The home at 2906 Shadow Drive in Arlington is modern architecture at its finest. (Photos: Matt Ross, MLS Images)

The home at 2906 Shadow Drive has to be the winner of the “2017 CandysDirt.com Most Interesting Home Award.”

OK, so I made up that award, but if it did exist, I would give it to this work of art in a split second. I have to be honest: When I received a request to feature a home in Arlington, I did not expect to find a spectacular home in the modernist style of architecture.

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The lot is characterized by rocky outcroppings with dogwood trees where hawks nest; the buildings have been designed to showcase this magnificent natural setting.  In the main house, four separate pavilions on two levels are connected by breezeways which can be opened or closed to the exterior by automated glass doors.

Expansive decks and floor-to-ceiling windows are other features that bring in the light and views that make this contemporary lake house a unique retreat on Lake Texoma.

See Valerie Jarvie’s full write-up on this interesting listing from Ed Murchison of Virginia Cook Realtors on SecondShelters.com.

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Architect-designed homes make for stylish living, and our Thursday Three Hundred is a rare treat. This updated contemporary two-story condo was designed by renowned Dallas architect Lionel Morrison, inspired by the work of German-American modern architect Mies van der Rohe.

Located at 3920 Travis St. Apt. 16, this Uptown condo is awash with natural light, designed to feel spacious and bright with big windows, doors, and skylights. It has two bedrooms, two full bathrooms, one half bathroom, and 1,262 square feet, built in 1985. The tony location is just blocks from the West Village, Katy Trail, and Cole Park.

It was listed June 17 by Faisal Halum with Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty for $375,000. Monthly HOA fees are $320 and include blanket insurance, exterior maintenance, gas, management fees, sprinkler system, trash, and water/sewer.

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Tokalon

I’ve driven, walked, biked, and strolled past this house on one of the prettiest streets in Dallas — Tokalon Drive — and I’ve always wondered how the sharp angles and gridded windows conveyed to the interiors. The answer: AMAZINGLY. Fans of contemporary architecture will love this classic 1980s home that takes full advantage of the gorgeous views from its hilltop perch near White Rock Lake.

If Lakewood living has always been on your bucket list, don’t let this stellar opportunity pass you by. Call Lisa Peters at Caliber Home Loans today to make sure that you breeze through your buying experience from bid to close. It takes experience and know-how to make a luxury purchase seamless, and Lisa Peters at Caliber Home Loans has just that.

Jump to see the cool contemporary interiors of this Tokalon listing from Nancy Johnson.

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3314 Dartmouth Front

If you love surrealism, then this house is the Dali to your Breton. From the curb, this stark contemporary actually looks like a cubist’s take on the modern American dwelling. It is, in fact a home for art.

It’s easy to fall in love with this house, not only for its enviable Highland Park location, but for the bright and open rooms that flow easily and allow for both the art and the architecture to stand out. And unlike many contemporary designs, this home feels warm and inviting.

If you are looking for the perfect space to show off your collection, this Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty listing could be just the home for you. And when it comes to closing, don’t waste time — call Lisa Peters at Caliber Home Loans first so you can sail through closing without a worry. Go ahead and start imagining your art lining the walls of this stunning Highland Park contemporary and call Lisa Peters at Caliber Home Loans today.

Jump to see all of the amazing space — both indoors and out — that this home has to offer.

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Photo by Jeff Mitchell

Photo by Jeff Mitchell

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).

Adriana Meyer, AIA, was born in Guatemala City and attended architecture school at Universidad Francisco Marroquín, graduating in 1999.

Adriana Meyer, AIA

Adriana Meyer, AIA

She started working on residential projects while still a student, and began her career at HKS Architects in Dallas in 2000, specializing in healthcare and assisted living. Some of her projects included Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta; St. Rose Hospital, Las Vegas; Lynn Cancer Center, Boca Raton, amongst others. She worked on many aspects of these projects, but specialized in planning and exterior design.

In 2007, she founded her own firm, APM Architecture. Meyer designed modern homes throughout Texas, working in Dallas neighborhoods like Kessler Woods, Highland Park, Forest Hills, and Bluffview, as well as Central Texas’ Hill Country and Oklahoma.

All have the common thread of being environmentally conscious with a modern aesthetic. In recent years she has designed a warehouse conversion to mixed use in the Dallas Design District. She is expanding into the commercial and assisted living markets.

CandysDirt: Your first professional work with HKS had you specializing in healthcare and assisted living. What drew you to that firm and that kind of architecture? 

