Friday Four Hundred: Remodeled Ranch Goes Sleek and Modern in Northwood Hills

7715 Maplecrest Front

All of those 1960s ranches with outdated wallpaper and brass fixtures, ugly tile and walls everywhere are probably pretty jealous right about now. I mean, why wouldn’t they when this lovely, attention-getting remodeled 1962 ranch at 7715 Maplecrest looks like it does. I mean, it’s sexy little number in a fantastic neighborhood, with all the upgrades you could want in a home this size.

Truly, this home is an absolute stunner. It’s a well-designed project from Gregory Hagmann Architects that was well-executed by Restructure Corporation of Dallas. It is open, daring, and still warm. It is dang-near perfect.

Perhaps that’s why the three-bedroom, two-and-a-half-bath home with more than 2,661 square feet marketed by Clay Stapp + Co. Realtor Richard Baker actually went up in price from its original $472,500 to its now $484,500. That’s a $12,000 jump, for those who don’t want to do the math.

But what do you get for the money?


Ebby Offices Auction Artful Axes Ahead of Wildflower Music Fest

Guitars are painted and embellished by local artisans, like these acoustic ones from the 2011 Art Guitar Auction.

Guitars are painted and embellished by local artisans, like these acoustic ones from the 2011 Art Guitar Auction.


What a fantastic way to promote communities, music, and art! Check out this giveaway from the  Campbell-CoitPreston Plano Parkway[email protected] and Preston Keller Ebby Halliday Realtor offices — they’re giving away several custom electric and acoustic guitars as part of the Wildflower Art & Music Festival Art Guitar Auction. Read on for more!


Back to School! Five Homework Stations That Will Inspire Your Student

Be prepared for the loud cheering that will come from every car departing carpool lanes on Aug. 26 as parents throughout North Texas celebrate the first day of school. No more hearing “I’m bored!” every five seconds! No more shuttling to camps! No more packing and unpacking trunks! And of course, think of all you’ll get done during the day without a kid dragging their feet behind you!

And even though you have boxes of No. 2 pencils, Kleenex, and construction paper, no kid is really ready for school without a quiet place to do the mountains of homework they’ll be bringing home.

With the help of the kind folks Ebby Halliday Realtors for these five great built-in study nooks!

1) 603 Courtney Lane in McKinney

603 Courtney Desk

2) 435 Crestover Circle in Richardson

435 Crestover Desk

3) 3821 Purdue Street in University Park

3821 Purdue Desk

4) 5909 Genoa Court in Plano

5909 Genoa Desk

5) 1116 Danbury Drive in Mansfield

1116 Danbury Desk

618 Tiffany Front

I’m not sure exactly what date range qualifies a property to be a “Midcentury Modern,” but we’ll let in 618 Tiffany Trail in Richardson regardless because, come on, this home is amazing!

618 Tiffany Dining

Marketed by Ed Murchison, this modern stunner in Richardson is on the market for just $225,000! Built in 1977, this home is after the “Mad Men” era but still features details such as clerestory windows, open floor plans, huge stone columns and fireplace, and soaring ceilings. There are tons of skylights, which makes this home feel light and airy even though you can’t spot a single window from the front of the house.

618 Tiffany Living


The only real gripe I have on this home is the carpet. It looks a little dingy in some spots. I would think that the next owner would do well to put in some hardwood floors that would really show off a modern carpet. Still, even with taking that renovation into account, this home is very affordable for what you get: four bedrooms, three baths, 2,600 square feet, a great pool, and Richardson ISD schools.

618 Tiffany Kitchen

The kitchen is modern and spare, and has an a great little breakfast nook that has views of the pool (more on that, later.) I do like that the cabinets appear to have been updated with oversized drawers. There are stainless steel appliances, too. It’s roomy without feeling overly large, and blends seamlessly with the rest of the home. I see the current owner put in laminate flooring in the kitchen/breakfast area, but I really wish they’d put it throughout the living areas, too. Carpet isn’t as popular as it used to be, and buyers are looking for low-maintenance floors that won’t have to be shampooed every year.

618 Tiffany Master

What really makes this home a Midcentury Modern despite it’s age is all of the amazing atomic-era and modern furniture throughout the house. Everything is woodgrain with clean lines and spindle legs. Gorgeous.

618 Tiffany master Bath

The master bath is just so cool, with the soaking tub in the center of the room, unanchored by a wall. It sits directly under a skylight, which gives plenty of light without letting neighbors peek in. Genius!

618 Tiffany Backyard

There’s a pool in the backyard that is great for summer entertaining, too. I love the the covered porch that leads to the pool, which will be great for grilling. There’s another porch just off the master bedroom, which has a courtyard-type feel. It’s a great spot for a small bistro table and chairs or maybe even a lounge.

What do you think of this home?

Tuesday Two Hundred: ’70s Era Contemporary Has Me Hearing HAL

“I’m sorry, Dave. I’m afraid I can’t do that.”

Seriously, this house could be a set for 2001: A Space Odyssey! Everything is white, white, white, and there’s a “reading tube” that reminds me of several scenes from Stanley Kubrick’s masterpiece, but this one particularly strikes a chord!

The home, 16919 Brushfield Dr., was built in 1979, and Kubrick’s 2001 hit theaters in 1968, so it’s doubtful that the architect was inspired by the film. Still, this house is so cool! I love the sunken living room, which is super common for the era. But what sells this house is the natural light. Because there are practically no walls and some cool floor-to-ceiling windows, there is tons of it. You’ll hardly need to flick a switch with all of the windows.

There are three bedrooms (four if you don’t want an office downstairs) and three baths in this 3,185-square-foot home marketed by Peggy Millheiser of Dave Perry-Miller. It’s located in a neighborhood we don’t often feature, too: Tioga East. I guess at $289,000 you’re paying for style and schools, which are Richardson ISD.

Yes, the master bath is a little, um, weird, but don’t let that discourage you! There’s plenty more fabulousness throughout the home!

Other things I love about this house: The covered rear patio, the spiral staircase, and the fact that it’s on a cul-de-sac. This might be the perfect house for a family with a couple of starchildren (HAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Oh wait, that wasn’t a very good joke …)

Tuesday Two Hundred: Two Beds, Two Baths, Too Darn Cute to be ONLY $184,900.

In honor of Inman’s Dallas ReBoot, we have a townhome in Richardson this week at 600 Raford Hill Lane, east of Central that is so darn cute it is almost sinful to see how cheap it is: $184,900. And that’s reduced from a Rocky Mountain high of $189,999. Plus: you get upgrades galore. Beautiful wood floors in the foyer, a formal living room and cozy den set the stage for all the custom touches that are offered. Enjoy cooking in the spacious kitchen that features 42” cabinets, granite counters, large island, smooth top electric range, under mount stainless sink, stainless appliances and a walk-in pantry. Iron spindles on the staircase, upgraded 13” tile in the kitchen and all baths, great patio on the greenbelt, leaded glass front door, and more than 1800 square feet. All for sale for LESS than $200,000 this week, thank you very much.