Retro Beauty With Low-Key Livable Luxury on Monticello’s Best-Preserved Street

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Virginia Place Monticello

This week’s Fort Worth Friday is about as good as it gets. The listing is only days old and interest is robust. That isn’t surprising given that this is one of the loveliest properties to come to market lately.

Add to that, Monticello is one of the Westside’s best neighborhoods and this home is a great address on one of Monticello’s best-preserved streets.

The impeccably manicured lawn and exquisitely executed semicircular box hedges foreshadow the orderly disciplined decor behind the welcoming robin’s egg blue door. That lovely hue is an ethereal motif that threads throughout the house from the front door through the living room, to the kitchen.

And that living room. Scrumptious. Doesn’t it look as if were plucked straight from the cover of House Beautiful circa 1965? The floral above the chimneypiece is pure perfection.

Virginia Place Monticello

Color and decor are so tightly controlled by gifted designer/owner Michelle Moncrief in such an unabashedly retro way that the effect is novel bordering on the surreal. Green, blue, white. Take in the flounces in the pelmet of the taffeta curtains and chintz sofa pillows

Virginia Place Monticello
Virginia Place Monticello

Built in 1930, the residence has a traditional center hall plan with all four bedrooms on the second floor.

Don’t be deceived by the very human proportions of these rooms. There is more than 6,000 square feet of living space in the four-bedroom, four-and-two-half-bath house.

Virginia Place
Virginia Place

The eat-in kitchen is essentially a broad galley with Carrara marble counter tops. That soothing robin’s egg blue reappears in the backsplash, over the six burner cook top and the kitchen island with a large farm house sink.

The principal bedroom is a lavish suite that easily accommodates a king-size bed, multiple seating areas, and built-in storage. Located at the back of the house, the two windows overlook the pool and garden.

Soft celadon green seen on the ground floor makes a reappearance in the second floor living area with a wet bar and wine fridge. Special extras, not seen in the photography, include an elevator, laundry on both floors and two fireplaces.

The back garden is an outdoor Arcadia composed of leafy arbors, an organically contoured pool, cabana/guest house, and an adorable playhouse. There are three parking spaces and another property feature —a convenient drive-through from Virginia Place to Westview.

Martha Williams of Williams Trew Real Estate is offering 300 Virginia Place in Monticello for $1.65 million.


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. Rabbi Hedda LaCasa says

    This Monticello Georgian revival home with dual and triple exposure rooms is beautiful, and Ms. Moncrief designed a harmonious, hospitable, and livable residence. My decorating choices might differ; all the same, I adore academic and traditional design, and furthermore admire the owner’s personalized use of pattern, scale, and color repetition.

    Mr. Prokesh and I diverge: Multiple seating bedroom arrangements were for French royals, who received morning tributes in their chambers, and Madame Helena Rubinstein, who convened morning staff meetings in her Park Avenue, triplex-penthouse bedroom. Multiple seatings in current bedrooms encourage liveliness countering quietudes conducive for reading, intimacy, and sleep. Feng shui friendly bedrooms limit seating to pairs of upholstered chairs and possible third chairs if furnishings include contemplative writing desks.

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