Sing Some Sinatra, Mix Your Martinis for this Merriman Park Midcentury

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One of the biggest trends in design is midcentury modern. People can’t get enough of the clean lines, bold colors, and retro appeal associated with this era. Our Thursday Three Hundred at 7024 Whitehill St. will delight any 1950’s design enthusiast with its original features and amenities. 

This Merriman Park midcentury maintains many of its MCM elements, like Terrazzo tile floors and an original stacked stone fireplace, yet functions well for today’s modern lifestyle. This home has three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and 1,549 square feet, built in 1956. 

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The Merriman Park/University Manor neighborhood is actually two residential developments situated in northeast Dallas. It’s an established area with big trees, a strong sense of community, and close proximity to White Rock Lake and other East Dallas delights. 

Located near Skillman Street and Abrams Road, this property delights with its curb appeal. Retro breeze blocks highlight the two-car carport and a mature tree shades the house. A turquoise works beautifully with the pink brick exterior. 

Walk inside and take in the gorgeous Terrazzo tile floors, which continue throughout the dining and living spaces. In the living room, exposed wood beams highlight the vaulted ceilings and clerestory window. The stacked stone fireplace and wood paneling make the room cozy, while a wall of windows flood the space with natural light. A modern ceiling fan adds some air circulation and light without messing up the MCM vibe. Good choice. 

In the nearby dining room, find exposed beams and graphic wallpaper that adds a pop of bold color, which also has built-in shelves. 

Another signature element of MCM style is the pass-through kitchen, found off the dining room. This space has been updated, but not anytime recently. It is probably due for a renovation and offers a decent-sized footprint for that to happen. 

The master bedroom and its bath make some bold design choices that work well. The bedroom features graphic wallpaper against one wall. The bath marries bold wallpaper with the original pink tile for a winning combination. The second bath also offers original tile and cabinetry, updated with fresh paint colors and new countertop. 

The backyard is defined by the lush greenery and trees that provide a canopy of shade. There is a partially covered patio and a wood privacy fence. 

This Merriman Park Midcentury was listed July 28 by Ed Murchison with Virginia Cook Realtors for $380,000.

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Leah Shafer

Leah Shafer is a content and social media specialist, as well as a Dallas native, who lives in Richardson with her family. In her sixth-grade yearbook, Leah listed "interior designer" as her future profession. Now she writes about them, as well as all things real estate, for

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  1. LonestarBabs says

    I’d do a countertop and appliance update in the kitchen but would leave as much of the original personality there intact. Would be a shame to rip it out and have another black/grey/white blah installation. Maybe a few glass cabinet door inserts would freshen it but I wouldn’t do much more. Just my taste and we all know tastes differ (and can be questionable!) in this town. I’m sure some will say the bathrooms need to be gutted, but again I say that with just a little tweaking the original personality can remain intact.

    If someone is an aficionado of MCM then why buy one and rip out the character?

    • Jon Anderson says

      If you’re tall, the bathroom counter height is likely mid-thigh and the shower is nipple-high. Jus’ sayin’.

  2. Sean M. says

    Breeze blocks? Terrazzo? Those bathrooms! Yes, please! Ed always gets the great ones. I agree with LonestarBabs on the quartz counter/appliance update and I would probably do something different with the landscaping out back (remove the ground cover). The appliances aren’t original, so I don’t feel bad changing them out. Pretty minimal stuff, really. Great post!

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