There is a link to almost 100 photos after the description below. Also below is a statement regarding showings and commission.
Contact me through email initially. I will respond quickly. I am not listing a phone number for initial contact because email will create a better record.
I am NOT looking for a seller’s agent. Do NOT contact me trying to obtain this listing. No owner financing, no lease-to-own.
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The Hopkins Estate, one of the most prestigious homes in North Texas is offered with an option to purchase the adjacent income-producing triplex apartment building. This is only the second time in 82 years the home has been on the market, and it may not be available again for generations.
The E.H. Grindstaff estate was built to the highest standards in 1939. The brick and decorative rock exterior also features copper awnings over the bay windows and a genuine slate tile roof (completely refurbished in 2021). Slate tile has been known to last over 200 years. It is one of very few masonry homes among the classic wood frame houses in this historic 19th century neighborhood. The home sits majestically above street level and, together with the triplex, occupies half a city block (approx. 1.5 acres) to ensure privacy and a wealth of landscaping and entertainment options.
The 4,065 sq ft main house has five bedrooms (main suites on both floors), formal living and dining rooms, breakfast room, den/office upstairs and downstairs, 4.5 baths, two dressing rooms, enclosed sun porch, large covered front porch and breezeway to the 2-car garage which features an upstairs guest apartment with full bath. There is a separate utility room off the kitchen with a second refrigerator.
The many closets and cabinets are large, most are floor to ceiling. There is a very large attic/storage room on the 2nd floor, and a concrete basement wine/storm/storage cellar. The home was designed for elegant entertaining in the multi-level first floor. The home has beautiful hardwood floors throughout. The breakfast room has a diamond-shaped leaded glass bay window, and the living room also has a beautiful bay window. The wallpapered rooms offer an excellent distinction from common painted sheetrock. The downstairs den has a gas fireplace, and the living room has a real fireplace with gas fixture currently installed.
The side yard is large enough (approx. 1/2 acre) to accommodate a tennis court, large pool, putting green, gardens or any other outdoor landscape of your dreams. The yard is fully irrigated with sprinklers. There is a beautiful garden area in the back that at times has featured a koi pond that could be reinstalled. The east side has a very large stone patio shaded from the the western summer sun and accessible from the sun porch. The back yard is fenced for pets and has an extra gate that can transform it into two separate fenced areas.
The estate is only four blocks from grocery and other stores, and five blocks as the crow flies from the courthouse square. It is within walking distance of elementary, middle, and 9th grade schools, and less than 3 miles from the high school. It sits just four blocks from the Cherry Park pool and recreation area. It’s about 30 minutes from Fort Worth, or an hour to Dallas.
From 1971 it has been the home of State District and Court of Appeals Judge Harry Hopkins and his family. Original architectural blueprints and wallpaper samples are included. The original carriage house sliding garage doors are stored inside and could be reinstalled instead of the modern door with garage opener. There is a water well that serviced the property, and I presume it could be put back in service.
$825,000. No owner financing, no lease-to-own. SALE PENDING. BACK-UP CONTRACTS ACCEPTED.
PLEASE NOTE: Due to the time needed to schedule and prepare an estate sale, change of possession may not be practical until July or August 2021. (This is an improvement as there is now only one sale ahead of us instead of two.)
SHOWINGS & Commission
The estate is for sale by owner. Agents: if you have a qualified buyer, I can show the house on reasonable notice. A showing might be scheduled in minutes, hours or a couple of days depending on my availability. By mid-May, I anticipate that agents accompanying their qualified clients will be able to get access via lock box. Prospective buyers without an agent: you will either need to be known to me, show bona fides or have a pre-qualification letter (pre-approval letter would be better) from your lender to schedule a showing. I’m sure you understand I don’t have time to run tours for the merely curious.
All persons entering the house must wear a mask properly.
Commission: I will pay one negotiated commission.
Option: Adjacent Triplex Apartment Building
The income-producing 2635 sq ft triplex apartment building attracts long-term tenants and is currently fully occupied. Tenants are currently on month-to-month leases. Estimated gross income from the triplex is $90,000 to $200,000 every five years. Consult your real estate professional, but I believe the local average for a 1-bedroom apartment is approximately $1,100/month. We have always maintained a very competitive rate to ensure low turnover.
Each apartment has living, dining and bedroom with hardwood floors and a full bathroom. Each has a separate central HVAC system. The triplex has a detached 3-car garage with storage rooms accessed by separate outside doors. Enjoy the monthly income or flip it easily, the triplex will be offered to the buyer of the main house. You are welcome to submit an offer now on the triplex for consideration if it becomes available after the sale of the main house. I do not anticipate it will be available more than a few days as I have had MANY inquiries about buying the triplex.
Due to privacy concerns, only a few photos of the interior of the apartments have been posted HERE.