This prestigious home is built on the premier lot of a gated community nestled within The Golf Club, Fossil Creek. The Golf Club-Fossil Creek is a championship course designed by golf legend Arnold Palmer and is reputed to be the Southwest’s most exclusive public course. Stoneglen at Fossil Creek Addition is uniquely and conveniently located a few minutes from the two main corridors which provide quick access north to downtown Fort Worth, south to Alliance Airport, east to Lockheed-Martin, and west to DFW airport
The residence overlooks Gary Stewart Lake and Fountain and has magnificent views in all directions. The formal entrance to the residence is through large double doors that open to a cozy music room on the right, a formal oversized dining room on the left, and a gracefully elegant staircase ahead. The staircase leads to the guest suite on the upper level. From the formal entrance, you will quickly notice the first of several unusual and beautiful features of this home: One of the rooms in the upper level guest suite has a handsome balcony that opens to the area below.
Formal Living and Dining Area
The formal living area is a few steps beyond the formal entrance. It is now abundantly clear: This is a very special residence. The beautiful large gas fireplace (one of three in the home) is a central feature of the formal living area. But even that does not match the stunning Pella windows beyond the fireplace that travel uninterrupted to the top of the twenty-two foot ceiling; all the better to see the fish jumping in Gary Stewart Lake, the abundant aquatic fowl swimming or flying overhead, and the fountain in the center of the lake spraying water high into the air. And guess what? The music room features three windows identical to the four 20 foot high Pella windows in the formal living area. The windows in the music room also provide a marvelous view of the lake and golf course. Blinds are internal to these windows, by the way. They are actuated up and down by a tiny white remote whenever privacy is of the essence. Beautiful black wood floors and elegant white crown molding enrich the rooms throughout.
The saloon is an extension of the formal living room and also has magnificent views. The most prominent feature in the saloon is a large refined wet bar. It has an abundance of storage and display racks for glasses and bar equipment. A second, smaller wet bar is located beneath the stairs between the formal dining area and the food preparation area. The second wet bar includes a wine chiller, wine racks, and additional storage for glasses. The second wet bar is used primarily to serve the formal dining area. A water closet is centrally located for easy access from any lower level room.
Food Preparation Area
Rich walnut wood cabinets are the most prominent feature in the food preparation area. The walnut cabinets, in abundance, have doors with glass inserts to reveal the beauty displayed within. Four appliance garages (with ample plugs) are nestled below the cabinets to hide those things not to be noticed (like can openers.) A conventional electric oven, two microwave convection ovens, a warming drawer, dishwasher drawers, double sink, and trash-master are all built-in. The countertops are granite. A seven foot, 48 inch wide, 30 cu ft., side by side Kitchen Aid refrigerator-freezer with in-door water and ice dispensing (1995) has door paneling that matches the cabinets in the area.
A large cooking island is located at the center of the food preparation area. It has a four burner flat electric cooking surface and a warming burner. The cooking island has a third sink as well as storage below.
Matching ceramic tile floors compliment the Faux European walls in the food preparation area.
Informal Dining Area
The informal dining area is an extension of the kitchen. It is an ideal place to welcome the morning sun as it greets Gary Stewart Lake and Fountain. The informal dining area also provides an alternate entrance to the residence from both the yard and the auto storage area.
The utility room provides more than enough space for the washer, dryer, a utility sink, and an ironing board. It includes a whole wall of storage cabinets and plenty of space for a utility/broom closet.
The Owner’s Suite occupies the balance of the lower level. It opens to the ground floor patio and pool and includes a large gas fueled fireplace. The Owner’s Suite has ample living space to be a little home within the home. The Owner’s Suite has two walk-in closets and a third coat closet. It also has three sets of six built-in walnut chests of drawers with a large storage cabinet above each set. The adjoining bathroom has a slip resistant slate floor and includes an oversized heart shaped Jacuzzi spa for two … with water fall, a gas fueled fireplace, and a television.
The oversized shower stall is very special. It includes a height adjustable rain shower head, wand and multi-range body spray system. But the most notorious feature of all in the Owner’s Suite is the Owner’s chamber pot which comes with a warning to users. Regular visitors to this residence always ask to use it. It cannot be described. It has to be experienced. For sure, Thomas Crapper never envisioned anything like this when he invented the flush toilet.
The Guest Suite occupies the upper level. It can be accessed by either the stairs … or by the lift. While most guests will find it faster to run up or down the stairs, a 30” x 40” elevator exists for those who do not do well with stairs or who prefer not to hustle heavy luggage upstairs.
The bedroom in the guest suite is like a home within a home. It has two large indoor windows that look down on the music room below … and, most important, to the three 20 foot tall windows in the Music Room. Early risers in the guest bedroom have the best view of all, of morning light and ole Mr. Sun as he begins to look down on Gary Stewart Lake and Fossil Creek golf course. A lovely way to rise and shine.
The Guest Suite is served by a full bath and two walk in closets. One of the walk in closets is cedar lined. In addition, an enormous Christmas Tree closet is located in the Guest Suite.
The living area in the Guest Suite is probably the most special of all rooms. It has a balcony that opens to the formal entrance, dining and living areas below. The guest suite living area (also identified as Bedroom #3) was the favorite room of the owner’s granddaughters not only because of the uniqueness of the balcony (Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo) and the activity below but also because it looks out through the 20 foot tall windows by the fireplace below onto Gary Stewart Lake and Fountain. And if that is not sufficient of a reason, the room has access to the Upper Level Deck and Bridge. The Bridge has spectacularviews of the fairways, Fort Worth and the Great Southwest sunsets. The Upper Level Deck and Bridge are an ideal place for peaceful relaxation and small group conversation.
