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Y’all. By now, it’s no secret how we feel about midcentury modern architecture. The open floor pan! The vaulted ceilings! The walls of windows! Sigh. We feel it’s our sacred duty to report when one hits the market and 2615 Millmar Drive is no exception. In fact, it’s rather exceptional.

Talk about owning a piece of history. Practically untouched for over half a century, this Cliff May-designed Casa View estate gem is crying out for an architecture lover with a stout heart and an eye for midcentury detail. With original parquet floors and wrought iron fence work, it oozes vintage charm. The price point makes it even harder to resist. At $199,900, it ought to entice anyone looking to make the most of a modest renovation budget.

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Cliff May Home for Sale | CandysDirt.com

It’s the time of year when we look back on our accomplishments and discoveries for 2016. This Tuesday Two Hundred, published Sept. 13, was a favorite of both readers and the author! Enjoy this flashback.   

Cliff May was an midcentury architect known as the father of the California ranch home. These houses were created for the sunny and warm days and nights, with large expanses of glass to minimize the lines between indoors and outdoors. Most rooms in a May-designed home have a wonderful connection between these spaces.

We are lucky in Dallas to have quite a few May homes in East Dallas’ Casa View neighborhood. The Greater Casa View Alliance is spearheading a home tour to show off May homes and bring attention to the significant architecture of the area.

In the neighborhood, we’ve found the newly listed midcentury modern at 2508 Andrea Ln. This is a classic MCM design, with original clerestory windows, a low-slung roofline, open floorplan, and incredible views to the landscaped backyard with custom wrought iron fencing.

This home has three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and 1,337 square feet, built in 1955. Its list price is a pleasant surprise at just over $200K.

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Scotty, Carrie, and Evelyn Reese (Photo: Julia Lauren Photography)

Scotty and Carrie Reese craved a Cliff May home, and they knew that Casa View claimed at least 39 of the midcentury modern architect’s California cool designs. Mindy Niehaus, their Realtor, wasn’t as familiar, but she was willing learn for the Reeses, a pair of creatives who had their hearts set on owning a Cliff May of their own.

“I told Scotty and Carrie that these homes don’t come on the market often. In fact, the average was about one listing a year!” said Niehaus, an agent with Nathan Grace Real Estate. “So they snatched up the second one we looked at, passing over the first one that had been added onto and remodeled so many times that it was no longer recognizable as a Cliff May home.”

Now a year later, Niehaus is full-on obsessed with Cliff May and Casa View, amazed that few people even knew that such a treasure trove of his designs were clustered in the sleepy transitioning neighborhood. “I asked Carrie what she thought of doing a home tour. She took my question to heart and asked the neighbors if they would be interested.”

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The Casa View Cliff May Home Tour will feature seven beautifully remodeled midcentury modern homes in East Dallas. (Photo: ScottReeseVisials.com)

You may be thrilled about pumpkin-flavored everything to hit the shelves, but us here at CandysDirt.com are over the moon about the return of fall home tour season. Yes, we’ll still hit up a Starbucks for our annual pumpkin spice latte, but nothing quite says “autumn is here!” to us like traipsing through other people’s homes with those weird little hospital booties on.

To help you plan, we’ve compiled a list of can’t miss home tours for this fall. It skews heavily toward midcentury modern and covers quite a bit of territory:

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Cliff May Home for Sale | CandysDirt.com

Cliff May was an midcentury architect known as the father of the California ranch home. These houses were created for the sunny and warm days and nights, with large expanses of glass to minimize the lines between indoors and outdoors. Most rooms in a May-designed home have a wonderful connection between these spaces.

We are lucky in Dallas to have quite a few May homes, which will be part of the Casa View Cliff May Home Tour Oct. 15 in East Dallas’ Casa View neighborhood (we’ll be writing profiles these houses in the coming weeks). The Greater Casa View Alliance is spearheading the home tour to show off May homes and bring attention to the significant architecture of the area.

In the neighborhood, we’ve found the newly listed midcentury modern at 2508 Andrea Ln. It’s not part of the October tour, but it’s a beauty. This is a classic MCM design, with original clerestory windows, a low-slung roofline, open floorplan, and incredible views to the landscaped backyard with custom wrought iron fencing.

This home has three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and 1,337 square feet, built in 1955. Its list price is a pleasant surprise at just over $200K.

