Dear Santa: I have always wanted to live in a Charles Dilbeck home. Ever since I moved to Dallas and learned that Charles Dilbeck was one of the area’s most prolific architects, I have wanted to buy one of his homes. They were the first “older” homes I saw in Dallas. Well, that is, until I found Swiss Avenue. Dilbeck created romantic Tudors and French country homes sprinkled throughout the Park Cities and a few in North Dallas. His was Harry Potter style before Harry was a Potter. His homes have a signature English farmhouse feel to them, and are built rambling, as if they have been added onto. Dilbeck, for example, always said that in authentic cottages you could always find the original log cabin that the home started from. He also designed homes without hallways, so you have to go into one room to get to another, as if the house had been added on to randomly. It creates a very organic feel. And it was always such a refreshing contrast to the post World War II ranches that sprawled everywhere. Plus, I know his family.