Lake Gardens Midcentury Modern is Catnip For Renovators

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When Midcentury Modern homes hit the market, they often get snapped up so quickly that our heads spin. So if you’re desperate to get a Midcentury Modern home with plenty of room for renovations and updates, our Inwood National Bank Home of the Week is your opportunity to get it while it’s hot — and affordable!

This listing from Jenny Capritta is in the nexus of East Dallas’ treasured enclave of Midcentury Modern architecture. The Lake Gardens area of East Dallas’ White Rock Lake neighborhoods has tall trees, winding streets with hilly topography, and an outstanding collection of original and renovated Midcentury Modern homes.

This particular property offers something of a blank slate for those not afraid of taking a home to the studs and remaking it into a showplace. 

Sizable Square Footage

The home totals a relatively large 2,753 square feet with three bedrooms, two full baths, and a galley kitchen. It’s obvious that this Midcentury Modern has had several renovations that have expanded the footprint, but with some time and thought, this home could easily be opened up for more function and continuity. 

What this home doesn’t skimp on is natural light, as Capritta says. 

“Once inside, one will admire the stream of natural light the permeates throughout,” Capritta adds. “A fresh coat of paint and new flooring enhances the open entry, a solarium with skylights, and a large living-dining area with beamed ceiling.”

The living areas really show off the Midcentury Modern pedigree of this home, with its dramatic vaulted ceiling and wall of windows that show off the dramatic, low pitch of the roofline. Expand on the momentum of the entryway and put down new floors to add more contrast.  A more modern ceiling fan and painting those beams on the ceiling would enhance the effect even more.

“The second living area features a vaulted ceiling, a free-standing fireplace, an array of shelving, and views of the lush backyard with pool,” Says Capritta. “A centrally located kitchen can be opened up so one can create their dream space.”

Of course, we can’t ignore how large the lot is. With more than a quarter of an acre and a great little pool, this is easily a summer oasis that you’ll enjoy making your own.

Jenny Capritta with RE/MAX DFW Associates has listed 977 Sylvania Drive for $495,000.


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 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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