Midcentury homes are hot, but an updated one for $299,000? Wear some protective gear because they’re basically on fire.

This three-bedroom, two-bath located in Forest Oaks off Ferguson Road in East Dallas is definitely of the flame-retardant variety. (And just so we’re clear, this is a metaphor. Nothing’s really on fire.)

Listed by Ray King of R. King Realty, 2222 Forest Oaks is 1,300 square feet of total update complete with wood-lined carport and decorative railing leading up to the perfect aqua front door.

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Heights ParkA few weeks ago, the boss lady spoke at the Far North Dallas MLS group meeting, and she pretty much immediately emailed staff about a house she just loved in the Heights Park neighborhood in Richardson.

Candy got a quick look-see, she said, of this listing from Dan Washburn (of Washburn Realty), and just knew we needed to tell our readers about it.

And now, it’s on the market (as of this week), and she’s right — you do need to see this re-imagined Midcentury Ranch that Washburn tells us was “lovingly renovated from the studs out.” (more…)

midcenturyAs children, nearly everyone has played some form of “I Spy,” but one group of fans of Midcentury Modern architecture have created an amped up, grown up opportunity that harnesses the power of Instagram.

The group modTexas is asking Texans to participate in Mapping Texas Mod, their newest Instagram-based initiative to document modernist architecture and design, using the #modtexas tag to create a cache of sites.

“There is a diversity of modernist architecture across the state, yet these treasures are being lost at an alarming rate due to neglect and redevelopment,” the group said. “While many historic, preservation, and architecture societies are active regionally, this initiative brings us together in a shared mission of highlighting Texas’ trove of midcentury assets for natives and visitors to enjoy.”

In fact, group founder Amy Walton reached out to us a couple of weeks ago with an idea — what if modTEXAS and CandysDirt.com partnered to soup up the scavenger hunt even more?

After all, the group had already partnered with preservation groups all over the state. But the opportunity to get the very people who are in and out of Midcentury homes and neighborhoods every day? Well, of course getting Realtors involved in the hunt was an obvious choice. (more…)

WacoWe know, we know. When we say “Waco” nowadays everyone is nearly conditioned to think “shiplap.” But we found a home in the Waco exburb of Woodway that will ship the shiplap straight out of your noggin.

It’s a good day for a good midmod, yes?

This incredible home at 7820 Tallahassee Road sits on a heavily wooded lot that’s not quite an acre.

It was built in 1961 by Waco designer Ray Barnes. A bit of scrounging found a 1955 story about Barnes at the beginning of his career in Waco, where Barnes said he wasn’t quite sure what his signature style was just yet, but that it definitely had a lot to do with bringing nature to the forefront. (more…)

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Dilbeck midcentury modernThis quintessential Charles Dilbeck Midcentury Modern in Russwod Acres is going to take your breath away. Wait, what did I say? Dilbeck and Midcentury Modern. Do those two terms even go together?

Yes, indeed they do, but rarely.

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A floor-to-ceiling fireplace, a hallmark of Dilbeck, anchors the house and provides the focal point of the living area. A drop-down screen is tucked over the artwork.

We generally think of architect Charles Dilbeck as the eclectic dude that was inspired by Tom Mix (look him up, my Millennials) to create whimsical homes with stained glass, iron gates, and fanciful details. Hold that thought. He also created a few Midcentury Modern masterpieces. This Dilbeck Midcentury Modern at 5016 Tanbark is one of the most striking examples I’ve ever seen. (more…)

Realtors across Dallas are taking note as poorly conceived remodels and flips proliferate in the market. It’s not hard to find fault with some of them, as obviously uneven tile, shoddily installed appliances, and hastily painted walls are more common than we’d like to admit.

“Whatever happened to craftsmanship?” you might find yourself asking. The truth? Craftsmanship comes with patience and experience, and you’ll find in homes where a contractor works directly with an architect.

And that’s what you’ll find at this High Caliber Home of the Week presented by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans. It’s a listing from David Griffin and Company Realtor Bart Thrasher, who is really a triple threat. Not only does his market homes, but he’s an experienced contractor and works side-by-side with his incredible wife, Karen, in their boutique design brand Thrasher Works.

“There was a great collaboration between builder and architect, and it shows,” Thrasher said of this beautifully remodeled ranch in the Lake Park Estates neighborhood of East Dallas. “Matthew Simons of Urban Dwellings LLC and Thrasher Works worked hard to create a home that stands out from the neighborhood.”

Bart says that he and Karen had a strong desire to create architectural significance in a home and to create something that will stand the test of time.

Mission accomplished.

 

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Clean lines, top-of-the-line finishes, and a prime location are all part of the deal at this stunning property. The newly completed, single-family attached home is steps away from the Katy Trail in the coveted Northern Hills neighborhood. Near the heart of Knox/Henderson, you will be minutes away from shopping for clothes, gifts, and the home alike, while popular restaurants serve relaxing weekend brunch or a chic date-night dinner. 

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