Evan Beattie

Beattie’s most notable current project is the M-Line Tower mixed-use development at 3230 McKinney Avenue. Construction is slated to begin this summer on a design that includes two restaurant tenants of 12,000 square feet facing McKinney, and a residential entry lobby, McKinney Avenue Transit Authority trolley storage, a museum, and office space on Bowen. All photos: Good Fulton + Farrell

Today, we bring you the inaugural column in a new ongoing series, Interview with an Architect. The goal is to speak with leading voices in the North Texas architecture community and learn about their work, development issues in our community, and good design practices and principals.

Evan Beattie

Evan Beattie

Evan BeattieAIA, LEED AP, is a Principal with Good Fulton & Farrell, Inc., an award-winning multi-disciplinary design firm based in Dallas. He’s been with them for 10 years, and was named one of Dallas Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 in 2013, as well as one of the “Top 20 Under 40 in Architecture, Engineering and Construction” by ENR Texas & Louisiana in 2011.

He earned his Bachelor’s of Architecture from the University of Texas at Austin and moved to Dallas in 2003. He currently lives in the Henderson Avenue area, where he organized fellow residents into the Henderson Neighborhood Association in 2009 to help them have a voice in the development of that fast-growing area. Beattie and his wife will move this summer to a new house he designed in the Urban Reserve neighborhood of sustainable modern homes just a few exits north on Central Expressway.

His work with Good Fulton & Farrell has included the Alta Henderson Apartments in Dallas; master planning for The Canyon in Oak Cliff in Dallas; and Fiori on Vitruvian Park in Addison. He is currently working on three projects adjacent to the Henderson Avenue area, two of which will be mixed-use developments in that neighborhood.

“It has been amazing to watch the pace of change in the urban core of our city these last 12 years, and the momentum just keeps growing for additional investment in urban revitalization and the creation of great public spaces and parks that make our city more livable,” Beattie said. Jump to read our interview!

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Lorraine-Inwood-HOTWI first introduced you to this bevelled beauty last May: 4236 Lorraine. 

It was built for Tim Headington in 2000. But I do not think you can say he created this mansion. It’s more like he birthed it. It was Elizabeth Robertson (and Albert Hill) who nurtured and nannied it, gave it a real coming out party!

Excuse me for a second: is this ceiling treatment not FABULOUS?????4236 Lorraine den 4236 Lorraine kitchen 4236 Lorraine nook 4236 Lorraine closetsYou know one of my axioms: buying a home from a millionaire all but guarantees perfection. Chances are any home managed by a wealthy soul has been spoiled with “price is no object” quality from day one.

Just like the kids — kidding!

After Headington sold 4236 Lorraine, the home was purchased by Carl Webb, Senior Partner at Ford Management, L.P. and Chief Executive Officer and Director of Pacific Capital Bancorp, among other things. Carl lived here the last ten years before HP Estate Homes, owned by Al Hill, Jr., and responsible for some of the most stunning homes in Highland Park, got hold of this beauty that just needed a little Santa Barbara fluff. And fluff indeed: interior designer Elizabeth Robertson smoothed the interiors in every inch of the 6,574 square feet with traditional furnishings bearing a California clean edge and beautiful wood finishes, like the barnwood blue-white-washed kitchen, the handscraped deep oak floors, parquet and limestone, solid Honduras rift-cut mahogany doors, marble countertops EVERYWHERE! Spanish tile roof, saltwater pool, 512 square foot cabana off the pool, full covered outdoor kitchen, prime corner lot with 167 foot depth.

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There are five bedrooms, five plus two half baths which is now de rigeur, and a three car garage plus plenty of parking. The downstairs master suite had me screaming with not just one, but TWO closets the size of the Vince store at Highland Park Village, his and her, complete with pull-down rods, built-ins and drawers, a cedar closet within the main closet, plus a huge spa bath with soaking tub, steam shower, coffee/wet bar and auxiliary luggage closet. There is also a private terrace off the master with quick access to the pool.

