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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.

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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: Greeted by Nature in Greenway Parks

08/08/2016

It starts with the koi pond at the front entrance of 5304 Nakoma Drive in Greenway Parks. It’s a sure sign that this home, built in 1954, is true to the mid-century modern aesthetic. Greenery – wandering vines and stick-straight reeds – surround the water and lead you to the door.
5304 Nakoma Drive Dallas 75209, Becky Frey, Briggs Freeman Sotheby's luxury homes for sale in Greenway Parks-koi pond
Inside, the blending of the indoors and out continues with a stone partial wall that serves as both planter and fireplace.
5304 Nakoma Drive Dallas 75209, Becky Frey, Briggs Freeman Sotheby's luxury homes for sale in Greenway Parks-entry planter
The nooks and tiers of this structure create an interesting focal point for this room, and the floor-to-ceiling windows bring in natural light to warm up the stone.
5304 Nakoma Drive Dallas 75209, Becky Frey, Briggs Freeman Sotheby's luxury homes for sale in Greenway Parks-stone fireplace
Simple, muted tilework in an earthy tone pulls together the living areas and well-placed skylights brighten the space. Custom built-ins create a sleek line from the entry to the main living area …
5304 Nakoma Drive Dallas 75209, Becky Frey, Briggs Freeman Sotheby's luxury homes for sale in Greenway Parks-custom built-ins
And slick, retro-style cabinets are beautiful in the kitchen.
5304 Nakoma Drive Dallas 75209, Becky Frey, Briggs Freeman Sotheby's luxury homes for sale in Greenway Parks-kitchen
A wall of windows in the kitchen and formal dining area lead to a serene backyard scene, with patio and pool shaded by trees.
5304 Nakoma Drive Dallas 75209, Becky Frey, Briggs Freeman Sotheby's luxury homes for sale in Greenway Parks-patio
5304 Nakoma Drive Dallas 75209, Becky Frey, Briggs Freeman Sotheby's luxury homes for sale in Greenway Parks-pool
To tour the home at 5304 Nakoma Drive in Greenway Parks, contact Becky Frey of Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty.

DFW Moderns is a publication of Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty. President and CEO Robbie Briggs independently owns and operates Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty with offices in Dallas, Fort Worth Cultural District, Fort Worth-Mira Vista, Uptown, Lakewood, Southlake, The North, Ranch and Land, Ranch and Land West, and The Ballpark.  

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Mid-Century Modern (with a Splash of GLAM) {Video}

05/21/2014

Video + Photos / Abbe Fenimore + Studio Ten 25

It’s true across the board: 2014 loves modern. Maybe “love” isn’t even a strong enough term for this year’s wildfire obsession with modern design. This skyrocketing trend particularly favors the mid-century moderns, with its warm reminder of 50’s era hospitality and Frank Lloyd Wright-esque indoor-outdoor soirées.  Here’s our round up of some of our favorite mid-century modern looks by local favorite interior designer Abbe Fenimore (see this post about Abbe’s awesome eye for design). You’ll adore the sleek sophisticated classics paired with a splash of glam.

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Robbie’s Real Estate Trends: Expanding Our Lakewood Presence

04/28/2014

This California-inspired mid-century modern at 6934 Tokalon Drive in the heart of Lakewood features rich hardwood flooring, high ceilings, and tall windows that welcome natural light throughout the home. Listed for $1,200,000. Photo / Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty

As seen in the Wall Street Journal Mansion section:

I have wanted to increase our reach into Lakewood and East Dallas for several years. With White Rock Lake as a centerpiece, it’s a beautiful part of Dallas, and our agents have always loved helping people buy and sell homes there.

After acquiring the respected neighborhood firm Scott Carlson Real Estate, we also sought out another well-known Realtor in the area, John Whiteside and his Team Whiteside, to join us. The addition of these two great teams of neighborhood experts made the time right to expand our market with the opening of a Lakewood  office.

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Mid-Century Modern Beach Beauty – Malibu California

01/15/2014

Get swept away by this stunning mid-century modern home. Located on one of Malibu Road’s best dry-sand beach in front of the volcanic “Pelican Rock”, this rare beach-level homes was totally renovated while staying true to her 1959, classic mid-century modern design.

Enjoy the eye-level views from inside and outside of the ever-changing ocean, daily sunset, gliding pelicans, leaping dolphins, sunbathing seals, and breaching Gray whales. Open floor plan, main house features 2 bedrooms and a den with sleeper sofa, 2 bathrooms and outdoor hot shower, living room with fireplace, kitchen and dining area. This master bedroom has an ocean view with private deck. Plus, third bedroom is a detached 1 bedroom, 1 bath guest house with kitchenette and fireplace.
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