If a choice location in Westover Hills with eighth hole golf course views is on your wish list, then this Sunday’s open house at 1200 Shady Oaks Lane should be on your not-to-be-missed list.
The Jack Schutts-designed house has acquired the patina of gentility in the 27 years since it was built. We’ve featured the work of architect Jack Schutts, father of Fort Worth real estate royalty, Martha Williams, before. Here, Schutts softly and subtly speaks the vocabulary of classical architecture. The peaked façade of the main bay has a centrally placed Palladian motif window with quoins bookending the edges.
The Palladian theme is reiterated in the graceful barrel-vaulted entry reached by an arched, double-curved flight of stairs creating one of the loveliest residential approaches in Fort Worth.
The discreet exterior masks a lavish interior with nearly 6,500 square feet of living space. The entry features a fine limestone floor with proud corinthian columns — architectural salvage — framing the living room.
Also unique to the house is the warm and stately paneling in the library, an antique import from Europe.
The dining room is perfectly placed and finely proportioned. The entry to the butler’s pantry dramatically soars to the ceiling cornice. Walls are a rich Williamsburg Blue.
The high standards of the home’s millwork and architectural details are maintained in the abundant kitchen cabinetry. The kitchen features built-in double ovens, microwave, two warming drawers, and a large double sink set into a granite-topped peninsula.
The 25-foot by 17-foot, ground-floor master bedroom has a fireplace and is part of an extensive suite, which includes a bathroom, separate closets, and coffee bar. One closet/dressing room is easily the size of a bedroom. The turquoise-tiled bath has a charming, cheerful, vintage appeal.
The remaining two bedrooms are on the second level. There are, in all, four full baths and two half baths.
The large backyard has sweeping views of the Shady Oaks Country Club golf course. There are two parking spaces in the garage, discreetly located in the front. Like many luxury properties, 1200 Shady Oaks Lane has been selling slowly with the price having been reduced $400,000.00 since it was listed nine months ago. Priced at $324.00 per square foot, it’s still 16% over the average for Westover Hills. However premium pricing may be justified by the prime golf course location, exquisite architecture and luxurious finishes. This special property comes with a badge for good taste awarded to the discriminating buyer.
Martha Williams of Williams Trew is offering 1200 Shady Oaks Lane for $2.1 million. The house will be open for viewing Sunday, April 28, from 2 to 4 p.m.
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, HGTV 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.