There’s no shortage of beautiful Midcentury Modern homes in East Dallas — you just have to know where to look. In fact, there are quite a few in University Manor, which is conveniently located just off of Northwest Highway near the White Rock Lake DART Rail station. Of course, not all of them are so carefully remodeled as this listing from David Griffin, broker of his eponymous firm. The level of detail and care in the renovation easily makes this University Manor Midcentury Modern our High Caliber Home of the Week presented by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans.

Of course, you can see the sloping rooflines and clerestory windows from the curb of this gorgeous Midcentury Modern, but the beautiful, Zen-inspired landscaping and copious floor-to-ceiling windows make this University Manor home stand apart from the rest of its ilk. 


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Atomic era homes are in high demand in Dallas. And what’s not to love? Clean lines, great indoor-outdoor connection, and open designs concepts make for appealing spaces.

Today’s Saturday Six Hundred is a split-level University Manor midcentury modern with enticing architecture and a lush greenbelt setting: the private backyard backs up to the White Rock Trail. The home at 7310 Walling Ln. in East Dallas has another thing going for it: multiple price reductions, totaling $160K off the original listing price.

You get a lot for your money with this property. It has four bedrooms, three full bathrooms, one half bath, two living areas, two dining areas, and 3,178 square feet on two stories, built in 1958. Located near Northwest Highway and West Lawther Drive, it’s just a hop, skip, and jump from the north shores of White Rock Lake.


dallas mid century modern homesIf you’ve got a hankering for a taste of Midcentury style, our Thursday Three Hundred promises total satisfaction.

Located in the Lake and Garden District’s University Manor neighborhood at 7139 Edgerton Dr., this quintessential 1950’s gem is a 3-2 with 1,502 square feet, built in 1954. It’s a time capsule of atomic era flat planes and glass walls; open, bright rooms; and manicured outdoor living spaces that makes it hard to decide which is better, indoors or out.

It was listed yesterday by Erin Birdsong with Redfin for $364,900. (There’s a broker open house today from 4-6 p.m., and a public open house Saturday, April 9, from noon to 2 p.m.)


University Manor Midcentury The moment you lay eyes on the house at 7140 Wild Valley Dr., you know you’re in for some serious Midcentury style.

This University Manor Midcentury Modern’s exterior is the first glimpse at its retro perfection, from geometric concrete walkway and horizontal wood fencing on both sides of the front, to a low-pitch gable roof and pink brick with chocolate brown accents.

Built in 1955, this house was one of the earliest in University Manor, a 3-2 on a heavily treed lot. The interior exudes atomic-era character, with 2,157 square feet of sleek, open, light-filled rooms.

This house’s value has been rising sharply over the past decade. It sold in 2006 for $209,900 and in 2012 for $290,500. There’s an active open contract on it today, listed for $375,000 by Lisa Johnson with Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate.

Let’s take a closer look at our Thursday Three Hundred and see what had it go under contract within days of hitting the market.


Rockhurst Front

A friend of mine once lived in University Terrace before he and his wife had twins, after which they needed buckets more space than their three-bedroom home could offer. I’ve always loved the neighborhood, mainly because it’s so accessible for commuting but still feels very private.

Across Northwest Highway from Merriman Park, you get all the convenience of living near the White Rock DART station without having train tracks in your backyard. Another added benefit of the location is your proximity to brand new trails erected around White Rock Lake that can take you and your bike to Lake Highlands and beyond.

Rockhurst Living

At 7338 Rockhurst you’ll find a great little house that has wonderful bones and is inside the Lakewood Elementary attendance area — a boon if you have a child starting school next year, considering that Lakewood Elementary is experiencing a resurgence of parent support, so you can save a few bucks on private school tuition.

Rockhurst Dining

And while this home will need some TLC to get it up to date, it has great bones and fabulous location, so keep that in mind. This three-bedroom, two-bath home is listed with Re/Max About Dallas agent Ken Lampton for $235,000.

Rockhurst Kitchen

Look past the dark paint and mis-matched furniture and you’ll see a great opportunity to remodel, folks. With oak floors in the dining area and bedrooms, and ceramic tile elsewhere, this house feels light and clean despite the dark green dining room paint and odd accent wall. The kitchen is tidy and a little small, but that can be fixed. In fact, I foresee this being the fastest remodel in history, considering that the master bath and kitchen are the only rooms that require any major attention.

Rockhurst Master Bath

What will really catch your eye is the huge backyard. The deck leads to an enormous grassy area, where kids can play and barbecues can go on late into the night. Seriously, it’s a wonderful size, a rarity, really, considering that most backyards in Dallas are postage stamps!

Rockhurst Backyard Rockhurst Backyard 2

So what do you think? Good investment?