Tuesday, July 19, 2011

2816 Ilahe Drive Dallas, 75233 - $209k

Check out the Palm Springs awesomeness - an amazing Mid-century Modern ranch house designed by noted architect David Braden. This Oak Cliff 2012 SF 4 bedroom, 2 bath beauty is built into a hillside at the end of a cul-de-sac amongst drought tolerant landscaping. Inside you will find vaulted ceilings, exposed beams, brick fireplace, clerestory windows, walls of glass & original built-ins. A covered dining terrace just off the main living areas is surrounded by a custom horizontal cedar slat fence. More pictures can be found on the Virginia Cook website.

Built in 1963, the post and beam home in the Keistwood Estates was custom designed in harmony with nature. The buyer gets original sputnik fixtures, grand clerestory windows and the original blue prints. The best part is they didn't mess up the kitchen.

Braden, a Dallas native, was a renown architect, business leader, and civic leader. Before he rose to fame as a commercial architect, he gained high praise and recognition for the few number of mid century modern homes he designed around Oak Cliff. In fact, it was the design of his own modern residence that wowed fellow architects with its hillside construction. Braden was awarded 1st prize at AIA Dallas competition, just two years receiving his degree in Architecture from University of Texas at Austin.

A few facts about Braden:

  • Successful commercial architect, business leader, civic leader, lecturer & humorist

  • Served as President Dallas Chapter AIA and Texas Architect Society, and much more

  • Personally chosen by George Dahl (architect of Fair Park) to replace him as president and CEO of his successful commercial architecture firm upon retirement in 1973

  • Only few residential designs, mostly in Oak Cliff, including his personal residence

  • Braden’s home won the AIA Dallas 1st prize, just two years after the architect received his degree from UT, and it recently was placed on the OOCCL Home Tour in 2009.


    Leigh Fitzgerald said...

    I'm in the market for an MCM house and saw this the other day (I stalk Ed Murchison's MCM listings). I would be all over it but for the location. Don't get me wrong, I was born and raised in "the OC" just a few minutes north of where this house is and my parents still live there but this is not the best area.

    Steve said...

    It depends on the person. I love the Keistwood area and think it is right for some people but not for others. That's one of the tradeoffs that people who love MCM have to sometimes make. The great suburbs of yesteryear aren't necessarily as great today.

    For people who are really interested in a house but not sure about the neighborhood, talk to the neighbors and the neighborhood association. Also, spend some time there after dark to see what you think. Your mileage may vary.

    The most important thing is that a great home like this finds a buyer who will really appreciate its beauty. Even if it's not right for you, pass it on. It's perfect for somebody.

    James said...

    We live in Kiestwood Estates and really it's a hidden gem. Peaceful and quiet, filled with families, trees, and song birds.

    Anonymous said...

    Kiestwood is a great neighborhood. We wouldn't have chosen a home there if we had any concerns about the area. We walk the neighborhood almost nightly and enjoy the quiet streets.

    Also, the fact that a lot of younger couples, both straight and gay, are moving in and renovating the homes (with taste) says a lot about the quality of the neighborhood.

    Anonymous said...

    check out 4013 Clayton Road E, 76116 -- great 60's MCM vibe.

    James said...

    That interior is sick! Would love to have a house like that.