Lakewood’s Landmark Parks Estate Is On The Market!


My love of historic houses runs deep. It’s barely surpassed by my love of dark chocolate and great wine. Our Inwood National Bank House of the Week is one of my all-time favorites, and it has quite a history.

In 2003 The Parks Estate, a historic Spanish Mission-style home at 6220 Worth Avenue, hit the Preservation Dallas list of endangered properties. My heart skipped a beat. I live nearby, and this house is not just a stately home, it’s an East Dallas icon. The Parks Estate has had many incarnations, including a stint on HGTV’s House Hunters several years ago. It’s finally for sale again. If I could buy it, I would.

Joseph F. and Lucy Largent Parks were original settlers in the neighborhood. They filed the Parks Estate plat in the early 1920s and engaged architect Clarence Bulger to design their home. Joseph was one of the founders of the Lakewood Country Club. He came up with the clever marketing scheme of offering charter memberships in the club to induce prospective buyers to his new development. This tradition continued well into the 1960s. If only it were still in place!

Parks Estate

In the 1920s, the property included three acres and extended to Tremont Street, behind the house.

After living in the home for 35 years, the family donated it to the YMCA in 1957. I remember thinking what a novel idea and what a beautiful place to work out. I stopped in a few times during this incarnation to see it being well-used, mostly by loads of neighborhood children.

Unfortunately, turning a stately home into a public use facility means a great deal of wear and tear. Then there’s the simple fact that a charming place to work out can’t compete with consumer demand for the latest features and sleek new state-of-the-art buildings.

In 1999 it was sold to a private owner. The entire neighborhood had high hopes for a rebirth, but renovations stalled. It seemed years and years went by with little or nothing happening. By 2003 it was in dreadful shape, hence the feature on the Preservation Dallas “Most Endangered” properties list. That list is the clarion call for those of us that love historic homes to do something— and do it immediately.

Thankfully, the appropriate forces sprang into action, and the Parks Estate deed was transferred to Preservation Dallas. They found the perfect buyers. Kathi and Tom Lind purchased the property in 2008, hired architect Norm Alston, noted for his work in historic preservation, and this team started the journey to bring the Parks Estate back to life.

Parks Estate

The plaster cartouches above the arched windows at either side of the entrance are also original. They were found on the property, restored, and reinstalled.

Parks Estate

The home was sold again in 2013 to Mark Rogers, who has continued to improve, update, and enhance the 6,483-square-foot estate. In 2016 it was featured on The Preservation Dallas Architectural Tour, which our own Executive Editor Joanna England wrote about, so be sure and click the link to see all of the great photographs before the property was renovated and read her detailed descriptions of the Parks Estate.

Parks Estate

Parks Estate

The grand foyer features the fabulous American walnut staircase and built-in bench.

Parks Estate

A special feature is the operable picture window which slides up bypassing the transom and into a wall pocket above.

Parks Estate

One of six original Batchelder fireplaces

Other than the entryway, the dining room is the most completely original room in the house. The wonderful Batchelder fireplace, gas heater, walnut wainscoting, pocket doors, windows, and oak and walnut floors are all original.

Special features in the kitchen include the Subzero refrigerator and freezer disguised to look like antique “ice boxes”.

The present master bedroom was originally an upstairs family room (very innovative for the times), and the master bath area was a sleeping porch. The Batchelder fireplace is original as is the mantle which was reclaimed from the basement. The soapstone hearth is new.

The current owner converted a portion of the basement garage to a state-of-the-art media room with a powder bath, oversized bar, and wine caves. Additionally, an air conditioned workshop was added with full electrical, bench and built-ins.

Dave Perry-Miller Realtor Henda Salmeron listed the property just days ago for $2.499 million. This is quite an opportunity for anyone that understands and appreciates the value of living in a landmark home. There is quite simply nothing like it.

It’s a perfect family home with five living areas, three dining spots, four bedrooms, three bathrooms and two powder baths. Sitting on over an acre of land, with expansive lawns and a spectacular pool, you can just imagine hosting great parties.

If you buy this beauty, remember, I’m just down the street, and I’ll bring the wine!

Karen Eubank is the owner of Eubank Staging and Design. She has been an award-winning professional home stager for more than 25 years. She’s been a professional writer for 20 years. Karen is the mother of a son who’s studying music at The University of Miami. An ardent animal lover, she doesn’t mind one bit if your fur baby jumps right into her lap. Find Karen at www.eubankstaging.com

2 Comment

  • I love seeing historic properties restored with care and attention to detail. And the pool plus a large grassy yard – and that huge garage – such pluses in an area where finding all of these things in one property, is very rare. Gorgeous listing!

  • My aunt, Frances Parks Rain grew up in this house, which her parents built. She was thrilled when the Linds restored it, and they were extremely gracious and thoughtful in consulting with her and keeping her informed about their progress. Aunt Frances died earlier this year, just short of her 95th birthday. She leaves a big hole in our family. She was a real pistol, and she was so happy with how the house has been restored.