I have just returned from Atlanta, which is a nice town, but I don’t miss it. And while I was gone, one of the most amazing contemporary homes in Dallas, tucked in the The Cloisters neighborhood within shouting distance of White Rock Lake, went on a million-dollar diet.
In fact, let me check my eyes: Yep, 4755 Chapel Hill Rd. has been reduced from $2,950,000 to $1,950,000 — just in time for Father’s Day. If you have been looking for a change in digs and the name Cliff Welch rings a bell, well, it’s time to go shopping!
Back to Dad. He will love this house up and down — more than the man licking his shoes on the subway. He will love the masculine walk-through shower, Vola and Kohler plumbing fixtures, tall man’s vanity in the master bath, study with real shelves for real books, lap pool with waterfall, long chef’s kitchen, and master grilling area on the patio.
Most of all, in this time of crazy-ass weather, he will love the 500-square-foot tornado shelter in the basement.
Chapel Hill was completed in 2008 after four years of detailed, painstaking construction. It was Welch’s dream to create a masterpiece of true form and function, and he did. The home — really two buildings connected by a glass bridge — sits on a .35-acre wooded creek lot. The two-story rear wing features the living areas, while the split-level front houses four bedrooms, including a master suite with music room and private patio.
The interiors are so loaded and securely built you may think you have walked into the Federal Reserve building: steel beam construction, terrazzo floors and exquisite contemporary finish-out. The kitchen is name-drop central: Bulthaup cabinets and Sub-Zero, Miele, Bosch and Electrolux appliances — every one the best in its class.
Plus this home has the United Nations of natural woods — Ipe, Khaya, Sapale and Baltic birch, to name a few — all put to good use in the ceilings and the abundance of built-in cabinetry. I also love the floating sinks and bureaus and glass mosaic tiles. Walls of glass open interiors to the green world outside, like the huge patio with outdoor cooking station off the family room.
But don’t worry. You won’t be poking through those beautiful Ipe walls to install wires for a custom audio system; this home’s already got it. That should make Dad very happy — you know how guys love their decibels.
This house exemplifies beautiful, sleek modern design. It is Mr. Welch at his finest. Listed with David Collier at David Griffin & Company Realtors.