saleoftheweekjan21 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.