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Know Your Architecture | Mid-Century Modern

08/17/2017

From whence it came:

The Mid-Century Modern movement in America was an adaptation of two austere, straight-lined architectural movements in Europe: the International and Bauhaus styles. American mid-century architecture, which spanned roughly from the late 1930s to the ’70s, is warmer and more organic, often with wood elements — beams, columns, walls — where the Europeans employed concrete and steel.

10210 Strait Lane | Preston Hollow | Dallas, TX

10210 Strait Lane, Briggs Freeman Sotheby's luxury homes for sale-exterior

10210 Strait Lane, Briggs Freeman Sotheby's luxury homes for sale

10210 Strait Lane, Briggs Freeman Sotheby's luxury homes for sale

Listed by Faisal Halum

What makes it mid-century:

Flat or vaulted roofs, large plate-glass windows, open floor plans and a feeling of the inside and outside blurred into one — thanks not only to walls of glass and large glazed doors that slide away but also to the continuation of the same materials outside as inside, especially flooring. (Think slate, terrazzo or travertine.)

Other cues:

Carports, clerestory windows, atriums, large stone or brick fireplaces which anchor the whole house.

1501 Shady Oaks Lane | Westover Hills | Fort Worth, TX

1501 Shady Oaks Lane, Briggs Freeman Sotheby's luxury homes for sale-exterior

1501 Shady Oaks Lane, Briggs Freeman Sotheby's luxury homes for sale

1501 Shady Oaks Lane, Briggs Freeman Sotheby's luxury homes for sale

Listed by John Zimmerman

Why it works:

Mid-Century Modern brings nature in via its walls of windows. It’s a refreshing way to live, harmoniously with the outdoors. The clean lines of Mid-Century Modern architecture also allow the eye and mind to relax — leading to expansive thoughts.

6832 Westlake Avenue | Lakewood | Dallas, TX

6832 Westlake Avenue, Briggs Freeman Sotheby's luxury homes for sale-exterior

6832 Westlake Avenue, Briggs Freeman Sotheby's luxury homes for sale

Listed by Scott Carlson and Patrick Bukowitz

Famous examples:

The dramatically cantilevered Fallingwater in the Pennsylvania woods by Frank Lloyd Wright; the glass-walled house in rural Connecticut for himself by Philip Johnson; the long, low, see-through Stahl House by Pierre Koenig, which hangs over Los Angeles.

3300 Bryn Mawr Drive | Park Cities | University Park, TX

3300 Bryn Mawr Drive, Briggs Freeman Sotheby's luxury homes for sale-exterior

3300 Bryn Mawr Drive, Briggs Freeman Sotheby's luxury homes for sale-exterior

Listed by Tiffany Jackson

Movies with mid-century houses in starring roles:

North by Northwest, A Star is Born, A Single Man, The Fountainhead, The Big Lebowski, Diamonds are Forever.

4167 Charron Lane | Ridglea Hills | Fort Worth, TX

Listed by Clay Brants

Where to get yours:

Look for Mid-Century Modern houses throughout North Texas — anywhere the terrain tends to be heavily treed, often with ravines and creeks. A Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty agent can help you find the perfect Mid-Century Modern to call home.

3425 Ranchero Road | El Ranchero Estates | Plano

Listed by Lisa Besserer

Discover magnificent Mid-Century Moderns at briggsfreeman.com

 

Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty is a luxury brokerage headquartered in North Texas. Its award-winning agents, serving clients from offices in Dallas, Fort Worth, Southlake, Lakewood, Uptown, The North and The Ballpark, achieved a record-breaking sales volume of $3.2 billion in 2016. Independently owned and operated by president and CEO Robbie Briggs, the firm specializes in the purchase and sale of significant properties, from historic and contemporary to waterfront, ranch and land. The company’s deep-rooted connections, superior marketing resources and global strategies, as part of the $95 billion Sotheby’s International Realty network, bring the extraordinary to every client.

Beauty, The Update

Know Your Architecture | A Guide to Design

08/11/2017

Photo / Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty

In the words of Italian architect Renzo Piano, the designer behind The Shard in London and Dallas’ own Nasher Sculpture Center, “One of the great beauties of architecture is that each time, it is like life starting over again.” The space through which we move undeniably influences our psyches — the houses we build, both literally and figuratively, becoming reflections of our aesthetics, values, and choices. Every Thursday, we’ll investigate at length the details of a different architectural tradition as we hope to guide readers toward their truest tastes; to gain a more profound understanding of the symbiosis between home and inhabitant; and to usher in, with each style and each studied structure, a fresh take, a renaissance of the mind and spirit, experience made new and wondrous once more — like life starting over again.

