The Key Team: Julie Haymann and Lauren Savariego

The Key Team: Julie Haymann and Lauren Savariego

When it’s done right, business can be personal. Very personal.

Just ask Julie Haymann and Lauren Savariego. As young mothers determined to succeed at balanced home and professional lives, the Virginia Cook Realtors formed The Key Team to share the responsibilities of growing real estate careers. What started with a chance meeting over a decade ago has grown into a dynamic business partnership and a dedicated friendship. It’s a partnership that Julie and Lauren describe as more of a sisterhood.

“It didn’t start off this way,” Julie said. “But over the course of the past 10 years of working together, our relationship is more like sisters. We work out together, we socialize together and we work together.  We probably call each other like 15 times a day.”

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See Miles and Miles of Texas

153 Crown Ridge Court – surrounded by trees and views.

How does that great Bob Wills song go…

I saw miles and miles of Texas … all the stars up in the sky … I saw miles and miles of Texas … gonna live here ’til I die.”

Surely Mr. Wills was thinking about the home for sale at 153 Crown Ridge Court in Covered Bridge Canyon of Fort Worth when he sang that song, because this home has a view to die for.

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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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6307 Stefani Drive
We’re always excited to see a new Phillip Jennings Custom Home because they have no “signature” style. Each new build is completely unique, so always a delightful surprise. Their latest project is a Preston Hollow soft contemporary at 6307 Stefani. It’s a twist on the Texas modern regional style we’ve been seeing so much of lately. While it bears trademarks of that style, an abundance of light, a strong relationship with the outdoors and an open-plan living area, it’s decidedly cool, clean-lined, and contemporary. (more…)

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9572 Bella Terra Drive in Montserrat (Photos courtesy of MLS-Images)

Where can you find a luxury, Texas Hill Country inspired home in a guarded neighborhood, less than 15 miles from downtown Fort Worth, with tranquil views, and the ability to park a dozen vehicles?  If you guessed Tarrant County then you are correct!

Texas Hill Country look-and-feel with stone facade and metal roof

9572 Bella Terra Drive is a 7,500-square-foot home with six bedrooms, eight bathrooms, two half bathrooms, seven (that’s right, I said seven) living areas, three fireplaces, a pool, spa, and parking bays for at least 10 vehicles!  If space is what you want, space is what you get with this home.

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3446 Saint Cloud a

Northwest Dallas is one of the hottest areas in Dallas when it comes to home renovations and flips. These residential properties, largely built in the 1950s and 60s, offer nice-sized footprints for stylish, refreshed digs, and lots of folks are taking advantage with engaging results.

Our Thursday Three Hundred, located at 3446 Saint Cloud Cir. near Forest and Marsh lanes, offers a beautiful combination of up-to-date character and old-fashioned charm. Sitting on over a third of an acre on a cul-de-sac, this 1959 ranch has four bedrooms, two full bathrooms, one half bathroom, and 2,491 square feet on one story.

It has been tastefully—and thoroughly—renovated, resulting in a cohesive, curated look. The rooms flow easily from one space to the next, and the clean lines and natural light make the home feel spacious.

There’s an open house this Sunday from 1-3 p.m. Let’s take a peek before then.

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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

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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