For centuries, fireplaces were used only to heat rooms or cook food. Then in the 12th century, homebuilders moved the fireplace from the room's center to a wall. That created the chance to design lavish and ornate wood and stone surrounds and mantels, mostly for castles and homes of the wealthy.
In modern residences, such as a Tudor-styled estate home in Fort Worth's sought-after Crestwood neighborhood, beautiful fireplaces add grandeur and romance to rooms. The six-bedroom home at 413 Crestwood Drive has three fireplaces with exquisitely carved mantels and surrounds. The largest is in the living room beneath a multi-light crystal chandelier. A second is in the family room complementing a wood-beam ceiling. And the third highlights a wood-paneled library.
On more than an acre, the almost 8,000-square-foot home is being offered by John Zimmerman for $3,299,000.
Near the city's world-class museum district, the majestic two-store home has a stone façade with a steeply pitched roofline. Inside it is a work of art with hand-carved wooden front door, sweeping staircases and wood flooring.
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For the accomplished cook, the well-equipped kitchen has a Carrara-marble backsplash, stainless steel appliances, a large island and custom cabinetry. A wine room near the formal dining room is perfect for entertaining.
Relax in the private master suite with a sitting room inside a bay window. Double doors open to a huge balcony. The marble bath is the epitome of luxury with a jetted tub, steam shower, dual vanities and custom-designed walk-in closets.
Oversized bedrooms have spa-quality baths. A large billiards room has custom built-ins and a sound system with plenty of square footage to make it a media room.
In a large, heavily treed backyard is a multi-use sport court. Two stunning wrap-around terraces have great views.
President and CEO Robbie Briggs independently owns and operates Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty. Briggsfreeman.com.