7147 Alexander Front

A lot of the midcentury modern homes on the market in Dallas are either a handyman special or move-in ready. Rarely do you find a superb, spacious California-style midcentury that only needs a little TLC, or one that has such a perfect layout on just one story. Or one that combines style, location, and architecture all in one.

But this listing from David Griffin Realtor David Collier is like a checklist for the midcentury mindset. And it just hit the market this week, with more than 4,300 square feet, priced under a million, and it’s just a stone’s throw from White Rock Lake. If you’re already in love, best call Lisa Peters at Caliber Home Loans so you can get pre-approved and ready to put in your highest and best offer today, because a deal like this one won’t last long.

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Ridgewood Park Midcentury Every week, as I research this Tuesday Two Hundred column, and I can always count on finding lots of properties in the $200,000 to $300,000 price range in three Dallas locations: East of White Rock Lake, Northwest Dallas inside 635, and North Oak Cliff.

Certain neighborhoods rarely show up, like the location of today’s Tuesday Two Hundred at 6424 E. Lovers Ln. This Ridgewood Park Midcentury near Lovers and Abrams is in a sweet spot. It’s two blocks from Greenville Avenue and Central Expressway, 1.5 miles from White Rock Lake, 6.5 miles from downtown, and 8 miles from Love Field.

The number speak to the neighborhood’s desirability: Comps on nine nearby properties show an average price-per-square-foot of $205, and an average sale price of $320,436. This house is $170 per square foot, listed by Sandy Maltese with DFW Urban Realty, LLC for $299,900, reduced from $325,000.

Ridgewood Park is bounded by Lovers Lane, Abrams, Fisher Road, and the DART Blue Line on the south. The area feels friendly and safe, and an active neighborhood association hosts family-centered activities like an Easter egg hunt, block parties, Halloween gathering, and July 4th parade.

This house is right on Lovers Lane, which is a six-lane street west of Abrams, but narrows to two lanes east of Abrams, where the home is located. That’s good news for potential buyers, because it indicates less traffic. Across the street is an elementary school.

Let’s take a closer look at this Ridgewood Park Midcentury.

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Dallas Midcentury

Our spring days are warming up in North Texas, the perfect time to dream of lazy days lounging in the sunshine.

Today’s Tuesday Two Hundred is a gem in Northwest Dallas, a retro updated ranch at 3251 Royal Ln., just east of Webb Chapel Lane in the Webster Grove neighborhood. With its carefully curated midcentury look and bright blue swimming pool in back, it’s got the feel of a Palm Springs oasis. The house is newly listed by Brandon Stewart at David Griffin & Company for $272,900.

Built in 1959, this Dallas midcentury draws inspiration from the contemporary developments built by Joseph Eichler in California in the 1950s. At 2,249 square feet with three bedrooms and two bathrooms, it’s a reasonable space that feels imminently livable and totally welcoming. The open floorplan, neutral colors, contemporary furniture, and fabulous light make it a calming space, as well.

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823 Lake Terrace A

Photo: Shoot2Sell

That old saying about good things coming in small packages can be hard to reconcile with the “bigger-is-better” mentality that often rules Texas real estate.

But it’s an easy fit in today’s Tuesday Two Hundred, a cozy midcentury ranchette in East Dallas at 823 Lake Terrace Dr. With 1,490 square feet and a great layout, this 2-2 packs a powerful punch in its modest footprint. It is newly listed by Kerry Slaughter at Paradise Slaughter Real Estate for $279,900.

823 Lake Terrace B

Built in 1954, this midcentury house has a remodeled kitchen and baths, refinished original hardwoods, new windows, and totally charming curb appeal. It is located near Peavy Road and E. Lake Highlands Drive, walking distance to White Rock Lake. There’s so much to like, from the open-concept floorplan to overall flow of the house.

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Here's my map to help guide Santa's sleigh. And his real estate agent.

Here’s my map to help guide Santa’s sleigh. And his real estate agent.

I grew up in North Dallas and have lived all over Dallas and the ‘burbs, but when I finally landed in East Dallas in 2007, I knew I had found my happy place.

East Dallas has a culture unlike anywhere else in the city (although North Oak Cliff feels like its cousin). I could spend hours walking or biking through neighborhoods like Little Forest Hills, Buckner Terrace, and the Peninsula. So many beautiful houses! So many trees! And friendly neighbors everywhere!

Circumstances and a new baby moved me to Plano this year, and I have pined over my favorite neighborhoods in East Dallas ever since. I go out of my way to get back to East Dallas as often as possible, and because I’ve been very good this year, I’m asking Santa for a token of his appreciation for Christmas: A midcentury house east of White Rock Lake. With original hardwoods. And mature trees.

That’s not too much, is it?

I’ve got a few ideas for Santa, in case he’s stumped. This Casa Linda cottage has just the kind of curb appeal I love: big trees, tranquil setting, and an expansive yard. Located at 1422 Tranquilla Dr., it’s listed at $348,500 and is a 3-2 with 1,857 feet. That’s not quite large enough for my family of four, so we might have to sell the teenager before we move. But I’m OK with that.

1422 Tranquilla Dr

Looks at those gorgeous original hardwoods! And the built-ins! And a wood-burning fireplace! So much character from when it was built in 1945.  (more…)

6715 Patrick DriveThe theme of today’s Thursday Three Hundred is “gorgeous wood,” both because of the numerous large trees on this house’s lot and the inviting handscraped wood floors throughout the interior of this Lakewood midcentury.

Located at 6715 Patrick Drive, near Mockingbird Lane and Abrams Road, this property was reduced this morning to $317,000. Listed by Franceanna Campagna at Campagna & Associates Realtors, it’s a 3-2 in the popular Mockingbird Hill neighborhood in East Dallas. Jump to read more!  (more…)

8911 Rolling Rock Curb

This house is pretty much the sexiest. From the first time I saw this beautifully redone midcentury modern in Lakeland Hills, I was in love. Just positively smitten. It’s totally remodeled with everything you want including a brand new kitchen and it’s inside Richardson ISD.

And did I mention that it’s sexy? Because it totally is!

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