Cottage in Cowtown Creates New Terminology

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Almost like Alice’s rabbit hole – open the door of 5516 Byers Avenue and be amazed  (photos: Trey Freeze Media)

I have created a new term in the housing world: “single-family detached condominium-cottage.”  Rumor around is that it will be featured in the 2019 edition of Webster’s Dictionary (other words also included will be “Real Estate Sherpa” and “Bow Tie Realtor”).

Let’s unpack this new buzzword that’s sweeping the nation, and see how it explains the first ever single-family detached condominium-cottage located at 5516 Byers Avenue in Fort Worth.

Open the front door and immediately step into Venetian plaster galley


This one is pretty simple and needs little explanation.  This home is not multi-family.  It is not part of a larger group of dwellings, and there are no homeowner’s association dues.


Sometimes you will find townhomes or even single-family homes sharing a common foundation and roof – thus being attached properties.  At 5516 Byers Avenue, the 1,788-square-foot home is completely stand-alone.

The master suite is actually the traditional living room and has a wonderful bed-and-breakfast look-and-feel


Everyone knows what a condo is right?  A multi-residential dwelling where you are buying space within the walls of the property.  In 5516 Byers Avenue this is a home – but it has a feel of a condominium in that it is configured as a one bedroom home (although the current study can be bedroom #2) and the traditional living room has been elegantly transformed into the master suite.  It’s quite impressive.

Custom woodworking is found throughout this condo-cottage in the Westover Hills area

Condominiums are the epitome of lock-and-leave properties, and 5516 Byers Avenue has that exact feel as well.


When you hear the word “cottage” doesn’t your mind race to an English countryside with a little mist and fog and cozy home with a fireplace and a nice cup of tea?  Maybe I’ve seen too many Jane Austen -inspired movies (thanks to my beautiful wife), but this home, located in the vaunted Westover Hills neighborhood, with the cozy footprint as well as the lush vines and gardens in the back yard, has a cottage look-and-feel.

The private guest home through the gardens of 5516 Byers Avenue

Private Guest Home

Finally, past the main dwelling and the gardens with all the vines and shrubs is another single-bedroom guest home.  Complete with kitchenette and open living areas, it makes for the perfect space for any visitors that might stop by wanting to see what a condo-cottage looks like.

I thought about calling the guest home a “condo-cottage-cottage” but that would just be too confusing.

5516 Byers Avenue is listed for sale by Kelly McLean of Williams Trew Real Estate.  The cottage is listed for $800,000 and ready for immediate sale.

Well, that’s all from Tarrant County this week Dirty Readers.  Thanks for reading and following and sharing!  As always, if you have questions, comments or great ideas for a post … hit me up!

Seth Fowler is a licensed Real Estate Sales Professional for Williams Trew Real Estate in Fort Worth.  Statements and opinions are his and his alone.  Seth has been involved with the home sales and real estate industry in the Fort Worth area since 2004.  He and his family have lived in the area for over 15  years.  Seth also loves bowties!  You can reach Seth at: 817.980.6636 or


Seth Fowler

Seth Fowler is a licensed real estate sales professional with Williams Trew Real Estate in Fort Worth. Statements and opinions are his own - no matter how correct. 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 the past 15 years. You can reach Seth at 817.980.6636. Seth also loves bow ties.

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