masterful modern

Remember Miami Vice? If you do, you’ll see what I see — that this sleek, masterful modern mansion would make a prime location for a reboot. If you don’t know Miami Vice, shame on you. Stream it, laugh at the ’80s clothes, and ogle the architecture. If you’re looking for a house that’s cooler than the one used for the 2006 movie, this is it.

I tore myself away from the computer and went to see this masterful modern last week. I’d heard the phrases, “You have to see it to appreciate it,” and “Photos don’t do it justice,” from too many people. I was in a “show me” sort of mood when I drove into the cul-de-sac at twilight. The first of many plusses is that there are only 11 houses on this street. Another huge plus is this is not just one house. It’s two. Yep. Two.

Indeed, photos don’t do the house justice. Some homes must be experienced. When I walked in, prepared to be judgmental, Compass listing agents Breah Brown and Piper Young helped me pick my jaw up off the floor and kindly guided me to the bar for a restorative cocktail. The word stunning is overused, so let’s go for glamorous, dramatic, impressive, and brilliant.

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Heath modern farmhouse

As I was scrolling through homes looking for something special to wow you with last week, I thought it was about time to I had a look at Heath again. And boy, did I find something special! This Heath modern farmhouse is perfect in every way. I’m pretty sure it would even make Martha Stewart’s heart skip a beat!

With each photo, I kept thinking, “It can’t get better.” Yet it did. When I called Marian D’Ungar and Nancy Pieper at Coldwell Banker’s Apex, they told me why, and her name is Carrie Hatfield. She’s the genius behind this fabulous Heath modern farmhouse.

Heath modern farmhouse

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Thomson Tudor

Why is it that some architecturally and historically significant homes stand the test of time, as if they were ageless vessels of grace?

A case study might well be 4209 Bordeaux — primo Highland Park dirt, a Tudor mansion that goes light on the steepness of the pitched gable roofs, got a bit playful (but not obsessive) with masonry on the chimneys, embellished doorways, grouped windows, but used a light hand on decorative half-timbering — all hallmarks of great Tudor design.

Perhaps it has to do, too, with those who have had a hand in the home’s upbringing. This one was designed by Dallas master architect Hal Thomson, and has had a succession of improvements by reputable craftsmen all done sensitively, tastefully, with respect to the original vision of Thomson.

“It’s more a Tudor-inspired design,” says Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s listing agent Ralph Randall. “It doesn’t have the heavy cross timbers you usually see. The home is mainly a beautiful, classic red brick with a Tudor influence, which I think has really helped keep it clean over the test of time. It’s a horizontal house that gets natural light from all sides.”

Like we say about so many of his designs, the home looks as if it were custom made for the large 140- by 195-foot lot.
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Bachman Creek Contemporary

Our Monday Morning Millionaire is a beautiful Bachman Creek contemporary with quite the story. We kick off our tale with the architect and designer, Mr. Dallas.

John Astin Perkins was a nationally recognized architect and interior designer for over 70 years. It was during the height of his popularity in the 1960s and ’70s, that he was dubbed “Mr. Dallas.”

Perkins was the darling of the movers and shakers of the city. His client list included Ross Perot, Perry Bass, and Clint Murchison, as well as high-end specialty retailers and country clubs. His work was featured in just about every design magazine you can imagine, including Architectural Digest and House Beautiful.

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Country French

Photography: Shoot2Sell

There are a lot of beautiful homes in Dallas, but when you see as many as I do, you tend to get a bit jaded. So, it takes something special to make me sit up and take notice. And this University Park Country French home did just that.

What it has, in spades, is character. That is what is so sadly lacking in new construction today. The big white box home that is so popular now is attractive, of course, but there is simply nothing of note in a white house with white marble, white cabinetry, tile, and white walls. It’s clean and lovely, but somewhat sterile.

When we think about where to go on vacation, we seek out interesting, often quirky hotels, bed and breakfasts, and vacation rentals. We do that because they are charming and have character. So, why not live in an environment that gives you what your vacation property offers? This Country French home will make you feel as if you are on vacation every day!

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Contemporary Hill Country

When I first spotted this Hill Country Contemporary design, I thought, “hmm, that’s odd, I don’t remember a new build down the street from Candy Evans!

That’s because it was built in 2008. As you scroll through these photos, you’ll see it’s a prime example of why architects are essential. Architects think long and hard about how their clients want to live in a home before they ever draw up a plan. They eschew trendy materials for classic. Rather than mow down trees, they design around them. In other words, they build timeless homes — homes that last forever.

That’s exactly what we need more of after the North Dallas tornado devastated so many homes. Plus, this one is move-in ready!

This Contemporary Hill Country home was designed by Bernbaum/Magadini Architects and built by Buford-Hawthorne. You could not ask for a better team.
Contemporary Hill Country

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Highland Park Mediterranean

I’ve told you every house has a story, and generally, it’s a romance. However, this Highland Park Mediterranean is not your typical love story.

It wasn’t purchased for a sweetheart. It was not passed down through generations. And it was not the dream home bought by a sports star with his first big paycheck.

But this Highland Park Mediterranean certainly has a heart-warming story. It was completely renovated by one of the best designers in the world for childhood friends.

Gonzalo Bueno is a founder and partner with design firms Treceavo Plano and Ten Plus Three. Bueno is well-known for his award-winning designs and has been featured in many publications, including Modern Luxury magazine and D Home.

Friends he’d know almost his entire life began exploring the idea of moving to Dallas. As often happens, they found this beautiful Highland Park Mediterranean almost as soon as they started looking. But there was a lot to be done. They reached out to their lifelong friend, and Bueno went into overdrive to have it ready for them.

Highland Park Mediterranean

The exterior pays homage to original Highland Park homes.

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Spanish-Mediterranean

If I had to guess, I’d say this lovely Spanish-Mediterranean was designed by leading Dallas architects Marion Fooshee and James Cheek. Let me know if you think otherwise. But I do my detective work, and I can support my theory pretty well, so here goes!

Foshee & Cheek were well-known for their eclectic Spanish-Mediterranean style, including Dr. Hugh Leslie and Lydia Bowen Moore’s home at 4200 Beverly Drive. Their most significant design was Highland Park Village, the first self-contained shopping center in America. They were also involved in the design of the Hall of State and Aquarium buildings in Fair Park. Foshee lived at the duplex on 4441-4443 Westway Avenue, and Cheek lived at the duplex at 4417-4419 — right next door!

I think it makes for a natural assumption Foshee & Cheek are responsible for this wonderful Spanish-Mediterranean. So, I’m going with that!

Spanish-Mediterranean

This historic Spanish-Mediterranean is in Westpark, one of the last residential additions built in Highland Park. It includes Fairway Street, Westway Avenue, Lomo Alto Court, and Lomo Alto Drive.

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