Midway Hollow Midcentury Looks Fresh After Clever Updates

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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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First, let’s just appreciate real estate photography that tells the story of the home, shall we? I love that the photographer shared a couple of different exterior perspectives, as well as two different shots of the front door — one highlighting the door itself, and another showing a close-up of the metal address numbers on the fence panel. That’s really what real estate photography is supposed to do, tell the story of the lifestyle that a home offers.

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Once you’re inside, you see the magnitude of the work done on this three-bedroom, three-bathroom, 1,887-square-foot home built in 1952. The entire public area of hte home has been opened up, with a small breakfast nook just off the front door and onward to the living room and dining room. Hardwood floors, smooth fresh paint, and new windows make the space clean and unfettered feeling. While many renovators would attempt to make the home feel overtly modern or overly traditional, this home hits a nice balance. Wide trim is paired with contemporary shaker cabinetry and a bold, monochromatic granite and stone backsplash. The commercial-grade stainless steel gas range and contemporary vent hood goes perfectly with the stainless apron sink.
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Compared to nearby homes, this house hits right at the middle of the road, clocking in at $474,500, or $251 per square foot. It makes sense considering the smaller footprint and lack of landscaping or pool in the backyard. The carpet in the bedrooms is another issue — I don’t know anyone who doesn’t prefer hardwoods or tile throughout.

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Still, I’m impressed with the size of the master bedroom. It’s large enough for a bedroom set and a separate sitting area. The master bath, though, is a little on the small side. There’s a large frameless glass shower and a double vanity, but besides a commode — thankfully not pictured — that’s all you get.

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I do love seeing a big ol’ covered porch, though, and a shady backyard. Just look at that magnolia! I bet it smells amazing during the spring. Plus you get a good look at the new privacy fence and the blank slate of a lawn — add a chicken coop and a garden for the kiddos and you’re all set!

What do you think of our Friday $400K?


Joanna England

If Executive Editor Joanna England could house hunt forever, she absolutely would. Instead she covers the North Texas housing market and the economy for CandysDirt.com. While she started out with the Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University, Joanna's work has appeared in The Dallas Morning News as well as several local media outlets. When she's not knitting or hooping, or enjoying White Rock Lake, she's behind the lens of her camera. She lives in East Dallas with her husband, son, and their furry and feathered menagerie.

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  1. LonestarBabs says

    At first I was confused if the introductory exterior pic was of alley view or street view. Doesn’t look mid-century modern on the inside, but instead is similar to other renovations/flips. Nice, but….meh to me.

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