With Soaring Home Prices Buyers Find New, Older Neighborhoods

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Established during WWII, Bomber Heights along with Ridglea Hills are now areas of revitalization and interest (photo courtesy of Seth Fowler’s iPhone)

NEWS FLASH: Home prices are going up in Fort Worth.  I know that’s a shock to many who think that Cowtown is a quiet and sleepy little suburb of Big D, but just like everywhere in the DFW Metroplex, buyers are finding it harder and harder to find the right home to fit their needs and their budget.

Young professional, young families with small children, and empty nesters are all having a difficult time finding single-family homes inside the Loop 820 for $300,000 or less.  The market is hot, hot, hot, but the inventory is not, not, not for many buyers who are tired of renting but don’t want to live too far from the areas of activity and development in Fort Worth.

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Artwork by Ann Ekstrom celebrates the Bomber Heights neighborhood as a significant cornerstone of Fort Worth’s aviation history and heritage

Alas, all is not lost.  This market is actually allowing for prospective buyers to take a look at older neighborhoods near or close by the usual desired neighborhoods, and to see how these “new-older” neighborhoods can provide many of the characteristics and qualities of the more desired areas but without the sticker shock in pricing … for now.

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7004 Valhalla Road is located in Ridglea Hills Addition (photos courtesy of Home Snappers)

Two such “new-older” neighborhoods that are connected to one another are called Bomber Heights and Ridglea Hills Addition.  Both are located south of the Weatherford Traffic Circle, north of Vickery Boulevard, east of HWY 377 and west of Camp Bowie Boulevard.  There are approximately 1,500 homes in the two neighborhood.  It takes approximately 7-10 minutes to get to downtown Fort Worth from these communities.

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4466 Ridgevale Road located in Ridglea Hills(photos courtesy of Tim Marek)

After the outbreak of World War II, many aviation manufacturing companies came to Fort Worth where almost 400 B-36 Peacemaker bombers were built. Housing for the aviation workers was obviously in great demand and soon the area now known as Bomber Heights was born.

Gone are the B-36 Peacemakers and the bombs, but many of the homes built in the 1950s have recently been refreshed, updated, and have become very appealing to buyers looking for a great location and a reasonable price.

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Updated open concept floor plan of 7004 Valhalla appeals to many buyers

Two such homes recently caught my eye when touring this area — 4466 Ridgevale Road and 7004 Valhalla Road are exactly what young professionals, young families, and empty nesters are looking for these days. Both homes have recently been updated with quality materials and are ready for the next wave of residents

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Master bathroom of 4466 Ridgevale uses modern and popular materials to create a room that pops!

At 4466 Ridgevale Road is a 2,121-square-foot, single-story home of three bedrooms and two bathrooms. Surrounded by beautiful oak, maple, and magnolia trees, the seller of the home recently enclosed the two-car garage and made it into a large family room or man-cave.  With fresh colors and materials, the home does not feel like it’s built in 1954.  The original hardwood floors have been refinished and all bathrooms have been updated with modern fixtures that appeal to today’s buyer.  This home is found in Ridglea Hills.

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Using popular colors for walls, floor, cabinets and counters along with recessed lighting makes the kitchen in 4466 Ridgevale a focal point in the home

And 7004 Valhalla is also a single-story home.

This 1,409-square-foot home features three bedrooms and two bathrooms as well.  Upon entering the home you can tell that a few walls have been removed to make a truly open concept floor plan.

The sellers obviously are fans of Chip and JoJo as they liberally have used the ever-so-popular white subway tile, white counters and gray color palette throughout the home.

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Traditional materials like subway tile and reclaimed wood give bathroom in 7004 Valhalla a fresh look

These two homes are just a few examples of what is available to eager buyers if they are willing to look beyond the more well-known neighborhoods.  In Bomber Heights, Ridglea Hills and Ridglea Hills Addition buyers will find quiet streets, mature trees, more-and-more updated homes, friendly neighbors, and close proximity to so many Fort Worth areas of interest.

The home at 4466 Ridgevale Road is listed for $310,000 by Jared Childs of Cornerstone Realty Group.  You can reach him at 817.637.8227.

And 7004 Valhalla Road is listed for $229,000 by Freddy Sotelo of Somerik Realty.  He can be reached at 682.560.3438.

That’s Tarrant County Tuesday for now Dirty Readers.  Please feel free to add comments or likes or let me know if you have any ideas for fun blog topics in the future.

Seth Fowler is a licensed real estate sales professional with Williams Trew Real Estate in Fort Worth.  Statements and opinions are his own.  Seth has been involved in the home sales and real estate business in DFW since 2004.  He and his family have lived in the Fort Worth area for over 14 years.  Seth also loves bow ties.  You can reach Seth at 817.980.6636 or seth.fowler@williamstrew.com.