Looking for value and style in a great location a mere five minutes from downtown Fort Worth? You might find your solution in Scenic Village.
Developed in the mid ’90s, the community is just east of town and just south of one of our favorite, charming old neighborhoods, Oakhurst, and is a subdivision within the appositely named Scenic Bluff.
Already blessed with mature live oak trees, 25 years have allowed landscaping to mature and ivy to ascend the stone walls of 1012 Brae Court North, lending a patina of gentility. Its proximity to town and the long-awaited Panther Island development should add up to great appreciation potential.
The quality of the finish out of the 3,600-square-foot, four-bedroom, four-and-one-half-bath residence is unequivocally impressive. Entering through an imposing pair of metal-and-glass doors, one lands on elegant travertine floors looking up at a broad, sweeping, staircase with handsome wrought-iron banisters.
Floors throughout the rest of the ground floor are scraped (little dated perhaps) oak hardwood. In the living room, a trio of arched windows give glimpse to the verdant back garden. A stone chimney piece anchors the room’s center.
A formal dining room has kitchen access through the butler’s pantry complete with built-in wine cooler and attractive glazed cabinets. The eat-in kitchen would be outstanding in any of the upper echelon Westside neighborhoods, with its commercial-grade gas cooktop, cabinet faced Sub-Zero fridge/freezer, large built-in double ovens, dual sinks, and well-placed island.
The 250-square-foot master bedroom is located on the ground floor. My eye won’t stop going to the quirky and, to me, annoying tray ceiling punctuated with a fan. If it isn’t your cup of tea either, it’s a very simple dry wall fix. The master bath features dual sinks, a jetted tub, and a separate shower with body sprays.
Off landing rooms can often end up as unused space. Here this hybrid of office/den/television room is cozy and inviting and clearly enjoys plenty of use.
An upstairs balcony that runs along the back of the house is a perfect treetop perch for taking in the lovely views. More evidence of quality of detail is the admirable metalwork and hardscape. The sylvan back garden is practically maintenance free with no mow-able grass in sight and only Arcadian woods to be enjoyed.