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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.

Glenridge Estates Midcentury

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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3610 Weeburn ASecond chances are rare in our sizzling real estate market, but today’s Thursday Three Hundred offers just such an opportunity.

The Park Forest home at 3610 Weeburn Dr. was only on the market for one day before going under contract last week. Little wonder, with its Midcentury vibe, recent updates, and desirous neighborhood.

But that contract fell through and it’s back on the market as of Dec. 13.park forest homeThis is a 3-2 with 2,091 square feet on a large corner lot with arching shade trees in Northwest Dallas. Park Forest was established in the late 1950s, bounded by Forest Lane on the north, Northaven on the south, Marsh Lane on the east, and Cromwell on the west. It’s a friendly, established neighborhood with wide lawns and lots of homes with big, green lawns.

It is listed by Keith Callahan with Dave Perry-Miller and Associates for $309,900.

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10309 Lake Gardens ADuring World War II, America ramped up its steel production to make weapons, build ships, and fuel the effort overseas. Once the war was over, we had tremendous capacity, and it had to go somewhere. Enter the big cars of the 1950s, huge appliances, and home construction (coming out of the war, there were around six million people who needed housing).

Metal kitchen cabinets were en vogue during the 50s for this very reason. But very few homes built in that era still have the original pieces—most have been torn out in renovations over the years.

But in today’s Tuesday Two Hundred at 10309 Lake Gardens Dr., original Geneva metal cabinets stand pristine in the kitchen. They match the vintage charm and other Midcentury features of this 1952 bungalow in East Dallas.

This house is a 3-1 with 1,140 square feet, and several additional living spaces with both front and back sunrooms, perfect for outdoor dining. East Dallas MidcenturyThe neighborhood is absolutely wonderful, with a canopy of mature trees over the street, just two miles from White Rock Lake, and one mile to Casa Linda Plaza.

It was listed Nov. 2 by Trisha Moore with Keller Williams Lake Cities for $285,000. There’s a broker open house tomorrow from 10 a.m. to noon. Let’s take a look inside.

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Alger Park MidcenturyA brand-new listing caught my eye this week, an adorable Midcentury Modern in East Dallas’ Alger Park. The house at 9832 Mercer Dr. has lots of original details from its 1952 construction, like a stacked stone fireplace, Terrazzo floors, retro kitchen, and vintage tiled bathrooms.

With its open floorplan, two bedrooms, and 1.5 bathrooms, this home feels more spacious than its 1,544 square feet. A wall of windows along the back of the house looks out onto a heavily treed, landscaped backyard. A small covered patio and lots of grass provide great space for relaxation or entertaining.

There’s a broker open house tomorrow from 10 a.m. to noon for this house, listed last week by Cortney Bailey at Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty for $259,000. Better move fast if you’re interested—properties in this great neighborhood move quickly!

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