Explore architecturally significant properties on briggsfreeman.com

 

Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty is a luxury brokerage headquartered in North Texas. Its award-winning agents, serving clients from offices in Dallas, Fort Worth, Southlake, Lakewood, Uptown, The North and The Ballpark, achieved a record-breaking sales volume of $3.2 billion in 2016. Independently owned and operated by president and CEO Robbie Briggs, the firm specializes in the purchase and sale of significant properties, from historic and contemporary to waterfront, ranch and land. The company’s deep-rooted connections, superior marketing resources and global strategies, as part of the $95 billion Sotheby’s International Realty network, bring the extraordinary to every client.

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Modern Monday– An instagram tour of 2014′s best modern gate designs

07/21/2014

You know what we love about Instagram? It makes trend spotting so much easier! We’ve been snooping around Instagram and rounding up some of 2014’s hottest modern gate trends. From natural wooden slats to clean, glass barriers, to even art deco-esque wrought-iron partitions, you’ll love what we’ve found and may even find yourself a bit inspired to add a modern boost to your own home’s curb appeal. (And if you like what you see, take a minute and follow @dallasmoderns on our Instagram to stay in-the-know on all the best of modern in Dallas and beyond.)

In Dallas:

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3601 Euclid – Rebar narrow vertical squares and brick wall

 

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9995 Hollow Way – Fine, lattice-like weave and rough-hewn stone (PRESTON HOLLOW)

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Click here to see the originals on instagram.

Click here to see the latest in real estate news. CEO Robbie Briggs independently owns and operates Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty with six offices in Dallas, Uptown, Lakewood, Ranch and Land, The Ballpark and Southlake

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On the Market in Southlake {Video}

04/24/2014

Photos / Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty

3000 Burney Ln, 76092 | Listed for $4,995,000

3000 Burney Lane in Southlake - homes for sale in Dallas Fort Worth, Briggs Freeman Sotheby's - living and dining
This grand estate is situated ideally on 3 acres of heavily wooded land surrounded by hundreds of acres of nature preserve. With 6 bedrooms, 7.3 baths, breathtaking views from every room and unsurpassed architecture, this home is like no other in the area. Downstairs gameroom and huge media room, guest casita (currently being used as workout room), and third floor observatory with balcony plus an elevator that goes to all 3 floors.
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Modern Meets Sophistication at 17 Winding Lake Drive

04/23/2014

Enter the gates of the 6300-Forest community and you are greeted by the beauty of nature and waterfront homes of modern and Mediterranean styles. 17 Winding Lake Drive is a modern, sophisticated home with amazing architecture and unmatched amenities! Photos/Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty

17 Winding Lake Drive Dallas 75230 - North Dallas - Briggs Freeman Sotheby's luxury home for sale in Dallas Fort Worth - exterior

The home is optimally situated to maximize the use of space: Low maintenance on the exterior yet plenty of outdoor spaces for enjoying cool mornings, warm afternoons, and breezy evenings, plus the floorplan is thoughtfully laid out so there is no unused space. The drive up appeal will leave lasting impressions for guests.
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Celebrating Angles and Inspirations: Paul Turney of Turney & Associates

02/25/2014

Photos / Turney & Associates

Note: This piece first appeared in PaperCity as part of Celebrating Angles and Inspirations. In it, we ask some of the most talented and innovative architects in the area to showcase their premier properties that continue to expand Dallas’ reputation for beautiful living.

Willis Property, Dallas, Texas: Paul Turney, Turney & Associates

Paul Turney

When Dave and Betsy Willis made the decision to move from Calgary to Texas, they hired architect Paul Turney to work with them on the design of their new home.  Having previously lived in the South, their desire was to have a Louisiana-style house.

Paul Turney

One of the main features of their new home is a deep porch with French doors across the entire front of the house, along with a second floor balcony supported by 20-foot tall round, Doric columns. The porch also has a narrow exterior stair accessing the balcony, something characteristic of the Louisiana houses of the late architect A. Hays Town. The family room, kitchen, and guest house all look out onto a brick courtyard with a fountain. Some of the interior design features include large double hung windows to the floor, a freestanding curved stair in the entry, and wide plank pine flooring. turneyarchitects.com

For more beautiful homes, see briggsfreeman.com. Click here to see the latest in real estate news. CEO Robbie Briggs independently owns and operates Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty with five offices in Dallas, Uptown, Ranch and Land, The Ballpark and Southlake.

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It’s Fall! Join Us Sunday For A Fantastic Home Tour!

10/18/2013

In the heart of University Park, at 3828 Hanover Street, this exceptional property blends elegant design, graceful entertaining and comfortable family living. Listed by Libby Norwood and Meredith Houston for $2,299,500.

