This year's White Rock Home Tour attendees will be treated to a stroll through two midcentury modern homes and five newer, modern builds. The 14th annual home tour, a favorite springtime tradition among home design and real estate enthusiasts in East Dallas, takes place April 27-28 from noon to 5 pm. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at each home the days of the tour. All proceeds benefit Hexter Elementary School. The 2018 WRHT raised $61,400 for students and teachers at the beloved neighborhood school. Here's a peek through the windows of each home.
10033 E. Lake Highlands Dr.
This midcentury modern home, built in 1965, sits on a generous corner lot with views of the Dixon Branch greenbelt. It features 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, and 2,465 square feet of living space. The home's L-shaped design, along with the double pane windows in the living areas, make it a heavenly haven for the best natural light.
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The home features two living areas that use built-in cabinets to give it a fabulous but functional look. The house has family heirloom artwork throughout. Watkins Remolding also worked diligently to create the homeowners' dream master suite, which includes a Porcelanosa freestanding tub.
8828 Capri Dr.
This 1961 house, which sits on a hillside, has just finished a full renovation with fresh floors, roofing, a restored fireplace, and a kitchen update. One feature of the 4-bedroom, 2.5-bathroom home that was not changed was the original wooden ceilings and soaring beams. This aspect of the 2,803-square-foot house was certainly a treasure worth keeping.
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Those touring the property will note an extensive and unique art collection. It might not be surprising to find out that the couple who lives here also owns the Sweet Tooth Hotel — a local, interactive art installation. Not pictured but worth checking out on the tour is the deck, which spans the entire back of the house, in addition to a custom pool by Rivervend Sandler.
6522 Trammel Dr.
Backing up to a bike trail and DART line may sound exciting; however, building their 2017 single story home here meant the owners needed a front-facing garage. The couple, both with backgrounds in architecture, decided to turn a little bit of a design challenge into an asset by making the garage a prominent feature that helps define the front courtyard.
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The swoon-worthy front wing of the home features a kitchen and living area divided by a steel and wood entertainment center. The TV set has the ability to swivel to face various rooms. The back wing, where the three bedrooms of the 2,650-square-foot home reside, floods with natural light thanks to a series of skylights.
8020 Forest Tr.
This stunning 2017 construction takes advantage of its location on a hill, which provides a barrier from neighbors by being open on all sides. This not only makes the 5-bedroom, 4.5-bathroom home feel much larger than 4,139 square feet, but it also makes nature appear much closer to those inside the home. The owners like to think of their yard as Colorado in the front, with its tall and natural trees, and California in the back, with the glamorous pool and lush landscaping.
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The homeowner is the lead interior designer for New Leaf Custom Homes and designed her own personal space to be functional and fashionable. Not only will guests be stealing an idea or two from her impeccable passion project, but they will also give her kudos for touches like an industrial sized fan to keep the place cool and sliding doors to make the indoor- outdoor connection even more seamless.
8034 Forest Tr.
This LEED certified green home is a show stopper. It was built to accommodate a busy family of six. It’s kid-proof and features custom cabinetry throughout to keep things tidy and out-of-sight. The home office has built-in workstations for each family member and was even featured in the Wall Street Journal.
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But don’t think for a second that these parents are letting their kids have all the fun with this home, which includes a zip line, in-ground trampoline, pool, and playhouse. The master suite has a sophisticated setup, complete with a freestanding tub inside the shower area, and a sexy fireplace.
2408 Loving Ave.
This zen home receives an assist from its calm grounds that surround the property with large, mature trees and bamboo. Inside follows suit, with 4,485 square feet of custom home with a goal of bringing the outside in. In the kitchen, rift-cut white oak cabinets and white stone quartz counters give a clean, open feel. A floating fireplace separates the living and dining rooms.
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And it wasn’t just a custom build, as the owners have a thing for custom furniture, too. Keep an eye out for a hallway bench that is made from an ox cart from Thailand, vintage posters, and a unique (and vivid yellow) portrait of a woman. Something you can’t necessarily see, but that is equally important to the owners, is the fact that the windows, furnace, and hot water heater are all energy efficient.
10249 E. Lake Highlands Dr. *Bonus Home*
Dubbed the “work in progress home” by those heading up the tour, this energy-efficient house will be the third and largest in a project known as the Enclave at Northcliff. With modernist architect Cliff Welch at the helm, this home is centered around a swimming pool on a triangle-shaped tract of land.
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White Rock Home Tour patrons will get the unique opportunity to view this home before the owners even get a chance to move in. And avid attendees might even remember the first house in this development, as it was on the tour in 2017.