dallas mid century modern homesIf you’ve got a hankering for a taste of Midcentury style, our Thursday Three Hundred promises total satisfaction.

Located in the Lake and Garden District’s University Manor neighborhood at 7139 Edgerton Dr., this quintessential 1950’s gem is a 3-2 with 1,502 square feet, built in 1954. It’s a time capsule of atomic era flat planes and glass walls; open, bright rooms; and manicured outdoor living spaces that makes it hard to decide which is better, indoors or out.

It was listed yesterday by Erin Birdsong with Redfin for $364,900. (There’s a broker open house today from 4-6 p.m., and a public open house Saturday, April 9, from noon to 2 p.m.)

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2367 Highwood ADeep in the heart of East Dallas, Casa View Oaks is an up-and-coming neighborhood attracting first-time homebuyers, young professionals, and families with its affordable houses, sense of community, and proximity to White Rock Lake.

Development in Casa View Oaks started in 1954 when developer H. Leslie Hill built 200 ranch-style houses ranging in size from 836 square feet to 3,600 square feet. Prices back then started at $12,000 and went up to $16,500.

Our Tuesday Two Hundred is at 2367 Highwood Dr., near Gus Thomasson and Ferguson roads. It’s a 3-2 with 1,746 square feet, built in 1954, recently remodeled by Wacasey Construction. It now boasts new low-E windows, fresh paint, refinished hardwood floors, new kitchen, designer bathrooms, decorative lighting, vintage built-ins, and a bonus room off the kitchen with an on-trend rustic wood ceiling. 2367 Highwood BLast year, Casa View Oaks celebrated its 60th anniversary. According to Preservation Dallas, this area boasts the largest collection of Cliff May designed houses in Dallas.

May, a significant American designer during the post war building boom, was considered the father of the California Ranch house. His designs received national attention and appeared on the cover of every major house magazine of the day. The mass appeal of the Ranch house led May and his partner, Chris Choate, to design a smaller, more modest version for distribution on a national scale. The houses were constructed from pre-fabricated modular panels, a revolutionary new building concept in which every part of the house was standardized and precut. Local builders were able to purchase Cliff May franchises, supplying them with house plans and the pre-fabricated modular panels, numbered and stamped with May and Choate’s names. Over 18,000 May plans were sold to local builders from around the country. Forty of those were constructed in Casa View Oaks.

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.

This home is not listed as one of the homes built by May, but shares many of its design attributes, which will undoubtedly help it sell quickly. It was listed Dec. 18 by Ryan Cox with Realty Executives Metroplex for $240,000.

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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!

Cliff May-designed 5310 Wateka, at Wateka and Inwood, will be open for onlookers tomorrow.

Preservation Dallas has done it again. Listen up, all of you Mid-Century Modernophiles: Cliff May’s award-winning 1948 Pace Setter House design is on display tomorrow.

May, who was a bastion of modern design, sketched up this Greenway Parks abode that was custom built and owned by all of one person, which is almost as amazing as the home itself.

The open plan and natural light is characteristic of Cliff May's take on modern design.

Much of its distinctive mid-century character is still intact.  “Although the house is need of updates and repair, it retains a coveted, characteristic Cliff May aesthetic — an open floor plan and plentiful outdoor living spaces to connect the interior with nature,” says the notice from Preservation Dallas.

Markeeta McNatt Brown, whose parents built the home at 5310 Wateka, will be on hand tomorrow for the tour, which is at 10:30 a.m, as will Maribeth Missineo Peters, a Preservation Dallas board member who will discuss Greenway Parks — a notable Dallas neighborhood planned by Texas architect David Williams.

Admission is free for Preservation Dallas members, and $10 for nonmembers. For more information, contact Lisa Kays at 214-821-3290.