6720 Greenwich Lane mod home tourNow let me brag about one of my Candy’s best home builders, Michael Turner, owner of Classic Urban homes who built “Serenity House” at 6720 Greenwich Lane in North Dallas near Forest and Hillcrest. It’s an award winning property built for Steve and Terri Woodward, Steve being a marketing executive at Fossil. Both had great input on the home from start to finish, the blueprints evolving from a single napkin drawing one cold night. The home-passionate couple, and Michael, built their 4050 square foot masterpiece of brick and glass, reinforced with steel. The floor plan is basically three sides of a rectangle: the master and a jewelry studio create the east wing, the guest bedroom and a built-in bar create the west — what a nice treat for guests, eh? In front facing north are the formal living room, dining room and kitchen. There is even a modern-style front porch to invite neighborly chats. The home is one of the warmest examples of modern design I have seen in a long time.6720 Greenwich master bath 6720 Greenwich LR 6720 Greenwich front porch 2 6720 Greenwich front porch 6720 Greenwich dining room 6720 Greenwich kitchen

Serenity House sure has a lot of glass, eliminating the boundaries between indoors and exteriors. It’s as if there are no, or very few, walls in the house. The only thing that divides the formals is a brick column with see-through fire place. The brick theme is brought into the living room creating a seamless line from the exterior front of house to courtyard — as if it is floating in.

Most of the walls to the exterior are floor-to-ceiling glass, including more than 10 doors around the back perimeter that simply slide open. For a party, guests would almost not know where the house ended and the exteriors begin!

Michael says the designer, architect Billy Ware of Ware Architecture, designed with a concept of two solid bars connected by a floating plane. The floating plane comprises the public spaces, the bar encompasses private. Yet, even when they shut the windows and doors completely, one still has a feeling of being outdoors. The Woodwords choose a large, leafy lot north of Forest lane in an area where older homes are being scraped to make way for new, reasonably-sized home: this one is just over 4000 square feet. It has what every empty nester needs and not a minute more: two bedrooms, three and a half baths, a custom jewelry-making studio for Terry, upstairs patio for the visiting son, huge walk-in closets each for Terry and Steve, eco conscious materials such as Eco Stone countertops of crushed granite, marble and mirror. There are three fireplaces, hot tub, fancy pants custom bar and a flat TOP roof with a 13-foot overhang to shade from the sun.

Here’s the best part: Michael Turner pulled this off for under $200 a square foot. In fact, this property did not break the one million mark (excluding land costs), and finished on time, a hallmark of Classic Urban home projects.

Turner says the Woodwards were the perfect couple to work with, easygoing folks who have built no less than 15 homes from the ground up, and gutted one pre-owned home. When you tour the property with them, it’s obvious that both care for the home — terry cleans and obsesses over hangers in the huge closet. There’s no bragging about the price of the art or the imported carpets. It’s the house, the creation itself, that stands alone as a work of art in no immediate dire need of fluffy furnishings or name-dropping design to make it pop.

“My rule of thumb is that is you don’t just absolutely love a piece, don’t put it in your home, ” says the former interior designer.

The home building process for these two and the star building team was a passionate output of energy and talent they both enjoyed. Like many things in life, it’s the process that stimulates and becomes almost more important and enjoyable than the outcome. Well, except that this outcome is a total stunner and can always be marketed to create someone else s dream… hint hint.

 

 

6720 Greenwich Lane mod home tourNow let me brag about one of my Candy’s best home builders, Michael Turner, owner of Classic Urban homes who built “Serenity House” at 6720 Greenwich Lane in North Dallas near Forest and Hillcrest. It’s an award winning property built for Steve and Terri Woodward, Steve being a marketing executive at Fossil. Both had great input on the home from start to finish, the blueprints evolving from a single napkin drawing one cold night. The home-passionate couple, and Michael, built their 4050 square foot masterpiece of brick and glass, reinforced with steel. The floor plan is basically three sides of a rectangle: the master and a jewelry studio create the east wing, the guest bedroom and a built-in bar create the west — what a nice treat for guests, eh? In front facing north are the formal living room, dining room and kitchen. There is even a modern-style front porch to invite neighborly chats. The home is one of the warmest examples of modern design I have seen in a long time.6720 Greenwich master bath 6720 Greenwich LR 6720 Greenwich front porch 2 6720 Greenwich front porch 6720 Greenwich dining room 6720 Greenwich kitchen

Serenity House sure has a lot of glass, eliminating the boundaries between indoors and exteriors. It’s as if there are no, or very few, walls in the house. The only thing that divides the formals is a brick column with see-through fire place. The brick theme is brought into the living room creating a seamless line from the exterior front of house to courtyard — as if it is floating in.

Most of the walls to the exterior are floor-to-ceiling glass, including more than 10 doors around the back perimeter that simply slide open. For a party, guests would almost not know where the house ended and the exteriors begin!

Michael says the designer, architect Billy Ware of Ware Architecture, designed with a concept of two solid bars connected by a floating plane. The floating plane comprises the public spaces, the bar encompasses private. Yet, even when they shut the windows and doors completely, one still has a feeling of being outdoors. The Woodwords choose a large, leafy lot north of Forest lane in an area where older homes are being scraped to make way for new, reasonably-sized home: this one is just over 4000 square feet. It has what every empty nester needs and not a minute more: two bedrooms, three and a half baths, a custom jewelry-making studio for Terry, upstairs patio for the visiting son, huge walk-in closets each for Terry and Steve, eco conscious materials such as Eco Stone countertops of crushed granite, marble and mirror. There are three fireplaces, hot tub, fancy pants custom bar and a flat TOP roof with a 13-foot overhang to shade from the sun.

