Pay attention folks, this listing is hot, hot, hot! Ideally situated on a gracious lot in Greenway Parks, the 1925 Fooshee & Cheek Spanish Colonial Revival was designed by the architects responsible for Highland Park Village, and just hit the market for $2,075,000!
“This is Greenway Parks at its finest,” says listing agent Gretchen Brasch with Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty. “It is a sincere pleasure to represent a property of this provenance and architectural interest. I feel certain we’ll quickly find a ready buyer to help this Fooshee & Cheek gem live on.”
Gretchen co-lists the estate with business partner Elly Holder – the pair are known for representing fine luxury estates in Dallas’ most desirable neighborhoods.
Remarkable in every sense of the word, the historic estate is nestled in a significant setting overlooking one of two beautiful interior parks. It affords 5,039 square feet of luxury living and entertaining with four-bedrooms, four-and-one-half-bathrooms, a sparkling pool, loggia, and cabana, all exquisitely designed for architectural integrity.
We are told the current owners – one an attorney, the other a designer – have loved restoring 5422 Montrose Drive.
“I have been stopped in the yard by two prior owners, one of which was born in one of the upstairs bedrooms, and the other had spent the early part of her marriage raising their family here…both wanting me to know what fond memories they have and saying it is still their favorite house,” says the owner.
Restoring homes has become old hat to the couple, who previously restored another significant estate on Swiss Avenue.
For Montrose, they restored and expanded the home in 2007 with additional updates in 2012 and 2017.
“Great care was taken to preserve its details, such as the original telephone nook with phone intact,” said Gretchen. “It’s a property that could easily be called Greenway Parks’ Home, admired by many for its distinctive façade, arched doorway, period details, front balconies, and charming exterior staircase.”
Unbelievable design touches include Moorish doorway openings, textured plaster walls, vaulted and beamed ceilings, light white oak floors, upscale window treatments, and designer papers from Thibaut, Cole & Son, and Osborne and Little. A gourmet kitchen with Danby marble and French limestone counters, Ann Sacks tile backsplash, copper farm sink and vent hood over a commercial grade Viking range, plus stainless Liebherr refrigeration are perfection.
In fact, when this beauty came across our desk, my editor and I could not peel our eyes away! Especially when it came to the living room with stunning cast stone fireplace mantel and custom bookshelves surrounding Portella steel doors that open to an impressive private study. Originally a side porch, the light-filled study is flanked by arched windows at each end featuring colorful stained glass, and a built-in desk that is ideal for study or work – basically a writer’s dream!
The master suite is no slouch either, adorned with a soaring vaulted ceiling, sitting area, and spa-like bath with marble counters, freestanding copper bathtub, seafoam green tile shower, and double walk-in closets.
We are swooning over the lushly landscaped back yard with Spanish-style resort pool and loggia connecting to a well-appointed cabana, which adds another 650 square feet, and could serve as a living/entertaining space or guest house with full bathroom and kitchen.
As if that wasn’t enough, the delightful designer home is located in Greenway Parks, a neighborhood prized for its timeless design and strong sense of community – it was created by famed architect Dave Williams in the late 1920’s, and provides an unending passion for many of its historic homes.
Who better to sell the property than an agent who lives and works in the neighborhood? “After restoring several older homes through the years, my husband and I decided Greenway Parks was where we really wanted to live and raise our girls,” says Gretchen. “There is a true sense of appreciation for the architecture and story each home tells. We’re now in a 1930 Mediterranean in Greenway Parks ourselves, and completely enjoy being surrounded by neighbors who lovingly restore the fantastic original homes, and also welcome the new. As a Realtor for 28 years, to live and work in a neighborhood like Greenway Parks, that is very fulfilling.”