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Cliff May Home Tour

Photo: Mindy Niehaus/Cliff May Home Tour

In the East Dallas neighborhood of Casa View Oaks, homes on the blocks surrounding Andrea Drive are selling like hotcakes. With their low-slung gabled roofs, walls of glass, and clerestory windows, these homes hit the highlight reel of everything everyone nowadays loves about midcentury modern design. Cliff May Homes floorplan brochure

In this transitioning neighborhood with tree-lined streets and upwardly mobile residents you’ll find the largest collection of Cliff May-designed homes in all of Dallas, according to Preservation Dallas.

Houses in Casa View Oaks are representative of May’s signature design: an open floor plan with an abundance of space and light beneath a low-pitched gable roof. Large expanses of glass—in both windows and doors—were used to create an open feeling and ease in circulation. Outdoor living was encouraged by the incorporation of patios and barbeque and picnic areas, in many cases doubling the “living space” of each house.

One of the selling points of the new May houses in Casa View was their modern conveniences, including disposals, built in ranges, a touch-plate lighting wall and radios with speakers throughout the house.

Add one part history, one part architecture, and a dash of house porn and you have the perfect recipe for a home tour.

In fact, it’s been a year or more since Nathan Grace Realtor Mindy Niehaus first hatched the idea of a Cliff May home tour in this neighborhood, and it’s finally getting its debut on Oct. 15. The tour, which runs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and benefits the Greater Casa View Alliance, will feature seven of Cliff May’s iconic designs renovated in such diverse ways but all carrying that easygoing, California modern vibe for which May is known.

Jump for a sneak peek!

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2604 Andrea Front

I almost wept when I saw this listing today. It’s so sad to see beautiful homes fall by the wayside, and this home was once an incredible one, a Cliff May-designed Midcentury Modern ranch.

Today it is a haphazard shell of a house, dirty and dusty, and mostly neglected. But therein lies the opportunity — you can own a Cliff May home for just $129,900.

That’s a deal, folks, but this home needs a lot of work. That’s actually a brutal understatement for this Casa View Oaks home at 2604 Andrea. It’s listed by RE/MAX About Dallas agent Matt Nevitt, who describes the property thusly:

This Cliff May, Mid-Century Modern Ranch, needs to be restored to its former glory! Lots of natural light in this 3 bedroom 2 full bath home. Floor to ceiling windows in the living area with a brick fireplace. Hardwood floors in the living, dining and bedrooms. Has a one car garage but could be converted back to a 2 car.

Are you up to the challenge? I think that Jenni Stolarski should buy this home and make it one of her masterpieces! This could be a cool home for anyone, even a family. It’s close to the recently renovated Harry Stone Recreation Center in an area that is going through a significant amount of gentrification. This is a serious investment home!

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Built in 1955, this home does have a lot of original details, including clerestory windows, hardwoods, and a brick fireplace.  It’s not currently on the registry of Cliff May-designed homes, but its nearby neighbor, 2651 Andrea, is. In fact, this street is a hidden gem of California ranch-style homes. This house is being sold as an estate, so it’s an as-is transaction.

Someone snatch this amazing project up fast and keep us posted on your progress!

San Medina Front

I know I harp a lot about what’s going on in East Dallas, but you just cannot deny that this area has some serious potential, with great growth, excellent prices, and an upward demographic of young professionals and growing families.

San Medina Living

This week’s house is in Casa View Haven at 2245 San Medina. Listed with Rogers Healy and Associates agent Carissa Lair, this incredibly cute three-bedroom, one-bath home is priced to sell at $139,000. The sellers, who are planning to expand their family, are so sad to leave this neighborhood. I can see why — the Casa View Haven Neighborhood Association is the prime reason this area was named one of the best places to buy a home by The Dallas Morning News.

San Medina Dining

I love this little area of Dallas, so much so, in fact, that I moved here! There are wonderful people, great location, good value, and adorable post-war traditional homes. This house at 2245 San Medina is in fantastic shape with gorgeous wood floors and tons of updates. The bathroom, though, is all original. I am not a fan of most 1950s bathroom tile color schemes, but this one, I love! The green/dark green tile is just adorable, and in great shape, too.

San Medina Kitchen

I think the kitchen is cute, too, especially with the breakfast bar added to the island. Sure, the huge refrigerator makes the area seem small, but surely you can scale it down and make this kitchen great for serving up small crowds!

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The backyard is spacious and green, just a real family-friendly oasis from your short commute — about 15 minutes to downtown. And if you want more space to run around, you’re less than a mile from White Rock Lake.

So what do you think, is this a value or what?

San Medina Backyard