I have always wanted to explore 5224 El Campo, and I finally did! (photos: Trey Freeze Media)

Are there certain houses throughout your city that you’ve always had your eyes on, and have yearned to explore?

For me, there are many like that.  Some homes are just massive castle-like dwellings that I can only imagine how over-the-top they must be.  Others are in intriguing locations.  Some just look unique from the outside and I’ve always wanted to check them out.

5224 El Campo is unlike any other home in Fort Worth, and that’s why you need to see it

I Want To See Inside That Home

5224 El Campo in Fort Worth has always been one of those homes for me. Built in 2002 by local builder Village Homes, it has a look and style that were ahead of its time — that’s probably what first drew me to the home many years ago.

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It’s been a while since a new condo project has happened in Cowtown (Rendering: Fender Andrade Architects)

It’s rodeo time in Fort Worth so it’s once again time to hype up the Cowtown moniker that has been bestowed upon the west side of the Metroplex.  But don’t worry, we’re not a hick town. In fact, we are becoming quite “Moderne.”

That is to say, The Moderne, a 43-unit upscale condominium project in the upstart Linwood neighborhood, will soon be breaking ground in our fair burg.

Linwood Neighborhood

If you haven’t been to Fort Worth in a while then you probably aren’t aware of the complete transition (or should we say gentrification … Fort Worth’s good at that) of the Linwood neighborhood.

What was once a blighted swath of land with a park in the middle of it located in one of the hottest areas of growth and commerce in all of Fort Worth — the West 7th Street development — Linwood took a massive beating in 2000 when the tornado came to town.

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Cottage is almost like a detached condo

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

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5128 Colinwood was built in 2014

5128 Collinwood Avenue in the Fort Worth Cultural District is part of the XTO Energy exodus (Photos: Trey Freeze Media)

This past June, Exxon Mobil Corporation announced it will move 1,600 of its XTO Energy employees from Fort Worth to the Houston Area.

This news sent shock waves through the Cowtown community.  While many of us will grieve friends and family who will be leaving the area, new commercial and residential inventory will be a much needed boost to the real estate market.

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They sure don't make 'em like they used to

2234 Hurley in the Fairmount Addition of Fort Worth is a must-see home! (Photos: Shoot2Sell)

If historic homes could talk, what a story they would tell.

Never has that been truer than the home located at 2234 Hurley Ave. in the Fairmount neighborhood of Fort Worth.

For those of you not familiar with the Fairmount Southside National Historic District, it is a one square mile area that was platted in the late 1800s, located south of I-30 and near the majority of hospitals in Fort Worth, and of course the greatest local restaurant street in Cowtown — Magnolia Avenue.

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Get ready West Fort Worth…this could be you soon

“Come gather ’round people, wherever you roam, and admit that the waters around you have grown…” sang Mr. Bob Dylan in his 1964 hit “The Times They Are A Changin’.”

Obviously Bob was talking about Texas real estate and development when mentioning changin’ and growing waters around us.  While we don’t necessarily have growing waters, the developments and communities in West Tarrant and Parker County sure are a changin’.

In Part One of this recent series of Fort Worth growth, we looked at Walsh and how this new 7,200 acre master planned community will alter the housing landscape forever.

Part Two focused on Walsh and how it is being developed for today and tomorrow with forward-thinking amenities and infrastructure.

We have received a record number of posts, shares and emails in response to these first two articles.  Many of them want us to not only mention the benefits but also the drawbacks that all this new growth and expansion will bring to West Fort Worth/ Aledo areas of Tarrant County.  Thanks to the many who chimed in with thoughts and questions! (more…)

Wouldn't you like to have your own exit?

Walsh Ranch Parkway will forever change the face of West Fort Worth

One Spring Break when I was a frustrated teenager, I went to spend a few days with my cool Uncle Tony in Dallas.  He was (and still is) a real mover-and-shaker and was a blast to hang out with.  I’ll never forget what he would constantly pound into my brain when we would talk about life and future: “Accept and expect change.”

Those words have stayed with me even now as a frustrated 40-something. Accept and expect change. Are there truer words than these?

The city of Fort Worth is about to meet change head-on.  Soon, Walsh Ranch is expected to be open for business, and that means major changes are about to happen to West Fort Worth.

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2702 Heritage Hills Drive

Antebellum architecture comes to Cowtown

There’s just something about the home located at 2702 Heritage Hills Drive in Fort Worth that makes you want to start speaking with a Southern drawl.

No doubt it’s the double front porch design of this beautiful Southern-influenced home that will inspire you to put on your seersucker suit, bow tie, white shoes (no socks of course), and grab a big glass of lemonade and talk like you’re Colonel Sanders.

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Located in the gated neighborhood of Stonegate, benefitting from the ever-sought after Tanglewood schools of Tanglewood Elementary, McLean Middle School, and Paschal High School, this fantastic two-story home is truly a throwback to the Antebellum days of the Old South.

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