Crestview East Midcentury Home | CandysDirt.com

Our Thursday Three Hundred sings a midcentury song with tons of cool retro features in its 1,545 square feet. Located at 1526 Oates Dr. in the Crestview East neighborhood, this home offers modern updates and finishes that fit in beautifully, too. 

With painted brick walls, a built-in brick planter, vaulted ceilings, and lots of natural light, it feels like a Palm Springs residence. But instead, you’ll be near North Buckner Boulevard and Ferguson Road in a fast-changing neighborhood behind Casa Linda and next to Linwood Park east of White Rock Lake. This dynamic area is seeing lots of activity from buyers who have been priced out of other East Dallas neighborhoods, like Little Forest Hills or Lakewood Heights.  

This one-story Crestview East home has three bedrooms and two bathrooms, built in 1961.

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Lochwood Estates midcentury

Our Tuesday Two Hundred is a Lochwood Estates midcentury that generated multiple offers over asking price after just four days on the market.

This East Dallas neighborhood is affordable and desirable with lush greenbelts, mature trees, lots of wildlife, and close proximity to White Rock Lake. With killer curb appeal and a cute interior, the home at 12030 Sunland St. offers atomic era style. It also has an attached two-car garage, a rarity in the area and big bonus among buyers.

“We thought of pricing it at $249K, but we decided to drop it based on comps to get attention — it helps to get as many eyeballs on it as possible that first weekend,” said listing agent Jason Castro with Keller Williams — Dallas Park Cities. “These sellers need to move quickly. When you have multiple offers it helps you negotiate a lot of terms and helps you get to close quickly without many snags in the process.”

Castro’s strategy worked. He had ten offers as of noon yesterday, and all are above asking price, except one lowball cash offer. He says he expects another five or so. How’s that for a hot property?

This home has three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and 1,173 square feet on on story, built in 1961.

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Lakeland Hills Midcentury

With the popularity of 1950’s homes on the market, our Thursday Three Hundred is sure to please. The Lakeland Hills midcentury at 11008 Glen Echo Ct. is a study in retro appeal, from its pink brick exterior to terrazzo tile entry. Located near Northwest Highway and Plano Road, this home has three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and 1,432 square feet on one story, built in 1959. Let’s take a look!

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Kessler Woods 796 Kessler Woods 1

Our Saturday Eight Hundred is a Kessler Woods contemporary at 706 Kessler Woods Trail, perched at the top of the neighborhood. Listed by David Griffin for $849,500, it’s a rare opportunity to own a home for under a million dollars in what has become one of the hottest neighborhoods in Dallas.

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Modern Mile Home Tour | CandysDirt.com

As Joanna mentioned, it’s fall home tour season in Dallas. One of the events we’re super excited about is this Saturday: the Modern Mile Dallas Home Tour. It’s a celebration of modern architecture in one square mile, and all homes on the tour are walkable within that area.

The Modern Mile properties are bordered by Royal Lane, Midway Road, Walnut Hill Lane, and Marsh Lane in Northwest Dallas. The area is home to Joe’s Creek with its lush greenbelt, arching shade trees, and wildlife. Some of the neighborhood’s original low-slung midcentury modern homes were actually built in 1954 as part of a nationwide “parade of homes.” At the time, they got national and local attention for their sleek MCM style. Other homes in the area are products of the 1960s and 1970s, and many are intact and renovated for modern living. There has also been a resurgence of architecturally significant contemporary structures built in the area.

We sat down with Patti and Bill Reynolds, owners of one of the homes on the Modern Mile Dallas Home Tour at 10608 Royal Springs Dr. Their home is a midcentury modern masterpiece, originally around 1,600 square feet and built by architect Dave Huddleston in 1957.

They almost doubled its size through renovations in 2010 with Michael Bausch Architects, adding a second story at the rear of the house, bringing it to 3,073 square feet. The integrity of the original house is still intact and the Reynolds were totally respectful to the original design—the home retains its “street scale.”

It’s an excellent example of organic architecture that works within the boundaries of a home’s vintage style and adds on in a natural way. They went to great lengths to do these big renovations and embrace what was already in their midcentury home.

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dallas mid century modern homesIf you’ve got a hankering for a taste of Midcentury style, our Thursday Three Hundred promises total satisfaction.

Located in the Lake and Garden District’s University Manor neighborhood at 7139 Edgerton Dr., this quintessential 1950’s gem is a 3-2 with 1,502 square feet, built in 1954. It’s a time capsule of atomic era flat planes and glass walls; open, bright rooms; and manicured outdoor living spaces that makes it hard to decide which is better, indoors or out.

It was listed yesterday by Erin Birdsong with Redfin for $364,900. (There’s a broker open house today from 4-6 p.m., and a public open house Saturday, April 9, from noon to 2 p.m.)

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dallas open houses

The home at 3616 Edgewater St. is one of four Dallas open houses we’re featuring this week in our round-up.

Who needs the holidays to be filled with good cheer when there’s such great real estate on the market?

We’ve rounded up four Dallas open houses for you to visit this weekend. They range in price from $399,990 to $1.199 million, and show a range of inventory on the market now!

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Summer Riggins

Summer Riggins took an outdated cottage in East Dallas and transformed it into a contemporary, elegant haven with luxe features and a custom-build feel. Photo: MetroplexHD

Two weeks ago, an East Dallas property in Old Lake Highlands went on the market and was featured as the CandysDirt Thursday Three Hundred. It caught our eye with its custom-build features; cohesive, elegant look; and Midcentury vibe.

The response was overwhelmingly positive, and people swooned over the details of this big renovation that turned a dated cottage into a chic, welcoming home. (It also went under contract in 12 days, proving our readers have great taste!)

The woman behind the transformation of 561 Classen Dr. is Summer Riggins, a Dallas-area pharmaceutical rep who is self-taught and does this work in her free time.
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summer riggins

Photo: MetroplexHD

After you’ve picked your jaw up off the floor, take a moment to look through the before-and-after photos of this house to appreciate the scale of the reno that Riggins undertook. This was not just paint and floors: Riggins reimagined almost every area and made careful changes to reflect a California Midcentury Modern ranch aesthetic, honed over years of study and practice on multiple smaller projects. The Classen house is almost unrecognizable from its pre-renovation state.

Riggins has been on the path to “renovation virtuoso” since childhood.

“While I haven’t completed a [complete] home renovation prior to this one, I did grow up in a household where it wasn’t uncommon to come home from school and find an exterior wall knocked down, with a smile across my mom’s face and a directive we would be rebuilding it as a family,” she said.

Riggins once got sent to her room for not properly drawing layouts for the home she wanted to build one day.

“I truly wanted to be an architect and I’ve always had visions of living spaces running through my head,” she said. “I guess I thought everyone else did, too.”

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