Located in Colonial Hills with views of TCU, 2924 Alton Road demonstrates that new construction need not necessarily mean sacrificing charm and character. With a nice setback from the street and appealing landscaping, the house is approached from a circular drive that leads to a graceful flight of brick stairs.
Enter and experience infatuation turning into the real deal. All of the custom features — the floors of antique brick, custom wood paneling, and quality millwork come together to create an environment of rustic refinement. Is the style an imagined Texas historical vernacular from an imagined past?
The russet dining room certainly doesn’t lack grandeur. The entrance to the left of the vestibule is supported by a raw wood beam. The real action is at the back of the house. The discreet symmetrical facade and studied simplicity of the decor doesn’t prepare you for the over 6000 feet of living space, spread over three floors.
“Open Concept” for me, generally, is like nails on a chalkboard. Here it feels like a sprawling suite of well-balanced, well-managed space. The kitchen gives onto an informal dining area and on through a living area with an imposing stone fireplace-one of three in the five-bathroom, five-and-one-half-bath home. Floors are wide plank rift and quarter sawn oak.
The kitchen is unapologetically woody. The island is topped with luxurious walnut. Are you beginning to notice a theme? Low-key luxury would be an apposite description for 2924 Alton Road. The range is a power Thermador number with an impressive range hood. Why does a kitchen gain street cred with a brick wall with hanging pans on it? La Madeleine, perhaps? Here it looks at home and natural.
“Laundry Command and Control Center” is a better way to describe the laundry room. The listing touts the possibilities for entertaining in this house. Fair enough. But what size family and what laundry situation couldn’t be deftly managed here?
The master bedroom suite is on the first floor and has heated floors. The master bathroom sports a soaking tub & separate shower — part of an enfilade and comes to a crescendo with spacious, walk-in closets with islands. It’s all punctuated by a built-in dressing table with a pier mirror and chandelier.
Each of the four bedrooms has a devoted en suite bath. And the third floor with dormer windows? Safe room and storage with abundant built-ins.
French doors lead from the living room to the outside living space replete with fireplace, grill, automatic screen, gas fireplace, and an air cooling system. No that isn’t a pool, it’s a fancy, over scaled, salt water hot tub.
That looks like nearly two cords of wood — an indispensable inventory for a house with three fireplaces. Keep a rake and a shop vac handy, because that’s turf. There is are unfinished guest quarters over the detached garage. An added sweetener is access to Tanglewood Middle School.
Jackie Prowse of Williams Trew is listing 2924 Alton Road for $2.795 million.
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.