This is one of my favorite homes in Dallas. Lucky for me, 6730 Northaven Rd. is up the street and on the market!
Van der Rohe is famous, of course, for that transparent box in the woods, Farnsworth House, that was part of my suburban Illinois childhood. This home on Northaven Road, however, was built in 1985. But it looks like it was built back in the 1950s, doesn't it?
One wing of the house is thrust into the environment — in this case over the lake, to create a floating, boat-like effect.
Not only did Cunningham design the home, but he also updated and renovated it twice. According to Dallas agent Douglas Newby, who once listed this home at the humdinger price of $2,750,000 (then lowered it to $2.1 million), this was Cunningham's first AIA award-winning home.
It would not be his last: Cunningham has collected more design awards and accolades than this home has bricks. The home retains a classic midcentury feel in every nook and cranny of its 4,902 square feet, enhanced by natural light and post modern elements.
Even more rare: The home is located on a small, private lake and 1.5 wooded acres that take full advantage of those water views. In fact, one wing of the house is thrust into the environment — in this case over the lake, to create a floating, boat-like effect.
This Northaven beauty has five bedrooms, four and a half baths, two-car garage, pool overlooking the water, and gourmet kitchen with 21st century conveniences. The home also has a bridge-like driveway it shares with a neighbor.
Waterfront homes are rare in Dallas, even more so when they are perfectly plopped just north of Preston Hollow and seven miles from downtown Dallas. You are close to everything but still have a zen-like lakeside retreat in the heart of town.
As for nearby shopping amenities, I have two fabulous words: Preston Royal.
Coincidence in the house: One owner of this home is a French-born research physician, Dr. Jacques Banchereau, director of the Baylor Institute for Immunology Research. He ran into one of the listing agents, Lisa Besserer, at an open house in the neighborhood.
Turns out Besserer was once one of his patients, and Banchereau's research helped save her life. Talk about a happy, grateful listing agent. The home is listed also with Pogir and Bonnie Besserer at Briggs Freeman Sotheby's for $1,990,000.