To tell the truth, I have long dreamed of living life in a Tudor. This started years ago when I would drive through the streets of Winnetka and Evanston in the northern Chicago suburbs. Row upon row upon row of neat, tidy, warm-looking homes that made me feel both secure and romantic all at the same time. Not all were Tudors, but most were. They were solid, like the shoulders of Chicago. Then there was my time at Dartmouth when I studied English at Sanborn House, home of the Dartmouth English Department, where tea was served every day at 4:00 p.m. I fancied myself quite the Brit and swore that the rest of my life I would be forever surrounded by rich, dark English woods, cast stone, heavy spindled chairs, archways, gables, and Elizabethan anything. Edwin David Sanborn was a Dartmouth English professor for whom Sanborn House was built and named. He used to hold Thursday afternoon teas, served to undergraduates in his home. When Sanborn House was built, a wealthy alumnus, Sanborn’s son, actually, left an endowment to have Professor Sanborn’s tea custom upheld in perpetuity. Thus everyone takes a study or teaching break daily at 4:00 p.m. and gathers for tea and brilliant conversation in the middle of this dignified, gothic architecture at Sanborn House.
That is why my heart beats whenever I see homes like this in Lakewood. Lakewood is my Sanborn House in Dallas — why don’t they just go ahead and serve tea in Lakewood proper at 4:00 p.m. every day?
You could do that in this precious 1925 Tudor at 6427 Lakewood Boulevard. Talk about a prestigious street — Lakewood Boulevard is one of the prettiest streets in Dallas. You get 2935 square feet loaded with leaded glass windows, peaks, arches, gables and all the architectural elements I fell in love with back at Sanborn House, all of which encompass Lakewood tradition. The rooms are generous, the ceilings high, the nooks nooky, and lots of light pours in through divided light windows. There are two living areas, four bedrooms, a separate laundry room and three baths. Judging from the looks of the kitchen, some updates may be in order but would only increase the value of this home in this Blue Chip location. Besides, Karen Luter with Allie Beth Allman has slashed the sales price to $515,000 from a high of $625,000. That’s more than $100,000 chopped off this Tudor!
There is also a great back porch, where tea can be served daily at 4:00 p.m., under the arches. You bring the tea, the folks at Inwood Mortgage will bring the mortgage and be glad to get you settled in English finery.
Just don’t tell them about the six wives.