Once a buyer has settled on an area, often there’s a problem that the right sort of home isn’t currently on the market. Not so on Wild Valley Drive in the Merriman Park neighborhood, tucked next to the White Rock greenbelt and a short distance to Keller’s Drive-In.

Both are three-bedroom homes. Number 7124 is a very livable fixer-upper while 7435 is a move-in ready flip. The flip is smaller and $104,000 more expensive and has an added half bathroom. The other offers 320 additional square feet and a pool. Both are on similarly-sized lots.

Merriman Park is full of 1950s ranch homes on generous lots with good setbacks and tree-lined streets. It’s handiness to White Rock Lake is a selling point, along with its proximity to Central Expressway. Younger buyers may like that it’s easy to bike to DART’s White Rock station.

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University Manor Midcentury The moment you lay eyes on the house at 7140 Wild Valley Dr., you know you’re in for some serious Midcentury style.

This University Manor Midcentury Modern’s exterior is the first glimpse at its retro perfection, from geometric concrete walkway and horizontal wood fencing on both sides of the front, to a low-pitch gable roof and pink brick with chocolate brown accents.

Built in 1955, this house was one of the earliest in University Manor, a 3-2 on a heavily treed lot. The interior exudes atomic-era character, with 2,157 square feet of sleek, open, light-filled rooms.

This house’s value has been rising sharply over the past decade. It sold in 2006 for $209,900 and in 2012 for $290,500. There’s an active open contract on it today, listed for $375,000 by Lisa Johnson with Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate.

Let’s take a closer look at our Thursday Three Hundred and see what had it go under contract within days of hitting the market.

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