By Amy Rose Dobson
By Amy Rose Dobson
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.
In 1930, the Hillcrest State Bank was formed. Doing well, as banks do, by 1938 they were able to open a George Dahl-designed location on Hillcrest Avenue between Daniel and Haynie avenues. In 1981, Hillcrest State Bank changed its name to Texas Commerce Bank. In 1998, the name was changed again to Chase Bank of Texas and was folded into Chase Manhattan Bank in 2000. In 2004, Ohio’s Bank One was acquired by Chase foreshadowing the bank’s headquarters move to Ohio in 2004 where it remains today.
As you can see, for all the name changes, this building never actually changed hands until the bank had abandoned it. First to try redevelopment was Dallasite Albert Huddleston who envisioned a mixed-use project that never gained traction with University Park officials or neighbors. After a decade he gave up and in 2015 local developer Jim Strode decided to try his luck, which eventually succeeded.
Along with ownership and name changes, there have been structural changes. As the picture above hints, over the years there was some pretty major tinkering to this building.
You have seen this house. You have seen the horse bust on the wooden picket gate, the white-washed, slurried brick, and the thick mane of overgrown wisteria that made you want to go home and give your plants super food.
(Perhaps you have even snipped off a stem?)
You have gazed at it when you were on Preston Road northbound, the red light grounding you long enough to take in the four corners at University. But I guarantee you, Santa Clause could be on one of those corners in August and you would not see him. The only thing you or anyone ever sees is 4100 University. The home is one of the few remaining original Dilbeck duplexes in UP. It is like a little country cottage camouflaged by rich shrubbery that, even before I knew what a Dilbeck was, drew me into a love affair with this house.
Our Inwood National Bank Home of the Week is a perfect template for everything you need to do when you build a home today. This University Park custom transitional has all the features buyers crave, from a floor plan that flows beautifully to flawless finish out. Hats off to Mike Regan of Regan Custom Homes for this 5,483-square-foot beauty at 4117 Amherst Avenue. If you can convince the sellers to leave the furniture, you’re all set.
“It’s like a luxury home on the French Riviera,” Dave Perry-Miller listing agent Laura Michelle said. There’s no need for a passport, however. This University Park estate at 6101 Saint Andrews Drive is in the heart of our fair city on just over half an acre, and it’s one of the prettiest Monday Morning Millionaires I’ve ever seen.
Some houses just seem to have it all, and boy, are we lucky when they hit the market. Our Inwood Home of the Week at 3708 Greenbrier is a stunning University Park traditional with transitional influences. It was pretty flawless when it was built in 2013, but the present owners took it a step further, adding their stamp to this 6,717-square-foot home. The result is three stories with five bedrooms, six full and one powder baths, and every part of the home is elegant and livable. It can be hard to combine those two things, but it’s been beautifully executed here.