By Nikki Lott
Special Contributor

This year’s Fairmount Historic Home Tour on Mother’s Day features a gorgeous Craftsman-style home at 1831 Fairmount. The owners are Michael Tucker-McDermott and his husband, Stan. We can’t say this Craftsman is unlike any other (but it is), but we can say that the owners most definitely are. In particular, Michael is a researching, history-knowing, antique-loving ball of energy that basically never sleeps. And he’s tons of fun to talk to. We sat down with him for an exclusive sneak peek into how 1831 Fairmount came to be.

Michael and Stan restored this repurposed dining room built-in sideboard with Prairie-style leaded glass. All light fixtures are period restored lighting.

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By Nikki Lott
Special Contributor

This Mother’s Day, buy flowers, do brunch, and then head to the 37th Annual Fairmount Historic Home Tour. Travel back in time and ooh and aah over all the incredible details like exposed beams, overhanging eaves and romantic wrap around porches.

There once was a time when we went outside, meet our neighbors and … talked. CAN YOU IMAGINE? Back then, you needed neighbors to get all the hot goss and a cup of sugar. Well, maybe that detail hasn’t changed as much, but over the years the architecture and craftsmanship certainly have.

Along the tour, you’ll see delicately restored bungalows, a few new old homes (INTRIGUING) and one home that’s in transition. A chance to see the progress in person? Yes, please.

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Carlock

Jaw dropping. I know the real estate market is cooling after strings of successive years on boil, and that mortgage interest rates approaching 5 percent present a new challenge for buyers, but I was astonished to see an enchanting cottage in the heart fashionable Fairmount at 1213 Carlock Street for less than $200,000.  Also unbelievable is that this two-bedroom, two-bath bungalow, chock full of curb appeal, has been on the market for six months.

And the house couldn’t be more on trend. The stained shingles covering the front gable are stained the color of one of Benjamin Moore’s colors of the year, a rich, spruce, green/blue. Bowers of roses spill over the low metal fence. Paired doors under the symmetrically disposed porch suggest a duplex past. In fact, the history of the 1,200-square-foot cottage is a little murky. Tarrant Appraisal District gives the house a 1924 date, however the owners have documents suggesting a date of 1899.

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Blue is such a soothing color

Historic home at 1824 Alston Avenue – you can’t miss it. (photos: Treyfreeze.com)

They don’t paint them like they used to, do they?  Drive through any “vintage-inspired” new development — you know the ones that claim to be designed after great neighborhoods of the 1920s and 1930s — and you’ll see the same few shades of white, cream, or gray.  What about blue?!

Yes, BLUE.  They don’t paint homes blue or yellow, or a tasteful shade of green anymore.  Why not?

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Built in 1926 for Fort Worth businessman Fred Wimberly

2201 Lipscomb Street was registered as a historic place in 1990 (photos: showcasephotographers.com)

In 1926 a stately Georgian Revival brick home was built for Fred W. Wimberly in the Fairmount neighborhood of Fort Worth. The Wimberly House at 2201 Lipscomb Street consists of  3,890 square feet, five bedrooms, three-and-one-half bathrooms and is currently on the market.  The home also has original hardwood floors upstairs-and-downstairs.

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Not for the first time, a traffic detour routed me past a property for sale so appealing that I postponed my planned post in favor of another listing, this time at 2264 Lipscomb, at the edge of Fairmount. Cute it is, with all of the Fairmount charm in spades, but my jaw dropped at the listing price of $499,000. Further investigation, revealed that Lipscomb is a member of a small, but growing club of Fairmount properties priced at or above $500,000. Even a real estate blogger can be caught off guard in the fast moving target of a hot real estate market.

In the 500 club is 2014 Fifth Avenue, under contract and priced at $539,000. David Folsom of the Folsom Team is offering a charming Fairmount bungalow at 1700 Fairmount Avenue for $520,000. Also bumping against the 500 bar is 1626 South Adams Street originally offered for $520,000, now priced at $489,000.  (more…)

Hemphill

Over lunch last week, I discussed my recent post on the premium price of housing stock in Fairmount with Karly Johnston — yes, that Karly Johnston, named by Fort Worth Magazine as one of Fort Worth’s most beautiful women, creator of one of the most followed lifestyle/real estate websites in the city, Selling the Fort, and savvy real estate professional.

“Fairmount has priced itself pretty much out of the starter home category,” I said. “What’s the next coming thing?” I asked.

“I’ve lately been farming Hemphill Heights,” she chirped.

“Farming?”

“Realtor speak for exploring, investigating, developing,” she explained.

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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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