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Own a ‘Southern Living’ Idea House for just $1.95M

An ode to maximalism in Northwest Hills

White brick one-story house with porch and columns across front, three dormer windows
6401 Rusty Ridge Drive
Hector Sanchez Photography via Gottesman Residential Real Estate

As befits its Texas locale, Southern Living’s 2018 Idea House was its biggest one yet, and it now can be had for a pretty big price. For those unfamiliar with the long-established lifestyle magazine’s program, which started in the 1980s, its editors choose a home in a different southern city and assemble a large team of mostly local architects, designers, builders, and the like to completely reinvent it, inside and out. This year, it chose a large, traditional family-style home in Northwest Hills to remodel and a team of local superstars—including Sanders Architecture, Meredith Ellis Design, and David Wilkes Builders—to do it.

Located on a corner lot with views of its wooded backyard and a wet-weather creek, the 3,513-square-foot home has been transformed into an eclectic ode to (moderate) maximalism with spiffed-up, pragmatic spaces for family living. The house has four bedrooms, four and a half bathrooms, and two living areas. As one would expect, it also has designer finishes and high-end appliances throughout.

The open kitchen features an oversized island and Thermodor appliances, including a 48-inch-wide chef’s range and two dishwashers. There is a butler’s pantry with refrigerated drawers as well as a nearby mudroom with extra storage space.

The living room opens to a sunroom with a concealed wet bar and a Thermador wine refrigerator as well as a hidden powder room.

The master suite suite on the main level has a sitting area that opens to the back deck.

There is also a guest suite on the main floor in addition to two en suite bedrooms upstairs.

The backyard features 480 square feet of outdoor living/dining space, including a covered deck.

Interiors are available to the buyer but are not included in the asking price.

6401 Rusty Ridge Road [Gottesman Residential Real Estate]