While I, too, love midcentury modern homes, dealing with the details involved with restoring an older residence doesn’t thrill me. Truly, I’d prefer midcentury lines and feel with the assurance of new construction. That’s just what Virginia Cook Realtor Ed Murchison has listed, all wrapped up in the finishes and feel that modern home buyers in Dallas desire. 

Designed by Josh Nimmo, this home was built as the residence of Dwellings AKC founder Alan Kagan. As Karen Eubank has told us, there’s nothing quite like the personal homes of builders, as these are the houses where you can find detail and value beyond your typical house. 

“Kagan is known for his high-quality, architect-designed modern homes featuring meticulous attention to detail,” Murchison said. Now extrapolate that and add in a dash of excellent location and you get 6035 Prospect Ave., a midcentury modern-inspired residence in walkable East Dallas.

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Arlington Heights

Looking for a great Westside location in a quiet corner of Arlington Heights? You might fall under the spell of this 1932 Tudor charmer at 4803 El Campo Avenue. A peaked roof  plus a concentric arched doorway and tidy landscaping add up to loads of curb appeal. The 2,156-square-foot cottage began life as a duplex — the only remaining vestige being the double entrance to the living area. Otherwise, the transition is pretty seamless. (more…)

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According to the The Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University, last month there were 2.1 months of housing inventory in Dallas County. This figure might make a buyer panic and pressure their Realtor to find them hip-pocket listings. Is this smart? Are buyers overlooking great deals for those hip pockets? Let’s take a look at a perfect example of an off-market sale.

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townhome4

We called it. When we first heard of Sphinx Development‘s plans for a townhome community just west of Corinth and south of Cedar Creek, we had a feeling it would sell out quickly. There’s a dearth of new construction in the $200,000 range, and plenty of opportunities for infill just east of North Oak Cliff. So we’re not surprised in the least to hear that all 49 units of the development’s initial phases have been snatched off the market.

The Fiji Townhomes development, marketed by Virginia Cook Realtor Angela Downes, will soon launch a third phase that will include lofts and retail, as well as office space. According to Sphinx, Phase Three will be ready for occupancy in 2018.

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Lost Creek

Want all of the must-have frills at an affordable price point? You might want to check out the golfing community of Lost Creek. Part of the extensive 7,200 acre Walsh Ranch development (more to come on that subject next week) it is a mere 15 minute drive from town, off the West Freeway, near Aledo. Perched atop the development is the new listing (only five days on the market) at 4532 Knoll Ridge. With its tasteful maturing landscaping and restrained but pleasing façade of stone and antiqued brick, the 2006 new build doesn’t lack curb appeal.

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North Hi Mount

If it’s about location, 4067 West 7th Street in North Hi Mount has it in spades. It sits perched on a hill a few short blocks down from the multitude of bars and eateries that comprise the lively 7th Street scene, and just across the street from Monticello, and literally a stones throw from River Crest Country Club.

And isn’t it a rare treat to find a new build we can love. This 2008-built, four bedroom, three-and-one-half-bath home achieves charm. The pleasing proportions of the stucco, Mediterranean-style house displays an architectural literacy.

Beautifully landscaped, it exudes curb appeal. On a tight one-seventh-acre lot, it manages to pack in nearly 4,000 square feet of living space. Entering through an iron door, you encounter a spacious outdoor living area with a fireplace, hidden behind high walls. The random rubble terra cotta floor add to the agreeable first impressions.

North Hi Mount

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We just love this house, because it has everything we (meaning, I) am looking for in (our) my next home: fantastic spaces, storage, elegance, rooms you can use, and just enough green space. I always seem to be at war with sprinkler systems and that’s it, I’m over them. Give me turf, give me gravel, just get rid of the grass!

1809 Westover Drive is also gated for maximum security, so you can lock her up and leave to go hiking in New Zealand, sailing in the Carribbean, or babysit the kiddos in Northern California.

And yet, when you are home, you are not cramped into a condo or have to deal with getting in or out of lobbies.

Instead, there is a courtyard entrance with a pretty terraced garden pathway. Inside, the place is a total knock-out!

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Frank Welch Janmar IHOTW Front

Frank D. Welch is one of our most eminent architects. His Texas Modern at 7126 N. Janmar Drive may well be his final opus according to listing agent Kyle Rovinsky with Virginia Cook Realtors. Rovinsky listed this signature property last week for $3.75 million. The 6,600-square-foot, three-story house bears all of the Welch hallmarks: stick ceilings, a generous use of glass, and balanced light. He has always embraced nature and an informal unpretentious style.

“This house represents everything that has made a Welch design so highly prized,” Rovinsky said.

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