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I think we can all agree that not every remodeled midcentury home is a success. For certain, some well-intentioned homeowners and even some rather haphazard flippers have ruined some of the fabulous midcentury moderns and post-war traditionals. This Midway Hollow home, however, was brought up to date in a way that is sensitive to the architecture and style of the home.

And in a neighborhood as hot as Midway Hollow, I totally understand that 9927 Lenel Place, marketed by Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty agent Lou Alpert, probably won’t stick around on the market for much longer, even though it’s only two days on MLS!

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lochwood homes for sale

Our Tuesday Two Hundred takes us to the lush Lochwood neighborhood of East Dallas. The home at 11324 Carissa Dr. is near greenbelts, wooded areas, hiking trails, and creeks, and the area has mature trees and is close to White Rock Lake.

This is a 3-2 with 1,300 square feet, built in 1962. The interior offers an open floorplan, vaulted ceilings, and Midcentury style. The large and open backyard is lovely with shade trees and a relaxing, new patio.

It was listed March 4 by John Prell with Creekview Realty for $249,000. Let’s peek inside before it goes under contract!

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lake highlands estates home for sale

Our Tuesday Two Hundred takes us to Lake Highlands Estates, a cute 1955 cottage at 10655 Longmeadow Dr.

This 3-2 has 1,715 square feet and lots of vintage touches, like well-maintained original bathrooms and beautiful hardwoods. It’s newly on the market, and in a great neighborhood. It’s also in the Lake Highlands Elementary School attendance zone, rated “8” by GreatSchools.org.

It was listed Jan. 28 by Eloise Martin with Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate for $297,000. Let’s take a look inside!

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Real Estate Story

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It was the last house that Allie Beth Allman Realtor Karen Luter was going to show to Sabra Girard and her husband, but iced-over roads threatened to cut their showing short. It was sleeting outside, and getting home would soon mean a dicey drive. Add the complication of having two children in tow and you have the makings of a disaster.

But, as it turns out, the showing of 6634 Greenwich was anything but.

“The moment we arrived at Greenwich and stepped inside, I turned around to them and announced ‘We have to buy this house!'” Luter said. “I say ‘we’ because the Girards are like family members, the way all my clients become family members. I tell my client that I pretend they are my children and that I always want to help them make the best buying and selling decisions.”

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And it was a great decision, Sabra said, as the home became a soft spot to land after a hard day, a place where great memories were made both inside the 1960s contemporary confines and outside.

But times change, families grow, and the Girards soon found themselves busting at the seams of this lovely ranch in the Gayle Malone subdivision of North Dallas. The decision to sell was a tough one, Sabra said, but working with Luter has made it much easier.

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Lochwood midcentury

Photos: Shoot2Sell

Deep in the heart of East Dallas is a rare opportunity to take a step back in time to a house that looks untouched since it was built in 1959.

The Lochwood midcentury modern located at 10504 Lake Gardens Dr. is 1,533 square feet of retro perfection, from Terrazzo floors and decorative dividers throughout the house to original pendant light fixtures and knotty wood paneling. It is newly listed by David Collier with David Griffin & Company for $295,000.

This 3-2 has been meticulously maintained in its original condition, a rare treat for the midcentury modern enthusiast and real estate shoppers. It is located near Easton and Garland roads on a street with large shade trees and small hills with many other 1950s houses. The lot is 98-by-101, with a large, green lawn and nicely manicured hedges. Let’s step inside and step back in time.

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Welcome Home! This is a tranquil and quiet neighborhood with all

 

North Oak Cliff is where you’ll find great homes, mature trees, and fantastic views that would cost thousands more elsewhere in Dallas. Take this charming midcentury ranch in the West Kessler neighborhood of Stevens Woods. Not only does this high caliber home back up to the recently redone Stevens Park Golf Course, but it also has a gorgeous pool and updates throughout. It’s so well preserved and in a truly beautiful neighborhood, and it just hit the market!

