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Hot Property: A 1930s Storybook Home Near White Rock Lake

This Lakewood charmer looks like a compact cottage at first glance, but its interior boasts 5,200 square feet of living space.

Prolific architect Charles Dilbeck is responsible for many a charming home in Dallas. Dilbeck’s creations, most of which were designed and constructed in the 1930s through the 1960s, are an eclectic mix of sprawling ranch houses, French Country homes, and stone-covered storybook façades. Today’s Hot Property, a cottage-style build just blocks from White Rock Lake, is the latter.

6918 Tokalon Drive was constructed in 1936, and this Lakewood home has remained largely untouched since. In recent years, it’s been given a fresh coat of paint to highlight the standout architectural features.

In both the living room and sitting room, for example, crisp white walls and white crown molding allow the vintage brick fireplaces to take center stage. You’ll also notice original details like rounded cased openings that help each room flow into the next and wooden beams that punctuate the ceiling in the formal dining room.

In the kitchen, a hexagonal tile floor and white cabinetry feel appropriate for the home’s age, while the modern amenities (like a massive chrome fridge with wine storage) ensure that the space is as functional as it is beautiful.

The plethora of built-in bookshelves also caught our eye–you’ll find them in the primary suite, the living rooms, and in a mahogany-filled study that could double as a library.

Guests will appreciate the updated loft living area, which features a full kitchen, a walk-in closet, and sloped ceilings that bounce around sunlight. There’s also an outdoor kitchen and al fresco dining area for easy indoor-outdoor entertaining.

The backyard may not be large, but it has plenty of character: cobblestone pathways, bricks with a light dusting of moss, and a pool enveloped by trees. It’s a secluded space that feels a bit overgrown and wild, which perfectly adds to the home’s storybook-in-the-woods vibe.

Check out more of this 1936 abode with the gallery below.

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