east dallas midcentury

Ready for some atomic-era allure? Check out our Tuesday Two Hundred at 936 Peavy Rd.

This East Dallas Midcentury is in the Lake Gardens neighborhood, near East Lake Highlands Drive. It’s a three bedroom with one full bath and one half, and 1,110 square feet, built in 1956.

The exterior is all about Midcentury charm—look at that roofline and covered carport! The interior is tastefully renovated and reflects buyer interests, like hardwood floors, recessed lighting, a contemporary kitchen, and modern bathrooms.

It is listed by Jay Robbins with Robbins Real Estate Group for $250,000.



The Chris Craft House, designed by architect Vince Snyder, at 22 Vanguard Way in Urban Reserve, the brainchild of Dallas developer Diane Cheatham.

Dallas developer Diane Cheatham is a dedicated modernist and committed environmentalist.

As CEO of Urban Edge Developers, Ltd., Cheatham has brought those values to her work in multiple settings, from small infill condos and townhomes that won multiple design awards, to her masterpiece at Urban Reserve, a signature modern neighborhood that uses sustainable features creatively.

Diane Cheatham

Diane Cheatham

It’s a trend she’s happy to say is showing up more in North Texas.

“I see more developers and builders responding to consumer demand by building modern and green,” Cheatham said. “The style is much more accepted in Dallas now, and a growing segment of homebuyers are interested in green building and a more modern aesthetic. I’d like to see more developers thinking out of the box, providing more options at all price levels.”

Cheatham envisions and creates enclaves that are both eco-friendly and people-friendly. At Urban Reserve, for example, a reservoir that gets neighborhood run-off water is used to irrigate common spaces and individual lawns. Every house is required to have LEED-H certification. Her own house at 1 Vanguard Way, which she shares with her husband Chuck, has geothermal heating and cooling, energy-saving windows, and an 18,000-gallon cistern that collects rain runoff from the roof. Homeowners in the community are encouraged “not to do the standard Dallas fences,” and many of the homes feature indoor-outdoor living spaces that encourage interaction with neighbors and passers-by.

These efforts have not gone unnoticed. Urban Reserve has earned multiple recognition and awards, like the 2007 Dallas AIA Excellence in Sustainable Design, 2007 CLIDE Award (Celebrating Leadership in Development Excellence), and a 2009 award from Eco-Structure Magazine, where Urban Reserve was distinguished as one of seven innovative projects.

All this took rule-breaking by Cheatham as she customized street widths to slow traffic, created rain gardens and retention ponds, and made the basic infrastructure and layout of the development conducive to her overall vision.

“It’s taken longer than expected, but there are only six lots of the 50 left and work is proceeding on six homes with eight more in various stages of design,” she said. “The realization of Urban Reserve has been the hardest [of all my projects], and as it nears completion, it is also the most satisfying. Being out there on the cutting edge proved to be more complicated than I anticipated.”



Walling FrontThis home is open, beautiful, updated, and did you see that private pond?

Merriman Park is a really fabulous enclave, and this home is the perfect example of what a great value this area is. Not only is 6952 Walling Lane close to shopping and parks, accessible thanks to Northwest Highway, close to the White Rock Trail if you love to cycle, and it’s within walking distance of the White Rock DART Rail station, if you prefer to avoid traffic when heading downtown.

Walling Living

This home has a wonderful open floor plan, three bedrooms, three baths, and lots of great updates! Check out the mosaic tile around the living room fireplace, the gorgeous hardwood floors, and the designer light fixtures. With more than 2,200 square feet, there’s plenty of room for a family of four.

Walling Sunroom

The kitchen is fantastic and features lovely cherry cabinets and a mosaic backsplash. There’s a breakfast area and all stainless steel appliances, too. The kitchen leads to a laundry area, which separates the main part of the house from the sunroom. This area has a slate tile floor and a huge wall of windows that have views of the pond just outside.

Walling bath

The bedrooms all have carpet, and two of the three bathrooms have frameless glass shower enclosures and new tile. Truly, this home, priced at $319,992 is a great value! Love it? Contact Virginia Cook Realtor Jennifer Ackerman!

Walling Pond