Just Add Water to This Midcentury Modern Home

You never know what you're going to get

4013 Clayton Road East in Ridglea Hills is like a box of chocolates (photos: Trey Freeze Media)

To paraphrase from the great Forrest Gump:”Some homes are like a box of choc-o-lates … you never know what you’re going to get.” 

(Side note: how did Gump beat out Shawshank Redemption for Best Picture in 1994 … preposterous!)

Truer words could not be spoken when referring to this week’s Tarrant County Tuesday home located at 4013 Clayton Road E in the Ridglea Hills neighborhood of Fort Worth.

Midcentury Modern Homes Allow for Freedom in Design and Decor

From the front, this midcentury modern home, built in 1966, has a facade  of painted brick and slate. It appears to be another hip-and-happening midcentury modern in an area that has become “The Neighborhood” for the architectural style.

But wait … there’s more!  Open the bright yellow front door and prepare to be astounded.

MCM homes allow for so much designer freedom!

The bright yellow door of the midcentury modern home at 1430 Clayton Road E. is the perfect portal to many surprises

The owners of the home have preserved the unique essense of the midcentury style both in building materials and in decorations.  Large 4-foot-by-4-foot terrazzo squares cover the floors of all living spaces.  The original kitchen cabinetry has remained and is intermingled with an updated kitchen island — the perfect gathering spot for this home.

Throughout the years 4013 Clayton has been updated but the MCM flair and uniqueness still remains

From a birds-eye view of the home, the living space is U-shaped.  The “U” in the living spaces .. .living, kitchen, media room, three bedrooms and two-and-one-half bathrooms.  It’s what’s INSIDE the U-shape that will blow you away.

Green Thumb Not Required

Surrounded by the home is an amazing indoor atrium!  When I say amazing, I mean it is like living in the forest!

Owners say atrium is very easy to maintain

The palm tree in 4013 Clayton has been there since home was built in 1966

I was not expecting an atrium of palm trees, ferns, flowering plants inside this home when I went to preview this home.  Upon entering the living area, I turned around and, “WHOA!”  there it was.

The original owners of the home in 1966 designed the completely enclosed indoor atrium and many of the original plants are still there…just a little bit bigger now.

It could be snowing outside - and you can hang in your climate controlled atrium

Large sliding doors on two sides of the indoor atrium create a wonderful flow to this home

The current owners are self-declared, “non-green thumb people”, but have never used a professional gardener for maintenance.  The plants are hearty, easy to manage and all they need is a little water from time-to-time.

The atrium has a large fan and ventilation system so the space is not humid or hot, which allows the sliding glass doors that surround it to be opened and accessed regularly during gatherings and events.

Translucent sliding doors in all bedrooms allow for privacy when closed and atrium views when opened

Rooms With A View

All bedrooms in this midcentury modern home have translucent sliding doors that, when opened, have views of the indoor vegetation.

A home like this in California would be millions and millions of dollars.  In Fort Worth, 4013 Clayton Road E. can be yours for only $515,000!  It is listed by the great Katie Roberts of Virginia Cook Realtors.

If you desire uniqueness and a home with Wow Factor…scurry on down to 4013 Clayton Road and bring your go-go boots and lava lamp!

Well that’s all from Tarrant County this week Dirty Readers.  Thanks for reading and following and sharing!  As always, if you have questions, comments or great ideas for a blog…hit me up!

Seth Fowler is a licensed Real Estate Sales Professional for Williams Trew Real Estate in Fort Worth, TX.  Statements and opinions are his and his alone.  Seth has been involved with the home sales and real estate industry in the Fort Worth area since 2004.  He and his family have lived in the area for over 15  years.  Seth also loves bowties!  You can reach Seth at: 817.980.6636 or seth.fowler@williamstrew.com.