You want to do a little name-dropping about your home? Go for it with this baby at 5343 Livingston Ave.
This home has a pedigree a mile long: architecture by Joshua Rice, interiors by Gonzalo Bueno, and landscape and pool by Hocker Design Group. It also has that rare first-floor master bedroom, which, along with the living spaces, wraps the pool and patios that are visible through banks of windows.
A cozy but bright study near the front entrance is the perfect library or home office. But my favorite space is the huge, open kitchen with to-die-for marble counters. It just flows seamlessly into a stunning dining area, all of which is open to the formal living and den.
Wall finishes are, well, Gonzalo Bueno bueno. Suede surrounds the formal living room fireplace, so I hope those sparks don’t fly.
This house just feels sleek, yet sunny and warm — perfect for empty nesters with occasional children. (That’s my new favorite phrase, BTW. What if you could really have occasional children?) It is also suited to a family who appreciates privacy. Two spacious bedrooms and a large game room complete the second floor. Mom and Pop stay down; little darlings go up.
Now for the exteriors. The 5,286-square-foot house sits on little more than a quarter of an acre, but who cares when you have the most beautiful pool in Dallas? Check out that showplace of a piscina with a moveable lounging platform. This pup rolls from the hot tub to the fireplace. It’s where you can dangle feet, bake your noggin, or sit by the crackling fireplace with a cashmere wrap come November.
Built in 2008, this contemporary home has three bedrooms and three and a half baths. It is loaded with the best of everything: designer fixtures, enough Ann Sacks honed limestone to rival the Dallas Museum of Art, Vermont Danby marble, and Holly Hunt lighting. Wall finishes are, well, Gonzalo Bueno bueno. Suede surrounds the formal living room fireplace, so I hope those sparks don’t fly.
Because it was built so recently, the home is wildly energy efficient: four HVAC units plus allergen-free filtration, extra insulation in exterior walls and ceilings to lower heating and cooling costs, commercial double-pane windows, and thermal shielding under the hail-proof metal roof. Plus there are two 50-gallon high-efficiency water heaters with recirculation pump, so you’ll never run out of hot.
As for location, West Highland Park is one of the hottest neighborhoods in Dallas right now. Houses here are being gobbled up by empty-nesters and young marrieds like deep-dish pizza at a football party.
I just love the clean, crisp lines and everything else about this house. I even like the asking price: $1,850,000.