Historic Lakewood Tudor

The original home owner, W.E Brown, planted the magnolia tree in the front yard in the 1920s

Oh, my goodness. This is exactly the sort of story I love, so grab that large cup of java and settle in because I have a tale to tell about a thoroughly modern update to a historic Lakewood Tudor.

If you have ever longed for a classic historic home, but just could not bear the thought of figuring out who to call, or enduring a remodel, have I got a house for you! Our Inwood Home of the Week is a historic Lakewood Tudor at 6627 Lakewood Boulevard. This beauty was built in 1925 and is within walking distance to Whole Foods and the Lakewood Country Club.

This three-story historic Lakewood Tudor was completely redesigned and rebuilt by Kienast Homes. Truth be told, when I spotted this interesting marriage of vintage and modern styles, I had a hard time wrapping my head around the whole concept. But I kept coming back to this house because it had all the exterior elements I love. In fact, I was trying to figure out what had been added or changed on the façade. Guess what? Other than painting, and changing the front door, absolutely nothing was done.

The interior is another story.

Historic Lakewood Tudor


Do you remember P.D Eastman’s The Best Nest? Mr. Bird sang, “In all the world my nest is best!” That’s how we feel about our Inwood Home of the Week, a dramatic modern industrial home overlooking White Rock Creek. It has an unexpected look for Lakewood, and the most exciting blend of materials we’ve seen in a very long time. We think it’s the very best nest in all of East Dallas. (more…)

The 41st annual Lakewood Home Tour is almost here, and we’re giving away tickets! Read on to find out how to win!

Next weekend, six beautiful homes will be featured as part of the Lakewood Home Tour, and we have a sneak peek into one of them — a gorgeous modernized Lakewood Tudor at 6708 Lakewood Boulevard.

“My husband calls this the ‘Mullet House,’ ” owner Julia Buthman said. “It’s all business up front and a party in the back!”


Iconic Lakewood Estate by Charles Dilbeck night facade. xWe’re lucky to live in a city that offers great residential architecture, from brand-new construction by hip young architects, to treasured historic properties like this iconic Lakewood estate designed by Charles Dilbeck.

These historic homes are not often available. When they do hit the market it’s a rare opportunity to own a real piece of history. Our Monday Morning Millionaire at 6726 Lakewood Boulevard is not only a one-of-a-kind estate, it’s also been completely restored, renovated, and updated.


O’Neil Ford’s Texas Modern at 3201 Wendover is on the National Register of Historic Places. Photography courtesy of Jennifer McNeil Baker


Frankly, we don’t know how they do it. Heading into their 40th year, the organizers of the Lakewood Home Tour always find proud homeowners willing to share their gorgeous and often architecturally significant houses with the public. In doing so they have raised millions of dollars since 1976, all benefitting local schools. This year, six homes ranging from brand new builds to historic architectural icons are on the annual tour that takes place this weekend. We were lucky enough to get a sneak peek at one of those icons, 3201 Wendover.

Stay tuned: We’ll be giving away two pairs of tickets to this year’s Lakewood Home Festival Tour later this week!


6425 Blanch Circle is one of six amazing homes featured in this year's Lakewood Home Festival. (Photos: Jenifer McNeil Baker)

6425 Blanch Circle is one of six amazing homes featured in this year’s Lakewood Home Festival. (Photos: Jenifer McNeil Baker)

The Lakewood Home Festival is one of those home tours you can’t help but look forward to because it always has such a splendid mix of architecture and style. Last year there was a fabulous Hill Country Modern and perhaps one of my favorite Dilbecks, and this year does not disappoint.

Not only do you get a brand new build and a gorgeous remodeled midcentury modern, but you can also walk through a classic English Tudor and a gorgeous brick and stone home that looks like it could be a Hutsell. This year’s Lakewood Home Festival weekend, themed “The Legacy of Lakewood,” is Nov. 14 and 15, with a disco-licious “Friday Night Fever” auction party on Nov. 13. You can also purchase a limited-edition print fromlocal artist Walter Eduardo Soza of SozaDesigns Studios commemorating this year’s tour for just $250.

Jump to find out how to score tickets and to see more photos of the tour homes.



6820 Avalon (Photo: Jenifer McNeil Baker)

The Lakewood Home Festival is coming and we are so excited. This is one of our favorite fall home tours, and it has so many great homes that you can walk through while you daydream and get inspired for your own home.

This year’s tour features an interesting and eclectic mix of architectural styles. You saw a little tease of Debbie Wiggins’ incredible Charles Dilbeck at 6820 Avalon, and home tour photographer Jenifer McNeil Baker owns the other home on Avalon, a gorgeous Mediterranean. There’s a beautiful traditional, a completely updated post-war ranch, and a stunning modern, too. Here’s a great video from presenting sponsor Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty showcasing the different homes:

If you want to win a pair of tickets to this event, which benefits the amazing work and programming sponsored by the Lakewood Early Childhood PTA, jump for instructions on how to enter!


The moment we saw photos of this amazing Charles Dilbeck estate at 6820 Avalon, we knew that we had to feature it here on CandysDirt.com. Homes like this — historic, incredible estates that have been lovingly restored and even updated — make Lakewood such a desirable area. No wonder it will be featured on next weekend’s Lakewood Home Festival Tour on Nov. 15 and 16, which benefits the Lakewood Early Childhood PTA.

Debbie Wiggins outside her studio cottage on the grounds of her Lakewood estate, which was once a potting shed.

Debbie Wiggins outside her studio cottage on the grounds of her Lakewood estate, which was once a potting shed.

Of course, Dilbecks in Lakewood are those gems that really stand out, and Debbie Wiggins’ home is a wonderful example of updating an architecturally significant property while still paying attention to the inherent character of the house. So much love and care have been poured into the almost half-acre estate, which includes a four-bedroom, four-bath main house with close to 3,800 square feet.

“The original potting shed in the back has been reimagined as a studio/office, and looks like a very small Dilbeck house,” Wiggins said. “Light finishes and the Dutch door make this area a happy getaway. My granddaughter calls it her ‘Mickey Mouse clubhouse.’ ”

Wiggins, who plans to list the home with Nancy Guerriero of Dallas City Center Realtors after the home tour, says that this house was the perfect home for her family, but she’s ready to downsize.

“After 37 years, the Charles Dilbeck house of my dreams became our treasured family home,” Wiggins said. “The past 6 years have been spent repairing, upgrading, and expanding upon his trademark French farmhouse design ideas. I am merely living here as a steward to maintain and pass along this wonderful home to someone else who understands and appreciates the happiness in this ‘Storybook Cottage.’ ”

Realtors and interested parties can preview this home on Nov. 14 from 1 to 4 p.m., that is, if they’re not going to the Lakewood Home Festival Auction Party sponsored by Dave Perry-Miller & Associates. Jump for more about this amazing historic home and it’s incredible owner.