A Chic Urban Retreat by Modernist Architect Lionel Morrison Asks $2.5M in Dallas

A Chic Urban Retreat by Modernist Architect Lionel Morrison Asks $2.5M in Dallas

By Kathryn M.
The design accommodates a grand oak tree and hides a backyard oasis behind an austere facade.

Architect Lionel Morrison is known around Dallas, Texas, for his modernist designs, including the city's Museum of Art and numerous other award-winning projects. Among his residential commissions is a recently listed home in the popular Turtle Creek area, north of downtown. Sited along a narrow and irregular lot, the home contrasts an austere facade with an L-shaped interior that opens around a courtyard and pool. 

Built in 2014, this modernist-style home is sited on an irregularly shaped lot in the Turtle Creek area of Dallas, Texas. The front-most section of the facade is covered in Roman travertine, while the rest of the exterior is finished in hard-troweled stucco. The location of the home was also pushed back to accommodate a large oak tree at the front of the lot.

Inside, the main living area features sliding glass doors by Fleetwood that disappear into the walls, providing a nearly seamless transition between indoor and outdoor spaces. Throughout the home, a palette of concrete, marble, and wood completes each space.

The home's current owners wanted a home where they could easily host guests and expand the entertaining space outdoors. By proposing the enclosed courtyard, Morrison achieved the homeowners goals while creating a sense of privacy along the narrow, .18-acre lot. Public and private spaces are also clearly separated, with the main living spaces located at the front and the bedrooms along a hallway on one side.

The home's L-shaped floor plan is complemented by the courtyard patio and pool, which is accessible from both the living area, as well as the principal suite.

The designer kitchen features sleek cabinetry, marble countertops, and high-end appliances from Gaggenau and Sub-Zero. A central island overlooks the living room and courtyard, while a large skylight illuminates the space from above.

A space for dining is located opposite the living area and kitchen.

Offering over 3,100 square feet of interior space, the home comes with two spacious bedrooms—both with en suite bathrooms—as well as a half bath. The main entertaining space downstairs is complemented by a cozy media room and home office on the second floor. A three-car garage, trimless LED lighting, a geothermal HVAC system, and automated Lutron shades round out the home's additional features. Keep scrolling to see more of the property, currently listed for $2,500,000.

Along one side of the home, a long hallway provides access to the principal suite, while an enclosed outdoor space provides privacy for a floor-to-ceiling window.

Another set of sliding glass doors provide access to the courtyard along one wall. At each end of the opposite wall, pocket doors open to the en suite bathroom.

Double vanities run along both sides of the bathroom and area illuminated from above by full-width skylights. In the center of the space, a free-standing soaking tub sits alongside a marble-clad wall, with both a shower and walk-in closet located on opposite sides.

At the end of the long hallway, a staircase leads up to a second story at the back of the home. 

Upstairs, a guest bedroom doubles as a sunlit home office.

Outside, the enclosed patio and inviting pool provide a private urban oasis for new buyers.

4347 Avondale Avenue in Dallas, Texas, is currently listed for $2,500,000 by theFaisal Halum Group of Sotheby's International Realty.

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