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Ed Murchison has established himself as the go-to Dallas Realtor for midcentury modern properties. He’s marketed and sold some amazing homes that are not only gorgeous, but some are like walking on a Mad Men set — completely preserved in their shag carpet and glitter Formica splendor.

If you’ve wanted to own a midcentury modern home, but have missed all your chances, then you might be able to snatch up this amazing home in East Dallas’ Merriman Park — a fantastic family neighborhood. This home was just featured on Retro Renovation as one of their “time capsules,” and we can see why. Many original details of this lovely home have been preserved, but it’s not without some modern touches.

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8325 Lindsay Front

As a golfer, I love The Tribute. This is a fantastic golf community that has a wonderful clubhouse and a gorgeous course. If you’re not familiar, The Tribute’s golf course is modeled after links-style Scottish courses that make you focus on your ball-placement and short game. It’s challenging and beautiful.

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815 Newell Front

Boy do I have a sweet-tooth when it comes to homes (and chocolate, of course!). I like them cozy and cute with tons of great decor! So when I saw this adorable listing from David Bush Realtor Joe Kacynski, I made an appointment with my dentist because this house is so sweet I got a toothache!

Hollywood Heights is hot, hot, hot, as you know, and most homes are on the market no longer than a month before they’re snatched up, usually for more than asking! That’s why we’re so glad we get to feature a home that is super fresh to the market and priced competitively at $299,000. (more…)

411 Montclair front

Sure, Winnetka Heights is one of the pricier neighborhoods in North Oak Cliff, with some of the larger Prairie-style homes going for $400K plus. If that’s a shade too rich for your blood, but you still want a spacious family home you can enjoy for years to come, then you’ll love this adorable traditional at 411 Montclair Ave.

This home is so adorable from the curb that you’ll just swoon when you see it! The bright red door and homey blue siding is so sweet! The arched stoop is just tremendously cute, too. But don’t let this home’s petite exterior fool you. Inside you’ll find three bedrooms, two full baths, and more than 2,100 square feet.

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I think this home is super cute, and definitely stands out among the Arts and Crafts homes and the Prairie Four-squares that are quite prominent in Winnetka Heights. It’s marketed by David Griffin Realtor Crystal Gonzalez for $379,000, and has been on the market for just one week.

There are hardwood floors and fresh paint throughout the first floor, and beautiful period-style light fixtures that fit this 1930s traditional just right! The fireplace is perfect, too, and it, along with the rest of the first floor, sports fresh paint.

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French doors separate the dining and living areas, and between the kitchen and dining room you’ll find a butler’s pantry that is perfect for storing your china collection and all those dishes you’re dying to use for your first dinner party. It eases you into the kitchen, which is completely updated with commercial-grade stainless steel appliances, fresh cabinets, and a breakfast area overlooking the covered rear porch and backyard.

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Upstairs is where you’ll find the master suite, an addition that brings in a huge bedroom with tons of light, a separate seating area, a gigantic closet with tons of built-in cabinets, and a five-piece master bath. Thanks to some thoughtful construction, the pitch of the roof isn’t so severe as to create awkward spaces.

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Outside you’ll find a large, lush backyard and a fantastic little covered porch, but you’ll notice one thing is missing — covered parking or a garage. Sure, there’s a little storage building, but there’s no secure parking. For some people, that’s a deal-breaker, but for those who were planning to bike everywhere in the first place, it’s not a huge problem. Of course, if you wanted to add covered parking in the future, you’ll have to jump through a few hoops because this home is located inside a historic conservation district.

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In all, though, this home is fantastic for someone who is looking for a family place in a great neighborhood in North Oak Cliff! What do you think?

Park Towers Exterior

Built in 1964, Park Towers Condominiums is a fantastic building heavy on the amenities, with a huge pool surrounded by a cluster of overhanging live oak trees, party rooms sporting their own china and crystal, and guest suites to put up friends and family. So you may be wondering, why is a single building called “Park Towers”?

