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March 5, 2022 | Nikki Barringer 

We all know the Disney Streets. Lined with mid-century moderns and some other stuff, too. It’s the home to homes that make your eyes sparkle and your jaw drop. The latest listing from David Griffin’s Brandon Stewart is no exception. If you don’t know Stewart, take a deep dive here. He’s a musician, architect, and mid-century modern dreamweaver.

He found this house for his clients years ago. He scoured the MLS and some of his other sources and it appeared. Almost like magic. Because that’s what it is and that’s what Stewart does. He said the couple was looking for a true mid-century modern. Not a ranch-style house. And…

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What strikes me about the agents at David Griffin & Company is their abundant talent in areas other than real estate. For example, let’s consider how music and architecture led Brandon Stewart into real estate.

Growing up in Kansas City, Missouri, Brandon started playing guitar at 14, and then became interested in recording. By 19 he was working in a Phoenix recording studio with George Strait and Itzak Pearlman as clients. His weekly gig in college was recording the Phoenix Symphony.

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How did you get from recording studios to architecture? 

Brandon: The concept of recording studios inspired me. The idea of a room dedicated to extracting creativity from people…

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Texas ModernPhoto courtesy Charles Davis Smith, FAIA

Most people don’t realize our state, and particularly our city has an abundance of award-winning Texas Modern homes.

When you think about it, the rise of this style is not surprising. We are known for bigger and better, but we are also known for innovation and common sense. The result is a unique Texas residential architectural style.

Texas ModernPhotography by Cagle Art, LLC

Dallas Architect David Williams is considered by most to be the pioneer of the Texas Modern movement, with O’Neill Ford coming along under his wing. These two men set the stage in the 1920s and ’30s for what we see today. The use of native Texas materials combined with the practical aspects of ranch construction made sense.…

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You don’t see homes designed by Dallas midcentury architect Arch Swank come on the market very often because they tend to stay in the family for generations, but if our research serves us right, we found a previously undiscovered Swank home on Eastlawn Drive in Northwest Dallas. This four-bedroom, three-bath home with 3,571-square-feet in Northway Hills is listed by Brandon Stewart of David Griffin & Company for $695,000.

When we took a look at the 1953-built midcentury modern home, our Spidey Senses started tingling when we get the notion an architect had a hand in this home. A deep search of the address pulled up the University of Texas’ collection of 323 Swank projects and blueprints, including this address for a…

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This year, organizers of the White Rock Home Tour — East Dallas’ premiere modern home tour — are asking tour-goers to go the extra mile (actually six miles if you’re counting). The reason? An amazing time capsule of a home located in Garland that has received only the pickiest of updates.

But Garland?

White Rock Home Tour chair Alyson Black assures me that this home is so spectacular that it’s worth the trip. “This home was built in 1965 by commercial architects Craycroft Lacy & Assoc. for a prominent TV news man in a scenic area of old Garland, and was lovingly restored a few years ago,” Black said. And after getting a sneak peek at the photos of this particular home, I have to agree: IT IS FABULOUS! In fact, it’s so…

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When Joanna England first covered this midcentury modern gem back in September, our readers fell in love. Since then, the three-bedroom, two-bath charmer has taken quite a price cut — a steep one in fact – from $565,000 to its current list price of $495,000! Yes, you read that right. This puppy is ready to be SOLD!

Steeped in mystery with jaw-dropping post-and-beam design, our Friday Four Hundred is one of the most spectacular, untouched, midcentury moderns you can find under $500K in Dallas. Just ask listing agent Brandon Stewart of David Griffin & Company Real Estate.

“This is one of the rare time capsules that hasn’t been remodeled into a design bastard,” says Stewart. “It’s a classic midcentury modern with…

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The classic midcentury modern home has become one of the hottest properties in America right now. They are highly sought after by a broad demographic, and you can find them in a wide variety of price ranges and locations — if you’re lucky that is. They go fast! Our Monday Morning Millionaire at 7406 Currin Drive is the best of both worlds. It’s classic midcentury modern, but it’s been taken down to the studs and completely reinvented by the talented team at Bernbaum Magadini Architects.

The house was originally built in 1954 by Harvey L. Tracey. Back then we had probably a fourth of the wardrobe and accessories that we have now, so large walk-in closets were unnecessary.  Energy efficiency wasn’t even a concept. No one in…

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3616 Crescent

Originally built in 1963 for the Hexter family, E.G. Hamilton — the architect who helped found OmniPlan, the same firm that brought us NorthPark Center — designed 3616 Crescent Court in Highland Park to be a trend-setting home that took full advantage of the lot. The merit award-winning home is known for its excellent use of light and lines, with large rooms that make entertaining a breeze.

Mil Bodron of bodron+fruit poured time and talent into the home’s remodel, which successfully expanded the space while maintaining the character of Hamilton’s original design. It’s an incredible accomplishment in architecturally sensitive renovation.

Too bad it appears to be all for naught, as the new owners bought the home for almost…

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Get out.

Those were the first words out of my mouth when I opened the photos of 10849 Clearbrook: Get. Out. An ardent fan of midcentury modern architecture, I feel a very strong mix of awe and envy when encountering a specimen like this one. You have your sports, I have my midcentury houses. Properties like this make me giddy – and it doesn’t hurt that this stop on the upcoming White Rock Home Tour is furnished to delight the eye.

Realtor Brandon Stewart has had the pleasure of selling the home twice – once in 2012, before the house underwent massive renovations and again in 2014, to the current owner and friend, Jeri Paduch. He shared with us the pre-renovation photos, which give us even more appreciation for its current…

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colors of the year

Artist Wassily Kandinsky once said, “Color is a power which directly influences the soul.” If that’s the case, it’s going to be a beautiful year in 2017 with these colors of the year.

Every year, different paint companies come up with color predictions based on what they’re seeing in the marketplace and our culture. The colors of the year are symbolic, “a color snapshot of what we see taking place in our global culture that serves as an expression of a mood and an attitude,” according to Pantone.

Let’s take a look at five colors of the year for 2017 and see what we can learn.

Pantone: Greenery

colors of the year

The grandaddy of color predictions come from Pantone, which announced “Greenery” to much fanfare recently. Pictured…

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