Bachman Creek Contemporary

Our Monday Morning Millionaire is a beautiful Bachman Creek contemporary with quite the story. We kick off our tale with the architect and designer, Mr. Dallas.

John Astin Perkins was a nationally recognized architect and interior designer for over 70 years. It was during the height of his popularity in the 1960s and ’70s, that he was dubbed “Mr. Dallas.”

Perkins was the darling of the movers and shakers of the city. His client list included Ross Perot, Perry Bass, and Clint Murchison, as well as high-end specialty retailers and country clubs. His work was featured in just about every design magazine you can imagine, including Architectural Digest and House Beautiful.

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4248 Armstrong ext

4248 Armstrong Parkway

There are a lot of new homes going up in Dallas, we trip over them or the cement trucks constructing them almost every day.

But I prefer a home that has graciously stood the test of time. Plaster walls, beau d’arc woods, dentils, brick walkways as perfect now as they were then: these jewels are in better shape than the young whippersnappers! And these homes, like great Hollywood divas,  have stories to tell, secrets to share. They are like living in a Texas version of Downton Abbey with classical symmetry, ballrooms, huge windows, classic placement on their verdantly treed lots, and huge swaths of entertainment spaces like lawns, remember lawns? The areas that show their years the quickest — kitchens and baths — have been renovated by the best contractors in town. They are plumped, primed, and better than ever.

4908 Lakeside Drive ext

4908 Lakeside

6748 Lakewood ext

6748 Lakewood Blvd.

Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate now has a smattering of classical stunners on the market that we just had to draw your eyes to. From the depths of Old Highland Park to the most sought after streets in Lakewood, these are the architectural jewels of Dallas. The best part of all? These museum-quality masterpieces are coming to us at great values. We present 4248 Armstrong Parkway, 4908 Lakeside Drive, and 6748 Lakewood Boulevard. (more…)

This is one of those moments when you just want to go, ahhhh. Breathe deeply, because you will need it to get up the hill, the HILLS. This stunning abode in the bluffs is the home of a Dallas couple named David and Emily Corrigan. They LOVE  architecturally significant homes. In fact, they told D Home Magazine a few years ago that, while David grew up in a traditional Highland Park home, Emily grew up steeped in Bud Oglesby on Strait Lane with interiors by the late, great John Astin Perkins. In late 2005, the Corrigans, who lived in a fairly traditional ranch in Preston Hollow, felt edged out by the McMansions shooting up around them, hemming them in. So they went shopping, and found a contemporary home on this magical hill in bucolic Bluffview, built by Dallas architect Downing Thomas in the 1950s. It was almost more about the setting than the house: lush, hilly, and heavily treed, country-esque, the anti-thesis of flat Dallas. It reminded David and their boys more of life on the family ranch or fishing camp.

It was, of course, Bluffview. 

The home was completely remodeled, calling in nationally-renown interior designer Emily Summers — mother of Caroline  Summers — and Mary Elizabeth Johnson to do the heavy lifting. Two-thirds of the original home was torn down, and during the two-year renovation miracles took place. Like moving the swimming pool to create more yard space. When it was finally complete in 2007, they had a whopping 9090 square feet, four bedrooms, six and a half baths, loaded with details only your heart could desire from cedar closets in the bedrooms to a second master suite, library, gameroom, mud room, complete exterior misting and mosquito repellent system,  and extraordinarily huge windows that  bring the outdoors in and make it seem as though the trees and critters are an active part of the interiors. The master is not just a treasure, it has won several design awards. There is also outdoor living with two grills and a fireplace overlooking the waterfall pool. You could live out here, but much better in the guest house with two bedrooms, two full baths, kitchen, living area and office.

Emily Corrigan told D Home she wanted to seriously collect Greek and Byzantine pottery when her family is grown. We can only say, please invite us over to see your NEXT home! In the meantime, this baby, fresh on the market, will set you back $7,200,000. What do you know: 7 is my lucky number!