3822 Turtle Creek Drive, Dallas Texas
Turtle Creek Park Inspiration $4,900,000
This Frank Welch-designed modern home in Turtle Creek Park is a five-star favorite. Here is an architecturally significant Frank Welch modern home that was designed by the most beloved architect in Dallas.
This Frank Welch modern home is a five-star favorite for five reasons. First, it is designed by Frank Welch, Dallas’ favorite architect. Second, this architecturally significant Frank Welch modern home is placed on one of my favorite sites, one that is rugged and graceful, and located in the middle of a small forested neighborhood, Turtle Creek Park. Third, this modern home is found in Turtle Creek Park, my favorite neighborhood, which consists of just 35 homes on curving streets with interesting topography, and the neighborhood is framed by Rock Creek, Turtle Creek, and the Katy Trail. Fourth, the architecture is also a favorite in Dallas—roots in Texas Modern that blossoms into a modern home that advances residential modernism. And, of course, the fifth reason is it is in Dallas, the favorite city of Dallas residents and the thousands of people every year who choose to move to Dallas.
Five Star — Favorite Dallas Neighborhood
The proportions of every space are pleasing, the views from every room exhilarating. One view has you looking into treetops, another view is over the creek to a backdrop of high-rise residences. Other views allow you to look down the private drive towards the stone bridge that takes you across Turtle Creek and the lovely park land. And yet another view brings into focus the second-story pool, terrace and trellis placed on top of the rock outcroppings of this modern home site.
Turtle Creek Park has long been a favorite neighborhood of those who know Dallas. I recall when I was interviewed on KERA Public Radio and asked if someone came to Dallas from out of town, which neighborhood would I take them to first, I quickly said, “I would first take them to my favorite neighborhood: Turtle Creek Park. It is a small forested neighborhood of curving streets and interesting topography framed by Turtle Creek and Rock Creek.” The Turtle Creek Park neighborhood continues to become more attractive as the Katy Trail is enhanced and the vibrancy and quality of the restaurants and retail around the corner on Knox and walking distance along the trail continues its trajectory of excellence.
Favorite Star Architect – Frank Welch
If there was ever a star architect in Dallas, the favorite and much-loved star architect Frank Welch was it. This modern home on Turtle Creek Drive expresses why star architect Frank Welch was a star.
I recall how pleased Frank Welch was to be working with these intelligent, modernist clients on the design of their modern home on Turtle Creek Drive. Frank Welch mentioned to me that first and foremost he was a modernist and he loved designing homes that pushed the modern envelope. Here in Turtle Creek Park, Frank Welch designed a three-story modern home where every floor felt like it was the most important. The intuitive and insightful approach of Frank Welch reshuffled a hierarchy of spaces so that the living spaces and kitchen with the highest ceilings would be on the third floor.
The views were further elevated by the modern home being placed on the top of a hill looking over Turtle Creek and creating a high-rise vibe. Open rooms surrounded by walls of floor-to-ceiling windows and glass doors that opened to a long linear balcony porch give the home a treetop presence. The pool and terrace elevated over the rock outcroppings on the site continue the idea of elevating the most important spaces. The home has an elevator, but the ascent or descent on the graceful open stairs is effortless and enticing as the view through the windows is exhilarating. Frank Welch had the ability to use proportions, materials and design to create joy. Star architect Frank Welch is certainly one of the reasons this home is a five-star favorite in Dallas.
You will experience a high-rise modern vibe and view while living in an architecturally significant single-family modern home placed in nature. You will enjoy the peaceful calm that comes from being surrounded by the natural environment. Turtle Creek and the Katy Trail are the immediate perimeters of the property.
Star — Favorite Site — Katy Trail and Turtle Creek
Frank Welch tamed, accentuated and transformed a difficult site into a favorite site. A rugged, steep quarter-acre embankment with pronounced rock outcroppings intimidated most architects. Frank Welch looked at this Turtle Creek site and was inspired.
