Farmers BranchIt’s been a busy week, but when an adorable 1958 Contemporary bungalow hits your inbox, priced at a perfect price point for a young family — and zoned for a great feeder pattern for schools, we make the effort to give it a shout out. And that’s the case with this darling Farmers Branch home.

Kitty Gordon with Angel Realtors pointed out 3146 Myra Lane to us over the weekend. The home is close to convenient commuting, and has been remodeled with modern tastes in mind.

Gordon assured us that all the updates were fully permitted, too. At three bedrooms and two bathrooms, it’s 1,340 square feet of cozy space, with a nice big backyard that’s just screaming for a deck and pergola, and maybe even a swing set.

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This Forest Oaks midcentury has a lot going for it — especially for families.

Situated between Ferguson Road and Creekwood Drive and bounded on the southwest by St. Francis, Forest Oaks is an less-than-memorable enclave of midcentury ranches and two-story homes set into a modest hillside. It could be easily forgettable to most people, as it’s not as big as nearby Claremont and not as flashy as Forest Hills, but the homes still prove to be an outstanding value as East Dallas becomes more and more popular to young families.

And there’s a lot to love at 2104 Forest Oaks Drive, especially if you have kids.

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Wynnewood North, an Oak Cliff neighborhood originally developed by Angus Wynne Jr., was once a magnet for doctors. That’s how it became known as “Pill Hill” in the 1950s and 1960s. In fact, many of the doctors that called Wynnewood home actually worked with Wynne — the developer who would build Wynnewood Village and Six Flags Over Texas — to design their homes. And you can still see the personal touches of Dr. Jack Harper, a longtime friend of Wynne who served in the Pacific during World War II, in 534 Monssen Drive, this week’s High Caliber Home of the Week sponsored by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans.

While the history of this home and neighborhood is rich and interesting, we love how much attention it’s getting from people who know good homes when they see them. “I find it interesting that a number of Realtors live in Wynnewood North,” says Diane Sherman of David Griffin & Co. “Makes good sense since Realtors understand good value.”

Diane is co-listing this particularly lovely ranch on a corner lot with her son, Vinnie Sherman. “It’s definitely a family affair,” she joked.

And Wynnewood, with its streets named for World War II destroyers, has been home to families for years, and those bonds remain strong. This home on Monssen has a fully updated kitchen, but still retains the original charm in both of its bathrooms and throughout the bright and airy living spaces. There are plenty of windows — some of them are the original steel casement — from which you can see the beautiful mature trees that Dr. Harper himself planted.

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We’ve caught a lot of flak from readers when it comes to the definition of midcentury modern, but for most purposes, it tends to span the 1950s and onward to 1965. So while this Northwest Dallas home has all of the lines of a soft contemporary from the curb, it technically falls into the period of midcentury modern, as it was built in ’65. Most will see this home from the curb and wonder why the front doors are painted a somewhat dated combination of dark brown and cream, a strange foil for the yellow-tan brick and narrow windows, but inside this home has some great updates.

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“If they could pick this house up and move it to a bigger lot, they would,” says 1618 Eastus Drive listing agent Courtney Tauriac. It was a passion project for them, and everything within this midcentury ranch was hand picked.

So it’s with a tinge of sadness and a whole lot of admiration that we name this 1952-built stunner in East Kessler our High Caliber Home of the Week sponsored by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans. Thanks to their hard work, we’re pretty sure these sellers will get an offer on this beautiful North Oak Cliff home in a jiffy, so if it’s speaking to you, better call Lisa Peters today to get pre-approved and ready to bid!

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9927 Lenel Place car port

I think we can all agree that not every remodeled midcentury home is a success. For certain, some well-intentioned homeowners and even some rather haphazard flippers have ruined some of the fabulous midcentury moderns and post-war traditionals. This Midway Hollow home, however, was brought up to date in a way that is sensitive to the architecture and style of the home.

And in a neighborhood as hot as Midway Hollow, I totally understand that 9927 Lenel Place, marketed by Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty agent Lou Alpert, probably won’t stick around on the market for much longer, even though it’s only two days on MLS!

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lochwood homes for sale

Our Tuesday Two Hundred takes us to the lush Lochwood neighborhood of East Dallas. The home at 11324 Carissa Dr. is near greenbelts, wooded areas, hiking trails, and creeks, and the area has mature trees and is close to White Rock Lake.

This is a 3-2 with 1,300 square feet, built in 1962. The interior offers an open floorplan, vaulted ceilings, and Midcentury style. The large and open backyard is lovely with shade trees and a relaxing, new patio.

It was listed March 4 by John Prell with Creekview Realty for $249,000. Let’s peek inside before it goes under contract!

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lake highlands estates home for sale

Our Tuesday Two Hundred takes us to Lake Highlands Estates, a cute 1955 cottage at 10655 Longmeadow Dr.

This 3-2 has 1,715 square feet and lots of vintage touches, like well-maintained original bathrooms and beautiful hardwoods. It’s newly on the market, and in a great neighborhood. It’s also in the Lake Highlands Elementary School attendance zone, rated “8” by GreatSchools.org.

It was listed Jan. 28 by Eloise Martin with Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate for $297,000. Let’s take a look inside!

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