It’s hard for a home builder to stay in one house for long. But when Rosewood Custom Builders founder Luc Dauwe was helping develop the Bent Tree West neighborhood in North Dallas more than 30 years ago, he decided to put some roots down. He built 17931 Windtop Ln., a 6,470 square foot home with five bedrooms, an enviable wine cellar, and an enchanting backyard, to be “his personal forever home,” listing agent Deborah Newsome says.
But in 2014, after a quarter of a century of life in the house, Dauwe sold it to a young, newly married couple who have decided to move on after just under a decade.
The property has a larger-on-the-inside feel, aided by the pie-shaped lot. It has a massive backyard that includes a pool, waterfall, covered patio, outdoor kitchen and pavilion, firepit, and lawn. The whole setup is “fit for corporate entertaining,” Newsome says. There’s lush greenery, and plenty of space to mill about in a crowd.
Over at the front, the home has a nice drive-up, Newsome says, but “then when you get in, it’s just wows you from the minute you open the door.” Plus, Dauwe spared no expense with quality, she continues. There are antique materials, like the wine cellar door, throughout. The kitchen is loaded with oak cabinetry and high-end appliances. There’s dentil molding in many of the rooms, as well as a grape motif in some of the spaces. The home’s hand-scraped hardwood floors are “just a little more unusual and higher quality than the typical scraped floors that you see today.”
From Belgium, Dauwe included touches of his home country everywhere. He imported rustic antique beams for the downstairs living spaces and wine cellar. His family has a masonry background, says Newsome, so you see touches of stone and brickwork throughout. There are arches everywhere, including in the dozens of brick bottle cubbies in the bar off the kitchen and wine cellar. (Did we mention the home can store 1,000 bottles of wine?)
While all these details could look “Old World gaudy,” Newsome says they give the home a timeless design. They bring charm and warmth. “That’s what I noticed in this house versus others,” she says, “is just the character.”
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Catherine Wendlandt is the online associate editor for D Magazine’s Living and Home and Garden blogs, where she covers all…