While I, too, love midcentury modern homes, dealing with the details involved with restoring an older residence doesn’t thrill me. Truly, I’d prefer midcentury lines and feel with the assurance of new construction. That’s just what Virginia Cook Realtor Ed Murchison has listed, all wrapped up in the finishes and feel that modern home buyers in Dallas desire. 

Designed by Josh Nimmo, this home was built as the residence of Dwellings AKC founder Alan Kagan. As Karen Eubank has told us, there’s nothing quite like the personal homes of builders, as these are the houses where you can find detail and value beyond your typical house. 

“Kagan is known for his high-quality, architect-designed modern homes featuring meticulous attention to detail,” Murchison said. Now extrapolate that and add in a dash of excellent location and you get 6035 Prospect Ave., a midcentury modern-inspired residence in walkable East Dallas.

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In these parts, homes designed by AIA award-winning architect Russell Buchanan often command top dollar. Part of that is location, but Buchanan’s work usually lands in some of the very best places. This particular Buchanan-designed home is no exception. Located on a plum lot in the wonderful sustainable and modern development Urban Reserve, 29 Vanguard Way offers exceptional views, amenities, location, value, and style all wrapped in Buchanan’s trademark lines and angles.

“Russell Buchanan is a blue chip architect and to be able to purchase one of his designs for under $700K is a unique opportunity,” says listing agent Ed Murchison, who has priced this gorgeous home with a courtyard pool and gorgeous kitchen at $699,000. Considering the cachet of the neighborhood and the architect, it’s easy to see why this stellar home is our High Caliber Home of the Week presented by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans. Want to make sure this dream home becomes your reality? Contact Lisa today to make your real estate transaction sail through bid to closing! 

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In the world of modern, sustainable architecture, Josh Nimmo‘s work gets top billing in our region. His designs can be spotted in some of the most sought-after locations, from gorgeous townhomes in East Village to the M Streets and beyond. So I was rather perplexed to see one of his designs — an incredible one — in Keller of all places.

However, this High Caliber Home of the Week sponsored by Lisa Peters at Caliber Home Loans works so well in this environment that my initial surprise faded rather quickly. Truly, it’s a modern country estate, as described by listing agent Ed Murchison of Virginia Cook Realtors.

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Lakeland Hills Midcentury

With the popularity of 1950’s homes on the market, our Thursday Three Hundred is sure to please. The Lakeland Hills midcentury at 11008 Glen Echo Ct. is a study in retro appeal, from its pink brick exterior to terrazzo tile entry. Located near Northwest Highway and Plano Road, this home has three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and 1,432 square feet on one story, built in 1959. Let’s take a look!

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The Cliff May-designed home at 2614 Andrea Ln. just listed today for under $300K and it’s one of our five featured open houses this week. Photo: Cameron Spooner Photography

We love bringing you an insider look at hot North Texas properties with our CandysDirt Open Houses of the Week column. Every Thursday, we pick five amazing open houses in Dallas (and the ‘burbs from time to time) you shouldn’t miss.

This week, our houses range in price from $265K to $995K. You’ll find an original Cliff May midcentury modern masterpiece, pictured above, as well as a wonderful Vickery Place Craftsman with period details and modern updates, and more! Let’s take a look.

 

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8813 Diceman Front

Mark Martinek is the designer behind MOD Construction, a firm that designs and builds modern, eco-friendly homes. I’ve always been in love with these properties, how they evoke the same kind of shapes popularized during the 50s, but had facades and materials that were grounded and unique.

If you’ve also been lusting over Martinek’s designs, then you won’t want to miss this property from Virginia Cook agent Ed Murchison. Located on a fun, rolling street in the funky East Dallas enclave of Little Forest Hills, this home is such a delight. Of course, you’ll have to act fast because it hasn’t hit MLS yet. A high-caliber home like this one means you won’t want to waste time with your pre-approval before submitting your best, highest bid. Call Lisa Peters at Caliber Home Loans so that you won’t have any hiccups.

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The living room of a Meadowood Estate designed by Mary Anne Smiley.

The living room of a Meadowood Estate designed by Mary Anne Smiley

Mary Anne Smiley had big plans for herself as a young woman. During childhood, she began drawing house plans and dreamed of a career in architecture.

Several years later, she tried to begin architecture studies at Oklahoma State University. But it was the 1960s, and the dean informed her, “Women do not enroll in architecture.”

Mary Anne Smiley

Mary Anne Smiley

That unfortunate turn of events led her to a different kind of adventure—she decided instead to study interior design and fine art. This began a successful career as an interior designer, and today, Smiley is recognized her as one of the top designers in Dallas. She received a Best of Houzz 2014 award for service, and a Best of Houzz 2015 award for design.

“I went to college with the intention of being an architect, but I am so glad the dean told me women could not enroll in architecture, as I think that would have been so limiting for me,” Smiley said. “I also wanted to be an artist so bad, but realized I did not have the raw talent required for that at that time—during the 60s, if you were not angry, and interested in phallic symbols, you did not have what it took! I think all-in-all, I landed just where I needed to be.”

Smiley’s love of bright color made her a pioneer of its use in Dallas interior design, and a signature of hers is bright spots of pure color against soft pearl-finish backgrounds. She’s also known for her ability to mix antiques and lavish textiles with cutting-edge products, from metallics to recycled plastics.

“I love to mix elements,” she said. “For instance, in the Highland Park contemporary study, for the desk, I used two contemporary chrome bases for a custom acrylic ‘tray’ top with honey onyx insert. The unique thing about this desk that you do not see, is that the onyx has a hollow space that encompasses an LED light grid that lights the onyx top without any evidence of a light source or wiring, as the wiring is concealed inside the chrome base, running directly into the floor, with the transformer for the lighting mounted beneath the floor.”

Today, she brings her talents to clients with her company, Mary Anne Smiley Interiors, creating carefully curated spaces for a range of clients. Her work is simply stunning.

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Ed Murchison has established himself as the go-to Dallas Realtor for midcentury modern properties. He’s marketed and sold some amazing homes that are not only gorgeous, but some are like walking on a Mad Men set — completely preserved in their shag carpet and glitter Formica splendor.

If you’ve wanted to own a midcentury modern home, but have missed all your chances, then you might be able to snatch up this amazing home in East Dallas’ Merriman Park — a fantastic family neighborhood. This home was just featured on Retro Renovation as one of their “time capsules,” and we can see why. Many original details of this lovely home have been preserved, but it’s not without some modern touches.

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