The Good Life on Brants Lane in Ridglea Hills

 

Brants Lane

Brants Lane — across from Luther Lake and within walking distance to Ridglea Hills Country Club — is sited in such a choice location in Ridglea Hills that more than a few of its residents are the second generation of the original owners. Built in 1954, 6720 Brants Lane is loaded with 3,590 square feet of midcentury, high-style panache, and has been given a stunning, stylish makeover by Fort Worth Friday friend Terri West.

Brants Lane

Brants Lane

The singular floor plan is foreshadowed by the oblique wings to the left at front. This establishes a unique, interesting flow and flexibility, with rooms capable of multiple adaptations.

“This wasn’t so much a remodel as a clean-up and rework,” says Terri West. “A lot of deferred infrastructure was dealt with, like new HVAC, electrical work, new energy-efficient windows, resurfacing the pool — you know, the boring but expensive stuff you don’t see.”

Brants Lane

West has engaged a first-class team to show this midcentury beauty off to its best advantage. Our favorite stager, Tina McMackin, has orchestrated an interior space of elegance and clean simplicity. Landscaping was managed by Jennifer Renta.

Brants Lane

Among the “expensive stuff” West shouldered was an update and renovation of the kitchens and the house’s three-and-one-half baths. Cabinetry and surfaces shimmer with a subtle silvery oyster, and 18-inch-tall glass tiles seamlessly reach cabinet height. Counter tops are quartz. The appliances are brand new GE stainless. The brick paver floors are original but the hardwood floors have been lightened.

Brants Lane

Brants Lane

The family room lies at the end of a zig-zag enfilade. An additional window was added to create a a wall of glass. Among the “clean ups” was the removal of colonial trim out of sync with the house’s modern vibe.

Brants Lane

Brants Lane

All three bedrooms are connected by one long corridor in the left wing of the house. The master suite is at the end, which places it at the front of the house. Terri West borrowed from wasted space to create a proper master bath with a closet of contemporary dimensions.

Brants Lane

Brants Lane

The large gallery room was once the garage enclosed to create a playroom for the former owners children. The step-down adds height to the room. What appears to be polished concrete floors is actually over-scale tiles. I’m starting to tire of rusticated barn doors. Here, their space saving quality is exploited with modern flair.

Brants Lane

Brants Lane

Cocktails by the pool anyone? OK, the desert mountains are missing, but the ambiance is definitely Palm Springs, low-key glam. Parking is on the driveway but there is space for a porte cochere for covered parking in front.

Tracy Pritchard of Keller Williams Fort Worth has priced 6720 Brants Lane at $745,000.


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.