Amazing Open Houses in Dallas | CandysDirt.com

The Cliff May-designed home at 2614 Andrea Ln. just listed today for under $300K and it’s one of our five featured open houses this week. Photo: Cameron Spooner Photography

We love bringing you an insider look at hot North Texas properties with our CandysDirt Open Houses of the Week column. Every Thursday, we pick five amazing open houses in Dallas (and the ‘burbs from time to time) you shouldn’t miss.

This week, our houses range in price from $265K to $995K. You’ll find an original Cliff May midcentury modern masterpiece, pictured above, as well as a wonderful Vickery Place Craftsman with period details and modern updates, and more! Let’s take a look.

 

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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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Disney Streets Midcentury | CandysDirt.com

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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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The lot is characterized by rocky outcroppings with dogwood trees where hawks nest; the buildings have been designed to showcase this magnificent natural setting.  In the main house, four separate pavilions on two levels are connected by breezeways which can be opened or closed to the exterior by automated glass doors.

Expansive decks and floor-to-ceiling windows are other features that bring in the light and views that make this contemporary lake house a unique retreat on Lake Texoma.

See Valerie Jarvie’s full write-up on this interesting listing from Ed Murchison of Virginia Cook Realtors on SecondShelters.com.

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This unique mid-century modern at 10551 Somerton Drive is a shining example of the interesting architecture to be found in Walnut Hill. (Photos: Dan Piassick)

An idea had been bouncing around in the back of Kathy Adcock-Smith’s mind for a while. How could she promote preservation inside her small North Dallas neighborhood? Walnut Hill is a tidy square mile, bounded by Royal Lane on the north, Midway on the east, Walnut Hill on the south, and Marsh on the west. It’s full of mid-century modern homes, with low-slung roofs all made popular in the 1950s, a style that is very much in demand right now, but was somewhat of a novelty back then.

In fact, several of the homes in Walnut Hill were featured in the National Parade of Homes in 1954, hosting more than 100,000 people. The neighborhood is not only architecturally interesting, but many of the residents grew up here and then bought their own home in the area. It’s teeming with fabulous homes, but they’re being scraped at record rates.

“I go to the White Rock Home tour and the AIA tour of homes every year,” Adcock-Smith said. “A lot of the mid-century modern homes in this neighborhood could benefit from restoration.”

But she didn’t put two-and-two together until a neighborhood association meeting a year ago. “Someone suggested doing a home tour, and I thought ‘That’s it! That’s perfect!'”

10222 Better Drive was  renovated using the home's original footprint.

10222 Better Drive was renovated using the home’s original footprint.

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8813 Diceman Front

Mark Martinek is the designer behind MOD Construction, a firm that designs and builds modern, eco-friendly homes. I’ve always been in love with these properties, how they evoke the same kind of shapes popularized during the 50s, but had facades and materials that were grounded and unique.

If you’ve also been lusting over Martinek’s designs, then you won’t want to miss this property from Virginia Cook agent Ed Murchison. Located on a fun, rolling street in the funky East Dallas enclave of Little Forest Hills, this home is such a delight. Of course, you’ll have to act fast because it hasn’t hit MLS yet. A high-caliber home like this one means you won’t want to waste time with your pre-approval before submitting your best, highest bid. Call Lisa Peters at Caliber Home Loans so that you won’t have any hiccups.

8813 Diceman Front Porch

Jump to see inside this incredible home!

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24 Vanguard Front

We are just loving how hot Urban Reserve is right now. I mean, this development, the brainchild of the wonderful Diane Cheatham, is as spectacular as you’d expect, with incredible architect-driven modern homes side by side along a placid creek, right inside Northeast Dallas. The homes inside Urban Reserve are getting a lot of attention, and this one at 24 Vanguard Way just went under contract!

This home, listed with Virginia Cook Realtor Ed Murchison, is priced at $748,520 and has all the makings of a High Caliber Home. For a home like this, you want a lender who is going to make sure that you get the right loan. Don’t waste any time and make sure that you’re pre-approved with Lisa Peters at Caliber Home Loans, so the modern home of your dreams isn’t under contract before you can put in an offer!

Jump for more on this phenomenal property!

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7319 Bennington Front

Let’s do the Time Warp again, folks! This time, we are headed over to the University Terrace neighborhood that is sandwiched between the Blue Line DART Rail tracks and Northwest Highway. This lovely enclave of 1950s traditionals has seen a lot of flips and updates lately, thanks to the upwardly mobile population looking to move into the Lakewood Elementary attendance area.

This house, though, with its mature trees and adorable shutters, has remained largely untouched!

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