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Midcentury fixer-upper on Shoal Creek wants $1M

Good bones, period features, hefty price tag

This sprawling, ranch-style home, situated gracefully on almost an acre of land covered with towering oaks and manicured gardens and overlooking Shoal Creek, is eye-catching, inside and out, for any number of reasons.

Built in 1953, it has the long, low lines and big picture windows we associate with its era, decorated with vintage ironwork that includes, in back, a spiral staircase leading to an upstairs balcony that overlooks the pool. In fact, the whole pool area and surrounding gardens, heavy on the tropical horticulture, are redolent of the sort of cabana style we associate with postwar California and Los Vegas.

The midcentury(ish) theme—though interrupted regularly by such things fussy, heavy drapery and ill-advised cabinetry paint choices—carries through to the inside, with period built-ins, fireplace design, an enclosed poolside recreation room, and whatever those vaguely Asian murals on the closets in the photo above are.

At 4,199 square feet, it’s huge, with most of that apparently given over to entertainment space, since it has only two bedrooms and three bathrooms where your average mini-McMansion would squeeze in five of each.

It also looks to need quite a bit of cosmetic work—possibly more for those not in love with its layout—but perhaps sellers balanced that against the gorgeous grounds, creek access, and central-city convenience when they put it on the market at $999,000. Maybe potential buyers will, too.