Many have driven past 6941 Gaston Ave. and wondered what lays beyond its towering walls. Glimpses of a turret or two can be seen through mature trees, while the stone walls and iron gates only offer a taste of the storybook estate beyond the barriers.
Now, the Lakewood landmark is on the market, satiating the minds of the curious and offering one future homeowner the chance to live their life in a fairytale. The home — with four bedrooms, three baths and nearly 1 acre of land to roam — is available for $2,895,000 and is listed by DeCarla Anderson.
Built in 1929, the home — dubbed “Chateau des Grotteaux” — is a true Dallas icon, once belonging to “Mr. Dallas” himself, former Dallas Mayor R.L. Thornton, Sr., who lived in the home from 1929 to 1974 with his family. Thornton worked with the city’s landscape architect Paul Scheibe to mold the sprawling lands to befit the home’s theme of 18th century French architecture.
The current homeowner has meticulously kept the grounds in pristine condition, updating its many facets, from the gardens to multiple seating areas.
One such addition made by the current homeowner was the secret garden, built in 2016 near the home’s entrance on Gaston Avenue. Entry to the secret garden is through a unique hinged stone gate. Past the gate, steps lead down to the secret garden, partially hidden from above by dense foliage.
On the grounds lies another storied feature: the grotto, or cave, for which the estate is named. Now sealed, the grotto is said to have once led directly to White Rock Lake, and its tunnel may have been used for liquor transportation during Prohibition.
The home itself is fashioned after a Norman castle, featuring multiple turrets and a stucco exterior. In 2013, the home’s roof was replaced with customized slate tile and oxidized copper gutters.
The interiors retain the home’s royal charms, outfitted from the homeowner’s adventures in Europe.
Atop the largest turret, a 360-degree view overlooks the entirety of the estate, completing the home’s resplendent design.
The backyard continues the estate’s ethereal qualities with a koi pond and heated saltwater pool. Statues of Roman gods flank the entry into the pool, which itself is surrounded by statues of the personified seasons.