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Caroline Summers put this pup in MLS June 7, 2013, with an asking of $6.8 million. Here’s what she told the DBJ’s Candace Carlisle:

“This is not a McMansion; this has a highest level finish-out and is a one-of-a-kind, quality home,” said Caroline Summers, a Realtor with Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty, who is representing the seller, Albert Hill.

We agree. We think the M word need not even get near this home, unless we are talking “mortgage”. Let’s focus on that along with the “I” word for Inwood Mortgage: these folks tell me jumbos are actually getting a bit easier to find, and I know they’d like to find one for 4261 Lorraine Avenue.

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4236 Lorraine extReally, improving this house is like improving Gwyneth Paltrow or George Clooney. 4236 Lorraine  certainly didn’t need much, but when HP Estate Homes gets hold of a property, the sky is no limit to the time, care, attention and detail that will be poured in to create the finest of fine estates. First of all, the home was built for Tim Headington in 2000. You can all but guarantee perfection (as well as “price is no object” quality) when a gazillionaire builds a home. Then it was purchased by Carl Webb, Senior Partner at Ford Management, L.P. and Chief Executive Officer and Director of Pacific Capital Bancorp, among other things. Carl lived here the last ten years before HP Estate Homes got hold of this beauty who just needed a little Santa Barbara fluff. And fluff indeed: interior designer Elizabeth Robertson smoothed the interiors in every inch of the 6,574 square feet with traditional furnishings bearing a California clean edge and beautiful wood finishes, like the barnwood blue-white-washed kitchen, the handscraped deep oak floors, parquet and limestone, solid Honduras rift-cut mahogany doors, marble countertops EVERYWHERE!, Spanish tile roof, saltwater pool, 512 square foot cabana off the pool, full covered outdoor kitchen, prime corner lot with 167 foot depth. There are five bedrooms, five and two half baths which is now de rigeur, and a three car garage plus plenty of parking. The downstairs master suite had me screaming with not just one, but TWO closets the size of the  Vince at Highland Park Village, his and her, complete with pull-down rods, built-ins and drawers, a cedar closet within the main closet, plus a huge spa bath with soaking tub, steam shower, coffee/wet bar and auxiliary luggage closet. There is also a private terrace off the master with quick access to the pool. Asking price: only $6.8 million.4236 Lorraine LR 4236 Lorraine DR 4236 Lorraine Kit 4236 Lorraine master bath 4236 Lorraine master interior12 interior13 4236 Lorraine foyer 4236 Lorraine FR

We have all been dying to know who the buyers are for the twenty-first floor over at the Residences at the Ritz Carlton, Tower I.  You will recall that I have been quite ga-ga over this high profile penthouse pad, which Tim created by knitting together two huge penthouse condos under the exquisite direction of the beautiful Sofia Joelsson, of SoJo Design, a Miami-based interior designer who does a great deal of design work chez Headington. The one-of-a-kind outdoor terraces, um, three of them,  were designed and built in conjunction with Harold Leidner Landscape Architects. The unit was originally listed for $14 million, not including the art. Then, a few weeks ago, the price was lowered to a smidgen under ten million and voila, a buyer appeared, brought in by our newest celebrity Dallas agent, Victoria Barr de Quinones, Ebby Halliday Preston Center office.

I should say, buyers plural. They would be Moll and Charlie Anderson, from Knoxville, Santa Fe and now Dallas! Charlie is President and CEO of Anderson Companies, the parent company of Anderson Merchandisers. According to Forbes, it is the 116th largest private company in the U.S. The family holdings at one time or another have included more than 150 different companies including Anco China Ltd., Anderson Press, and publicly traded Books-A-Million. The company was founded by Charlie’s grandfather, Clyde, in 1917 when he opened a newsstand in Florence, Alabama. Charlie is the third-generation leader for a family-owned business that has pioneered the mailing and distribution of entertainment products. Under Charlie’s leadership, Anderson Companies has grown to become the country’s largest distributor of pre-recorded music, hardback books, games, and movies. According to the corporate website, Anderson’s customer base includes more than 4,000 Walmart stores in the United States and Canada, and more than 600 Sam’s Club locations. The company is also the worldwide distributor of video and music to the United States Army and Air Force, providing entertainment products to America’s Armed Forces.

