5343 Wenonah ext

This is one of those Real Estate sleepers you might not think about giving a second glance at first blush. I mean, best spot on the block between West Greenway and Inwood and yes, the front door is Feng Sui red and all, but the home was built in 1948 on a humongous Greenway Parks lot that is almost half an acre in garden-bursting size.

But, like Christopher Columbus,  those red-brick exteriors hint at a little darkness inside, right?

WRONG! Surprise, surprise, look what is inside: white-washed wood floors, creamy white and gray walls, and lightness everywhere. The 3473 square foot home has three bedrooms, three full baths and one powder, and three living areas. The kitchen is pure white, could use updating, but not bad at all. There is a garden room that was added on at a later date, featuring a pretty, tongue-in-groove wood cathedral ceiling. And there are quarters.

The outside is a veritable water playground, with huge pool and trees. Then like frosting on a fabulous cake, there are those aforementioned guest quarters with a small kitchen.

Even better: the home has been reduced in price from $1,785,000 to $1,699,000. $498. a square foot in hotter-than-hell Greenway. Why has no one snapped it up?

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This unique mid-century modern at 10551 Somerton Drive is a shining example of the interesting architecture to be found in Walnut Hill. (Photos: Dan Piassick)

An idea had been bouncing around in the back of Kathy Adcock-Smith’s mind for a while. How could she promote preservation inside her small North Dallas neighborhood? Walnut Hill is a tidy square mile, bounded by Royal Lane on the north, Midway on the east, Walnut Hill on the south, and Marsh on the west. It’s full of mid-century modern homes, with low-slung roofs all made popular in the 1950s, a style that is very much in demand right now, but was somewhat of a novelty back then.

In fact, several of the homes in Walnut Hill were featured in the National Parade of Homes in 1954, hosting more than 100,000 people. The neighborhood is not only architecturally interesting, but many of the residents grew up here and then bought their own home in the area. It’s teeming with fabulous homes, but they’re being scraped at record rates.

“I go to the White Rock Home tour and the AIA tour of homes every year,” Adcock-Smith said. “A lot of the mid-century modern homes in this neighborhood could benefit from restoration.”

But she didn’t put two-and-two together until a neighborhood association meeting a year ago. “Someone suggested doing a home tour, and I thought ‘That’s it! That’s perfect!'”

10222 Better Drive was  renovated using the home's original footprint.

10222 Better Drive was renovated using the home’s original footprint.

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This home just went on the market Thursday, and as of Friday morning I have received five messages and emails about this home. Something tells me that this cute Lochwood mid-century modern won’t be on the market for too long!

Everything in this 1961 split-level has been remodeled or replaced, according to listing agent Meg Skinner with Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate, making this four-bedroom, two-bath home really shine. Jump to see inside!

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Because that’s what this exceptionally preserved two-story mid-century modern home built in 1953. It’s in the Berkeley Place neighborhood, just a jump from the Fort Worth Zoo. And folks, this home is a total time warp! It’s so immaculate that I could imagine Don Draper sitting down in one of those Eames chairs in the formal living room and pondering his next big idea. It’s a hip pocket listing from Williams Trew marketed for $649,599. I’d try to negotiate some of the furniture, to be honest. I love this home that much.

You get just an inkling of what can be found inside by looking at the clean lines and perfect paint on the outside. But guys, you have no idea. Just go ahead and do yourself a favor and jump to see the beautifully retro interiors.

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If you have a spare hour tonight, head over to the UTA Fort Worth Center at 7 p.m. for a free talk by historian Quentin McGown on how Frank Lloyd Wright has influenced North Texas architecture. McGown, who has written books about the built history of Fort Worth, will examine the Wrightian hallmarks you can still find throughout Fort Worth and how this style continues to influence architecture today.

AIA Fort Worth is hosting this presentation as part of their “Design Talk” series.

We asked McGown, a sixth-generation Texan, a few quick questions about his research. Jump to find out more.

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This home is absolutely super model stunning, from the landscaped and lush curb to the amazing backyard. This is a home that typifies an architectural style from the inside out. Truly, this gorgeous midcentury modern in West Kessler from Kathy Hewitt is a show stopper and definitely worthy of being this week’s High Caliber Home of the Week sponsored by Caliber Home Loans.

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Resting on a gorgeous 1.36 acres, this jewel in Oak Cliff’s West Kessler is a welcoming escape from the roar of the city. This beautifully remolded mid century modern at 808 N. Hampton Rd. is surrounded by rolling hills and mature vegetation. Spread out over a roomy 4,018 sq. ft., it has 3 bedrooms, 3.1 bathrooms and 3 living areas. And for those house guests that just can’t take a hint, there’s a guest suite with its own bedroom, living room, full bath and separate HVAC. Listed at only $900,000, this urban oasis is a steal. And it’s only about a mile from Bishop Arts District.

The kitchen comes equipped with custom cabinetry, Thermador 6-burner commercial-grade cooktop and vent system, Sub-Zero refrigerator and full-size wine refrigerator, Miele built-in coffee machine, 3 Miele ovens, and gorgeous Delirium slab granite counters. Commercial grade cooktop AND built-in wine fridge? I’m sold!

The entire home is fitted with programmable lighting design by well-known Dallas lighting architect, Bill Jansing. The formal entry opens to a beautifully designed living room with a floating cove-lit ceiling, Brazilian travertine floors, museum finish walls and a custom built-in lighted art display. The family room includes floor-to-ceiling windows with window lined walls, wood burning fireplace with Brazilian granite mantle, flat panel TV with surround sound system and custom audio/video built-ins.

The large master suite features tall ceilings, a luxury Zen bathroom with floating custom back-lit cherry cabinetry, jetted-soaking tub and oversized rain shower with DornBracht fixtures, and a custom closet system. This much closet space is just an excuse to go shopping.

The home’s exterior is any host’s dream. There are several outside entertaining areas and a pool with expansive decks and cascading water features. And since you’ll be living the good life on over an acre, feel free to party into the night without disturbing any of your neighbors. For under a million, you could own an amazing 4,000 sq. ft. home AND your own private park inside the Dallas city limits.

Mid century modern lovers, get your engines rolling! Consider 9039 Devonshire  an early Christmas gift. You won’t find more pure MC than this in a 50 year old, one-owner home that is like a time machine back to 1951. Look at those built in benches, sloped ceilings, reams of walnut. Same owner all these years, this is the first time the home has been made available. Lovingly maintained with kid gloves and much love, but I hear agents are using the T word in whispers, since it is located on a prime creek-edged Devonshire acre with views of a lake. You get the necessary goods: four bedrooms, three baths in 2500 plus square feet. Asking $1,450,000 with Claire Dewar at Briggs Freeman Sothebys.

Don’t let this puppy go anywhere!