6924 Azalea Front Hillcrest

Homes hold so much more than rooms full of furniture. They carry with them the memories of all the families who spent days, both good and bad, sheltered inside. That’s what makes it difficult for Jon Leatherberry to sell his lovely home in Hillcrest Forest, just east of Hillcrest and north of Northwest Highway. It’s a wonderful, sprawling ranch that has been remodeled to be well-scaled for family life.

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1015 Erin Drive

What could be better than growing up in a home you love, and years later returning to that family house as the owner? There’s a lot of satisfaction in coming full circle.

Gary McDonnell grew up in the close-knit neighborhood of Lake Park Estates in this 1950 ranch at 1015 Erin Drive. In 2001 he and his designer wife, Belinda, remodeled the family home into a Texas regional contemporary.

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GetMedia-1Nothing warms our hearts more than a Ranch-style home, especially a refreshed ranch. This all-American house style was popularized in the 1950’s, notably by architect Cliff May, and quickly became the iconic suburban home. The simple informal design captured the imaginations and suited the lifestyles of the post-war generation.

What goes around, comes around and a new generation of buyers have rediscovered the ranch.

These homes are a great investment for multiple reasons. Not only do they adapt to traditional or modern tastes, they can capture the midcentury modern aesthetic with minimal work. They are also not terribly challenging to renovate or add on to. Our Saturday 700, at 6610 Yosemite Lane, is a prime example of how to refresh the right way.

By the way this is also a rather famous street in Dallas. It is where the late, great Texie Waterman resided, the first (and some would say, only) choreographer of the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders! Also of note is that this particular home was once owned by Dallas cosmetics guru Niven Morgan III… good genes in the house and the ‘hood!

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I pass by this gorgeous, gigantic, classic Tudor at 622 Newell Avenue almost every evening as I walk the dogs. Two years ago I did a staging consultation with the sellers and Cassie Evans wrote about it for the blog, so I was surprised to see it back on the market this week.

You see, people tend to never leave Hollywood Heights. They move, but they move within the neighborhood. For example, both of the neighbors across the street from me have moved to larger homes in the neighborhood. And both of their homes sold within 30 days. A house on Monte Vista listed Saturday and went to contract Monday. This is reflective of what’s happening in general with real estate in our market, but Hollywood Heights, specifically, is hotter than ever. (more…)

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We’ve loved this modern metal masterpiece, at 2619 Leta Mae Lane, since we first saw it back in November of 2015. We love it even more now that the price has been dropped to only $750,000 from the original $995 asking. This is the ultimate George Jetson house and although you’d expect to find it in Urban Reserve, it’s actually in, wait for it, Farmers Branch! (more…)

Midway Hollow Midcentury

The mid century look in home design is hotter than ever. We know this because, a few weeks ago, we almost blew up our servers when we ran this home at 11610 Pinocchio:

Like an artist, Cardoza worked on that canvas, first filling it with reproductions and later original midcentury furniture (his favorite stores are Design District shops Sputnik Modern and Collage Classics). He has painted and arranged, created and perfected. Now, it is a masterpiece of atomic era styling with four bedrooms, three full bathrooms, one half bath, and 2,240 square feet. significant design movement covered everything from furniture and graphic design to urban development and of course architecture.

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On the other side of town from the Disney Streets, Cliff May homes in Casa View are selling for over asking.

From roughly 1933 to 1965, Americans embraced the new, hip, clean-lined style known as mid century. Discerning buyers continued to seek out these homes after the look peaked, but not since the inception of the style have we seen such universal appreciation for midcentury modern homes.

Our Saturday Seven Hundred is a Midway Hollow midcentury modern at 3923 Weeburn Drive that’s been given a stunning makeover. Get ready:

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Now here is a home that could teach a few thousand builders some new tricks. A new home with smooth, clean lines, no turrets (clutching heart), no 10,000 foot ceilings, and even no “dust bunny graveyards” fake crowns. Let’s call it the “anti-McMansion”.

Indeed, I hope you are sitting down when you hear this: there is actually a front porch to encourage neighborhood conversation!

Still, 10136 Robin Hill Lane is brand spanking new construction in Lake Highlands, a huge Millennials hang out. Instead of the usual circa 1957 brick ranch, we have a farmhouse feel with a touch of Hollywood glam by one of the area’s hottest home builders, New Leaf Custom Homes.

Boasting more than 4200 square feet of family-friendly living, this home will hold it all: kids, dogs, even a mother-in-law or two! You get five bedrooms (one for each set of parents), four full baths, an office, both a media AND game room, formals and a knock out kitchen that spaciously flows from the living room.

The finish out is phenomenal, too: high (but not too high) ceilings, custom cabinetry, gorgeous contemporary light fixtures, beautiful hardwoods, and hardware.

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9745 Wisterwood

Talk about move-in ready! This fabulous Lake Highlands Mid Century Modern at 9745 Wisterwood Drive is available fully furnished—down to the rugs on the floor and up to the artwork on the walls. And, it’s furnished flawlessly by someone who has excellent taste, impeccable style, and… you may even know him! (more…)