Those who've had the pleasure of knowing the spectacular home at 3709 Lexington Avenue in Old Highland Park refer to it as a "showstopper," for good reason. The contemporary, 6,200-square-foot residence is tailor-made for showcasing beauty, both within and without.
Nestled among the greenest acreage imaginable, from towering trees and twisting vines to shrubbery and leafy plants, the home boasts floor-to-ceiling, exterior glass walls that bring the natural world so close, you almost feel you could reach out and touch it. At the same time, the smooth, museum-quality interior walls are perfect for displaying world-class art of all kinds.
That’s no coincidence. The two-story residence is believed to have been the last home designed by the great mid-century, modernist architect Bud Oglesby, who created it for a couple who were patrons of the Dallas Museum of Art.
The greenery outside is most apparent in the home’s magnificent Great Room, located just inside the front door on the first floor. It’s a truly dramatic space, with slate floors, soaring glass walls, concrete "pillars," a vaulted ceiling and a huge fireplace. The Great Room gives way to a handsome, book-lined study and, adjacent to it, the first two of the home’s four spacious bedrooms, each with their own full bath.
Beyond the second of the bedrooms is a sizeable laundry room and then the sleek kitchen, next to a breakfast area and the dining room. The kitchen is fully outfitted with state-of-the-art conveniences, including a Sub-Zero refrigerator, Dacor stovetop and double oven, dishwasher, a built-in compactor and microwave, generous storage cabinets, and a granite-topped island with sink.
The home's second story may be accessed either by elevator or via two staircases, one off the breakfast room, the other in the foyer. The latter is a work of beauty in itself, all stone and glass and wood, and leads to the second-floor landing, which resembles nothing so much as a chic art gallery space.
On this floor there are two en-suite bedrooms, including the master. Both sport gigantic walk-in closets, as well as stunning views of the greenery outside. The second floor also boasts a sizeable game room as well as a "bonus room," or office, with still more storage space.
The grounds, as you would expect, are incredibly lush and peaceful, marked by a bubbling fountain, a swimming pool with an entertaining pavilion, an arbor-covered patio and an attached, air-conditioned, glass-walled garage accommodating three cars.
Other features of this remarkable, one-of-a-kind find include a Lutron lighting system, automatic window shades, a balcony, and an automatic gate.