Anyone who has driven past the intersection of Inwood Road and Royal Lane in Dallas knows this house. It sits proudly on the corner, the imposing castle-like façade fully exposed, without a stone wall, tree or even a shrub to hide behind.
If ever you have wondered what it might be like to live inside this stone-clad estate, then get out your checkbook: For $7.7 million, 10770 Inwood Rd. can be yours.
For that price you get seven bedrooms, each with its own bath; gourmet kitchen built for entertaining, with two refrigerators, three ovens and three dishwashers; a fully outfitted gym; six fireplaces; wood-cloaked library; wine cellar; media room with blackout drapes and $250,000 sound system; and three garages.
As you might expect, the interior is rather traditional in its styling, with soft yellows and wallpaper throughout many of the rooms. Formal drapes frame several of the views out to the grounds — but worry not, because they do not obstruct the natural light.
Veteran real estate watchers may recall the castle's longtime construction in the late '90s. Ophthalmologist Dr. Lewis Frazee and his wife, Paulette, spent six years building the home, in a controversial "pay as you go" mode that raised some dust at the time. The frugal Frazee paid for the home with cash, doling out payments week after week. He and his family lived there for three years while the construction was ongoing.
This grand home sits on 1.74 acres and also features a saltwater pool. Three balconies overlook this backyard oasis, and all of them boast a pair of gargoyles. Dave Perry-Miller listing agent Charme Gallini says the gargoyles act as gutter spouts, so when it rains, the water runs off the balconies through the gargoyles’ mouths — a playful touch that softens the seriousness of this 10,532-square-foot fortress.