Winsome Monticello Manor on Virginia Place

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The U.S. Census Bureau says that more people are moving to Texas than any other state. Tracking population from 2016 to 2017, they found San Antonio to be the most populous with a population now of 1.5 million.

But guess what city was next in population growth in this state? Fort Worth.Other cities experiencing population gains, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, last year were Phoenix, Arizona, (24,000 population growth in 2017), Dallas, Texas, (18,900), Fort Worth, Texas, (18,700), Los Angeles (18,600) and  Seattle, Washington, (17,500). Look at that: nearly the same amount of people moved to Fort Worth as Dalla, just 200 shy. Fort Worth has now kicked out Indianapolis as the 15th most populous U.S. city. There is just so much to love about Fort Worth!

And there is so much to love about Monticello. Apart from its desirable west side location, near museums and minutes from town, there is a real sense of community evident in the frequently frequented Monticello Park at its northern edge.  On the downside, Monticello is one of the few neighborhoods in Fort Worth that has caught the Dallas disease Chronic Teardownitus. Some of the new builds are good neighbors and make an effort to respect their elders but one does encounter the occasional “Junior League Georgian”.

Virginia Place is one of the plum avenues in this desirable neighborhood, with its deep lots and mature trees. And the 1943 vintage Tudor at 106 Virginia Place embodies the best Monticello has to offer. The residence exudes charm and curb appeal from the brick inlayed driveway and winding walkway leading to the discreet front door, to the artfully asymmetrical, but balanced façade.

The sun-drenched interior is impeccable and pristine with hardwood floors running throughout on both floors. The living room of the 3,786 house centers on one of the two fireplaces. Behind French doors, opposite is a small study with the second fireplace. At the other end is a quarter turn staircase and arched opening to the large eat-in kitchen and informal living and dining areas.

I have never been fond of the “great room” moniker but if you must, it certainly applies to the multi-use, living/dining area overlooked from kitchen bound together by strong beams.  The kitchen is decked out with professional grade appliances, built-in ice maker and wine cooler. Countertops are a lovely verdant Brazilian granite. A large center island has an additional prep sink.

All four of the bedrooms and three of the three-and-one-half baths are on the second floor. The 300 square foot master bedroom easily accommodates a king size bed and sitting group.

The master bath has all of the spa trappings of a newly minted luxury high rise bath suite, including a jetted soaking tub, steam shower, twin vanities and two large closets.  A rich mix of marbles completes the spa ambience.

The spacious backyard is overlooked by a covered patio with an attached grill. Weathered wood siding reminiscent of the Hamptons adds additional and unexpected appeal.

John Zimmerman of Briggs Freeman Sothebys is offering 106 Virginia Place for $949,000.00

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.

 

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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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