custom contemporary

A true custom contemporary, this home does not give away what’s inside.

Not everyone can have an architecturally significant custom contemporary from the swinging ’60s. This week’s Monday Morning Millionaire is on the market for the first time since it was built in 1964, and you could be the next lucky owner. Let me tell you why this is an incredible opportunity by walking into the past for a bit.

If ever there were an era to step back into, it would be the 1960s in my book. Music, fashion, and architecture were all in a state of revolution. Louis Khan, Eero Saarinen, Philip Johnson, and our own James Pratt were shaking things up by creating designs that were like nothing we’d ever seen before.

custom contemporary

Pratt is the genius behind those giant stainless steel flagpoles at Exposition Plaza. He also designed the Great Hall of the Apparel Mart. The latter location was deemed cool enough by Hollywood to set the scene for the 1976 science fiction dystopian film Logan’s Run staring another Texas icon, Farrah Fawcett. I’m still brokenhearted that building was demolished, but I digress. Pratt also designed St. Stephens United Methodist Church in Mesquite, Brookhaven College in Farmers Branch, the College of Architecture building at the University of Texas at Arlington, the Quadrangle, the Dallas Garden Center Solarium, and supervised the renovation of Old Red, the Dallas County Courthouse.

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Highland Park Custom

What does a custom builder do when he wants to create a home for himself and his family? The beautiful Highland Park home at 3400 Harvard Ave. is the answer.

This inspiring property sits on nearly a 70-foot corner lot in Highland Park. It was built in 2005 by Richard Means of RAM Custom Homes for his family, and it’s really something! He included every amenity for modern-day living. Plus, he picked a fantastic location, near Abbott Avenue — you can walk to Katy Trail, Armstrong Elementary, parks, shopping, and restaurants.

“This beautiful home is great for a large family and entertaining,” said listing agent Eve Sullivan with Allie Beth Allman & Associates. “Richard is a third-generation builder in the Park Cities and he created a thoughtful family home with large rooms, a circular flow floorplan, and outdoor living with a swimming pool.”

With five bedrooms, five full bathrooms, two half baths, and 6,963 square feet on two stories, there’s room to spread out. And that’s not even considering the 38-foot, “L” shaped outdoor covered patio with an entertainment area! I’d love to give you a tour.

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