Tuesday Two Hundred: Midcentury Modern Beauty Just Off Ferguson Road

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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!

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You don’t see a whole lot of midcentury modern homes in this area of North Dallas, so expect this gorgeous home at 7208 Mimosa to go fast! This is one of those homes that begs for a great twilight exterior shot — it showcases the details of what makes this home so stunning! The symmetry! The clerestory windows! The ample front yard! All of it really draws you in from the curb — a great asset when it comes to marketing a property, that’s for sure.

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Built in 1963 and updated here and there, this home is a great for a family with style. It has four bedrooms, three and a half baths, and more than 2,800 square feet. The vaulted ceilings make the space feel much larger, too, which is a bonus. I also love the exposed brick in the living and breakfast rooms, too.

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What I am not loving, however, is all of the carpet. I could understand a large, graphic rug in the living room, and maybe another in the dining area, but wall-to-wall carpeting is a trend that happily died in the 80s. The new owner will probably want to put in some cool hardwoods in the living areas and bedrooms and invest in some fabulous rugs from SMINK or Scott + Cooner, perhaps. It would definitely be an improvement.

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I do love the bright paint and very simple cabinetry in the kitchen, which keeps this room true to mid-century style. There are stainless steel appliances, though, that keep the kitchen from feeling dated, and the gleaming black countertops are a perfect foil for that. I am a little disappointed by the backsplash, which would have been perfect as a glass subway tile or mosaic. Easy to fix, though!

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I do love all of the French doors and floor-to-ceiling windows that make this home a truly bright space. The master bedroom benefits from that, too, with an ample size that really capitalizes on the sliding glass doors, which open to the backyard. The master suite has two separate vanities and a shower/tub combo. It’s not spa-like, but it gets the job done, right?

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Of course, many people will just see the midcentury modern characteristics and just jump on this Brandon Stewart listing, which is priced at $585,000. I know I would!

Michael Turner 2013

Sure, when a builder or architect wants to show off their skills, you can sometimes end up with a structure that is beautiful but not very practical. For Michael Turner and his firm, Classic Urban Homes, they stay true to their motto: “Building for the way people really live.”

You can see that in his work, which has won numerous awards. Find out more about Turner and his firm, a CandysDirt.com Approved Builder, after the jump!

CandysDirt.com: Where are you from?
Michael Turner: I grew up in Arlington.

CD: How did you get into custom home construction?
Turner: Started working for a builder in high school and it just stuck.

CD: What project are you most proud of?
Turner: The “Serenity House” at 6720 Greenwich, a 4,238-square-foot modern home that won 8 ARC awards including best overall architecture and interior design. Designed in collaboration with WARE Architecture Studio, it was featured in the 2013 Dallas Modern Home Tour.

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CD: Where is home for you in Dallas?
Turner: I live near the Midway/Forest area.

CD: What’s your favorite neighborhood in Dallas to build in and why?
Turner: Bluffview, because it is an eclectic neighborhood and lends itself to more variety and not cookie-cutter homes.

CD: What materials or shapes evoke your signature style?
Turner: Clean lines, linear design, functional, uncluttered, liveable. Our tag line is: “Building for the way people really live.”™

CD: What was your most challenging/memorable project?
Turner: 6720 Greenwich, because of the amount of glass in the design and the steel substructure that was required.

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CD: From concept to completion, what is the fastest you have completed a project?
Turner: Six months (Editor’s Note: WOW!!!)

CD: How many projects reached completion last year?
Turner: Six.

CD: What have you learned about building that makes you so successful?
Turner: Always be responsive, respectful, and be there to answer any questions from clients to subcontractors. Having a good team in place to make things run smoothly.

CD: If you ever change careers for an encore you’ll…
Turner: Work in the medical field since it is recession proof.

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“We don’t need to go watch HGTV for drama. This was real drama — it wasn’t ‘staged,'” said Michelle Lynne, catching herself, a real estate stager, in an accidental pun. The drama was, of course, the last-minute flurry of activity before the doors opened at 10229 Linkwood, an L Streets home built in 1955 that got a complete facelift thanks to Stephan Sardone of Sardone Construction.

