I’ve written about the charmed streets of Clover Lane and Clarke before. Many things mark the area as special. For me, personally, it’s the street where my father grew up.
Several of my friends started their lives and careers in Fort Worth on these tree-lined streets. Neighborhood camaraderie is quite strong. Its location is beyond desirable, connecting to some of the best Westside neighborhoods and the location is moments from the Cultural District.
Another theme is the pride owners take in their residences. Look at the discreet but meticulous landscaping of this week’s Fort Worth Friday at 1200 Clover Lane, at the corner of Clover and Clarke. Mortar and woodwork have been painted an off-white for a unified, fresh appearance. Also, like other Clover Lane houses I have covered, the interiors have been deftly updated without sacrificing intrinsic cottage charm.
It’s so easy to imagine a lifestyle in this brand new townhouse in the exciting Waterside Addition. The Waterside development, which was carved out of 63 acres formerly owned by Lockheed, has been a thumping success since its launch in 2014. It’s no wonder, considering its choice riverside location with mixed-use retail and residential space, as well as abundant public green spaces. Residents can enjoy the trails along the river for walking, running, or cycling. There is easy access to retail anchored by Whole Foods and restaurants including Piatello, Taco Diner, and Tricky Fish.
There are echoes of that other Wilshire Boulevard in this charming little villa in Berkley Place. Like the gracious Mediterranean ambiance embellished with palm trees and those lovely blue awnings, which match the window trim color.
Head on, the four bedroom, three bath, house built in 1928 looks rather simple and small. However, looked at from an angle, the tri-level structure reveals itself as a sophisticated composition of interlocking masses. And its exterior conceals a generous 3,450 square feet of living space. Less than one month old, this listing, in my opinion is one of the loveliest houses on the market in one of the prettiest, discreet neighborhoods in Fort Worth. In 2018, Fort Worth Magazine crowned Berkley Place Neighborhood of the Year
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Eric: The owners of this Ryan Place home were the first to welcome me to the neighborhood, and it has been a distinct privilege to know them. The home of these neighborhood advocates stands as a testament of their dedication to this area and their work to preserve it.
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.
The West Highland neighborhood will probably leave most readers — even those familiar with Fort Worth — scratching their heads. But one glance from the second-floor balcony will immediately place you in the heart of the cultural district, with sweeping views down West 7th Street punctuated with a stunning view of downtown Fort Worth.
Located at 800 Haskell Street, this corner townhouse, with its interesting roofline, stucco exterior, and window displacement, is reminiscent of early modern masters like Otto Wagner. Built in 2007, this spacious 2,600-square-foot unit has two bedrooms, two-and-one-half baths, and everything needed for comfortable urban living.
Park Hill, unfortunately is one of the few neighborhoods where 1920’s era houses fall under the wrecking ball, but it would be difficult to regret the teardown that made 2244 Winton Terrace, a modern stunner by architect Michael Bennet of Bennett Benner Partners.
The minimalist composition has the graphic force of a painting by Piet Mondrian. And it doesn’t get more high profile than this in Fort Worth, being awarded Best in City Center from The International Interior Design Association Texas/Oklahoma chapter, for the best work in any city within the region. It was also featured in the Wall Street Journal in the “Mansion” section and on the cover of 360W this June.
The new kid on the block respectfully observes the setback of its older neighbors. The honed Lueders limestone facade fairly floats in front of a grid of square windows, establishing vertical thrusts that recall the giant order — the invention of Michelangelo.
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.