Bluff-Top Views, Charm, and Value in Park Hill

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Topping Trulia’s list of highest average sale prices by neighborhood, I was surprised to discover lovely Park Hill. With an average sale price of $1.722 million, it beats better-known, pricey enclaves such as Mira Vista and Monticello. I was, therefore, further surprised to discover a prime Park Hill address at 2224 Winton Terrace with terrace views of the wooded hill adjoining the Fort Worth Zoo for the relatively bargain price of $899,000.

The 1928-built house is chock-full of the charming, idiosyncratic design details one encounters in Park Hill, like the vintage, modified 10-light windows, or the unique inset-glazed bookcases in the entry.

The vestibule forms a longitudinal axis, front to back, flanked by the afore mentioned enclosed bookcases and windows. Access to the living room is on the right through a quirky-but-lovable arched opening.

A small garden room off the living room wrapped with stained glass windows is where the current owners spend most of their time.

The living room centers on a gas fireplace, revetted with sought-after, Art Deco Batchelder tile. Hardwood floors are in “like new” condition.

Formal dining has convenient access from the kitchen and living room through singularly delightful French doors.

Many prospective buyers may long for an update for the kitchen, but with a breakfast room beyond, the possibility for multiple floor plans are myriad.

An elegant, wide, modified U staircase with a landing window leads to the upstairs.

A deft later addition has created a fashionable ground-floor master suite with a large bath and — atypical for Park Hill — mega-closet. It also has a private side porch.

The house is erroneously listed as a four-bedroom, but with the master suite, the house actually has five bedrooms with three-and-one-half baths.

The second-floor terrace has views of the undeveloped zoo bluff and the back.

The back has a rectangular pool suitable for laps and, with shallow depth at both ends, water volleyball. A detached two-car garage, invisible from the street, is a classy touch. The house has languished on the market for over one year, which is somewhat baffling given its intrinsic charm and choice location. Demerits may be given for dated decor, but there is so much underlying value in this spacious 4,000-square-foot residence, that it is bound to excite a buyer with some imagination.

“A relatively modest design budget would go a long way here,” observes listing agent Bethany Oram of Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s.

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.

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Eric Prokesh

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.

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