Hands down, Lionel Morrison is one of the most talented architects not just in North Texas, but in the world. Every day I get to admire his work as I pass one of his masterpieces at 6645 Northaven Road.

Come to think of it, having great architecture in our midst is like making art galleries out of our neighborhoods. We drive, we walk (when it’s not so dang hot), we bicycle, and we Uber/Lyft down the streets. It makes the hours of our lives a little better to have beautifully designed buildings around us, like art.

It’s even better when you can (somewhat) affordably call one of those houses home.

Art House was designed by Morrison and is one of the most highly respected small-scale condos in town. Units seldom come to market.

In fact, Morrison lives there, right across from this very unit that just hit MLS: 3740 Holland Avenue, Unit 3B.

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3920 Travis a

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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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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4337 Travis Street

What an exceptional opportunity to live in one of these gorgeous modern townhomes designed by Lionel Morrison. The architect, which has a fondness for minimalistic modern design that pairs metal and natural materials seamlessly, has designed amazing Dallas homes and landmarks, including this light and bright mansion on Northaven Road, One Arts Plaza, and many more.

We’ve featured one of these incredible Travis Street townhomes before as a Monday Morning Millionaire, and today’s Lease of the Week is just as fabulous as that home, only it doesn’t have a rooftop deck. Still, it’s a beautiful home in an amazing location with everything your modern-loving heart desires. Located at 4337 Travis Street, you can rent this gorgeous concrete, glass, and steel beauty marketed by Rogers Healy himself for $9,000 a month.

4337 Travis Entry

Let’s take a look inside this fabulous home …

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I figure that once you leave the White House, you might be a little weary of pomp, circumstance and overdosing on traditional. Laura Bush is said to vastly prefer clean lines in her home decor, I guess that’s what all that Williamsburg cherry ball and claw does to you after eight years! So why not make your NEXT White House a striking, clean as a whistle contemporary like this uber mod baby by Lionel Morrison, he of the $9.75 million  Northaven home design fame (off the market, currently), One Arts Plaza, among many, many others. 3215 Princeton boasts three bedrooms, three and a half baths in 3680 square feet with excellent natural light, fourteen-foot ceilings, limestone walls, art lighting, built-ins, rich, warm hued hardwoods and a wall of magnificent floor to ceiling windows (with retractable electronic shades) that overlook a lap pool, picturesque fountain and outdoor fireplace. Priced at $2.4 million. The only problem I can see is the home’s address on Princeton Avenue. Say what? I’m not saying Princeton is NOT one of the most prestigious addys in town, but most recent presidents have hailed from Yale and Harvard.

Well, guess we could always make an Ivy League exception!