When considering an older property, what defines move-in ready? Renovated kitchens and baths? Yes. Refinished hardwoods? Of course. New HVAC, plumbing roof, and electrical to prevent unpleasant, and expensive surprises down the road? Yes, PLEASE. A 1924 Craftsman bungalow at 2712 College Avenue in Ryan Place ticks all of those boxes. Freshly painted with a new front porch, the 1,765-square-foot, three-bedroom, two-bath cottage beckons with loads of curb appeal. (more…)

The U.S. Census Bureau says that more people are moving to Texas than any other state. Tracking population from 2016 to 2017, they found San Antonio to be the most populous with a population now of 1.5 million.

But guess what city was next in population growth in this state? Fort Worth.Other cities experiencing population gains, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, last year were Phoenix, Arizona, (24,000 population growth in 2017), Dallas, Texas, (18,900), Fort Worth, Texas, (18,700), Los Angeles (18,600) and  Seattle, Washington, (17,500). Look at that: nearly the same amount of people moved to Fort Worth as Dalla, just 200 shy. Fort Worth has now kicked out Indianapolis as the 15th most populous U.S. city. There is just so much to love about Fort Worth!

And there is so much to love about Monticello. Apart from its desirable west side location, near museums and minutes from town, there is a real sense of community evident in the frequently frequented Monticello Park at its northern edge.  On the downside, Monticello is one of the few neighborhoods in Fort Worth that has caught the Dallas disease Chronic Teardownitus. Some of the new builds are good neighbors and make an effort to respect their elders but one does encounter the occasional “Junior League Georgian”.

Virginia Place is one of the plum avenues in this desirable neighborhood, with its deep lots and mature trees. And the 1943 vintage Tudor at 106 Virginia Place embodies the best Monticello has to offer. The residence exudes charm and curb appeal from the brick inlayed driveway and winding walkway leading to the discreet front door, to the artfully asymmetrical, but balanced façade. (more…)

On my way home a few weeks ago, I saw an “Open House” sign in front of 2017 Windsor Place in Berkeley Place. And, it was in the middle of the week around five o’clock in the afternoon. Inside I met up with Ruth Story, head of the Ruth Story group, a boutique agency created in 2003 under the umbrella of Keller Williams Fort Worth. Ruth Story is truly a family operation with Ruth’s husband, Rick, specializing in ranch and farmland sales and daughter, Kati, concentrating on new construction like Walsh.

“Odd time for an open house,” I opine.

“We find we pull in more serious buyers during the week, though we still do week end open houses,” explained Ruth.

Inventory in Berkeley Place is famously low, with listings on the market for  60 days or less. And, access to highly rated Lily B. Clayton Elementary School creates a strong draw for young families to this old, Near Southside neighborhood. (more…)

Ever on the lookout for a new build we can love, I stumbled onto a Monticello gem of a listing at 3710 West 6th Street that has timeless appeal in a perfect west side location. The style isn’t just traditional, it’s Texas Mediterranean vernacular that, at first glance, you might mistake for a 1920s’ era construction which happily blends with it’s older neighbors. The façade is rich in thoughtful architectural details like the symmetrically disposed windows, arches, and mirror curved peaks in the center. (more…)

Before I am accused of being lazy, allow me to note that when the first house in the first planned development in Fort Worth — Ryan Place — comes on the market, I can’t not write about it even if it is just down the street from me, on Elizabeth Blvd.

When 1112 Elizabeth Blvd. was built, in 1911, the world was a very different place. My grandfather was living in his city of birth, Vienna, under the rule of  Franz Joseph, the Austro-Hungarian Emperor. It was still the Belle Epoque, with the upheavals of World War I three years in the future. In the photograph above, taken about 1912, the boulevard was already handling motor car traffic but the original hitching post remains in front, just in case. A short 20 minute buggy ride would have taken you into town. Like all of the original dwellings on Elizabeth Boulevard built between 1911 to 1928, 1112 Elizabeth Boulevard was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1979.

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Resting on a beautifully manicured half-acre lot replete with twisting, mature oak trees behind a classic ranch façade lies a midcentury modern dream. This 1959 build at 3809 Trails Edge in Overton Park has been impeccably maintained and thoughtfully amended to its current whopping 6,848 square feet and flawlessly staged by Alyson French and Tina McMackin of AЯRANGE. (more…)

When a house on coveted Alta Drive with Rivercrest golf course views comes on the market it’s … well, real estate news. Big time. The oh-so-discreet façade of 505 Alta Drive is oh-so-understated old Fort Worth, though it masks a whopping 5,157 square feet of living area and sits on a nearly half acre lot. Inside, prepare to be wowed. This Rivercrest estate is all about the extras. Extras like three spacious living areas and three dining rooms.

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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…)