High Caliber Home of the Week: Marvelous Midcentury Modern in Lake Highlands


10741 Eden Roc Back

We know that there are a ton of midcentury modern homes in Sylvania Dells, an area of Lake Highlands where architecture is eye candy. We featured a unique listing from Ed Murchison just a short jog from today’s High-Caliber Home of the Week, and it was a midcentury modern with colored paneling and a unique floor plan, too.

However, 10741 Eden Roc surpasses all expectations with more that 4,000 square feet of wide open space on an acre lot. This home has been painstakingly preserved, with gorgeous expansive floors and the coolest open concept. You know, Realtors often put the words “MUST SEE!” in a listing description, and I usually just glaze over it. For this home, though, with its incredible windows, amazing back deck, and cool master suite, I really, REALLY want to see it!

All of these things — top-of-the-line design, amazing architecture, and perfectly preserved interiors — make this a high-caliber home. A home like this deserves a lender that’s going to look out for you and make sure that your dream becomes a reality. That’s what Lisa Peters at Caliber Home Loans does with her clients. She’s a mortgage professional that takes the time to make sure that there are no financing hiccups at closing. Find out what Lisa Peters can do for you today.


1980s Contemporary Remodeled For Dramatic Modern Living

10830 Hayfield Front

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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.


6909 Tokalon Front

So, who throws parties nowadays? Socialites, executives, parents, Realtors, and the well-connected, that’s who. And this home, with its endless living areas, gorgeous formal dining room, spacious kitchen, and beautiful game room and study, is perfect for someone who wants a home in Lakewood where they can host any occasion with aplomb.

It’s just the kind of home for executives who want to relocate to a fantastic Dallas neighborhood before they buy. Perhaps they haven’t found their dreamhome quite yet, and they want a great place to lease in the mean time. Well, you can’t do much better than 6909 Tokalon, a beautiful French colonial-style home on Lakewood’s prettiest street.


411 Montclair front

Sure, Winnetka Heights is one of the pricier neighborhoods in North Oak Cliff, with some of the larger Prairie-style homes going for $400K plus. If that’s a shade too rich for your blood, but you still want a spacious family home you can enjoy for years to come, then you’ll love this adorable traditional at 411 Montclair Ave.

This home is so adorable from the curb that you’ll just swoon when you see it! The bright red door and homey blue siding is so sweet! The arched stoop is just tremendously cute, too. But don’t let this home’s petite exterior fool you. Inside you’ll find three bedrooms, two full baths, and more than 2,100 square feet.

411 Montclair Living

I think this home is super cute, and definitely stands out among the Arts and Crafts homes and the Prairie Four-squares that are quite prominent in Winnetka Heights. It’s marketed by David Griffin Realtor Crystal Gonzalez for $379,000, and has been on the market for just one week.

There are hardwood floors and fresh paint throughout the first floor, and beautiful period-style light fixtures that fit this 1930s traditional just right! The fireplace is perfect, too, and it, along with the rest of the first floor, sports fresh paint.

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French doors separate the dining and living areas, and between the kitchen and dining room you’ll find a butler’s pantry that is perfect for storing your china collection and all those dishes you’re dying to use for your first dinner party. It eases you into the kitchen, which is completely updated with commercial-grade stainless steel appliances, fresh cabinets, and a breakfast area overlooking the covered rear porch and backyard.

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Upstairs is where you’ll find the master suite, an addition that brings in a huge bedroom with tons of light, a separate seating area, a gigantic closet with tons of built-in cabinets, and a five-piece master bath. Thanks to some thoughtful construction, the pitch of the roof isn’t so severe as to create awkward spaces.

411 Montclair Master


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Outside you’ll find a large, lush backyard and a fantastic little covered porch, but you’ll notice one thing is missing — covered parking or a garage. Sure, there’s a little storage building, but there’s no secure parking. For some people, that’s a deal-breaker, but for those who were planning to bike everywhere in the first place, it’s not a huge problem. Of course, if you wanted to add covered parking in the future, you’ll have to jump through a few hoops because this home is located inside a historic conservation district.

411 Montclair backyard

In all, though, this home is fantastic for someone who is looking for a family place in a great neighborhood in North Oak Cliff! What do you think?

