White Rock Forest Midcentury Ranch Takes Trendy Risks

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It’s the stuff HGTV series are made of, and considering the runaway success of Flip or Flop Fort Worth, we have to wonder if Daniel and Stesha Gearner are the next wedded pair to take on the mantle of the popular real estate reality series. 

With an unapologetically hipster aesthetic, the Gearners infused trendy style in this White Rock Forest home. Once a tired ranch, the couple breathed new life into this midcentury ranch, to great aplomb. Truly, 8715 Fawn Drive is perfect for a family of little deer, and therefore an easy choice for our High Caliber Home of the Week presented by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans. It’s another fantastic East Dallas listing from David Collier and Jennifer Rice of David Griffin & Company.


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Of course, we were in love with the property from the minute we spotted that adorable baby pink front door. It’s just perfect, and definitely foreshadows the adorableness in store within this 1956-built ranch.

“The owners are quite chic, and are very intentional in how they live their lives,” Rice said of the Gearners. ” You can really see and feel this in their home.  It is warm, comfortable, beautiful, and most importantly … highly functional.”

In fact, Stesha and Daniel managed to bring what was once a dated property into the now in such a way that neighbors were completely impressed with the flip, which is the seventh from the couple.


“We received great feedback during and after the completion of this project,” Stesha said. “Residents who have been living in White Rock Valley for decades were ecstatic to see a midcentury home renovated as opposed to tearing down and building another monstrosity!”

It’s true — the neighborhood has been a hotbed of new builds, as investors keen on making a large return on the sought-after White Rock Elementary attendance area have torn down petite ranches like 8715 Fawn Drive. It’s changed the character of the neighborhood, which is tight knit and family oriented, and benefits from the quirky atmosphere, complete with a muster of peacocks that patrols the streets. 

One of the bedrooms inside 8715 Fawn Drive is staged as a great little study.

“Our goal is always to preserve history and the uniqueness of [a home] and pair it with the comforts of modern living,” Stesha added. “Many of our staging pieces are sourced from local businesses and makers. We love the opportunity to support other small businesses like us. We strive to let the things that inspire us, create a space that will inspire others.”

Well, we’re totally inspired by the finish-out and style of this lovely 2,133-square-foot, three-bedroom, two-bathroom home, which brings in warm brushed brass, bright white paint, espresso hardwood floors, and gorgeous polished concrete. And there’s so much unexpected versatility, too. 

“It’s a really clean-lined, solid midcentury house. They didn’t open it up too much, so there’s still a good sense of space throughout,” Collier said. “They took a kind of an old, antiquated, one-story house and transformed it into something that is relevant.”

We love that the master suite has a great, compact layout, with a large double vanity with an oversized shower. The second bathroom has a great tub and beautiful vanity. 


The home also has a lovely mudroom/utility area with tons of extra storage, as well as a workspace — perfect for managing the household or for Christmas gift wrapping. 

“I’m proud of them and I’m proud to be working with them. It’s exciting to see how well it turned out,” Collier added. “It’s just warm and comfortable.”



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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