luxury Craftsman

You would have never given 3816 Miramar Avenue a second look a few years ago. It was a 1915, plain-Jane, Prairie-style home that had been remodeled multiple times. It would have inevitably faced the wrecking ball if it were not for buyers that saw the potential and knew who could fulfill their vision. They hired the architectural team of Domiteaux & Baggett to reinvent this home entirely and make it into a luxury Craftsman that takes your breath away.

Before we get into the fantastic renovation, there’s an interesting bit of history on one of the former owners.

A well-known railroad man, W.G. Crush lived here until 1943. He is credited with the establishment of the Katy Railroad’s Highland Park Station. Yes, there was a railroad station in Highland Park!

Before the transformation. Plain-Jane indeed!

“When we met with the owners, they knew they did not want to tear down the home,” Mark Domiteaux said. “They were very involved in the research and wanted this home to be all it could be. We had them look at resources like California architects Greene and Greene’s work at the turn of the century, and that inspired what you see today.”

Domiteaux worked with The Robert Hopson Construction Group to turn this home into what is now a timeless luxury Craftsman. When they got started, they quickly realized they’d have to gut not only the entire interior, but also rebuild the exterior.

Domiteaux reminded me that during the Depression era, homes were seldom built to the highest standards as money and resources were scarce. Unfortunately, the brick and mortar on this home were disintegrating.

“We stripped it all off and rebuilt the house better than it ever was,” Domiteaux said. “We got the opportunity to make the house what it wanted to be originally.”

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English Tudor Revival

Let’s talk hot property, shall we? This gorgeous Highland Park English Tudor revival at 4814 Saint Johns Drive hit the market for $4.9 million last Friday. Our Monday Morning Millionaire is everything you could ever want in a home, and you simply cannot ask for a better location!

The English Tudor revival style evokes a sense of gracious living, and tradition. When you can find an original like this one that’s been seamlessly renovated and expanded, well you’ve hit the jackpot because they are rarely available.

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Our Inwood House of the Week at 4311 Middleton Road is what the architect, Mark Domiteaux of Domiteaux + Baggett, calls a contemporary midcentury modern. It combines the classic elements of midcentury modern style with cutting-edge green features, resulting in one of the most timeless homes we’ve ever seen.

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5706 Watson Cir IHOTW

Dallas has always been a hotbed of excellent residential architecture, and our Inwood National Bank Home of the Week is a perfect example of the sterling level of local talent. The architectural firm Domiteaux + Baggett are the masterminds behind this Frank Lloyd Wright inspired Preston Hollow custom home with a Palm Springs vibe. It would be a perfect location for a remake of any Rat Pack movie. We can easily imagine George Clooney and Brad Pitt hanging out by the pool at 5706 Watson Circle.

The 5,000-square-foot home is listed by Minnette Murray with Coldwell Banker for $2.75 million and we were lucky enough to get a peek at it this week.

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12001 Browning LR2I am seeing a plethora of sleek, contemporary young beauties hitting the market now at terrific price points below $2 million. Let’s call them “dolls”. First, there was 6720 Greenwich, which is right around the bend from this baby at 12001 Browning, north of Forest, south of Willow. I think they are really giving the stucco Mediterraneans and Hill Country stone cousins a run for their money. valley-of-the-dolls-patty-duke-susan-hayward-1967

12001 Browning is, says Allie Beth agent Forrest Gregg, an interpretation of a 1960’s contemporary. Perhaps the one that was torn down on this very lot. The architect is Mark Domiteaux, who brought in beautiful natural light, sleek lines and fine details.

12001 Browning ext 12001 Browning FR 12001 Browning LR 12001 Browning kitchen 12001 Broadway kitchen breakfast 12001 Browning patioGenerous family and entertaining spaces open entirely to the outdoors through sliding walls of glass, fusing the two as one. There is a spacious master suite on its very own level with a large sitting area, coffee bar, bright spa bathroom and enormous master closet. The master bathtub is a work of art, you have to see it. Nestled against the window, it has it’s own tile wall with built in shelving, gleaming like a permanent waterwall.12001 Broadway tub 12001 Broadway master bath 12001 Broadway master closet 12001 Browning master bath

In all, you get 4634 square feet with formals, media room, exercise room, game room, four bedrooms, three and a half powder bath, and a separate guest quarters for privacy. The home is on a huge .34 acre lot, about one-third an acre, in a treed quadrant near Preston and Forest. Built just in 2009, there are many energy efficient features and technology tricks like electric shades, flat screen TV wiring everywhere, smart home system, and security. What there isn’t: a pool. Who needs it with that tub? Asking $1,725,000.12001 Browning stairs 12001 Browning steps ext 12001 Broadway guest 12001 Broadway ext patio

Valley of the DollsCan you not just see Patty Duke, Barbara Parkins and Sharon Tate floating through the doorway in their swishing boudoir gowns and pill box hats, heading to the patio, cigarette holders in hand,  for a smoke? Make that an e-cigarette, please, and shut the door. There were a few things about the ’60’s we do not need to resurrect, but not many.