The moment we saw photos of this amazing Charles Dilbeck estate at 6820 Avalon, we knew that we had to feature it here on CandysDirt.com. Homes like this — historic, incredible estates that have been lovingly restored and even updated — make Lakewood such a desirable area. No wonder it will be featured on next weekend’s Lakewood Home Festival Tour on Nov. 15 and 16, which benefits the Lakewood Early Childhood PTA.
Debbie Wiggins outside her studio cottage on the grounds of her Lakewood estate, which was once a potting shed.
Of course, Dilbecks in Lakewood are those gems that really stand out, and Debbie Wiggins’ home is a wonderful example of updating an architecturally significant property while still paying attention to the inherent character of the house. So much love and care have been poured into the almost half-acre estate, which includes a four-bedroom, four-bath main house with close to 3,800 square feet.
“The original potting shed in the back has been reimagined as a studio/office, and looks like a very small Dilbeck house,” Wiggins said. “Light finishes and the Dutch door make this area a happy getaway. My granddaughter calls it her ‘Mickey Mouse clubhouse.’ ”
Wiggins, who plans to list the home with Nancy Guerriero of Dallas City Center Realtors after the home tour, says that this house was the perfect home for her family, but she’s ready to downsize.
“After 37 years, the Charles Dilbeck house of my dreams became our treasured family home,” Wiggins said. “The past 6 years have been spent repairing, upgrading, and expanding upon his trademark French farmhouse design ideas. I am merely living here as a steward to maintain and pass along this wonderful home to someone else who understands and appreciates the happiness in this ‘Storybook Cottage.’ ”
Realtors and interested parties can preview this home on Nov. 14 from 1 to 4 p.m., that is, if they’re not going to the Lakewood Home Festival Auction Party sponsored by Dave Perry-Miller & Associates. Jump for more about this amazing historic home and it’s incredible owner.