2019 Homes Tour
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7702 Woodridge Drive

Neighborhood: Oak Park-Northwood

Architect: Elizabeth Haynes, AIA

Set away from the street and accessed by a long and winding drive, the home is a hidden treasure in the Northwood neighborhood of Alamo Heights.  The natural highlight of the property is a dramatic old oak tree centered on the lot.  The architect envisioned the tree as the center axis around which the two structures, a main house and a casita, would revolve.   The owners were experienced when it came to construction projects, partnering beautifully with the architect and builder to bring their bold vision to life.

The two homes are both rectilinear and contemporary, yet they blend effortlessly into their natural environment.  Surrounded by an acre of warm woods, the plan pushes both structures away from the natural axis point provided by the tree and creates visual connections to the organic setting from almost every interior space.  Most spaces are oriented towards the majestic oak, while the master suite takes advantage of the striking spillway that winds through the property.  The bedroom is perched just over the spillway, which transforms into a dancing creek bed during times of rain.

Glass cubes, straight lines, and stucco lend the building its contemporary quality while cedar and steel accents recall rural South Texas structures.  The wooded landscape is subtly defined by gently curving steel retaining walls.

The main home includes four bedrooms, a home gym, and a media room, as well as a modern swimming pool.  The casita is a perfectly symmetrical structure with two bedrooms, two baths, and a full kitchen.

This hidden oasis succeeds in drawing visitors in while simultaneously directing their focus outside, with each turn of a corner offering a delightful new view and experience.