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Eric Prokesh

Eric Prokesh is an interior designer whose work has appeared on HGTV, in books and publications including DHome, Southern Accents, House Beautiful, and House and Garden. In January 2005, HG named Eric one of the 50 tastemakers in America and DHome has included him as one of Dallas’ Best Designers for 10 years. Having lived most of his life in Dallas, he now calls Fort Worth home and is one of our experts on beautiful Fort Worth Dirt.

04/20/18 2:18pm

Let’s take inventory. Park Hill, University Place, Colonial, Tanglewood, Overton, and River Hills. Add into the mix Neiman Marcus jumping the West Freeway for Clearfork and you begin to ask is 76109 the new 76107? I’ve been wanting to write about a house in University Place for a long time but properties here rarely seem to come to market. At the Dirt, we like to stay on top of things, so when a listing in University West, at 2544 Boyd Avenue came on the market, 10 hours ago, we were on it.

Time and money. This property was listed less than two years ago for $675,000. Prescient to have bought then. Renovations, a plumb location in the Tanglewood school district, and a red hot market have nearly doubled the value of this home. And my prognostication?  That this property is probably conservatively priced and that it will move quickly. (more…)

04/13/18 4:29pm

Riverhills

Always on the look-out for that rarity — a new build we can love —  I was thrilled to discover that former Fort Worth Magazine Dream Home at 3824 River Hills View Drive was listed this Tuesday. The handsome Mediterranean sits on a large third-of-an-acre lot in the first phase of the thoughtfully realized Riverhills community in Edwards Ranch. We’ve been here before. It’s difficult to overlook  a community of well-constructed new houses that achieve opulence without ostentation, mere minutes from upscale Waterside retail and the shops at Clearfork.

Remember symmetry? The impressive elevation is composed of forceful stepped-and-balanced blocks under tiled Italianate eaves. It harkens back to an earlier era and should gracefully bear the test of time.

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04/06/18 9:30am

In the Spring, one’s fancy lightly turns to thoughts of … real estate and open houses! Apologies to Alfred, Lord T.  And if a well-located, perfectly updated, midcentury modern with a reasonable price tag is your thing, you would be well advised to schedule a showing or at least clear this Sunday afternoon from 3 to 5 p.m. to take a gander at the open house of this North Ridglea listing at 6551 Malvey Avenue. This listing is new — like four days old new — and, naturally, buyer interest is strong.

Loads of curb appeal, the 1952 house blends beautifully into a lush landscape of bountiful Asian jasmine, mondo grass, period-perfect elephant ears, and tall twining old live oaks. Attractive hardscape including a long, stone-and-masonry walkway approach, completes the pleasing first impression.

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03/30/18 8:18am

Occasionally an exceptional listing — a perfect combination of unique, beautiful architecture, landscaping, location, and pricing — leaps out and demands your attention. And evidently many others agreed with me. Listing agent Martha Price thought the vintage, thankfully un-updated baths and the one-car garage might potentially make 2200 Winton Terrace a bit of a slow mover. Still, she priced the 1929 Spanish style house at $250 per square foot — the median per-square-foot price for Park Hill these days. The result? Only listed yesterday, it had eight near back-to-back showings and got a full price offer. (more…)

03/23/18 9:53am

With spring breaking, and wanderlust mounting, an invitation to Cuernavaca, Mexico, seemed the perfect antidote to the winter doldrums to which your sulky Fort Worth Friday correspondent has lately succumbed. As old as Mexico itself, Cuernavaca contains the oldest preserved colonial building in the Americas, the nearly 500-year-old Palacio de Cortés, built atop an earlier, demolished, Aztec structure. Fifty years ago, Cuernavaca was a sleepy little resort town of 35,000. Now at 350,000 souls, Cuernavaca is a big little place, with great shopping, frequent cultural events and even fewer reasons to return to the capital which, on a good day, is a short 45 minutes to the north.

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03/02/18 9:30am

Yesterday, prowling the Fort Worth beat from Edward’s Ranch to Rivercrest, I found several enticing listings before landing in front of 2324 Mistletoe Drive in Mistletoe Heights — the hands-down winner for this week’s Fort Worth Friday. Often, in the back of my mind, when looking at a property there is a “could I live here?” fantasy.  This midcentury modern is so seductive that my answer would be a resounding “yes.” And I wasn’t alone in my admiration, because the house was on the market for all of five days. The current status is “active pending” but that needn’t prevent us from taking a look. Indulge Magazine thought the 1946 build unique enough to merit a feature in 2012.

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02/16/18 2:36pm

Update: a reader tells us this house was the set for a movie filmed around 1994, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7V6CXYrqELk&t=3843s   But beware: the movie is R-rated! Whoa!

Ever on the look out for value in a desirable location here at CandysDirt.com, I stumbled onto a brand new listing on 2101 Western Avenue. By new, I mean listed yesterday new. As for location, the 1923 bungalow sits on a 6,700-square-foot corner lot in the Hillcrest subdivision of Arlington Heights, a few short blocks from Camp Bowie, near the museums and tonier West Side neighborhoods like Rivercrest and Westover. Not evident from the pictures, the exterior seems to have gotten a coat of new paint. Curvaceous planting beds add curb appeal.

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02/09/18 1:22pm

Last Sunday, one of those typical, Texas, false harbinger of spring days, I waited outside 1460 West Allen, one of three open houses from the portfolio of 6th Avenue Homes. Children on bicycles pass, followed by three guys with contrasting day glow hair and plentiful piercings. Minutes later a 1920s open coupe cruised by. In other words, a fairly typical afternoon in Fairmount.

Four years after its founding, partners Jamie Ice and Jimmy Williams of 6th Avenue Homes are thriving and still riding the Fairmount wave and the strong demand for hip urban housing in a historic, in-town ‘hood. They now have over 40 renovations under their belts and have taken on a warehouse on South Main, The 4 Eleven, which contains a furniture store, a women’s clothing space, popsicle vendor, and a for-rent events space. (more…)