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Moll Anderson is Charlie’s knock down gorgeous wife. She is an author and lifestyles expert originally from Scottsdale, also an entrepreneur, Emmy-winning entertainment reporter and author of at least three books. Moll, a single mother for years, moved to Nashville after her son went off to college and built a successful design company in Nashville catering to professional athletes, country music stars, and other celebrities. And that is where she met the love of her life, Charlie Anderson. Her brand, Moll Anderson Home, is now a nationally recognized brand and as a philanthropist, she focuses her energy on many deserving causes. In 2011 Moll was recognized as one of Donna Karan’s Women Who Inspire. The couple have a 15,000 square foot home in Knoxville, and a fabulous home in Santa Fe where I am guessing Victoria met them. This is Moll’s latest book, available at Neimans. And… little update here… I am told she will totally transform Tim’s penthouse and make it entirely her own! I cannot wait to see what this amazing woman does with all 8400 square feet! Seductive Home front cover-1

So that’s where the movie star rumors were coming from.

Well, Moll Anderson is stunning and I love the fact that she’s 50ish but looks 35! Alas, they did not buy any of Tim’s art. I’m told he had it craned out of 2100, so if you saw cranes looming over the Ritz Residences recently, don’t go thinking they are building another tower.HeadingtonRitzCondo extLeidner1

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No, that was just Tim Headington’s multi-million dollar art collection on it’s way to a brand new home.

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My official 2012 real estate wrap is up on CultureMap.com, whose Dallas debut is definitely one of the best things that happened to our city in 2012. Talk about changing the face of Dallas media! (We need it!) I spent New Year’s Eve and most of last week musing over the biggest and best Dallas real estate deals and agents of the year — and really, truly, I have to say it all started with the April auction sale of Champs D’Or, which made awesome broker agent Clay Stapp a mighty happy man as he brought the buyer. I expect more great things from Clay Stapp & Associates in the coming year.

Champs D'OrLet us not forget Joan Eleazer, Queen of 2012 Real Estate. I christen her the most patient agent in the history of the universe. How many times did Joan have that mansion listed and unlisted? Shortly before the auction she had her whole family up there — husband, daughter Layne Pitzer and precious grandchildren. Ironically, I think she was also the very first agent who tried to sell Champ.

The Hickory Creek estate had been on the market for about ten years, I think, I lost count. I think when it sold it somehow became a catalyst for other big sales, because from what I hear, agents put on their running shoes this spring and never stopped sprinting.

Troy Aikman Highland HouseTroy Aikman’s Highland Park estate came on the market and we all crooned — ohhh Troy! In May he sold off an acre of land he had incorporated into his homestead in 2008, then lowered the price of his home (minus the extra lot) to $14 million. Then, come September, he took the house off the market in September — zip. Smart man: Troy’s house became a cash machine. Was that the very savvy advice of his agent, Allie Beth Allman?

Headington-patio-sculpture-533x400You want to talk uber pricey condos? Tim Headington listed a $14 million dollar penthouse on the 21st floor at the Residences at the Ritz Carlton — Pogir, a star Realtor at Briggs-Freeman, has the star listing and frankly, I’m seeing Pogir’s name everywhere. The Ritz is selling like hotcakes, stay tuned to some celeb news over there real soon. I can hardly wait for Museum Tower to rev up marketing, which they have begun with a striking price guarantee and oh yes, now rumors that Jack Matthews may be shopping for a high rise luxury project. Someone told me Tim Headington may also be interested, but that I have not confirmed, so do not repeat it.

