The whole of North Dallas is full of houses with excellent bones. These homes, many built in the 1970s, are just waiting for the right person to come along and revive them. I’ve long been in love with the bold, angular rooflines, vaulted ceilings, and open floor plans of 1970s soft contemporary architecture, and I get quite giddy when I see one that’s received an especially good-looking facelift. 

That’s what happened when Ernesto Miranda, Principal of Magellan Architects (formerly Walker + Miranda), took on 6212 Emeraldwood Place in the Northwood Hills neighborhood. Located just south of Belt Line Road and west of Hillcrest, this neighborhood is chock full of 1070s soft contemporary architecture. If you own one of these houses and need some inspiration for what’s possible, look no further than this Northwood Hills soft contmporary — our High Caliber Home of the Week presented by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans

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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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Cottonwood Valley

Just 15 minutes from downtown Dallas, I’ve found an incredible contemporary home inside Cottonwood Valley, a gated, guarded luxury community in Las Colinas.

The house at 1901 Crockett Cir. is total eye candy, with interior design by Judy Cody. Think clean lines, high ceilings, lots of natural light, and a decidedly chic, modern look and feel. The open floorplan creates a wonderful sense of flow from one marvelous space to the next.

This is such a convenient location, near President George Bush Turnpike and Highway 114. I can be to DFW Airport in 15 minutes from here. Bonus: Cottonwood Valley shares property with the Four Seasons Resort and Club, which means resort amenities are just a golf cart ride away! The club offers some of DFW’s most scenic rolling terrain, and a world-renowned PGA golf course.

If you’re a minimalist at heart, you’ll adore the contemporary ambience in this home, which has two bedrooms, three bathrooms, two living rooms, and 2,900 square feet on one story, built in 1985. Everything is done picture perfect in this listing by Bill Brantley with Ebby Halliday Realtors. Let’s take a look!

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Knox Place Condo

Sure, the single-family detached market is super hot, but nothing says our market is scorching like a townhome going from active to pending in eight days. That’s exactly what happened at 3220 Oliver Ave. — a very rare end-unit two-story condo near Knox Street listed by Dallas City Center Realtor Randy Elms.

Oh, and it doesn’t hurt that it’s an absolutely gorgeous soft contemporary inside!

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Lochwood is lousy with adorable 1960s ranches, midcentury traditionals, soft contemporaries, and midcentury moderns, so it’s a favorable neighborhood for flippers with flair. Pytcher Homes, the same firm that reimagined a stuffy Old Lake Highlands ranch into a luxe and livable home, is building quite the portfolio. This Lochwood traditional, marketed by Kevin Caskey and Bill Clarkson at Dallas City Center Realtors, is just the latest home run for this company.

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Pytcher Homes was able to transform this home into a beautiful nest that, with its tasteful transitional design and open floor plan, will work for most any family looking to take advantage of this increasingly upwardly mobile area. Lochwood has a very tight-knit feel, thanks to its active neighborhood association, proximity to White Rock Lake, and the families who are doubling down on the neighborhood schools.

These are all ingredients for increases in property values, but when looking to flip in an established neighborhood, it’s important to hit the right balance of style, space, and amenities. This home is pretty as a picture from the curb thanks to the adorable color on the front door, but inside, it’s so much more.

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oak lawn condoThe Haven Condos in Oak Lawn are only nine years old and they’ve got a prime location near Oak Lawn and Lemmon. Today’s Tuesday Two Hundred, 4040 N. Hall St. #204, just went on the market last week and it is already under contract.

Take a look and see why! This 2-2 has 1,201 square feet and a clean, contemporary look. From light-colored bamboo floors to stainless steel appliances and fixtures, it feels modern and bright.

oak lawn condoThe location is close to great restaurants, like Dish, and all the nightlife on Oak Lawn. It comes with a one-car garage and there’s plenty of parking on the street for visitors. This condo is listed by Tina Davidoff at Keller Williams Realty Dallas for $259,900.

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6624 Indian Creek Front

As far as amenities go, golf courses are on the way out in favor of low-maintenance, family-oriented splash pads and hike and bike trails. But for this lover of the links, there’s nothing quite like having a view of a lush, well-manicured fairway. For that reason, this 1970s soft contemporary in the beautiful Tarrant County suburb of Westover Hills has my heart.

Of course, the interiors have been completely updated and are absolutely luxurious, so that is a bonus. Jump to see inside this lovely listing from Williams Trew’s own Martha Williams.

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10510 Berry Knoll Front

Y’all know how much I love interesting homes. They are like candy! I just can’t get enough of their amazing layouts and architecture, and homes like this one in Crest Meadow Estates have interesting rooms after every turn, it seems!

Not only that, but this neighborhood has an amazing location — on the end of a cul-de-sac just a short jog from Hillcrest Road — you get the best of both worlds with this home when it comes to both low-traffic and easy access.

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