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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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Pete Bulban grew up in Walnut Hill, and the neighborhood stuck with him no matter where he went. In fact, it was a certain house, 10551 Somerton, that was always his favorite. It’s a midcentury home that occupies a stunning creek lot, and when Bulban had the opportunity, he snatched it up in a heartbeat.

From there, Bulban and his wife, Jenny, brought in famed modern architect Max Levy to breathe new life into the home. The results are outstanding, but don’t take my word for it. You can tour the Bulban’s home along with five other gorgeous modern properties in Walnut Hill during the inaugural Modern Mile Home Tour this weekend.

The home tour, which focuses on the one-square-mile cluster of midcentury moderns and updated traditionals in Walnut Hill, will benefit Walnut Hill Elementary School’s outdoor classroom. You can purchase tickets to the tour in advance, or make a donation if you can’t attend.

We got a chance to chat with Bulban, who is thrilled to open his home to tour goers for a good cause. Jump to read more and see photos of his beautifully restored midcentury gem.

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This unique mid-century modern at 10551 Somerton Drive is a shining example of the interesting architecture to be found in Walnut Hill. (Photos: Dan Piassick)

An idea had been bouncing around in the back of Kathy Adcock-Smith’s mind for a while. How could she promote preservation inside her small North Dallas neighborhood? Walnut Hill is a tidy square mile, bounded by Royal Lane on the north, Midway on the east, Walnut Hill on the south, and Marsh on the west. It’s full of mid-century modern homes, with low-slung roofs all made popular in the 1950s, a style that is very much in demand right now, but was somewhat of a novelty back then.

In fact, several of the homes in Walnut Hill were featured in the National Parade of Homes in 1954, hosting more than 100,000 people. The neighborhood is not only architecturally interesting, but many of the residents grew up here and then bought their own home in the area. It’s teeming with fabulous homes, but they’re being scraped at record rates.

“I go to the White Rock Home tour and the AIA tour of homes every year,” Adcock-Smith said. “A lot of the mid-century modern homes in this neighborhood could benefit from restoration.”

But she didn’t put two-and-two together until a neighborhood association meeting a year ago. “Someone suggested doing a home tour, and I thought ‘That’s it! That’s perfect!'”

10222 Better Drive was  renovated using the home's original footprint.

10222 Better Drive was renovated using the home’s original footprint.

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