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.


(Editor’s Note: If you don’t have tickets already to the Lakewood Home Festival this weekend, better snatch them up quick! If you’re feeling lucky, find out how to win a pair of tickets at the end of this post.)

ShannonThe Lakewood Home Festival is one of the oldest home tours in Dallas, and one of the most successful ones, to boot. It manages to get better every year, thanks to the volunteers and homeowners who graciously host tours. This year, the homes are tremendous and very special, but one home stands out from the crowd thanks to its unique finishes and artistic sensibilities. It’s 7130 Brookcove, home of Lakewood artist Shannon Kincaid. The house is a recently renovated Italian villa-inspired home with tons of gorgeous custom finishes and fabulous mosaics throughout.

Shannon is a successful and prolific portrait artist who was kind enough to answer a few questions for us about her home and what it’s like getting ready for a home tour. Shannon will have some of her work for sale inside her home studio during this weekend’s home tour. Find out more about Shannon on her website.

CandysDirt.com: Where there any special touches you added to this home that appeal to your sensibilities as a portrait artist?

Shannon Kincaid: Oh yes! Most every surface in the house is hand-finished or created by hand, i.e. Venetian plaster walls and a faux fresco in the powder bath of one of Michelangelo’s Sibyls (prophetess) from the Sistine Chapel.

CD:  Did you do anything in particular to get your home ready for the Lakewood Home Festival?

Shannon: YES! I’ve been cleaning and seeing to finishing touches both inside and out (landscaping) since I learned we were chosen as one of the tour houses in August!


CD: Tell us, what is your favorite room in your home? Why?

Shannon: The Great Room and my studio are my two favorite rooms. The Great Room because we all love to cook and be together and the space in this room permits everyone to be in there at once and not under foot of anyone’s project. The mosaic above the stove top is my rendition in stained glass, of Renoir’s Luncheon of the Boating Party which perfectly illustrates that camaraderie. My studio because it’s where I go to create and tap into that underground Spring called talent. I call my studio el Cielo because it’s my sanctuary (paradise).

CD: When renovating your home, what was the most important feature you wanted to emphasize? What was your overall goal?

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Shannon: We love the Italian aesthetic, both in terms of lifestyle and style of architecture. Those people just have it going on, they live in the center of the universe of great food, art, history and culture. We’ve traveled a lot in Tuscany and did our very best to emulate the Tuscan farmhouse style. I love calling our home, “Under the Tuscan Sun.”

CD: When people tour your home this weekend, what is something they should not miss?

Shannon: I’d say the mosaics are pretty fun to see. There’s one in the kitchen, laundry room, the pool and at the outside kitchen. Also, the downstairs powder bath is where the faux fresco is and she’s pretty overwhelming and cool. Not to be missed is the exceptional stone work both inside and outside the house by the best stonemason I’ve ever met, Miguel Romo.


Want to win a pair of tickets? Email jo@candysdirt.com with your contact information for a random drawing. 


You did if your name is Pat Coble or Ginny Booth!

Congratulations to our winners, who each win a pair of tickets to the Lakewood Home Festival Nov. 9 and 10. They get two tickets to the home tour featuring some amazing houses throughout Lakewood.

Didn’t win? Don’t fret! You can still score tickets to the festival on the Lakewood Early Childhood PTA website right here. And while you’re there, go ahead and buy a pair of tickets to the auction party and masquerade ball on Nov. 8.

When the votes came in, we also asked you to tell us which home on this year’s tour was your favorite. The overwhelming winner was 6565 Bob O Link (above). Coming in second was 6828 Avalon (below). Both homes were photographed by the amazingly talented Jenifer McNeil Baker.


Stay tuned to CandysDirt.com for more great giveaways and more great house porn from the best homes in North Texas and beyond!


You already knew we were giving away two pairs of tickets to the Lakewood Home Festival, and today is the day you can enter to win!

This year’s home tour is amazing, with great homes in a variety of architectural styles. Check out our preview post here, with lovely photos from Jenifer McNeil Baker. The home tour is on Nov. 9 and 10, with an auction party and masquerade ball on Nov. 8.

So, I bet you’re wonder how you can win? Well, it’s easy! All you have to do is comment below telling us which house is your favorite, and then send an email with your name and daytime phone number to jo@candysdirt.com. For an extra entry, ask your friends to like CandysDirt.com’s Facebook page, or tag a tweet sharing this blog post with #CandysDirt.

That’s it! We’ll do a random drawing for the winner on Monday, so stay tuned!