Westridge Ave.

If I wanted to write about a premiere listing in Rivercrest, Westover, or Montserrat, chances were better than even I would be looking at a John Zimmerman listing. In fact, at times it was difficult not to write about star agent John Zimmerman.

Since moving to the high-tech, New York-based Compass agency, Zimmerman has continued to thrive with an impressive record of multimillion-dollar sales and a dazzling portfolio of properties on offer. It has been a while since I’ve covered  a John Zimmerman listing, but after writing this I notice that my noble publisher and I are quite literally on the same page today. No matter. A garden home in Ridglea Hills, No. 11 at 4900 Westridge is too wonderful to ignore. (more…)

Thanksgiving

Over the river and through the woods … to grandmothers’s house we go!

So we used to sing on the way to Thanksgiving dinner at my grandparents. The river was a branch of the Trinity near the zoo and the woods were the tall trees of Tanglewood, the first residential development carved out of Edwards Ranch. My grandfather built in the newly opened addition in 1960, doubling the depth of the foundation and halving the centers of the rebar, which has kept the house solid and crack free to this day.

Tanglewood has remained popular for many reasons. Tree-lined streets meander within the neighborhood with no traffic tempting through streets, keeping the area quiet and tranquil. Houses are set back from the street on deep lots. Those deep lots have induced some to tear down and rebuild.

In a way, and I hope I don’t get myself in trouble here, Tanglewood is one of the more Dallas-like neighborhoods in Fort Worth, resembling North Dallas from Royal Lane to Forest. Original, mostly single-story, ranch-style and true Midcentury Modern houses share the neighborhood with jazzier, larger new builds. Many houses have been extended or completely reworked. Then, of course, there is the draw of Tanglewood Elementary, fairly bursting at the seems. (more…)

Windsor Place

Back in Berkley Place and guess who we run into? It’s Ruth Story of the Ruth Story Group, naturally, who has made Berkley Place her turf and area of expertise. And what a perfect plum of a listing she has landed at 2225 Windsor Place. This sort of house used to be fairly plentiful in, say, University Park, but has become an endangered species having been torn down by the dozens. There may be new builds in Berkley Place resulting from tear-downs, but I can’t think of any (nor do I want to know of any).

Curb appeal? Abundant. Arched openings, dappled brick, and a Spanish tile roof are the materials comprising the charming, rambling façade. Though not symmetrical, the plan is rational, comprised of a strong central core and two, smaller, wings. One frames the  porte-cochère, the other houses the garden room. The central bay is broken by a chimney and symmetrically disposed windows above and below, on either side. On the right is arched, columned entrance which steps forward from the wall plane.

Windsor Place

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Westover Terrace

About as blue blood as Fort Worth gets, 51 Westover Terrace offers a prestigious address and a beautiful Mediterranean style villa reminiscent of old Hollywood. Approached by a graceful brick paved drive, embedded in lush landscape canopied with mature trees, the 1935 vintage residence has been added on to by successive owners giving the home an eccentrically pleasing flow. (more…)

Carlock

Jaw dropping. I know the real estate market is cooling after strings of successive years on boil, and that mortgage interest rates approaching 5 percent present a new challenge for buyers, but I was astonished to see an enchanting cottage in the heart fashionable Fairmount at 1213 Carlock Street for less than $200,000.  Also unbelievable is that this two-bedroom, two-bath bungalow, chock full of curb appeal, has been on the market for six months.

And the house couldn’t be more on trend. The stained shingles covering the front gable are stained the color of one of Benjamin Moore’s colors of the year, a rich, spruce, green/blue. Bowers of roses spill over the low metal fence. Paired doors under the symmetrically disposed porch suggest a duplex past. In fact, the history of the 1,200-square-foot cottage is a little murky. Tarrant Appraisal District gives the house a 1924 date, however the owners have documents suggesting a date of 1899.

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Candlelight Tour

I know, I know, I know …. I, too, hate seeing Christmas merch in the local big box before we’ve even gotten through Halloween. However tickets do go on sale next week for the grandmother of Fort Worth’s home tours, officially monikered, “A Candlelight Tour In Ryan Place.” The popular yuletide event, which attracts faithful tour goers from all over the Fort Worth area and even Dallasites, is one of the main revenue sources for the Ryan Place Improvement Association, Fort Worth’s first neighborhood association, and has funded the rebuilding of the original demolished gates and installed period-style street lights throughout the neighborhood among other projects.

Candlelight Tour committees make an effort to mix it up, aiming for variety in style and size and this year is no exception, with a mash up of old and new, often in the same house. Two of the residences will be familiar to Fort Worth Friday readers. (more…)

Cardinal Lane

Oakhurst is all about potential. With its proximity to downtown and the Trinity Vision Project, values have nowhere to go but up. It’s been almost exactly one year ago that we visited Oakhurst, and in that period prices have held steady, but there is a catch — houses move quickly here. The Maple Street listing we covered was under contract before we could post. So I jumped on 2107 Cardinal Lane when it came on the market a mere 24 hours ago.

John P. King and Henry King began developing the neighborhood through their Oakhurst Land Company, Inc. in 1923 and their vision remains true today. (more…)

 

The Tower

The views from The Tower at 500 Throckmorton are unmatched.

We’ve looked in at The Tower at 500 Throckmorton Street before. Two years ago we featured  3602, a stunning 5600 square foot corner unit in the grand style. This week we have a chance to experience high-rise living in a different vein. Nearly as roomy clocking in 4,409 square feet, Unit 3601 has a more relaxed, more modern take on elegant living.

The history of The Tower is worth retelling. Once known as the Bank One Building — yes, that Bank One Building — it was ground zero of the horrific March 28, 2000 tornado, which left half a billion dollars worth of damage to Fort Worth’s downtown in its wake. Work to reconstruct the building began in 2001, but extensive asbestos abatement and other unforeseen costs halted the effort. For several years, it stood, an urban oddity, half clad in plywood and metal, its very existence uncertain.

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