3601 Wentwood extI came across 3601 Wentwood recently and think it is the best back-to-school tribute we could offer. Why? Take a look at this huge master bath. It has a fainting couch, a huge shower, a soaking tub, and plenty of room to install the coffee and martini/margarita bar I have planned for it. Seriously, can you think of a better place for a built in margarita machine than the master bath? I imagine every mommy in town today would kill for a place like this to hide in the second the kids leave for carpool!

This home is in University Park, just south of Northwest Highway, corner of Wentwood and Thackery. NorthPark is a hop, skip and a jump. Originally designed by Larry Boerder and built in 1985, 3701 Wentworth oldyou would never know it after a recent renovation by Nickey Oates that included the floorplan. The home basically looks as if it were built last year. Listed with Gianna Cerullo of Dave Perry-Miller for $2,695,000.

3601 Wentwood foyer 3601 Wentwood study 3601 Wentwood LR 3601 Wentwood DR 3601 Wentwood powderA whopping 6859 square feet, Wentwood has five bedrooms, seven full baths plus one half bath. There is also a two car garage and beautiful landscaping. The entry features a two story ceiling and curved wrought iron staircase, drawing you into the formals: a paneled study with a recessed domed ceiling, a living room anchored by a marble fireplace and a formal dining room. All the bedrooms are upstairs with en suite bathrooms. A third floor game room could be a bedroom, guest space or nanny quarters as it has a full bath and closet. The kitchen is brand new with high end appliances, a center island, and tons of storage. Walls of French doors lead to a stone patio and landscaped backyard.3601 Wentwood kit1 3601 Wentwood bfast 3601 wentwood FR 3601 Wentwood bar

The second floor master bedroom features a fireplace, built-in cabinetry and a private patio. But it’s the master bath that has our heart: his and her vanities, a huge walk in closet, a luxurious marble shower with skylight and a soaking tub. You can be in that tub at 8:45 a.m. and not emerge ’till afternoon carpool… 3601 Wentwood master 3601 Wentwood closet 3601 Wentwood master bath 3601 Wentwood master bath 2

So… where would YOU put the margarita machine?

I have this theory about red-brick, Ivy League-looking houses: they make you smarter. We really should do an IQ test of children raised in red-brick Georgians with ivy-covered brick: my bet is they would have higher TAG scores and better SATs than kids reared in ranches or mid-century moderns. For one thing, the clean-lined life does not lend itself well to books and reading materials scattered about — sleek living is intellectually lean living — agree or disagree?

Just teasin’. About sleek living being intellectually lean.

But I do think 3821 Wentwood could help shape children to study while en route to Harvard, and it will darn sure help you finance the education: at $244.55 a square foot, this home is a huge bargain. You get (ALMOST) a quarter acre lot in University Park, 5230 square feet, five bedrooms, four and a half baths, three living areas, hardwood floors, great open spaces, solid bones and a great floor plan. Gonna be honest: I’d make the kitchen tile floors go bye bye, they are way too hard to stand on and drop a dish, kiss it goodbye. This kitchen could be updated. We are talking surfaces, pure surfaces. I’d bring the wood floors into the kitchen and blend. Appliances are newer, and the cabinets look great. The rest of the house is as classic as it gets, and the yard even has room for a pool or outdoor kitchen. Laundry is upstairs with sink, and the fifth bedroom can be for guests or a gameroom.

And for $1,279,000 you are in Highland Park Schools and Hyer Elementary is walking distance. Leave It To Beaver Goes to Harvard — that’s 3821 Wentwood.