Murphy backyard oasis

This week’s Suburb Sunday takes us out to the small town of Murphy in eastern Collin County, where backyard oases are aplenty. (Yes, the plural of the word oasis is oases.) About 18,000 people call Murphy home, who love the country-living feel of its large-lot homes. Most of the city is served by the highly-rated Plano ISD, while another small portion is served by Wylie ISD. Either way, Murphy is a charming slice of country in the city, as evidenced by these three great homes.

Plano Schools in the Murphy Countryside

Address: 1420 Parkview Lane, Murphy

  • 6 bedrooms, 6 baths
  • 5,916 square feet
  • $799,000

Live like a king or queen in this Medieval-inspired Shaddock home on a one-half acre with vistas of the adjacent ranch land near Plano East High School. There’s lots of details to love in this six-bedroom home in Murphy: Dual staircases, hand-scraped hardwood floors, a secluded study with French doors, and two wet bars for entertaining. The luxurious kitchen has a gas cooktop with stainless steel double Viking ovens,  microwave, and built-in stainless steel refrigerator. Relax in the master retreat featuring a well-appointed bathroom suite and recently-added private living space with fireplace. Upstairs you’ll find four bedrooms, though one could be converted back to a media room. And the backyard! Have a piece of paradise with a fantastic pool and spa, a grotto, and pergola, beautifully landscaped with mature palms and a large grass area for play. (more…)

This is the time for outdoor living

4225 Ranier Court has and outdoor oasis (photos: Tourmax)

It’s March and that means we get to enjoy outdoor living! Hopefully no more soggy afternoons or need for winter coats.  These next few months are what make North Texas a fantastic place to live. Trees start turning green.  Grass and weeds start growing.  Swimming pools get warmer and you can almost smell the burgers and brats sizzling on the grill.

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The spec house at 6115 Desco Dr. will look similar to this. Photo courtesy Shoot2Sell.

The spec house at 6115 Desco Dr. will look similar to this, also built by LRO Residential Development.

Spec homes are a sign of strong builder and bank confidence in a market, as they are created without any specific buyer in mind, just the belief that one will be interested once it is completed. The higher the price tag, the higher the stakes.

In our inventory-parched market, homebuilder Les Owens, President of LRO Residential Development, has that confidence in the Dallas market, even at multi-million-dollar levels. He’s starting two spec houses this month, one in Preston Hollow for $3.15 million, and another in Devonshire for $2.2 million.

Both houses are available for customization, but Owens is breaking ground now and says he will complete them in late summer/early fall this year.

As we reported earlier this month, luxury home sales in Dallas-Fort Worth skyrocketed in 2014—those with prices of $1 million and up grew 15 percent year-over-year, the second highest sales volume in Texas (bested only by Houston).

Luxury home sales in DFW represented 1.2 percent of the market, and top-performing luxury brands are seeing more multi million-dollar sales in areas that have strong resale value and high existing demand.

“Established neighborhoods and homes of significance in coveted areas such as Highland Park, Preston Hollow, Greenway Parks, and The Volk Estates are desperately pursued, and the quality of the design continues to be a driving factor,” said Caroline Summers, a Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s agent. Jump to read about the houses and see photos!

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Photo courtesy Greico Modern Homes

Photo courtesy Greico Modern Homes

The homebuilding market in DFW is super hot, and with a new year comes new trends. Candy already mentioned the emergence of the skullery, but there’s more!



We’ve asked the best and brightest North Texas homebuilders to look into their crystal balls and make predictions about homebuilding trends for 2015. They’ve also given us some sublime photos that illustrate those trends in action in their own work. You won’t want to miss this—jump to read the whole story!

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Modernistas, unite! Your day has come or rather, will be here very soon, like next weekend. The White Rock Home Tour has been happening for a few years.¬† But next week, the tour turns thoroughly modern, benefiting Hexter Elementary, and becoming the city’s first all modern home tour. And wait ’till you see the homes coming up: like 8214 San Benito Way — be still, my heart. Talk about House Candy, if this one were on the market I think I’d be popping out of the computer.

Located in beautiful, grand Forest Hills, this modern marvel is as functional as it is innovative. The homeowners have lived at this address for many years and opted to tear down the original structure to build their dream home. But finding the right architect turned out to be a bit harder than they imagined. Then they discovered their next door neighbor and architect, Jay Matthiesen, who was able to see their vision perfectly. Jay came up with a plan that gives the homeowners a unique contemporary design with a livable family environment.

A stone walkway leads you to the impressive glass entry. Twenty-two foot ceilings with front and rear facing walls of glass allow you to see through the center of the home and fill it with light. Upon entering notice the limestone fireplace, which is the solid centerpiece of the living room. Privacy is not an issue with all that glass as a smooth stucco exterior is used on either end of the home. Uniquely designed wooden screens protect the bedrooms from street views.

With two teenagers and constant family gatherings, large rooms are needed for entertaining. A 400 square foot kitchen with oversized black marble bar meets their every need. Notice the 12 ft. wall of natural wood lined cabinetry. Upstairs a game and media room allow for additional gathering space as well as a teenager hideaway. The second floor provides spectacular views of the neighborhood and backyard oasis with pool and fire pit. Not ridiculously large, this residence is just over 5,000 square feet with 4 bedrooms and 4 full bathrooms.

Clifford Miles Welch, AIA discusses MODERNISM THEN AND NOW: the influences of post-war residential architecture

When: April 15, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Where: Design Within Reach, 4524 McKinney Avenue Suite 103, Dallas, TX 75205.
Cost:Donations requested, which benefit Hexter Elementary.
What:Light refreshments will be provided by II Cane Rosso from 6:30 to 7:30. A speaker to begin at 7:30.
RSVP: Space is limited to 150. Reservations required at dgoltl@dwr.com.
Parking: Complimentary valet.

6th Annual Advocate Magazines White Rock Home Tour
Presented by Ed Murchison, Realtor, Specializing in Mid-Century Modern Homes, Virginia Cook, Realtors

When: April 16 – 17, noon to 5 p.m.
Where: White Rock Lake area. See www.whiterockhometour.org for confirmed locations.
Cost:$10 in advance at White Rock Coffee, GreenSpot and neighboring Tom Thumb locations. Or, $15 during the tour at any tour-home.
What: Tours with remarks by docents at five White Rock area modern homes.

Architect meet-and-greets
Where, Who, When:

Saturday, April 16
1-3 p.m.
8214 San Benito Way
Jay Matthiesen AIA, CDP, architect

3-5 p.m.
10754 Wyatt Circle
Jane Landry FAIA, architect
Dwayne Landry FAIA, architect
Ellyn Amador, architect

Sunday, April 17
1-3 p.m.
9955 Woodgrove
Jonathan Delcambre, Assoc AIA, LEED AP BD+C, home designer

3-5 p.m.
8214 San Benito Way
Jay Matthiesen AIA, CDP, architect

 

 

  Tour Map

To download a printable version of our 2011 White Rock Home Tour map click here.