After last week’s post in Park Hill, I was determined to find new construction that could rival the venerable Winton Terrace grand dame for classical style and pleasing proportions. My first impulse was to look in Riverhills, a new development in Edwards Ranch that a classic house lover can embrace. Choice listings here are thin on the ground, so I was pleased to find a balanced beauty on the charmingly monikered street at 3820 Bishop’s Flower.
I had to look the unlikely name up. If you don’t know, bishop’s flower is a lovely, simple, white bloom used in cut flower arrangements. It grows in the Western United States. Lovely, simple, white, only begins to describe the appeal of this listing, too. Symmetrical quoined bays frame the receding center block capped by a lantern.
This 4,600 square-foot residence was a complete custom job executed by HGC, a Fort Worth builder that gets it and gets it right. Take in the sweep of the staircase in the front hall. And looking up reveals an architectural tour de force. The ceiling graduates from an oval, echoing the shape of the winding stairs, up to a larger octagon from which springs the smaller octagon of the illuminating lantern crowning the space.
Rich cobalt lacquered cabinets make the front office off the hall a stunning stand-out.
The kitchen features quartzite counters, farm house sink, generous cabinetry and commercial grade appliances. It anchors a large informal living area. The great room is illuminated by a wall of french doors with clearstory windows above.
A back stairway is a handy bonus. Vignettes of bold color thread throughout the residence. Floors are oak. No tedious, Ye Olde, handscrape ubiquitous in some McMansion neighborhoods we could name.
The master bedroom suite lies off a corridor from the family room on the ground floor. The master bath contains twin sinks, a soaking tub, walk-in shower, and custom closet system.
Upstairs there are three additional bedrooms and two full baths. There is, in addition, a bonus living area currently being used as a game room.
Outdoor living includes a fireplace and built in grill under a covered columned porch. It is augmented by a view of protected green space with bluff views.
Only three years old, the classic should wear well in years to come. And of course, a Riverhills address gives access to Tanglewood schools.
Martha Williams of Williams Trew is offering 3820 Bishop’s Flower at $1,399,000.00
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. His own home on historic Elizabeth Boulevard has been featured in 360 West.