5625 McCommas Front


Sometimes Realtors describe a home as “charming” or “romantic,” and you check out the listing only to find the same builder-grade cabinets, tired hardwood or laminate floors, the same-old granite counters, and blah, blah, blah. The home was probably charming or romantic once, but all the charm and romance has since been renovated out of the home.

You’ll find that at 5625 McCommas, instead of renovating out all of the character, the owner has instead updated it and kept all of the delicious details intact. Original stained glass windows? Funky fireplace? Cozy kitchen? Now that’s a home befitting Romance Week!

5625 McCommas Stained Glass

Your Valentine will surely adore this completely adorable 1928 Tudor in Greenland Hills, not too far from the coveted M Streets area. It’s marketed by David Griffin Realtor Robert Kucharski for $$389,900. With 1,675 square feet, two bedrooms, two baths, and a two-car garage, this home is a fantastic buy for someone who is in love with the area’s many attractions, such as restaurants, shops, and epic-level nightlife.

5625 McCommas Living

Of course, this sweet house will give you many excuses to stay in, not the least of which include the cozy, well-curated interiors that feel both vintage and new. You’ll appreciate this owner’s collection of unique furnishings, which span cultures and eras, but mix and match impeccably well thanks to the neutral walls and lovely warm hardwood floors.

5625 McCommas Dining


However, in this home’s search for balance between old and new, it misses a few opportunities for drama, like the light fixture in the dining room. I would really expect a lovely chandelier here., but the new owners could take this as an opportunity to customize.

5625 McCommas Kitchen

In the kitchen, though, I wouldn’t change a thing, especially not that amazing O’Keefe & Merritt stove. Folks, that’s reason enough to buy this home. These stoves last for freaking ever, and they’re beautiful once restored, like this one. I also love the light stained oak cabinets and the tile backsplash and counters, which takes a little more effort to maintain, but it’s a beautiful foil to the understated cabinets. The other appliances could be swapped out, too.

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The real gems of this house are the well-preserved baths, which both sport cool vintage tile. In the master you have a colorful mosaic on the floor, juxtaposed with the warm yellow on the walls and surrounding the shower. The dual-sink vanity is so cute, with a single mirror in the middle that is a perfect fit.

5625 McCommas Second Bath

In the hall bath you’ll find an adorable green-and-black color scheme with triangle accents. It’s a lovely little guest bath with pedestal sink and shower/tub combo. The original hex tile floor has a cute black border, and the gas heater, if it’s operational, is a lifesaver when you step out of the shower on a cold day. See if you can negotiate in the fish shower curtain, too. I can’t imagine any better design for this bath.

5625 McCommas Backyard

The backyard is spacious, and has some landscaping. If you’re concerned about security, consider adding a gate off of the home that blocks the driveway. Otherwise this home is just perfect for the buyer that appreciates real romance and has a love-affair with all things vintage.


326 Edgefield Front

We’re constantly on the lookout for great deals all over Dallas, and sometimes we find them where we least expect. Take this gorgeous Prairie-style two-story in Winnetka Heights for example. This neighborhood is so heavily sought-after, we thought for the longest time you couldn’t find a good-sized family home for under $300,000 in this historic district.

We’ll be the first to admit we were wrong!

This adorable home, which is back on the market, is at 326 S. Edgefield in North Oak Cliff’s most popular historic conservation district. It’s listed by David Griffin Realtor Diane Sherman for a more-than-reasonable $279,900. This home is spacious, with almost 2,600 square feet in its two-story layout. You get four bedrooms, two and a half baths, formals and a lovely open kitchen that leads to a fenced backyard.

326 Edgefield Living

The only downside I can see to this property is the upstairs carpet and the lack of covered parking. Now, if you’re resourceful, you’ll buy this property and put in a rear-access garage and workshop, one that will have an air-conditioned art studio. In fact, maybe you can get the amazing Winnetka Heights design-build team at ThrasherWorks to come up with an amazing plan that will stand the test of time and look absolutely brilliant, too.

326 Edgefield Dining

Tons of details remain in this tastefully updated 1940s home, including the archways that transition from room to room, and the lovely wood floors. Some of the light fixtures feel out of place, but that’s easily fixed. The kitchen has plenty of updates, with bright white cabinets, granite counters, an ample eat-in island, and a five-burner gas range and oven with built-in microwave.

