Where to find modern L.A.-style glamor, replete with all of the requisite state-of-the-art electronics to run a smart house? Why, head west of course.
Actually, the gated community of Bella Flora, which has a Benbrook Zip code in the choice Aledo school district, lies in the southwestern most corner of Fort Worth and is a quick commute from town via the newly opened Chisolm Trail Parkway. Inside this neighborhood is 7951 Bella Flora Drive — the striking vision of Scott Watson of Flynn & Watson Architects. Its strong horizontal profile hugs the nearly 2 acre lot in a neo-prairie style way while the symmetrical central bay reminds us of classical architecture. A spare repertoire of material —, stucco, gray river rock, and metal roofing — give the house an air of disciplined elegance.
Built only in 2014, the 5,300-square-foot, five-bedroom, six-bath home still has that new house smell. Dark polished concrete floors and museum-quality level five finished walls and river rock continue the restrained beauty of the exterior. The floor plan is open with uninterrupted views from front door to back. Custom windows open to a view of the fountain and creek beyond. And belying the belief that modern means boring, fittings and materials border on the opulent. Check out the blingy chandeliers (staying) and the surreal, standout blue agate, powder room counter, lit from below.
Human proportions, a bias towards symmetry, and defined-yet-open spaces contradict the cliche that modern means cold. Three living areas allow family life its place and its space.
The stacked stone wall that houses the living room’s eco-friendly oil fireplace wraps to define the spacious dining room. Wine storage lit from behind becomes wall art.
The kitchen opens to living areas, and is defined by a semicircular island topped with exotic marble. The thoughtful layout and top-of-the-line Jenn-Air appliances, which include a five-burner induction cooktop and 48-inch refrigerator/freezer, will please the family chef. A hidden espresso coffee bar is a bonus.
The kitchen overlooks a sunken area — carved out seems a better description — that could serve as a monitored play area for children or an informal dining room.
The master suite is reached via a long, concealed gallery. The large master is punctuated by frameless bay window with sitting area that overlooks a private courtyard.
The master bath lies behind an imposing industrial sliding barn-type door. A floor-to-ceiling mirror wall, dazzling chandelier, crocodile Caesarstone countertops, and remote controlled shower are among the glamorous elements adorning the master bath. Grown ups will appreciate the higher counter height. With its tall ceilings and bordering-on-excess storage, the master closet has ample space for both his and her wardrobes.
Each bedroom and bath has its own singular design scheme that reminds one of a luxury Euro-spa.
High tech features include Control4 home automation, which commands the LED lighting, sound system, alarm, doorbell, and HVAC system, all of which can be operated on site or off with an iPad. There is even a USB charging station.
The 1,100-square-foot outdoor living area overlooking the extensive lot flows seamlessly off of indoor living and is prewired for an outdoor kitchen.
Listing agents Carley J.Moore & Zareen Khan of Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International has priced 7951 Bella Flora at $1.295 million. For this gem in a sought-after area, that’s quite the deal.
Eric Prokesh is an interior designer whose work has appeared on HGTV, and in books and publications including D Home, Southern Accents, House Beautiful, and House and Garden. In January 2005, HG named Eric one of the 50 tastemakers in America and D Home 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.