Relish The Original Details of this Sparkman Club Midcentury Modern

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Ed has done it again! I swear, Ed Murchison seems to constantly nab the most fun midcentury modern listings in the city. This cool 1961-built ranch in Northwest Dallas’ Sparkman Club Estates is so absolutely perfect, with tons of original cabinetry and finishes.

“This house offers a fresh approach mixing vintage and modern elements,” Murchison said of his brand-new listing at 3356 Merrell Road. There are so many cool architectural elements in this three-bedroom, two-bath home. Throughout its more than 2,100 square feet you’ll find a few hallmarks of midcentury modern design, such as the breeze blocks that greet you on the front porch.

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Inside and out you’ll find places where the sellers have updated the home with its original character in mind. New lighting keeps with the look and feel of the era, and the paint colors echo trends from the swinging ’60s, too.

I love the glass inserts in the bricks to the side of the cool retro front door. It’s just one colorful detail that will make you fall in love with this house. Truly, a lot of thought and care went into the renovation of this property, which is being marketed by Murchison for $437,000, or $207 per square foot.

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The sellers installed new energy efficient windows throughout the home, which bring a lot of light through the house. There are two living areas, a sunken formal living area in the front with a large picture window looking out to the street and a cool built-in planter, and a family room, which has a lovely brick fireplace and views to the backyard pool.

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The kitchen and dining area really feel like a trip back in time! Check out that cool honeycomb tile floor, original cabinetry featuring those awesome atomic-era angled cabinets! Note the avocado green sink and double ovens, which go perfectly with the cool blue and gray color scheme and vintage-style refrigerator.

“Those amazing avocado appliances were purchased by the owners and newly installed in the kitchen,” Murchison added, “I think to beautiful effect!”

But the dedication to period-correct finishes runs deeper, as the sellers have installed formica counters that look like the ones this home sported on the day its first residents moved in. Plus, the bathrooms have been lovingly preserved and maintained, too. The master bathroom did get a cool new shower, but otherwise it looks like a time capsule.

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I love the secondary bathroom, with its original 1-inch yellow tile counters, planter box, and penny-tile floor. The angled cabinets really seal the deal! I’d replace the faucets, though, perhaps with some trendy brushed brass ones with crystal handles to coordinate with the drawer pulls.

And guys, it gets better — THERE’S A POOL!

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Sure, it needs some work, but with how lovely the rest of the house is, this could be your chance to put your stamp on this beautiful midcentury modern home in a terrific Dallas neighborhood. Cheers!


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 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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