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Hot Property: A Well-Preserved Fairytale Home in Oak Cliff

With a private courtyard and rustic details, this Charles Dilbeck design feels a world away.

Canterbury Court may be one of the most beautiful streets in North Oak Cliff’s Kessler Park area—and, honestly, Dallas. The curvy, quiet street off of Colorado Boulevard is lined with mature, towering trees and classic homes, including 1125 North Canterbury Court, possibly the most eye-catching of them all.

I was not surprised to see this 1930s-era property featured on one of our annual lists of the “10 Most Beautiful Homes in Dallas.” Just like I wasn’t at all shocked to see that it was designed by noted architect Charles Dilbeck, whose romantic, whimsical works can be seen in grand form in Highland Park, or as cottage-sized Cochran Heights creations. However, Kessler Park may be the Dallas area most suited for Dilbeck’s unique designs.

Where else would the home’s private courtyard, with its expertly laid brickwork, feel so perfect (and be so private)? The interior, with its rustic, exposed beams, wrought iron railings, and clandestine nooks, might feel out of sorts anywhere but within the winding, wooded streets of Kessler Park. Sure, you could have all the screened-in sleeping porches you want, but it’s nice to have one accompanied by Oak Cliff’s topography and cliffside city views. Also, there’s a penguin wallpaper in this home that could technically be anywhere in Dallas, but I’m glad it’s here.

Head to our slideshow for a better look at the guest cottage, the romantic fireplaces, and the cozy elegance of 1125 N Canterbury Court.

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