Ryan Place Improvement Association President, Tim Keith Holds City of Fort Worth Proclamation
This year’s Candlelight Christmas in Ryan Place, which takes place this weekend, marks a milestone and something of a victory lap for the neighborhood association.
In its heyday, Ryan Place — the first ever planned development in the City of Fort Worth — was home to the city’s cattle barons, bankers, and oilmen. After the stock market crash of 1929 and the subsequent depression, construction ceased and the area went into a long period of decline. By the 1960s, the former grandeur of many of the mansions was a distant memory with many houses abandoned and many in a woeful state of disrepair.
We haven’t looked in on Fairmount in a while, so a completely updated Craftsman cottage close to the vibrant Magnolia scene and priced $40K below the Fairmount median price, seemed worthy of our attention. In addition, the bungalow at 1402 7th Avenue benefits from the quality of life and easy livability of this historic ‘hood, which continues to draw the young (or young of heart) to the area.
“The walk score on this property is high. You are a block-and-a-half off Magnolia, which is one of Fort Worth’s favorite urban villages,” notes League listing agent, Jeff Anderson.
“It’s got such a distinct charm. The eateries — you’ve got Ellerbies on one corner and Salsa Limon on the other,” he adds.
The other lake. Lake Benbrook. Still within the Fort Worth city limits, 9125 Benview Court feels like a country retreat, and yet it is only 15 minutes from town.
Another fillip: no City of Fort Worth taxes. Plenty of curb appeal, the residence benefits from a deep set-back on more than two acres enveloped by green space — North Holliday Park, with views of the lake. The 1985 build has held up over time. The house has a sleek family-friendly feel with lots of open space amenable to entertaining. On the ground floor, the pristine natural white oak floors look brand new. And there’s plenty of space. The house has over 3,000 square feet and three — potentially four bedrooms — and three baths.
Time has been kind to this home. Built in 1960, the bold design of the 4,600-square-foot house still thrills with an intensity that hasn’t abated after nearly 60 years. In fact, time has allowed Japanese maple trees to mature and completely realize the original vision.
The classic, modern Rivercrest residence blurs the boundaries of interior and exterior space. Planters and walls incorporated into the structure, reach out to enclose trees and landscaping. Walls of windows frame garden views and bring the outdoors indoors.
To write about 1315 Elizabeth Boulevard in Ryan Place is a daunting proposition. There is just so much deserving of comment to give this venerable Fort Worth grande dame her due. On a personal level, its owner hosted a party here to welcome me and other newcomers when I moved to Elizabeth Blvd. six years ago. The sale of this property is somewhat bittersweet because the current owner was one of the community leaders responsible for the Ryan Place Renaissance — often an indispensable force in the neighborhood. Her departure is difficult to imagine.
This architectural gem sits in the prime middle block of the half-mile long Elizabeth Blvd., which is the main axis of the historic neighborhood. Just across the street is the impressive house built by Ryan Place developer John C. Ryan as his own home, which was the subject of my first Fort Worth Friday.
The structure, one of the finest residential commissions of legendary architect Wylie G. Clarkson, possesses a dignified grandeur expressed in the classical tradition. Perched on a deep-set lot above street level, the house is reached by two flights of steps and a lovely wide walkway of red brick. The stucco exterior is a warm biscuit color that reminds me of Bath, England. Architecturally, the nearly 90-foot-long, symmetrical façade reads ABCBA from left to right. There are two Palladian motifs on the ground floor — the one at the right has a sophisticated blind opening to preserve the symmetry. The portico is supported by paired Doric columns. Above a smaller Palladian framed window just peeks through the broken pediment crown.
Will Northern should know Magnolia Avenue. Northern Realty Group occupies offices at 1253 Magnolia, but that is about to change. As of October 1st, Northern Realty Group has merged with R J Williams and Company to form WNC, or Williams Northern Crain and will be looking for larger digs. The marriage is so recent that their web page is just that — one page.
Will has made something of a specialty of the Near Southside, so it comes as no surprise that a perfect third-floor pied a terre at 1455 Magnolia Avenue listing should fall into his lap.
Urban living couldn’t be sweeter or easier. You could easily leave your car in it’s assigned covered parking space and enjoy one of the most walkable areas of Fort Worth. In case you’ve been asleep for the past few years, Magnolia Avenue is home to some of the city’s best and most imaginative restaurants including Ellerbe’s, Lilli’s, Shinjuku Station, Cat City Grill, and Nona Tata-to name only a few. Truly hip, urban, and mixed-use, the first floor houses retail tenants including Salsa Limon, Panther City Vinyl, Tribe Alive, Magnolia Ave. Skate Shop, Wanderer, and Refuel.
Seems I have to search for properties that aren’t even quite built yet to outrun the nimble Seth Fowler. See this week’s Tarrant County Tuesday.
And even that is no guarantee. However, after finding that the dreamy Crestwood modern I had wanted to write about had been taken, I stumbled across a new, micro development that is more than promising.
Meet Wingate West 7th — new construction with a modern point of view while paying tribute to pleasing proportions of the past.
The townhouse development consists of two side-by-side buildings of five three-story units. The project is the latest effort from InTown Homes, whose sales are being spearheaded by dynamic broker, Brit Ewers. The project is located in a neighborhood of mostly modest, single-story houses from the 40s, but lately, because of its desirable location between 7th Street and White Settlement Road, it has become the locus for small townhouse, urban infill development with Linwood Park at its nucleus. That makes the area a bit patchy with a lot of construction activity. Nonetheless, urban pioneers who buy early here are certain to be richly rewarded. Below is the current street view.
Tucked into a quiet Westside location, only blocks from Rivercrest Country Club, Museums, and 7th Street shops and restaurants, 4051 Modlin Avenue sports classic Colonial style and a generous 4,700 square feet of living space. The façade is pleasingly symmetrical capped at the center by a broken pediment surmounting a graceful arched window.