Shady Oaks

If a choice location in Westover Hills with eighth hole golf course views is on your wish list, then this Sunday’s open house at 1200 Shady Oaks Lane should be on your not-to-be-missed list.

The Jack Schutts-designed house has acquired the patina of gentility in the 27 years since it was built. We’ve featured the work of architect Jack Schutts, father of Fort Worth real estate royalty, Martha Williams, before. Here, Schutts softly and subtly speaks the vocabulary of classical architecture. The peaked façade of the main bay has a centrally placed Palladian motif window with quoins bookending the edges.

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Westover Terrace

About as blue blood as Fort Worth gets, 51 Westover Terrace offers a prestigious address and a beautiful Mediterranean style villa reminiscent of old Hollywood. Approached by a graceful brick paved drive, embedded in lush landscape canopied with mature trees, the 1935 vintage residence has been added on to by successive owners giving the home an eccentrically pleasing flow. (more…)

Bishops Flower

After last week’s post in Park Hill, I was determined to find new construction that could rival the venerable Winton Terrace grand dame for classical style and pleasing proportions. My first impulse was to look in Riverhills, a new development in Edwards Ranch that a classic house lover can embrace. Choice listings here are thin on the ground, so I was pleased to find a balanced beauty on the charmingly monikered street at 3820 Bishop’s Flower.

I had to look the unlikely name up. If you don’t know, bishop’s flower is a lovely, simple, white bloom used in cut flower arrangements. It grows in the Western United States. Lovely, simple, white, only begins to describe the appeal of this listing, too. Symmetrical quoined bays frame the receding center block capped by a lantern. (more…)

Close to Fort Worth and in the Aledo school district is one of the most luxurious and versatile properties I’ve ever seen, Kipling Lear Farm. In addition to three incredible residences and a pool house, there’s a beautifully appointed 20-stall barn and covered arena with an enclosed viewing gallery and catering kitchen for entertaining.  

Previously the home of champion race horses and Iberian dressage horses, the 135-acre working farm is ideal for horses of any discipline and their owners who want to ride in style. The grassy fields and pastures slope gently toward the banks of the South Bear Creek, and wooded areas are full of mature pecan and century-old oak trees. White tail deer, wild turkey, foxes, quail, owls, and other birds call the farm home, too. This property is a rare opportunity to enjoy an oasis of natural beauty just 30 miles from Fort Worth. 

“Kipling Lear Farm was purchased by the current owners in 2006, who embarked on an extensive remodel of the existing buildings, as well as adding new ones, between 2009 and 2016,” said listing agent Martha Williams with Williams Trew. “This is country living at its finest, with native wildlife, woodlands, an orchard, and a main house with a genteel and welcoming front porch from which you can enjoy the views.” 

Taking full advantage of the surrounding views, the home has multiple outdoor living spaces, like the back of the home with a kitchen patio, courtyard, outdoor fireplace, and flagstone steps leading to a creekside fire pit below. That is living! And it’s just one small example of the thoughtful, gracious spaces throughout Kipling Lear Farm. 

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2108 Bradford Park Court part of 7-home gated enclave surrounding a central park. (photos: Trey Freeze Media)

Have you ever dreamed of living the Santa Barbara lifestyle like the film stars Cary Grant or Jane Mansfield?

It’s okay to admit it … I do, too.

I love watching old black-and-white movies and seeing the lavish homes, hotels, and landscapes of California in the Film Noir era. The main things that always stood out to me in those films or photos were how everything seemed to be centered around an interior courtyard or pool, and had wonderful inside-outside living spaces.

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I could spend a summer sitting on this deck and be just fine!

Summer is for Eagle Mountain Lake living (photos: Trey Freeze Media)

When you think of summertime, what do comes to mind? Great films such as Summer Rental, Summer School , Dirty Dancingand of course the legendary Michael J. Fox made-for-TV movie, Poison Ivy. Great songs like Summertime by Ella Fitzgerald, Cruel Summer by Bananarama (I still have a crush on them!), and Wipeout and Surfin Safari by the Beach Boys.

Too bad they don’t make summer movies like they used to.

When it comes to homes in Tarrant County, where there is no beach, when you think of summer, you need to think of Eagle Mountain Lake!

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Have you heard that the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo is in town?  Starting Jan. 13 through Feb. 4, the Will Rogers Memorial Center in Fort Worth will be hustling and bustling with all sorts of stock show and rodeo activity.  Rides, games, animals, contests, funnel cake, interesting smells, and so much more will be enjoyed by people of all ages.

While enjoying the festivities, make sure to take two minutes and travel less than a mile to the new listing by Martha Williams of Williams Trew Real Estate — 5016 Byers Avenue.  This 3,100-square-foot home could be the perfect “city home” for those involved in events such as the stock show and rodeo.

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Merrymount

Many in Fort Worth have always referred to the stately house at 5800 Merrymount Road as “The White House,” though it looks more like Tara to me. The property, which just came on the market this week, straddles Westover and the city of Westover Hills, just behind the Westover Hills Police Station, though the estate has its own guard house. With its array of meticulously landscaped terraces and vistas, the grounds feel larger than their 2.5 acre spread. In fact, the estate once extended to over 7 acres.

Built in the 1920s and augmented over time, the home seems from another era. Indeed the house and its owners are both fixed in local legend and history. Guy Waggoner, scion of the legendary ranching family, built the original 3,500-square-foot structure. The F. Kirk Johnsons bought the house in the late 1930s and nearly doubled the square footage, adding the pool and poolhouse. The exact square footage of the vast, six-bedroom , six-and-one-half-bath house is not precisely known.

For nearly 50 years, the Holt Hickmans have owned the property. In 1964, Holt purchased the automotive air-conditioning division of Leonard’s Department Store and founded Lone Star Manufacturing Co. Lone Star became the world’s largest automotive HVAC system company, servicing customers such as Chrysler, Isuzu, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Subaru, Volvo, KMart, Target, and Montgomery Ward. A gifted entrepreneur, he would eventually found 70 companies. Mr. Hickman was major benefactor in Fort Worth, which he called “the center of the universe.” Honored for his extensive philanthropy, which included substantial gifts to SMU, his alma mater, he would serve on the board of the Fort Worth Convention and Visitors Bureau and spearhead efforts to improve and rejuvenate the Fort Worth Stockyards. (more…)