modern tree house
We could not be more excited to share the news that Diane Cheatham, the developer of Urban Reserve, has put her three-story modern tree house at 1 Vanguard Way, on the market with Dave Perry-Miller’s Charlotte Thompson for $ 3.376 million. This is quite possibly the best opportunity to own a one-of-a-kind, sustainably built modern home in America today.
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Classic Contemporary Urban Villa
Remember our mantra about buying the home of a builder or an architect, or a designer? We have a home run for you today. Our Inwood Home of the Week at 4310 Abbott Avenue is one of the most cutting-edge classic contemporary urban villas we’ve ever seen. (more…)

Urban Reseve 14 Vanguard Way

Urban Reserve is where the cool kids live — there’s no doubt about it. You have to have a certain aesthetic and sensibility to appreciate what this master-planned, sustainable, modern oasis is all about. It’s not surprising that in a neighborhood of 50 homes spread over 13 acres you’ll find seven architects, artists, and interior designers — you know, the cool kids.

Now you can join them (and be cool, too) because 14 Vanguard Way, our Inwood National Bank Home of the Week, has just been listed by Joseph Garcia of Gharbieh + Associates for $904,900. Architect Brent Brown designed the 3,008-square-foot, three-bedroom, three-bathroom home. Brown is a director with BC Workshop and the founding director of the city of Dallas’ CityDesign Studio. And he’s won more awards than we have room to write about.

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This cool iron sculpture is actually a fire pit! (Photos: Rick Davis/FLUX Media Productions)

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dallas open house listings

The modern marvel at 47 Vanguard Way in Urban Reserve is one of our five featured open houses this week.

Every Thursday, we pick five hot North Texas properties with our CandysDirt Open Houses of the Week column.

This week, our houses range in price from $474,700 to $899,999. We’ve picked some impressive properties, from a rare 1920’s Craftsman in East Dallas’ Greenland Hills, to a magazine-worthy Midcentury in Hillside. Let us know what you think of our choices, and if you know of any we should feature next week!

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Barbara Gilbert Interiors. Photo: Michael Hunter Photography

Barbara Gilbert Interiors. Photo: Michael Hunter Photography

The emergence of the open floorplan as a home design standard means more eyes than ever are on our kitchens. Design and function evolve every year, and we’ve asked some of the top Dallas interior designers to dish on 2016 kitchen trends for us.

They say the overall vibe for this year is crisp and uncluttered, with the warmth of wood floors and accents. They’ve also given us some gorgeous photos to show these trends in action. It’s going to be a beautiful year!

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Chris-Craft-House

The Chris Craft House, designed by architect Vince Snyder, at 22 Vanguard Way in Urban Reserve, the brainchild of Dallas developer Diane Cheatham.

Dallas developer Diane Cheatham is a dedicated modernist and committed environmentalist.

As CEO of Urban Edge Developers, Ltd., Cheatham has brought those values to her work in multiple settings, from small infill condos and townhomes that won multiple design awards, to her masterpiece at Urban Reserve, a signature modern neighborhood that uses sustainable features creatively.

Diane Cheatham

Diane Cheatham

It’s a trend she’s happy to say is showing up more in North Texas.

“I see more developers and builders responding to consumer demand by building modern and green,” Cheatham said. “The style is much more accepted in Dallas now, and a growing segment of homebuyers are interested in green building and a more modern aesthetic. I’d like to see more developers thinking out of the box, providing more options at all price levels.”

Cheatham envisions and creates enclaves that are both eco-friendly and people-friendly. At Urban Reserve, for example, a reservoir that gets neighborhood run-off water is used to irrigate common spaces and individual lawns. Every house is required to have LEED-H certification. Her own house at 1 Vanguard Way, which she shares with her husband Chuck, has geothermal heating and cooling, energy-saving windows, and an 18,000-gallon cistern that collects rain runoff from the roof. Homeowners in the community are encouraged “not to do the standard Dallas fences,” and many of the homes feature indoor-outdoor living spaces that encourage interaction with neighbors and passers-by.

These efforts have not gone unnoticed. Urban Reserve has earned multiple recognition and awards, like the 2007 Dallas AIA Excellence in Sustainable Design, 2007 CLIDE Award (Celebrating Leadership in Development Excellence), and a 2009 award from Eco-Structure Magazine, where Urban Reserve was distinguished as one of seven innovative projects.

All this took rule-breaking by Cheatham as she customized street widths to slow traffic, created rain gardens and retention ponds, and made the basic infrastructure and layout of the development conducive to her overall vision.

“It’s taken longer than expected, but there are only six lots of the 50 left and work is proceeding on six homes with eight more in various stages of design,” she said. “The realization of Urban Reserve has been the hardest [of all my projects], and as it nears completion, it is also the most satisfying. Being out there on the cutting edge proved to be more complicated than I anticipated.”

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Urban Reserve 4 We’ve been talking about Urban Reserve and its dedicated developer Diane Cheatham for quite a long time, so we were so happy to see stories about this incredible sustainable, architect-driven neighborhood on our local Fox and ABC affiliates! It’s funny how real estate is a big story now, isn’t it? (more…)

Diane Cheatham's pantry4Diane Cheatham’s pantry in her beautiful contemporary home at No. 1 Vanguard Way at The Urban Reserve is quite simply to die for. This is what every cook needs off the kitchen — a huge, huge closet with shelving to the ceiling where you can stack everything and  SEE IT upon entering. Cabinets are expensive to build (pretty, yes) but you end up stacking pans and pots and then are on your hands and knees finding everything. Look at how Diane hangs her pots: that’s a closet rod, hung on its side. She found it at www.Rakks.com
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