4025 Travis Street’s outdoor living area. Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate

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Hot Property: A Frank Welch-Designed Townhouse on Travis Street

Originally built in 1971 and refreshed in 2020, this Uptown gem is earthy and warm with a contemporary twist.

Frank Welch, one of our state’s most esteemed architects and often referred to as the dean of Texas architecture, had a decades-long career before his death in 2017 at age 90. His work lives on, however, in the modern masterpieces he crafted in Dallas and beyond. Welch’s architectural style is best known for its blend of warmth and sophistication, often playing off of the natural elements around the home and paying special care to showcase any surrounding views. His brand of Texas modernism also had a unique element of restraint–Frank Welch homes are stunning because of their simplicity, not their grandeur. (For more on Welch and his work, check out Peter Simek’s 2017 profile for D Home.)

4025 Travis Street is one of the architect’s smaller projects, but Welch’s nature-forward design ethos saturates all 2,363 square feet. The home’s façade is understatedly modern; thanks to dark wood paneling, it blends into the surrounding trees, only punctuated by a softly illuminated front door. Inside, take note of the rough-hewn brick walls, the rich hardwood floors, and the smattering of skylights that bathe rooms in natural light.

Despite this build’s age, today’s homebuyers will appreciate its updated amenities, like a welcoming kitchen with stainless steel appliances and a wine fridge. The home was also updated in 2020 to include steel windows that frame the scenery outside. Both bedrooms upstairs have wood floors, creamy brick walls, and fireplaces. There are, of course, spacious and updated bathrooms and an abundance of closet space.

The true highlight of the home is its backyard. The living room and bedrooms all look out onto the lofty trees and multi-level brick patio. Thoughtful accent lighting and a wooden privacy fence evoke an outdoor bistro, and the space feels well-equipped for entertaining, dining alfresco, or just sipping wine on breezy nights.

To see more of this home, check out the gallery below.

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