Raymond E. Graham and Casey Barton renovated an East Dallas house at 5823 Canterview Dr. that went under contract in three days. Photo: Casey Barton

Casey Barton (left) and Raymond Graham renovated the East Dallas house at 5823 Canterview Dr. over six months and it went under contract in just three days. The person behind a declined offer for that property turned around and made an offer on another house they’re renovating nearby, which is still a worksite. All photos: Barton & Graham

In last week’s Tuesday Two Hundred, we wrote about a gorgeous East Dallas house in Phenomenal Buckner Terrace Reno Goes Under Contract in Three Days.

The renovation was a masterpiece created by Casey Barton and Raymond E. Graham, who have been renovating and selling houses together for eight years and own the company Barton-Graham Home & Design Firm.

Their work itself is inspiring, but when they showed me before-and-after photos of the Buckner Terrace property and others they’ve renovated, I decided they might be more like magicians than renovators.

East Dallas house

East Dallas house

The kitchen at 5823 Canterview Dr. was an outdated, dungeon-like galley. Barton and Graham opened it up into the former breakfast area, adding a breakfast bar, wine storage, built-in desk, and end shelves, and cabinetry built for the house.

Barton and Graham are both general contractors and interior decorators, and Graham is a Realtor and is getting his broker’s license in May, so they’ve got all their bases covered to offer comprehensive services to clients. They met in 2002 when they lived in the same apartment complex and after three renos together, including one for Barton’s mother, they decided to do it for a living.

“Our first remodel was in 2008 on a little cottage off Henderson on Bonita,” Graham said. “We did a great job and our hard work paid off, and despite the supposed crash of the housing market, we sold it and made a great profit. We knew that if we could be successful on our first renovation in a supposed bad market, then this is what we were meant to do.”

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8526SweetwaterK

After not mentioning the Claremont neighborhood for a while, we’re suddenly seeing gem after gem go on the market there. It’s one of my favorite residential areas in East Dallas, with Midcentury personality, mature trees, and memorable style.

The 1962 ranch-style house at 8526 Sweetwood Drive just came on the market Oct. 31 after an extensive renovation, and it’s got loads of charm packed into its 1,773 square feet. Marketed by Ben Fluno of Chris Arnold Premier Realty for $242,500 (it dropped $2,500 today), I’m actually surprised it’s still on the market. Take a look and I think you’ll agree.

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2352 Wildoak Curb

You already know that we love the Claremont subdivision. This area is populated by mostly 1960s-era ranches, and with its hilly topography, mature trees, and fantastic values, it’s a wonderful neighborhood. In fact, most people don’t even know it’s there!

That’s why you can find an excellent deal in Claremont, like this home from Vivo Realty Group’s Emily Herrig. She has this fabulous listing at 2352 Wildoak, which is a cool renovated ranch with a second-floor addition.

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8334 Banquo Front

Yes, I totally ripped the headline of this post from the “Transformers” slogan, but honestly, I couldn’t think of a better way to describe this interesting home in the East Dallas subdivision of Claremont. I actually ran into a couple who just bought their first home in this area on April 1, and I thought, “We haven’t posted about this area in a while. I need to remedy that.”

So when I was browsing MLS, looking for just the right home to feature, they were all either too small, too outdated, or with too few good photos. And then I saw 8334 Banquo Dr. and I had to fumble around to find my jaw because it had dropped to the floor.

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2344 Pinebluff Front

There is a treasure trove of Midcentury Modern homes in East Dallas, especially in the area surrounding Ferguson Road and Lakeland. After years of hard work and re-investment, this area is making a solid comeback, and some of the homes are getting the attention they deserve.

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This beautiful 1962 Midcentury Modern in the Hillridge neighborhood is a perfect example. Thanks to the seller’s effort, this home has been lovingly preserved and, wouldn’t you guess, after just a few days on the market, 2344 Pinebluff is already under option contract! Seriously, just about any house worth looking at in this price range is already under contract, sometimes after multiple bids above asking. Our short inventory is driving up prices, which is great for areas like this, which have struggled through reinvestment and gentrification after being largely ignored for decades.

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This beauty, listed at $229,000 (a steal for a Mid-Mod in Dallas!) by The Jackson Team Realtor Scott Jackson, has three bedrooms, two full baths, more than 2,100 square feet and a two-car garage — not a car port! Perfect!

Really, I am not surprised that this home was snatched up so quickly, as I love it so much that it hurts! I love the huge brick fireplace, the gorgeous picture windows, and the tall ceilings with exposed beams. This really is an amazing home, with tons of original details.

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The open floorplan is great for entertaining, and just off the dining area is a sunroom with FLOR tiles and plenty of room for a home office. Thanks to the huge windows, you’ll find plenty of inspiration, too, looking out into the backyard.

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Now, the kitchen has a few upgrades, such as the subway tile and open shelving — perfect for storing your vintage dishware and glass collection — and the stainless steel range top, hood, and oven offer a more custom, built-in feel. But the counters are plain-ol’ Formica. This kitchen would look amazing with a stainless steel and butcher block counter, or even a poured concrete one. Only a minor quibble, really, and I do love the cabinets — sleek and understated!

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The master is gorgeous, though, and is a good size at 14 x 12 and thanks to a sliding glass door that opens to the backyard, it gets tons of natural light. The en-suite bath is dated and tiny, but honestly, many homes this age don’t even have master suites, so count your lucky stars, folks!

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The backyard is where this home really shows off, though. The deck is a great place for hosting barbecues, and there’s a firepit, too, perfect for our chilly nights as of late.

Well, if you haven’t fallen in love with this house already, then you need to check your pulse. What an outstanding listing!