“Welcome to 1962’s 7507 Baxtershire Drive, located in Dallas, Texas, and designed by Bruce Goff, this home is a delight to all the senses as it encompasses wooden, glass, stone, and terrazzo surfaces, all in their original, lavishly majestic glory.”. My roommate, a man born in Texas no less, first showed this house to me weeks ago and its retro, sumptuous sixties vibes and features have not left my mind since, so I knew this house needed to be shared. After ascending from the street onto the concrete semi-circular driveway, you are invited to drive further into an enclosed auto court centered on a circular planter, through a wall of tubular cement, under a wooden pergola, and gate mate of iron. The front door, accessible via a floating cement tile and two steps ups, is flanked by twin single, artistically pleasing, fountain jets, among glass walls set within a metallic pattern. This metallic veil is then framed by walls of honey field stone set within concrete.
The interiors of this home continue the exterior’s period extravagances: natural field stone walls, white terrazzo floors, the wall of metallic glass, wood ceilings, all arranged around a sunken, tufted leather Romanesque sofa, the massive skylight and the fireplace’s sculptural copper chimneypiece. A more intimate, personable dining room awaits shrimp cocktails as Jell-O for dessert, with the metallic glass walls visible all the while. These metallic glass walls continue into the kitchen, which is a curving, geometric affair. The house continues into the family areas with plush carpeting and deep sofas.
I must confess that ever since I was thirteen years old and saw a round bed for sale in a bed store at Fashion Island in Newport Beach, I’ve always wanted one; the fact that one already exists in this house stimulates my design senses in how to truly engage and embrace the design choices allowed and celebrated in a house such as this.
The sheltered pool area is divine—I’m always a secret fan on shade structure interacting with swimming pools after seeing an amazing example of a Cliff May residence in a library book on a ranch homes. As the home is set away from the street, privacy from the road was deemed to be of utmost importance during the design of the home, thus the major exterior areas of the home revolve around the auto court and the pool with its accompanying patio spaces. The exterior spaces, while set apart, serve distinct functions in a house with such a wonderfully open interior plan such as this.
7507 Baxtershire Drive, a 5,814 square foot, 5 bedroom, 4 bathroom, home located on a roughly 21,780 square foot, or half acre, lot. The home is listed for $1,725,000 courtesy of Richard Graziano of Allie Beth Allman & Assoc.
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