There are some homes that, upon seeing them, your shoulders drop and you let out a deep breath.  Aaaaahhhh … That’s exactly what you’ll do upon visiting this gorgeous, secluded-feeling Oak Point farmhouse listed by David Griffin & Company Realtor Lori Ericsson

This picture-perfect abode set on a large, landscaped lot is the perfect High Caliber Home of the Week for people ready to leave the hustle and bustle of the city behind, but don’t want to feel like they’re out in the boonies. Ready to sign on the dotted line? Our High Caliber Home of the Week is presented by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans, a seasoned mortgage professional that can get you the perfect loan for your dream home. Call her today!

Ready to relax and unwind in your Oak Point haven? 

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Lake Terrace Midcentury Modern

You’re probably already familiar with the Lake Terrace neighborhood of East Dallas, though you might not know it yet. Bounded by Northcliff Drive, Peavy Road, East Lake Highlands Drive, and Kirkwood Drive, this little area features some wonderful midcentury modern homes and post-war ranches, some of which have been lovingly preserved and updated. When David Griffin & Company Realtor Jennifer Rice told me she would soon have an East Dallas midcentury modern on the market, I was so pleased to find out that it was not only a splendid example of a Lake Terrace midcentury modern, but that it was the personal home of her and her husband, Joshua. 

Why is that important? Because he’s the Joshua Rice behind Joshua Rice Design — an interior design firm that does amazing work in several contexts, as well as bespoke furniture design. He honed his skills under the acclaimed Bodron+Fruit and has gone on to work on some of the most significant modern homes in the city.

So in 9810 Northcliff Drive, sited right across the street from award-winning Hexter Elementary, you get a high-impact capsule of midcentury modern design completely renovated by a celebrated interior designer and marketed by an especially popular Realtor. If that doesn’t say “power couple,” we might as well redefine the term. 

All the more reason to name this exceptional property, which hits the market this week, our High Caliber Home of the Week presented by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans. We know you’ll fall in love with this Lake Terrace midcentury modern, so call Lisa Peters today to put in your highest and best offer on this one-of-a-kind home.

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Fans of Frank Lloyd Wright will fall in love with this exceptional, thoughtfully designed contemporary that captures the most alluring elements of the natural environment and translates them into a structure that harmonizes with its surroundings. That’s what Janelle Alcantara feels about this gorgeous home designed by architect Doug Guiling of GAIA Texas. The stunning estate, set on a beautiful creekside lot, is not only beautiful on the outside, but it’s functional throughout.

It was love at first sight for us with this High Caliber Home of the Week presented by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans. And truly, this house has everything you could ever want wrapped in bold lines, bountiful natural light, and top-of-the-line finishes. And it lives just as good as it looks, too.

“This house is so different from the formula that other builders use,” Alcantara said. “Other builders design houses with as many large, open spaces as possible.  This typically means there is a “wow” factor when you open the front door. However, with that comes little regard for how people actually live in a house. Often, the ability to furnish a house, with proper seating arrangements, lighting, and viewing angles of the TV are sacrificed along with the lack of privacy that occurs when the whole house is visible from the front yard.”

This contemporary in Hockaday Square offers bright interiors without sacrificing privacy from the curb.

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Hampton HillsThe Hampton Hills neighborhood is one of the few remaining mostly undisturbed groups of post-war cottages left in Dallas — and many of them were built by one family.

According to local lore, Oak Cliff Realtor Wiley Roberts and his sons took on the post-war housing shortage by committing to building in Hampton Hills. Although the neighborhood was established in the early-to-mid 1920s, the Roberts family put their stamp on the finish-out of the neighborhood, so to speak, by building homes that were asymmetrical in style with an off-center entry, and generally on corner lots.

Our High Caliber Home of the Week presented by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans is a Hampton Hills cottage, circa 1950, on a corner lot. The spacious three-bedroom, two-bath home has all the original charm you’d expect of a Hampton Hills post-war home, but has been carefully and smartly updated for today’s needs and sensibilities, and is listed by Jason Melton of David Griffin & Company. (more…)

With East Dallas midcentury modern homes being as hot as they are, it feels like an exercise in futility to fall in love with one. Just as soon as we see one of these highly coveted homes, it’s snapped up by a similarly eager buyer before we can say “earnest money.”
 
Lucky for us, we happened on this week’s High Caliber Home of the Week presented by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans before any other would-be buyer hungry for clean lines and natural light. It’s a fabulous Lake Highlands North midcentury modern listed by David Collier and Jennifer Rice of David Griffin & Company Realtors. 
 
It has all the hallmarks of coveted East Dallas midcentury modern homes that we ogle, as well as some smart upgrades and some details left untouched!

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The invisible borders within the area we call “North Dallas” are many. You can live in North Dallas with Plano ISD or Richardson ISD schools, and then there are the subdivisions within the area, too, which each have their own unique character.

A great example of the diversity in location and architecture for the North Dallas area can be found in our High Caliber Home of the Week presented by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans. This listing from David Griffin & Co. agent Robert Kucharski, a 1970s soft contemporary in the Peyton-Alpha Estates subdivision, is completely loaded and at a great price, too! 

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Oak Cliff is just lousy with beautiful historic homes, but it can be somewhat of a crapshoot buying a flip that is older than a certain age. And some neighborhoods have a diverse array of homes from different periods, none quite so striking as the Dells District. This neighborhood, according to Heritage Oak Cliff, features brick and stone cottages from the ’20s and ’30s originally developed by a Mr. Irwin — hence the name of one of the major streets, Irwindell. More houses were built after World War II in the ranch vernacular.

The Dells District is also home to this adorable, exceptionally renovated listing from Phillip Murrell of Compass, which is also our High Caliber Home of the Week presented by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans. 

“One sure-fire way to recognize a solid remodel is when the builder thoughtfully reconfigures and modernizes a historic home, but restores as much of the distinct, original features as possible,” Murrell said. “The next lucky owner will enjoy a ‘like-new’ home without sacrificing the soul and story that makes it extraordinary.” 

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By now, everyone in the real estate industry is familiar with the term “flip.” And if you’re looking for an example of a “flip,” look no further than pretty much every single block in Midway Hollow. The area is lousy with them — both the good ones and the less than great ones. So, if you’re a real estate investor looking to make a buck, how do you make your flip stand out from the rest? 

First, you’re asking the wrong question. You should be wondering how you can do better than just a “flip.” The answer is in our High Caliber Home of the Week presented by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans. It’s a listing from David Griffin & Company Realtor Janelle Alcantara in Glen Cove that is not just any “flip” — it’s a rebuild.

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