Fantastic homes in welcoming neighborhoods are available all across the Metroplex. From stunning estates to elegant vertical homes, sleek contemporaries and smart options for first-time buyers, there’s a property, and a place, for everyone.

On Sunday, Oct. 20, the Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty Fall Tour opens the doors to outstanding homes, turning the vision of an extraordinary lifestyle into reality. For more information, go to briggsfreeman.com/falltour. And to see a complete list of every open house in the Metroplex, download the free DFW Open Houses app – featuring maps, neighborhood information, house details, beautiful photos and more – to your mobile device.

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Elevated Entertaining at Museum Tower

10/17/2013

The Terrace Lounge at Museum Tower is an exceptional space to gather with friends before a night at the theater.

Imagine living a lifestyle where you enjoy entertaining beautifully, and effortlessly, thanks to magnificently designed spaces and on-site staff who facilitate phenomenal events.

Cocktails in the Owner’s Lounge before the opening night of Bizet’s “Carmen,” an intimate anniversary dinner surrounded by lifelong friends, a gala event supporting a prominent charity – at Museum Tower, your home extends beyond your living space, allowing you to experience entertaining on a whole new level.

Recently, Museum Tower owners created an unforgettable evening for their supper club friends when they hosted an elegant dinner party on the 38th floor.

“Everything was just perfect—printed menus, delicious food, the lights of Dallas glimmering in the background,” said Tanya Mendenhall, Director of Resident Relations. “Their friends were in awe. They kept saying, ‘look at the life you get to live.’”

Another couple has decided to bring their entire family, 30 people scattered across the country, to Dallas for a very special Thanksgiving dinner. The gathering will take place in one of Museum Tower’s gracious entertaining venues. And to ensure that dinner is a culinary event, Mendenhall has planned an incredible “Holiday Tasting Night” in early November highlighting three outstanding chefs ready to create a custom holiday meal for owners and guests. Residents who travel during for the holiday can have their holiday dinners shipped to their favorite destination – Colorado, California, Montreal.

“I wanted to host a party for my mother’s anniversary and I knew having it at Museum Tower would be the perfect place. My guests were wowed by the incredible views and I just love seamless entertaining,” says owner Tracy Cheatham.

“Our owners live and entertain in a very sophisticated way. We create for them an ease of entertaining, because it’s like having your personal event coordinator at all times who can bring in the right outside resources and who ensures that the on-site staff helps deliver events that are flawless and very special,” says Tanya Mendenhall. “You can host an event at home, without actually disrupting your home. You don’t have to worry about rearranging your living space to accommodate tables to seat 30 guests. That’s all taken care of for you.”

For information or a tour, visit the Museum Tower Sales Gallery, 1918 Olive St, or contact the Sales Gallery at 214.954.1234 or museumtowerdallas.com.

Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty is Dallas’ luxury real estate leader, with more than 190 agents in five offices located throughout Dallas-Fort Worth and access to the global Sotheby’s network, including more than 11,000 agents in 600 offices worldwide. CEO Robbie Briggs independently owns and operates Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty. For more information on escapes and second homesranch and land, and luxury homes in the Dallas-Fort Worth region and beyond, go to briggsfreeman.com.

 

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Tour Mid-Century Modern Homes in Dallas on Oct. 26

10/16/2013

The residence on Shenandoah Street in Highland Park is one of six homes showcasing the best of mid-century modern design at the 2013 Preservation Dallas Fall Architectural Tour.

It may have started in the rocky desert of Palm Springs, but the sleek surfaces and clean lines of the mid-century modern design movement are a perfect fit for today’s high-tech and gadget driven homes. Blending elegant minimalism with a dose of Mother Nature, mid-century modern design evokes a lifestyle that is both casual and current.

Forward thinkers at Preservation Dallas have tapped into this culture of cool with their lineup of homes for the 2013 Fall Architectural Tour, which will be held on Saturday, Oct. 26. Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty is the title sponsor of this year’s event, showcasing six beautifully preserved and newly updated examples of sleek and stunning mid-century modern homes. “As a student of architecture, I’m always happy to sponsor the great work of Preservation Dallas,” says Robbie Briggs, CEO and president of the luxury real estate firm. Continue Reading…

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Contemporary Living in Golf Course Community

10/31/2012
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Photo / Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty – 5728 Settlement Way | McKinney, TX, 75070
Dallas Golf Course Homes for Sale

The grass is always greener when you can wake up and see the rolling fairways of a renowned golf course. The stunning townhomes at The Residences at Grand Lodge blend the best aspects of a contemporary golf course community with the excitement of living right in the heart of McKinney. Priced from $995,000 to $1,170,000, these residences are close to all the dining, shopping, schools, entertainment and transportation arteries that earned McKinney a ranking of #2 on Money Magazine’s 2012 “America’s Best Places to Live” list.

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