Dallas House Porn: Contemporary Lust and Water, Water Everywhere

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I have been cheating on my house by lusting after this estate property for years. YEARS!

And now, she is on the market, available. Be still, my beating heart.

Listed with Douglas Newby, this home is on the same little lake where police went full S.C.U.B.A. this summer to find the murder evidence that nailed a guy named Gary Wayne Pettigrew — never name your kids Gary Wayne — for killing Farmer’s Branch police officer Lowell Clayton “L.C.” Tribble right in front of his home in 1983 after Tribble, a 38 year old police officer and father of two at the time, dropped off medicine for his sick child. Police hunted for his killers for decades. When you live next to a pond, it’s supposed to be a plus for property values — this home is listed at $3,250,000. Waterfront properties carry a price premium, and this lake in Northlake Estates is where Dallas police S.C.U.B.A. and Farmer’s Branch police dove to find the missing link to Tribble’s murder. Homes on the market on this little lake do generally run in the three millions: like $3,850,000.

But I guess the owners never knew they were living next to a sunken murder weapon. It seems that Pettigrew tossed something in that pond/lake after he committed the murder eons ago. Neighbors had told me the police were looking for a gun and the DPD S.C.U.B.A. team was so good they found it the very first day. Then they kept on diving for more evidence, and finding more junk in the pond. The smoking gun that solved this murder was in our little lake all that time.

Oh, but the house: designed by renowned Dallas architect Gary Cunningham,

FAIA, spedifically for this gorgeous water-fronted site, over a bridge to a peninsula surrounded by water on three sides. From the kitchen and breakfast room you look across the pool to the lake along the side of the property. The living room is cantilevered over the water with aquatic views in three directions. The dining room features warm wood and glazed walls, also emphasizing the lake wrapping around the house. In many of the rooms sunlight comes in from three directions, streaming across the maple floors, accentuating the art and illuminating the contemporary spaces.

Now do I think this is a good value? Obviously I love the ‘hood: becoming well known for being uber safe and a haven of haute contemporary homes — Lionel Morrison’s chef d”oeuvre across the street; William “Kip” Tindell of Container Store fame’s lovely modern manse, once Caroline Minnis’s lake-front home designed by Emily Summers, ASID; architect Sharon Odum, AIA; builder Diane Cheatham was listed for over $5 million back in the day and sold. But then, 6424 Belmead just sold for $2.8, ‘course it’s not on the water. The home is listed for less than 6506 Northaven, which sold for $525.23 per square foot, or $3.5 but was significantly newer.

So yes, we are definitely in the ballpark. What do you think?

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