Durham Builders

These photos are of the Durham Builders home at 6924 Santa Barbara Dr., one of three modern houses now available in the new Santa Barbara development. Photos: MetroplexHD

East Dallas has a new modern enclave near White Rock Lake, with three houses built, and four more planned.

The Santa Barbara development, near Mockingbird Lane and W. Lawther Drive, creates a style that fuses native Texas materials with California-style architecture. The result is marvelous, something that’s being called “this-century modern.”

“When we were doing the original modeling, we were doing was more Midcentury Modern [style], but I felt  a Texas modern house would go better with the community,” said builder Miles Durham of Durham Builders. “It seems like the people around the lake and in Lakewood are open to this type and style of house.”

Durham’s father, Robert Durham, is the architect for the Santa Barbara development.

“He has modernist influences, and Frank Lloyd Wright,” Miles said. “He does all of the floorplan layouts and all of the elevations, I do all the finish selections and more. We’ve done a lot of houses and we work well together.”Durham Builders

The Santa Barbara houses are priced between $810K and $825K, and are around 3,200 square feet with four or five bedrooms. The designs include an abundance of large windows, open floorplans, fireplaces clad in Carrera Marble and wood, designer tile, concrete floors, and chef’s kitchens with high-end KitchenAid stainless steel appliances and Silestone quartz countertops.

“It’s extremely affordable by Lakewood standards, and that was important to us,” Miles said.

The photos throughout this post are of the home at 6924 Santa Barbara Dr. listed by Jennifer Baldwin with Clay Stapp + Co. for $810,000. It is a 5-4 with two living areas and 3,137 square feet.
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4620 Lester

One of the benefits of living in a condo or townhome is little or no yardwork and someone else to take care of common areas.

But that comes at a price, in the form of HOA fees, which can be crazy expensive (last week’s Tuesday Two Hundred’s HOA fees rang in at a hefty $1,053 per month, although they did include all utilities).

For those who don’t care to drop the equivalent of a couple of car payments each month on HOA fees, today’s Tuesday Two Hundred is for you. The townhome at 4620 Lester Dr., listed by Jeffrey A. Updike with Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate for $269,000, has HOA fees of just $55 per month. That’s one of the lowest I’ve seen, and it includes all common area maintenance.

4620 Lester B

Built in 2007, this property is one of the Hawthorne Street Townhomes, a gated community located near the intersection of Wycliffe and Maple avenues, close to the Medical District, Dallas North Tollway, and Oak Lawn entertainment venues.

It’s a 2-2 with 1,978 square feet on three stories with vaulted ceilings in the living room and master bedroom and an open-concept floorplan. My eyes don’t know whether to look up at the high ceilings, or down at those pristine, wide-plank hardwood floors. Wow.

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1001 Belleview A

Photos: MetroplexHD

For this week’s Tuesday Two Hundred, we’re looking at a hip downtown loft, 1001 Belleview Street #401. This condo is located in the Beat Lofts, a 10-story, 75-unit building in the heart of the revitalized South Side neighborhood, also known as the Cedars.

This corner unit is a 2-1.5 and 1,336 square feet, listed for $299,999 by Natalie Newberry at Clay Stapp + Co. I love the marriage of urban and midcentury styles in this loft. Jump to read more!  (more…)

Live Oak Courtyard

I love the way lofts look. Concrete floors and exposed ventilation ducts are super dreamy. It also allows for all the focus to be on furnishings instead of architecture.

Lofts can be pricy to buy, but if you prefer to rent, they can be affordable and offer flexible living in areas where you can keep your car garage kept and take the train or even a bike!

Live Oak Loft

This week’s featured lease from LocalDwelling.com is at the Live Oak Lofts building on — you guessed it — Live Oak Street. This building is right on the edge of both Deep Ellum and Downtown, offering fantastic access to mass transit, work, restaurants, and the Dallas Arts District.

Live Oak Kitchen

It’s a one-bedroom, one-bath unit with polished concrete and granite surfaces. Amenities include a courtyard pool, stainless steel appliances, a washer and dryer in unit, and pets are allowed in this great loft property.

Live Oak Bedroom

At just more than 1,000 square feet, it’s for lease right now for $1,200 a month. Sound like your kind of loft? Find out how to claim it here.

Live Oak Bath

Live Oak Courtyard

I love the way lofts look. Concrete floors and exposed ventilation ducts are super dreamy. It also allows for all the focus to be on furnishings instead of architecture.

Lofts can be pricy to buy, but if you prefer to rent, they can be affordable and offer flexible living in areas where you can keep your car garage kept and take the train or even a bike!

Live Oak Loft

This week’s featured lease from LocalDwelling.com is at the Live Oak Lofts building on — you guessed it — Live Oak Street. This building is right on the edge of both Deep Ellum and Downtown, offering fantastic access to mass transit, work, restaurants, and the Dallas Arts District.

Live Oak Kitchen

It’s a one-bedroom, one-bath unit with polished concrete and granite surfaces. Amenities include a courtyard pool, stainless steel appliances, a washer and dryer in unit, and pets are allowed in this great loft property.

Live Oak Bedroom

At just more than 1,000 square feet, it’s for lease right now for $1,200 a month. Sound like your kind of loft? Find out how to claim it here.

Live Oak Bath