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Hot Property: A Glass House in a Private Turtle Creek Neighborhood

One of the "Most Beautiful Homes in Dallas" (and probably anywhere) is back on the market.

I used to live in an apartment building in Uptown called Glass House, but the name was just an allusion. Sure, the floor-to-ceiling windows were a big part of the draw, but the apartment wasn’t entirely glass. Nor was it a house of any sorts. This matters because today I discovered 2706 Turtle Creek Circle, an actual glass house — and a pretty glorious one at that.

Well, technically, it’s a glass, stone, and steel house, designed in 1997 by then-owner Jonathan Bailey, an architect known more for medical complexes than residential projects. But the main draw here is the floor to ceiling windows that simply do not quit. Windows that reveal an unlikely site that Bailey saw the potential in — the lot was once a dumping ground for chipped bricks, sits next door to a multi-story parking garage, and adjacent to the heavily-trafficked Katy Trail. Bailey solved undesirable views with mature crepe myrtles and an upstairs living area (positioned well above the garage).

If you’d like to read a deeply romantic description of Bailey’s personal project, please see this article crowning the glass jewel as D Magazine’s Home of the Year in 2000 (something we used to do I guess!). It might seem a bit silly to compare a home to Beethoven’s “Moonlight Sonata,” but if any residence in Dallas could pull it off, it’s certainly 2706 Turtle Creek Boulevard, which just so happens to be accessible only by private bridge. A home which, when illuminated at night, will reveal a future owner’s sure-to-be impressive art collection. A home which we also named one of the 10 Most Beautiful in Dallas in 2008 (we seriously dig this house!).

But enough with words, deeply romantic or not. The slideshow is what you really came to see.

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