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First Ever Las Colinas Home Tour debuted May 20-21

By <b>Jessica Hubble<b/>

By Jessica Hubble

LAS COLINAS HOME TOUR

SATURDAY, MAY 20th AND SUNDAY, MAY 21ST, 2023

UNIVERSITY HILLS, FOX GLEN AND COTTONWOOD VALLEY NEIGHBORHOODS

The Las Colinas Association in partnership with AIA Dallas hosted the first-ever Las Colinas Home Tour on Saturday, May 20th and Sunday, May 21st. Attendees toured six homes in three distinguished Las Colinas neighborhoods during the self-guided tour. The featured homes were split evenly, with two in each neighborhood. Ticket proceeds benefited five local Irving nonprofits of the homeowners’ choosing Dallas CASA, Irving CaresIrving Schools FoundationIrving Symphony Orchestra and the CD Mitchell Foundation. 

Cottonwood Valley featured the Mitchell residence and the Friedland residence. The Mitchell residence is a unique blend of traditional and modern with ornate details and natural materials. The original design from 1986 was done by Fred Wynn, AIA, with the 2021 renovation led by Michael J. Lyons, AIA and completed by Sainton Custom Homes.

The Friedland residence is a vibrant modern home with bold use of color, pattern and texture that reflects the owners’ personality. The original design of the home was by architect Gary Covert, AIA, and the 2019 renovation was completed by Sainton Custom Homes.

Fox Glen featured the Reid residence and Scopa residence. The Reid residence has massive windows and soaring ceilings throughout the main living areas. All this flows to the back patio and pool area overlooking the golf course. The original design by Robert Davies, AIA, was updated in a 2022 renovation.

The Scopa residence shows how to take a nondescript average home and turn it into an exemplary illustration of today’s living style. The removal of existing interior walls and low ceilings has revealed how modern living desires open floor plans. 

University Hills featured the Gordon-Harpool residence and the Dickens residence. The modern exterior design of the Gordon-Harpool residence focuses on clean lines, simple shapes, and an uncluttered aesthetic that creates a sense of openness and lightness. The interior consists of symmetry and balance, with carefully curated furniture and accessories arranged in a way that is both visually pleasing and functional.

The Dickens residence is a remarkably well-preserved home from the late 1970s with natural materials and bold colors. The architect, Mario Molina, and the original homeowner, Irving businessman Ernest Owen and his wife Joyce, worked closely together to create a design that would last generations. Molina’s son, Michael, now SMU’s Chief Architect and Assistant Vice President for Development, worked as a draftsman on the home as a young boy. Michael and his family were able to come on the tour to meet the Dickens family and reunite with Joyce. Michael was able to find the original plans for the house that his dad had hand drawn and shared them with the Dickens family. 

In addition to getting inspiration for home renovations, attendees were able to view the latest models from Park Place dealerships, a Las Colinas Home Tour partner. Two Land Rovers, two Mercedes, a Volvo and a Porsche were on display at the homes. 

Touring all six homes worked up quite the appetite for attendees and Gables Water Street was their go-to stop for enhanced additions to the tour. The Ginger ManMonaco Restaurant and Pax & Beneficia Coffee offered specials for tour-goers. The Las Colinas Experience, an innovative mobile museum showcasing Las Colinas history, was displayed at Gables Water Street for anyone to stop in to visit. 

The Mustang Las Colinas kept attendees hydrated by sponsoring bottled water for volunteers and attendees. Las Colinas Realty Associates provided the attendee wristbands, allowing each tour goer to be easily identified after checking in to their first home.

A special thank you to the friends of the Las Colinas Home Tour Republic TitleGoosehead Insurance Lynn Peters AgencyS&T PlumbingSouthern Land DesignDwell Well DesignDebra Stewart InteriorsConnie Dunn Designs and the Chris Hickman Group.