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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Isn't this a great shot?

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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See Miles and Miles of Texas

153 Crown Ridge Court – surrounded by trees and views.

How does that great Bob Wills song go…

I saw miles and miles of Texas … all the stars up in the sky … I saw miles and miles of Texas … gonna live here ’til I die.”

Surely Mr. Wills was thinking about the home for sale at 153 Crown Ridge Court in Covered Bridge Canyon of Fort Worth when he sang that song, because this home has a view to die for.

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5024 Bryce Avenue (photos: Matrix Tours)

Sometimes a home can be like Christmas present.  You look at it and try to guess what’s inside. You shake it a bit, but still are perplexed. You quickly rip off the wrapping paper, but don’t recognize where the box came from.  Finally, after fighting with all the tape sealing the box, you open it and are amazed by all the treats and gifts that you found.  You never would have guessed it, but the present was more than you imagined.

Such is the case with the home located at 5024 Bryce Avenue in the Rivercrest addition of Fort Worth. I was puzzled by the exterior of the home. What was the style?  It wasn’t French. It’s not Italianate.  It had some Modern and International aspects to the exterior, but not completely.  It was built in 1972, so I am going to call it 1970s Soft Contemporary, for lack of a better term.

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Photos: Trey Freeze Media

Ask any listing agent and they will tell you how important it is to receive feedback from other agents and their clients.  As an agent, it drives me crazy when I either don’t receive any feedback at all, or I get such generic feedback such as, “this home doesn’t work for my client.”  Gee, that was helpful.

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Kitchen of 6808 Shadow Creek Court with tremendous attention to detail

The owners of 6808 Shadow Creek Court in the gated golfing community of Mira Vista Country Club, originally listed the home in 2013 but did not get the contract they were looking for.  What they did get was solid feedback of what the house was missing.

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3605 Overton Park Drive E

Photos: Shoot2Sell

The year was 1956.  Elvis Presley entered the music charts for the first time with “Heartbreak Hotel.”  Norma Jean Mortenson legally changed her name to Marilyn Monroe and married playwright Arthur Miller.  Actor Tom Hanks was born.  William H. O’Neal designed the home at 3605 Overton Park Drive East for Mr. and Mrs. John Church in Fort Worth, Texas.

I know that because when touring this updated 3,077 square-foot single-story midcentury modern home, the original hand sketches of the working drawings and exterior elevation rendering are proudly displayed. History shows that William H. O’Neal also designed the south entrance gates for the Fort Worth Botanical Garden.

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