Eyecatching Midcentury Home Has Spacious Interiors, Family-Friendly Backyard

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We’ve caught a lot of flak from readers when it comes to the definition of midcentury modern, but for most purposes, it tends to span the 1950s and onward to 1965. So while this Northwest Dallas home has all of the lines of a soft contemporary from the curb, it technically falls into the period of midcentury modern, as it was built in ’65. Most will see this home from the curb and wonder why the front doors are painted a somewhat dated combination of dark brown and cream, a strange foil for the yellow-tan brick and narrow windows, but inside this home has some great updates.

Topping out at 2,374 square feet with three bedrooms, two-and-a-half baths, three living areas, an attached two-car garage, and a glistening backyard pool, you definitely get value with 12208 Hightower Place. If that wasn’t enough, it’s on a gigantic .388-acre lot on a private cul-de-sac in Glen Meadow Estates. Tricia Stewart with Coldwell Banker Residential Dallas/Park Cities listed this stellar family home for $445,000, or $187.45 per square foot. That’s a pretty good value for such a sizable single-story home inside the loop.

While you can tell that this home has been staged somewhat, I’m kind of glad it wasn’t rearranged and purged past the point of being visibly livable. The sun room off of the family room is obviously being used for toys and play — an asset to any family with small children. The formal living and dining rooms, by contrast, are bare and gleaming. You can see where these sellers really live, that’s for sure. 

If you’re craving North Dallas digs, this is a great location. You’re south of Interstate 635 and north of Forest Lane, between Marsh and Midway. You’re close to the Tollway and not terribly distant from Interstate 35 if you’ve got a commute to think of. And considering the now-underway Dallas Midtown development, should corporate relocations start gravitating toward the immense mixed-use development, homes in this predominantly single-family area could skyrocket in value.

The master suite in this home, obviously remodeled in the last decade, is spacious and offers an oversized closet, five-piece master bath, and significant bedroom with plenty of space for a sitting area at 17-by-13 feet. The L-shaped vanity is a clever way to give both spouses their space without wasting an inch.

But what I love most about this home isn’t even inside. It’s the lovely, lush backyard with a sparkling pool. This is where family life happens for nine months out of the year. I’m already imagining the pool parties, perhaps with a midcentury or Mad Men theme, natch.

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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 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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