Yesterday, prowling the Fort Worth beat from Edward’s Ranch to Rivercrest, I found several enticing listings before landing in front of 2324 Mistletoe Drive in Mistletoe Heights — the hands-down winner for this week’s Fort Worth Friday. Often, in the back of my mind, when looking at a property there is a “could I live here?” fantasy.  This midcentury modern is so seductive that my answer would be a resounding “yes.” And I wasn’t alone in my admiration, because the house was on the market for all of five days. The current status is “active pending” but that needn’t prevent us from taking a look. Indulge Magazine thought the 1946 build unique enough to merit a feature in 2012.


Update: a reader tells us this house was the set for a movie filmed around 1994,   But beware: the movie is R-rated! Whoa!

Ever on the look out for value in a desirable location here at, I stumbled onto a brand new listing on 2101 Western Avenue. By new, I mean listed yesterday new. As for location, the 1923 bungalow sits on a 6,700-square-foot corner lot in the Hillcrest subdivision of Arlington Heights, a few short blocks from Camp Bowie, near the museums and tonier West Side neighborhoods like Rivercrest and Westover. Not evident from the pictures, the exterior seems to have gotten a coat of new paint. Curvaceous planting beds add curb appeal.


Last Sunday, one of those typical, Texas, false harbinger of spring days, I waited outside 1460 West Allen, one of three open houses from the portfolio of 6th Avenue Homes. Children on bicycles pass, followed by three guys with contrasting day glow hair and plentiful piercings. Minutes later a 1920s open coupe cruised by. In other words, a fairly typical afternoon in Fairmount.

Four years after its founding, partners Jamie Ice and Jimmy Williams of 6th Avenue Homes are thriving and still riding the Fairmount wave and the strong demand for hip urban housing in a historic, in-town ‘hood. They now have over 40 renovations under their belts and have taken on a warehouse on South Main, The 4 Eleven, which contains a furniture store, a women’s clothing space, popsicle vendor, and a for-rent events space. (more…)

This week’s Fort Worth Friday sprang from a Dallas/Fort Worth Thursday. On the hunt at Nick Brock, one of my favorite antique shops in Dallas, I had the pleasure of running into one of my favorite Fort Worth designers, Tara Took, and meeting another Fort Worth designer, Adana Agee.

“Where in Fort Worth do you live?” I asked my new friend, Adanna.

“In Berney Park.”

“Berney Park?”

“It’s a subdivision of Ridglea, off Camp Bowie, near La Madeleine,” she explained.

“Oh, I don’t know it. Anything for sale there?” I inquire. I knew it was coming… (more…)

A rare opportunity in the fully occupied Omni Residences in the heart of downtown Fort Worth has just come to market — and it’s a stunner. A penthouse, No. 3203 on the 32nd floor, has a lavish, 4,330 square feet of living space, four bedrooms, four and one half baths, and three balconies. And then there is the building itself, unequaled in Fort Worth for its sleek, unique profile, and five-star amenities.

And who would you enlist to move a premiere, multi-million dollar property in the Omni? You might, reflexively, turn to the building’s former Sales Director, Allison Hayden, who earned her high-rise chops selling in the luxury Dallas building, The Azure, before moving to The Omni Residences in Fort Worth in 2009. Currently she is working her special brand of agent magic at Lakeside Terrace in Flower Mound, where she has already sold 70 percent of the building. Oh, and did I mention that construction on the building isn’t even completed? (more…)

Up and ComingLooking for a first home in an older neighborhood at a reasonable price point?  Or are you on the hunt for value with the greatest possibility for maximum appreciation? There is still value in Fairmount if you’re willing to look hard enough and undertake a major project. But if you have the pioneer spirit and want to get in on the ground floor, you might take a look at three up-and-coming neighborhoods. (more…)

A. Quincy Jones

[Editor’s note: Merry Christmas! This week, we’re taking time off to focus on our loved ones, so we are sharing some of our favorite stories from this year. Keep an eye out for our top features from the archives as we rest and get ready for a brilliant 2018! Cheers, from Candy and the entire staff at!]

From Eric Prokesh: Sometimes it’s difficult to find 500 words to write about a particular listing. And then there are the rare properties about which one can’t say enough. I didn’t have to think twice about which post I wanted to rerun during our little editorial break this week. The A. Quincy Jones at 4167 Charron Lane has it all. With a proud past and almost 70 years of age, it still boldly and freshly proclaims the future. I described it as Fort Worth’s most beautiful and storied orphan in my May write up. Having sat empty, on and off the market for years, team Tina McMakin and Alyson French were enlisted to breath life into this architectural treasure. The result? Three months after staging, the orphan was at long last adopted at full price.  

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 .

A. Quincy Jones

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.


Any guesses as to date of this paean to Frank Lloyd Wright? 1900? 1945? Actually this well-placed, faithful tribute to the master at 5404 Collinwood Avenue was built in 1986. The low slung, prairie-style house with its strongly emphasized, stepped horizontals just looks so right on the lot, reminding us that the point of this design idiom was, in large part, an effort to meld dwellings with nature. And this style, now over 100 years old, still has the ability to look fresh and perfectly suitable for a Southwest city. (more…)