Fort Worth is generally much more preservationist by nature than its sister city to the east, nevertheless, a few neighborhoods in Fort Worth have become rich targets for redevelopment. Tanglewood springs to mind. Sadly, lovely Monticello is another. And because of its proximity to Texas Christian University, Frisco Heights, usually referred to as the TCU area, has become hot with construction and new structures seemingly everywhere. However, some of the quaint, original cottages are quite appealing. That certainly applies to 2729 Merida Avenue, a mere one block from the university. (more…)
Searching for a story idea, I ponder, “What’s available and charming for $250,000?” Answer. Grim. Very little.
Any Realtor will confirm that inventory is stubbornly scarce in that price range. For just a bit more there is Fairmount. But we’ve gone a bit heavy on Fairmount of late. How about an area we haven’t covered lately. Mature trees would be nice. Would good modern design with less-than-celestial pricing be out of the question? I comb listing after listing. Next page. Scroll, scroll. Finally and happily I land at 4325 Hyatt Court in Ridglea Hills.
We’ve covered the scant stock of market-entry housing in Fairmount, so when we find a completely renovated, move-in ready, two-bedroom, two-bath charmer at $275,000 on a popular street, it’s, well, news.
Add into the mix that the newly minted firm Motive Real Estate Group is as newsworthy as the property they are brokering. More on that later. The nearly 100-year-old bungalow at 1711 South Henderson Street was given a total makeover in 2105 and now is as fresh as the nautical blue paint which enlivens its exterior.
Hosts Lisa and Shanon Logan and competitor Dasol Kim
Among the many reasons Fort Worth is such an agreeable place to live is its consistent punching above its weight class in the culture category. There are the crown jewels — The Kimbell and The Modern. In Texas Ballet Theater, it hosts North Texas’ only ballet company. And for music, it’s the Van Cliburn Foundation, which brings artists of the first rank here for its concert series and sponsors one of the best known piano competitions in the world.
This year marks the 15th competition, which has been held every four years since 1962. The competition, which officially began Thursday and runs till June 10, actually began months ago with 290 applicants. From those, 146 were selected for live auditions in London, Hannover, Budapest, Moscow, Seoul, New York, and Fort Worth, where they were heard by a jury of five pianists.
Now culled down to 30 competitors from around the world, each contestant will play a commissioned piece from Canadian composer Marc-André Hamelin and pieces of their own choosing for a maximum of 45 minutes of music in the preliminary round before eliminations.
Looking for a glamorous new build in an established West Side location? You would do well to have a look at 1410 Washington Terrace in Crestmont. Conveniently located off Camp Bowie and only a few short blocks from River Crest Country Club, the four-bedroom, four-and-one-half-bath house isn’t exactly a new build, but a recent remodel of a 1953 construction re-conceived from top to bottom with all of the mod cons. (more…)
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.
“Realtor speak for exploring, investigating, developing,” she explained.
A. Quincy Jones’ architectural masterpiece at 4167 Charron Lane is likely Fort Worth’s most beautiful and storied orphan. Houses by the venerated modernist architect are so sought after in his native Los Angles, that they are snapped up by the rich and famous as soon as they hit the market. Jennifer Aniston paid $22 million for hers. Courtney Cox lives in one. Seasoned star flipper, Ellen Degeneres banked 15 million dollars, selling her A. Quincy Jones-designed house, to Napster founder Sean Parker for a staggering 55 million dollars, after holding it for less than one year .
Mrs. Alfred Steele (Joan Crawford) in her William Haines decorated Manhattan Apartment. Feud fans will notice her signature plastic slip covers.
Back in Fort Worth, this A. Quincy Jones gem has enjoyed a glamorous past and faced an uncertain future. Built in 1953 by oil man Andrew Fuller, who had ties to Los Angeles, the home once hosted Hollywood luminaries like Jimmy Stewart and Joan Crawford. Joan would have felt perfectly comfortable here with an interior executed by her own designer and friend, Billy Haines, whose career she helped launch. Amon Carter III, son of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram publisher and grandson of the legendary mayor, also lived here.
Looking for a great Westside location in a quiet corner of Arlington Heights? You might fall under the spell of this 1932 Tudor charmer at 4803 El Campo Avenue. A peaked roof plus a concentric arched doorway and tidy landscaping add up to loads of curb appeal. The 2,156-square-foot cottage began life as a duplex — the only remaining vestige being the double entrance to the living area. Otherwise, the transition is pretty seamless. (more…)