Fort Worth Friday: Palm Springs Swank in the Heart of Westover Hills

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by Eric Prokesh

Sitting on one of the highest points of desirable Westover Hills, is an alluring three bedroom, four and a half bath,  mid century modern beauty that evokes Sinatra era Palm Springs Swank.

Oh, and the rock.

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2004 Canterbury dr LRFrom the entrance vestibule at 2004 Canterbury Drive, one steps down into an airy living area defined by a soaring rock wall with fireplace, which extends to the exterior, and a near curtain of glass which frames the hill top vistas. Impeccable terrazzo floors look as if they were poured yesterday instead of the 1959 date of construction. A vintage brass rails and door hardware add to the list of astute details. An elevated, overlooking dining area seems almost aloft in the space.

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The chef’s kitchen, though the undertaking of two owners, is executed to a single plan consistent with the style of the house and contains the expected high end commercial appliances plus ice maker, refrigerated wine storage & cooling drawers. The slab marble surfaces are continued into the back splashes. Another project of the owners is the outdoor living area which overlooks the pool and the finish out of the basement as a cabana with spa bath.

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Roomy at 4740 square feet, the scale remains human, with bedroom suites off a corridor containing storage walls broken by rhythmically spaced floor to ceiling windows. The master has an additional gas fireplace and a closet with center island most capacious, even by current standards. It shares a living area with another bedroom.

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Occasionally, serendipitously, one has the pleasure of life coming full circle. Researching the house’s architect,  J. B. Johnson, I realized I had had the pleasure of being in one of his best known works many years ago, Casa Ocho Caballos in Acapulco. A year after the construction of the Canterbury house, Mr. Johnson moved to Mexico where he began a prodigious second career, extending more than 50 years, designing many landmark buildings in Mexico City, Cuernavaca and Acapulco.

John Zimmerman is the listing agent, the asking price is $1,799,500.

Eric Prokesh is an interior designer whose work has appeared on HGTV, in books and publications including DHome, Southern Accents, House Beautiful, and House and Garden. In January 2005, HG named Eric one of the 50 tastemakers in America and DHome has included him as one of Dallas’ Best Designers for 10 years. Having lived most of his life in Dallas, he now calls Fort Worth home and is one of our experts on beautiful Fort Worth Dirt.2004 Canterbury drive deck

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Candy Evans

A real estate muckraker, Candy Evans is one of the nation’s leading real estate reporters. She is also the North Texas real estate editor for, CultureMap Dallas, Modern Luxury Dallas, & the Katy Trail Weekly. Candy has written for Joel Kotkin’s The New Geography, Inman Real Estate News, plus a host of national sites. Constantly breaking celebrity real estate news, she scooped former president George W. Bush's Dallas home in 2008. She is the founder and publisher of her signature, and, devoted to the vacation home market. Her verticals have won many awards, including Best Blog by the venerable National Association of Real Estate Editors, one of the nation’s oldest and most prestigious journalism associations. Candy holds an active Texas real estate license but does not sell. She is on the Board of Directors of Braemar Hotels & Resorts (BHR).

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  1. dan o'connell says

    good article. i’m sure your headline meant to say “Palm Springs Swank.” in the text you did refer to this home as the palm springs swank. frank sinatra was my neighbor when he lived in rancho mirage, ca. and i had the pleasure of knowing him. i still live in rancho mirage and his presence is still felt.

    having lived in dallas (in the turtle creek area) in the early seventies, your website is very informative of what’s going on in dallas and ft. worth these days. thanks for providing us with your site.

    Dan O’Connell
    Rancho Mirage, Ca.

    • mmCandy Evans says

      Hey dan, you are right! I had just read an article about Palm Beach! Thanks for your kind words, and thanks for reading. We would love to hear more about living next to Frank!

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