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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Walk Into the Pages of Architectural Digest in this University Park Luxury Home | CandysDirt.com

For high-end buyers, a house isn’t just about square footage and the zip code. They are buying a lifestyle with desirable amenities, fabulous location, incredible design, and a certain je ne sais quoi.

I’ve found one University Park luxury home that fits that description exactly at 4109 Colgate Ave. The moment you cross the threshold, you’ll feel like you are in the pages of Architectural Digest. It is simply stunning, from the white-on-white palette that contrast beautifully with the rich hardwoods, to the big windows that stream in natural light.

This home has five bedrooms, four full bathrooms, one half bath, three living areas, two dining areas, and 4,365 square feet on two stories, built in 2015. There’s an open house this Sunday, Nov. 19, from 2-4 p.m. Would you like a sneak peek?  

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