Up in Allen, there’s a three-bedroom, two-bathroom rambling ranch-style house just waiting for you to call it home.

Behind the alley, there’s a three-acre greenbelt the city is said to be converting to a park so swing sets galore. Of course, it’ll have that new mulch and not the hot beads of gravel most of us grew up with. Kids today have it so easy. They never head home with gravel embedded in their knee or having witnessed the daring kid shoot it out of his nose.

ANYWAY, this house has a terrazzo tile entryway and an arched brick wall separating the entry from the living. In case you haven’t heard or seen just about everywhere, terrazzo is having a moment.

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lake highlands homes for sale

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Ready to be impressed? Our Thursday Three Hundred is an noteworthy property, built in 1955 and retaining fabulous reminiscent charm, enhanced by flawless updates.

The Midcentury Modern home at 10116 Woodgrove Dr. in East Dallas’ Lake Highlands Estates is a 3-2 with 1,653 square feet. It’s a beautiful marriage of old and new, from a refinished Terrazzo entry tile to new sliding barn doors in the master suite.

It was listed Feb. 16 by Barbara Arredondo with Clay Stapp + Co. for $389,000. Far out, Daddy-O!

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Alger Park MidcenturyA brand-new listing caught my eye this week, an adorable Midcentury Modern in East Dallas’ Alger Park. The house at 9832 Mercer Dr. has lots of original details from its 1952 construction, like a stacked stone fireplace, Terrazzo floors, retro kitchen, and vintage tiled bathrooms.

With its open floorplan, two bedrooms, and 1.5 bathrooms, this home feels more spacious than its 1,544 square feet. A wall of windows along the back of the house looks out onto a heavily treed, landscaped backyard. A small covered patio and lots of grass provide great space for relaxation or entertaining.

There’s a broker open house tomorrow from 10 a.m. to noon for this house, listed last week by Cortney Bailey at Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty for $259,000. Better move fast if you’re interested—properties in this great neighborhood move quickly!

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Lochwood midcentury

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Deep in the heart of East Dallas is a rare opportunity to take a step back in time to a house that looks untouched since it was built in 1959.

The Lochwood midcentury modern located at 10504 Lake Gardens Dr. is 1,533 square feet of retro perfection, from Terrazzo floors and decorative dividers throughout the house to original pendant light fixtures and knotty wood paneling. It is newly listed by David Collier with David Griffin & Company for $295,000.

This 3-2 has been meticulously maintained in its original condition, a rare treat for the midcentury modern enthusiast and real estate shoppers. It is located near Easton and Garland roads on a street with large shade trees and small hills with many other 1950s houses. The lot is 98-by-101, with a large, green lawn and nicely manicured hedges. Let’s step inside and step back in time.

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The exterior of the Kirby Building on main. This converted Gothic building has fantastic apartments with great views.

The Kirby Building on Main is a converted Gothic historic property full of apartments with great views. Photo: Kirby Residences on Main

Ashley D. Stanley has positioned herself to be the go-to expert locator for downtown Dallas apartment rentals. She’s a real estate broker and owner of Ashley’s Apartments, an apartment locator service specializing in downtown and nearby areas.

Stanley lives, works, and plays in downtown, and considers herself one of its biggest fans.

“I live at 1900 Elm historical lofts next to Main Street Garden and have an office space out of the Pacific Place building next door, where my commute is through the skywalk, but with the birth of my son this past year I moved everything to my home office,” she said. “I moved my office from Park Cities in July 2013 right after I found out I was pregnant. I knew the downtown market was on the rise.”

Stanley was right: apartments in downtown can hardly get built fast enough to satisfy demand.

“The market is hot, hot, super hot,” she said. “New buildings are popping up and units are being pre-leased, meaning you might go to a showroom, see a spread of photos for their unique finish out, cabinetry, kitchen appliances, flooring, etc. and you are offered a great move in rate with maybe a few free weeks if you sign within 24 to 48 hours.”

But with high demand comes higher rents, and many people feel challenged by the task of finding affordable lease in downtown. So we sat down with Stanley and got her recommendations for the top five least expensive studio apartment rentals in downtown Dallas. Jump to read about these five fantastic places and her tips for snagging a lease!

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As we wrote about last year, the intersection of Preston and Northwest Highway is one of the highest-profile in all of North Dallas (and probably one of the highest-valued, too).

It’s not just the current real estate prices of Preston Hollow that give this area its prestige—the intersection has a fascinating history.

The northeast quadrant has a wavy, pink brick wall, and to live “behind the pink wall” was an address with serious social cachet in midcentury Dallas (legend has it Ebby Halliday herself coined the phrase).

