8911 Rolling Rock Curb

This house is pretty much the sexiest. From the first time I saw this beautifully redone midcentury modern in Lakeland Hills, I was in love. Just positively smitten. It’s totally remodeled with everything you want including a brand new kitchen and it’s inside Richardson ISD.

And did I mention that it’s sexy? Because it totally is!

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6202 Monticello Front

I was getting really, really, terribly bored looking for a home to feature today. First I thought “Let’s see if there’s something fun in Frisco,” but everything just looked the same to me today. Then I looked at homes in McKinney, only to have the same thing happen. After looking and looking and looking and almost at the very edge of being put to sleep by home searching, I stumbled upon a home that was so unique, so fun, so vibrant, it woke me up faster than my grande vanilla latte with an extra shot!

Truly, this Lakewood Heights Midcentury Modern may look like a yawnfest from the curb, but boy, you’re in for a treat after the jump!

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2604 Andrea Front

I almost wept when I saw this listing today. It’s so sad to see beautiful homes fall by the wayside, and this home was once an incredible one, a Cliff May-designed Midcentury Modern ranch.

Today it is a haphazard shell of a house, dirty and dusty, and mostly neglected. But therein lies the opportunity — you can own a Cliff May home for just $129,900.

That’s a deal, folks, but this home needs a lot of work. That’s actually a brutal understatement for this Casa View Oaks home at 2604 Andrea. It’s listed by RE/MAX About Dallas agent Matt Nevitt, who describes the property thusly:

This Cliff May, Mid-Century Modern Ranch, needs to be restored to its former glory! Lots of natural light in this 3 bedroom 2 full bath home. Floor to ceiling windows in the living area with a brick fireplace. Hardwood floors in the living, dining and bedrooms. Has a one car garage but could be converted back to a 2 car.

Are you up to the challenge? I think that Jenni Stolarski should buy this home and make it one of her masterpieces! This could be a cool home for anyone, even a family. It’s close to the recently renovated Harry Stone Recreation Center in an area that is going through a significant amount of gentrification. This is a serious investment home!

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Built in 1955, this home does have a lot of original details, including clerestory windows, hardwoods, and a brick fireplace.  It’s not currently on the registry of Cliff May-designed homes, but its nearby neighbor, 2651 Andrea, is. In fact, this street is a hidden gem of California ranch-style homes. This house is being sold as an estate, so it’s an as-is transaction.

Someone snatch this amazing project up fast and keep us posted on your progress!

Inwood HOTW ArcadyDallas architect Robert Johnson Perry loved the imagery of Asia, the mystique of it’s architecture, and the Asian lifestyle that creates a tranquil domestic environment. After all, isn’t that what our homes are – a refuge from the world, a place where we can rest and refresh with elements around us that make us happy?

This is a Robert Johnson Perry-design with warm interior colors, windows everywhere, and long corridors that draw the eye to the beautiful interior and exterior spaces he carved. A master of space utilization, made a 4,000-square-foot home seem like it is much larger, more airy. He was designing high ceilings before they were de rigeur. Thriving on his Asian influences, Perry created dozens of Dallas homes in the 1950’s and 1960’s, many of which have spawned a quest for wide overhanging eaves to block sun, wooden sunscreens and grids, and beautiful Mexican bricks inside and out. Designer extraordinaire Emily Summers lives in one of Perry’s most well known creations, Touchstone House at 3911 Shenandoah Street in Highland Park.

Now there is an opportunity to own a Robert Johnson Perry home suitable for as much distinction as Touchstone House. Or, perhaps, more!

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It is 4316 Arcady, one of Highland Park’s most elegant streets, and listed for $2,999,999 — under three million dollars in the heart of Highland Park. This 1965-era Modernist has been sensitively updated, retaining Perry’s original design and not touching his structure. It is surrounded by mature Live Oaks and Japanese Maples framing a traditional ‘H’ home design.

You could say Tom Ford meets Donald Draper.

4316 Arcady Kitchen

4316 Arcady LR 4316 Arcady stairs B&W 4316 Arcady foyerThe home is 4,707 square feet with formals, family room, full bar, two fireplaces, study, a modern light-filled kitchen with breakfast bar, butler’s pantry, and desk. Counters are whiter than white Caesarstone with Sub Zero and high-end appliances. The kitchen, says the current owner, was updated, not remodeled: the lean center island and open shelving is 100% Perry. There is a slate roof, new gutters, new flooring, and paint. The home has abundant built-ins — Perry must have known my adage of you can never be too thin, too rich or have too many closets —  and there is even an elevator. The lot is a  76 x 169 prime interior piece of dirt that affords plenty of space around the structure.

This home breathes quite comfortably on the lot!

