Chris Craft House Part of Sustainable “Urban Reserve” Dallas Development

The Urban Reserve calls itself “a neighborhood of modern, single-family homes, designed by a select group of regionally and nationally recognized architects” with the goal of creating “a unique lifestyle founded on a synthesis of modern design, ready access to nature, a respect for the environment, and the good fortune of a rare and beautiful location.” That rare and beautiful location is fourteen hilly acres just outside of Dallas, and one of those modern single-family homes is the Chris Craft House designed by nationally recognized architect Vincent Snyder.

According to Inhabitat, the design of this home was influenced by the legendary Chris-Craft Boat (a favorite of guys like Henry Ford and William Randolph Hearst). It features three bedrooms, three baths and a host of  energy efficient appliances, as well as a high-efficiency underground Geo-Thermal HVAC system. Hot water is provided by on-demand systems, the windows feature low-E glazing, and a rainwater catchment system takes care of landscape irrigation.

Chris-Craft House

image via Inhabitat

Urban Reserve’s 50-home planned development has already been half-sold and features designs from architects Tod Williams, Billie Tsien, KieranTimberlake, as well. As “a neighborhood where the common thread between residents is a passion for modern architecture”, Urban Reserve just goes to show that the future of architecture is eco.

Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.

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