midcentury modern

1715 Princeton Ave Midland TX, listed for $499,999. Photo Credit: Realtor.com

In a sea of beige and red brick, this Midcentury modern is coming up roses. Not only is the home lovingly maintained, its chic greige exterior (a mix between beige and gray) and inviting arbor entry is precisely why we love it. Located at 1715 Princeton Ave in the heart of “Old Midland” this four-bedroom, three-bathroom contemporary is ideally situated on a sweet corner lot, offering midcentury modern style in one of Midland’s most desirable neighborhoods. (more…)

5526 W University front extI wish bodies could be more like houses. We spend so much in maintaining the outside (I am so overdue for a microderm my skin is screaming!) and try our best to keep the insides tuned up – eat right, exercise, no toxins. But sadly, we cannot gut our bodies, take them down to the studs, replace tissue, bones and fluids, and produce another 50 plus years of life span.
With a house, you just paint the facade and gut the innards, and voila! 5526 West University. This is a vintage 1953 mid-century modern gem just coming on the market this week. I was in it Friday, and didn’t want to leave. Of course, I was also enjoying the high off of “fresh home fumes” as I call them. There is nothing, nothing like walking into a freshly built or remodelled home and smelling the potpourri of fresh paint, varnished floors, clean wood and clean lines. The listing agent, precious Marybeth M. Peters, tells me the home was once owned by a member of the Caruth Family, once one of the largest landowners in Dallas. In fact, Patty Caruth came thru the very first open house this weekend. (more…)

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I almost wept when I saw this listing today. It’s so sad to see beautiful homes fall by the wayside, and this home was once an incredible one, a Cliff May-designed Midcentury Modern ranch.

Today it is a haphazard shell of a house, dirty and dusty, and mostly neglected. But therein lies the opportunity — you can own a Cliff May home for just $129,900.

That’s a deal, folks, but this home needs a lot of work. That’s actually a brutal understatement for this Casa View Oaks home at 2604 Andrea. It’s listed by RE/MAX About Dallas agent Matt Nevitt, who describes the property thusly:

This Cliff May, Mid-Century Modern Ranch, needs to be restored to its former glory! Lots of natural light in this 3 bedroom 2 full bath home. Floor to ceiling windows in the living area with a brick fireplace. Hardwood floors in the living, dining and bedrooms. Has a one car garage but could be converted back to a 2 car.

Are you up to the challenge? I think that Jenni Stolarski should buy this home and make it one of her masterpieces! This could be a cool home for anyone, even a family. It’s close to the recently renovated Harry Stone Recreation Center in an area that is going through a significant amount of gentrification. This is a serious investment home!

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Built in 1955, this home does have a lot of original details, including clerestory windows, hardwoods, and a brick fireplace.  It’s not currently on the registry of Cliff May-designed homes, but its nearby neighbor, 2651 Andrea, is. In fact, this street is a hidden gem of California ranch-style homes. This house is being sold as an estate, so it’s an as-is transaction.

Someone snatch this amazing project up fast and keep us posted on your progress!

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What do go-go boots, big hair, and color-coordinated appliances have in common? They were all popular in the 1960s. You’ll only see one of these things in our Midcentury Masterpiece of a Friday Five Hundred, though. We already talked about this amazing home during the legendary estate sale in January, when Janelle Stone Estate Services helped liquidate the incredible collection of designer bits, bobbles, and furnishings that Alice Snavely, personal secretary to Neiman Marcus founder Stanley Marcus, had amassed.

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Now Snavely’s incredible time warp of a home at 6540 Cliffbrook Drive is on the market, listed by Coldwell Banker Park Cities Realtor Sandra Melmed for $575,000, a steal considering how many amazing architectural details this home has. As you can imagine, Snavely had an eye for quality, and that is absolutely reflected in this 1962 ranch. It has four bedrooms, three and a half baths, and more than 3,500 square feet.

Some wonderful details you’ll be enamored with include Asian-style carved wood screens, stained glass panels featuring bamboo motifs. But the kitchen is where you’ll be truly amazed, with incredible Midcentury Modern cabinetry, unique hardware, bright orange Formica, and the coolest color-coordinated wallpaper made to look like a woven reed chair bottom. It’s just fantastic!

