The Mondara is a 35-unit luxury home community on Abbott Avenue between Knox Street and Armstrong Parkway in Highland Park, Texas.
Far back on a lot in Preston Hollow is a house that appears to levitate above the earth. It is at once light, even ethereal, while also being unquestionably natural, solid, and unmovable.
The Sunnybrook residence was designed for owners who requested a clean, uncluttered plan with warmth and texture as rich as their Texas history. Because of the deep site setback, the structure appears to be suspended in and above the gently sloping lawn, which glides under and through the house.
Massive windows create a light, open interior and allow the eye to flow through the residence from the exterior, while the stacked stone and cut Leuders anchor the residence to its natural environment. Careful placement of the fireplace and adjustable louvers allow the owners to screen the private portions of the house from the street, while the clerestories allow light to fill the living spaces.
Shadywood is first and foremost a celebration of natural light. The house is long, thin, and divided into wings, allowing visitors to stand at its front and see through to the backyard. A courtyard and gated entrance at the front ensure privacy, while still allowing for an incredible sunset glow to illuminate the interior toward the end of the day.
The interior uses traditional forms and materials as a canvas for modern décor, creating an overall transitional effect. A pool, tennis/basketball court, and pool house complete with a gym are featured in the back exterior.
The Sunnybrook South residence is a modern, yet warm home, taking cues from the beautiful property it’s in partnership with. Vibrant splashes of jewel tones accent a predominantly neutral canvass, creating a light but colorful ambiance that is always conscious of its natural environment.
This natural environment—a wooded lot situated just above a creek—is almost always visible through the large windows across the back of the house, allowing sunlight to illuminate the interior and bring dwellers to nature’s doorstep. The layout, which is pulled apart into a campus of structures, helps to give shape to a variety of outdoor “rooms” appreciated from virtually every indoor space, and the “stretched out” and slender design of the home takes the greatest advantage of celebrating a natural dialogue with its surroundings.
Beverly Drive is a glamorous street, insofar as it possesses a mysterious charisma irresistible to passersby. In the winter months, Christmas-light lovers drive up and down the street to bask in the glow of lights emanating from both the interiors and exteriors of the homes; and in every season, the street invites traversers into a world of elegance and sophistication.
The Beverly Residence captures this same mysterious spirit. Its transitional style—which is accomplished by using traditional materials to create a contemporary feel, taking architectural cues from the likes of Alys Beach, Florida—makes it easy to identify with for virtually anyone. The entry is hidden by a surprise procession through a courtyard, while ten-foot high windows offer glimpses of what will fully reveal itself once inside.
These same windows, along with the home’s long thin layout, allow ample natural sunlight to be the home’s main source of light. This, combined with the Beverly Residence’s intentional straying from the center hall plan, creates a warm series of circular passageways. The finished effect is at once allusive and welcoming, much like the street with which it is engaged.
Robert Elliott Custom Homes, Builder
Marci Barnes, Interior Designer
Matthew Murrey, Landscape Architect
Nick Malinowski, Landscaper