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November 19, 2017

Won’t You Be My Neighbor – Fort Worth, Texas

By Eartha Kitsch

 

Hey y’all! I’m going to be filling in for a couple of weeks and am looking forward to showcasing some fun vintage listings for you. This week’s offering is a beautiful Eastern-inspired, modern home that I find super interesting. After a little research, I found that the late owners are pretty fascinating as well! Let’s dive in!

This home is located at 6000 Merrymount Road in Fort Worth, Texas. It was built in 1966 and is approximately  4,294 square feet. It has 4 bedrooms and 3 baths and is priced at $1,295,000. It is listed by Martha Williams with Willams Trew.

The listing description includes:

All living areas are on the first floor with high ceilings, terrazzo floors, very open floor plan. Great corner location! Home also has a basement with storage and a garage. Plenty of room for yard and pool. Large master suite, two other bedrooms with bath.

The listing also mentions “renovation” and “build the home of your dreams” but as always with these vintage homes, my hope is that someone will purchase it and lovingly restore and keep it safe.

Here you’ll see the beautiful entries and foyer:

 

Look at this soaring common area:

 

The Kitchen:

 

 

Two of the Bedrooms:

 

Two of the Bathrooms:

 

You must see this this stunning stairwell to the basement:

Don’t you just love the carpeting? I’m dying to see what else is down there!

 

 

Here you can see some of the exterior and yard:

 

See this aerial view to understand more of the layout of the home:

 

The architecture reminds me of pagodas. They’re removed now but an old Google photo shows that the home used to have pretty matching landscaping up against both of the side extensions of the home.  I think they were so appropriate and pretty:

You can easily tell that his home was designed to reflect the owners’ international travel influences. When I was researching the history of the home, I learned that it’s only been owned by one couple. They were Jack and Jean Tunstill. According to the obituaries, Jack was an oilman and his family was one of the first to discover oil in West Texas. He was a historian in the field of oil drilling and wrote a book about it, giving the proceeds to help abused children. I love picturing this snippet from his obituary:

If one were looking for Tunstill at lunch, he could always be found on the 40th floor of the Petroleum Club with the “Armadillo Posse.” This is a group of oilmen who spin their yarns and make deals over a table in the corner of the Men’s Grill.  A member of the Posse said, “Anything you wanted to know about Forth Worth history or Texas oilman, Jack could tell you.”

Jean is described in her obituary as “a gregarious and dynamic woman who loved Fort Worth” and “a lover of people and lived life to the fullest.” Her obituary goes on to say:

She had the gift of making every person she met feel loved, valued and appreciated. Beginning in her childhood, her love of animals played an important role in her life. She rode her horse, Patsy, to OLV, tying her in the chicken yard while attending school. Besides riding her own horses, she rode elephants in Thailand, watched performances of the white tigers in Las Vegas, and also took her grandchildren to the Fort Worth Zoo and Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo every year.”

Also interesting:

Tunstill and his wife Jean, traveled around the world for over 33 years. In 1977 they were honored by the government to travel to China with Pan Am, being one of the first groups admitted to China after World War II. They shared their experiences with many friends and organizations, giving lectures and showing slides. They returned to China again in 1987. They covered Europe, Asia and Africa, making friends wherever they went and bringing home many artifacts. Jack contended his favorite trips were to Austria, Switzerland, Russia, Cambodia and Africa. These trips were supplemented with cruises to Alaska, the South Pacific and Hawaii.

What a fascinating couple, right? I enjoyed being able to learn more about them while viewing this home. I wish that we all could have met them in person! The estate sale listing from earlier this year shows some of their beautiful collections and gives you some idea of how they lovingly decorated their rooms. The sale listing also happily noted that there would be colorful Mexican tops, beautiful evening gowns and to my joy, “some WILD men’s pants”. I love it. And okay, I wish that I could have been there!

What do you readers think of this property? Do you love it as much as I do when a homeowner’s interests are so strongly reflected in their home? After all, they do say, “The home is where the heart is!”

I’ll see you all again next Sunday for another bit of vintage home love!

 

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12 Responses to Won’t You Be My Neighbor – Fort Worth, Texas

  1. Melinda Reply

    November 19, 2017 at 7:47 am

    A unique property for sure. I love the terrazzo and the huge planter in the foyer.
    And thanks for pitching in Eartha Kitsch! Good to see you here.

  2. Dan Reply

    November 19, 2017 at 8:06 am

    A stunner, and obviously designed for entertaining on a vast scale. The second and third pics with those fabulous cabinets are not the kitchen, but a separate bar. You can see both kitchen and bar flanking the fireplace in the main living area; or is it a ballroom? Any ideas on the purpose of those round indentations in the bar sink? To hold bottles, perhaps? Certainly never seen anything like it. That green bedroom alone is about the floor area of my house.
    Thanks for the back story. A great house and a great piece of Fort Worth history.

    • Eartha Kitsch Reply

      November 21, 2017 at 9:32 am

      You’re right! It looks like the kitchen and bar have the exact same design – one just larger than the other. I was wondering if the indentations are for silverware to dry? I’m not sure though.

  3. MidModMichelle Reply

    November 19, 2017 at 11:30 am

    WOW!!! This house is divine! Great find Eartha! 😀

  4. dkzody Reply

    November 19, 2017 at 12:01 pm

    Great house, and thanks to Dan for the explanation of the room thought to be the kitchen. It just didn’t match the house until I found out it was the “wet” bar as we call them here in California. Makes sense for people who must have entertained as they did. Would love to see the real kitchen as it must have walls of storage along with many refrigerators and freezers. I would also guess this to be only one of their homes.

    • Eartha Kitsch Reply

      November 21, 2017 at 9:34 am

      Check out the virtual tour through the realtor’s site in the link above. It turns out that the kitchen has the exact same design as the wet bar area – just larger with more cabinets. Super cool! I did read that they had three homes in different areas of the country. I’d love to see the others!

  5. Sara In AZ Reply

    November 19, 2017 at 12:50 pm

    Wow!!!!!! This place blows me away on so many levels…..it is truly beautiful and I pray that the *right* owners find it and love it the way that it is. Also, those pagoda shrubs they used to have along the front….they NEED those back! Loved reading the backstory on this couple and seeing the estate sale pics…..what a life they led!

    • Eartha Kitsch Reply

      November 21, 2017 at 9:35 am

      Isn’t it amazing? Yeah, those shrubs were kind of everything. Bring back the shrubs!

  6. Courtney Doran Reply

    November 19, 2017 at 3:49 pm

    Absolutely amazing!! Love. Love. Love.

  7. Eartha Kitsch Reply

    November 21, 2017 at 9:35 am

    I’m glad that you like! I wish we could all pitch in together and buy this place.

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