Former Trammel Crow Exec J. McDonald Williams is Selling His $9.75M Bluffview Contemporary — OMG House P!
You can tell when someone hasn’t spent much time in Dallas when they refer to our summers. They use words like “scorching,” “oppressive,” or some other generic term. In Curbed‘s case, they say that “a long lap pool also features plenty of seating for guests beleaguered by the hot Dallas summer,” in their write up of J. McDonald “Don” Williams’ incredible Bluffview contemporary mansion.
Neighborhood Bugs: Are Some Dallas ‘Hoods More “Buggy” Than Others: Skeeters & Such — A Guide to the Buggiest ‘Hoods in Dallas
We all know Dallas is buggy. Let’s face it, you move to a warmer climate, you get bugs. When I grew up in Chicago we had millipedes and spiders in summer months, but not even an amoeba survived the tundra months of winter. I will not step foot in Main until July 1 because of the black flies. They are VICIOUS!! And I think the mosquitoes on the east coast are the worst, confirmed by this Off Insect Repellent study. After leaving Vail I checked for ticks as I always do when out in the western woods. In Johnson City, I know that scorpions are waiting to get me inside my boots and shoes so we shake ‘em before we put them on.
You know me by now, right? Craftsman, yes. Tudor, no. Mid-Mod, um .. DUH!
It’s contemporary design I’ve always been on the fence about. When they are designed poorly, they are sterile, ugly spaces with oddly utilitarian — nay, institutional —finishes.
But when done well, well, they are astonishing. As my search goes on to find every house in the Dallas/Fort Worth area I can fall in love with, I’ve found a contemporary home that is warm, inviting, and just plain gorgeous. It’s 4130 Cochran Chapel, and it’s To. Die. For. Continue reading