Westcliff Addition

Ever on the look-out for affordable and appealing housing in an attractive neighborhood, I ventured into the Westcliff Addition. Westcliff is rather vast, extending from the area around TCU south to Interstate 20. Closer to TCU, houses can get a little pricy, selling for $500,000 or more. But if you are willing to go farther south, pricing becomes more affordable.  And the still-inside-the-loop area has much to recommend itself with major shopping areas mere minutes away. Houses are of the same vintage as their northern counterparts — compact, ranch-style houses on mature, tree-lined streets.

A short jaunt from Kellis Park, is a midcentury gem at 4625 Selkirk Drive. In fact Selkirk Drive terminates in a piece of that park land. Though small — just under 1,400 square feet — the three-bedroom, two-bath house is rather subtle and sophisticated, composed of three eye-pleasing and balanced blocks.

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I had begun preparing a post on a beautiful lock-and-leave townhouse in a quiet circle of Monticello. Sold. Today. More evidence that desirable properties in good locations below $600,000 are still moving quickly. Above $1 million, that is another story. Some houses I have covered in the year or more since I have been writing for CandysDirt.com in that price category are still on the market.

With my house decorated for the season and the Ryan Place Candlelight tour this weekend — I am volunteering — my thoughts began to sentimentally turn towards Christmas and family. Those reveries almost evaporated thanks to my annoyingly slow and uncooperative laptop thwarting my efforts at every turn, with vexing little spinning wheels in lieu of loading web pages. A reboot and a search result began to restore my spirits.

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Next weekend’s 34th annual Ryan Place Christmas tour or Candlelight Christmas in Ryan Place, by its official name, offers an interesting mix of homes stretching through the decades and communicating the complex story of the historic neighborhood.

Tour regulars won’t be disappointed this year. Included will be a grand Southern Colonial Revival house built in 1918. Fabled Fort Worth architect, Wiley G. Clarkson — builder of many important landmark public buildings such as the Masonic Temple, First Methodist Church, and the United States Court House — will be represented by a fine “Italianate” house of his design on Elizabeth Boulevard. Another early house, built around 1920, will please classicists with its Georgian Revival style.

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CandysDirt.com makes it a mission to find the unusual or one-of-a-kind living spaces, and downtown Fort Worth loft-style living is rather thin on the ground (or should I say in the skyline?). There are a handful of vintage building conversions. There are the Kress lofts on Main. We have already written about The Neil P. on 7th. There are the lofts in the landmark Texas & Pacific building which still serves as an active train depot. Guess what? Nothing available for sale in any of them.

That makes Unit 303 in Houston Place Lofts not just rare, but at this date, one of a kind. The former office building, built in 1906, and converted in 2005 into 30 loft condos, has plenty of curb appeal. Add into the package that 303 is a corner unit with both urban views and green-space views of Hyde Park.

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Many have been captivated by Mistletoe Heights, a venerable early 20th century Near Southside neighborhood. The fabled Wagner ranch family had a Fort Worth home here. Trendy design blogger and soon-to-be television star, Grace Mitchell, launched her design career by lovingly embellishing her Mistletoe Heights digs. Perfectly manicured lawns bear witness to a completed gentrification of a quarter which, only a decade or so ago, looked a bit dog-eared. In fact, the area is pretty hot (what in city neighborhood isn’t in todays market?). The Mistletoe Heights listing I began writing about this week sold before I could post — an annoying scenario to which  I have become accustomed. Very well. Moving on I find 2305 Irwin Street. (more…)

Just one block south of TCU is one of Fort Worth’s loveliest neighborhoods. Adjectives like “charming,” even “darling” spring to mind when describing Westcliff. And here, comparisons to Dallas are unavoidable.

Having lived in Dallas for most of my life, I had to drive through the neighborhood vainly looking for evidence of teardowns. It’s all amazingly intact — a lovely enclave of appealing cottages even lacking ill conceived additions that have blighted the M Streets, for example. It is patently apparent that the owner 3604 Westcliff Road intended to stay for a long time, perhaps forever (she is relocating to Chicago). The house has been sensitively, even lovingly updated. (more…)

“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…)