Coming Soon: Cliff May in Casa View With Original Kitchen Layout

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During last year’s Casa View Cliff May Home Tour, I couldn’t count how many times I heard someone say something like, “If this home ever comes on the market, I’m putting in an offer.” 

If that was you, it’s time to make good on that promise, because Mindy Niehaus, one of the organizers of the tour that focused on this treasure trove of California-style midcentury modern homes in East Dallas, is about to bring one of the tour homes on the market.


Yes, that’s a watering trough-turned wading pool!

Located at 2645 Millmar, this property has some pretty substantial upgrades in the bathrooms, but still has the original kitchen layout with vintage range and oven. The landscaping also works well with today’s lifestyle, with plenty of room for outdoor entertaining without the bother of a huge lawn. Also original are the windows, complete with the untouched brass hardware. And trend-spotters will appreciate the hand-painted encaustic cement tile in the hall bath, capped with beautiful subway tile. Gorgeous built-ins and casework were added to bring more storage and functionality to the 1,337-square-foot, three-bedroom, two-bath home. To make it even more attractive to those who want to lessen their environmental footprint, the seller has installed custom Mechoshade solar shades, upgraded interior and exterior doors, and a smart thermostat.

Even with all of these updates, the Cliff May design speaks for itself. I love how well these homes convey to today’s lifestyle!

If the floors are throwing you off, it’s because they are reclaimed Texas post oak, not the original narrow oak floors that you see in homes of this era and style. In many cases, years of neglect and water damage have rendered the floors of these homes unsalvageable. These sustainably-sourced, high-quality, and locally manufactured post oak hardwood floors from the Brazos Valley with a beautiful oil-rubbed finish work well with the clean white walls and neutral decor.

Now, some people love the closet-like kitchens in these homes, but I’m afraid I’m not one of them. Should you choose to open it up and add some upgraded appliances, take notes from nearby 2615 Andrea Lane

I know, right? Those bathrooms are so perfectly done. I love color as much as the next person, but these two all-white bathrooms let the details really stand out. The wall-mounted sinks and very simple, sculptural fixtures are perfect for a more modern take on midcentury modern without losing the almost schoolhouse-style simplicity of the era. They are both functional and beautiful.

And the bedrooms — even the smallest of them — has ample light provided by the clerestory windows. The vaulted and beamed ceilings add that little bit of extra drama to the spaces, too. 

Niehaus, a Realtor with Nathan Grace, has 2645 Millmar set to come on the market Thursday at $299,000. It’s pretty incredible considering that homes in this area were being listed for just over $200,000 less than a year ago. Of course, Cliff May and midcentury modern architecture are both having a moment, so we expect there to be some competition for this property. If you’re going to make good on that promise to put in a bid, good luck!

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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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    • mmJoanna England says

      I absolutely love this style of shearling pillow. I have a few myself and they are so comfortable!

    • Sean M. says

      Tribbles hahahaha. I think of that as a dust collector. Anyway, the house itself is nice and bright. I’m amazed at how much the prices of these have gone up since several hit the market last fall. Thanks for the sneak peek, Joanna.

    • Eric says

      This home is amazing. If schools are a priority White Rock Montessori is nearby, I also hear that some people are able to transfer to Hexter!

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