Arcady Staircase Closeup

Walk in through double doors made chic in the ’60’s, to a foyer and free-standing staircase that serves as a work of art. Your view is immediately drawn to the exterior courtyard garden, unless you are as sidetracked as I was by the exquisite gold wallpaper, original to the house (and in perfect condition).4316 Arcady doors

Or the brass hardware — BTW brass is back, designer Barry Williams tells me, and bigtime. The flooring is solid brick. To one side is the living area, a study in white with more built-ins than I have seen in many a McMansion, some with hidden doors. There is what I call a “closet bar” — my mother had one, and I christened it such when she shut it off for visiting teetotalers. There is also an elevator to the second floor which was installed by the original owner, a prominent Dallas lawyer and arts supporter. I immediately noticed that every site-view from the home was perfection, no matter where I was standing.

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The opposite wing is for dining, the laundry, family room and a powder bath with Sherle Wagner fixtures. There is a rear carport with space for quarters above. There is also a thoughtful port-cochere entrance to the kitchen so groceries may be dropped off.

Upstairs are four bedrooms, including a master with a bath that has undergone significant renovation with a huge shower. The white Caesarstone is everywhere. With two bedrooms on each wing, it would not take much to pull two bedrooms into one huge master unit — you would still have two guest rooms across the landing, with a large Jack and Jill bath in-between.

4316 Arcady Dining

Up here, too, is storage galore — cedar closets, linen closets, and easy access to mechanics. To quote one of my favorite Dallas agents, this home is “built like a fortress!” — metal galvanized box ductwork, not flex.

Here’s the best news of all: Current owners, Clay and Brenda Cockerell, who live in the neighborhood, bought the home from the original owners to preserve it. They even have the original plans. Experts estimate that it would cost upwards of $300 to $350 per square foot to replace the home, given the solidness of the materials and structure.

“Actually, the structure is probably wood frame with brick veneer,” says architect, structural engineer and preservationist Frank Reedy.  “The extensive glazing framing is probably not structural.  Also, the brick is probably not load bearing, but it could be, given the amount on the interior.”

Softly neutral Mexican brick is artfully woven into the home, from interior foyer walls to fireplace brick. The size is perfect for empty nesters, a couple or a family of two who don’t need two stairways, don’t mind a shared bathroom.

“I grew up in a one bathroom house,” says Brenda Cockerell, who owns a winery in Calistoga, CoquerelDan Berger, nationally syndicated wine writer and publisher of Dan Berger’s Vintage Experience, says of their wines: “I love them all!”.

“This house is wonderful in its own way,” says Brenda. “I think it’s a work of art coming into its own, much like our Coquerel.”

Here is what else Frank Reedy says about 4316 Arcady:

 “The photos do not show how the exterior brick runs into the interior; and how the interior embraces the exterior, within the H plan front and back I believe this is the central theme of the house. In all of the communicating spaces, one is in the landscape. The landscape is not outside or surrounding the house, rather the house, while evoking enclosure, protection and warmth, is within the trees like a treehouse. The warmth and security are felt by the interior masonry, and this is technically well done in that the interior and exterior materials have not particularly weathered dramatically differently.

Robert Perry’s judicious detailing and specifications have endured quite well.

This is modernism without being stark and sharp; there are no acrobatics here and the architecture is subtle and understated, but profound.

Also, and rarely, this is a modern house that does not pronounce itself arms outstretched, grandiose to its neighborhood. Neither humble nor meek, it is a good neighbor and citizen. And it is a Texan, proudly independent and at the same time accepting of the eclectic.

It deserves to have been an hotel.”

It deserves a mortgage, too, and I’m sure the fine folks at Inwood Mortgage will be able to help… a bottle of  2012 Verdelho and 2012 “Terroir” Chardonnay might be nice at closing.

 

4316 Arcady Backyard

 

Snavely Estate 5

I call dibs on the couches! Look at those beauties!

Seriously, this is a not-to-be-missed estate sale in Northwood Hills, folks. Just from glancing at the photos on the Janelle Stone Estate Services website, I can see that there are tons of great antiques and furnishings on offer in the estate of Alice Snavely, personal secretary of Neiman Marcus founder Stanley Marcus.

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I guess good taste is a prerequisite when you work for one of the best-known luxury retailers in the world. Antiques and jewelry whose designs span the globe, with a significant stop in Southeast Asia with all of the gilded Thai Buddhist figures, there are just tons of fabulous finds in this estate. As Janelle Stone put it, “The quality and quantity are unequaled. She only bought the best of the best. Neiman’s was her playground.” You can tell. This incredible woman, who was loyal and driven and trusted, has some of the most beautiful things. She will certainly be missed!

