Fans of Frank Lloyd Wright will fall in love with this exceptional, thoughtfully designed contemporary that captures the most alluring elements of the natural environment and translates them into a structure that harmonizes with its surroundings. That’s what Janelle Alcantara feels about this gorgeous home designed by architect Doug Guiling of GAIA Texas. The stunning estate, set on a beautiful creekside lot, is not only beautiful on the outside, but it’s functional throughout.

It was love at first sight for us with this High Caliber Home of the Week presented by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans. And truly, this house has everything you could ever want wrapped in bold lines, bountiful natural light, and top-of-the-line finishes. And it lives just as good as it looks, too.

“This house is so different from the formula that other builders use,” Alcantara said. “Other builders design houses with as many large, open spaces as possible.  This typically means there is a “wow” factor when you open the front door. However, with that comes little regard for how people actually live in a house. Often, the ability to furnish a house, with proper seating arrangements, lighting, and viewing angles of the TV are sacrificed along with the lack of privacy that occurs when the whole house is visible from the front yard.”

This contemporary in Hockaday Square offers bright interiors without sacrificing privacy from the curb.

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It wasn’t too long ago when our own columnist Jon Anderson lamented the homogeneity of our traditional architecture, which runs profligate in North Texas suburbs. A hodge-podge of styles with features plucked from the comfort food of American residential architecture, Anderson wondered why we couldn’t simply bring back a modern aesthetic to newly built residential architecture. 
 
Well, we can, and we have. That’s evident in our High Caliber Home of the Week presented by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans. This 2013-built modern at 5403 Bradford Drive takes a cue from midcentury modern design, but strikes out on its own with unique materials, bold colors, and a spacious, open floor plan that astounds. It’s a fabulous listing in the Oak Lawn Heights (near the Medical District) neighborhood.
 
“The home so appropriately represents midcentury modern architecture that many people think it is an older home that has been renovated,” said listing agent Don Neilson of David Griffin & Company Realtors.   

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Interior designer Lynn Rush does not like the ordinary, in her life, her design, or her homes. That’s one reason why she is one of the few, rare designers with foresight and, well, the guts to do something few would try in Texas, or anywhere: build a black house that is 100% sustainable.

Her home at 14651 Winnwood in Addison, listed by Coldwell Banker’s Valerie Van Pelt, is created of dark plaster walls on the exterior that are slowly, carefully being enveloped by swaths of lush green ivy. I have never seen anything quite like it. That same green ivy, though, could just as easily be trimmed back. And the house could be painted stark white. No need, really: though the house is entirely black on the exterior, it earned highest LEED Platinum certification and can actually give more energy back to the grid than it takes.

And lest you think a home of this color, perched on a coveted luxurious residential street in Addison — Emmitt Smith lives up the block — sticks out like a sore gardener’s thumb in a sea of beige Mediterraneans, McMansions and McModerns, you would be wrong. The home, all one story, retains a low profile and dissolves seamlessly into a backdrop of native plantings.  

Really, this is a home you would see in the Texas Hill Country, or Austin.

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This week, we got an email telling us we absolutely needed to look at a new home on the market — one that everyone can go look at during an open house from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. today.

However, we got an early sneak peek of this home at 9317 Midway Road, and can tell you it’s worth every bit — and possibly more — of its $1,999,999 price tag, mostly because it’s just so darn smart. (more…)

In the world of modern, sustainable architecture, Josh Nimmo‘s work gets top billing in our region. His designs can be spotted in some of the most sought-after locations, from gorgeous townhomes in East Village to the M Streets and beyond. So I was rather perplexed to see one of his designs — an incredible one — in Keller of all places.

However, this High Caliber Home of the Week sponsored by Lisa Peters at Caliber Home Loans works so well in this environment that my initial surprise faded rather quickly. Truly, it’s a modern country estate, as described by listing agent Ed Murchison of Virginia Cook Realtors.

