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.
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!