Lake Highland Estates

If you’re looking for an East Dallas midcentury with tons of curb appeal and a cute interior, then our Tuesday Two Hundred hits all the right notes.

Located at 214 Leda Dr., this curb appeal cutie is in Lake Highland Estates, near Easton Road and Northwest Highway (not to be confused with Lake Highlands Estates, further north). The owners have started updates, so there’s still room for buyers to put their own stamp on the place, but it’s totally livable now. Think hardwood floors, renovated master bath, new low-E windows, fresh paint, covered patio, ceiling fans, decorative lighting, sprinkler system, and a large custom utility room.

This 1953 ranch has three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and 1,259 square feet on one story. It has a nice backyard, great for families. Bonus: it’s in the attendance zone for Hexter Elementary, which scores a “9” out of 10 from greatschools.org.

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Disney Streets Midcentury Modern | CandysDirt.com

Earlier this month, we wrote about a spectacular midcentury modern home in Dallas’ Disney Streets. It got unbelievable interest from all of you and was shared thousands of times on social media.

We aren’t the only ones taking notice. After our publication of Disney Streets Midcentury Will Have You Singing Sinatra, Polishing Martini Glasses, the story of this incredible house was picked up by blogs, magazines, newspapers, and TV shows around the world.

“I never expected this: [these publications] are from all over the U.K., Australia, New Zealand, Japan,” said homeowner Carlos Cardoza, who put this midcentury masterpiece on the market in early September with Ed Murchison of Virginia Cook Realtors for $665,000.

“There’s one of them requested the picture of the dining room for their magazine cover,” he said. “On Thursday, Modern Dallas is coming to do a TV segment.”

Located at 11016 Pinocchio Dr. in Northwest Dallas, this house is like no other, designed by architect Gordon Nichols and known as the Smith House. Cardoza worked tirelessly to create the almost museum-like look, transforming the exterior and interior into a midcentury modern masterpiece.

But it turns out, its perfection may be causing problems with it comes to finding a buyer.

“We’re finding out that people are very intimidated by the house, almost to the point that they don’t know what to do,” he said. “They have a hard time visualizing themselves here because they seem to think it’s like a museum and not meant to be touched.”

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I want to introduce you to the best little secret street in Preston Forest: Caladium Drive. It’s not quite visible from Preston Road, if you hunt for the “flower power” streets that criss-cross Preston like a finely tuned grid. The reason is that Caladium dead ends at the Preston Forest shopping center, southwest corner. Which means that if your dog has to go to the vet, you can pop on a leash and walk them over. Or if you want food, you can walk. Out of cotton balls and Q-Tips? Jog on over to Ulta — done. Be brave and cross Preston at the light and the delicacies of the southeast shopping center are at your toes, including Whole Foods.

In other words, flower-power street Caladium may well be the most walkable street in North Dallas.

“I think this neighborhood is still in discovery phase, with the lots just being discovered,” says Lance Hancock of Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate’s Hewitt & Habgood Group. “There are new homes and serious remodels everywhere, but this home stands as one of the last true mid-centuries, and in more than mint condition.”

It has not even come on the market yet: 5824 Caladium.

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Carlos Cardoza is a man who makes things his own. Take, for example, his 1960 Cadillac convertible. When he bought it 12 years ago, it was boring beige.

“I don’t do beige,” said the graphic designer, laughing. “I thought, ‘this is the perfect car that needs to be pink.'”

It’s parked in front of another, much bigger project for Cardoza, his incredible 1954 midcentury modern house at 11016 Pinocchio Dr. This house is like no other, designed by architect Gordon Nichols and known as the Smith House. When Cardoza found it, the exterior trim was brick red and the inside was a mess.

“When I bought it 22 years ago, I had a vision,” he said. “It was very dark inside and it was dumpy, but I saw this house as a canvas.”

Like an artist, Cardoza worked on that canvas, first filling it with reproductions and later original midcentury furniture (his favorite stores are Design District shops Sputnik Modern and Collage Classics). He has painted and arranged, created and perfected. Now, it is a masterpiece of atomic era styling with four bedrooms, three full bathrooms, one half bath, and 2,240 square feet.

Cardoza is moving to Palm Springs, where there are practically MCM houses on every corner, so this gem is going on the market tomorrow—there’s an an open house from 5 to 7 p.m. and you can be among the first to see this midcentury marvel.

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12634 High Meadow

Northwest Dallas is one of the rapidly appreciating and changing areas in North Texas. Meadow Park is one of its many neighborhoods where buyer can find larger homes for an affordable price. This neighborhood is inside the LBJ loop and close to the Dallas North Tollway, making downtown just a 20 minute drive away.

Our Thursday Three Hundred at 12634 High Meadow Dr. is near Forest and Marsh lanes. It has three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and 2,075 square feet on one story, built in 1966. Its atomic-era stylings are immaculately maintained and tasteful, and it sits on a large lot on a quiet street.

The current owners have renovated extensively, adding maple hardwoods, kitchen tile floors, fresh paint, new lighting, and brand new bathrooms.

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8829 Hackney a

On the eastern-most edge of the popular Lake Highlands neighborhood is Highland Meadows, a community of 1,390 houses and 17 subdivisions, built from the early 1950s to 2003. As you can imagine, that means a range of  architectural styles and lots of variety in home choices.

Our Tuesday Two Hundred at 8829 Hackney Ln. was one of the earliest built in the area, constructed in 1956 on a corner lot and offering lots of cute Midcentury charm. It’s a 3-2 with 1,619 square feet, close to White Rock Lake and the Dallas Arboretum, and with easy access to most of DFW with its proximity to LBJ Freeway.

This home is zoned for the Richardson ISD, and is in the Wallace Elementary attendance area (this school earns a “7” out of 10 from GreatSchools.org).

It was listed Feb. 19 by Phillip Tilger with Nathan Grace Real Estate for $290,000, and went under contract three days later. Wow. Let’s take a look inside before this one is off the market.

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Ready to be impressed? Our Thursday Three Hundred is an noteworthy property, built in 1955 and retaining fabulous reminiscent charm, enhanced by flawless updates.

The Midcentury Modern home at 10116 Woodgrove Dr. in East Dallas’ Lake Highlands Estates is a 3-2 with 1,653 square feet. It’s a beautiful marriage of old and new, from a refinished Terrazzo entry tile to new sliding barn doors in the master suite.

It was listed Feb. 16 by Barbara Arredondo with Clay Stapp + Co. for $389,000. Far out, Daddy-O!

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Glenridge Estates Midcentury

Today’s Tuesday Two Hundred takes us to Walnut Hill and Marsh lanes in Northwest Dallas, where homeowners have transformed a 1,132-square-foot cottage built in 1951 into an appealing, fresh space that stands out in the neighborhood.

The Glenridge Estates property at 3930 Beechwood Ln. in Midway Hollow makes good use of its footprint, with two bedrooms, two living rooms, and an open floorplan in the common areas.

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The exterior is transformed with natural stone and wood siding, painted a fetching blue color, and the freshly poured driveway has a crushed stone center in a deep charcoal color that corresponds with the garage door.

This home has a few features that are often considered less desirable in the North Texas market, like only one bathroom, a one-car garage, and a modest footprint. But the renovation has included lots of bells and whistles that may help potential homebuyers overlook them: handscraped hardwood floors; granite countertops, soft-close drawers, and stainless steel appliances in the kitchen; and a good-sized backyard with mature trees and a covered barbecue area with a stone bench and stone counter with built-in grill.

This Glenridge Estates cottage was listed Jan. 14 by Richard Guilliams with Luxe Estates Realty for $279,900.

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