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When we first spotted this two-story southern traditional near White Rock Lake, we thought it must be one of those adorable original vacation lake cottages from the 1920s that had been beautifully remodeled. Well, we were wrong — it’s only 11 years old!

Built in 2005, the 3,733-square-foot, four-bedroom, four-bathroom home is at 9259 Peninsula, in the heart of the Peninsula neighborhood. This is where the movers and shakers of early Dallas built their lake cottages. Remember, back in 1927, White Rock Lake was far, far away.

There is an eclectic mix of only 280 homes in the neighborhood. Some of the original cottages remain but more and more you see brand new builds by notable local architects like Cliff Welch and Chase Corker. What we love about this one is that it truly pays homage to those original lake cottages.

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Robert Raymond

Photo: Michael Palumbo

In our ongoing series, Interview with an Architect, we speak with leading voices in the North Texas architecture community and learn about their work, development issues in our community, and good design practices and principals (you can read the last one here).

Robert Raymond

Robert Raymond

Robert W. Raymond, AIA, moved to Dallas in 1981 after completing his Masters in Architecture at the University of Michigan. He has never lived more than a few blocks from White Rock Lake in East Dallas, where he built his family’s home and made the transition to residential architecture in 2000.

“The house turned out great and my wife and daughters are still speaking to me,” he said.

With his firm, Raymond Design, he has built houses in neighborhoods ranging from Preston Hollow and the Peninsula, to Richardson and Southlake.

He was named Young Architect of the Year in 1989 by the Dallas chapter of the American Institute of Architecture, served on the board of trustees of the Dallas Architectural Foundation from 2004 to 2006, and has served on the board of trustees of the White Rock Lake Conservancy from 2008 to present.

CandysDirt: You spent 20 years working on big buildings, like hotels and hospitals, moving into residential design in 2000 by designing and building your family house. What appeals to you about residential architecture?

Rob Raymond: There are two main reasons. First, the ability to work from beginning to end on a project, from the initial concept to final construction.

Second, and most rewarding, is working so closely with the client on projects that are near and dear to them. With corporate clients building hotels or hospitals, it’s a business transaction and commercial architecture, in a big firm, is more specialized and compartmentalized. You rarely get the chance to go from inception of idea to ribbon cutting.

With residential architecture, I’m usually working with couples and I joke that it’s part residential architecture and part marriage counseling. It’s fun to get to know people, understand them, and connect with them.

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The Legacy West development in Frisco, designed by Ross Conway and his team at Gensler. All photos and renderings: Ross Conway

The Legacy West development in Frisco, designed by Ross Conway and his team at Gensler. All photos and renderings: Ross Conway

In our ongoing series, Interview with an Architect, we speak with leading voices in the North Texas architecture community and learn about their work, development issues in our community, and good design practices and principals (you can read the last one here).

Ross Conway

Ross Conway

Ross Conway, AIA, LEED AP, is Senior Associate and Design Director in the Lifestyle Studio at Gensler’s Dallas offices, where he has worked for almost 14 years.

His portfolio includes big names like the Dallas Cowboys Headquarters (The Star) in Frisco, the Legacy West addition in Frisco, Preston Hollow Village, The Shops at Park Lane, The Gate in Frisco, The Music Factory in Irving, and the Brazos Riverfront in Waco.

One of his current tasks is the $100-million Bishop Arts redevelopment in North Oak Cliff, an enterprise he calls “a once-in-a-career project for me.”

Conway grew up in Arlington and earned a Masters degree in Architecture from the University of Texas at Arlington. He and his wife recently built a house in Urban Reserve, a Lake Highlands neighborhood of 50 modern, single-family homes, designed by a select group of regionally and nationally recognized architects, including Evan Beattie, the first person we interviewed for this series. He’s also on the architectural review committee there.

CandysDirt: Where are you with the Bishop Arts redevelopment?

Ross Conway: We will finish the design in next few months, and [developer] Exxir Capital wants to start construction in August for phase one. We want to gradually grow it over a two-year process, getting it built out to let people get used to it, and to take into consideration people’s concerns.

