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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.

Buzz, The Update

Introducing the SIR Mobile App

08/08/2017

Photos / Sotheby’s International Realty

Your next home may be just a tap away. Because Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty is a proud part of Sotheby’s International Realty® — the extraordinarily powerful global network of more than 20,000 agents in 69 countries and territories — its reach is unequalled in North Texas. The same goes for its digital house-shopping capabilities, not only with briggsfreeman.com, its cutting-edge portal for properties, neighborhoods, schools, virtual tours and more, but also with the SIR Mobile app.

Potential buyers can search for luxury homes and real estate anytime, anywhere within Sotheby’s International Realty real-estate listings — luxury homes for sale and rent not only around North Texas but also around the world. SIR Mobile is an easy-to-use, GPS-enabled app for Android, iPhone, or iPad. Property searches can be viewed on an interactive map and organized by price, neighborhood and even the ones closest to the exact point you are standing. Once you find houses in your category, take a virtual tour of extraordinary properties that appeal to you. Find out everything about a home — from the year it was built to the yearly tax rates and more.

The app’s features are many. View international real-estate listings in nearly 70 countries. Search for homes and property for sale by neighborhood, city, ZIP code and more. Browse home pictures and details. Share favorites on Facebook and Twitter. View estimated mortgage payments. Get connected to your Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty agent — directly, via phone call or via e-mail. The app’s GPS features even offer driving directions to local homes of interest.

With SIR Mobile, you will have a world of available properties in your hands.

Download the Briggs Freeman SIR Mobile app

 

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

Heard It Through the Grapevine: 11 Wonderful Wine Rooms

08/02/2017

Photos / Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty

Attention all wine lovers! We know that you’ve been dreaming of the day when you have a luxury wine room in the comfort of your own home. Who wouldn’t want to retreat into a personal Napa or Loire Valley after a long week at the office? Whether you’re looking to save space, put your wine collection on display, or archive your most valuable bottles, that cellar you’ve been dreaming about is calling your name. Answer the call and raise your glass to these outstanding wine rooms in these North Texas homes — all currently listed by Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty.

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Beauty, The Update

From House to Home: Wallpaper Trends

08/01/2017

 

Photos / Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty

If you’re wondering how to make your house feel more like your home, we have the perfect solution for you. Why not try something new and style your home with wallpaper! Embrace the patterns and the colors that suit your home and your own personal taste to project your personality onto your home. Wallpaper can inspire your favorite rooms with a new atmosphere and assign a certain character to your home. What do you want your home to say about you? Want to stand out from the crowd? Line your dining room with a bold design to wow your guests at your next dinner party. Want to put a little spring in your step? Stop to smell the roses and brighten up your bathroom with a fun floral pattern. Want to remember to enjoy the simple things in life? Spice up your kitchen with a fun geometric print that will put the joy back into meal-prep. Whatever your motivation may be, your perfect wallpaper is out there waiting to transform your house into your home!

5330 Drane Drive | Greenway Parks | Dallas

Listed by Caroline Summers

 

4433 Bordeaux Avenue | Highland Park

Listed by Caroline Summers

 

4005 Gillon Avenue | Highland Park

Listed by David Sparling

 

4612 Watauga Road | Bluffview | Dallas

Listed by Susan Baldwin and Ginger Nobles

 

1501 Shady Oaks Lane | Westover Hills | Fort Worth  

Listed by John Zimmerman

 

6916 Sanctuary Lane | Mira Vista | Fort Worth

Listed by Leigh Crates

 

5601 Banister Court | Willow Bend | Plano

Listed by Gina Lester

Discover extraordinary listings across North Texas

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.

 

The Update

Summer’s Best Back Yards in North Texas

07/31/2017

6123 Mimosa Lane is listed by Jennifer Lelash and Chris Lelash. Photos / Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty

Pools and patios, indeed. But do you know about the hottest new amenities in the coolest back yards? From pergolas to fire pits, leisure on the lawn has never been more extravagant, and these days outdoor living is as luxurious as the indoor. Want the best back yard on the block? Here are this season’s al fresco must-haves.

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The Update

Just Listed | Oak Hill Raceway: The Oldenburg’s North Texas Motocross Track

07/20/2017

The family of professional motocross racer Mitchell Oldenburg has put Oak Hill Raceway — a 40-year-old Texas motocross track — on the market outside of Fort Worth for $2.39 million.

The track-anchored, 185-acre property sits about 50 miles northeast of Fort Worth in Alvord, and is getting national attention from would-be real estate investors to motocross professionals seeking some new turns.

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The Update

At Home in America’s Ninth-Hottest Market: Fort Worth, Texas

06/28/2017

Private and secluded in Fort Worth ISD: 4836 Bryce Avenue is listed by Ashley Mooring. Photos / Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty

“In Tarrant County, houses are moving,” says Zareen Khan, director of sales at the Cultural District office of Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty. “The higher the price point, the more inventory there is. Although there is a lot of inventory, the first quarter of 2017 saw double the number of sales of homes over $1 million than the first quarter of 2016.”

That tracks directly with Forbes naming Fort Worth the ninth-hottest housing market in the U.S. this year. The home prices boggle: Fort Worth’s are up 9 percent, year over year for three years, and are predicted to go up 17 percent in the next three years.

Here, enjoy a selection of some significant listings in Fort Worth, exclusively represented by Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty.

4767 Overton Woods Drive | Overton Woods
Listed by Veronica Stimson

Listed by Veronica Stimson

4167 Charron Lane | Ridglea Hills
4167 Charron Lane, Clay Brants-living room

Listed by Clay Brants

1410 Washington Terrace | Crestmont

Listed by John Zimmerman

1301 Throckmorton Street 2004 | Downtown Fort Worth
Listed by Allison Hayden and Michelle Perry

Listed by Allison Hayden and Michelle Perry

6208 Indian Creek Drive | Westover Hills
Listed by John Zimmerman

Listed by John Zimmerman

4836 Bryce Avenue | Chamberlain Arlington Heights
Listed by Ashley Mooring

Listed by Ashley Mooring

9404 Marbella Drive | Montserrat
9404 Marbella Drive, John Zimmerman-living room

Listed by John Zimmerman

8221 W FM 1187 | Ashbriar
Listed by Amy Chairez and Duke Chairez

Listed by Amy Chairez and Duke Chairez

Discover more exclusively listed homes in Fort Worth and its surrounds, here. 

 

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.