4105 Rowan Drive in the evening

4105 Rowan Drive was made for this homesite (photos: Realty Pro Shots)

Did you ever see the movie “On Golden Pond” with Henry Fonda, Kathryn Hepburn, and Jane Fonda?  I remember being extremely bored by the movie (I was way too young back then), but I remember the scenes where the characters would sit at their house and enjoy the view of the lake.  Peaceful, tranquil, serene views, to say the least.  I remember thinking that one day I wanted to live on a lake after seeing that movie.

If you like to see a view from your home, I have the perfect home for you — 4105 Rowan Drive is a home that makes you want to grab your hammock, pour a glass of lemonade and enjoy your surroundings.

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9212 Heron Drive – Oasis on the Lake (photos: Shoot2Sell)

Did you know that Fort Worth had high-end lake front property just 11 miles from the center of downtown Fort Worth?  Me neither.  I’ve lived in Cowtown for almost 15 years and I never knew that.  I’ve certainly driven on Highway 820 North and crossed Lake Worth, but never realized what a fabulous destination it was for homes.  I guess I should get out more!

Warm & inviting, tranquil surroundings all in Tarrant County

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virginia and seth

Do you know why white stucco was so important to architects for new homes after World War II?  What negative effect did the Federal Housing Administration have on the design of homes?  What was one of the inspirations for the ranch home?  How did owners of a Victorian home show they had a certain amount of wealth?

All these topics and many more were discussed when renowned Dallas author Virginia Savage McAlester visited with the real estate agents of Williams Trew Real Estate in Fort Worth.  McAlester is the author of A Field Guide to American Houses, the preeminent book for anyone and everyone who wants to know about styles of homes.

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5320 Quail Run A

When I was a kid, I really wanted a treehouse. I dreamed of a hidden place in the treetops where I could read books and draw, away from my worries. I badgered and begged to no avail, and to this day, treehouses are objects of fascination for me.

Today’s Fort Worth Friday satisfies that part of me wants a grown-up treehouse. The house a 5320 Quail Run Street is located on a quiet cul-de-sac in west Fort Worth near River Crest Country Club. With two decks, high ceilings, and oversized windows looking onto nearly one acre of trees, bushes, and a creek, it feels like a secluded spot away from the busy world.

This two-story beauty is certainly more sophisticated than any treehouse, however. It was built in 1961 and has three bedrooms and 2.5 baths in 3,515 square feet. Stone and natural materials are incorporated into the contemporary design in a truly unusual way, and the lush landscaping and shady walkways make the property a haven. It is listed by Joan Trew at WilliamsTrew for $749,900.

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4010 Bryce Front

There’s something to be said for a home that has three floors and is priced at $425,000. This truly unique home has amazing curb appeal and is in a sought-after Fort Worth neighborhood, Arlington Heights. This area, bounded by Camp Bowie on the North, Interstate 30 on the south and west, and Montgomery Street on the east. I’m sure you can see all of the neighborhood from your third-floor loft in this sweet home!

This listing at 4010 Bryce Avenue from Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s Realtor John Zimmerman packs three bedrooms, three full baths, three living areas, a two-car garage, and 2,494 square feet all on .138 of an acre! That’s an amazing use of space! And thanks to the dormers and high ceilings, it doesn’t feel cramped or dark, either. And thanks to that third-floor loft, which is accessible from the second floor living space via a spiral staircase, you can see downtown Fort Worth!

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