SimonsonByron Simonson wasn’t as well known as the holy trinity of architectural mentors he could draw inspiration from, but the influences of Frank Lloyd Wright, Addison Mizner, and Maurice Fatio are still seen in the original midcentury modern abodes that dot Palm Beach — and in today’s Monday Morning Millionaire found right here in Dallas.

The bulk of Simonson’s portfolio can be found in Palm Beach — the Colony Hotel is his design, as was the former La Coquille Club in Manalapan before it was torn down to make for a Ritz-Carlton. (more…)

Lake Terrace Midcentury Modern

You’re probably already familiar with the Lake Terrace neighborhood of East Dallas, though you might not know it yet. Bounded by Northcliff Drive, Peavy Road, East Lake Highlands Drive, and Kirkwood Drive, this little area features some wonderful midcentury modern homes and post-war ranches, some of which have been lovingly preserved and updated. When David Griffin & Company Realtor Jennifer Rice told me she would soon have an East Dallas midcentury modern on the market, I was so pleased to find out that it was not only a splendid example of a Lake Terrace midcentury modern, but that it was the personal home of her and her husband, Joshua. 

Why is that important? Because he’s the Joshua Rice behind Joshua Rice Design — an interior design firm that does amazing work in several contexts, as well as bespoke furniture design. He honed his skills under the acclaimed Bodron+Fruit and has gone on to work on some of the most significant modern homes in the city.

So in 9810 Northcliff Drive, sited right across the street from award-winning Hexter Elementary, you get a high-impact capsule of midcentury modern design completely renovated by a celebrated interior designer and marketed by an especially popular Realtor. If that doesn’t say “power couple,” we might as well redefine the term. 

All the more reason to name this exceptional property, which hits the market this week, our High Caliber Home of the Week presented by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans. We know you’ll fall in love with this Lake Terrace midcentury modern, so call Lisa Peters today to put in your highest and best offer on this one-of-a-kind home.

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With East Dallas midcentury modern homes being as hot as they are, it feels like an exercise in futility to fall in love with one. Just as soon as we see one of these highly coveted homes, it’s snapped up by a similarly eager buyer before we can say “earnest money.”
 
Lucky for us, we happened on this week’s High Caliber Home of the Week presented by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans before any other would-be buyer hungry for clean lines and natural light. It’s a fabulous Lake Highlands North midcentury modern listed by David Collier and Jennifer Rice of David Griffin & Company Realtors. 
 
It has all the hallmarks of coveted East Dallas midcentury modern homes that we ogle, as well as some smart upgrades and some details left untouched!

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Do you recognize this home? We’ll excuse any double-takes, as we have to admit that this particular Cliff May is a far cry from its original paint job. Clad in very trendy black paint, this Casa View Cliff May has been on CandysDirt.com a couple of times before

Cathy and Darren Lee rehabbed this property and listed it a year ago for a then-record-setting price of $310,000 — quite a sum for Casa View Oaks. The couple did a complete, floor-to-ceiling remodel of this property, resulting in a spacious midcentury modern that retains some of the trademark Cliff May aesthetics with crisp and clean finish-out and a beautiful backyard.

This time, however, 2620 Andrea Lane has undergone a wonderful transformation thanks to its current owners, who are quite bereaved about selling this home. And the new selling price of $345,000 shows the wheels-off appreciation of these classic California midcentury designs. 

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It’s not uncommon to find a midcentury modern, Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired home that embraces nature — after all, that was pretty much Wright’s forte. And this week’s historical shelter definitely embraces that yen for nature the famous architect’s work inspires.

And even better, it belongs to a SecondShelters.com reader. Pat Wood wrote us this month to tell us about her home — Kittatinny Manor, located along Eastern Pennsylvania’s Kittatinny Ridge, which is part of the Appalachian mountain range. (more…)

We got word from Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate’s Ged Dipprey that a well-known West Kessler midcentury modern was about to hit the market, but nothing prepared us for how stunning this home is. I know we say this quite often when it comes to homes we profile, but this midcentury ranch at 900 Bison Trail really is an entertainer’s dream!

Dipprey says that this listing is incredible because it combines a coveted location with high-end design and incomparable amenities, including a few unexpected features. Of course, we’ll show you all the delicious photos of this amazing midcentury modern in West Kessler, but if you want to see it for yourself, up close and in person, Dipprey is hosting an open house at 900 Bison Trail on Sunday, July 29, from 2-4 p.m.

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It wasn’t too long ago when our own columnist Jon Anderson lamented the homogeneity of our traditional architecture, which runs profligate in North Texas suburbs. A hodge-podge of styles with features plucked from the comfort food of American residential architecture, Anderson wondered why we couldn’t simply bring back a modern aesthetic to newly built residential architecture. 
 
Well, we can, and we have. That’s evident in our High Caliber Home of the Week presented by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans. This 2013-built modern at 5403 Bradford Drive takes a cue from midcentury modern design, but strikes out on its own with unique materials, bold colors, and a spacious, open floor plan that astounds. It’s a fabulous listing in the Oak Lawn Heights (near the Medical District) neighborhood.
 
“The home so appropriately represents midcentury modern architecture that many people think it is an older home that has been renovated,” said listing agent Don Neilson of David Griffin & Company Realtors.   

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It is no secret that midcentury modern homes fetch more eyeballs, interest and buyers these days. Discriminating lovers of well-maintained and lovingly updated midcentury moderns are familiar with the name William E. Benson — his name became synonymous with significant Dallas architecture in the fifties and sixties. Truthfully, owning a home with a William  E. Benson signature would be a coup in any city.

Benson, who graduated from the University of Illinois in 1947 after a year of graduate work in design, moved to Dallas and hung up his shingle in 1952, quickly making a name for himself. Another home designed by Benson, in collaboration with interior designer Louise Kahn, is 5848 Colhurst. The home is well known as one of the most significant midcentury modern homes in Dallas.

Congruently, during a period of rapid church expansion, Benson designed nearly fifty church projects, from master plans and first units to complete sanctuaries.

And now, the luck of market is upon us. A Bishop Arts District abode Benson designed — 524 N. Manus Drive — has just been listed with Suzanne Warner of Coldwell Banker Global Luxury. Even more, the home has been updated to perfection with a serious effort to maintain Benson’s original midcentury modern aesthetic. Built in 1952, 524 N. Manus Drive home was constructed by a Dallas custom builder who hired personally Benson to design his own private home.

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