Extraordinary University Park Charles Dilbeck Enchants with Magical Spaces

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One of Dallas’ most prolific and beloved architects left a legacy of exceptional design, and one of his most outstanding examples just hit the market. 

The University Park Charles Dilbeck at 4144 Shenandoah St. stands as a jaw-dropping illustration of this master’s architectural genius. Sitting on a corner lot, this picturesque property offers a sense of presence and importance. Inspired by Dilbeck’s time in the Loire Valley in France, this castle-like home was designed upon his return and built in 1934. His marvelous imagination expertly crafted the enchanting spaces in this house, both thoughtful and inspired throughout its 3,393 square feet. 

“This University park Charles Dilbeck has been beautifully maintained and meticulously updated in 2017 with loving attention to detail,” said listing agent Becky Frey with Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty. “It offers seamless indoor-outdoor entertaining options, like a saltwater cocktail pool and covered patio, and it really is an outstanding and significant property.”

This home has three bedrooms, three full bathrooms, one half bath, two living areas, and two dining areas.

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Dilbeck had an artist’s vision of how textures and designs would play off each other, what would look striking and unique without feeling unapproachable. That shows throughout this property. Rich woods, brick, stone, and plaster combine in interesting and handsome ways, all illuminated by abundant natural light from the windows, many of them unusual in design. The stately and grand curb appeal also feels a little whimsical with the turret and courtyard. It’s the kind of house that makes you slow down for a better look. 

Inside, the rooms marry comfortable size with a sense of intimacy brought through details like beamed ceilings, white brick detailing, unexpected nooks, and curving lines, like on the spiral staircase at the entry.

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A front office area features a fireplace, stone floor reminiscent of a French château, and vaulted ceiling.
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Rich woods play a big part in the warmth of this University Park Charles Dilbeck, whether that’s on a beamed ceiling or the floors.

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The spiral staircase is a work of art in itself.
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This house offers a wonderful blend of intimate spaces and larger gathering places.
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Walls of windows are accented by beautiful rounded stone pillars.
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Alcoves provide space for decorative objects and give depth to walls in unexpected places.

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A formal dining room.

The magical design of this home is Dilbeck’s vision of how a French château could be interpreted for Texas, how this classic construction from another country could be adapted into something tailored for the region and with his hallmark touches. He achieved that aspiration with a design that is not only memorable, but truly magical. 

Renovations on a significant property like this can turn into disaster if the owners don’t understand the vision of the architect. The updates in this house avoided those mistakes and maintained the character while adding amenities today’s luxury buyer want. That shows up prominently in the kitchen area, which now features granite countertops, white cabinets, a custom range hood with a fleur-de-lis decoration, rustic center island, and stainless steel appliances, including a gas cooktop and double ovens.  

Original built-ins remain and are married seamlessly to the newer elements of this kitchen.
The updated kitchen keeps the character of the home’s era while offering the kind of conveniences today’s luxury buyers want.

Every room in this house has unique architectural elements, like the carved wood crown molding in the master bedroom.
The master bedroom’s ensuite bathroom offers a walk-in closet and jetted tub.

Secondary bedrooms are as lovely as any other space in this impressive home, each with their own special elements.

Guest quarters are adorable and offer a full bath.

Renovations this year created an outstanding backyard area. This serene and inviting area features a covered patio with built-in heaters, ceiling fan, grill, and refrigerator. A stone fire pit stands close to the saltwater cocktail pool, and a privacy fence that keeps this area secluded.

This extraordinary University Park Charles Dilbeck home was listed July 17 by Becky Frey with Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty for $1.995 million. To find our more, or to schedule a showing, call 214-536-4727.

Renovations created a backyard oasis in this home.

Graceful details permeate every element of Dilbeck’s design, down to the iron decorations on the yard door.
A quiet spot for relaxing outside the home’s kitchen.



Candy Evans

A real estate muckraker, Candy Evans is one of the nation’s leading real estate reporters. She is also the North Texas real estate editor for Forbes.com, CultureMap Dallas, Modern Luxury Dallas, & the Katy Trail Weekly. Candy has written for Joel Kotkin’s The New Geography, Inman Real Estate News, plus a host of national sites. Constantly breaking celebrity real estate news, she scooped former president George W. Bush's Dallas home in 2008. She is the founder and publisher of her signature CandysDirt.com, and SecondShelters.com, devoted to the vacation home market. Her verticals have won many awards, including Best Blog by the venerable National Association of Real Estate Editors, one of the nation’s oldest and most prestigious journalism associations. Candy holds an active Texas real estate license but does not sell. She is on the Board of Directors of Braemar Hotels & Resorts (BHR).

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