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This gorgeous LEED Gold midcentury modern remodel will be on this year’s White Rock Home Tour, and you could see it for free!

Mad about moderns? Crazy about Cliff Welch? Pining to see PV14? Jabbering about Ju-Nels? You’re probably just dying to go to the White Rock Home Tour this month, aren’t you?

Of course you are! I mean, this home tour, which features modern architecture exclusively, is one of the most popular spring home tours in the region. This year’s line up not only features some of the most amazing architecture in the White Rock Lake area, but it also includes a peek inside the exclusive, revolutionary green development in Lake Highlands called Urban Reserve. If you haven’t checked this place out yet, you’ll be smitten at first look!

If this sounds right up your alley, then we have a treat for you! CandysDirt.com is giving away a pair of tickets courtesy of the Hexter Elementary PTA! These gracious parents who put on this fundraiser for the 10th year going have donated two passes to their much-talked-about event and we are going to have a little contest for them!

Jump to find out how you can score two tickets to the White Rock Home Tour!

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This gorgeous Cliff Welch modern on East Lake Highlands will be on this year's White Rock Home Tour benefiting Hexter Elementary.

This gorgeous Cliff Welch modern on East Lake Highlands will be on this year’s White Rock Home Tour benefiting Hexter Elementary.

A couple of weeks ago I sat down with Dawn Reser Schaeffer to talk about Hexter Elementary and the White Rock Home Tour. Schaeffer, who has a daughter at the Blue Ribbon Elementary school off Peavy Road, is one of the home tour organizers for the 10th annual event. It’s a great, cost-effective fundraiser for the school, she said, because the community bands together to keep costs low, and there’s a great inventory of modern homes near the neighborhood school. Parents volunteer and contribute, and homeowners vie for spots on this highly anticipated home tour, one of the few that features modern architecture exclusively.

She could not be more right, especially considering that one much-talked-about home, PV14, will be on the tour and it’s just down Peavy from Hexter. The Lakewood/East Dallas Advocate did a great feature on the designer of the home, Michael Gooden in their recent home and design issue. You can see it on the tour, though, and help support a fantastic Dallas ISD campus. Other homes include an amazing Cliff Welch modern on East Lake Highlands that fuses masonry, wood, and glass seamlessly to provide a mid-century modern look in a new build. Parts of it have a very Tom Kundig-type feel with the exposed beam supporting the roof just outside the master bedroom.

This mid-century modern renovation by Studio Perk is LEED Gold certified.

This mid-century modern renovation by Studio Perk is LEED Gold certified.

Another home you don’t want to miss is a beautiful LEED Gold remodel of a near-teardown midcentury on Sylvania. This home was in awful shape, but D’J Perkinson of Studio Perk brought it back to life as one of the most eco-friendly homes in Dallas. It’s as easy on the eyes as it is on the earth!Jump for a sneak peek at these two homes, as well as more information on the tour and how you can win tickets!

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Spring Home Tour Guide Photo Kim Leeson

It’s spring, so it’s time to don your blue booties and get to tromping around some of the finest and most fabulous homes in Dallas-Fort Worth. We always enjoy this time of year, because not only does CandysDirt.com feature some of the biggest and best home tours in the region, but we also give our readers a chance to win tickets!

We’ve compiled a list of a few upcoming tours that you absolutely have to see. Get your calendar ready and jump!

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And a gorgeous one at that. I think I’ve found my dream home, folks! This beautiful Cliff Welch-designed home in the Cloisters is perfect! You’re close to the lake, you get Lakewood schools (DISD), and it’s an incredibly private enclave!

I am a sucker for modern design, especially homes that have been designed with their surroundings in mind. This home is split into two segments: Living and Sleeping. The living quarters are actually on the second floor of the main home, which results in a treehouse feel. The floor-to-ceiling windows with views of mature trees just outside the living room are swoon-worthy. So is that fabulous fireplace!

Other wonderful things about this house include: An amazing chef’s kitchen with Miele, Sub Zero, and Bosch appliances. It’s a super-sleek galley-style creation with dark grey cabinets and gleaming white counters.

