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Hot Property: An Adorable Mid-Century Rambler with Jetsons Energy in Casa Linda

The Casa Linda Forest property has all the details (and windows) of a classic MCM home.
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As you drive by 8719 Stanwood Dr., there’s no mistaking it for anything else than mid-century, listing agent Carmen DiPenti says. Shoot2Sell

Hot Property: An Adorable Mid-Century Rambler with Jetsons Energy in Casa Linda

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Dallas might not be Orbit City, and it’s not quite the 2060s, but “if the Jetsons were around, they would be living in a house like this,” listing agent Carmen DiPenti says of 8719 Stanwood Dr. The Casa Linda Forest rambler is quintessentially mid-century modern, the kind of MCM that harkens back to post-World War II cartoons and an idealized view of the future with flying cars.

The home has heaps of windows, decorative brick details, a dramatic cantilevered metal roof, and more. All the detailing “creates a vibe that doesn’t necessarily feel like Dallas,” he says.  

The home was built in 1956. Not much is known about the house’s history, but it did have a stint as an Airbnb. It has a resort feel, like a place you’d book for a fun weekend escape or vacation house, DiPenti says. But the house desperately needed some TLC, so the current owner bought the property earlier this summer to clean it up and return it to a family home. 

Everything “was looked over, touched, and then brought up to speed,” DiPenti says. Outside, the owner cleaned up the overgrowth in the front and back yards. Inside, they made lots of cosmetic changes. The owner repainted cabinets and walls, re-buffed* the floors, changed out some fixtures, installed sheetrock in some of the bedrooms, and more. They checked all the systems, like the plumbing and HVAC, to make sure everything was “buttoned up.”

While the home is certainly not cookie cutter, it fits into the Casa Linda Forest neighborhood more now. The street is full of classic ranches, contemporary ranches, and other true MCMs, DiPenti says. The neighbors here take pride in their niche of Dallas. It’s a sleepy pocket of the city, he says, but it’s near White Rock Lake and the Dallas Arboretum, and it’s a short drive to downtown. “It’s right next to where everybody wants to be.” 

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*This story originally, erroneously stated the owner re-stained the floors. This has been corrected.


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Catherine Wendlandt is the online associate editor for D Magazine’s Living and Home and Garden blogs, where she covers all…