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This incredible home was also featured on Retro Renovation with all of the photographs from Shoot2Sell.

Yowza, another stunning time capsule house: This  1962 Dallas, Texas mid century modern home, listed for sale by Realtor Sandra Melmed, features stunning Asian-influenced decor throughout, most all of it in untouched original condition. The house has an interesting provenance. The original owner was longtime executive assistant to Neiman Marcus chairman and family heir Stanley Marcus, and it’s clear she had fabulous taste.

We actually recall sharing the link to the estate sale for this house on our Facebook page — it was quite something to see all the designer decor, not to mention the fantastic clothes and shoes.

With amazing light fixtures, dramatic fireplaces, a true Japanese-style garden with an incredible water feature, and an oasis of a pool, this home should be preserved, and I hope the new owners will keep as much of it intact as possible.

 

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There is a treasure trove of Midcentury Modern homes in East Dallas, especially in the area surrounding Ferguson Road and Lakeland. After years of hard work and re-investment, this area is making a solid comeback, and some of the homes are getting the attention they deserve.

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This beautiful 1962 Midcentury Modern in the Hillridge neighborhood is a perfect example. Thanks to the seller’s effort, this home has been lovingly preserved and, wouldn’t you guess, after just a few days on the market, 2344 Pinebluff is already under option contract! Seriously, just about any house worth looking at in this price range is already under contract, sometimes after multiple bids above asking. Our short inventory is driving up prices, which is great for areas like this, which have struggled through reinvestment and gentrification after being largely ignored for decades.

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This beauty, listed at $229,000 (a steal for a Mid-Mod in Dallas!) by The Jackson Team Realtor Scott Jackson, has three bedrooms, two full baths, more than 2,100 square feet and a two-car garage — not a car port! Perfect!

Really, I am not surprised that this home was snatched up so quickly, as I love it so much that it hurts! I love the huge brick fireplace, the gorgeous picture windows, and the tall ceilings with exposed beams. This really is an amazing home, with tons of original details.

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The open floorplan is great for entertaining, and just off the dining area is a sunroom with FLOR tiles and plenty of room for a home office. Thanks to the huge windows, you’ll find plenty of inspiration, too, looking out into the backyard.

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Now, the kitchen has a few upgrades, such as the subway tile and open shelving — perfect for storing your vintage dishware and glass collection — and the stainless steel range top, hood, and oven offer a more custom, built-in feel. But the counters are plain-ol’ Formica. This kitchen would look amazing with a stainless steel and butcher block counter, or even a poured concrete one. Only a minor quibble, really, and I do love the cabinets — sleek and understated!

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The master is gorgeous, though, and is a good size at 14 x 12 and thanks to a sliding glass door that opens to the backyard, it gets tons of natural light. The en-suite bath is dated and tiny, but honestly, many homes this age don’t even have master suites, so count your lucky stars, folks!

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The backyard is where this home really shows off, though. The deck is a great place for hosting barbecues, and there’s a firepit, too, perfect for our chilly nights as of late.

Well, if you haven’t fallen in love with this house already, then you need to check your pulse. What an outstanding listing!

 

6934 Tokalon FrontYou just don’t see homes like this hit the market too often. And when they do, it takes just the right buyer to maximize its potential. And boy, is there just tons of potential with 6934 Tokalon, a California-style Midcentury Modern listed by Scott Carlson for $1.2 million.

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Located on one of the most sought-after streets in all of Lakewood, this home has some stunning original features that will have any mid-mod lover go weak in the knees. Check out the incredible window clusters, the gorgeous curved brick wall, the stacked elevation, and the Los Angeles-style front gate. That’s the perfect way to avoid the paparazzi!

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“Tokalon is the prettiest street in Dallas and located a few blocks from the shores of White Rock Lake,” Carlson said. “This unique, pure Midcentury Modern is situated among multi-million dollar homes on beautiful lot with magnificent trees. It’s move-in ready, or seller has amazing plans for addition and renovation. Awesome opportunity for that rare connoisseur of unique architecture and design.”

