Sprinkled among the ranch-style and colonial revival-style houses in Tanglewood and Overton Park, is a fairly sizable inventory of Mid Century modern gems. Tucked into a deep lot, surrounded by mature trees, 3728 Arroyo Road demonstrates that modern design need not eschew symmetry. Two identical wings flank an interior courtyard. Minimal decorative detail in the Roman brickwork evoke a Mediterranean mood. The low brick retaining wall running halfway across the front give underlines and lends emphasis to horizontals.
And the feeling of subtle, low slung, elegance continues indoors. The living room/dining room occupies the nucleus of the 3452 square foot house. Painted beams strengthen the upward thrust of the ceilings. Circulation flows around the symmetrically centered fireplace.
The Eames-style furniture beautifully stages the large public space and the minimalist decor seams to float on the smooth hardwoods that shimmer in the abundant light.
Though seldom used these days, Riviera pattern Saltillo floors strike a retro note but play beautifully off of the completely up to date quartz surfaces, Ann Sacks back splash, and commercial steel appliances. Cabinets are befittingly pared down shaker white.
A second living area contains the other fireplace set into useful cabinetry. The generous scale of the room can be gaged from the extensive sectional sofa. The privacy and size of the room mark it as truly family friendly.
The master bedroom is brimming with potential. I love the cool blue color played of the obviously high quality, recently installed, carpet, which lends a warm and practicality to the space.
Clearly this is a house which has been meticulously maintained and massaged over the decades to remain relevant. Overton Park means Tanglewood schools, making steep, private school tuition optional. The fenced backyard has enough grassy play space for pets and kids and dignified hardscape for grill and adults. Oh, and there is a guest house. Rental? Mother-in-Law suite? Garçoniere? Or caretaker or giver. It brings the bed/ bath count to four and three-and-one half.
Jerry Taylor of Williams Trew is offering 3728 Arroyo Road for $750,000.00.
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.