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We love home before-and-after photos because there’s something just so satisfying about seeing a transformation (Scroll to the end for the photos; it’s worth it!). This home at 6713 Genoa Road in Fort Worth is no exception. Recently appraised at $355,000, this three-bedroom, three-bath, 2,028 square-foot home has been drastically reduced to $300,000! This 1975-built ranch style has been redone completely from top to bottom with the help of wonder-doer Blackwood Homes, which handled design, project management, and staging for this home listed by Laura Swearingen Realty Group.

As you walk in, you can see the many possibilities in this open floor plan with a large living area that flows into the dining area, kitchen, and breakfast nook. Plus Blackwood’s choice to stage with mid-century inspired furniture brings out the charm and style of this incredibly affordable home. (more…)

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It all started when a friend posted on Facebook, asking if she’d be crazy to remove the ceiling fans from her home right now. “Um, yes, this is Texas and it is summer,” was pretty much the universal response.

But this got us thinking — what if you really hate fans? And how many people out there actually hate ceiling fans? Over here, we kind of feel that anything that helps you avoid the Texas heat and move the air-conditioned air around your house more efficiently is A-OK, but we also know that well, ceiling fans can be kinda ugly.

So we ran some polls: Facebook, Facebook Stories, Twitter, and Instagram Stories. Overwhelmingly, people said they were Team Fan, but there were about 10-36 percent (depending on the poll) that said they hated fans. (more…)

AllenThis week’s Tuesday Two Hundred, an Allen Traditional with some pretty gorgeous updates, came to us from a Facebook pitch from the staging company — a name we’re starting to see a lot of in these parts.

Sarah Nowak with Blackwood Homes (which is a construction company and a staging company and, well, they really kind of do it all) urged us to check out the home at 923 Cypress Drive last week.

Allen has become a real haven for families looking for a bit of a bargain, but with better proximity for work commutes. Good schools don’t hurt that mix, either — and this home is zoned for the great Reed Elementary School, Curtis Middle School, and Allen High.

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Ridglea HillsYes, yes, we know we just threw two groan-worthy puns in a headline, but seriously — this Ridglea Hills corner lot home is one of those houses you’ll be very sorry you didn’t jump on (see what we did there?) immediately.

We’d be remiss, however, not to mention this backyard at 6478 Lindell Avenue in Fort Worth. Yes, the house is updated, adorable, and ready for move-in, but it’s Easter, and this yard — from the lush grass to the covered back porch with ceiling fans to cut that Texas heat — is just begging for the Easter Bunny to visit and hide a few eggs.

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Photos courtesy Desiree Roberts Photography

Confession: I’ve been eyeballing this Midlothian stunner for a couple of weeks now, ever since the folks at Blackwood Homes began giving peeks of it on Facebook. I’m telling you — this Midlothian stunner is the answer to your Super Bowl party woes.

Tucked back on 3.75 acres and on a cul-de-sac, you can’t get more private than this four-bedroom, three-and-a-half bath home at 3290 Brads Way. Built in 2004, an investor purchased it and turned to Blackwood Homes to renovate it and polish it, and they’ve created a gem.

Blackwood Homes is almost your one-stop shop — they stage, they renovate, and they do post-construction and make ready cleanup, too, working with investors to bring that diamond in the rough they just purchased to market — and that includes this Midlothian home.

The Contemporary Farmhouse wows from the front door, with a living space that takes advantage of the tall ceilings and large windows. An oversized stone fireplace creates an instant focal point, but designer Jennifer Townes (who owns Blackwood with fellow designer Sarah Nowak and Paul Rodgers, working with senior architect Danny Nowak as well) didn’t just let the fireplace do all the heavy lifting when it came to drama, emphasizing the tall ceilings, floor-to-ceiling windows, and wood beams with a grand spiral light fixture that brings the eye up, but doesn’t distract. (more…)

Affordable family living, Richardson ISD schools, and easy access to big city attractions make living in Lake Highlands a no brainer. Which is why we’ve rustled up a few Open Houses in the neighborhood that you won’t want to miss. Check them out and give us your thoughts if you tour one.

Evan Beattie Modernist Home Near White Rock Creek Trail

Open house: Sunday, March 24, 1 to 3 p.m.

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A new familiar sight in North Oak Cliff.

In the first part of this overview we covered the big development projects under construction immediately around the Bishop Arts District (projects numbered 1-8 on the map below.) Driving through the neighborhood, it’s unbelievable how much construction is occurring simultaneously. Over $330 million according to my calculations. Not to mention all the road work and utility work: the extension of parallel parking further south on Bishop Ave has wrapped up, Adams Street has been widened, Melba and Madison will get a facelift as soon as the utility work is complete, and Jefferson’s having new brick crosswalks and beautified medians constructed.

Real Estate projects under construction or in development in North Oak Cliff.

The road reconstruction in North Oak Cliff isn’t over yet though: soon the Tyler-Polk Two-Way conversion will be under construction (planned completion in 2019) and a “complete streets” redesign of Davis Street was on the agenda in 2014 when the City Design Studio completed a thoroughfare study. Who knows when that will get funded. Hopefully not for a while — we’re all getting a bit of construction-fatigue.

Here’s the skinny on the development projects sprinkled all over the North Oak Cliff neighborhood, in various phases of development. Note the project numbers corresponding to the map above.

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1964 was a very good year, I remember it well. That was the year this “darling” home at 6856 Blackstone was born in Merriman Park.  Looking at that furniture reminds me of the house we had when I was a baby, and oh can’t you just tell that this is an original owner home? Designed by architect Harry Hoover, the home features long sleek lines, walls of glass, original cypress — CYPRESS!!! — paneling, and the typical flexible open floor plan: TV dinner in the kitchen or living room?

The home engages the gently sloping site as a split level while creating outdoor living spaces. Technically, there are 3 bedrooms, but two additional potential bedrooms on the 2nd floor share an adjacent closet, unusual, usually it’s the Jack and Jill bathroom they share. 2848 square feet, she’s a good size. Three bedrooms, three and a half baths, a study, clerestory windows, A-line ceiling, but is that corner freestanding fireplace original? And good news: there is a two car garage, a real one, not a carport, rear detached. Asking $392,500, she just squeezes in this category, but oh my, are we not so glad she did? Special thanks to Michael Holmberg of Darling Homes for sending this pup my way!