1930’s Storybook Cottage in Dallas Texas

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Who says Dallas, Texas is just a big metro-blob of urban sprawl with no character or history?

This delightful storybook home was built in the 1930’s by famed local architect Charles Dilbeck.

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Finished in 1934, this cottage was one of about 350 homes constructed by Dilbeck in the Dallas area.

In fact, it sits on a corner of 4 other Dilbeck designed houses at the intersection of Shenandoah Street and Douglas Avenue. Locals call them “the four sisters”.

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The turret and balcony of this home are signature Charles Dilbeck features, although his designs varied widely so it was difficult to categorize him in one particular box.

The listing photography is so impeccable, I keep questioning whether this is in fact a vintage home!

Have a look inside…

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See what I mean? You could be forgiven for assuming this is a new construction home because it is so pristinely perfect and lacks the scruff and patina of a home nearly 80 years old.

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It is lovely…. but a part of me is thinking:  I like a house that shows its age!

(Perhaps I am tainted by living in a house that could be this home’s grandparent.)

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The photos are probably doctored…. although, I’m pretty sure they did not have recessed lighting in the 1930’s.

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Obviously, the home has been extensively remodeled.

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But here and there we see hints of the home’s historic pedigree…

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The decor is spot-on for this storybook cottage…

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(Look at those twin beds!!)

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This Dilbeck original was last sold in 2010 for $970,000 and was listed earlier this year for $1,055,147. The listing was just removed in August without a sale being recorded after several price drops.

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So if you are on the market for something unique in Dallas, TX, this home may pop up again someday soon.

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[Thanks to Suzan S. for alerting me to this listing!]

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Sources:

Wall Street Journal article

Park Cities People – homes designed by Dilback

Zillow listing

Trulia listing with additional photos

 

 

 

 

 

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