326 Edgefield Kitchen

The master is a decent size, and both full baths are upstairs with the powder room down. It’s no secret that I despise wall-to-wall carpet. I just feel like if I want carpet, I want the option of laying down a rug instead of dealing with a carpet that ages so quickly and attracts allergens. Still, I love the dual closets and the windows.

326 Edgefield Master

The master bath is a vintage-looking remodel with gorgeous tile. Not so crazy about the configuration of the shower, the single pedestal sink, and the ugly frameless mirror, but the bathtub is perfect. I think this simple style should be used more often, that’s for sure.

326 Edgefield Master bath

The backyard, which you can access through the French doors off the kitchen, is shady thanks to the canopy of trees, but you’ll adore the deck. Otherwise it’s a bit of a project considering how many unruly saplings are popping up. Still, this home is a total value and with the right buyer, would be a fantastic investment!

326 Edgefield Back

News_Shelby_December-2013_Ceron-Todd-wedding_Ken-Downing_Sam-Saladino_131326Who in the world would Dallas premier party planner Todd Fiscus trust to plan his own wedding? Try New York event designer Marcy Blum who produced a fabulous, fantastic, and totally over-the-top event for Fiscus as he wed Houston society hair stylist Ceron at The Glasshouses in the Chelsea Arts Tower over New Years. A Lone Star contingent of 100 descended upon Manhattan, getting in and out before the big blizzard and sub-zero temps hit.

CultureMaps’ Shelby Hodge has the whole story, but we want to make note of two prominent Dallas agents at this the best shindig of the year: our beloved Sam Saladino of David Griffin was there with his partner, Ken Downing, as was Faisal Halum from Allie Beth Allman. Read Shelby’s fun report to see who all the Dallas bridesmaid were… this sounds like one of the best weddings ever. Also in attendance: Kenneth Maxwell and his partner, Jim Williamson, aka The Style Bastard, of the fabulous ID Collection.

723 Woolsey Front


If you think you can’t afford North Oak Cliff, think again. There are still tons of great values, wonderful homes that were built to last, and some exceptionally stylish and eye-catching architecture. Take this lovely 1954 Dilbeck-inspired ranch at 723 Woolsey for example. Lovely brick and a fabulous low-slung roof, with pillars and timber and huge windows galore.

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Inside you’ll find some fresh renovations that, while they up the sparkle factor of this 1,900-square-foot ranch, they still keep the home true to period. You’ll love all the windows, that’s for sure, and the gorgeous wood-burning fireplace in the main living area is a treat. This two-bedroom, two-bath home is very well-preserved, but the updated kitchen is an absolute dream. It’s a brand new listing marketed by David Griffin & Co. Realtor Lisa Kleypas for $269,000.

723 Woolsey Kitchen

With fresh cabinets and granite counters, new hardware and a beautiful brick floor, this is a kitchen for entertaining. Stainless steel appliances and glass upper cabinets make this 60-year-old property feel modern and ready for anything. And if you love excellent uses of color, then you’ll adore the paint in this home. Just enough green to stand out, but not too much to overpower — that’s what I’d call these sagey walls in the galley. Definitely a great ethereal shade that keeps the brick floor from feeling too heavy.

723 Woolsey Sunroom

Just outside the kitchen is a lovely rough-timber-sided sunroom with a stone floor that is great for a breakfast nook or even an additional living area. Two huge French doors lead to the back porch, which is spacious and overlooks the huge backyard with mature trees.

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Now, the master is sizable and features the same lovely refinished hardwood floors you’ll notice throughout the home. You’ll appreciate the lovely closet doors that have just the right amount of visual impact without overpowering the design. My only qualm is that, from this picture you can’t see much of the master bathroom. The hall bath has the original tile — a gorgeous two-tone teal color scheme with beautiful honeycomb flooring — but I’d love a closer look at the master bath.

723 Woolsey Backyard

Still, there’s plenty more to love about this home. If you’re a fan of porches, this home has two of them — one in front and one in the back, both of them open to the gorgeous scenery you’ll find in Wynnewood.