Get ready to lace up your sneakers and embrace your burning love for midcentury modern architecture, friends. The third annual Modern Mile Home Tour is almost upon us! This incredible tour showcases a mix of authentic, 1950s-built marvels and architecturally significant modern homes that’s sure to tickle your modern-loving fancy.
Among the stops on this October tour are a minimalist modernized ranch, a Chinese modern that’s an uber-cool swinging 60s pad, a new build, and a party-ready contemporary. And all these fabulous homes are nestled into one, totally walkable square mile. Bordered by Royal Lane and Midway Road, and Walnut Hill and Marsh Lanes, the neighborhood is an absolute modern treasure trove. There’s even a bonus house this year that you won’t want to miss, just a neighborhood away.
Ready for a sneak peek? Hop on over, because after the jump we’ve got eye candy by architectural photographer Aaron Dougherty. House descriptions are adapted from those provided by the Modern Mile Dallas 2017 Home Tour.
4098 Royal Lane
Built in 1960, this Chinese Modern Home with Flying Eaves is a neighborhood icon. Alex spotted the home soon after relocating to Dallas and decided right away it would be theirs one day. With a hip Swinging ’60s vibe, this home is furnished with authentic midcentury furniture and art, and even has two-inch-thick shag carpet! Newly planted, cold-hardy palm trees are the picture-perfect accent for the front garden. The back garden and pool complete the awesome tropical environment. Where’s my Mai Tai?
3908 Regent Circle
This home’s owner said, “I’ve always wanted a midcentury home with a step down living room.”And then she found this 1962 MCM home and a transforming “to the studs” renovation ensued. The ceilings in several rooms now follow the roofline, or to were raised to nine feet, resulting in a spacious and modern feel for the small home. Luscious finishes and rich vibrant paint colors provide a visual context for the modern art. The retro Mylar wallcovering on the ceiling of the home office provides a nod to its heritage. The custom designed, well-lit master closet is a fashionista’s delight.
4071 Creekdale Drive
This minimalist modernized ranch is an easy-living, up-to-date home with great art and modern furniture designed with entertaining in mind. Taking a standard 1953 ranch home layout, the couple completely rearranged many spaces for an open-flowing floor plan that fits a modern lifestyle and showcases art collected over years and travels. With the resident gourmet cook in mind, the new kitchen is a well-designed and efficient layout. Nothing says luxury like a well-appointed master bath. The rear garden focal point is the pool and the new floor-length windows provide great connection to it, the outdoor spaces, and shady garden and add to the modern feel.
10507 Eastlawn Drive
One of the new builds in the neighborhood, this lofty, light-filled, party-ready contemporary home showcases the owner’s art glass collection in custom niches. There is even a glass art floor on the second level! Truly a modern day home, it’s created for entertaining, complete with a gourmet kitchen and a media room. Designed to be highly energy efficient, the home includes a solar array, which will save money while making the homeowners more comfortable, with much greater indoor air quality, and less maintenance. The garden spaces are surrounded by uniquely designed fences and the low-water-use and low-maintenance landscape mean more pool time for the owners.
Modern Mile Dallas 2017 Home Tour
Saturday, Oct. 7, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Walnut Hill Elementary School
10115 Midway Rd
Dallas, TX 75229
Tickets are $20 and proceeds benefit Walnut Hill Elementary School. Plan on sticking around after the tour, too, because there will be food trucks, music, and pop-up vintage shops at the school.