Ford midcentury modern

Photos: Steven Reed Photography

Want to catch lightning in a bottle? You have the rare opportunity to buy an O’Neil Ford Midcentury Modern that just hit MLS. If I’ve told you once I’ve told you a thousand times: When you have a chance to buy an architect-designed home, do it!

Preservation Dallas deemed the home to be one of O’Neil Ford’s most important designs in Texas. So, with that stamp of approval, you cannot go wrong. First, a primer on O’Neil Ford:

O’Neil Ford is widely recognized as one of Texas’ most celebrated 20th-century architects. He designed most of the University of Dallas campus in Irving; Braniff Memorial Tower, the Braniff Graduate Center, the Gorman Lecture Center, parts of the art village, the Haggar University Center, and the Haggerty Science Building. San Antonio, his home base, is covered in his work: the renovation of La Villita, the campus of Trinity University, the campus of Saint Mary’s Hall, the University of Texas at San Antonio Main Campus, and the Tower of the Americas.

He also created buildings for Skidmore College in upstate New York and for Texas Instruments. O’Neil Ford completed the design of the building of the Museum of Western Art in Kerrville in the Texas Hill Country, shortly before his death in 1982. His sturdy structures always utilized brick, glass, and wood, and were brilliantly attuned to their physical settings.

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Think finding a house for under $200K is impossible? Think again. It’s certainly getting much harder, but today, we’ve found a cute cottage in Richardson’s Azalea Park neighborhood that’s totally affordable, super cute, and move-in ready.

The home at 521 Shirley Ct. is an updated ranch, located just east of Central Expressway near E. Main Street and Grove Road. This home has two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and 1,267 square feet, built in 1954. It has a wonderful circular floorplan, great staging to show off function and flow, and delightful drive-up appeal.

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1122 Jackson St Apt 704 a

Hip urban living is an everyday expectation at the Soco Urban Loft Condos in downtown Dallas. And you won’t break the bank buying here.

Our Tuesday Two Hundred has polished concrete floors, stellar downtown views, big windows with downtown views, exposed brick, exposed ducts, cool-burning LED lights, and a huge walk-in closet. You’ll also find lots of original details from the building’s 1925 era—this was once a railroad terminal and warehouse, completely reimagined as residential living over a decade ago.

The unit at 1122 Jackson St. Apt. 704 is a 1-1 with 1,272 square feet, located near Young and South Griffin streets in the heart of downtown.

It was listed June 10 by Jennifer Shindler with Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate for $249,900. Monthly HOA dues are $484 and include blanket insurance, exterior maintenance, full use of facilities, maintenance of common areas, management fees, reserves, and trash.

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downtown loft

If stellar downtown views are on your “must-have” list, then today’s Tuesday Two Hundred will exceed your expectations.

With south-facing, eight-foot windows and a rooftop pool deck, the Soco Urban Loft Condo at 1122 Jackson St. No. 904 offers splendid skyline views of downtown Dallas.

But the appeal of this condo isn’t confined to views. Think polished concrete floors, cool-burning LED lighting, a huge custom walk-in California closet with desk and safe, and lots of authentic details that remind you of the building’s 1925 construction (the building was once a railroad terminal and warehouse, completely reimagined as hip condos 11 years ago).

Unit 904 is technically a 1-1, but because it’s a loft, the 1,272 square feet flow together and feel open. It was listed June 3 by Jennifer Shindler at Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate for $224,000, the largest and most expensive of the four units in this building currently for sale. Its price-per-square-foot is $176, which is on the low end compared to the other three, listed at $174, $184, and $209 per square foot. With such a great look and solid price, we think unit 904 won’t be on the market long.

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