Yes, look closely at the photos, because this is the same home we featured in July. What an incredible transformation!

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“I am in love with the office. It is definitely the best use of space,” said Lynne, echoing the comments I overheard all evening as Realtors and trade representatives perused the home as Main & Sides chef Shaun Collins dished out amazing hors d’oeuvres and Lakewood Brewing offered sweltering guests cold beer at the outdoor kitchen.

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I was truly floored by what Sardone Construction accomplished without increasing the 1,320-square-foot footprint of the home. By vaulting ceilings, opening the space, and increasing the flow and utility, the home got a second life as a modern marvel.

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All of the closets are completely organized, thanks to Elfa systems courtesy of The Container Store. The office got the Elfa treatment, too, which will help the homeowners immensely, I’m sure! Another amazing feat is the five-piece master bath Sardone managed to shoehorn into a 5.5″  x 12″ space. It incorporates a rather new trend called a “wet area,” and when fully complete, will include a frameless glass door that separates the vanity from the shower and soaking tub.

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Tina Garry, a sales rep from Floor & Decor, was amazed at what Sardone had accomplished with the home. Her company contributed the penny accent tile that covered an entire wall of the kitchen — a high-impact detail that doesn’t overpower the whole room, but begs to be noticed. Floor & Decor also contributed the tile in the master and guest baths.

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(Guests, including Larry Paschall, Michael Veale, and Robert Hernandez, padded through the home in socked feet to protect the refinished hardwood floors from Lumber Liquidators.) 

And the master bedroom featured several LED lights canvassing the ceiling, giving off a subtle glow that fills the room without tons of shadows. LEDs are incredibly efficient, too, and Nauhaus Lighting & Decor sourced some great models for this home.

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In the kitchen, well, it’s a far cry from the dated and bland one that once stood in its space, and features a huge island and chef-grade Jenn-Air appliances from Capital Distributing. Of course, I am sure the homeowners wish Chef Collins could come with the kitchen, too.

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Truly, this home was amazing, which was attested by the crowd that turned out last night. The design, an outstanding work of art from HPD architect Larry Paschall, will be one that will last.

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Can a contemporary home be warm and inviting? 4130 Cochran Chapel Road certainly is!

You know me by now, right? Craftsman, yes. Tudor, no. Mid-Mod, um .. DUH!

It’s contemporary design I’ve always been on the fence about. When they are designed poorly, they are sterile, ugly spaces with oddly utilitarian — nay, institutional —finishes.

But when done well, well, they are astonishing. As my search goes on to find every house in the Dallas/Fort Worth area I can fall in love with, I’ve found a contemporary home that is warm, inviting, and just plain gorgeous. It’s 4130 Cochran Chapel, and it’s To. Die. For.

I mean, can you disagree? This one-story steel and glass work of art was built in 2002 on 3.38 lush Bluffview acres and has five bedrooms, six full baths, two half baths, and a kitchen I could live in. It’s marketed by the wonderful Patricia Massey at Dave Perry-Miller & Associates.

What really makes it, though, is the way the floor-to-ceiling windows bring in so much natural light that you’ll forget where all of the switches are. It’s perfect for an art aficionado or an artist, even. Another thing about this house I am in love with is the maple finishes throughout. It’s almost like the floors warm up the entire home and leave it feeling cozy, not sterile.

With this house, the lucky new owner will get three living areas, two dining areas, an exercise room with panoramic views, a media room, and a game room, and then you can hang out by the infinity pool in an outdoor room. Make no mistake, this home has plenty of room!

Of course, when you’re talking about homes like this (and budgets like mine) the old adage rings true: If you have to ask how much, you can’t afford it. If you’re asking, though, sheerly out of curiosity, the price tag on this amazing contemporary home is in the neighborhood of $6.9 million.

 

To afford that, I’d have to sell a kidney and eat ramen noodles for the rest of my life.

A girl can dream, right?