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Dallas Architect Donald Speck Puts Home on Market

11737 Rogue Way
11737 Rogue Way/BK Real Estate webpage

A stunning mid-century modern home in the desirable Lochwood neighborhood in eastern Dallas was recently listed for sale by BK Real Estate.

The home was designed by Dallas architect Donald Speck, and it used to be his personal residence. It was constructed in 1961 and recently underwent significant renovations. The home is listed for $996,000 and is being shown by Miranda Parker.

The home is located at 11737 Rogue Way. It features three bedrooms, two bathrooms, a one-car garage, and a storage building. Google Timeline photos show the extent of the recent exterior renovations and landscaping the home underwent.

Speck designed just a few homes in the Dallas area, but the properties are often included on home walking tours. His use of natural light is a trademark of his designs, and the Rogue Way property is a tour de force of his style. Numerous floor-to-ceiling windows allow massive amounts of natural light and offer views of the carefully manicured yard.

“Immerse yourself in a true mid-century modern gem,” the listing reads. “Featuring Donald Speck’s signature ceiling beams, sloped roof, and panoramic windows, this spectacular 5 level home feels like a treehouse. Delight in the 2 creek-facing balconies and bask in the sunlight from all 6 sets of sliding glass doors welcoming you to the generous .27 acre lot.”

The listing says the recent renovations and upgrades include brand-new “low-E windows,” upgraded appliances from the GE Cafe series, closed cell foam insulation, a new HVAC system, a new water heater, and new siding, decks, railings, a sprinkler system, and an eight-foot cedar fence.

“Aside from the panoramic windows, I love the orange feature wall in the center of the home, made from three-dimensional 1960s cinderblock,” Parker said to Candy’s Dirt. “But, the bold tile designs are a close second.”

The home is built into a hillside overlooking Lippett Branch Creek, giving the property a park-like setting. The renovation was done to try and retain the original elements of the build to keep an authentic feel while providing modern comforts and functionality. The expansive use of glass purportedly gives the home an open and airy feeling.

The home even has a history on the silver screen. It was used as a set in the 1967 Sci-Fi movie Zontar: The Thing from Venus, according to Parker, per Candy’s Dirt.

Speck also designed a home for the Topper family that overlooks White Rock Lake and was featured on the home walking tour last year, according to Modern Dallas. The home uses a Weightian design that has no right angles. Speck’s use of exposed beams and massive windows is evident in the design of this popular architectural attraction.

The Rouge Lane property was listed on May 2. Interested buyers can schedule a viewing through the BK Real Estate website.

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