Adriana Meyer: I was drawn to a large firm environment for my first job in Dallas, because I wanted experience working on major projects and learn as much as possible. Healthcare was a great learning experience. I worked on planning and design. I quickly learned that focusing on how complex spaces are used, creates the best solutions. How to collaborate with a team and how to listen to clients were two of the most important lessons I learned.

I am still interested in those projects, even if my practice today is more residential/small commercial. One of the goals of APM architecture is expanding my team to allow me to work on larger projects, perhaps including healthcare in the future.

 

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Mickey Munir

All photos: Dan Piassick

When Mickey Munir built the luxury home at 14929 Havenshire Pl. in Addison 17 years ago, it was intended to be a model home to showcase his capabilities as a custom builder and architect. He is the founder and CEO of Sharif Munir Uncustomary Custom Homes and many of the houses in this neighborhood were built by him.

Every aspect of the home is grand, and in its two years as a model, Munir estimates he sold ten to 15 build-to-suits after clients saw it. But at the end of that time, Munir and his wife Michele decided to call it home, and have been here ever since.

They’ve been happily splitting their time between this house and one on Lake Texoma. But their kids are grown and this house rarely gets visitors (unlike the Lake Texoma house), so it’s time to sell.

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The entryway foyer and grand staircase

This is a 7,400-square-foot luxury home in the exclusive Bellbrook Estates, sitting on half an acre with four bedrooms, four full bathrooms, and two half bathrooms. There’s also a 12-person formal dining area, dramatic entry foyer with grand staircase, geothermal heating and cooling, gourmet indoor kitchen, outdoor kitchen, 40-foot lap pool with a sunken conversation pool at one end, a private master courtyard with spa and fireplace, and so much more.

“It’s loaded with so many features, every trick in the book you could put in it in 1998, and it has all been updated to current standards,” Munir said. “It’s got a lot of great technology, like an AMX home automation system, Lutron lighting system, an eight-seat theater with a new projector, screen, and speakers.”

The home belongs entirely to Michele, a point he wanted to emphasize: “We’ve lived through four recessions. This protects her in case the sky falls on me.”

The house is contemporary with a blend of neoclassical and Biedermeier architectural styles, built for company.

“It’s designed for adults with grown children, an entertaining house,” he said. “This house was out-of-the-box in 1998—everybody wanted a French or Mediterranean house—and this was purposeful. Nancy Dubick of Dallas Design Groups, Interiors personally did the interior work in collaboration with us.”

This home is listed for $2.45 million by Grady Yates with Sharif & Munir Ventures, Inc.

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La Casa del Viento (the Wind House), built in 2013 near Jalisco, Mexico, by Carlos Avila, with architect Ricardo Agraz, and plastic arts by Adrián Guerrero. All photos by Mito Covarrubias, except where noted.

Modern architecture in the North Texas area has lots of fans, but the range of houses offered can be limited. Often, they are custom-build or luxury only.

Cavso Homes is aiming to change that with their unique style of planning and building homes. They plan to offer eco-friendly, modern houses all over DFW, ranging from affordable to luxury.

“We plan keep doing single houses and townhouses, but in about two years, we are planning to build a complete complex,” said one of Cavso’s owners Carlos Avila. “We could talk about tons of statistics explaining why Dallas is the best place for Cavso Homes to start [in the U.S., but really], the Dallas Metroplex chose us!”

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Fabricio Solorio, Alberto Casillas, and Carlos Avila on site at a local Cavso home. Photo courtesy of Carlos Avila

The name Cavso Homes comes from the last names of its three owners, builder Alberto Casillas, project manager Carlos Avila, and business manager Fabricio Solorio. They are based out of Guadalajara, Mexico, and now call DFW home as they offer houses for sale (they have two completed houses in Irving and five future projects planned), custom homes, and their services as builders.

“The owners of Cavso Homes came together to create a different company with an integrated view of a home, and the goal of offering clients better living,” Casillas said. “We listen what clients have to say about their new house, analyze that, and take all of it into consideration for future designs. There is also a person who follows all the steps during the life of a project in order to understand a house like the unique project it is.”

Vivo Realty agent Kimberly Mitchell is working exclusively with Cavso Homes these days, and Vivo is doing all the marketing for the homes.

“Cavso Homes has a wonderful vision for bringing affordable modern homes to Dallas and not sacrificing quality and craftsmanship,” Mitchell said. “We think this is great because modern homes are generally thought of as a high-end product. We think this will be superb for Dallas!”

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