A Midcentury Modern Dream on a Dramatic Lake Highlands Lot

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I have a confession to make: If this house were a person, it would have to take a restraining order out on me. That’s how hard I’ve been stalking this beauty, waiting patiently for Virginia Cook Realtor Ed Murchison to put this gorgeous midcentury modern home at 10845 Eden Roc on MLS. And now it’s here, and you, too, can bask in the fantastic original details inside this two-story home that takes full advantage of its sloping lot in Sylvania Dells, a Lake Highlands neighborhood that has tons of architecturally interesting mid-mods. It’s priced at  $475,000.

There are so many cool details to this property, many of which are original to the home. It is definitely one of those houses that will impress a midcentury modern enthusiast.


Lease of the Week: Flawless Midcentury Modern Needs a Tenant to Love

10305 Crittendon Front

This is a home for a renter who wants to live in an amazing area and loves architecture. Just west of Marsh lane and north of Walnut Hill with 220 feet of creek frontage, 10305 Crittendon is a masterpiece of a midcentury modern that is perfect for someone relocating to Dallas and wants a slick, amazing pad.


Thursday Three Hundred: Super Hot Mid-Mod in Lakeland Hills Gives Me Chills!

8911 Rolling Rock Curb

This house is pretty much the sexiest. From the first time I saw this beautifully redone midcentury modern in Lakeland Hills, I was in love. Just positively smitten. It’s totally remodeled with everything you want including a brand new kitchen and it’s inside Richardson ISD.

And did I mention that it’s sexy? Because it totally is!


6202 Monticello Front

I was getting really, really, terribly bored looking for a home to feature today. First I thought “Let’s see if there’s something fun in Frisco,” but everything just looked the same to me today. Then I looked at homes in McKinney, only to have the same thing happen. After looking and looking and looking and almost at the very edge of being put to sleep by home searching, I stumbled upon a home that was so unique, so fun, so vibrant, it woke me up faster than my grande vanilla latte with an extra shot!

Truly, this Lakewood Heights Midcentury Modern may look like a yawnfest from the curb, but boy, you’re in for a treat after the jump!


Ticket Giveaway! 2014 Spring Modern Home Tour

The "Rose House" by Howard Meyer

The “Rose House” by Howard Meyer

We are just buzzing about this year’s Spring Modern Home Tour sponsored by Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty. This tour will feature some of the most incredible modern homes in Dallas and the Park Cities. Seriously, just phenomenal feats of architecture and design. It’s the brainchild of Jeff Levine of modmedia.net.

The tour will open four modern homes on May 17 for a self-guided perusal from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and a portion of the proceeds will benefit the Dallas Architectural Forum. We just love this tour! And guess what! We here at CandysDirt.com have THREE PAIRS OF TICKETS to give away!

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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.


MCM Fall 2013 Tour Banner

Don’t have plans for Saturday? Now you do. Why? Because you’re going to the Preservation Dallas Fall Home Tour sponsored by Briggs-Freeman Sotheby’s featuring eight of the most amazing Midcentury Modern homes in Dallas.

Better get started early, too, because you don’t want to miss the breakfast reception and panel discussion with Dallas Morning News architecture critic Mark Lamster, architectural historian Kate Holliday, and architect Larry Speck, FAIA. The trio will discuss the hallmarks and historic significance of minimalist style, which should be really interesting for those who have a burgeoning interest in what makes a Midcentury Modern home.

The history is so fascinating. According to Mark Meckfessel, FAIA, Midcentury Modern style is somewhat of an import to the US, evolving from International Style which was brought from immigrants who fled to America before World War II.  A perfect example of the style can be found in our own city — 10 Nonesuch, the famed former residence of Stanley Marcus. Influence can also be traced from legendary architect Frank Lloyd Wright. But what makes a Midcentury Modern stand out?

“While the sources of that new thinking might have varied, the resulting residential architecture tended to have certain features in common that distinguished it from much of the home design of previous decades. Floor plans tended to be more open, with less separation among living, dining and family areas. Large, continuous expanses of windows broke down traditional notions of “inside” and “outside”. Roofs tended to be flatter and building forms more geometrically crisp. Structure was often openly expressed and applied ornamentation – cornices, brackets, moldings, etc. – was minimized or avoided altogether.”

