If you’ve driven, biked, or walked around White Rock Lake, you’ll know this house. High on a hill overlooking the fork of West Lawther Drive and Branchfield Drive, this Cape Cod eclectic home, at 7634 Fisher Rd., is spectacular.
You might not realize it’s the same house you see from that fork if you’re driving the other way, down Fisher Road. The facade has a quiet, understated, and elegant sophistication that belies the home’s size — 5,009 square feet.
You also don’t expect what’s behind the front door. Dramatic floor-to-ceiling windows overlook the luxurious grounds, pool, and White Rock Lake. Mesmerizing barely describes the view, and you can see it from almost every single one of the 98 windows in the house. Yes, 98. Don’t worry. They are all new, and all energy efficient.
The original structure, built in the 1940s, was considerably smaller. Over time, the home was remodeled and expanded. Eight years ago, it underwent the ultimate renewal because Eddie Bickers was ready to move on from his charming cottage in Hollywood Heights to something larger. Once he spotted the Cape Cod, he was smitten. The positive aspects of the home were evident. Privacy, space, and those gorgeous views were an immediate draw. But, the house needed a lot of work.
“The deck was rotted, the landscape was unbelievably horrible, it needed a lot of attention,” Bickers said.
What most might flee, Bickers embraced.
“I closed my eyes and could see the entire thing finished,” he said.
That’s not unusual for Bickers. He’s been in the design industry for over 20 years and is the owner of Turquoise and Lavender in Lakewood. If you’ve been in his store, you’ll begin to understand his level of taste and style is a cut above. If you have not been in his store, well, get over there pronto.
The house is remarkably private. There are two completely separate wings divided by the central living space. Both wings have a dedicated staircase with no crossover. Each of the four bedrooms is entirely secluded, either up a landing or down a hallway, and all have private bathrooms. There’s also a powder bath off of the family room, again down a short flight of stairs.
There are a lot of stairs in this house, and those stairs are quite the story. Bickers is a tile savant. Having opened the original Ann Sacks store in the Dallas Design District, it’s doubtful anyone in town knows more about the topic. He had the mosaic tile stair risers made in Israel. Each little tile was cut, numbered— so the installer would know the correct placement —and shipped over — carefully.
Details matter to Bickers, and when you see this home, it’s evident that he left absolutely nothing to chance. It’s all meticulously thought out and beautifully executed.
Bickers replaced the rotted deck with a Pennsylvania blue stone patio and a stunning fountain. He had the entire area scraped and the foundation for the patio rebuilt. Nothing was easy, but it was all done properly, and so it would never need to be redone.
“The patio was particularly rewarding because it tied the whole house together,” Bickers said.
You’ll have a heck of a time deciding on a favorite spot in this home. Bickers loves the master bedroom with that enormous bow window allowing you to wake up with a view of the treetops. The formal living room, with those dramatic windows framing the lake, has to be one of the most serene places in the house. Then there is the cozy kitchen and living area. That’s a particular favorite of Realtor David Bush who is listing the Cape Cod eclectic any minute. Yes, we are giving you quite the sneak peek as it’s not even in MLS yet!
“I think it has to be my favorite room,” Bush said. “You feel instantly at home sitting in front of the fireplace and looking out over the lake. It’s just a perfect spot.”
Views, luxury, privacy, peace, all in one spectacular home. Even at $2.495 million, we can’t imagine this home being around for long. After all, how do you put a price tag on sunsets?
Karen Eubank is the owner of Eubank Staging and Design. She has been an award-winning professional home stager for more than 25 years. She’s been a professional writer for 20 years. Karen is the mother of a son who’s studying music at The University of Miami. An ardent animal lover, she doesn’t mind one bit if your fur baby jumps right into her lap. Find Karen at www.eubankstaging.com