “modern gem” designed by “Enslie” Bud Oglesby that we discovered is headed for a beheading, then a chop-down by bulldozer, with its final resting place to be some landfill in Lewisville.

Hard to imagine Oglesby’s work meeting such a fate.

Mark Lamster is the Dallas Morning News’ architecture critic, who also teaches at UTA. A few years ago, the Dallas Morning News and UT-Arlington’s School of Architecture joined forces to recruit him from New York.  He had been an associate editor with The  Architectural Review and a contributing editor at Design Observer, did a stint as editor at Princeton Architectural Press, and has published a couple books on architects, including Philip Johnson, one of our city’s finest.

10210 Strait Foyer

10210 Strait Front

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