We couldn’t agree more.

With three bedrooms, two full and one half bath, and almost 3,000 square feet, this home is perfect for someone looking for the perfect place to entertain and doesn’t mind the hard work of a remodel. Really, this house is meant for a person who has inspiration. Imagine what you could do to really bring this home into the 21st century! Start with a luxurious neutral color palette, throw in some unique materials, and use clean lines to really emphasize the space.

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The walls of windows and warm wood floors are just the balm for the stark white interiors. The fireplace makes the whole first floor feel gracious, too. Really, this home has such an amazing floor plan. Some of the fixtures and finishes are dated, as you will see in photos of the master bath and closet, but this is a home for a true lover of midcentury architecture, and likewise, it will be a labor of love.

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Besides an amazing structure, this home is located inside the Lakewood Elementary attendance area, which feeds into acclaimed Woodrow Wilson High School. It’s an outstanding family home, and also has fresh landscaping throughout the grounds.

I am sure it will be snatched up by someone who wants to turn this beauty into a show-stopper, worthy of any of the myriad amazing home tours that cover Lakewood and Dallas. I can’t wait to see what it looks like afterward!

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I call dibs on the couches! Look at those beauties!

Seriously, this is a not-to-be-missed estate sale in Northwood Hills, folks. Just from glancing at the photos on the Janelle Stone Estate Services website, I can see that there are tons of great antiques and furnishings on offer in the estate of Alice Snavely, personal secretary of Neiman Marcus founder Stanley Marcus.

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I guess good taste is a prerequisite when you work for one of the best-known luxury retailers in the world. Antiques and jewelry whose designs span the globe, with a significant stop in Southeast Asia with all of the gilded Thai Buddhist figures, there are just tons of fabulous finds in this estate. As Janelle Stone put it, “The quality and quantity are unequaled. She only bought the best of the best. Neiman’s was her playground.” You can tell. This incredible woman, who was loyal and driven and trusted, has some of the most beautiful things. She will certainly be missed!

Alice SnavelyThe furnishings are high-quality midcentury-modern style couches, chairs, and setees from Baker and Henredon. Gorgeous fabric and upholstery. The lime green ones with the rust-colored piping are just fantastic. I have a serious case of the wantees for those couches, and they’re in immaculate condition. Snavely also had an enviable collection of fabric and clothes. You will have to pick your jaw up off the floor when you see the list of what’s on offer. AMAZING!

The home is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. today (Friday 1/31) and tomorrow (Saturday 2/1). There will be plenty of security, and the home is not handicap accessible. Bring your own paper and boxes for wrapping up your treasure!

 

Snavely Estate 5

I call dibs on the couches! Look at those beauties!

Seriously, this is a not-to-be-missed estate sale in Northwood Hills, folks. Just from glancing at the photos on the Janelle Stone Estate Services website, I can see that there are tons of great antiques and furnishings on offer in the estate of Alice Snavely, personal secretary of Neiman Marcus founder Stanley Marcus.

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I guess good taste is a prerequisite when you work for one of the best-known luxury retailers in the world. Antiques and jewelry whose designs span the globe, with a significant stop in Southeast Asia with all of the gilded Thai Buddhist figures, there are just tons of fabulous finds in this estate. As Janelle Stone put it, “The quality and quantity are unequaled. She only bought the best of the best. Neiman’s was her playground.” You can tell. This incredible woman, who was loyal and driven and trusted, has some of the most beautiful things. She will certainly be missed!

Alice SnavelyThe furnishings are high-quality midcentury-modern style couches, chairs, and setees from Baker and Henredon. Gorgeous fabric and upholstery. The lime green ones with the rust-colored piping are just fantastic. I have a serious case of the wantees for those couches, and they’re in immaculate condition. Snavely also had an enviable collection of fabric and clothes. You will have to pick your jaw up off the floor when you see the list of what’s on offer. AMAZING!

The home is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. today (Friday 1/31) and tomorrow (Saturday 2/1). There will be plenty of security, and the home is not handicap accessible. Bring your own paper and boxes for wrapping up your treasure!