Older Home Made New in Forest Park Neighborhood

Forest Park is a throw-back neighborhood

2212 Park Place in Forest Park was built in 1924 (Photos: Josh Moore of Trey Freeze Media)

The neighborhood of Forest Park was recently identified as one of the “Five best Fort Worth neighborhoods to buy a house right now.

This fascinating area is approximately two miles southwest of downtown Fort Worth and less than a mile from the TCU campus. From many areas of the neighborhood, you can walk to the world-famous Fort Worth Zoo.

The Charm of Forest Park

The neighborhood is definitely one of those “throwback” neighborhoods.  You know, the ones you see in movies where parents walk their children to school, neighbors wave at each other as they pass by, and everyone knows the names of the mail carrier and the local patrol person.

Too bad front porches are a thing of the past in most homes

Many Forest Park homes have spacious porches to enjoy neighbors and passers by

Forest Park homes are known for their classic designs — whether Craftsman, Tudor, Mediterranean or French — they are authentic and tasteful.  Rarely are homes scraped, with new Millennial Mansions (formerly known as McMansions) built in their place.  Many of the homes in Forest Park were built in the 1920s and 1930s.

This home at 2212 Park Place Avenue in Forest Park was built in 1924.  It’s a two-bedroom, two bathroom, single-story, Prairie-style home of 1,853 square feet ant has the charm and character that homes of that era were meant to have.

A spacious front porch not only gives great shade to the home but it allows you to enjoy the neighborhood as it was meant to be.  It is the perfect place to wave to people strolling through the tree-lined sidewalks of Forest Park.

A huge benefit of this home is that is has recently been updated both cosmetically and the behind-the-wall areas as well (electrical, plumbing, etc.)

Old But New

While the home was built in 1924, it has recently been updated to today’s standards.  This is a huge selling feature. Often owners will refinish counters and bathrooms but neglect the expensive items such as plumbing, windows, and electrical.

In 2212 Park Place Avenue, not only are the original hardwood floors pristine and walls removed to make it an open floor plan, but the HVAC, plumbing, foundation, roof, windows, and electrical have all been updated for maximum efficiency.

Open floor plan make this Forest Park home feel spacious

Period-appropriate windows have recently been updated. The fireplace and hardwood floors are original.

Now you can have the best of both worlds — a well built home in a fantastic, friendly neighborhood and the ability to actually open the windows (no one likes windows painted shut) and not worry about older wiring or plumbing.

But Wait — There’s More

2212 Park Place has a privacy drive gate, entertaining patio and additional building that could be restored as well.

Not only does this home offer an entertaining front porch, but the owners built a patio for relaxation and entertainment.  There is also a detached garage structure could be a perfect man cave or home office.

This updated Prairie-style home at 2212 Park Place Avenue is listed by Brian Kirkpatrick of Smart Realty.  It is available for $459,000.

Well that’s all from Tarrant County this week, Dirty Readers. Remember, if you have comments, questions, or ideas for future stories – I’m always here to listen!  Bring it.

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.  Also, Seth loves bow ties.  You can reach Seth at 817.980.6636 or seth.fowler@williamstrew.com.