The whole of North Dallas is full of houses with excellent bones. These homes, many built in the 1970s, are just waiting for the right person to come along and revive them. I’ve long been in love with the bold, angular rooflines, vaulted ceilings, and open floor plans of 1970s soft contemporary architecture, and I get quite giddy when I see one that’s received an especially good-looking facelift. 

That’s what happened when Ernesto Miranda, Principal of Magellan Architects (formerly Walker + Miranda), took on 6212 Emeraldwood Place in the Northwood Hills neighborhood. Located just south of Belt Line Road and west of Hillcrest, this neighborhood is chock full of 1070s soft contemporary architecture. If you own one of these houses and need some inspiration for what’s possible, look no further than this Northwood Hills soft contmporary — our High Caliber Home of the Week presented by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans

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For the longest time, the neighborhoods surrounding CityPlace were all one- and two-story bungalows and cottages, some of which had been rental properties for so long that the neglect from absentee landlords became irreversible. And as the demand for modern, urban living has increased along the US 75 corridor, this neighborhood — now dubbed East Village — has experienced a significant architectural renaissance with modern townhomes going up at a record pace. 

One such example is our High Caliber Home of the Week presented by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans. This fabulous East Village townhome marketed by David Griffin & Company Realtor Don Neilson gives you a fabulous and bright two-story floor plan with sleek and chic modern industrial finishes that are a boon for frequent entertainers, empty nesters, and those who crave privacy.

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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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We love bringing you an insider look at hot North Texas properties with our CandysDirt.com Open Houses of the Week column. Every Thursday, we pick three fabulous open houses in Dallas (and the ‘burbs from time to time) you shouldn’t miss.

This week, our houses range in price from $459,900 to $730,ooo.  Take a look! 

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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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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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Appealing El Tivoli Place Property Sits Among Winding, Hilly Streets in Oak Cliff | CandysDirt.com

We’ve found an appealing El Tivoli Place house in Oak Cliff with just the right updates. Sitting in a neighborhood of winding streets, hilly terrain, creeks, and mature shade trees, this home has a serene and quiet setting with proximity to downtown and affordability.

The house at 617 Cliffdale Ave. is our Tuesday Two Hundred has three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and 1,543 square feet on one story, built in 1948. 

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