It has dawned on me that almost every home I offer for sale has extraordinary views, not just of the home’s own property, but of beautiful adjacent public or private property. Occasionally a real estate agent will have such a listing. However, the high percentage of great sites for modern homes and estate homes that I offer for sale is unheard of in the real estate industry.
A specific site is more important than a general location. Malibu or Palm Beach are great locations, and still it is their beach front properties that provide the most value. Similarly, Preston Hollow in Dallas is a great location, and the properties here that have great views of additional land, creeks or trees create additional value and enjoyment. A great site is the reason I was able to sell one acre of land for $2.5 million, the highest priced acre of land in Preston Hollow, while some lots in Preston Hollow sold for $1 million an acre. Modern home buyers and estate home buyers enjoy living by greenbelts, nature areas, forests, lakes and other owners’ gardens so they are able to visually enjoy them but do not have to maintain them. These large neighboring properties enhance the views and buffer the homeowner from annoying development, dense concentrations of concrete and metal roofing, and undesired city lights.
Architecturally Significant homes are my formal trademark and they make up the body of my real estate work. A great site is my informal trademark. When I see a home, I notice first how it relates to its site, along with the amount of land and the quality of the site. Often the site is more important than the structure.
The meaningful and attractive context of a home to the land around it will also bring greater enjoyment to the home owner.
From the very beginning of my real estate career, I was passionate about the preservation of the city’s finest architect-designed homes and their context within the neighborhood I was helping to revitalize.
Creating historic districts preserved the architectural context of Dallas’s first deed restricted neighborhood. The modestly sized homes on Swiss Avenue appeared as mansions because of their uniform setbacks, the landscaped boulevard and, like the rest of Munger Place, a ribbon of green space in the front of the homes as fences and hedgerows were not allowed.
A lot can be very small but have inspiring views of creeks, forests or gardens. One can find some real gems tucked into Turtle Creek Park and Northern Hills. This Texas modern home designed by architect O’Neil Ford is on one half acre looking down Rock Creek as it descends toward Turtle Creek.
I am offering homes that are on sites that range from .5 acres to 25.25 acres. Each one of these homes is on an extraordinary site with its own delightful characteristics and they benefit from what is around them.
The mature trees, small lake and creek of this adjacent property provide an even greater platform for migrating birds and wildlife and amplify the cooling effect from trees in the summer.
On Chatham Hill is a 10,000 square foot 1950 estate home on a beautiful 1.5 acre site offered for sale at $3 million. The lot is wide and allows for a tennis court in the side yard that is framed by magnolia trees. The deep back yard slopes towards a creek. What really distinguishes the property is the neighboring $30 million estate home sited on 6.5 acres across the creek. Two acres of this estate property make up a side garden on the opposite side of the creek of the $3 million home I have for sale, and another two acres of this estate property is the front garden that is on one side of the $3 million home. To only see trees and gardens on two sides of the property is a great benefit. The tennis court and landscaping are between the home and Douglas Avenue, so this Chatham Hill home is free of views of any other homes.
Increasingly, people are coming to White Rock Lake daily or weekly from Highland Park, Preston Hollow or Uptown. When living at the Lake, to be able to just walk out your front door and down the hill to the lake and a bicycle path that connects across the city is a real luxury.
From the street the Oglesby•Greene-designed modern home is sited on what appears to be a conventional one-acre lot in this gated neighborhood. However, once you enter the home you see a vista that makes one feel they are in the mountains of North Carolina. From this modern home you are looking down a bluff, taking in the views of White Rock Creek and the seemingly endless expanse of trees of the private nature preserve on the other side of the creek. There are no visible lights from the city or other homes as you sit on the terraces or balconies and enjoy nature.
The homes on the great sites with beautiful land around them bring the greatest economic value and enjoyment to the home owner. Please let me know if I may help you find the best site for your next home.