Have you noticed the oh-so-apropos retro holiday yard décor in the Northwest Dallas neighborhood bordered by Royal Lane, Midway Road, Walnut Hill Lane, and Marsh Lane in Dallas? Dozens (actually 100) of vintage-style, six-foot-tall wooden trees punctuate the low-slung midcentury modern-style homes in the Walnut Hill neighborhood, recently featured in the Modern Mile Dallas Home Tour. The holiday display is a community initiative that’s cool in its own right, but the story behind the trees is even cooler.

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10034 Coppedge Lane is a remodeled mid-century modern featured on the Modern Mile home tour.

10034 Coppedge Lane is a remodeled mid-century modern featured on the Modern Mile home tour.

Want to go to this Saturday’s Modern Mile Home Tour? We have two pairs of tickets to give away to the inaugural tour of six modern and midcentury modern homes in the Walnut Hill neighborhood.

I was so completely elated to hear that Kathy Adcock-Smith and her plucky band of neighbors had formed this home tour, as this neighborhood has always been a favorite of ours here at CandysDirt.com. It’s a hidden gem — just one square mile — and it’s chock full of some tremendous architecture. Heck, it’s so full of modern architecture it drew the likes of Ed Murchison, Mr. Midcentury Modern himself!

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Of course, even if you are one of our lucky winners, you can still donate a few bucks to Walnut Hill Elementary School to help build their outdoor classroom. It’s a wonderful cause and a great neighborhood school!

Jump to find out how you can win your two free tickets to the Modern Mile Home Tour!

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Pete Bulban grew up in Walnut Hill, and the neighborhood stuck with him no matter where he went. In fact, it was a certain house, 10551 Somerton, that was always his favorite. It’s a midcentury home that occupies a stunning creek lot, and when Bulban had the opportunity, he snatched it up in a heartbeat.

From there, Bulban and his wife, Jenny, brought in famed modern architect Max Levy to breathe new life into the home. The results are outstanding, but don’t take my word for it. You can tour the Bulban’s home along with five other gorgeous modern properties in Walnut Hill during the inaugural Modern Mile Home Tour this weekend.

The home tour, which focuses on the one-square-mile cluster of midcentury moderns and updated traditionals in Walnut Hill, will benefit Walnut Hill Elementary School’s outdoor classroom. You can purchase tickets to the tour in advance, or make a donation if you can’t attend.

We got a chance to chat with Bulban, who is thrilled to open his home to tour goers for a good cause. Jump to read more and see photos of his beautifully restored midcentury gem.

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This unique mid-century modern at 10551 Somerton Drive is a shining example of the interesting architecture to be found in Walnut Hill. (Photos: Dan Piassick)

An idea had been bouncing around in the back of Kathy Adcock-Smith’s mind for a while. How could she promote preservation inside her small North Dallas neighborhood? Walnut Hill is a tidy square mile, bounded by Royal Lane on the north, Midway on the east, Walnut Hill on the south, and Marsh on the west. It’s full of mid-century modern homes, with low-slung roofs all made popular in the 1950s, a style that is very much in demand right now, but was somewhat of a novelty back then.

In fact, several of the homes in Walnut Hill were featured in the National Parade of Homes in 1954, hosting more than 100,000 people. The neighborhood is not only architecturally interesting, but many of the residents grew up here and then bought their own home in the area. It’s teeming with fabulous homes, but they’re being scraped at record rates.

“I go to the White Rock Home tour and the AIA tour of homes every year,” Adcock-Smith said. “A lot of the mid-century modern homes in this neighborhood could benefit from restoration.”

But she didn’t put two-and-two together until a neighborhood association meeting a year ago. “Someone suggested doing a home tour, and I thought ‘That’s it! That’s perfect!'”

10222 Better Drive was  renovated using the home's original footprint.

10222 Better Drive was renovated using the home’s original footprint.

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4239 Walnut Hill Front

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Today’s Friday Five Hundred is definitely a unique one. You don’t often see remodeled ranches that have legitimate green building chops, but this one is LEED Gold certified and looks absolutely amazing. It just hit the market and has some really interesting aesthetic features to go with its eco-friendly side.

“We talk a lot about drive-up appeal, and I normally don’t brag about a driveway, but this circle drive is made out of crushed granite. Slide open the barn door entrance and forget about having to fish for your keys — this home you can unlock with the palm of your hand,” said Rogers Healy & Associates listing agent Kristen Muller, who just put 4239 Walnut Hill on the market for $565,000.

Jump for more on this unique home!

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3806 Walnut Hill Front

Not every home is a great buy because of the finish-out, the appliances, or the landscaping. Some of them are outstanding buys because of the lot. So while there are some things I love about 3806 Walnut Hill, a 1952 traditional ranch in the Marsh Lane subdivision, it’s the almost half acre lot that has me going ga-ga.

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7317 Fieldgate Front

This home is a fantastic rental for someone building their dream home and in need of temporary housing, or someone who decided to capitalize in our scorching market and is still looking for the perfect house to move into. And if access and amenities are what you want, you really can’t beat this location.

This is one of those rentals that, when you come across it, you feel like you’ve struck gold! It’s only been on the market for two days, and considering how sought-after the Meadows is, well, I give it a week, max.

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4242 Walnut Hill Front

Built in 1959 and reimagined as a contemporary home for today, this ranch at 4242 Walnut Hill is an excellent example of how you can convert an older, less-functional home into a showstopper. Let’s look at some “before” pictures, which show some of the hallmarks of this building style.

4242 Walnut Hill Before 4 4242 Walnut Hill Before 3 4242 Walnut Hill Before 2 4242 Walnut Hill BeforeSwag drapes really set it off in the formal living room, but you can definitely tell that this home was a time warp. Walls and walls and more walls make it very claustrophobic. And check out the carpet in the master bathroom — yikes! Located in Meadowood, though, this house has a wonderful asset in location. That’s probably why it was so attractive to investors, who have turned this home into an epic example of a contemporary ranch remodel.

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From the living area with the cool fireplace straight across to the kitchen, you can practically see the entire house when you walk in the front door. It’s a far cry from the home’s choppy, walled-off beginning. This four-bedroom, three-and-a-half-bath home with more than 2,500 square feet is priced at $599,000, down from the original $649,000.

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The paint colors are modern — striking tone-on-tone grays and whites, that blend well with the stone and hardware selections in the kitchen, which is a total knockout. I love the island and the light fixtures, which are chic bell jar-style pendants that have tons of contemporary style without looking like spacecrafts hovering over your workspace.

4242 Walnut Hill Kitchen

And you’ll just adore the master bath. Not a hint of carpet or pepto pink ceramic tile. Just loads of glass and marble, with a brilliant divided vanity. Tons of storage and a beautiful stand-alone shower make it absolutely modern and stunning.

4242 Walnut Hill Master Bath

The backyard has a great stone patio with built-in planters and tons of grass for playing catch or burning off steam. You could definitely fit a garden back here, too, if you’re the sort with a green thumb.

4242 Walnut Hill BackyardIt really shows that structures built years ago can be rejuvenated with the right details. What do you think?