Hot Property: Does This Rustic European-Style Home Have the Most Beautiful Wine Cellar in Dallas?

It is difficult for a home builder to stay in one house for a long time. But when Rosewood Custom Builders founder Luc Dauwe helped develop the Bent Tree West neighborhood in north Dallas more than 30 years ago, he decided to put down some roots. 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,” says listing agent Deborah Newsome.

But in 2014, after a quarter of a century of living in the house, Dauwe sold it to a young, newly married couple who have decided to move on after almost a decade.

The property has a bigger-on-the-inside feel, helped by the pie-shaped plot. It has a massive backyard that includes a pool, waterfall, covered patio, outdoor kitchen and pavilion, fire pit and lawn. The entire setup is “suitable for corporate entertainment,” says Newsome. There is lush greenery and plenty of room to mill around in a crowd.

Over at the front, the home has a lovely driveway, says Newsome, but “then when you walk in, it just wows you from the moment you open the door.” Plus, Dauwe spared no expense with quality, she continues. There are antique materials, like the wine cellar door, everywhere. The kitchen is filled with oak cabinets and high-end appliances. There is tooth molding in many of the rooms, as well as a grape motif in some of the rooms. 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 homeland throughout. He imported rustic antique beams for the main floor and wine cellar. His family has a masonry background, says Newsome, so you see touches of stone and masonry everywhere. There are arches everywhere, including in dozens of brick bottle cubes 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 flashy,” 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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