Midcentury Ranch on High Valley With Versatile Floor Plan

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Midcentury RanchTucked back behind Forest Lane, Marsh Lane, and Webb Chapel Road is an enclave of Midcentury Ranch homes, homes to families from the late 1950s to today — and they’re still some of the most affordable homes in North Dallas.

Built by Fox & Jacobs, the L-shaped Accent and Flair homes of the 1960s are present in several neighborhoods in North Dallas, especially along Marsh Lane (full disclosure, this writer lives in one, and her family is only the second family to live in the home since it was built in 1961).

So when we found another MidCentury Ranch built by the company brothers Ike and Joe Jacobs and David G. Fox, and discovered it was within the price point for our Tuesday Two Hundred, we pounced.

This three-bedroom, two-bath home at 11850 High Valley Dr. is quite the bargain when you factor in the swimming pool in the backyard. With 1,728 square feet of living space and hardwoods throughout, the two living areas, a galley kitchen that is open to the family room — which has that trademark sloping high ceiling — provide plenty of room manageable room for downsizers (since it has one floor) or a young family.

An oversized master bedroom has a sitting area and walk-in closet, and the en-suite has a soaker tub.

Both of the other two bedrooms are also generously sized, too.

In the backyard, a covered patio means barbecues and pool parties offer a shady respite from the Texas summer heat.

And the school is in the Chapel Hill Preparatory School attendance zone, which is a personalized learning school in Dallas ISD, as well as Marsh Preparatory Academy (also a personalized learning school), and W.T. White High School, which has a collegiate academy that allows participating students to graduate with both a high school diploma and an associates degree. White also met standard and received seven distinctions from the Texas Education Agency this year, making it the only comprehensive high school in the district to win all seven distinctions.

The home is listed for $295,000, by Jill Carpenter with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage – Lakewood/NE Dallas.


Bethany Erickson

Bethany Erickson lives in a 1961 Fox and Jacobs home with her husband, a second-grader, and Conrad Bain the dog. If she won the lottery, she'd by an E. Faye Jones home. She's taken home a few awards for her writing, including a Gold award for Best Series at the 2018 National Association of Real Estate Editors journalism awards, a 2018 Hugh Aynesworth Award for Editorial Opinion from the Dallas Press Club, and a 2019 award from NAREE for a piece linking Medicaid expansion with housing insecurity. She is a member of the Online News Association, the Education Writers Association, the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, and the Society of Professional Journalists. She doesn't like lima beans or the word moist.

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  1. Beth Leath says

    How did they get that pool approved with the gas meter sitting next to it? Also, it seems a tad close to the power lines.

  2. The_Overdog says

    Nice work on the history of the home. Also notice that in 1978 D Magazine article, Plano is Piano and Flower Mound is Rower Mound. Could be a transcription issue, or they could have been obscure enough that the editors didn’t catch it.

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