Let’s be clear, every home — and there are 110 of them now — featured on our 10 Most Beautiful Homes in Dallas page are, in fact, beautiful. I can’t say that they’re all beautiful inside and out because we’ve only seen the interior of a handful, and the distinction is based on curb appeal alone, but this acceptably “skin-deep” distinction has been well-earned by the longstanding Tudors, thoughtful new builds, and architecturally significant standouts that grace our list.
But for the first time in 11 years, we decided to pit beautiful home against beautiful home to see which facade rose to the top — the cream of the cream of the crop, if you will. For five weeks, readers voted on homes ranging from Dick Cheney’s former Highland Park manse to European-style cottage in Kessler Park, but the fierce competition finally yielded its stunning result: 5342 Wateka Drive.
I could go into detail about why we love the gorgeously preserved Mid-century home in Greenway Parks, but this brief interview (below) with the homeowners from earlier this year would be far more meaningful.
The neighborhood is what first attracted this family to the Bud Oglesby home, but the midcentury design didn’t hurt, either. “The clean lines, the way the house is situated on the lot, the nice front and backyard, the lighting is great—Bud Oglesby was just so talented,” gushes the homeowner. “We have not touched anything structurally. It’s just stood the test of time and feels like a breath of fresh air.” Landscaping by Mary Ellen Cowan of Mesa Design Group, Lynn Lenau of Lenau Landscaping, and Greater Texas Landscapes also add to the curb appeal—no wonder the family’s friends flock to it. “It’s definitely a house built for entertaining,” she says. “It works for our very casual family lifestyle.”
Thank you all, as always, for taking the time to visit with us and vote, and congratulations again, 5342 Wateka! You’re, like, really pretty.