In fact, how can a site for a modern home be much better than this one found in Turtle Creek Park? This Turtle Creek site is embraced by full trees that surround it, providing privacy to the already hidden private drive of Turtle Creek Drive. Beyond the natural beauty and appeal of this Turtle Creek site, it is in the heart of Turtle Creek Park which is surrounded by the area of Dallas with the greatest vibrant appeal. You can go over the historic stone bridge located a few homes away and Turtle Creek will lead you to and through Highland Park. The Katy Trail, right behind you, will take you to Mockingbird Station, SMU and to White Rock Lake. Just a few miles away in the other direction, the Katy Trail will lead you to Magnolias Station, the Arts District and Trinity Groves. Homebuyers have come to expect tedious commutes if they find a site embedded in nature. Rather than a long commute from the Turtle Creek Park site, you will only be a stroll from the most desirable restaurants and places filled with urban energy.
Another Star for Favorite Modern Architecture
People in Dallas love modern architecture. The city is fond of the Texas Modern style and has a growing passion for transitional and progressive modernism. When one thinks of their favorite home, a specific architecture style often comes to mind. Does a favorite home exemplify a style that one loves, or does it push the envelope of architecture design, or is it classical modern perfection? Early in the 21st century transitional modern homes became the most popular expressions of modern architecture. In builder homes, modern ornamentation replaced classical molding. Buyers in all price-ranged homes responded to more open space. Architect Frank Welch went beyond just designing a home consistent with the favorite modern architecture of the moment. The tenets of modern architecture in this Frank Welch modern home are perfectly captured in an innovative way.
Second and third floor long, linear balconies have solid glass balustrades that extend the interior spaces and capture the breezes. Specific living spaces are defined within a very open floorplan. The ceiling heights continue to get higher as one ascends through the home. The greatest prominence is given to the third floor that has the most dramatic views and the most privacy. Frank Welch trained architect O’Neil Ford, who with David Williams created the Texas Modern style, the original equivalent of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Midwestern Prairie style. Texas Modern homes were intended to be as modern as the modern homes in Europe, while reflecting the indigenous materials and responding to the environment of Texas. This Turtle Creek modern home embraces the best of Texas modernism while simultaneously advancing forward modern architecture in Dallas.
Modern Architecture Features Bulthaup Kitchen
The Bulthaup kitchen in this modern home is one of the three largest residential Bulthaup kitchens in North America. This is a perfect example of convenience, function and modern style. The gleaming stainless steel countertops almost illuminate the rich stained wood of the linear balcony that the kitchen and the rest of the living spaces open to.
Dallas is a Star
A favorite home is almost always in a location where someone would enjoy living. What can be better than living in Dallas? How many times have you heard someone say their favorite modern home is somewhere they would not want to be? I can’t remember any. People’s favorite modern homes are usually in great places: exotic locations, a beautiful countryside or a great city. This Frank Welch architecturally significant modern home is in a great city.
The people living in Dallas consider it the best city in the country. Thousands of people move to Dallas from other cities not because of a specific job, but for a better environment in which to raise a family and for a better economic climate. Within Dallas one finds beautiful locations: Highland Park, White Rock Lake, and Turtle Creek. This Frank Welch designed modern home in Turtle Creek Park is sited in the center of what Dallas residents and visitors find the most interesting in the city.
A Five-Star Modern Home
This five-star modern home is a favorite because of its architecture—it is a modern home with Texas Modern influence, the site is rugged and the location surrounded by a forested neighborhood and vibrant urban attractions. It was designed by Dallas’ favorite architect, Frank Welch, FAIA, and its location is in Dallas. There are many architecturally significant homes in Dallas where there might be a chance to replicate them. The components of this architecturally significant home cannot be replicated. It is an aesthetic triumph and represents real value.
Photographs of this Dallas Modern Home
Address: 3822 Turtle Creek Drive
Square Feet: 5,230
Contact Listing Agent, Realtor Douglas Newby, if you would like to see this property. 214.522.1000