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Hot Property: ‘The First Bauhaus House in Dallas’

The stunning modern masterpiece is a practically a work of art on just over two acres.
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The serene façade is “in-line with true modern architecture throughout history,” Rosen says. Costa Christ
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Hot Property: ‘The First Bauhaus House in Dallas’

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Listing agent Jonathan Rosen says 5970 Westgrove Dr. is one of the few truly classic modern homes in Dallas. Built in 1976 by famed Chicago architect James Nagle, the sleek Far North Dallas home has been lauded over the years as the “first Bauhaus house in Dallas.” 

Developed in 1920s and ’30s Germany as an artistic movement, Bauhaus style is characterized by geometric, minimalist, and function-over-form design. The Westgrove home is “a very linear, long home,” Rosen says. “It’s got very modern elements that I think people try to replicate today.” The open living-dining floorplan of the common space was ahead of its time, and there are clean lines throughout the rectangular floor plan. 

The home retained many original elements, like the steps down into the various rooms and the polished concrete of the entry. The current owners also renovated the property in 2015, installing hardwood floors in some spaces and redoing the kitchen. However, “I think they’ve done a really nice job of keeping that minimalistic feel and a nod to the original architecture,” Rosen says, without corrupting the architectural integrity with poorly planned updates. It is still “a true classic minimalist home.”

But despite the minimalism, there isn’t wasted space. “It’s a house for art,” he says, thanks to a long gallery hallway of bedrooms. Plus, almost every room of the house, including the living spaces and all five bedrooms, features 10-foot floor-to-ceiling windows along the back wall.

Everything is geared toward indoor-outdoor living—each bedroom has an exterior door—and taking in the David Hocker-designed landscaping. The 2.06-acre property is lush and private, with the backyard stretching for more than an acre. Additionally, there is a neighborhood easement property behind 5970 Westgrove Dr., too, making the whole expanse feel more like four or five acres, Rosen says. “It just really just looks like you’ve got so much more land than you have.”

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