“Eight minutes from Main Street — paved all the way!” So said the boosters for Oakhurst in the 1920s. Always in search of the ever more elusive starter home, a post on Oakhurst, a neighborhood just east of downtown on the National Register of Historic Places is long overdue. Add into the mix a proud neighborhood association, attractive parks, and close proximity to the Trinity Vision Project, and the future for Oakhurst looks better than bright.

With charming street names like Primrose, Bluebonnet, and Mapleleaf  and quaint cottages from the 1920s through 1940s Oakhurst is reminiscent of Oak Cliff with pricing where Oak Cliff was a decade or so ago. But if you want a piece of the area you had better hurry. Upscale development has already begun along Oakhurst Scenic Drive which will only serve as a catalyst for further development and put additional upward pressure on prices.

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Not for the first time, a traffic detour routed me past a property for sale so appealing that I postponed my planned post in favor of another listing, this time at 2264 Lipscomb, at the edge of Fairmount. Cute it is, with all of the Fairmount charm in spades, but my jaw dropped at the listing price of $499,000. Further investigation, revealed that Lipscomb is a member of a small, but growing club of Fairmount properties priced at or above $500,000. Even a real estate blogger can be caught off guard in the fast moving target of a hot real estate market.

In the 500 club is 2014 Fifth Avenue, under contract and priced at $539,000. David Folsom of the Folsom Team is offering a charming Fairmount bungalow at 1700 Fairmount Avenue for $520,000. Also bumping against the 500 bar is 1626 South Adams Street originally offered for $520,000, now priced at $489,000.  (more…)

One doesn’t want to be parochial, but one can’t fail to take an interest in the goings on on one’s own street. Move-in ready isn’t a term necessarily associated with Elizabeth Blvd., but since its listing on the National Register of Historic Places in 1979, the area has been undergoing a steady process of re-gentrification.

Exterior modifications are verboten. However interiors are fair game for updates. Whether or not that’s a good thing naturally depends on the taste of the owner. Happily, 1107 Elizabeth Blvd. couldn’t have been more fortunate in its present owners, who have modernized the 3,718-square-foot, 1919 house with taste and flair.

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Some Fort Worth Fridays are truly serendipitous. This week’s FWF was the result of a blocked-for-construction Windsor Parkway that detoured me through lovely Berkley Place. As with neighboring Ryan Place, some of the most beautiful properties lie in the quiet side streets. And so I landed at 2215 Ward Parkway, a street I had never been on.

There is much here that could instruct a modern builder. The façade is almost self consciously simple and yet so engaging. Built in 1941, it flaunts the disciplined symmetry of an earlier era. A special finish — white wash — converts the red brick into a soft rose, which harmonizes beautifully with pale blue trim color. Windows are correctly placed above windows, with the second floor windows crowned by discrete peaks.

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In 1921,  leading Fort Worth architectural firm Sanguinet and Staats – designers of many iconic buildings which still stand, including the Texas Hotel and Our Lady of Victory Academy (as well dozens of houses in Arlington Heights) – constructed the Neil P. Anderson Cotton Exchange.

Dallas’ famous Cotton Exchange was demolished in 1991. This being Fort Worth, however, this architectural gem, listed on the National Register in 1978,  was renovated and repurposed by low-key local developer Amicus Interests in 2004 as condominiums.

The Beaux Arts building, rechristened The Neil P, is more attractive in my opinion than its better-known rival down 7th Street. With units selling for about $275 per square foot, the Neil P offers urban living at a reasonable price and compares favorably with the Omni Residences, which start at about $475  per square foot. (more…)

Not infrequently, my real estate blogger and interior designer roles intersect. This week I was approached by a prospective client looking for a second home in Fort Worth. The criteria? Budget of $550,000 including renovations, and the coveted 76107 zip code. I scanned listings of the top five Fort Worth agencies — I won’t name them, you know who they are — and found, you guessed it, very low inventory.

Sifting through the limited choices, I did discover one brilliant gem in a quiet corner of Arlington Heights at 4224 Pershing Avenue. Curb appeal? Is that June Cleaver on the front porch? This lovely house has been well loved and it shows. An enormous red oak tree dominates the front yard. The owner’s green thumb is on display in the front beds. (more…)

Colonial Parkway

Are you prepared to be seduced? Are you prepared, in spite of yourself , to fall in love with traditional all over again? This sweet, siren domicile is splendidly situated across from Colonial Country Club, with a coveted golf course view at 2409 Colonial Parkway.

I tried to find fault with this house and the worst indictment I could make was that the façade breaks the ancient and sacred Vitruvian rules of mass over mass and void over void. Actually on closer inspection, the façade merits closer inspection. The paired upper floor windows bind in a strong triangle with the larger windows below them which echoes the triangle of the broken pediment over the front door. The brick dentils below the roof line are picked up in the same pediment. Impeccable tiered and sculpted box woods line the approach. (more…)


Wedgwood

Here we go again.  I stumbled onto a charming, three-bedroom, two-and-one-half-bath house, deeply set back on a deep lot. It gets better. The house is  framed by mature, twisting oaks, approached by a winding walkway in a picture-perfect neighborhood.  I meant to post last Friday on this very new media site. Old media would have fired me immediately for missing a scoop. Forgive me, Candy. I am not worthy.  The listing hit the market last Thursday at the attractive price of $274,900 and now appears to be under active contract after less than one week.

However to the point. What’s a buyer to do? Answer? Get pre-qualified for your budgeted amount and then hunt for the house. Fort Worth’s star Realtors seem nearly unanimous that high-end properties are moving more slowly these days, but below $600,000 would-be buyers better be nimble. (more…)