Most of the homes inside Urban Reserve have sleek, linear facades and metallic sheathing. All with different shapes, sizes, and elevations, they follow a common theme of modern sustainability in an urban environment. But it just so happens that one of our favorite homes in Urban Reserve is the stone-and-wood clad modern in the Texas Hill Country vernacular designed by Scott Marek. 

This one-story on one of the prettiest lots in Urban Reserve stands out — and in a very good way. It’s our High Caliber Home of the Week presented by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans because not only is it unique, sustainable, and expertly designed, but it offers the rare opportunity of getting into Urban Reserve for less than $1 million.

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Designed by Maestri Studio, this stunning contemporary in Forest Hills offers bright and open entertaining. (Photos: Aaron Dougherty Photography)

When it comes to residential architecture, our city is just lousy with incredibly designed homes thanks to our stacked lineup of talented Dallas architects. And like any house porn addict, we here at CandysDirt.com look forward to the annual AIA Dallas Tour of Homes with excitement, as there’s no faster way to induce heavy breathing among us than with high design and risk-taking concepts come to life. 

This year, the sole architect-curated home tour doesn’t disappoint. With seven incredible houses ranging between 2,700 and more than 6,000 square feet, you can get a taste and feel for the modern and contemporary residential architecture of Big D, from Forest Hills to Preston Hollow and beyond. 

One of our hands-down favorites on this year’s tour, which runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 28 and 29, is a beautiful, warm contemporary with a touch of the Texas Hill Country vernacular on a beautiful lot in Forest Hills from Maestri Studio. Unlike many more traditionally styled homes in the neighborhood, Santa Clara offers front yard living with huge glass walls that open the home’s interior to the neighborhood. 

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