There are four bedrooms, five-and-a-half baths, a media room, a music room, and a two-car garage accessed by a sunken driveway. The sparkling terrazzo floors go from wall-to-wall, giving all 4,835 square feet of this home a continuous, open feel.

What I am truly in love with is the back of the house. The rear yard, which you can access through the second floor via a beautiful spiral staircase, is one of those places that will get you nominated for hosting charity luncheons year after year. I love how the trees surrounding the home were kept intact, especially the large evergreen notched into the patio. The glass railing surrounding the terrace is beautiful, too.

There’s so much to love about this house, and the price tag shows it — 4755 Chapel Hill, marketed by David Collier of David Griffin & Company Realtors, is priced at $2.95 million. I guess it will have to remain a dream home …

 

Scott WomackMany Park Cities or Preston Hollow residents are ditching their ‘hoods for The Peninsula. Why? Hewre is where you can find affordable homes with character, great views, plus a scenic, pastoral, waterfronted property that is like living in a second home year ’round!

But The Peninsula has quite a history. The White Rock Lake dam was completed over a century ago.  Over her 100 year lifeline, White Rock Lake has gone through many changes, from being a city water source, to a popular sporting destination, to a perennial party scene for teenagers and even weddings. The park department and advocacy groups  — with help from people like like Jeannie Terelli — have all pitched in to clean up the lake and park, all of which has only helped maintain and raise the values of the properties.

Because who wouldn’t want to live within walking distance of this gorgeous body of water? Living in The Peninsula is like a year-round vacation spot. People who buy here brag all the time that it’s like having a vacation house at the lake —but it’s only 10 minutes from downtown Dallas.

HISTORY: Get this: the Peninsula was established in 1927 as second and vacation homes, charming lake cottages for folks who lived in “faraway” Dallas.

Population: 280  homes

Zip Code: 75218

Home styles: Cottages, ranches, a few newer Mediterranean’s, and a growing influx of newly built mid century-modern homes. Look for houses by Cliff Welch, Gary Cunningham, Jerry Stark and Case Study Homes’ Doug Hildinger. It’s hopping: Chase Corker, an architect who does a lot of homes in Forest Hills and East Dallas, has built a number of properties in the neighborhood.

Average home price: $275,000 to $350,000 for a small cottage; $700,000-plus nets you a larger interior home with a lake view. Be prepared to pay more for a home with a front or backyard views of the lake or park. Cash buyers abound, not too much price wiggle room here.

Average home size: 800 square feet to 4,500 square feet. Most houses are in the 1,400- to 2,000-square-foot range.

Lot value: Prices vary; a 50-by-130 can sell for $200,000 to $250,000 depending on lake proximity. See why builders love it?

Average lot size: 60-by-135, though some are 60-by-200. There are also some half-acre lots that owners have stitched together.

What They Won’t Tell You: People love what restaurateur Jeannie Terilli and musician Erykah Badu have known for years—life in The Peninsula is like living in a perpetual vacation zone. You get cottages, architecturally significant, or eclectic nestled on the banks of White Rock Lake. There’s sailing, running, sports, even horseback riding!

The Dirt – Who Lives There: Agents say there is a quiet influx of Park Cities and Lakewood empty-nesters happening, but the area still has plenty of families. The strong neighborhood association tamps down crime, and many residents work out of their homes, watching each other’s properties. Kind of elegant crunch: an organic gas station with an organic taco restaurant called The Green Spot is on the corner of Buckner and Northcliff — they recycle grease!. There is also a huge Farmers Market for organic veggies at least once a month. Wholesome Foods Bakery, which started in Lake Highlands, a yummy gluten-free baker, is in the same center: amazing breads and desserts. Thriving. Jena Johnson and Pauline O’Hare’s Good 2Go Taco is at Peavy and Garland Road.

Scuttlebut: Like a selective pre-school, getting into this neighborhood can be tough. Agents maintain lists of interested buyers, but people generally stay put. This is one place where you might benefit by knocking on doors and asking, “are you interested in selling your home?” Just don’t be surprised when folks say, um, not really.

Would I Live There? In a heartbeat. In fact, several of my friends ditched the Park Cities for The Peninsula.