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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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 White Rock North home at 10136 Robin Hill Ln. is sophisticated and stylish, and it’s one of our five featured open houses this week.

Every Thursday, we bring you the CandysDirt.com Open House Roundup. It’s your insider view into that weekend’s open houses and the ones you shouldn’t miss.

This week, we’re looking at a marvelous contemporary new construction in White Rock North, a State Thomas condo, a cute cottage near Bishop Arts, and more. They range in price from $340K to $799,900.

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The first phase of the Fiji Townhomes development is almost sold out. The affordable prices and functional floorplans are attracting a lot of interest.

The first phase of the Fiji Townhomes at Compton and Fran Way won’t be finished until July and it’s almost sold out, says Virginia Cook Realtor Angela Downes, who is marketing the property. The brand new development by Sphinx is set just west of Corinth and south of Cedar Creek in an area ripe with opportunity.

Of course, Dallas is experiencing a real pinch in entry-level homes right now. With median home prices in our region topping $300,000, Candy has declared the $200,000 range all but unattainable, relegating an entire generation of would-be homebuyers to keep forking over their meager salaries to their landlord.

But is it?

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GetMedia-15.ashxFarmhouse chic does not get much better than this charming 1964 ranch-style home. It could have easily been featured as an “after” on HGTV’s Fixer Upper and follows the Chip and Joanna Gaines principle of preserving the character of the home to perfection.

Mayo Redpath of Virginia Cook Realtors listed 13225 Copenhill Road only a few days ago. It’s no surprise that at only $529,000 there’s already an active option contract on the 2,663-square-foot home. We’ve mentioned that anything camera-ready and priced right is blowing off the market in this price range, but despite the contract, there is so much to be learned from this house we’re delighted to feature all the “Glamour Do’s” anyone marketing a home should understand.

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dallas open houses this weekend

The condo at 3505 Turtle Creek Blvd Apt 3E is elegant and posh, with great skyline views, and it’s one of our five featured open houses this week.

The CandysDirt Open Houses of the Week column runs every Thursday, featuring five “don’t miss” properties in Dallas (and the ‘burbs from time to time). It’s an insider’s look at some of the hot houses on the market today.

This week, our houses range in price from $305K to $929K. You’ll find a designer Turtle Creek condo (pictured above), fixer-upper in East Dallas’ Lochwood neighborhood, and a beautiful Prestonwood Estates ranch with over 3,300 square feet.

So get out your smartphone and make a date to visit at least one of these open houses. Leave us a comment with your thoughts, and if you know of any we just have to cover next Thursday!

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The modern marvel at 47 Vanguard Way in Urban Reserve is one of our five featured open houses this week.

Every Thursday, we pick five hot North Texas properties with our CandysDirt Open Houses of the Week column.

This week, our houses range in price from $474,700 to $899,999. We’ve picked some impressive properties, from a rare 1920’s Craftsman in East Dallas’ Greenland Hills, to a magazine-worthy Midcentury in Hillside. Let us know what you think of our choices, and if you know of any we should feature next week!

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I met her right before Christmas, as we chowed down on Virginia Cook Relocation Director Maggie Hall’s delicious breakfast casserole –– a Mississippi recipe that was scrumptious. Denaige Pizzutello breakfasted with the entire North Dallas Virginia Cook office before her job began because, well, that’s the kind of leader she is: someone who pitches in to work even before the starting date on her contract.

The Louisiana native moved to Texas in 1995 with her husband, Michael Pizzutello. Prior to joining Virginia Cook Realtors last month, Denaige — her name is French — served as MLS Director for the MetroTex Association of Realtors where she was responsible computer services, training and tech support, Vice President of an east Coast residential brokerage, and Assistant VP/Regional Real Estate Instructor at Republic Texas Title. (more…)