6701 Woodstock is an amazing home!

Hip and trendy meet midcentury modern in this fantastic home. (photos: Trey Freeze Media)

Guess what classic architectural style for homes is hip and trendy these days?

If you guessed midcentury modern, then you are correct.

The Ridglea Hills neighborhood in Fort Worth is on of the best areas for midcentury modern homes, and there is a newly re-done home that’s a must see!

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Not everyone wants to live in the suburbs.  While the lure of larger homes and yards, newer schools and lower (somewhat) prices are attractive to many, plenty of homeowners still want to the convenience and lifestyle that in-town living brings.

Rivercrest Bluffs, the newest development of James R. Harris Partners in Fort Worth, is the perfect solution for those who love new construction but don’t want to live in the ‘burbs.

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Room to Roam in this Ranch

Ranch-style home in Fort Worth on 1/2 acre with wonderful trees (photos: Trey Freeze Media)

The ranch-style home found its heyday in the years between the 1940s and 1970s.

Back then developers and builders weren’t trying to squeeze as many homes on a property as possible to maximize earnings.

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Enchanting home designed by Charles Dilbeck

5001 Westridge in England … actually Fort Worth (pPhotos: Trey Freeze Photography)

Charles Dilbeck was a renowned architect of the early 20th Century that designed over 600 homes in Dallas and Fort Worth.  Unlike many architects that stay in the same style or genre, Dilbeck designed homes in a variety of styles throughout his career.

This Dilbeck design at 5001 Westridge Avenue is a French Eclectic home built in the mid-1930s.

To say this home is unique is an understatement.  From the location of the home to the long and winding entrance from the privacy gate to the exterior materials used to the nooks-and-crannies of the interior, this home is truly enchanting!

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Get ready West Fort Worth…this could be you soon

“Come gather ’round people, wherever you roam, and admit that the waters around you have grown…” sang Mr. Bob Dylan in his 1964 hit “The Times They Are A Changin’.”

Obviously Bob was talking about Texas real estate and development when mentioning changin’ and growing waters around us.  While we don’t necessarily have growing waters, the developments and communities in West Tarrant and Parker County sure are a changin’.

In Part One of this recent series of Fort Worth growth, we looked at Walsh and how this new 7,200 acre master planned community will alter the housing landscape forever.

Part Two focused on Walsh and how it is being developed for today and tomorrow with forward-thinking amenities and infrastructure.

We have received a record number of posts, shares and emails in response to these first two articles.  Many of them want us to not only mention the benefits but also the drawbacks that all this new growth and expansion will bring to West Fort Worth/ Aledo areas of Tarrant County.  Thanks to the many who chimed in with thoughts and questions! (more…)

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The Walsh Ranch Parkway bridge is a new addition to I-30 West and leads to Walsh

In Part 1 of discussing Fort Worth’s newest development, Walsh, we looked at how the landscape of West Fort Worth will soon change forever.  With the development opening soon (they say April 2017) there will soon be over 500 new homes under construction.

For Part 2, I would like to tell you about the innovations, schools and planning that will contribute into making Walsh a community for now and for the future.

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1317 Belle Place in Fort Worth (photos: Roxanne Barton with Tour Factory)

Why do people like looking at homes?  Why are there so many viewers on various sites that deal with homes and design and decoration?  Why do you read CandysDirt.com?  I’ll tell you why … it’s because we like the element of surprise.

Homes are simply sticks-and-bricks.  I know, I know — they come in different shapes and sizes but they all have an entry, living area, kitchen, hallways, bedrooms and bathrooms.  No surprise there … People love seeing a home that comes with a surprise.  Whether it is a hidden closet under the stairs, or a creative way to situate a kitchen that is what people crave.  We all want a surprise that makes the home unique and makes us want that home.

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4710 Dexter Avenue – brownstone townhome Cowtown style (photos: Trey Freeze Media)

Isn’t it interesting that newer homes that look and feel like older, classically designed homes sell faster and for more money than homes that have no real architectural value or distinction?

Did you know that a brownstone townhome, when used in the urban residential vernacular, doesn’t technically mean the home is made of brown stone?  A wise person once told me to “learn something new every single day.”  A brownstone townhome can be made of brick or stucco of any color and still have the architectural resemblance of the townhomes built in New York City in the 1800s.

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