The Pool House is a stand-alone structure accessible from the pool/rear patio area. It is identified as Bedroom #4. It has a Queen size Murphy bed, a full bath and a wet bar. It can be easily and quickly converted from a party area to separate living quarters. The Pool House has its own air conditioning system, sink, microwave, closet, refrigerator and ice maker.
Auto Storage Area
The oversize two and a half car auto storage area has a remotely operated garage door and access to storage space above. The auto storage area has a small bay near the furnace/water heater closet that can accommodate a golf cart (barely).
Ceilings are generally 10 ft. high. Luxurious crown molding adorns each room. Spot and ambient recessed can lighting are used generously throughout the residence. All doors are eight foot tall and made of solid wood. All cabinet surfaces are granite. The 20 ft. Pella windows are Energy Star qualified Low UV protection Argon filled double-pane products.
The roof was replaced in 2008 with a $60,000 hail resistant material that has an appearance of slate. It qualifies for a significant insurance discount. The foundation is pier and beam. When the piers were sunk, they went so deep, observers thought it was for a 10-story building. It is comforting to know that this residence will not be subject to the same kind of foundation problems that plague the more common slab foundations in this part of Texas.
Outside Recreation Area
The Pool/Patio recreation area faces the fairway and will accommodate many guests. This is one of the best places on the course to view golf tournaments taking place at The Golf Club Fossil Creek. The pool itself is modest in size – but that leaves more valuable real estate for lounging. The rear patio accommodates an outdoor bar and an outdoor grill with space remaining for a small group of musicians.
A second, minor patio exists at the Informal dining entrance. It is outfitted with a table and six chairs. It is such a lovely place with late afternoon shade close to the lake, informal dining is frequently moved outside to that patio. When occupied, the small patio attracts impromptu visits from the lovely neighbors who know they are always welcomed for wine and conversation. Golfers teeing off from Tee Box #4 regularly wave. The lawn beyond is a great place for lawn chairs and portable picnic tables to accommodate special outdoor events.
The lawn and landscape surrounding the residence are maintained by professionals. An automatic sprinkler system provides proper irrigation. Of course much of what appears to be the residence front yard is actually golf course property which is kept in immaculate condition. The golf course sprinkler system provides some water to the residence yard as an unavoidable by-product of their watering. Gary Stewart Lake and Fountain are actually The Golf Club-Fossil Creek property.
Each level of the residence has its own air conditioning system. The lower level unit is a 5 ton, 13 SEER Lennox LCS13DC installed in June 2013. The upper level unit is a 3 ton, 17 SEER Lennox XC17 installed in June 2010. The air conditioning system serving the Pool House is a 1.5 ton, 10 SEER, Nordyne T3BA Heat Pump.
Heated water is provided to the lower level by an electric tankless Seisco Model RA-28 system installed in June 2014. The system serving the upper level is a conventional tank type water heater. The system serving the Pool House is a tankless water heater.
A central vacuum cleaning system has existed since the residence was constructed. It is presumed to function normally. Central vacuum systems are not as valued as they were a few years ago. Cleaning services seem to be more comfortable these days using their own light vacuums.
TV cable service is provided wirelessly to all TV sets so that a TV can be located basically anywhere.
The community is gated. Additionally, all residence windows and doors have wireless sensors that provide notice to a security service if opened when armed. Security lights are located strategically around the residence to provide night illumination. A four camera security system serves the residence continually. It monitors the driveway, informal entrance, formal entrance and pool area. Video signals are relayed to a special monitor and to any or all TV sets in the house. A single motion detector system is located centrally to the residence.
The lead photograph of this listing was taken on the first day of occupancy, May 25, 1991. The daughter’s wedding reception was held that evening. During the succeeding years, many events, large and small, have happened here, some attended by local celebrities and VIPs. When it comes to decorating, the staircase, indoor balcony, patio and pool house, etc. all offer unlimited opportunities for creativity to flower. Holidays are great fun.
The most recent event occurred August 2014 and was attended by about 100 people. It was a send-off party for Kellie Stewart, Miss Texas Teen, who was on her way to Atlantis, Treasure Island, The Bahamas, to represent Texas in the Miss Universe USA Teen Pageant.
Gary and Melissa Stewart have been the only occupants of this residence since its completion May 25, 1991. Gary played a key role in making it what it is. Gary Stewart passed suddenly about five years ago.
Fort Worth is blessed with lovely facilities and carefree lifestyles for healthy retirees. Melissa’s is ready. Her children are well established nearby in nice homes of their own. Although this residence has been a big part of their lives, the children are unopposed to Melissa’s sale of this lovely home so long as the next occupants appreciate fully how special it is. This residence is now ready for new owners to begin collecting beautiful memories while they face the challenges of the Arnold Palmer designed Championship Golf Course.
Most of the rooms in this residence are irregular in shape. In many cases, a simple length by width dimension does not exist. Ergo, room dimensions shown in the listing are not precise but provide general size and shape.
No official name has been given to the lake and fountain adjacent to the residence. For many years, residents in the neighborhood have referred to it as Gary Stewart Lake and Fountain because of his role in making it happen.
This property is unencumbered.
The vacant 7350 sq. ft. lot adjacent to the residence is also owned by Melissa Stewart and is available to be included in the transaction.
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