Tucked away on a cul-de-sac in North Dallas is a whole host of interesting midcentury modern homes, many of them untouched by renovation. This week’s High Caliber Home shows fans of the architectural style what living in the Rat Pack era would have felt like, complete with original double stove in the kitchen and — PINK BATHROOMS.

It’s a listing from modern home specialist with David Griffin & Co. Brandon Stewart, and we’re absolutely smitten with this beautiful time warp in Hill Haven Heights — our High Caliber Home of the Week sponsored by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans. Ready to make this midcentury modern your own? Call Lisa Peters now to get the best loan for your homebuying needs — especially if you plan to do this home justice. While we love a good midcentury time warp, this property could use some TLC and a vision.

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Rarely do we come across a home that is an urban contemporary through and through. So color us thrilled when Virginia Cook Realtor Angela Downes reached out to us about this white hot contemporary in North Dallas. Not only that, but this home, situated north of Preston Trails Golf Club and west of Preston Road, is inside the Dallas city limits, but located within the boundaries of Plano ISD. 

And the spaces inside this home, with their soaring ceilings and huge windows, are a breath of fresh air. It’s no wonder then that we’ve named this artful urban contemporary our High Caliber Home of the Week sponsored by Lisa Peters at Caliber Home Loans. There’s so much to love in this luxurious, clean-lined home that we cannot wait to show you.

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One of my favorite lines from Dirty Dancing is when Patrick Swayze saunters up to Frances “Baby” Houseman, who is sitting at a table with her family, and says, rather iconically:  “Nobody puts Baby in a corner.”

However, I have a small issue with this. Perhaps he should have asked her if she wanted to be there? Maybe Baby wanted to sit in the corner? What’s wrong with corners, anyway?

Sometimes, in fact, corners are fantastic. Especially if we’re talking about corner units. That’s part of what makes our High Caliber Home of the Week sponsored by Lisa Peters at Caliber Home Loans so fantastic. It’s a deliciously bright corner unit townhome in Uptown, and it offers a perfect rebuttal to Johnny’s declaration (though after that hot number on the stage at Kellerman’s, we forgive him).

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When some people hear the words “family home” when describing a house, they automatically expect a beige yawn-fest with builder-grade carpet and a bonus room that will eventually be lousy with toys and a minefield of mismatched Legos. And truth be told, not every family wants to live in a house that feels boring, tired, and just another place for kids to scatter shoes and backpacks.
 
Lucky for you, Sam Saladino with David Griffin & Company has a listing in Kessler Park that combines family living and plenty of style. It’s a house for parents who like to host parties and for kids who beg off the occasional sleepover. It’s a split level with a split personality, and this Oak Cliff cutie is a shoo-in as High Caliber Home of the Week sponsored by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans. If you are in the market for a family home that doesn’t look like a “family home,” look no further!

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As teardowns in the increasingly dense East Village area create new opportunities for urban infill, more and more award-winning architects are designing new riffs on the classic townhome structure. This particular project — the Deere Street Residences — was designed by Dallas-based FAR+DANG Architecture and is a particularly beautiful example. 

We’re thrilled to feature this listing from David Griffin & Co. Realtor Don Neilson as our High Caliber Home of the Week sponsored by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans. Packed to the gills with over-the-top, luxury upgrades, you’ll be amazed at what you can find in this spectacularly executed unit.

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Bart Thrasher is nothing if not honest with his clients. And when Matt Simons wanted to renovate 5235 Vickery Blvd., Thrasher was reluctant to hitch onto the project. The home was in such a sad state that, as Thrasher admitted, it was a better candidate for a teardown. But Simons wouldn’t be dissuaded, and Thrasher, who is not one to back down from a challenge, fully signed on for the stem-to-stern renovation of this charming Vickery Place Craftsman bungalow. 

The results speak for themselves, and we couldn’t be happier to call this incredible project our High Caliber Home of the Week sponsored by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans. It’s a huge success story for Thrasherworks, the design/build firm helmed by Karen and Bart Thrasher that focuses on historic renovation and commercial spaces that inspire. We can’t wait to see what they do next, but first, let’s ogle the results of this completely redone 1923 Craftsman bungalow.  

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Wynnewood North, an Oak Cliff neighborhood originally developed by Angus Wynne Jr., was once a magnet for doctors. That’s how it became known as “Pill Hill” in the 1950s and 1960s. In fact, many of the doctors that called Wynnewood home actually worked with Wynne — the developer who would build Wynnewood Village and Six Flags Over Texas — to design their homes. And you can still see the personal touches of Dr. Jack Harper, a longtime friend of Wynne who served in the Pacific during World War II, in 534 Monssen Drive, this week’s High Caliber Home of the Week sponsored by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans.

While the history of this home and neighborhood is rich and interesting, we love how much attention it’s getting from people who know good homes when they see them. “I find it interesting that a number of Realtors live in Wynnewood North,” says Diane Sherman of David Griffin & Co. “Makes good sense since Realtors understand good value.”

Diane is co-listing this particularly lovely ranch on a corner lot with her son, Vinnie Sherman. “It’s definitely a family affair,” she joked.

And Wynnewood, with its streets named for World War II destroyers, has been home to families for years, and those bonds remain strong. This home on Monssen has a fully updated kitchen, but still retains the original charm in both of its bathrooms and throughout the bright and airy living spaces. There are plenty of windows — some of them are the original steel casement — from which you can see the beautiful mature trees that Dr. Harper himself planted.

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In East Dallas, the neighborhoods with great schools, walkable streets, and adorable houses tend to be the hottest. One such neighborhood that has seen incredible appreciation is Wilshire Heights. 

“I live in the neighborhood so I’m particularly partial to it,” says David Griffin & Co. Realtor Sam Claussen. “It’s a quiet neighborhood with an active voluntary homeowners association. While there have been some tear-downs in the neighborhood it seems to have maintained much of it’s original charm from when it was initially conceived.”

If that original charm is what you’re after, you can’t do much better than Claussen’s new listing, which has yet to hit the market. It’s our High Caliber Home of the Week sponsored by Lisa Peters at Caliber Home Loans. Plus, if you’re a family looking to get into a great school attendance area, take note! This particular property is in the highly acclaimed Stonewall Jackson Elementary attendance area.  

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