Once upon a time, in a quiet, hilly corner of University Park, across the street from Dallas Country Club, sat what appeared to be a castle. The lush front lawn was dotted with live oaks and red oaks, Japanese maple and ash. There was a bridge over a creek, and if you peer through the trees, you’d spot a turret. It looks like something out of a Grimm’s fairytale, and it’s actually for sale.
The .6-acre property is “one of the prettiest lots in Park Cities,” listing agent Michelle Woods says. Built in the 1940s, the High English Tudor has the feel—and appeal—of an old-world country estate with a gabled roofline, stone exterior, slate roof, lots of leaded windows, and wood detailing.
Inside, the 6,263-square-foot home really leans into the “country manor house” aesthetic. There are dark-stained wood beams throughout the home, as well as jaw-dropping cathedral ceilings in the formal living room and primary bedroom. Rough-hewn millwork in the front foyer, halls, and bedrooms add a rustic feel. The floors alternate between white oak hardwood and slate tile, and stacked-stone detailing call back to the exteriors.
Everything is spacious, Wood says. The common areas, like the formal living, family, and dining rooms, are roomy with plenty of space for entertaining. You could even host a ball or two. Each of the home’s five bedrooms has its own en-suite, and there’s an additional full and half bath downstairs. The pantry is huge, Wood says, and the home has a “great cooking kitchen.” There’s an elevator, plus a covered walkway to the 1,100-square-foot guest quarters above the garage.
Last updated in 2004, the property is listed just under $7 million. Although the layout itself is functional, the new owners would need to leave some room in their budget to make the house their own. But, says Woods, any changes would be mostly cosmetic, like flipping out the kitchen counters and backsplash.
Painting over some of the wood accents in the living room and the kitchen cabinetry would easily brighten the space, she says. In the media room, the stairwell could be removed to enlarge the space. And if the country look isn’t on your Pinterest board, just remove the rough-hewn millwork, smooth out the walls, but leave the ceiling beams to keep the Tudor charm.
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