A Mid-Century Modern with the Most Spectacular Live Oak Tree You’ll Ever See

If you inquire any of my coworkers, they’ll tell you I have an obsession with trees. Probably it is due to the fact I grew up with basically a forest in my yard. It’s possible it’s because I’ve never seriously been in a position to shake my hippy Austin roots. Irrespective, every time I’m doing work on this Incredibly hot Property series, I typically dial in on the house’s tree line.

So when I saw the stunning dwell oaks at 8712 Rolling Rock Ln., I knew, root and branch, that I experienced to master extra. The amusing point is, there actually aren’t that numerous trees on the home. There are definitely only two. In the front property, a tall live oak towers around the succulents, carport, and roofline. 

In the back, a colossal experienced are living oak handles the just about the overall lawn. Listing agent Brandon Stewart does not know how aged it is, but the home owners have “taken superior care of it.” There are guidance cables to enable hold up some of the much more-horizontal branches, and they’ve taken treatment to adequately prune it. Moreover, the homeowners designed an entire firepit and seating area in the tree’s shade. “It’s just the middle level of the backyard,” Stewart suggests.  

And the trees are a heart place within, also. In genuine mid-century fashionable model, the home functions lots of home windows and skylights, looking out onto the entrance- and backyard arbors. The house owner put in wooden panels about the windows in the breakfast nook and primary suite, framing the sights, “which was a seriously nice touch, I assumed,” states Stewart. 

The household was constructed in 1956, but not quite a few of its unique capabilities remain. Whilst redoing the kitchen area, the house owners stored the first cooktop and retro vent hood “to type of toss a nod again to the mid-century modern period.”

Other than the kitchen area, the owner up-to-date lots of aspects of the property. California Closets expanded and redid the pantry and laundry home space. The owner created entertainment spots in the front- and backyards and redid the landscaping. They also set up rain chains as a substitute of a downspout as “a a lot more attractive way to get h2o from the gutter to the ground.”  

Though updating the house, the homeowner set up a lot of luxe, personalized finishes. There are designer pendant light-weight fixtures throughout—Moooi in the dining room, George Nelson in the major bedroom, and David Trubridge in the owner’s kid’s space, Stewart says. 

The homeowner also designed the double-sided, open up-air gasoline hearth in the dwelling room. “It’s extremely very hot,” Stewart says, using fireplace rocks in its place of wooden. Even so, the fireplace functions as a focal place and as a divider involving the living and dining room spaces. 

There are various thoughtful privacy features all through the house. During the pandemic, the property owner installed a display wall, shielding the entrance of the house and seating place. The major bed room faces the road, and the householders “didn’t experience like that was at any time a perspective they seriously preferred,” Stewart says. So they frosted the front-going through windows in the most important bed room and toilet. 

The neighborhood is good, as well, claims Stewart, who also lives in the location. The far-east Lake Highlands region of the town is a “somewhat obscure pocket” of historic mid-century modern properties. It is artistic and informal, he suggests, with a lot of designers and architects dwelling in the place. 

“I always tell folks that I imagine East Dallas is the most like Austin of any part of Dallas,” he stated.

Scroll through the gallery to see extra of the home. But do not get as well attached—the house went under deal just before this tale was finished.


Catherine Wendlandt

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Catherine Wendlandt is the on the web associate editor for D Magazine’s Living and Property and Yard blogs, the place she handles all…