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Y’all. By now, it’s no secret how we feel about midcentury modern architecture. The open floor pan! The vaulted ceilings! The walls of windows! Sigh. We feel it’s our sacred duty to report when one hits the market and 2615 Millmar Drive is no exception. In fact, it’s rather exceptional.

Talk about owning a piece of history. Practically untouched for over half a century, this Cliff May-designed Casa View estate gem is crying out for an architecture lover with a stout heart and an eye for midcentury detail. With original parquet floors and wrought iron fence work, it oozes vintage charm. The price point makes it even harder to resist. At $199,900, it ought to entice anyone looking to make the most of a modest renovation budget.

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1120 Easton Facade

Our Saturday Six Hundred gives a new depth to the meaning of “a labor of love.” Wes Strawn discovered this midcentury modern tri-level at 1120 Easton Road in Lochwood Estates in 2011. Built by Rick Jackson in 1959 and nestled on an acre of land, he found the home the first day it was on the market.

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3605 Overton Park Drive E

Photos: Shoot2Sell

The year was 1956.  Elvis Presley entered the music charts for the first time with “Heartbreak Hotel.”  Norma Jean Mortenson legally changed her name to Marilyn Monroe and married playwright Arthur Miller.  Actor Tom Hanks was born.  William H. O’Neal designed the home at 3605 Overton Park Drive East for Mr. and Mrs. John Church in Fort Worth, Texas.

I know that because when touring this updated 3,077 square-foot single-story midcentury modern home, the original hand sketches of the working drawings and exterior elevation rendering are proudly displayed. History shows that William H. O’Neal also designed the south entrance gates for the Fort Worth Botanical Garden.

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Midway Hollow Midcentury

The mid century look in home design is hotter than ever. We know this because, a few weeks ago, we almost blew up our servers when we ran this home at 11610 Pinocchio:

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. significant design movement covered everything from furniture and graphic design to urban development and of course architecture.

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On the other side of town from the Disney Streets, Cliff May homes in Casa View are selling for over asking.

From roughly 1933 to 1965, Americans embraced the new, hip, clean-lined style known as mid century. Discerning buyers continued to seek out these homes after the look peaked, but not since the inception of the style have we seen such universal appreciation for midcentury modern homes.

Our Saturday Seven Hundred is a Midway Hollow midcentury modern at 3923 Weeburn Drive that’s been given a stunning makeover. Get ready:

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9708 Lakemont a

When a remarkable and beautiful property hits the DFW market, you’d better have your Realtor on speed-dial.

That’s the case with the brilliant home at 9708 Lakemont Dr. in Northwest Dallas’ Glenridge Estates. It went on the market and was put under contract in three days!

This is a Midway Hollow gem, a renovated midcentury bungalow with an open floorplan and potential for expansion. The design is MCM perfection, and there are lots of era-appropriate updates, like museum walls, recessed lighting, updated wiring, new landscaping, sprinkler system, tree lighting, custom drapes, double pane windows, vaulted ceiling, and storage lockers in the carport.

Built in 1952 and sitting near Walnut Hill Lane and Midway Road, this home has two bedrooms, one bathroom, and 1,130 square feet.

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Scotty, Carrie, and Evelyn Reese (Photo: Julia Lauren Photography)

Scotty and Carrie Reese craved a Cliff May home, and they knew that Casa View claimed at least 39 of the midcentury modern architect’s California cool designs. Mindy Niehaus, their Realtor, wasn’t as familiar, but she was willing learn for the Reeses, a pair of creatives who had their hearts set on owning a Cliff May of their own.

“I told Scotty and Carrie that these homes don’t come on the market often. In fact, the average was about one listing a year!” said Niehaus, an agent with Nathan Grace Real Estate. “So they snatched up the second one we looked at, passing over the first one that had been added onto and remodeled so many times that it was no longer recognizable as a Cliff May home.”

Now a year later, Niehaus is full-on obsessed with Cliff May and Casa View, amazed that few people even knew that such a treasure trove of his designs were clustered in the sleepy transitioning neighborhood. “I asked Carrie what she thought of doing a home tour. She took my question to heart and asked the neighbors if they would be interested.”

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The Casa View Cliff May Home Tour will feature seven beautifully remodeled midcentury modern homes in East Dallas. (Photo: ScottReeseVisials.com)

You may be thrilled about pumpkin-flavored everything to hit the shelves, but us here at CandysDirt.com are over the moon about the return of fall home tour season. Yes, we’ll still hit up a Starbucks for our annual pumpkin spice latte, but nothing quite says “autumn is here!” to us like traipsing through other people’s homes with those weird little hospital booties on.

To help you plan, we’ve compiled a list of can’t miss home tours for this fall. It skews heavily toward midcentury modern and covers quite a bit of territory:

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The general perception about Lakewood is that you need to have a million or more to move into the neighborhood. And for that million you’ll get a historic mansion or a huge newly constructed modern home. Our Saturday Six Hundred is a Lakewood midcentury modern, at 7158 Wildgrove Avenue, that proves you can get into the neighborhood for well under a million— and in high style. (more…)