“…an exemplary Texas house” —David Dillon, architecture critic, Architecture magazine
“…embodies that rare trait of timelessness in a powerful way.” —Larry Speck, architect, archinect.com
Critically lauded and professionally awarded, 4608 Meadowood Road is a house of a lifetime.
Commissioned by art collectors from the celebrated architect Edward Larrabee Barnes — designer of the incomparable Dallas Museum of Art — 4608 Meadowood is a special, spectacular and unrepeatable residence. It is a family home, a showcase for art and a transformative setting for enlightened living.
On nearly 4 parklike acres in quiet Preston Hollow, the house is a getaway from the everyday. “Its public face is serene and private, in the best Spanish colonial manner,” wrote Dallas Morning News architecture critic David Dillon in Architecture magazine. “But the picture changes dramatically in back, where the site drops off toward woods and Barnes breaks the house down in a romantic tumble of separate elements — towers, terraces, courtyards and stairways.” Its four main towers are set into a gentle hillside, seemingly separate when glimpsed from the road but wholly connected across the back, where walls of glass beautifully blur the lines between house, lawn and woods. The towers organize the house into four zones: living/dining/kitchen; den/master retreat; family/guest bedrooms; and garage/guest quarters. It is a brilliant and unique plan, deftly balancing social and private spaces.
Everything about 4608 Meadowood is distinctive. Its main entrance is at one top corner of the double-height living room: The front door swings open to reveal an elevated landing over the room, and an unforgettable vista down into the thrilling, glass-walled space. A monumental limestone staircase descends into the living room, which, in turn, flows into the double-height dining room. At the opposing end of the living room, a dramatic 42-foot art gallery leads to a sumptuous library/den and a cozy wine room. Everywhere, there are plays of light and subtle details. It is a house that quietly delights at every turn.
The luxuries of the home are almost limitless. At nearly 11,000 square feet, it features five bedrooms, five full baths, three half baths, a chef’s kitchen with Bulthaup cabinetry, a guest suite (complete with living room and wet bar), an elevator to all three floors of the house and a three-car garage. There is a breakfast room, silver closet, safe room and office.
The master retreat is a world unto itself, with an office, gym, large bedroom, large marble bath and capacious closets. The family bedroom tower features a bedroom, sitting room and full bath on the first floor and two bedrooms and a shared bath on the second floor.
Encircling the house are a walled motor court, walled courtyard, sport court, 73-foot saltwater swimming pool, covered patios, al fresco patios and architectural fountains.
The lawns and grounds at 4608 Meadowood are works of art that complement the equally artful home. Designed by noted firm Reed Hilderbrand, the landscape echoes the architecture: restrained at the front and free-spirited at the rear. It features native Texas plantings, cedar elm trees, a rare double-trunk American elm tree, meandering paths and three bridges — two pedestrian and one vehicular — over a sparkling creek that divides the lush property.
Called “a thoroughly romantic architectural vision” and “the best thing Barnes ever did,” 4608 Meadowood Road is a singular property — the only home in Dallas by the world-renowned architect, and a home of unparalleled architectural intellect and excitement. Executed in 1983 and sensitively updated for today, 4608 Meadowood is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity — a masterwork that is at once imposing and informal, refined and relaxed.
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