Alice SnavelyThe furnishings are high-quality midcentury-modern style couches, chairs, and setees from Baker and Henredon. Gorgeous fabric and upholstery. The lime green ones with the rust-colored piping are just fantastic. I have a serious case of the wantees for those couches, and they’re in immaculate condition. Snavely also had an enviable collection of fabric and clothes. You will have to pick your jaw up off the floor when you see the list of what’s on offer. AMAZING!

The home is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. today (Friday 1/31) and tomorrow (Saturday 2/1). There will be plenty of security, and the home is not handicap accessible. Bring your own paper and boxes for wrapping up your treasure!

 

Snavely Estate 5

I call dibs on the couches! Look at those beauties!

Seriously, this is a not-to-be-missed estate sale in Northwood Hills, folks. Just from glancing at the photos on the Janelle Stone Estate Services website, I can see that there are tons of great antiques and furnishings on offer in the estate of Alice Snavely, personal secretary of Neiman Marcus founder Stanley Marcus.

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I guess good taste is a prerequisite when you work for one of the best-known luxury retailers in the world. Antiques and jewelry whose designs span the globe, with a significant stop in Southeast Asia with all of the gilded Thai Buddhist figures, there are just tons of fabulous finds in this estate. As Janelle Stone put it, “The quality and quantity are unequaled. She only bought the best of the best. Neiman’s was her playground.” You can tell. This incredible woman, who was loyal and driven and trusted, has some of the most beautiful things. She will certainly be missed!

Alice SnavelyThe furnishings are high-quality midcentury-modern style couches, chairs, and setees from Baker and Henredon. Gorgeous fabric and upholstery. The lime green ones with the rust-colored piping are just fantastic. I have a serious case of the wantees for those couches, and they’re in immaculate condition. Snavely also had an enviable collection of fabric and clothes. You will have to pick your jaw up off the floor when you see the list of what’s on offer. AMAZING!

The home is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. today (Friday 1/31) and tomorrow (Saturday 2/1). There will be plenty of security, and the home is not handicap accessible. Bring your own paper and boxes for wrapping up your treasure!

 

Beechwood Front

Built in 1951 and recently renovated, this Glenridge Estates Midcentury is just what you need to forget Icemaggedon 2013. Forget the crazy weather, broken limbs, insane wait times to talk to an Oncor representatives, and just grab a cup of coffee and think calming thoughts while you check out this gorgeous home.

Beechwood Entry Beechwood DiningWith three bedrooms and two full baths, 4016 Beechwood is great for anyone who wants to spread out without going too large. It has 1,788 square feet, a sizable living room, an updated kitchen, and a beautiful master bath. It’s listed by Dallas City Center Realtor Tony Nuncio for a recently reduced $349,900.

Right from the front door you can get the Midcentury vibe, especially with that awesome dining room set and the low-slung furniture in the living room. I love how open this home is, too, allowing the light from the French doors in the living room to really brighten the whole area.

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The kitchen has key updates, including granite counters and stainless steel hardware. I love the eat-in bar, too, which keeps this galley layout from feeling claustrophobic. The kitchen has a back door that opens to a side deck, giving you access to the driveway so it’s easy to unload groceries.

Beechwood Kitchen

The master bedroom may be a yawnfest, but the master bath is genuinely beautiful. Love the huge soaking tub and will you get a look at that full-sized shower, which has NO DOORS! LOVE IT! Imagine, you’ll never have to worry about soap scum or water spots on your bathroom glass!

I am a little bummed by the tiny vanity with only one sink. I like the choice of materials, but that is a little disappointing. I don’t think it would be difficult to put in a larger, two-sink vanity, though.

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The backyard is just adorable, with a pergola and a lovely little stone path. I think this home just feels like spring, which I wouldn’t mind dreaming of right now. How about you?

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3525 Turtle Creek Exterior

 

When it was built in 1957, 3525 Turtle Creek was the tallest and most luxurious condo building in Dallas. Today it’s just as historic, having entertained celebrities, dignitaries, and politicians alike.

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Well, if you’re wanting to live the Midcentury Modern lifestyle — glam, sleek interiors with some atomic-age touches — then this unit is for you. LocalDwelling.com is offering Unit 10C — a fully-furnished one-bedroom, one-bath unit with almost 1,200 square feet — for $2,500 a month, all bills paid. It’s a steal for such a cool unit, and I love the retro kitchen with the double ovens that look to be original. Good design lasts a lifetime, right?

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This is a fantastic unit that is perfect for a corporate relocation or someone who is just moving to the area. The views are outstanding and the location is fantastic, as you’re right on the Katy Trail and next to Turtle Creek Park. This is truly a historic building sitting in the middle of an area that is changing so quickly. I’m sure it will be around for many more years, too.

Is this the unit for you? Contact the Dallas-Fort Worth property management experts at LocalDwelling.com.

Turtle Creek Kitchen