Don’t take your chances with financing on a home like this, and contact Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans to get pre-approval so you can put in a winning bid on this beauty. Deals like this don’t last long in our market, so contact Lisa for your financing needs today.

Jump to find out more about this lovely home!

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All photos courtesy Erik Schuessler

All photos courtesy Erik Schuessler

When Erik Schuessler first encountered the midcentury modern house at 1434 Bar Harbor Cir. in the Wynnewood Hills neighborhood of Oak Cliff, he fell in love with its potential and retro aesthetic. As he renovated the 4,600-square-foot beauty and learned more about it, he also grew fascinated by its history.

In its heyday, Bar Harbor Drive was known as “Pill Hill” because so many doctors lived on the street. The house’s original resident, Dr. John B. Chester, ran Parkland Hospital and later ventured out on his own with The Chester Clinic and Hospital.

Dallas Morning News society editor Ann Draper wrote a piece in the early 1960s on his wife, Charlotte Chester, which described the Bar Harbor house as “among the most unusual and elegant in Oak Cliff. An indoor swimming pool has been a favorite with large and small groups of guests, as have rooms in the living area, which lend themselves to any number. Set in a wooded area, the house is on the very edge of the Oak Cliff Country Club’s No. 2 green of the golf course.”

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Located near the intersection of W. Redbird Lane and S. Polk Street, south of Highway 67, the house was what Schuessler describes as “pretty beat up” when he purchased it in early 2012.

“You can tell it was designed so well, and the way it was built is head and shoulders above many other midcenturies I’ve seen, and newer properties,” Schuessler said. “You can look in every corner and see that it was thought out. I fell in love with the aesthetic of the house.”

And thus began a three-year renovation for Schuessler and his girlfriend Meredith Moore, with Schuessler as the general contractor, carefully overseeing every detail of the revamp. The goal was to bring the house back to its original glory and perhaps make it even better by updating key elements, like HVAC, pool equipment, and the roof.

He is selling the house himself—it is listed for $475,000, or around $100 a square foot—but the intent was never to flip the property. It was to restore it.

“I think most flips are terrifying—it’s a ‘beige-ification’ with beige walls, Berber carpets, boring, boring, boring, nothing original to the style of the house except for maybe a pillar or two,” he said. “I’ve had a couple of houses and I buy a place, I really get into it, live in for three to five years, then move on. I find myself enamored by a place or an area and I have to buy it.” Jump to read more and see photos!

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Here's my map to help guide Santa's sleigh. And his real estate agent.

Here’s my map to help guide Santa’s sleigh. And his real estate agent.

I grew up in North Dallas and have lived all over Dallas and the ‘burbs, but when I finally landed in East Dallas in 2007, I knew I had found my happy place.

East Dallas has a culture unlike anywhere else in the city (although North Oak Cliff feels like its cousin). I could spend hours walking or biking through neighborhoods like Little Forest Hills, Buckner Terrace, and the Peninsula. So many beautiful houses! So many trees! And friendly neighbors everywhere!

Circumstances and a new baby moved me to Plano this year, and I have pined over my favorite neighborhoods in East Dallas ever since. I go out of my way to get back to East Dallas as often as possible, and because I’ve been very good this year, I’m asking Santa for a token of his appreciation for Christmas: A midcentury house east of White Rock Lake. With original hardwoods. And mature trees.

That’s not too much, is it?

I’ve got a few ideas for Santa, in case he’s stumped. This Casa Linda cottage has just the kind of curb appeal I love: big trees, tranquil setting, and an expansive yard. Located at 1422 Tranquilla Dr., it’s listed at $348,500 and is a 3-2 with 1,857 feet. That’s not quite large enough for my family of four, so we might have to sell the teenager before we move. But I’m OK with that.

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Looks at those gorgeous original hardwoods! And the built-ins! And a wood-burning fireplace! So much character from when it was built in 1945.  (more…)