6323-Meadow-ext-575x323.jpgeriksonDownsize? My husband keeps talking about it. No way — if anything, homes of the Dallas rich and famous are getting bigger. Dallas Stars player Loui Eriksson’s Preston Hollow home is under 7,000 square feet, not only tastefully decorated with wallpaper on the ceiling and a “wow” backyard, it’s only $2.5M. Golfer Justin Leonard listed and sold his six bedroom Highland Park home for $6 million, and I’m guessing it must have been too small. He built a 14,000 square foot, $8 plus million dollar home on Euclid. Hunter Mahan and his bride Candy are building a 19,000 square foot home in Preston Hollow which includes a full basement in that square footage. Hunter’s home in Colleyville is still on the market for $1,499,000 with . Not that I do not love Colleyville and Westlake, but I am thrilled to see a major sports figure move closer in. Ex-Longhorn and NBA star LaMarcus Aldridge’s Southlake home was listed for a mere $1.75 million with a custom resort style pool with waterfalls, a spa, a flagstone-lined patio and fire pit that is one of the prettiest I’ve seen.

And I have seen them all. From the street, of course.

Mt Vernon extOther fab homes came on the market in 2012 that would fit nicely into a series called Lifestyles of the Dallas Rich and Famous: Mt. Vernon, originally listed at $29,500,000 and now reduced to $24,900,000 — amazing property — is listed with veteran agent Allie Beth Allman who of course sold President and Laura Bush their home on Daria Drive and continues to be a celebrity powerhouse agent for the rich and famous. So, too, is Rogers Healy, who is listing the M Mansion off Frankfurt Road in far North Dallas. What’s the M Mansion? It’s an 8500 square foot estate in the North Dallas Forty (between the Tollway and Preston Road) built as the dream home of Guy and Tony Mascolo of Toni and Guy hairdresser fame that has been used an an events center because it sits on three-ish beautifully wooded acres and has a private, enclosed soccer field. Full disclosure: my son got married there in September. Stay tuned.

Leppert home theaterOh yes, Tom Leppert finally listed his Preston Hollow home and that wild and crazy media room. You know Eleanor Mowery Sheets was once his agent, now it’s the amazing Mary Poss.

Hicks-W-condoLast year about this time, Rogers was inking the lease on Mack Hicks W condo with Khloe Kardashian and Lamar Odom. This year, Kim’s preggers.

Mary-Kay-HouseDynamo agent Karen Luter, also of Allie Beth Allman, is listing the palace of pink stucco on Douglas known as the Mary Kay house, price now reduced to $2.9 million, one of the most iconic homes in Dallas. I still think the company needs to buy this house.

1-Paigebrooke-Westlake-ext-575x328PaigeBrook — my favorite home west of I-35. You remember the story of the people who loved their historical Dilbeck rambling ranch that once belonged to Ted Dealey so much they spent millions to not just save it but wrap and move it in six giant pieces to another spot on their acreage, then made it even better? it’s how you dish it out that counts, and that, come boom or bust, they know what’s more important because YOU know.

The rambling, half-timbered structure was designed by Charles Dilbeck in 1938, and is chock full of artisian handiwork and delightful surprises in almost every room — VERY Dilbeck, who said each room in a home should have a surprise element. There are surprises, and Dallas history everywhere. The home was built originally for Ted Dealey, a publisher of the Dallas Morning News and member of a Dallas publishing family dynasty.

Dilbeck, of course, is the architect known for romantic Tudors and French country homes sprinkled in the Park Cities and a few in North Dallas — stay tuned — Harry Potter style before Harry was a Potter. His homes have a signature English farmhouse feel to them, and are built rambling, as if they have been added onto. Dilbeck, for example, always said that in authentic cottages you could always find the original log cabin that the home started from. (PaigeBrooke has one.) He also designed homes without hallways, so you have to go into one room to get to another, as if the house had been added on to randomly. It creates a very organic feel.

Truthfully, I wrote about this ranch in December of 2011, but the price was reduced from $7,900,000 in April 2012 to just under $5 million in 2012. That is what I call a SERIOUS price change!  And totally worthy of notoriety!

This is one I think Belo should buy — I mean, might be the best investment they’ve ever made!

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I get emails like this from time to time:

I’m a British journalist based in Austin and I’m working on a story for the Sunday Telegraph magazine in London that I’m hoping you can help with. It’s pegged to the new season of Dallas starting in the Fall in the UK (in June, I believe, over here) but I’m actually focusing on the Hunt family (which Harry Hurt III’s book called ‘the real Ewings’!)