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While I, too, love midcentury modern homes, dealing with the details involved with restoring an older residence doesn’t thrill me. Truly, I’d prefer midcentury lines and feel with the assurance of new construction. That’s just what Virginia Cook Realtor Ed Murchison has listed, all wrapped up in the finishes and feel that modern home buyers in Dallas desire. 

Designed by Josh Nimmo, this home was built as the residence of Dwellings AKC founder Alan Kagan. As Karen Eubank has told us, there’s nothing quite like the personal homes of builders, as these are the houses where you can find detail and value beyond your typical house. 

“Kagan is known for his high-quality, architect-designed modern homes featuring meticulous attention to detail,” Murchison said. Now extrapolate that and add in a dash of excellent location and you get 6035 Prospect Ave., a midcentury modern-inspired residence in walkable East Dallas.

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Ashley and Webster Miller are opening their brand new home from Greico Custom Homes for the White Rock Home Tour April 23-24. (Photo: Greg Wolchansky)

Next weekend’s White Rock Home Tour will take you through some of the most fabulous modern properties throughout East Dallas, but we’re going to admit to having a favorite. We’ve watched Tom Greico and his talented team build this beauty on Easton Road from foundation to framing to finish-out and we have been smitten since Day One.

Could this be our favorite Greico Modern Home?

“The Easton Home was a fun project to be involved in because of the freedom the owners’ property provided,” Greico told us. ” The basic design philosophy was to create a home with a simple footprint that was easy and affordable to build, while taking full advantage of the heavily wooded  property.

That’s what’s truly amazing about this modern home that sits on a rather busy street — it’s set back from the road plenty, but thanks to the mature trees that remain on the lot, it doesn’t feel loud or obnoxious. It’s actually pretty serene.

“The design we settled on allows the  public living areas of the home to be as open, accessible and transparent to the property as possible,” Greico added. “The overlapping design of the upper level provided for a large protected exterior space for outdoor entertaining at the same time, and allowed us to achieve the owners’ desire to have their sleeping quarters capture the essence of camping as if in a tree house.”

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1102 Easton Road (Photos: Metroplex HD)

That’s what it is! It’s like a tree house, but with a master bath straight out of architectural digest. But we had to ask Greico the hard question: What’s your favorite space in the house?

“It’s hard to isolate my favorite space in the home, but I’d say it has to to be the great room with its glass walls, wood decks, opening on to green grass and large trees on either side,” he said. “It’s a very cool space.”

We agree! Of course, we couldn’t stop at picking the builder’s brain. We also wanted to ask homeowners Ashley and Webster Miller about this gorgeous property, too! We have an exclusive Q&A with them after the jump.

And if you haven’t picked up your tickets for the 11th annual White Rock Home Tour yet, you better hurry. Besides this brand new custom build by Greico Modern Homes, you can tour a Frank Welch design on Lawther, a midcentury gem from Thomas Scott Dean, and even a Ju-Nel on April 23 and 24. All ticket proceeds benefit Victor H. Hexter Elementary. Buy your tickets on the White Rock Home Tour website today.

Feeling lucky? Stay tuned to CandysDirt.com for your chance to win a pair of tickets to the White Rock Home Tour!

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3618 N. Fitzhugh Front

Although this contemporary townhome got a troublesome start, with the initial developer running into financing trouble as the Great Recession hit. It was left sad and empty, waiting to work its way through the mess.

And then Keith Urban of FirstUp Structures found it and turned it into the amazing unit you see today.

“This is one of five duplexes in the area that the contractor was building in 2008, ” Urban said of 3618 N. Fitzhugh, a new listing from David Griffin and our High Caliber Home of the Week sponsored by Lisa Peters at Caliber Home Loans. “This was one that the bank had foreclosed. Neither of them were finished, and it gave me an opportunity to upgrade and complete the finish-out on both units.”

And upgrade he did, adding architectural features that will knock your socks off right when you open the front door. It’s one of those listings that will have you calling your Realtor right when you see it. But don’t waste time, call Lisa Peters at Caliber Home Loans today to make sure you sail through financing, from bid to closing.

Want to fall head over heels for a perfectly posh contemporary townhome? Jump.

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