This gorgeous Cliff Welch modern on East Lake Highlands will be on this year's White Rock Home Tour benefiting Hexter Elementary.

This gorgeous Cliff Welch modern on East Lake Highlands will be on this year’s White Rock Home Tour benefiting Hexter Elementary.

A couple of weeks ago I sat down with Dawn Reser Schaeffer to talk about Hexter Elementary and the White Rock Home Tour. Schaeffer, who has a daughter at the Blue Ribbon Elementary school off Peavy Road, is one of the home tour organizers for the 10th annual event. It’s a great, cost-effective fundraiser for the school, she said, because the community bands together to keep costs low, and there’s a great inventory of modern homes near the neighborhood school. Parents volunteer and contribute, and homeowners vie for spots on this highly anticipated home tour, one of the few that features modern architecture exclusively.

She could not be more right, especially considering that one much-talked-about home, PV14, will be on the tour and it’s just down Peavy from Hexter. The Lakewood/East Dallas Advocate did a great feature on the designer of the home, Michael Gooden in their recent home and design issue. You can see it on the tour, though, and help support a fantastic Dallas ISD campus. Other homes include an amazing Cliff Welch modern on East Lake Highlands that fuses masonry, wood, and glass seamlessly to provide a mid-century modern look in a new build. Parts of it have a very Tom Kundig-type feel with the exposed beam supporting the roof just outside the master bedroom.

This mid-century modern renovation by Studio Perk is LEED Gold certified.

This mid-century modern renovation by Studio Perk is LEED Gold certified.

Another home you don’t want to miss is a beautiful LEED Gold remodel of a near-teardown midcentury on Sylvania. This home was in awful shape, but D’J Perkinson of Studio Perk brought it back to life as one of the most eco-friendly homes in Dallas. It’s as easy on the eyes as it is on the earth!Jump for a sneak peek at these two homes, as well as more information on the tour and how you can win tickets!

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9706 Parkford Front

I’ve seen a lot of midcentury modern homes that have been rather tragically updated to the point of losing all character. It’s a delicate balance, really, to make a home livable without losing the details that make it great.

9706 Parkford Living

This midcentury modern at 9706 Parkford does have some updates, namely in the bathrooms, but still has cool wallpaper and plenty of clerestory windows. The kitchen could use some fresh cabinets and there are some spots that could use some paint, but overall, this home is excellent.

9706 Parkford Breakfast

With three bedrooms, two full baths, and 1,841 square feet, this home is a fantastic value at a recently reduced $345,000. Marketed by the lovely Konnie Clayton at Ebby Halliday Realtors, this split-level is in a really great location. It’s in the White Rock North area of greater Lake Highlands, which is near Walnut Hill and Audelia.

9706 Parkford Kitchen

What I like best about this home is the privacy of the second-floor master suite. The idea behind the split-level home is a great one — breaking up space without breaking continuity.

9706 Parkford Master

The backyard could use some work, but hey, you’re just a stone’s throw from great schools, and this could be a real show-piece of a home, that I’ll forgive that.

9706 Parkford Backyard

What do you think?

10421 Silverock Front

When some people buy midcentury modern homes, they tend to keep all the things they love about them — the windows, the stone accents, the woodwork — and ditch everything they don’t — kitchens and bathrooms. But there are those homeowners who instead embrace the details and workmanship in these houses. They preserve pretty much everything in them, not just the things that are popular.

10421 Silverock Living

That’s what Adam and Ashlie McGill have done. The only room in 10421 Silverock that they have completely gutted and redone is the master bathroom, and hey, I can understand wanting a retreat, especially one with a walk-in, glass-enclosed shower. In this case, I’m sure the Daltile Gods won’t be offended at the loss of this one bath, especially since there are two more perfectly preserved full baths for you to admire.

10421 Silverock Dining

Let’s talk stats: This Eastwood Estates home has four bedrooms, three-and-a-half baths, 2,583 square feet, and a fantastic family room that you will just die for. This neighborhood is an enclave bound by the creek side of East Lake Highlands, Peavy Road, and Easton Road, and feeds into award-winning Hexter Elementary School.

10421 Silverock Kitchen

These stats and the rad wallpaper in the half bath are reason enough to pay full price for this home, which is marketed at $399,000 by Donald Wright of Gilchrist & Company. Besides that, you’ll have to negotiate all of the cool furniture and art in, too. Especially that Chihuly (-esque?) glass sculpture in the living room, which perfectly accents the high ceilings.

10421 Silverock Family

The home is on a corner lot, so there’s plenty of front yard space and I can say from experience that there’s very little through traffic in this neighborhood. However, the backyard is small, and if you dream of a midcentury modern with a pool, well, you’ll have to keep dreaming.

10421 Silverock Guest Bath

What do you love best about this home?

10421 Silverock Backyard