Meet Alex Hannaford. He was in town last week digging up dirt on, as he said, “the real Ewing family” which Harry Hurt III claims is based on the H.L. Hunt family. Well, of course I helped. As did some other high-profile journalists in town. Because any time you talk about family greed, wealth, mega-money and oil, guess what crosses the path? Real Estate. Case in point: does anyone in Texas ever sell off their mineral rights? I didn’t think so.

Alex toured the Residences at the Ritz Carlton Dallas, and was introduced to modern day Dallas tycoons like Tim Headington via his $14 million condo. Alex was shocked that we stage our listings in Texas.

“Are these homes occupied?” he asked?

Turns out, one was– whoops! I explained that to help buyers visualize the empty space, agents hire designers to decorate the room beautifully so as to impart the image that if you buy the home, your life will be as perfect as the design of that unit. He was impressed. They don’t do that in London, home of the priciest real estate in the world.

Then, after the obligatory visit to Southfork Ranch,  he popped over to meet Allie Beth Allman herself at Mt. Vernon, built by H.L. Hunt and one of Dallas’ most famous real estate landmarks. Asking price: $29,500,000. So don’t be surprised if some wealthy Dallas-obsessed Brit reads about Mt. Vernon in the London Daily Telegraph Sunday magazine — it’s the British equivalent of the New York Times — and jets down here to buy it.

Another reporter from the Daily Telegraph was in town two weeks ago, John Swaine, his assignment on what George W. Bush is doing these days, his life in Dallas. Like where is he golfing? How has real estate held up on Daria Drive? Pretty darn well, I told him.

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OK, more interior shots of the condo of the really cool Dallas guy who’s name I cannot reveal. Please peruse Sofia’s website for amazing photography, some of which I’ve slipped in here with my own Leica pics!

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By Karen Eubank

A perfect example of really great living in the Lakewood area hits the market today, and we’ll be talking about it on Daybreak with Ron Corning tomorrow bright and early at 6:30 a.m. TUNE IN!

The master bedroom inside 1409 San Rafael

Four bedrooms, five and a half bathrooms, four fireplaces, a media room and even a custom wine room. (Never mind that Tim Headington takes it up a notch to a champagne tasting room! ) This house will knock you off your feet (or lose you) before you ever meander to the lush back yard at 1409 San Rafael. Two thirds of an acre, there’s a covered outdoor kitchen with a Vermont Castings gas grill and a stainless steel sink. A flat screen TV hangs over the outdoor fireplace and we can roast marshmallows on the blue crushed crystal gas fire pit while catching up on GCB.

Living room inside 1409 San Rafael

So new to the maket, we’ll have to add in our links later!

The house is quite new, built in 2007 and every detail has been thoroughly thought out, as old world elegance meets new world lifestyle and energy efficiency that really floats sales in this part of town. That’s especially important when you’re talking 5,216 square feet. The custom curved staircase, beamed ceilings and hand scraped wood floors are flawless. What impressed me though, is the builder installed Low- E windows throughout the house. When you’ve got floor to ceiling windows overlooking the back yard, energy is an issue no matter what the price point. There’s more green sensibility in the house with ceiling fans, tankless water heaters and three zones of heat and air.

Kitchen inside 1409 San Rafael

The kitchen is a dream. You name it and it’s there: top of the line Viking appliances, Asko dishwasher, microwave drawer (love those), double ovens and a granite island. I hope someone who actually cooks buys this hose! Say, doesn’t former The Next Food Network Star Lisa Garza need a new house? This one is so close to her restaurant Sissy’s Southern Kitchen and Bar that she could pop home for a swim.

Luxurious pool at 1409 San Rafael

I’m saving the best for last. There’s a PANIC room or SAFE room, secretly located behind a bookcase in the Media Room. These are mightly handy come storms like we had last week, or someone being stalked for her Sriracha sauce.

Well, it might not be quite as safe now that we’ve spilled the beans!

Priced at $1,590,000.