Listing agent Michelle Wood has never seen another house like 9131 Devonshire Dr. The $14.7 million custom home, which was completed in 2022, mixes a traditional Cotswold cottage with sleek and luxe modern architecture.
“It’s the most unique example of new construction architecture I’ve ever seen in Dallas,” Wood says. “It’s such a marriage of the more traditional with the contemporary, and I think it’s so well done.”
The current owners commissioned architect Christi Luter of Janson Luter and Sebastian Construction Group to build them a new house on the 1.44-acre property more than three years ago. Luter was inspired by homes in New York’s Hudson Valley, which have a more traditional style, but with contemporary additions. The owners were intrigued. The lot slopes down to a creek, and Luter felt the style would integrate well with the property. She consulted with some architects in New York as well as some here in Dallas. Then she got to work.
The resulting house features a three-story, stack-stone, cottage-like wing and a modern single-story side with sprawling windows to take in the views. Each wing has its own personality. The traditional side is cozier, Wood says, with slightly smaller rooms, pitched ceilings, dormer windows, and window muntins. The modern side’s rooms are “really big and open and spacious,” in opposition.
But, “for as contemporary as this house is, it has a very warm feeling and does not feel cold and sterile at all,” she says.
That’s thanks to the warm, earthy themes throughout and all the natural materials. There are limestone floors in the formal spaces, which match the walls outside. Elsewhere, you’ll find white oak floors. They wrapped the banister in the cottage side with leather. The owners used several types of marble in the various spaces, like Calacutta Viola in the kitchen, Collemandina in the primary bath, a solid Aegean Sea marble block acts as the powder bathroom’s sink.
Of course, in a nearly $15 million house, there are plenty of luxe features beyond all the marble. There are bronze details scattered throughout the home, like the wet bar’s shelving and a screen in the powder bath. Plus, there are remote-control, Lutron-powered electric shades for the home’s many windows. “They’re all hidden up in the ceiling,” Wood says.
But, if you keep the shades up, “every window has a beautiful view,” Wood says. The house “embraces the natural elements outside.” The owners commissioned Garden Design Studio for the landscaping. They wanted the lawns immediately surrounding the house to be simple, like “organized gardens.” There are gravel pathways and neat rows of trees. But the environs get “wild and lush and beautiful” as you head down to the creek. Wood says that was intentional by Garden Design Studio.
“They felt like the organized gardens were a juxtaposition to the wild grove by the creek,” she says, “just like the contemporary home was a juxtaposition to the more traditional side of the house.”
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