Enjoying Northern Hills and Highland Park Sold by Douglas Newby
This elegant historic 5,600 square foot home with a slate roof and architectural gutters has been totally renovated, rebuilt and expanded, accentuating its inherent open spaces and connecting rooms and sunlit commodious interior volumes often found in a modern home.
Northern Hills Video of a Favorite Neighborhood
Geographically, the home is sited on the cusp of the Northern Hills neighborhood and Highland Park. You will enjoy the intimacy of the neighborhood and the architectural civility of living in the Northern Hills Conservation District.
You will be protected from the possibility of oversized homes being built behind you or next to you. An undesirable scale of looming houses invading your privacy and blocking the sun is prohibited.
Home Site on Crest of Hill
A 1926 home exudes charm. When a historic home is placed on the crest of the hill on Armstrong, an iconic street, it exudes prominence. Distinguishing the home further are the graceful views from the home as you stroll towards the creeks and parks of Highland Park in one direction and the Katy Trail in another direction.
Architect Lloyd Lumpkins designed the renovation. He is an architect who has been profiled for designing some of the most beautiful homes in Dallas. As we know, an architect is only as successful as the clients with whom the architect is collaborating. Here, Lloyd Lumpkins had every advantage: great clients, ample resources and a fabulous site. The owners, a CEO and CFO, brought their tenacious precision to the project which ensured the aesthetic and construction quality of the home. The architect had the further advantage of the owner being an accomplished avocational furniture maker. No detail went unnoticed. The result of the collaboration between an important architect and perfectionist clients culminated in an architecturally significant triumph of renovation and new construction. Historic detail was burnished and recreated, open spaces enhanced, and new construction that expanded the home to accommodate 21st century needs and aesthetics.
A Large .30-Acre Lot
Urban neighborhoods only a block from the Knox/Travis district, the Katy Trail, only two miles from the Arts District and a mile from SMU, are usually commonly associated with a dense collection of high-rises, attached single-family homes, and apartments. On this .30-acre lot located in a conservation district, in a neighborhood of only 60 homes, you will enjoy the neighborhood trees, a bucolic atmosphere, and ample and relaxed distance between homes, allowing privacy when you are enjoying the pool and the eight-foot natural gas outdoor kitchen with five burners, rotisserie and separate sear burner.
Living Spaces Are Open and Sun-Filled
The first floor is accentuated with five-inch wide plank floors and a herringbone pattern in the living room and dining room. Formal rooms are lined with windows, French doors and wide open passageways that connect to the next sun-filled rooms. The classic elegance of this 1920s home is accentuated by the open nature of the floor plan and the sunlight that streams across the floors. The spacious formal living room has a fireplace for the winter and walls of windows you will enjoy all year.
Formal Dining Room Further Connects Floor Plan
A formal dining room this large does more than accommodate lavish dinners. The dining room with open, triple-wide passageways connects the formal and informal living rooms, allowing the room to become an integral space for the flow of receptions and parties. How remarkable that winter sunlight will streak across the floors from the informal living room windows, across the dining room and onto the entry hall and staircase. The first floor has defined rooms with specific and mutable purposes that are tied together by sunlight and the flow of your family and friends.
Large Informal Living Room Becomes Sunroom in Morning
The tall ceilings, graced with substantial, beautifully stained alder beams, the fireplace with a hand carved historic mahogany mantel, and an open wall to the kitchen provide a warm, inviting atmosphere. The series of French doors along one wall allow this space in the early hours to serve as a morning room filled with sunlight. In the spring and summer afternoons the doors can be opened, allowing the fresh breezes from the southeast to permeate the space.
A Kitchen to Cook, Entertain and Relax
Great kitchens become the center of the home for many reasons. Some of the reasons you and your friends will gravitate to the kitchen is because it is enticing, stylish, comfortable, elegant and fabulous for a chef to explore their genius. Beyond the first impression of pleasing Fantastic White granite, you will find two Sub-Zero refrigerators, two Viking dishwashers, a Viking microwave and a dual fuel Viking 48-inch range. In addition, there is a 70 bottle Thermador wine cooler, Dacor warming oven and satin nickel side mounted pot filler.
Large Master Bedroom Suite
The large master bedroom suite becomes a personal retreat within the home. The master bedroom includes a charming sitting room or personal library.
The stone and tile master bathroom that includes details like a heated nickel towel rack is lovely and the two walk-in closets with built-in bureaus, including velvet lined drawers, are the size people desire. Separated from the other rooms on the second floor, you will enjoy the privacy and the views of the treetops in the neighborhood the master bedroom provides.
Additional Rooms Enhance Home
More than the four bedrooms, four bathrooms, two half-bathrooms, informal and formal rooms, a formal staircase, rear staircase and elevator will all lead you to additional rooms. You will have an exercise room, personal office, theatre room with 10-foot Stewart screen, JVC D-ILA 4K Video Projector, Denon 5.1 surround sound system and Klipsch speakers, a large laundry room, a four-car garage with epoxied floors and approximately 200 square foot storage loft, a basement with cork floors and Aprilaire dehumidifier, and covered porches that add additional space that you will often use and enjoy.
Home Has Enticing Value
This is a property that has the intrinsic characteristics of a home that will have lasting and appreciating value. Northern Hills is a favorite neighborhood. The site for this home is superior as it is on a wide, pretty street shared with Highland Park that adds to its desirability. Just as important, the home is in exquisite condition and is being offered at a price well below that which you could recreate this residence, where every room has charm, elegance and quality.