Dilbeck-Influenced North Oak Cliff Cottage Offers Rustic Touches, Upgrades

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North Oak Cliff is a treasure trove of architecturally significant homes. Charles Dilbeck is one notable name in Dallas architecture, and from 1932 to 1970, he designed more than 600 houses in the city, recognizable for their welcoming presence, rough-hewn architecture, and romantic details, like turrets, balconies, multiple chimneys and decorative brickwork, according to Preservation Dallas.

Several of his homes are in North Oak Cliff’s L.O. Daniel neighborhood. Our Tuesday Two Hundred is just west of this area, at 2819 W. 9th St., near Davis and Westmoreland, near Beverly Hills. This home is not a Dilbeck, but parts of it echo his style, a 1950’s 2-1 with 1,419 square feet, sitting on 0.33 acres of land on Coombs Creek.

It was listed Jan. 21 by Jenni Stolarski with Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International for $209,000. Let’s take a look inside and see what makes it special.

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Here’s how Preservation Dallas describes Dilbeck’s work:

Dilbeck’s style cannot be summed up in one genre, as his work reflects varied styles that include French farmhouses, as well as Tudor, Spanish and Colonial Revival characteristics. What was popular about Dilbeck’s projects was his ability to blend and adapt historical styles to create a form of Eclecticism giving his houses a Dilbeck style uniqueness…His architectural approach ranged from small cottages, to large houses to roadside motels, which made him a master of manipulating styles. Dilbeck’s projects have been defined as “informal and whimsical,” characteristics rarely reflected in serious architecture.

This North Oak Cliff home has a unique exterior, with a standing seam metal roof. Inside, it offers a welcoming feel with a light-filled formal living room with featuring floor-to-ceiling windows, as well as a contemporary horizontal panel wall treatment.

In the kitchen, a rustic look prevails, with butcher block counters, red cabinets with an aged patina, a white farm sink, and a slate floor. Stainless steel appliances and open shelving make the space on-trend (although the track lighting is dated). The kitchen opens to an oversized dining room, and a back living area offers “barnitecture,” with aged wood paneling. The home’s one bathroom is updated, though again, the Hollywood lights are dated. The backyard is good-sized, with mature trees and a wood deck.

What do you think of this North Oak Cliff cottage? Do you see the Dilbeck influence? Does it seem well priced at $209K? Leave us a comment with your thoughts!

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Leah Shafer

Leah Shafer is a content and social media specialist, as well as a Dallas native, who lives in Richardson with her family. In her sixth-grade yearbook, Leah listed "interior designer" as her future profession. Now she writes about them, as well as all things real estate, for CandysDirt.com.

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    • Kyle says

      Sure it’s a great price but panelling and rambling could describe just about any 1950s/1960s rambler in Dallas. It could be better described as an updated minimal traditional. What next? Fox and Jacobs Flair homes exhibiting influences of Mies Van De Rohe? 🙂

  1. mmCandy Evans says

    I think that panelling has the touch, and the rambling feel. Jeeze Louise look at the price? You could charge this house on your Mastercard — how much influence do you want for $200K?

  2. LonestarBabs says

    UGH – that garage door. A pet peeve of mine (just one of a few) is that when remodelers/flippers go “all out” on a property then leave the garage door to be just as generic/devoid of style as if it came from Home Depot. If you are going to add flavor to the property, don’t stop until the ENTIRE property is cohesive.

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