I’ve searched for a flaw in the two-week-old listing at 2721 Manorwood Trail in the optimally located Villages at Stonegate, but can’t find one. This pristine 3,300-square-foot, five-bedroom, four-bath house built in 1997 has been so deftly remodeled that it looks brand new. And yet the style is timeless. Smart and stylish, framed by large mature trees, you could be forgiven for mistaking this classic two story for a vintage beauty in Colonial Hills or Crestwood.
Inside the classic ambiance is sustained. Symmetry, beautiful millwork and rich oak hardwood floors give the residence substance. I love the contrasting ebonized bannister — another time-honored touch.
Some listings benefit — indeed require — an owner move-out and a re-stage for sale. Not here. Relaxed, elegant furnishings, perfectly placed, show the house to its best advantage. Ice blue silk curtains dress the windows. Loose slipcovers resting on summer sisal evoke the relaxed chic of Hamptons.
The kitchen is beautifully finished out with white marble countertops and subway tiles that run to the ceiling. Fashionable open shelves float over the sink base and steel appliances look like a new idea set into cabinets of deep cobalt blue. Many will covet the six-burner gas cooktop. The kitchen gives on to a breakfast area drenched with light.
The back rooms take advantage of the pool views. Above a corridor with chevron patterned oak floor leads to a secondary informal living area. Take note: simplicity = elegance. The family room reprises the soft slipcovered look of the formal living room. White slipcovered chairs and white curtains are punctuated with pink pillows. In this near monochrome, the rich butterscotch wood of the chest is a standout, as is the greenery indoors, and out.
There is a guest bedroom suite on the first level. The master suite and three remaining bedrooms are upstairs.
A landscaped backyard features a rectangular pool with a waterfall, hot tub, outdoor shower, and organic garden. And then there is the location. The Villages of Stonegate is conveniently situated just west of Tanglewood, bordered by Overton Woods with access to Tanglewood schools.
Todays Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports that Fort Worth’s growth jumped last year from 15th to lucky 13th in a survey of largest cities in the U.S. — ahead of Colombus and San Francisco. There is no better proof of this boom than the price history of this property in the last 10 years reflecting the success of the community and continued strong demand.
Robert Karman of Canvas Real Estate has price 2721 Manorwood Trail at $874,500.
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.