Our Splurge: 3 W King Street, Abbottstown, Pennsylvania is listed by Dick Tucker of Howard Hanna Camp Hill for $1,190,000.

All Hallows’ Eve is just one day away, so it has us thinking of America’s spookiest cities. Near the top of everyone’s list is Gettysburg, Pennsylvania – known for its numerous sightings of the 51,000 soldiers who died in one of the bloodiest battles of the Civil War. Teeming with ghostly encounters, including those with Confederate General, Robert E. Lee, the city makes for one thrilling Halloween getaway. (more…)

Rendering of the “Wall House,” an addition to Phillip Johnson’s Glass House, designed by internationally renowned Reja Bakh, currently offered for $7.7 million.

Architecture buffs may want to pull out the pocket books for this one. A rare “livable version” of Philip Johnson’s Glass House just hit the market for $7.7 million and includes the 1953-built Alice Ball House, plus a modern design complement by renowned architect Reja Bakh. The iconic beauty sits on 2.2 heavily wooded acres in New Canaan, Connecticut, offering a combined 11,000 square feet of elegant indoor-outdoor entertaining.

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Cliff May East Dallas Home Leads the Way Among Our Dallas Open Houses | CandysDirt.com

We do the hard work every week to find the most wonderful open houses every week. Every Thursday, we pick three fabulous open houses in Dallas (and the ‘burbs from time to time) you shouldn’t miss.

One of the houses in our CandysDirt.com Open Houses of the Week this week is a Cliff May-designed beauty. 

“[That house] was designed by famed architect Cliff May in 1956 and was featured in the Casa View Cliff May Home Tour in 2016,” said listing agent Mindy Oglesby-Niehaus with JP & Associates Plano. “It was a favorite to many tour goers as they said it felt as though they were up in the trees. Cliff May’s architectural design was focused on indoor and outdoor entertaining and boasts classic midcentury design elements.”

This week, our houses range in price from $299,000 to $2,999,999. Which ones will you visit? 

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4605 Watauga Road

We have a real estate trifecta for you today. It has a historic pedigree, excellent location, and flawless updates. This Dilbeck, midcentury modern home has been updated by Bodron + Fruit, one of the best architecture and design firms in the country. It’s located at 4605 Watauga in Bluffview on over an acre of land, and as listing agent Julie Boren, with Dave Perry-Miller, told us, “It’s only three minutes from Love Field— and that’s if  you hit every red light!”

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mayrath house

Original Geneva cabinets are just one of the Midcentury Modern wonders in the iconic Mayrath house, located at 10707 Lennox Ln. in Northwest Dallas near the Straight Lane estates.

For all of its progress toward becoming a world-class city, Dallas still has a lot to learn about the value of historic architecture.

We are tear-down happy. The list of demolished Dallas buildings with significant historic and architectural value would go on for pages. But here are a few recent examples:

We might have another situation happening now. The Mayrath house at 10707 Lennox Ln. is a Midcentury Modern gem. It was designed by Dallas architect and homebuilder Truett A. Bishop in 1956, and is largely unchanged since then.

Photo: Michael Amonett

Photo: Michael Amonett

A Dallas Times Herald article from Sept. 23, 1957, titled Not a Splinter of Wood Used In Outstanding Home in Dallas, describes the Mayrath House like this:

Wood, the most frequently used material in homes, is completely shunned in the home of one Dallas family. There isn’t so much as a splinter of wood in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Martin Mayrath, 10707 Lennox Lane…Built on columns of steel, the two story house is constructed with aluminum, glass, concrete and Austin stone. It may look like a country club at first glance, but it is a luxury home—one that probably is not equaled in the vast Southwest.

In terms of architectural value, this Northwest Dallas home near Royal Lane and Inwood Road is priceless. But it was listed Jan. 18 by Sharon Quist with Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate for $2.5 million, which is just the lot value.

That means the iconic Mayrath house and all its Midcentury significance is likely to face the wrecking ball, probably replaced by another generic McMansion or faux château.

When discussing this possible fate for the Mayrath house, a friend commented, “That is so Dallas.” But it doesn’t have to be. This home is worth saving.

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The Trammell Crow home in Highland Park was in that family for more than 50 years. Now it's time for new owners to enjoy the 10,000-square-foot house. Photo: courtesy of Dallas Morning News.

The Trammell Crow home in Highland Park was in that family for more than 50 years. Now it’s time for new owners to enjoy the 10,000-square-foot house. Photo: courtesy of Dallas Morning News & Allie Beth Allman

A slice of local history has hit the market, with the Highland Park estate of the late Dallas real estate developer and art collector Trammell Crow and his late wife Margaret now listed with Allie Beth Allman & Associates.

Located between Preston Road and Turtle Creek Boulevard, the 10,000-square-foot Tudor-style house has a price tag that reflects storied history, palatial size, and tony location: at $59.4 million, this is one of the highest priced properties ever listed in the area. As of now, this is an off-market listing not yet in the MLS.

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Personal taste is such a funny thing. When it comes to gorgeous homes I can’t afford, I feel like my personal taste swings wildly in all directions, and regardless of how different one house can be from the last luxury love affair, I still picture myself moving in.

With my affinity for Craftsman bungalows, modern architecture, and Texas prairie homes, why, oh why am I in love with 7210 Lakewood? The Clifford Hutsell-designed estate doesn’t even remotely fit into any of these categories, and yet there I am, trying to find a spot for my brass-footed dining table and my reading chair.

I guess it’s because there are so many gorgeous details in this 1936 mansion marketed by The Jackson Team at Dave Perry-Miller. The stained glass is amazing, with cerulean and sage hues that are repeated throughout the home’s interior and exterior. The light fixtures are amazing, too, with Tiffany glass and gorgeous chandeliers popping up in unexpected places.

Hutsell, who was known for his Spanish Colonial homes, was prolific in both Lakewood and Highland Park. Many of the features Hutsell was known for remain intact, such as the ceramic tile mosaics framing many of the home’s entryways, the custom ironwork, coved ceilings, and the gorgeous stained glass. He was obsessed with the Spanish Colonial Revival homes of the rich and famous in Beverly Hills, and his work reflects it.

Considering what you get with this 3,146-square-foot house — Lakewood schools, an amazing pool, almost a half-acre in one of the most desirable neighborhoods in Dallas — this historic home is a downright deal at just $1,349,000.

So what’s your favorite architectural style? What kind of home are you drawn to?