Over in Highland Park, 4635 Westside Dr. is “a darling house,” says listing agent Erin Mathews. It’s newer—the homeowner bought the 2021 build from the developer back in 2022. She wanted an easily maintained house, Mathews says. This property “had almost like a lock-and-leave feel to it.” It has easy access to parks, shops, and the Dallas North Tollway. And it had the amenities and utilities that come with living in the Park Cities, Mathews says.
“The architecture in this home was really well thought out and beautifully designed,” she says. It has an open floor plan in the great room, with a separate office/dining room and walk-in pantry downstairs. The bedrooms are spacious with individual en-suites. And despite the front driveway, there’s a tucked-away garage to the side so you don’t have a front-entry garage door visible from the street.
After the homeowner moved in, she started making it “her own.” She installed new light fixtures from places like Visual Comfort and Fortuny. She put up House of Hackney wallpaper and added fluted pocket doors. She brought in stonework to give the house a more organic feel and to connect the exterior façade to the interior design. Those finishing touches “made it even more special,” Mathews says.
The biggest change, however, was the landscaping. The homeowner wanted a manageable yard, but something “that is as interesting as what she puts inside the home,” Mathews says. So, she hired Lambert Landscaping Company. In the front, they planted hydrangeas, sculpted boxwoods, and artemisias. In the back, they installed a new French drain and added landscaping along the fence. Everything followed a green and white color scheme, which the owner then carried indoors through the décor.
Although the house has some modern features, like its clean lines, the architecture and interior design leans classic. Take the checkered black and white floor in the laundry room. You didn’t see that floor pattern for the longest time, “and I think it’s making a bit of a comeback,” Mathews says. You can flip out fixtures and wallpapers, she continues, but the house’s more staple features, like the marble counters and wide-plank white-oak hardwood floors, are timeless. Those, she says, “will be beautiful 10, 15, or more years from now.”
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