1980s Contemporary Remodeled For Dramatic Modern Living

10830 Hayfield Front

Photos: Shoot2Sell

Remember yesterday’s post with a little blurb by Wilson Fuqua? The renowned architect talked about how some homes just need the deft, artful touch of an architect to be transformed from ugly ducklings into sleek swans. I like to think that this home at 10830 Hayfield is a stunning example of this idea. Built in 1981, this soft contemporary likely had a muted neutral palette and an unhealthy amount of carpet everywhere.

Since then, this listing from Brandon Stewart has been updated to sleek, chic modern perfection.


8630 Angora Front

By now you know the motto of East Dallas’ weirdest neighborhood: “Keep Little Forest Hills Funky.” In this neighborhood that reminds most people of Austin, you’ll find tiny cottages and bungalows with low ceilings and wood siding. Some of them have been added on, some have been remodeled, and some have been renovated inside and out. But the neighborhood remains a bastion of diversity in taste and architecture.

That’s what’s so remarkable about 8630 Angora: It’s so very different from what you’d expect to find in Little Forest Hills. This two-bedroom, two-bathroom 1980s soft contemporary has high ceilings, big windows, and open spaces — all a far cry from the typical cottage lining the hilly streets of the neighborhood.


9346-Sunnybrook IHOTW

Stop the presses for literally one of the most beautiful homes in Dallas. If this home hasn’t made the list, any list, then there is something wrong with the judges. 9346 Sunnybrook was built in 1987 by Tina Bailey, one of Dallas’ premiere private estate home builders. Tina, a talented friend whose daughters attended school with mine, also built the exquisite 16,375 square foot mansion of Jim and Julie Turner on Deloache in 1993. Julie just knows how to build a home and pour southern charm, elegance and convenience into every single square inch, almost instinctively. Not only is the construction sound, but the rooms flow like a river of champagne, with ease and grace. (more…)

Rolling Rock Front

Sure, a fresh coat of paint is necessary for a home heading for the market, but it won’t make a $250,000 home into a $325,000 home. And while 8806 Rolling Rock is a good, balanced contemporary home, it’s a listing that’s fallen victim to optimistic pricing.

Rolling Rock Living

There’s no reason why this three-bedroom, two-bath home in Lakeland Hills should be on the market for three months. This is a good area with tons of other great 1950s-era homes that are close to White Rock Lake and the Dallas Arboretum, with access to tons of great shops and restaurants. Still, I just don’t get how someone could price this home at $325K all things considered.

Rolling Rock Dining

Still it’s a great home, and it’s definitely getting warmer when priced at $254,000. There is more than 1,800 square feet of space, a great car port with storage behind a wooden gate, and a generous backyard. Truth be told, the interiors are kind of choppy, with a mix of flooring, ceiling detail, and finishes from room to room. Also, I want to love the den, but the weird painted brick section is just getting to me.

Rolling Rock Den

There is a very bright spot to this home, and that’s the kitchen. It’s updated with fresh cabinets and granite counters with a mosaic tile backsplash. Add in stainless appliances and a nice-sized breakfast room and it definitely carries the title of best room in the house.

Rolling Rock Kitchen

There are two bathrooms in the home, and well, the master is just overwhelming. There’s way to much tile in this room, and it’s too dark. The upside is that it has a huge shower with glass tile instead of a door — a bonus if you hate how quick frameless glass shower doors get dirty (I know I do!).

Rolling Rock Master Bath

You’ll also love the huge backyard, which sports an immense patio that is begging for some kind of pergola or sun shade. With that it’ll be fantastic in any weather. Truly, in the right hands, this home could be an absolute stunner. What do you think?

Rolling Rock Backyard

Thursday Three Hundred: 70s Contemporary in Lake Highlands Is Perfect Inside

10001 Woodlake Front

Another great Lake Highlands reno! I am a sucker for a renovated 70s contemporary, mostly because I love all of the cool windows and lofty exposed-beam ceilings. I can just imagine its past life — avocado shag carpet, funky wallpaper, polyester-clad owners, and low-slung furniture.

In this life, though, this 3,458-square-foot home at 10001 Woodlake is all traditional inside, with hand-scraped hardwood floors, ceramic tile, and brand new lighting. The kitchen is brand new — so new that the ovens and microwave still have plastic protectors on the handles — and a brand new bar area has been added to the family room. There are four bedrooms and three baths, which is a great size for a family!

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The location is great, too, which is probably why you’re seeing the $320,000 price tag — that and the great pool just outside the family room. The house is just north of Forest and east of Audelia Road in the Woodbridge neighborhood. It has access to shopping and feeds into Richardson ISD schools.

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Besides the pool, I think my favorite part of this house is the master suite, which has a super cool arched window. There’s a tray ceiling and plenty of room for a groovy waterbed, if you’re feeling a little nostalgic. The master bathroom has a claw-foot tub, which I love, but given the architecture of the home, it feels a little out of place.

And the backyard has a great little pool for entertaining scads of kids on hot summer days, which considering the neighborhood, I’m sure you’ll have a lot of!

10001 Woodlake Backyard