John Staub-inspired estate located within the luxury enclave of Rivercrest in Fort Worth, Texas, offered at US$4,950,000
Grand Georgian Colonial manor captures uninterrupted treetop views of the lush Trinity River Basin below, providing an oasis of calm just minutes from downtown
New York, New York (November 16, 2020) — Renowned architect John Staub left his largest footprint in Texas. Mr. Staub was dispatched to Houston by his New York City firm in the 1920s to meet the demands for new luxury homes brought on by the oil boom and the opening of the city’s shipping channel.
When the current owners of this Fort Worth estate purchased their hilltop lot, the intent was to capture Mr. Staub’s signature style of integrating location into the built structure along with an understated yet gracious style of living reminiscent of the 1930s. The result, with the home’s abundance of modern conveniences, is an artful combination of old and new.
The estate, spanning more than 9,000 square feet with five bedrooms and six-and-one-half baths is represented by Margaret Coulborn and Pete Coulborn of ULTERRE, with international marketing services provided by Christie’s International Real Estate.
Said Kate Mannix of Christie’s International Real Estate: “The estate, completed in 2005, projects historic permanence while the construction and amenities are state of the art. The home was specifically designed to take full advantage of the endless treetop views, a rarity in an urban setting.”
To accomplish this, the owners reinforced the steep building site with fill and three tiers of terracing. A wide porch, enhanced by two-story Georgian columns, spans the back of the home. There is also a large infinity pool on the two-acre site, poised to further enjoy the expansive vistas.
Manicured gardens introduce the estate and its stunning entry, also appointed with Georgian columns. Upon entering the home, the foyer features a majestic winding staircase designed so as not to distract from the two-story arched windows beyond, again capturing the bucolic views. The interiors are rich with crown moldings, dentils, vaulted ceilings and arched hallways, adding to its historic elegance.
The entry is flanked by the formal living and dining rooms. The living room features a fireplace mantle inspired by the mantle in Mr. Staub’s most famous design, Houston’s Bayou Bend. That home was commissioned by oil heiress Ima Hogg and since donated to the Museum of Fine Art to display one of the world’s largest collections of American furnishings and paintings. The flow of the public rooms is ideal for entertaining, with both perfectly positioned to capture the expansive woodland views.
The eat-in kitchen is equipped with high-end appliances, including a Wolf Range with a stove hood custom designed to align with the home’s historic theme, counter seating plus a casual dining area that opens to the terrace. The family room is paneled in honey-colored pine and warmed by a fireplace. Outdoors are a kitchen with fireplace and ample space for alfresco entertaining. The home also boasts an elevator serving all three floors, a refrigerated wine cellar that holds some 1,500 bottles and a four-car garage.
The second-floor primary suite includes a sitting room with a fireplace, an oversized closet, two luxury bathrooms and an oval-shaped balcony to take full advantage of the magnificent views. The second level has three additional bedrooms, two with balconies. The fifth bedroom is located on the first floor.
On the third level is a large living area with an office and another balcony, the home’s largest and extending over the porch below and affording uninterrupted views.
Said Ms. Coulborn: “The property is the best of both worlds. It is an elegant oasis of calm and seclusion while the vibrancy of Fort Worth is minutes away.”
Fort Worth remains a market to watch, with steady relocations and prices rising. Offering a bustling downtown, as well as other vibrant areas both new and historic, Fort Worth offers local cuisine and eclectic shopping, as well as fine dining and world-class shopping. The city is home to the Cultural District, which includes The Modern, The Kimbell, and The Amon Carter Museum. Rich in culture, Fort Worth is home to a world-class symphonic orchestra, as well as home to the famous stock show and rodeo. The city is connected by an extensive and intertwining park system, complete with gardens, and miles of river trails.
About Christie’s International Real Estate
Christie’s International Real Estate has successfully marketed high-value real estate around the world for more than 30 years. Through its New York City brokerage and invitation-only Affiliate network spanning 48 countries and territories, Christie’s International Real Estate offers incomparable services to a global clientele at the luxury end of the residential property market. The company has offices in London, New York City, Hong Kong, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Palm Beach, and its affiliated brokerages have recorded approximately US$500 billion of real estate transactions over the last five years. (Data as of September 30, 2020.) For additional information, please visit christiesrealestate.com.
ULTERRE has been serving the Dallas/Fort Worth luxury market since 2017 and has quickly become a leader serving residential and commercial clients across the North Texas area. For additional information, please visit ulterre.com.