The pink wall was built in 1954 by developer Hal Anderson in front of his first apartments; he later built the high-rise Athena and Preston Tower apartments next door. Parts of the wall might be a bit faded now, but to live here in the 1950s or 1960s was to have arrived. (You’ll likely get raised eyebrows if you talk about the real estate “behind the pink wall” to a young person, but older folks will remember the phrase well.)

Today’s Tuesday Two Hundred takes us one block north to 6126 Averill Way #208W, located in the Imperial House Condominiums, built around the same time, 1964, by Sid and Ada Lynn, with George Dahl as architect. These charming French-style condos have a fanciful, throwback feel, with a grand, circular staircase, domed ceiling, and retro metalwork in the entryway. Can’t you picture Betty Draper from Mad Men gliding down the stairs in kitten heels on her way to cocktail hour?

6126 Averill

Unit 208W is located on the second floor (there is an elevator in the building, as well as those stairs), a two-bedroom, three-bathroom condo with a roomy 2,134 square feet. It is newly listed by Peter Livingston at Realty One Group Partners for $239,000, or $112 a square foot.

Unit 208W has plenty to offer a buyer, but parts of it are a bit dated need freshening. A similar size, but renovated, unit in Imperial House sold last November for $345,000, or $139 a square foot. If that sale tells you anything, it’s that you could make the upgrades on this unit and see a return on your investment. Jump to read more and see photos!

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All photos courtesy Erik Schuessler

All photos courtesy Erik Schuessler

When Erik Schuessler first encountered the midcentury modern house at 1434 Bar Harbor Cir. in the Wynnewood Hills neighborhood of Oak Cliff, he fell in love with its potential and retro aesthetic. As he renovated the 4,600-square-foot beauty and learned more about it, he also grew fascinated by its history.

In its heyday, Bar Harbor Drive was known as “Pill Hill” because so many doctors lived on the street. The house’s original resident, Dr. John B. Chester, ran Parkland Hospital and later ventured out on his own with The Chester Clinic and Hospital.

Dallas Morning News society editor Ann Draper wrote a piece in the early 1960s on his wife, Charlotte Chester, which described the Bar Harbor house as “among the most unusual and elegant in Oak Cliff. An indoor swimming pool has been a favorite with large and small groups of guests, as have rooms in the living area, which lend themselves to any number. Set in a wooded area, the house is on the very edge of the Oak Cliff Country Club’s No. 2 green of the golf course.”

1434 Bar Harbor

Located near the intersection of W. Redbird Lane and S. Polk Street, south of Highway 67, the house was what Schuessler describes as “pretty beat up” when he purchased it in early 2012.

“You can tell it was designed so well, and the way it was built is head and shoulders above many other midcenturies I’ve seen, and newer properties,” Schuessler said. “You can look in every corner and see that it was thought out. I fell in love with the aesthetic of the house.”

And thus began a three-year renovation for Schuessler and his girlfriend Meredith Moore, with Schuessler as the general contractor, carefully overseeing every detail of the revamp. The goal was to bring the house back to its original glory and perhaps make it even better by updating key elements, like HVAC, pool equipment, and the roof.

He is selling the house himself—it is listed for $475,000, or around $100 a square foot—but the intent was never to flip the property. It was to restore it.

“I think most flips are terrifying—it’s a ‘beige-ification’ with beige walls, Berber carpets, boring, boring, boring, nothing original to the style of the house except for maybe a pillar or two,” he said. “I’ve had a couple of houses and I buy a place, I really get into it, live in for three to five years, then move on. I find myself enamored by a place or an area and I have to buy it.” Jump to read more and see photos!

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Those who live there say Northwood Hills may just be Dallas’ best kept secret. Located just north of LBJ along Hillcrest Road, the neighborhood has a high-end aesthetic with a small town feel. Richardson schools are a huge plus. There are 1125 homes in Northwood,  average leafy lots of one-half an acre, and affordable home prices that average about $625,000. So much shopping, retail, entertainment and medical is nearby residents have a tough time choosing. The area is where many professionals, doctors and lawyers live and raise families.

Lookie here at 7319 Elmridge, a classical mid century modern listed with Ebby’s Barry Hoffer and Alan Levy for $585,000. Look at those gorgeous original terrazzo floors, will you? We had terrazzo floors when we lived on Melissa Lane and I LOVED them — easiest upkeep, and so cool in the summer.

In fact, I think I’ll start a “We Love Terrazzo Floors” club. For more information, contact Jacqui Blomquist with Coldwell Banker, the head honcho who put this Northwood Hills Home Tour — shindig together.