That’s because, as Dallas highrise aficionado Nancy Martinez claims, initial plans included two buildings, although only one tower was built. Interesting!

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This lovely building at 3310 Fairmount Street in the Turtle Creek area has tons of fantastic midcentury modern features across its 89 swanky units. Spacious balconies with panoramic views of the neighborhood, including Reverchon Park, attract upscale urbanites who enjoy the incredible shopping, dining, and nightlife nearby.

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If you’re looking for the perfect pad for your inner glamazon, Unit 10B at Park Towers will fit you like the perfect pair of Jimmy Choos. This gorgeous unit has original parquet floors refinished to a splendid espresso brown, neutral paint, gorgeous draperies, and a kitchen that is just plain sexy. It’s fresh to the market, just listed by Dave Perry-Miller InTown Realtor Suzann Farren for $360,000.

Elizabeth Taylor ParisThis two-bedroom, two-bath unit has more than 1,500 square feet that oozes class and vamp like Elizabeth Taylor in “The Last Time I Saw Paris.” The open living and dining areas are perfect for showcasing your collection of antique and refinished furniture, and the views are worthy of a Dwell spread. You’ll adore the built-in wet bar, that is outfitted with row after row of martini glasses, just waiting for the next low-key party you’ll host.

The kitchen features glossy black and shark fin gray cabinets, a mirrored backsplash, and a paneled ceiling that is just perfect for this condo. Updated built-in appliances help modernize the kitchen, but don’t detract from its sleek style.

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The bedrooms both have floor-to-ceiling windows, where you can appreciate even more excellent views and sunsets. The master is a spacious 18 x 12, and the second bedroom, which features a built-in bookcase, is 16 x 13. The master bath has gorgeous marble on the floor and shower surround, and high-style vanity that feels more like a night at the Ritz.

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It’s a gorgeous building and a very glamorous unit, that’s for sure!

3958 Clover Front

Let’s just clarify for clarity’s sake: Dallas home prices are breaking records, y’all, and if you want a great home inside the loop, you’re going to pay for it. There was quite a debate in the comments of our Tuesday Two Hundred, a super-cute Craftsman home in Sunset Hill that is priced at $239,000. Some folks felt that was too steep. Others thought the renovation was too modern and not true to the architecture of the home.

Here’s the honest-to-goodness-backed-by-economists truth: Someone is going to buy that house, and considering the state of the market and the desirability of this area compared to the prices of adjacent Winnetka Heights homes in similar condition, the homeowner will probably get within $7 to $10K of their asking price with the right buyer, one who will appreciate the Oak Cliff vibe and the cool people who live there. That’s just based on the fact that home prices in our area are up 10.4 percent year-over-year and there are more buyers out there than sellers, especially with the influx of new workers thanks to our booming job market.

3958 Clover Living

Same thing goes for this adorable Midway Hollow post war traditional at 3958 Clover. It’s not as big as a home you’d find in the northern suburbs, such as Carrollton, for instance. No, it clocks in at a modest but capable 1,524 square feet with three bedrooms and two full baths. But you’re not buying a big home when you move inside the loop in this price range. You’re buying location. You’re buying proximity to work, culture, restaurants and shopping. This home is priced at $299,000, and it’s already under option.

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Homebuyers will appreciate the renovations to this home, which include an open floor plan that flows from the living room to the dining area and open kitchen, all of which have gorgeous pine floors underfoot. This home feels light and bright thanks to the remodel, and it places the emphasis on the kitchen and living areas as public spots. I also love the open cabinets and the green paint inside that adds a colorful punch to a monochromatic kitchen. The addition of the island not only brings in more prep space, but it’s an informal dining area and a great spot to connect with kids after a day at school and work.

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The master bedroom, like the rest of the home, is modest in size at 18 x 10, but that’s not shrimpy or anything for a home in this neighborhood. I also love the cool master bath, that, while it doesn’t have double sinks, it instead has a massive tub with a huge window to bring in some ambient light.

