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Horse & Trolly

Lakewood Modern Home For Sale
7243 Tokalon Drive, Dallas, Texas

Modern at White Rock Lake

There are two dominant real estate trends in Dallas right now.  One is the increasing desire of buyers for modern and contemporary homes.  The other is the escalating interest by buyers to be in Lakewood and close to White Rock Lake.  This increased interest in modern homes in Dallas spans all generations.  Young buyers have grown up on modern and older buyers are ditching their Tudors for the sleeker lines, windows and sunlight of a modern home.

Value of Modern Home is in Site, Location, and Design

This modern home is on Tokalon Drive one of the prettiest streets in Lakewood.  The site emphasizes the modernity of the home, with its walls of horizontal windows, a second floor master bedroom and balcony, and a third floor roof terrace all of which look out to several acres of the White Rock Lake Park meadow, White Rock Lake, a forest and in the distance the Dallas Audubon bird counting sanctuary.

East Coast Modern Architect Michael Linehan Designed Home

Modernist architect Michael Linehan designed this modern home at White Rock Lake in 1987.  Here you will see the international modern design influences that came out of the Bauhaus movement.  These influences include the stacked horizontal windows.  A Texas regional modern influence is seen with the standing seam metal roof.  This Dallas modern home also alludes to the 1936 Art Moderne homes designed by Luther Sadler, with the steel pipe balustrades and stacked curved rails across the balcony.  The architect reemphasized the broad, clean horizontal lines of both of these elements with his implementation of the long stack of rectangular floor-to-ceiling windows, the stacked steel pipe rails, and wide panels of hard stucco.

Raised Two-Story Home With a Third Floor Observation Roof Terrace

Architect Michael Linehan raised the first floor of this contemporary home a half-story to accentuate the clear view of the meadow near White Rock Lake, the forest, and White Rock Lake.  Porch steps and entrance steps take one to the two front rooms of the home, the viewing focal points of the first floor.

Here the dining room and living room, designed on an orthogonal and diagonal axis to fully capture the views, provide a subtle transition from the external natural surroundings. The broadest wall of each room is made up of windows to emphasize a boundless look at nature. The living room and dining room along with the continuous circular pattern of the home propels one to the rear of the home which unfolds to increasingly open spaces.

The Open Floor Plan of Kitchen, Breakfast Room, Family Room and Library

The open kitchen, breakfast room and family room are lined with windows that provide views of the rear terraced garden and elevated lawn.  The renovated kitchen is linked to the family room by the open and spacious breakfast room.  The family room has open walls with a view to the library. All these informal spaces have a combined sense of modernity.

Terraced Garden

The rear terrace is where you will find and enjoy the outdoor fireplace and grill.  Stone steps take you to the elevated terraced lawn and garden. You will enjoy the endless views of nature from the front windows and embrace intimate nature from the rear windows.

Interior Space Captures Exterior Green Space

A library wall at the top of the entrance steps separates the dining room and living room that are oriented to maximize the outdoor views.  Every room on the first floor has views of the expansive public greens spaces or the home’s private green spaces.

Master Bedroom Balcony With View of White Rock Lake


Windows and glass doors that wrap around the master bedroom allow extended views of nature:  rowers on the lake, bicycles on trails, wildflowers in the meadow, and birds of all sizes in all seasons.  The third floor roof terrace continues the visual pleasure.

Santa Fe Trail Connects Modern Home at White Rock Lake to Downtown

There are many reasons Lakewood has become so popular.  Among them is the fact that White Rock Lake draws people from all over Dallas.  In addition, the Lakewood Country Club, the Lakewood schools, the neighborhood’s architectural charm and, recently, the Santa Fe Trail are all draws.  The Santa Fe Trail is less well known but even more attractive than the Katy Trail. Meandering through forest and greenbelts, the Santa Fe Trail connects White Rock Lake with Deep Ellum and downtown Dallas.  Also, the Santa Fe Trail is such a good reminder of how close White Rock Lake and the Lakewood neighborhood are to the vitality of downtown.

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