While I, too, love midcentury modern homes, dealing with the details involved with restoring an older residence doesn’t thrill me. Truly, I’d prefer midcentury lines and feel with the assurance of new construction. That’s just what Virginia Cook Realtor Ed Murchison has listed, all wrapped up in the finishes and feel that modern home buyers in Dallas desire. 

Designed by Josh Nimmo, this home was built as the residence of Dwellings AKC founder Alan Kagan. As Karen Eubank has told us, there’s nothing quite like the personal homes of builders, as these are the houses where you can find detail and value beyond your typical house. 

“Kagan is known for his high-quality, architect-designed modern homes featuring meticulous attention to detail,” Murchison said. Now extrapolate that and add in a dash of excellent location and you get 6035 Prospect Ave., a midcentury modern-inspired residence in walkable East Dallas.

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3356 Merrell Front

Ed has done it again! I swear, Ed Murchison seems to constantly nab the most fun midcentury modern listings in the city. This cool 1961-built ranch in Northwest Dallas’ Sparkman Club Estates is so absolutely perfect, with tons of original cabinetry and finishes.

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Finding a secluded 1956 midcentury modern house on almost an acre of land, steps away from White Rock Lake, and for only $1.499 million is remarkable. Homes like 7105 Hillgreen Drive rarely hit the market, because owners  of midcentury moderns seldom move. In fact, this classic  home has only had three owners including noted architect Larry Sauer who designed the World Bank “J” Building, the Cato Institute, and the National Archives ll.

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Preston Hollow Midcentury Traditional 6231 Desco Dr. 2
The 1950s brought us a lot of cool things. TelePrompTers, zippered storage bags, leaf blowers, and the artificial heart were all invented during the decade. The era was rife with innovation and architecture was no exception. This Preston Hollow midcentury traditional is a good example of how architects began to take license with style. Clients that were hesitant to go full bore midcentury modern could still enjoy elements of the look in a more traditional design. (more…)

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Five years ago, Dallas City Center realtor Dani Hanna got a call to sell an Old Lake Highlands midcentury modern home at 816 Creekridge Drive. A couple had kept this 2,088-square-foot house as a rental, and it was in bad shape.

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Get out.

Those were the first words out of my mouth when I opened the photos of 10849 Clearbrook: Get. Out. An ardent fan of midcentury modern architecture, I feel a very strong mix of awe and envy when encountering a specimen like this one. You have your sports, I have my midcentury houses. Properties like this make me giddy – and it doesn’t hurt that this stop on the upcoming White Rock Home Tour is furnished to delight the eye.

Realtor Brandon Stewart has had the pleasure of selling the home twice – once in 2012, before the house underwent massive renovations and again in 2014, to the current owner and friend, Jeri Paduch. He shared with us the pre-renovation photos, which give us even more appreciation for its current state.

“This is one of my favorite midcentury moderns in the whole city,” said Stewart. As a midcentury modern home owner himself, he’s a member of the ‘takes one to know one’ club.

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9536 Tarleton is one of the homes featured in the 12th annual White Rock Home Tour. (Photo: Shoot2Sell)

Could this be our favorite White Rock Home Tour yet?

This perennially popular home tour takes you through a thoroughly modern East Dallas, showing off the depth and breadth of clean-lined architecture from midcentury to present day.

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Y’all. By now, it’s no secret how we feel about midcentury modern architecture. The open floor pan! The vaulted ceilings! The walls of windows! Sigh. We feel it’s our sacred duty to report when one hits the market and 2615 Millmar Drive is no exception. In fact, it’s rather exceptional.

Talk about owning a piece of history. Practically untouched for over half a century, this Cliff May-designed Casa View estate gem is crying out for an architecture lover with a stout heart and an eye for midcentury detail. With original parquet floors and wrought iron fence work, it oozes vintage charm. The price point makes it even harder to resist. At $199,900, it ought to entice anyone looking to make the most of a modest renovation budget.

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