One of the most exciting things about architecture is to see the reinvention and reinterpretation of classic styles. When it’s done correctly, it’s mesmerizing. Alexander Dahlgren’s new construction at 6434 Royal Lane will become another Dallas architectural icon — mark my words. Inspired by the international modernist style developed in the 1920s and 1930s, our Inwood House of the Week is exceptional in every way.

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[Editor’s note: Merry Christmas! This week, we’re taking time off to focus on our loved ones, so we are sharing some of our favorite stories from this year. Keep an eye out for our top features from the archives as we rest and get ready for a brilliant 2018! Cheers, from Candy and the entire staff at CandysDirt.com!]

From Karen Eubank: The Parks Estate is one of our all-time favorite homes. It went from the Preservation Dallas’ “Most Endangered” properties list in 2003 to being featured on The Preservation Dallas Architectural Tour in 2016. This is certainly a story that deserves being told again.


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.

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Our Inwood House of the week is a sophisticated farmhouse that would have Joanna Gaines turning green with envy. A few years ago, Kim McAuliffe-Price of Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s sold a charming cottage to her daughter’s friend. “I redo houses a lot, and I have a vision,” McAuliffe said. “But, I did not see this coming.”

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We have a soft spot for architect Charles Dilbeck, and we have a special affinity for the Greenway Parks neighborhood, so we’re excited to bring you our Inwood House of the Week at 5522 Waneta Drive today. The neighborhood is built in a traditional English manner, with houses surrounding a parkway, which the Brits refer to as a “commons.” One of the best aspects of this is that it affords an architect the opportunity to create two facades, one facing the greenbelt and the other facing the street. This home is a Charles Dilbeck Spanish Colonial Revival, and an excellent example of a double facade house. (more…)


We love Swiss Avenue. If you live in Dallas, no explanation is necessary. If you just arrived, do yourself a favor and explore this historic street. Take special note of this original, early prairie estate at 4937 Swiss Avenue, because once you’ve discovered the street, you’ll want to live here. We chose this particular home as our Inwood House of the Week because it captures the very essence of Dallas at the turn of the century, and it’s been completely renovated so you can move right in!

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Highland Park Colonial

We’ve loved this Highland Park Colonial at 4511 Arcady Avenue for a long time. It reflects that all-American style that movie companies love. Look at the houses used as film locations for Father of the Bride, Home Alone, Baby Boom, and even The Amityville Horror. Hollywood loves a Colonial. The architectural style says “Made in America,” and more than any other style, it says you are safe — you are home. (more…)

Our Inwood House of the week is a Preston Hollow midcentury modern that encompasses the best design elements of the 1950s. The influences of Edward Durrell Stone, Bruce Goff, Phillip Johnson, and Frank Lloyd Wright are all apparent in the design of 7008 Yamini Drive. (more…)

Perched on a hill and nestled right into a cliff, our Inwood National Bank House of the Week is a Bluffview modern masterpiece. If you value your privacy, love modern architecture, and want to be centrally located, you cannot beat this unique home at 4254 Shorecrest Drive. (more…)