If you like reading about homes with an interesting history, this traditional in Rivercrest at 1512 Thomas Place is the home for you!
As one story goes, the original owners of this beautiful 4,192-square-foot home just blocks from Rivercrest Country Club closed on the home November 23, 1963 … let that date soak in for a few seconds. Just one day prior, on November 22, 1963, President John F. Kennedy was shot in Dallas by Lee Harvey Oswald (allegedly).
Another story or feature of this magnificent home that is surrounded by mature trees and lush vegetation has to do with doors in the cozy family room/ pool room. The current owner of the home found an eye-catching door in New York that happened to be from a condominium previously owned by Aristotle Onasis. (For those non-Boomers, Jackie Kennedy became Jackie Onasis when she married the Greek shipping magnate in 1968.)
Did Jackie O. Rinse Toothbrush Then Paste or Paste Then Rinse Brush?
Finally a third story about 1512 Thomas Place and the former First Lady … the sink in one of the secondary bathrooms is an actual sink from Jackie O.’s NYC flat during her twilight years! (I know I’m prone to exaggerate from time-to-time, but I am not making this stuff up!)
All of these historical items were discovered and integrated into the home by the existing owners during an extensive remodel project in 2010. In fact this home is filled with various reclaimed vintage items that all have a story to share.
More Salvage Stories & Inspiration
The pilasters in the formal dining room and sitting room were found in New York City. The fireplace mantel was uncovered in a quaint salvage store. The stair railing came from an estate in France. Throughout the home are vintage wood beams that were reclaimed from old barns and buildings by Quakers in Pennsylvania.
Although not a salvage project, when overhauling the kitchen, the owner used the television set/kitchen of Chef Ina Garten (The Barefoot Contessa) as inspiration for the layout — and what a kitchen layout it is!
The All-You-Can-Drink Faucet?
Probably the most amazing article in the entire home is found in the bar sink in the kitchen. Instead of tap water running from the faucet, one handle turns on purified water (eh, whatever) and the other handle turns on sparkling water! How cool is that. You can have you own personal Topo Chico Agua Mineral faucet anytime you desire!
As I am prone to do when I find exciting homes to write about, I could go on and on, but you’re just going to have to check out 1512 Thomas Place for yourself. Who knows, maybe you’ll discover more stories about other features in the home that aren’t fit for print!
Well that’s all from Tarrant County this week, Dirty Readers. Remember, if you have comments, questions, or ideas for future stories – I’m always here to listen! Bring it.
Seth Fowler is a licensed real estate sales professional with Williams Trew Real Estate in Fort Worth. Statements and opinions are his own. Seth has been involved in the home sales and real estate business in DFW since 2004. He and his family have lived in the Fort Worth area for over 14 years. Also, Seth loves bow ties. You can reach Seth at 817.980.6636 or firstname.lastname@example.org.