Move-In Ready Villa on Elizabeth Blvd.

One doesn’t want to be parochial, but one can’t fail to take an interest in the goings on on one’s own street. Move-in ready isn’t a term necessarily associated with Elizabeth Blvd., but since its listing on the National Register of Historic Places in 1979, the area has been undergoing a steady process of re-gentrification.

Exterior modifications are verboten. However interiors are fair game for updates. Whether or not that’s a good thing naturally depends on the taste of the owner. Happily, 1107 Elizabeth Blvd. couldn’t have been more fortunate in its present owners, who have modernized the 3,718-square-foot, 1919 house with taste and flair.

The plan of the three-bedroom, three-and-one-half-bath house is traditional while sustaining an open and airy feel. The original hardwoods, just shy of being 100 years old, look brand new.

And no, this listing hasn’t been staged. The sophisticated mix of contemporary furnishings and bold colors are the inspiration of the owners and demonstrate that one needn’t be straight jacketed by a historic designation.

The open kitchen is the beneficiary of an earlier remodel.  The blue counters  are actually a rare species of granite. Spanish-style tiles add panache to the backsplash. A breakfast room adjoins. Additionally, a back porch has been enclosed to make a delightful sun room.

The master bedroom is of ample modern proportions and is part of a complete suite.

The master bath has undergone a jazzy revamp. Colorful blue hex tiles cover the floor. Subway tile is carried to the ceiling. An oak veneered vanity has been stained to look like exotic zebra wood. With large twin sinks, it floats on the wall. Hardware is fashionable-again brass. Glimpsed beyond, is an astonishingly large closet for a house of this era.

The other bedrooms are nearly as spacious as the master and sustain the sophisticated color palette of the rest of the house.

A garage apartment with a full kitchen in the back is almost as smart as the main house and could be a source of rental income or lodging house for staff. Another bonus is a finished basement with a half bath and laundry.

The scale and shape of the pool beautifully complements the Italianate-style house. Striped awnings add a graceful vintage note. Move-in ready comes at a premium. At $218 per square foot, 1107 Elizabeth Blvd. is priced about $20 above the average for Ryan Place. However, Ryan Place is a diverse neighborhood, which includes bungalows in varying condition and  grander villas, making comps tricky. And, it seems sales of the larger properties on premier streets have been setting a new floor with each successive sale.

Debbie Norris of Helen PainterGroup Realtors, is offering 1107 Elizabeth Blvd. for $825,000.00


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.