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Buy this famed Dallas architect's magical French castle in University Park

Buy this Dallas architect's magical French castle in University Park

4144 Shenandoah St Dallas house for sale
The home at 4144 Shenandoah St. is listed for $1.995 million. Photo courtesy of Briggs Freeman Sotheby's International Realty
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It was designed by Dallas architect Charles Dilbeck in 1934. Photo courtesy of Briggs Freeman Sotheby's International Realty
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Rich woods play a big part in the warmth of this University Park home, whether that’s on a beamed ceiling or the floors. Photo courtesy of Briggs Freeman Sotheby's International Realty
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A front office area features a fireplace, stone floor reminiscent of a French chateau, and vaulted ceiling. Photo courtesy of Briggs Freeman Sotheby's International Realty
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The formal dining room has an elegant chandelier. Photo courtesy of Briggs Freeman Sotheby's International Realty
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Original built-ins remain and are married seamlessly to the kitchen's newer elements. Photo courtesy of Briggs Freeman Sotheby's International Realty
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The updated kitchen keeps the character of the home’s era while offering the kind of conveniences today’s luxury buyers want. Photo courtesy of Briggs Freeman Sotheby's International Realty
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Every room in this house has unique architectural elements, like the carved wood crown molding in the master bedroom. Photo courtesy of Briggs Freeman Sotheby's International Realty
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The master bedroom’s ensuite bathroom offers a walk-in closet and jetted tub. Photo courtesy of Briggs Freeman Sotheby's International Realty
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Secondary bedrooms are as lovely as any other space in this impressive home, each with their own special elements. Photo courtesy of Briggs Freeman Sotheby's International Realty
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Guest quarters are adorable and offer a full bath. Photo courtesy of Briggs Freeman Sotheby's International Realty
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Renovations maintained the home's character while adding modern amenities. Photo courtesy of Briggs Freeman Sotheby's International Realty
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A saltwater cocktail pool and fire pit wait in the backyard. Photo courtesy of Briggs Freeman Sotheby's International Realty
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Renovations created a backyard oasis. Photo courtesy of Briggs Freeman Sotheby's International Realty
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The covered patio offers even more outdoor entertaining space. Photo courtesy of Briggs Freeman Sotheby's International Realty
4144 Shenandoah St Dallas house for sale
Dallas house_4144 Shenandoah Street
Dallas house_4144 Shenandoah Street
Dallas house_4144 Shenandoah Street
Dallas house_4144 Shenandoah Street
Dallas house_4144 Shenandoah Street
Dallas house_4144 Shenandoah Street
Dallas house_4144 Shenandoah Street
Dallas house_4144 Shenandoah Street
Dallas house_4144 Shenandoah Street
Dallas house_4144 Shenandoah Street
Dallas house_4144 Shenandoah Street
Dallas house_4144 Shenandoah Street
Dallas house_4144 Shenandoah Street
Dallas house_4144 Shenandoah Street

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 Charles Dilbeck-designed home at 4144 Shenandoah St. in University Park 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 France's Loire Valley, 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.

“[It] has been beautifully maintained and meticulously updated in 2017 with loving attention to detail,” says 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.”

The home has three bedrooms, three full bathrooms, one half bath, two living areas, and two dining areas.

Dilbeck had an artist’s vision of how textures and designs would play off each other, about what would look striking and unique without feeling unapproachable. That shows throughout this property. Rich woods, brick, stone, and plaster combine in interesting and handsome ways, all illuminated by abundant natural light from the windows, many of them unusual in design. The stately and grand curb appeal also feels a little whimsical with the turret and courtyard. It’s the kind of house that makes you slow down for a better look.

Inside, the rooms marry comfortable size with a sense of intimacy brought through details like beamed ceilings, white brick detailing, unexpected nooks, and curving lines, like on the spiral staircase at the entry.

The design of this home is Dilbeck’s vision of how a French chateau could be interpreted for Texas, how this classic construction from another country could be adapted into something tailored for the region and with his hallmark touches. He achieved that aspiration with a design that is not only memorable, but truly magical.

Renovations on a significant property like this can turn into disaster if the owners don’t understand the vision of the architect. The updates in this house avoided those mistakes and maintained the character while adding amenities today’s luxury buyer want. That shows up prominently in the kitchen area, which now features granite countertops, white cabinets, a custom range hood with a fleur-de-lis decoration, rustic center island, and stainless steel appliances, including a gas cooktop and double ovens.

Renovations this year created an outstanding backyard. This serene and inviting area features a covered patio with built-in heaters, ceiling fan, grill, and refrigerator. A stone fire pit stands close to the saltwater cocktail pool, and a privacy fence keeps this area secluded.

So what kind of cash will it take to live like European royalty? $1.995 million, which is surely cheaper than an actual French castle.

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A version of this story originally was published on Candy's Dirt.