Over the river and through the woods … to grandmothers’s house we go!
So we used to sing on the way to Thanksgiving dinner at my grandparents. The river was a branch of the Trinity near the zoo and the woods were the tall trees of Tanglewood, the first residential development carved out of Edwards Ranch. My grandfather built in the newly opened addition in 1960, doubling the depth of the foundation and halving the centers of the rebar, which has kept the house solid and crack free to this day.
Tanglewood has remained popular for many reasons. Tree-lined streets meander within the neighborhood with no traffic tempting through streets, keeping the area quiet and tranquil. Houses are set back from the street on deep lots. Those deep lots have induced some to tear down and rebuild.
In a way, and I hope I don’t get myself in trouble here, Tanglewood is one of the more Dallas-like neighborhoods in Fort Worth, resembling North Dallas from Royal Lane to Forest. Original, mostly single-story, ranch-style and true Midcentury Modern houses share the neighborhood with jazzier, larger new builds. Many houses have been extended or completely reworked. Then, of course, there is the draw of Tanglewood Elementary, fairly bursting at the seems.
A recently remodeled 3,000-square-foot, five-bedroom, three-bath house at 4208 Glenwood Drive is definitely not your grandmother’s Tanglewood home. The intact 1963 exterior looks discreet enough, but enter and experience a bold, family-friendly, open-concept plan. Living and dining rooms are delineated with broad framed openings, but uninterrupted site lines run from front to back.
Rustic white oak floors run throughout the public spaces. The color palette of white and oyster is subtle and consistent, maintaining a sophisticated uniformity to the plan. The living and dining rooms have been given a paneled dado with a traditional crown moulding.
A spacious secondary living area open to the kitchen, centers on a wood-burning fireplace. The kitchen boasts a large granite-topped island with a commercial faucet, a deep chef’s sink, gas range with a tidy concealed vent, and a built-in microwave. Light fixtures throughout are glam and up to date.
The garage space, formerly at the front of the house, has been captured to make a large master suite with cathedral ceilings. The master bath features a large shower stall with subway tile, granite countertops, and soft, white, marble hex tile floors.
With five bedrooms, the house has the luxury of flexibility of use. The above wainscoted room would easily adapt to office use.
The house also has a full laundry room and covered patio. Two covered parking spaces have been relocated to the back, accessed from a gated drive.
Joseph Berkes of The Berkes Group at Williams Trew is offering 4208 Glenwood Drive for $739,000.
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.