East Dallas Midcentury Could Be Don Draper's Swanky Pad | CandysDirt.com

Don Draper would be proud to call our Thursday Three Hundred home, with its swanky design, sleek lines, and complete renovations.

Located at 2202 Forest Oaks Drive near Ferguson Road and Lakeland Drive in the Forest Oaks neighborhood, this East Dallas midcentury impresses with elevated design. Updates created an open floorplan, added new doors and windows, and brought in even more natural light, while keeping original hardwoods. 

This home has three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and 1,928 square feet on one story, built in 1955. There’s an open house this Saturday, Sept. 23, from 12 to 3 p.m. Want a sneak peek? 

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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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East Dallas Midcentury Modern

Midcentury Modern fans, we’ve got a great house for you.

Located at 2210 Saint Francis Ave., this 1956 Midcentury marvel has lots of hallmarks of that era, from a low-pitched roof and heavily treed lot to interior features that look positively atomic era.

This is a 3-2 with 1,690 square feet, near Ferguson Road and Lakeland Drive in the Forrest Oaks neighborhood. It retains tons of vintage charms with some essential updates, like new kitchen, roof, and re-done hardwoods in 2011, and a new HVAC and water heater in March 2016.

Our Tuesday Two Hundred was listed April 27 by Linda Criswell with Dallas City Center Realtors for $279,000.

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east dallas midcentury

Ready for some atomic-era allure? Check out our Tuesday Two Hundred at 936 Peavy Rd.

This East Dallas Midcentury is in the Lake Gardens neighborhood, near East Lake Highlands Drive. It’s a three bedroom with one full bath and one half, and 1,110 square feet, built in 1956.

The exterior is all about Midcentury charm—look at that roofline and covered carport! The interior is tastefully renovated and reflects buyer interests, like hardwood floors, recessed lighting, a contemporary kitchen, and modern bathrooms.

It is listed by Jay Robbins with Robbins Real Estate Group for $250,000.

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L-Streets Midcentury

All photos of the renovated house: Shoot2Sell

Jane Austen once wrote, “There is nothing like staying at home for real comfort.”

That’s particularly true when your home is a thing of beauty, like today’s Tuesday Two Hundred at 10229 Lynford Dr., near Northwest Highway and Ferndale. This renovated L-Streets midcentury has a crisp, warm palette and welcoming feel.

This certainly wasn’t the case when Kari and Justin LaRusch bought the house in 2010 (see the “before” photo after the jump for proof!). It was dated and dull, with weird paint choices, like road-stripe yellow in the kitchen. But the bones were good, and Kari, and interior designer with Slocum Street design firm Laura Lee Clark, saw potential.

“We came in knowing that we wanted to change everything,” Kari said. “The original hardwood floors looked great, but we painted everything and put in all new landscaping.”

L-Streets Midcentury

The LaRusch Family

The result is a cheerful, well-appointed space that looks bigger than its 1,213 square feet. Kari’s designer expertise is evident everywhere, from carefully planned details in the kitchen to an updated bathroom that maintains its vintage charm.

This 3-1 midcentury is zoned for the highly rated Lake Highlands Elementary in Richardson ISD, another big selling point—it’s one of the reasons the LaRusch family originally bought the house. And since it’s just been reduced by $6,250 to $258,750, this is affordable luxury (Kevin Caskey at Dallas City Center Realtors is the listing agent) .

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white rock cottage

There are a fair number of small houses in East Dallas near White Rock Lake. Many of them were built in the 1950s and 1960s, when closets were tiny, floorplans were divided up with lots of walls, and families were perfectly happy with just one bathroom.

As homeowners renovate some of these houses, they’re rethinking the use of space. Today’s Tuesday Two Hundred exemplifies smart reno choices that make the most of the small footprint of a midcentury house.

The White Rock cottage at 6464 Fisher Rd. near Northwest Highway and Abrams Road measures a modest 1,124 square feet. But nothing feels cramped or confined in the house. Owner and listing agent April McGowan at Keller Williams’ Park Cities office took the house to the studs in 2013 and reimagined a bright, modern interior. The living room and kitchen share one open space that’s multifunctional and well conceived. She tore apart the outdated bathroom and added a second, and they’re both luxe: think Carrera marble floors and a frameless shower with freestanding soaker tub.

Because of its small size, this house will naturally have lower energy bills than larger builds. But McGowan took that a step further, installing low-E windows, new insulation, new electrical wiring, and a tankless water heater to make monthly bills feel like pocket change.

Oh, and did I mention it is zoned for the coveted Lakewood Elementary? I predict this house, newly listed for $269,000, will go fast.

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Ridgewood Park Midcentury Every week, as I research this Tuesday Two Hundred column, and I can always count on finding lots of properties in the $200,000 to $300,000 price range in three Dallas locations: East of White Rock Lake, Northwest Dallas inside 635, and North Oak Cliff.

Certain neighborhoods rarely show up, like the location of today’s Tuesday Two Hundred at 6424 E. Lovers Ln. This Ridgewood Park Midcentury near Lovers and Abrams is in a sweet spot. It’s two blocks from Greenville Avenue and Central Expressway, 1.5 miles from White Rock Lake, 6.5 miles from downtown, and 8 miles from Love Field.

The number speak to the neighborhood’s desirability: Comps on nine nearby properties show an average price-per-square-foot of $205, and an average sale price of $320,436. This house is $170 per square foot, listed by Sandy Maltese with DFW Urban Realty, LLC for $299,900, reduced from $325,000.

Ridgewood Park is bounded by Lovers Lane, Abrams, Fisher Road, and the DART Blue Line on the south. The area feels friendly and safe, and an active neighborhood association hosts family-centered activities like an Easter egg hunt, block parties, Halloween gathering, and July 4th parade.

This house is right on Lovers Lane, which is a six-lane street west of Abrams, but narrows to two lanes east of Abrams, where the home is located. That’s good news for potential buyers, because it indicates less traffic. Across the street is an elementary school.

Let’s take a closer look at this Ridgewood Park Midcentury.

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