If you’ve ever seen-and fallen in love with-the charming house that stars in the Diane Keaton/Jack Nicholson film called “Something’s Gotta Give,” then you may just think you’ve stumbled onto the movie set after touring 9500 Inwood Road. Like the airy Southhampton, N.Y., home that’s featured in the 2003 romantic comedy-it’s said to be the “most beloved” movie house ever filmed-this 1.5-story, wood-and-Austin-stone Dallas manse is casually elegant, with a comfortably old-school yet very modern feel.
That isn’t surprising, because the 4,645-square-foot house was built in 1936 but was completely remodeled, right down to the studs, six years ago. In addition to the all-new interiors, the 3-bedroom, 3.5-bath home boasts a new roof, new windows and doors, a new HVAC system, new hardwood floors, and new museum-quality walls throughout.
Perhaps its most pleasant space is the family room, with its brick flooring, 8- to 10-foot beamed ceiling, built-in bookshelves, and wood- and gas-burning fireplace flanked by tall French doors. On one side, this room leads to the spacious, light-filled master bedroom. There, you’ll find still more French doors, roomy built-in closets, the second of the home’s three fireplaces, and a large, marble-floored bathroom sporting a “mosaic marble rug” and Ann Sacks tile.
On the other side of the family room is the kitchen and bar area, which have been tailor-made for the gourmet cook and master mixologist. Here there’s an island and counters topped with Statuary Marble, a Sub-Zero refrigerator, a Lacanche five-burner gas cooktop with two ovens, an additional Wolf oven, and a roomy round, built-in breakfast banquette. The 10-foot ceiling features bead board, and the big farm sink boasts Kallista hardware by Michael Smith. The bar sports a dishwasher and icemaker, plus plenty of storage room for spirits. It leads to a handsome formal dining room with wainscoting, very cool Sanderson wallpaper, and Dental Crown molding.
Other rooms on the ground floor include a formal living room with fireplace, vaulted study, and guest powder bath-it includes a Sherle Wagner sink and coordinating bee-theme wallpaper-as well as a cozy office/breakfast nook. It’s perfect for quietly sipping a coffee beneath a light fixture that dates back to 1936.
Upstairs, there are two good-sized bedrooms for children or guests, each with an en suite bath. One bedroom boasts the home’s original pine flooring and a green-marble, Ann Sacks herringbone patterned bath with shower; the other features Pink Toile wallpaper by Manuel Canovas, hardwood flooring, an additional dressing area, a large walk-in closet ... and even a laundry chute!
Outside, the 1-acre lot-situated securely behind electric gates-was beautifully landscaped, front and rear, as designed by Robert Bellamy. Picture a water fountain and rose garden; climbing Jasmine; azaleas; a Boxwood Parterre garden; and tall peach, live oak, dogwood, and Japanese maple trees. In the backyard, just beyond a two-car garage that’s connected to the home by a breezeway, there’s an oval-shaped pool with limestone edges, as well as a guesthouse. Both were added three years ago. The white-walled guesthouse features a scored cement floor; a kitchen with marble countertops, a dishwasher, and washer/dryer hookups; a bedroom with en suite shower and separate half bath; an artist’s studio; and a pergola.
All in all, 9500 Inwood exudes the best of both worlds: modern convenience, plus an elegantly sturdy, old-fashioned charm. And, who knows? Perhaps it will also provide you with the touch of magic experienced by Nicholson and Keaton in “Something’s Gotta Give.”