Kessler Park Dilbeck

This historic Kessler Park Dilbeck cottage is an over-the-hills-and-through-the-woods storybook home. It’s the sort of house you imagine to have magical properties. Considering the number of artistically inclined owners who’ve made their own kind of magic here, it clearly has been sprinkled with fairy dust.

The cottage was a custom build in 1937 by one of our favorite architects, Charles Dilbeck. Dilbeck’s client was T.L. Morehead, better known as Mr. Buster of Mr. Buster’s Studio Furniture Company. Morehead’s shop was considered the purveyor of “very fine furniture” and was located at 2923 North Henderson. He was a big believer in advertising and gave decorating advice both in regular columns for The Dallas Morning News and in speaking engagements around town. He was a man of great taste, and that’s no doubt why he chose Dilbeck to build the family home. You can imagine how beautifully it was decorated back then.
Kessler Park Dilbeck

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It’s a custom built home with its own library, bar, and card room. It’s a temporary lease for six months or less, and the per-month cost is $17,500.

It’s a custom-built home with its own library, bar, and card room. It’s a temporary lease for six months or less, and the per-month cost is $17,500.

And it’s so worth it.

This is Dallas, y’all. We go big or go home. Sometimes those homes have libraries, and if that’s “being extra,” let’s just get used to it.

In addition to that killer library setup, the home has four bedrooms, five and one-half bathrooms, and sits on 1.7 acres in the posh Lobello Estates neighborhood at Inwood and Royal Lane. (more…)

 

3215 South Franklin Street — Circa 1955

If you long for a quiet, idyllic, Leave it to Beaver-style neighborhood, check out Kiestwood in Oak Cliff. Between hilly tree-lined streets, shaded front yards, and Midcentury upper-middle-class homes, you’ll expect to see Wally, the Beaver, and Eddie Haskell stroll down the sidewalk at any minute.

Built from 1950 to 1965 during the post-war building boom in North Texas, the neighborhood’s original subdivisions – Kiestwood Estates and Southwood Estates – were ideal for executives and managers in the nearby defense industry as well as downtown professionals who sought convenient access to the central business district.

3454 South Franklin Street — Circa 1958

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Dilbeck midcentury modernThis quintessential Charles Dilbeck Midcentury Modern in Russwod Acres is going to take your breath away. Wait, what did I say? Dilbeck and Midcentury Modern. Do those two terms even go together?

Yes, indeed they do, but rarely.

Dilbeck midcentury modern

A floor-to-ceiling fireplace, a hallmark of Dilbeck, anchors the house and provides the focal point of the living area. A drop-down screen is tucked over the artwork.

We generally think of architect Charles Dilbeck as the eclectic dude that was inspired by Tom Mix (look him up, my Millennials) to create whimsical homes with stained glass, iron gates, and fanciful details. Hold that thought. He also created a few Midcentury Modern masterpieces. This Dilbeck Midcentury Modern at 5016 Tanbark is one of the most striking examples I’ve ever seen. (more…)

Jeff and Leon Henderson embarked on a full-scale, historically sensitive remodel of The Castle House in Cochran Heights. You can see it up close on April 6.

The inaugural Cochran Heights Home Tour made us fall in love with this neighborhood, which is full-to-bursting with adorable, quirky Charles Dilbeck designs. This year, deepen your affection for this East Dallas nabe on April 6, and get to know a whole new crop of homes, both Dilbeck and not!

This year, CandysDirt.com was lucky enough to have a Q&A with the owners of one exceptionally notable tour home — the Castle House. The owners, Jeff and Leon Henderson, gave us an unprecedented inside look into what went into this beautiful home’s renovation. 

Want to see the Castle House and the three other incredible Cochran Heights homes on this year’s tour? Ticket are $20 and can be purchased online. Want to see them all for FREE? Stay tuned next week to CandysDirt.com for a ticket giveaway! 

Get a sneak peek at the Castle House now:

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Dilbeck Bluffview Estate

Nestled deep in the rolling hills of Bluffview lies one of the most enchanting homes you’ll ever find in Dallas. This Charles Dilbeck Bluffview estate has retained the whimsical charm that defines the architect. Built in 1935 with Dilbeck’s hallmark walk-in fireplaces, unique brick patterns, and vaulted and beamed ceilings, 4731 Wildwood Road is an architectural encyclopedia of detail. (more…)

Cochran Heights is a wonderfully quirky, charmingly historic, centrally located neighborhood full of beautiful homes. It’s just the alchemy a neighborhood needs to put on a fantastic home tour, and we’re lucky enough to get the second-ever Cochran Heights Home Tour this April 6. The tour, which runs from 2 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, will give you fresh eyes on this spectacular neighborhood. If you’re getting déjà vu, it could be due to the fact that we’ve talked up this area so much for its intriguing collection of Charles Dilbeck-designed homes. 

In fact, Cochran Heights is a popular destination for Dilbeck lovers thanks to its extensive collection of his architectural designs. It’s quite a place-making feature, one that earned the neighborhood its own Texas Historic Commission marker. This year’s tour will have five homes for you to admire, including:

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Our Steal: Simone Jeanes of Virginia Cook Realtors has listed 6414 Dunstan Lane for $445,000.

East Dallas has lots to offer, and that includes the neighborhood of Ridgewood Park. Bound by Abrams Road to the west, Lovers Lane to the north, Fisher Road to the east, and the Ridgewood Trail to the south, this small enclave packs a mighty punch, offering quick access to White Rock Lake and major Dallas thoroughfares, as well as fantastic home values. One look at these two beauties in our latest Splurge vs. Steal and you’ll see Ridgewood Park is worth a look.

Which one is more “you,” the Trammel Drive splurge or the Dilbeck-inspired steal? We would love to hear in the comments.

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