D Sale of the Week: 19 Vanguard Way

News flash: prices have gone down in the Urban Reserve, and this contemporary beauty is as green as it gets.

This sleek, contemporary house in the Urban Reserve is gorgeous and green. photography courtesy of Allie Beth Allman and Associates
This sleek, contemporary 2,185-square-foot beauty at 19 Vanguard Way is brand-spanking-new, designed by Dallas-based architect Russell Buchanan, AIA. It’s in the Urban Reserve, Diane Cheatham’s sustainable pocket of modern heaven just south of LBJ, between Forest and Royal lanes. Pay attention: prices at Urban Reserve have been lowered significantly recently. Priced at $589,240, 19 Vanguard Way is surrounded by more expensive props and offers great contemporary design, LEED-happy features, and a close-in location seconds from Central Expressway. Polycarbonate walls flanking the exterior entrance staircase provide excellent insulation and beautifully transmit light in and out of the home. Just outside the entrance, a large wraparound deck overlooks UR’s greenbelt and White Rock Creek Trail. The main living area is on the second level and features an open floor plan; the kitchen boasts custom cabinetry and a separate breakfast area. Plenty of windows and two balconies connect the indoors with the outdoors. On the third level there’s a study/office area, guest bedroom, and master suite with a row of windows that provide views of the natural surroundings.

The home is targeting a Platinum LEED certification. It carries an Energy Star rating of 48, better than what is required of homes built today, and features geothermal HVAC, thermal windows with low-E glaze, open cell foam insulation, and an on-demand water heater. The lot is 63-by-72, a good size for empty nesters, and monthly HOA dues run about $75 per month.