4098 Royal Lane (Photos: Aaron Dougherty)

Get ready to lace up your sneakers and embrace your burning love for midcentury modern architecture, friends. The third annual Modern Mile Home Tour is almost upon us! This incredible tour showcases a mix of authentic, 1950s-built marvels and architecturally significant modern homes that’s sure to tickle your modern-loving fancy.

Among the stops on this October tour are a minimalist modernized ranch, a Chinese modern that’s an uber-cool swinging 60s pad, a new build, and a party-ready contemporary. And all these fabulous homes are nestled into one, totally walkable square mile. Bordered by Royal Lane and Midway Road, and Walnut Hill and Marsh Lanes, the neighborhood is an absolute modern treasure trove. There’s even a bonus house this year that you won’t want to miss, just a neighborhood away.

Ready for a sneak peek? Hop on over, because after the jump we’ve got eye candy by architectural photographer Aaron Dougherty. House descriptions are adapted from those provided by the Modern Mile Dallas 2017 Home Tour.

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Merriman Park Midcentury | CandysDirt.com

One of the biggest trends in design is midcentury modern. People can’t get enough of the clean lines, bold colors, and retro appeal associated with this era. Our Thursday Three Hundred at 7024 Whitehill St. will delight any 1950’s design enthusiast with its original features and amenities. 

This Merriman Park midcentury maintains many of its MCM elements, like Terrazzo tile floors and an original stacked stone fireplace, yet functions well for today’s modern lifestyle. This home has three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and 1,549 square feet, built in 1956. 

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North Oak Cliff Midcentury | CandysDirt.com

Stevens Park Village is a hidden gem of a neighborhood in North Oak Cliff, and our Tuesday Two Hundred is itself an rare and beautiful find. 

The strikingly renovated North Oak Cliff midcentury modern at 3144 Touraine Dr. shines with a modern and functional floorplan, smart design choices, and higher-end upgrades. The staging is perfection, highlighting the great flow and adding some serious style to show off its character.  

This home has two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and 1,457 square feet on one story, built in 1963. It was just listed Friday, so let’s take a tour before someone snatches it up.  

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university manor midcentury

Atomic era homes are in high demand in Dallas. And what’s not to love? Clean lines, great indoor-outdoor connection, and open designs concepts make for appealing spaces.

Today’s Saturday Six Hundred is a split-level University Manor midcentury modern with enticing architecture and a lush greenbelt setting: the private backyard backs up to the White Rock Trail. The home at 7310 Walling Ln. in East Dallas has another thing going for it: multiple price reductions, totaling $160K off the original listing price.

You get a lot for your money with this property. It has four bedrooms, three full bathrooms, one half bath, two living areas, two dining areas, and 3,178 square feet on two stories, built in 1958. Located near Northwest Highway and West Lawther Drive, it’s just a hop, skip, and jump from the north shores of White Rock Lake.

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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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Disney Streets Midcentury | CandysDirt.com

all photos courtesy of Shoot2Sell

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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