Blissful Berkley Place Villa on Pembroke Drive

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Pembroke Drive

I admit I have a bias towards older houses, as charm and architectural literacy is so often lacking in new construction. And this exquisite 1923 vintage mini-villa in Berkley Place is a stellar exemplar of abiding heirloom excellence.

Observe how the narrow French doors appear to press the triple arched central bay forward. Or the symmetrically disposed windows and doors that follow the architectural maxim of mass over mass, void over void. Add in thick stucco walls and red tile roof in the Texas Mediterranean idiom, and I’m totally smitten.

Pembroke Drive

And, apparently I’m not alone. This house went out on MLS Monday and by end of day on Tuesday had multiple offers and is now under active contract.

This is, in fact, the home of League Real Estate star Carley Moore who was drawn into the business when she sold her first house as a For Sale by Owner.

Pembroke Drive

Carley inherited some useful updates such as a spacious master bath gained by enclosing a second-floor terrace. Everything else is the result of Moore’s efforts. Inside one experiences a sense of abundant flowing space. The 3,000-square-foot, three-bedroom, three-bath residence rambles over three levels.

Pembroke Drive
Pembroke Drive

The living room, painted in a cool cocktail onion gray, is large enough for multiple seating groups. The gas fireplace retains the original 1920s-era tiles. Space has been opened here and there without losing the pleasing proportions of the interior. The kitchen overlooks the dining room — a useful vantage for keeping an eye on the kids.

Pembroke Drive
Pembroke Drive

The renovated kitchen sports stainless Jenn-Air oven, warming drawer, and microwave oven, which can do double duty as a second conventional oven. There is a gas cooktop and wine fridge as well. The white-on-white color scheme is achieved with abundant painted cabinetry, subway tile, and quartz countertops. The adjacent breakfast area has a glazed door overlooking the backyard deck. The counter with a small sink could serve as a bar/coffee bar.

Pembroke Drive

The principal bedroom suite is composed of a dressing area with built-in cabinets and a second full laundry area opening up to a spacious en-suite bath. 

Not counted in the stated square footage is nearly 500 square feet of finished basement with a gas fireplace. This space has nearly limitless potential as a second living area, an additional bedroom, entertaining area, or home gym.

At back is a raised deck. Parking at back is accessed from an electric door. The covered parking area has been finished out with a beadboard ceiling with recessed lighting and a ceiling fan for use as an additional outdoor entertainment area. And there are the Berkley extras that you don’t immediately notice like the fine rock masonry walls grown nobly mossy with time.

Carley Moore of League Real Estate has listed 2012 Pembroke Drive for $839,000.


Eric Prokesh

Eric Prokesh is an interior designer whose work has appeared on HGTV, in books and publications including DHome, Southern Accents, House Beautiful, and House and Garden. In January 2005, HG named Eric one of the 50 tastemakers in America and DHome 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.

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  1. FestinaLente says

    I share that bias as well. When looking for a home in the Metroplex a few years back, saw some old homes built by the original owner for their own family, e.g. a Sears catalog home. That in and of itself speaks to attention to detail and good craftsmanship: the owner would’ve wanted nothing but the best for his own family. One of the two independent structural engineers I hired to inspect my late 1920s house said he specifically waited till a Sears home was on the market to purchase and expand for his family. I’m sure new builds can be fine, but it’ll always be a venerable old house that I’ll call home.

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