By Amy Dobson
Special Contributor

A house that makes people instantly take notice has just arrived in the C Streets neighborhood thanks to the team at JNT Developers. It isn’t just the dramatic angles of the exterior or the full-size balcony that catches your eye as you drive by. It’s when you step inside and see an airy floor plan with luxury features nestled in to every corner that you start to gain a full appreciation for how impressive this four-bedroom, five-bath home is. 

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Before there ever was a pink mansion on Douglas Avenue, Mary Kay Ash and her husband, Mel Ash, conscripted modernist architect Frank L. Meier to design a home for them. The site — a private, picturesque lake in Preston Hollow — was the perfect place to craft reality from a dream.

That dream was for a welcoming, beautiful structure that was perfect for hosting all sorts of gatherings — a well-rounded home. Literally.

In fact, that’s what makes 7246 Lupton Circle — our High Caliber Home of the Week presented by Lisa Peters at Caliber Home Loans — so very unique. Its design takes every advantage of the lake and lot, with a circular design that flows perfectly from one room to the next. Add in the delicious light from the glass-domed ceiling in the center of the home, and you have magic in the making.

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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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