Interior designer Lynn Rush does not like the ordinary, in her life, her design, or her homes. That’s one reason why she is one of the few, rare designers with foresight and, well, the guts to do something few would try in Texas, or anywhere: build a black house that is 100% sustainable.

Her home at 14651 Winnwood in Addison, listed by Coldwell Banker’s Valerie Van Pelt, is created of dark plaster walls on the exterior that are slowly, carefully being enveloped by swaths of lush green ivy. I have never seen anything quite like it. That same green ivy, though, could just as easily be trimmed back. And the house could be painted stark white. No need, really: though the house is entirely black on the exterior, it earned highest LEED Platinum certification and can actually give more energy back to the grid than it takes.

And lest you think a home of this color, perched on a coveted luxurious residential street in Addison — Emmitt Smith lives up the block — sticks out like a sore gardener’s thumb in a sea of beige Mediterraneans, McMansions and McModerns, you would be wrong. The home, all one story, retains a low profile and dissolves seamlessly into a backdrop of native plantings.  

Really, this is a home you would see in the Texas Hill Country, or Austin.

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Turtle Creek Penthouse
You’ve never seen anything like this Turtle Creek Penthouse. Never. It’s easily the equivalent of the Palace of Versailles, but 22 stories into the sky. It’s a fantasy, a dream, a love story, and it’s finally available — after 40 years. (more…)

Later on this morning I’m talking to the Oak Lawn MLS, some of my favorite peeps, exchanging info on the real estate economy, gossip, what’s selling, more gossip, trends, and even more gossip. Then, right after, I am stopping by Jacquelyne Wynne’s beautiful Bud Oglesby condo for an open house look-see. This place is fabulous, one of only five in the complex at 4325 Cole Avenue…unit 5… the ONLY one with an enlarged master Kohler bath (enough room for two, really!) plus marble, marble everywhere.

The large, open den has high ceilings, abundance of natural light and views of the terrace that connects to the den. The den is also the only one of the five condos that has a wet bar, sub-zero refrigerator, marble countertops and lighted glass shelves. The powder room is surrounded with marble and marble countertop. The kitchen features a Bosch refrigerator and Bosch dishwasher. If you want lots of closets, this is your dream! Plus an oversized 2 car garage with 6 additional closets. 

You can never be too thin, too rich, or have too many closets!

There is also a new fence with a 10 year warranty.

Of course, the whole home is done up in gorgeous decor Jacquelyne Wynne style. She’s marketing it herself for $479,000.

Come by and bring me your best listing for publication on CandysDirt.com. We will look at them all, pick only one. (more…)

Houzz

Photography: Michael Hunter

Remember when we kept track of things we loved by tearing out magazine pages and putting them in a binder? It was an idea book for our future homes. The digital age changed everything and brought us the ultimate idea book with the launch of Houzz.com in 2009. Houzz founders Adi Tatarko and Alon Cohen were remodeling their own home. They wanted an easy way to communicate ideas to their team, and they also wanted to be able to find skilled professionals.

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Photos: Shoot2Sell

By Donovan Westover
Special Contributor, Preservation Dallas

I have always been curious about this house on White Rock Lake. Everybody is. The heavily treed lot in the exclusive Cloisters enclave is more than three acres and gracefully bows to afford sweeping waterfront views from most every window of the house. When I say most, I mean the majority of a 12,000-square-foot masterpiece that is peppered with floor-to-ceiling windows to take full advantage of the environment. It’s really like no other house in Dallas, given it’s prime lakefront location and the heritage of it’s tile titan owner, Robert M. Brittingham, founder of Dal-Tile, now a division of Mohawk Industries and the largest manufacturer and distributor of tile and tile products in North America. We are talking wall tile, floor tile, granite, marble, mosaics, stone and allied products used in the installation of these products. Robert M. Brittingham created thousands of jobs everywhere, but especially in Dallas, where he strategically located his firm. He has beautified thousands of homes, inside and out, since the company was founded in 1947.

We love tile but quite frankly, we love 4606 Chapel Hill even more. Come see why:

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Contemporary Golf Course Home In Bent Tree Royal Sweeps Our Dallas Open Houses | CandysDirt.com

I became more familiar with the Bent Tree Royal neighborhood up north of Bent Tree Country Club when I was running for Dallas City Council last spring. The area is amazing, and I instantly knew the real estate would be worth writing home about if a home ever became available there.

And it finally did! 17310 Club Hill Drive sports the best of what this neighborhood is all about. Sleek contemporary homes built into a bluff, many with updates, most facing the golf course greens. But the maintenance is practically zip, save for bushes and a few trees. 

To make it even better, Bent Tree Royal is tucked away between two creeks, with winding streets and TONS of mature trees. It is nesteled between Preston Road and the Dallas North Tollway off Westgrove, which at one point sounded oh so far north. 

But now, with all happening in Plano and at Legacy, this area is a most perfect location to jump north OR south. DFW is a hop skip jump off George W. Bush, and The Star is just up the Tollway.

Homes RARELY come available up here, because the location and bones are so great.

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This is one of my most favorite developments in Dallas, and I can say I even remember when it was built. Regents Park is solid commercial construction with pure high end finish out, and the ideal place to live if you are right-sizing, want zero exterior maintenance but the semblance of a yard. You are gated, secure, right across the street from the Mansion on Turtle Creek and minutes from the Katy Trail and Turtle Creek.

The biggest: you are in a home, not a condo, retaining the ultimate in luxurious living.

Now Emily Price Carrigan presents us with one of the most amazing Regents Park units to become available in years, with views unlike any other from the insulated arched windows: 3522 Gillespie.

What I love: the property on the east side of this home has a huge setback,  with a park-like front lawn studded with tasteful sculptures. Beyond that, the lone corner property is a redone vintage home and office space.

From the fourth floor balconies, 3522 Gillespie even has views of Old Parkland — stunning, I have been there, could look at this every day!— and a total southeast view of the entire city of Dallas that literally shimmers come night.

Oh and don’t worry about tripping up the stairs when you are tired: 3522 Gillespie has an elevator to take you from the garage to fourth floor.

The spaces in Regents Park were drafted at a time when luxury ruled, and it prevails. 

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