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The backyard is a great size for kids to run around in, and thanks to the pine tree in the center of the yard, you won’t have to worry with a ton of leaves coming down every fall, and you get to benefit from its shade. You’ll also appreciate the cool pergola that, with the addition of an outdoor kitchen, would be my hangout from late March until July.

What do you think?

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5518 Miller Front

Allie Beth Allman agent Julie Coats Frakes had me raked in when she said this lovely home near the M Streets area had been updated recently, and included an upstairs master suite with its own elevated deck and entry.

I am as much as sold!

“One of my favorite features of the home is the private deck and entrance that the second level bedroom is spoiled with,” Frakes said. “You can’t miss seeing the incredible backyard!”

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Seriously, though, 5518 Miller is a perfect family home with a location that just can’t be beat. Gorgeous house, too, with tons of curb appeal and a neat and tidy front porch where you can easily soak up the vibe and meet your cool new neighbors.

Inside you’ll find a space that is unexpectedly spacious. Seriously, you’ll have one of those moments in my favorite show, Doctor Whowhere a person walks into his tiny and unassuming blue police box only to find it “bigger on the inside.” Apparently, I’m not alone in this thought.

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“This rare M Streets gem was taken from ashes to beauty in 2012,” Frakes said. “The large front porch immediately invites people into the home, where many are surprised to find a second level bedroom adorned with skylights and charm.”

That’s the best way to describe this cute three-bedroom, two-bath cottage with more than 1,500 square feet indoors. It also has an immense two-car garage, as well as a large backyard. Simply charming, no? The kitchen is open to the living room, which benefits from the expanded second floor with a vaulted ceiling, making the room feel practically enormous.

5518 Miller Kitchen

In the kitchen you’ll find fresh cabinets, stainless steel appliances, granite counters, and a hidden laundry area. It’s bright and open and has tons of storage. So much to love about this cute home, and I know that considering its location (awesome!) and price, ($314,500!) it will go fast!

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2205 Canton 129 Front

 

I have always loved these townhomes, which were among the first to go up in the Farmers Market area before the residential building boom this neighborhood has recently experienced. They are the first homes you can spot if you take Canton downtown on your morning commute, and they’re just past Bark Park Central, another favorite Farmers Market/Deep Ellum spot.

These townhomes go on the market so rarely, and they are often in excellent condition. Unit 129 at 2205 Canton is no exception. This gorgeous two-bedroom, two-and-a-half-bath townhome is warm and open, with faux finishes and cabinetry that evokes sunny Italian villas, with views of the Farmers Market and downtown. It’s marketed by Clay Stapp + Co. Realtors Rick Robles and Amy Galley for $389,000.

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With almost 2,200 square feet, not including the rooftop deck that faces downtown with phenomenal nighttime views, this home is a fantastic spot for urban-inclined folks who want to downsize and take advantage of the incredible culture growing in this area.

Something to think about: If Mayor Rawlings and the folks behind “A New Dallas” are successful, the value of these townhomes are going to go up like crazy. Why? Because Interstate 345, the crumbling interchange for I-30, US 75, and Woodall Rogers, will be demolished under the plan, resulting in more street-level traffic and more density in the area. This overpass is practically right next door.

But if you want real selling points, this development has everything, including three pools, a basketball court, a gym, and a media room, so you’ll want for nothing. HOA fees are $123 a month, not bad considering the amenities and location. This development was built in 2001, too, so it benefits from being already established. 2205 Canton 129 master loft 2205 Canton 129 Master loft to stairs 2205 Canton 129 Master bath

I love the master suite, and the great curtain the owners have installed to help screen some of the light that pours in through the two-story windows. It’s a loft-style layout, which means you’ve got plenty of space, but thanks to the curtain, you’ve got privacy, too.

The master bath is a five-piece number with dual vanities and plush accommodations, including a jetted tub. I usually like more understated bathrooms, but there’s something about the romance of the paint and tile that just hooks me and doesn’t let me go.

Of course, what’s not to love about the rooftop deck. Both open and intimate, this space was meant for a nightcap with your spouse or lover, just admiring the views of downtown. Nothing could be more perfect, right?

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