That’s the concise and yet thorough description of Mid-Mod design I’ve come across. Now, if you want to see some sterling examples of this style, go and buy your tickets to the tour today. For a little sneak peek, check out the homes on the tour below.

Robertson House


The Robertson House, designed by Harley L. Tracey and built in 1951, is pretty much in its original condition with a unique brise soleil in front and all the original light fixtures. With 1,900 square feet and just two bedrooms and two baths, the home was designed for empty nesters who entertain.


Markham House2

The Markham house was commissioned by J.L. Markham in 1951 and has undergone several remodels, with the most recent carried out by Tommy Bishop, ASID, in 2007. The home was originally a two-bedroom, one-bath bungalow, but the owners enclosed the rear carport/garage, making it a master suite.

Cavitt House


The Cavitt House was built by L.C. Cavitt in 1958 and has some stunning design features. The use of muted brick both inside and out, as well as the overhangs that make the home appear larger than it is, combined with it’s hilltop location make this home a notable one.

Touchstone House


The Touchstone House, built in 1960 and designed by Robert Johnson Perry, is an Asian-inspired Midcentury Modern with floor-to-ceiling windows and other luxurious touches that place it on the higher end of homes built in this period.

Galaway House

Perhaps our favorite home on the tour is the Galaway House. This amazing home is such a gem, with a courtyard and pool that is surrounded by huge windows and tons of light. It’s in a neighborhood where you would never expect to see such an incredible structure, either. Designed by Tom Weber, Chad Dorsey (who owns MoreDesign) was the builder.  They work independently, but worked together on the home.

Glenn Allen Galaway designed and built this home in 1966. The home was sold in 2010, and bith remodeled and expanded by Weber and Dorsey at MORE Design + Build. It’s now a five-bedroom, four-and-a-half bath home — significantly larger than it’s original 3/2 floorplan — and comes in at more than 3,000 square feet.

Fridge House


Designed by Scott Lyons and built in 1975, the Fridge House is a bit older than most of the homes on the tour, and most of Lyons’ designs in Dallas. While it may not seem bright on the exterior, floor-to-ceiling windows and copious skylights — trademarks of Lyons’ work — filter light throughout the home.

Merritt HouseThe Merritt House was built in 1958 and designed by O’Neil Ford and Associates. It is truly a showstopper, checking just about every box in the hallmarks of Midcentury Modern design. The landscape is gorgeous, too, designed by the Bolgers, who created DeGolyer Gardens inside the Dallas Arboretum. It’s an amazing home that will surely stand the test of time.

Prior House


John D. Carsey, designer of the Art Deco Bath House Cultural Center on White Rock Lake, designed this beautiful two-story in 1950. The Prior House is a significant departure for this architect, and his legacy has been preserved with painstaking care by the current owners. This home, renovated by Bodron+Fruit, is a masterpiece with an extended second floor and gorgeous views.





Thursday Three Hundred: Pristine Midcentury Modern in Janmar For CHEAP!

7723 Northaven Front

How is this incredible home still on the market? I have no idea, to tell you the truth, especially considering how hot Midcentury Moderns are, and this incredible location. Janmar is a fabulous, quiet enclave. We totally love this area, as we’ve said many times before. Big lots, great architecture, and a treasure trove of amazing homes that make this an incredible neighborhood inside 635.

7723 Northaven Living

This particular home — 7723 Northaven Road, just west of North Central Expressway — is just a lovely home. I am seriously swooning over this three-bedroom, two-bathroom Mid-Mod, and considering the huge lot (.35 acres with a great lawn) and 2,685 square feet, it’s a great value. This 1954 modern marvel is marketed by Virginia Cook agent Kyle Rovinsky for just $350,000.

7723 Northaven Dining

I love the mix of flooring textures, too, which include hardwoods, parquet, stained concrete, and brick. Everything is open, with tons of windows and vaulted ceilings. Of course, check out that cool fireplace with that gorgeous brick work and the clerestory window above. The living room is definitely a high-impact space, and it flows well to the kitchen, which has been wonderfully preserved.

7723 Northaven Kitchen

While it has great drive-up and landscaping in the front, the side yard is a blank slate, including the shaded area just outside the huge sunroom off of the living area. I’m already imagining the cool furniture the new buyer is going to put in this great home. Of course, I am totally wondering if the buyers will remodel the kitchen or keep it as it is. What would you do?

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