Here’s the best part: Michael Turner pulled this off for under $200 a square foot. In fact, this property did not break the one million mark (excluding land costs), and finished on time, a hallmark of Classic Urban home projects.

Turner says the Woodwards were the perfect couple to work with, easygoing folks who have built no less than 15 homes from the ground up, and gutted one pre-owned home. When you tour the property with them, it’s obvious that both care for the home — terry cleans and obsesses over hangers in the huge closet. There’s no bragging about the price of the art or the imported carpets. It’s the house, the creation itself, that stands alone as a work of art in no immediate dire need of fluffy furnishings or name-dropping design to make it pop.

“My rule of thumb is that is you don’t just absolutely love a piece, don’t put it in your home, ” says the former interior designer.

The home building process for these two and the star building team was a passionate output of energy and talent they both enjoyed. Like many things in life, it’s the process that stimulates and becomes almost more important and enjoyable than the outcome. Well, except that this outcome is a total stunner and can always be marketed to create someone else s dream… hint hint.

 

 

6928 Lloyd Valley ext rearA million dollars and some change, that is. I offer you a bargain, here, a home that, compared to what we have been writing about the last few days, will require the writing of far fewer zeros than, say, $135,000,000. We are talking $1,075,000. Such a bargain, it’s being offered below DCAD appraisal.

Put it on your Amex for points!

Look at what you get at 6926 Lloyd Valley Lane! The location, in case it does not ring a bell, is off of Hillcrest just south of Forest, overlooking the cliffs of Jan-Mar. Lloyd Valley is a charming cul de sac loaded with gorgeous, newer large homes in a secluded, private setting. Gate this street and you will have a fortress, a private Lake Forest. Access to Hillcrest is facilitated by a median that will save your auto on south-bound turns.

Then walk into this home. The front exterior belies what you are about to see. It looks like a Georgian ranch, almost, with red brick and two white columns. The home was built in 1976, which was a very good year, but extensively updated and remodeled in 1995 and since, resulting in a nearly perfect environment. You get four bedrooms, four and a half baths, four living areas plus a study, crafts room and two masters. The home is extremely low maintenance on the yard because the one-half acre lot is green in the front, creekside in the back with just enough green for pets and frolicking. The creek is your zero-maintenance grounds.6928 Lloyd Valley ext rear 6928 Lloyd Valley LR 6928 Lloyd Vallet kit 6928 Lloyd Valley DR 6926 Lloyd Valley bfast 6928 Lloyd Valley master 6928 Lloyd Valley master bath

And the sellers certainly maximized that glorious creek view — ducks were swimming the January day I visited. From the foyer to the dining room with a charming corner fireplace, to the kitchen and downstairs master, every room takes full advantage of a setting one would expect in Lakewood or Austin. The kitchen is extremely efficient and picture perfect with high end appliances, beautiful custom cabinetry and the requisite granite. Some might call it small, but the breakfast room with huge palladium windows soaking in the views is huge. Huge family room with both study and crafts room off that could be a perfect home business headquarters. I have never seen so much storage, not even in multi million dollar mansions.

On the eastern wing of the home, the master suite has a sunken Sundance spa surrounded by Pau Lope (Brazilian wood) decking. The spa is on a screened porch overlooking the creek. Truly a suite, the master has great storage, an enormous bath with jacuzzi tub that could accommodate a massage table or treadmill easily, toilet and bidet in a closet, and a coffee bar with refrigerator I would make a champagne bar: double duty.

In other words, you could live in the master and never emerge. Isn’t that what a home is all about?

There is a guest room near the master with full bath — I’d make that an exercise studio. Or great room for the hubby to sleep when he’s on call… or the parent on kid duty… ah but who gets the Duxiana? Plenty of space for guests upstairs, two bedrooms, enormous closets, and a master bath because this was, at one point, the master.

6928 Lloyd Valley sideI think this is the perfect empty nester home. It’s about 5000 square feet and everything is really on one floor; guests or grandkids can enjoy the upstairs as a suite far from your canoodling in the spa.

But then, it’s also a perfect family home because 2.5 children can enjoy the upstairs away from mom and dad, but still be under their guidance during study time in that family room and office. And little boys would be fishing all day long. Plus the backyard patio and oasis are the perfect playground for a party. Can you imagine karaoke on the water?  Or rock and roll with Emerald City?

My Lord, even the ducks will be twisting the night away.

Just north of Forest and west of Hillcrest is Preston Brook Estates. It’s a quiet little area, carved seemingly from a forest with its mature trees on typical suburban lots. The location is outstanding — you’re close to shopping all along Preston Road, you’re close to North Central Expressway, and you’re about 25 minutes from downtown.

The neighborhood is populated with 50s and 60s-era traditional ranches, which is a great home for those interested in remodeling. Pretty much anything goes with these houses (within the bounds of good taste, of course).

 

That’s why I like 11820 Hampstead marketed by Sylvia Scott of Allie Beth Allman & Associates. So much of the home has been remodeled, and what’s been done recently is absolutely perfect.  What original work has been kept — the gorgeous fireplaces — were definitely keepers. I love the copious living area (three rooms total!) and the two dining areas.The kitchen is adorable, too. I love the dark cabinets!

In total, this home is 3,154 square feet and priced at $575,000. You get three bedrooms and three baths, too, along with a great backyard that looks like the perfect spot to relax in no matter what the weather throws your way.

My only nit I’m going to pick is the master bath. It’s outdated, which the brass fixtures make painfully obvious. This is a pretty easy fix, though, so don’t let that put you off from this cutie!

What do you think about this house?