Soft contemporary
Shelby: I’m a sucker for 1980s soft contemporary homes, so this year-end round-up of 2018’s best Suburb Sunday features my personal favorite suburban homes from the 60s, 70s, and 80s.

1960s Suburban Homes

Address: 2885 Meadow Port Drive, Farmers Branch

  • Four bedrooms, three bathrooms
  • 2,302 square feet
  • $420,000

The exterior of this 1962 home looks like a traditional red-brick home, but the interior was renovated to the bones with a dramatic open stairway that wows as you walk in. Grey walls with white trim throughout, plus an on-trend kitchen with grey and white granite counters, and stainless appliances. The dining room features a unique shiplap accent walls and custom lighting. Access to anywhere since this lovely home is located near Josey Lane and Interstate 635 Service Road.


Mimosa Front

You don’t see a whole lot of midcentury modern homes in this area of North Dallas, so expect this gorgeous home at 7208 Mimosa to go fast! This is one of those homes that begs for a great twilight exterior shot — it showcases the details of what makes this home so stunning! The symmetry! The clerestory windows! The ample front yard! All of it really draws you in from the curb — a great asset when it comes to marketing a property, that’s for sure.

Mimosa Foyer

Built in 1963 and updated here and there, this home is a great for a family with style. It has four bedrooms, three and a half baths, and more than 2,800 square feet. The vaulted ceilings make the space feel much larger, too, which is a bonus. I also love the exposed brick in the living and breakfast rooms, too.

Mimosa Living and Dining

What I am not loving, however, is all of the carpet. I could understand a large, graphic rug in the living room, and maybe another in the dining area, but wall-to-wall carpeting is a trend that happily died in the 80s. The new owner will probably want to put in some cool hardwoods in the living areas and bedrooms and invest in some fabulous rugs from SMINK or Scott + Cooner, perhaps. It would definitely be an improvement.

Mimosa Breakfast

I do love the bright paint and very simple cabinetry in the kitchen, which keeps this room true to mid-century style. There are stainless steel appliances, though, that keep the kitchen from feeling dated, and the gleaming black countertops are a perfect foil for that. I am a little disappointed by the backsplash, which would have been perfect as a glass subway tile or mosaic. Easy to fix, though!

Mimosa Kitchen

I do love all of the French doors and floor-to-ceiling windows that make this home a truly bright space. The master bedroom benefits from that, too, with an ample size that really capitalizes on the sliding glass doors, which open to the backyard. The master suite has two separate vanities and a shower/tub combo. It’s not spa-like, but it gets the job done, right?

Mimosa Master Mimosa Master Bath Mimosa Master Closet

Of course, many people will just see the midcentury modern characteristics and just jump on this Brandon Stewart listing, which is priced at $585,000. I know I would!