In an area known for trying to impress with excess, it’s nice to see a property that’s comfortably glamorous.  Sure, when you drive by 6607 Desco Drive you wonder. Area homes are a mix of 1950s ranches and cliché McMansions. Like much of Preston Hollow, land values have tripled in the past 15 years as the neighborhood retreats upmarket with tear downs.

This home is “new” but no stereotype.

Between bold architectural shapes and a lack of roses and wisteria, you rubberneck as you slowly drive by (gone unfortunately are the prior owner’s neon bicycles).  With plenty of lawn, it’s not completely xeriscape, but it makes use of a lot of drought-resistant plants. For me the place has a bit of a Mexico City vibe.  When I got home and poked around, I found the original ranch home was gutted, added to, renovated, and most importantly owned by interior designer Ana Seyffert.  Buying a designer’s home lets you live in their world without the vacillations of a client to dilute the vision.  The work, begun in 2008, took two years and swept away the 1950s and brought this tropically urban home.

A home like this screams for press coverage.  When Seyffert first sold the home in 2014 to the current owner, Candy was there.

The home is listed with Erin Mathews of Allie Beth Allman for $2.599 million.  It has 5,589 square feet on a pinch over half an acre with four bedrooms and five full bathrooms.

The inside is cool, but let’s stay outside for a bit …


6309 Wildnerness Front

Not too long ago Candy wrote about how Max Anderson and his then wife, Jacqueline Buckingham Anderson, were doing the “conscious uncoupling” thing and had put their beautiful home in Williamsburg Estates in Preston Hollow in North Dallas (north of LBJ) on the market. Heck, Jacqueline even wrote a book about it: “Separating into Wholeness: Revolutionary Relationships & Evolutionary Families.” Only, they didn’t end up splitting for good after all, and remarried just three months after their widely reported separation.

Max and Jacqueline Anderson

Now come reports that Max has left his position as the director of the Dallas Museum of Art for the News Cities Foundation. His new role is that of “director of grant programs” for the organization, which is based out of Paris. Anderson had a hand in bringing the New Cities Summit to Dallas last year, which hosted some great panels on the future of Dallas.

Here’s hoping the Andersons get enough for their gorgeous contemporary at 6309 Wilderness Court that they can buy one of these amazing apartments in the city of lights. (Update: The DMN says that the Andersons will be relocating to New York City.)

Seriously, though, their home is an absolute treasure, and they’ve listed it with David Nichols at Allie Beth Allman. Jump to see more, or you could visit the broker open house tomorrow.


10210 Strait Front

(Photos: Matthews Nichols Group at Allie Beth Allman)

Alan Peppard (heart heart) breaks the news on this one: the architecturally significant home of  Naomi Aberly and Larry Lebowitz at 10210 Strait Lane hits the market this week.  This is the home that the New York Times has called a “mega-version of the Lake Pavilion that Johnson designed on the grounds of his Glass House in New Canaan, Ct.” You may know it as the house with arches, east side of the street closer to Walnut Hill Lane, a huge white contemporary. Alan says it has hosted President Obama not once, but twice. The estate is listed for $27.5 million with David Nichols of the Mathews-Nichols group at Allie Beth Allman and Associates. I will be bringing photos your way as soon as they go live in MLS. Trust me, you will want to see the interiors — here’s what Alan says: “Between 2002 and 2008, Aberly and Lebowitz meticulously restored and modernized the house including a complete re-landscaping of the 6.45 acres by the Massachusetts firm of Reed Hilderbrand. The Dallas architectural firm of Bodron+Fruit did the renovation and designed the pavilion for the new swimming pool.” I’m getting chills already! (more…)