In 1958, two young architects burst onto the burgeoning Dallas housing scene with refreshing designs for young post-war families returning to Dallas. Proteges of Howard Meyer and Frank Lloyd Wright, Lyle Rowley and Jack Wilson were ahead of their time; they applied green techniques back when the word meant nothing more than color. They believed in preserving trees at all costs, energy efficiency, and open floor plans in not-so-huge homes. As Rowley, now 82, said, “We designed our homes that way because it appealed to us. We didn’t go into it knowing this would happen, but our open floor plans brought families together.” Rowley and Wilson named the homes after their wives, Julie and Nelda—hence the name Ju-Nel.
There are only about 50 Ju-Nel homes, and each one is different. Almost all are in Eastwood Estates, Casa Linda, Old Lake Highlands, and Lake Highlands. 9745 Wisterwood Dr., built in the early 1960s, is one of the few Ju-Nel homes in the White Rock Lake area. Fifty years later, it is better than ever. Updates such as ebony-stained hardwoods and slate flooring, Corian counters, and gourmet appliances in the kitchen have not detracted from the home's midcentury appeal. The house has three bedrooms and two updated baths, and it sits on a 71-by-125-foot lot with gorgeous trees. This home has 1,622 square feet, but like most Ju-Nels, it feels much larger. And it’s priced well at $315,000.
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