Thursday Three Hundred: Midcentury Modern in Merriman Park Has Fabulous Details


Ed Murchison has established himself as the go-to Dallas Realtor for midcentury modern properties. He’s marketed and sold some amazing homes that are not only gorgeous, but some are like walking on a Mad Men set — completely preserved in their shag carpet and glitter Formica splendor.

If you’ve wanted to own a midcentury modern home, but have missed all your chances, then you might be able to snatch up this amazing home in East Dallas’ Merriman Park — a fantastic family neighborhood. This home was just featured on Retro Renovation as one of their “time capsules,” and we can see why. Many original details of this lovely home have been preserved, but it’s not without some modern touches.


8506 Eustis FrontIts Dec. 31, 2013 and technically, it’s still the “Year of the Midcentury Modern,” as I dubbed it yesterday. No better way to go out than to feature another great mid-mod on Eustis, an East Dallas street known for its midcentury architecture.

8506 Eustis is a very cool mid-mod that has some really insane features, the first of which you can spot from the curb. Do you see that huge tree growing up through the roof next to the fireplace? Also, I love the original red brick and the cool storage area off of the car port (a typical covered parking solution for homes built during the boom of American auto industry.

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Inside you’ll find hallmarks of mid-mod architecture such as clerestory windows, exposed brick, vaulted ceilings with open beams, huge faceted windows, and gobs of natural light. As for cool features inside, you’ll love the trapezoidal fireplace opening, which is certainly creative and eye-catching. In the dining area there is an original redwood wall that gives the whole side of the house a feeling of warmth. The flooring is tres cool, too, with the cut-away wood giving way to linen-faced ceramic tile through the dining and kitchen areas.

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In the kitchen, check out the grain on the cabinets, which is the perfect foil for the Carrera marble counters and brand-new industrial-grade stainless steel appliances and apron sink. The mosaic backsplash is visually attractive, but almost too busy when placed next to the texture of the cabinet faces. Still, I love it, and the pendant lights are just absolutely perfect.

8506 Eustis Master

Now, the bummer is that, while we know this 1,254-square-foot home has three bedrooms and two baths, we don’t get any photos of the baths in this listing. What gives on that? Another head-scratcher is that this home was originally listed for $314,900, but was reduced to $299,000, and has still sat on the market for more than three months — unheard of with this style and location. It’s under contract right now, but I’m still wondering about why we don’t get a look in the backyard, either.


Still, I love this home terribly. Considering that this home was purchased from its original owner in 2012 and was restored to this condition in just over a year, I think 8506 Eustis is an outstanding property to go out on for 2013. What do you think?