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My parents were fond of the Sunday afternoon drive — an aimless wander done well before cell phones and Google Maps. This was the ‘70s. It was a vehicular form of people-watching, with interesting landscapes and pretty homes. Years later, my dad and I took similar aimless drives around town, meandering over to Bachman Lake and listening to Depeche Mode in his Toyota Celica. This was the ‘90s. This week’s Highlight Home of the Week, sponsored by mortgage expert Lisa Peters at Cardinal Financial, takes us to a great street for wandering near the lake in Northwest Dallas’ Bluffview neighborhood.

Wandering is how my late dad and I came across Shorecrest Drive, a lengthy country-like road that runs from Bachman Lake to Bluffview. Here century-old tree branches gently lean over the road, tipping their cap to you as they shade your afternoon drive. Or at least, that’s how I saw it. That’s where you’ll find 4104 Shorecrest Drive, a lovely midcentury home on a quarter-acre, listed by David Griffin of David Griffin and Company Realtors.

“Shorecrest is one of Dallas’ most beautiful streets, ranking up there with Tokalon, Cochran Chapel, and many scenic streets throughout Bluffview,” Griffin says. “I think of Bluffview as a magic little island of beauty in the city.”

That’s a pretty perfect way of describing this area of town. Back in the ‘90s, there was such a dichotomy between the gentlemen’s clubs located along Northwest Highway and this inner-city lake park that it was hard to believe such a bucolic pocket of modest homes was tucked away behind these busy streets.

Today, Northwest Highway looks sparkling and practically new as development like new upscale residential, retail, restaurants, and Central Market have come in and transformed the area in the past decade or two.

The same goes for Shorecrest Drive, which has attracted some of our favorite newly-built modern homes that are brimming with Midcentury Modern inspiration.

“From Midway on, there’s one gorgeous new house after the next,” Griffin says.

But these are not big white box tear-downs that are shoehorned into a grid-like neighborhood. I mean, yes they are built on torn-down lots, but these homes seem to fit the land so well, you have to believe that’s only done by painstaking design.

“I think the homes stand out because they’ve incorporated the natural landscape around them,” Griffin says. “They’re building the home around Mother Nature.”

That beautiful blend of indoor and outdoor living is possible at 4104 Shorecrest Drive.

“The location and lot are great because there are so many creeks and dales throughout this wooded area that nothing feels stark and gridded,” Griffin says. “It’s just gorgeous trees, gorgeous views, and a gorgeous neighborhood.”

Indeed, I can practically smell the fragrant blooms emerging from that mammoth Magnolia tree in front, and Cedar Elms and mighty century-old Oaks blanket the 0.25 acre lot.

The home’s interior story is just as inviting as you can see from the listing’s photos.

The best part? This original 1953 sea foam green bathroom.

Think it’s a bit much? Pastel green tile practically from floor to ceiling with matching bathtub, sink and bathroom heater not your thing? Well, it was the ‘50s.

From the listing:

Wonderfully well located home on one of Bluffview’s best streets, this three bedroom, two bath ranch has lots of nice updates. Located at the corner of Shorecrest and Labron on a street with many newer multi-million dollar homes, this property is a great opportunity to get into an estate neighborhood for under $1 million. Steps from Bachman Creek Greenbelt, the highly wooded location is retreat-like yet only minutes to Love Field and Inwood Village shopping. Live in the home or enlarge or build your dream home, this unique opportunity checks all the boxes.

David Griffin of David Griffin and Company Realtors has listed 4104 Shorecrest Drive for $995,000.

This listing is sponsored by Dallas mortgage broker Lisa Peters at Cardinal Financial. Get started on your home loan for 4104 Shorecrest Drive by reaching out to her at [email protected].

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