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Efficient University Park spec home doesn't sacrifice style for sustainability

University Park spec home doesn't sacrifice style for sustainability

4428 Greenbrier house for sale in Dallas
The spec home at 4428 Greenbrier Dr. is listed for $1,798,000. Photo courtesy of Ebby Halliday Realtors
4428 Greenbrier bedroom
The windows reduce solar heat gain. Photo courtesy of Ebby Halliday Realtors
4428 Greenbrier master bathroom
The master bathroom proves that eco-conscious can also be decadent. Photo courtesy of Ebby Halliday Realtors
4428 Greenbrier master bathroom
A wall of chevron tile makes a statement. Photo courtesy of Ebby Halliday Realtors
4428 Greenbrier closet
A closet like this redefines "custom." Photo courtesy of Ebby Halliday Realtors
4428 Greenbrier landing
An airy landing at the top of the stairs. Photo courtesy of Ebby Halliday Realtors
4428 Greenbrier living room
The floorplan is open concept. Photo courtesy of Ebby Halliday Realtors
4428 Greenbrier kitchen
Rope lighting helps create the "cloud ceiling" in the kitchen. Photo courtesy of Ebby Halliday Realtors
4428 Greenbrier entry
Photo courtesy of Ebby Halliday Realtors
4428 Greenbrier study
Warm wood makes the traditional study more modern. Photo courtesy of Ebby Halliday Realtors
4428 Greenbrier living room
A neutral color palette maximizes the square footage. Photo courtesy of Ebby Halliday Realtors
4428 Greenbrier fireplace
The stone fireplace softens the home's contemporary design. Photo courtesy of Ebby Halliday Realtors
4428 Greenbrier dining room
The dining room, right off the kitchen, provides even more space for dinner parties. Photo courtesy of Ebby Halliday Realtors
4428 Greenbrier patio
Covered and large, the patio extends from the living room. Photo courtesy of Ebby Halliday Realtors
4428 Greenbrier house for sale in Dallas
4428 Greenbrier bedroom
4428 Greenbrier master bathroom
4428 Greenbrier master bathroom
4428 Greenbrier closet
4428 Greenbrier landing
4428 Greenbrier living room
4428 Greenbrier kitchen
4428 Greenbrier entry
4428 Greenbrier study
4428 Greenbrier living room
4428 Greenbrier fireplace
4428 Greenbrier dining room
4428 Greenbrier patio

Green living and earth-friendly updates are real estate buzz words, but few homes go all out when it comes to truly innovative improvements. This new 5,056-square-foot home at 4428 Greenbrier Dr., listed for $1,798,000 by Ebby Realtor Victoria Barr de Quinones, offers impressive LEED qualifications.

Designed to minimize energy usage, it features a foam exterior building envelope, Pella windows that reduce solar heat gain, variable speed HVAC, and more. All this energy efficiency recently resulted in electric bills of $198 to $257 per month to keep this home at a constant 72 degrees throughout the fiery Texas summer. 

It's also a spec home, so builder Nest Homes is ready to make any changes a buyer may want. And should the new homeowner want official LEED certification, the builder is happy to apply for that too.

In addition to its energy perks, the four-bedroom, three-bath home boasts a modern interior packed with high-end amenities.

There's a “cloud ceiling” that appears to float over the kitchen island and connects with a cabinet wall, bringing visual separation from the dining area for a contained but thoroughly open kitchen. The recessed LED rope lighting brightens and focuses the eye to the space, and, bonus, LED means you won’t be changing bulbs for at least 10 years.

Off the kitchen with its wealth of gadgetry is the less formal family room, not to be confused with the bonus/play room in the rear of the home on the second floor. A bank of French doors leads out to the covered patio, which could become an outdoor entertaining space if the builder continues the travertine flooring.

Bathrooms sell homes, and the master is grand with wood floors; backlit mirrors; and graphic stone tile, like the chevron pattern in the shower and behind the bathtub.

Natural materials are used throughout to enrich the home, including travertine tile on the ground floor, birch flooring upstairs, Brazilian chestnut walls in the study and great room, and yards of maple in the cabinetry.

Modern technology, of course, hasn’t been ignored. The home’s main systems, including HVAC, lights, and alarms, can be programmed remotely, adding a little control to your hectic life.

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A version of this story originally was published on Candy's Dirt.