It doesn’t take a rocket scientist — or, for the sake of this article, a real estate expert — to understand the appeal of homes around White Rock Lake. In a bustling town like Dallas, everyone seeks a private oasis where they can relax, unwind and escape.
Even if you don’t have an oasis of your own, you can imagine what it might be like at the 10th Annual White Rock Home Tour taking place April 25-26. The tour originally was conceived by a small group of Hexter Elementary parents who were interested in midcentury architecture and raising money for their neighborhood school.
This year, the owners of some of the area’s coolest houses are letting us take a peek at their happy places. Here’s what to expect.
422 Peavy Rd.
Have you seen a better view of White Rock Lake and the downtown skyline combined? Perhaps even more interesting, this home was constructed using shipping containers, designed by owner-architect Matt Mooney and M Gooden Design.
It took 14 shipping containers in all to create this 3,700-square-foot dream home.
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When you look at the large wooden deck boasting panoramic views of the lake and think nothing could top it, you see this amazing pool. We have a hunch the owner is very popular within his group of friends.
983 Sylvania Dr.
This newly renovated midcentury modern home was thoroughly rehabbed by architect D’J Perkison, who is seeking LEED Gold certification. Word on the street is that this home went from being a near-teardown to one of the most green homes in the city.
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Renovations include white-oak flooring reclaimed from a 100-year old barn, LED lighting, wooden low-E windows, a commercial variable-refrigerant heating and cooling system, and recycled finish materials throughout. We also can't get enough of this "library” living room that blends style and intellect in the most beautiful way.
7320 Walling Ln.
This Ju-Nel home located along White Rock Trail has an open floor plan and natural lighting characteristic of this style home that is unique to East Dallas. It was built in 1960, and, during a recent renovation, the current owners made sure to keep it simple.
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The home is painted mostly white and gives off a gallery vibe. Ju-Nel homes often feature jalousie windows and exposed beams, and those are just two of the features that make this property special.
10241 E. Lake Highlands Dr.
This new build in a recently constructed development is located in an idyllic setting perfect for modern, energy-efficient homes. Take note of the Tennessee Crab Orchard ledge stone serving as a front accent wall.
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The landscape and pool were designed by David Rolston of Dallas Gardens. This home is all about modern simplicity and openness and encourages relaxation, reflection and appreciation of the great outdoors.
11030 Cactus Ln.
The 1950s roots are preserved in this home, which blends modern and period-appropriate furniture, lighting and art. The owners are collectors of midcentury modern furniture and photography.
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The home is flooded with natural light thanks to two atriums with floor-to-ceiling picture windows and skylights. Home tour attendees will enjoy getting to know the owners through their eclectic home decor.
One Vanguard Way
This three-story house in the Urban Reserve was designed by the internationally recognized firm Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects. It feels like a tree house and features five geo-thermal HVAC systems, an 18,000-gallon rainwater cistern for landscape irrigation, high-performance glazing, spray foam insulation and tankless water heaters to ensure efficiency and sustainability.
Tickets for the White Rock Home Tour are $15 in advance (at White Rock Coffee or participating Tom Thumbs) or $20 at any door. There is also a preview reception at Design Within Reach on April 24, 6:30-8:30 pm. A $10 donation is suggested to enjoy drinks, apps and the guest speaker.