To tell you the story of Montrachet, we begin with the story of Montserrat, its neighbor: 215 acres of God’s green earth on Fort Worth’s west side along historic Mary’s Creek. Montserrat is one of the most successful real estate stories in Tarrant County.

Don Siratt was a well-known Fort Worth businessman, a self-made man, who founded Western Transfer and Delivery, a truck delivery service in 1966. The firm’s slogan: “We don’t just deliver goods, we deliver your good name.”

Now the Siratt family delivers beautiful pastoral living environments with the most unique topography in North Texas. In fact, it may be the ONLY topography.

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fort worthWe talk a lot about the downtown Dallas skyline and the amazing views you can get from high-rise life there, but in today’s look at available rentals, we’re trekking over to downtown Fort Worth, and the Neil P.

We’ve talked about the Neil P. before — our Eric Prokesh took a look at the building’s history when he wrote about a ninth-floor unit that was for sale. The historic building had it’s beginning as the Neil P. Anderson Cotton Exchange, designed and constructed by the leading Fort Worth architectural firm Sanguinet and Staats in 1921. (more…)

Lancaster Loft

Though I’m sure my editor would take issue, procrastination has its advantages in this case, turning up an outstanding listing less than 24 hours old.

And what a value. If you imagined downtown loft living only attainable for a king’s ransom, be prepared for a shock a two-bedroom, two-bath loft in a historic complex in a full-service building, chock full of amenities, for the very affordable price of $235,000.  Texas and Pacific Lofts on Lancaster includes the 1931 art deco railroad terminal as well as an adjacent mid-rise structure next to it. Our listing is on the fourth floor in the newer, 2006 building which has access to all of the amenities of the older, listed building.

Lancaster Loft

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Shore Front Drive

From the Kim Dawson Agency to up-and-coming star Realtors at Rogers Healy and Associates Realty, Maggie Parks and Kodi Nelson are the dynamic duo comprising Model Realtors — a sort of boutique shop within the extensive and diverse roster of Realtors at the Healy agency.

“After 20 years modeling at Dawson (they are still on the books) I was looking for a new challenge,” explains Kodi Nelson.

She and longtime friend and fellow model, Maggie Parks, were attending real estate classes at Champions and were impressed by guest speaker Rogers Healy.

“Rogers exuded such confidence and energy we knew we wanted to join his team,” she recalls.

“He isn’t the kind of agent who will pass out cards.  He exploits social media in innovative ways to grow business and that fit in with our model,”  she adds. (more…)

Madeline Place

I would love to color my beard Kris Kringle white and award a house to a deserving tike. Short of that, Fort Worth Friday can offer the next best thing to a Christmas gift-a 2100 square foot charmer with a choice west side location, selling below appraised value. In the heart of the Cultural District, on 1320 Madeline Place, the three-bedroom, two-bath bungalow is a true survivor, celebrating its centenary next year.

Some might find the adjacent condominium complex, stretching over two lots, a negative, but I regard it as a useful buffer to busy Camp Bowie to the south. Museums are an agreeable walk from the property. And this cutie has curb appeal in spades. Wood steps lead to a welcoming front porch varnished to a glass-like sheen.

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Encanto Drive

I can’t think of a more apposite address for the captivating, architect build than Encanto Drive. Embedded in a near full-acre lot in Westcliff West, 3701 Encanto Drive presents a discreet modern face to the street. Built in the year 2000 by the firm Shwarz-Hanson, the apparently modern composition employs a pared-down classical vocabulary. Two near symmetrical wings flank a receding central block with a-barrel vaulted colonnade thrusting forward to welcome the visitor.

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Bellaire Park Court

According to Laver’s Law, 3509 Bellaire Park Court, lies somewhere between amusing and quaint. James Laver was an esteemed and influential curator at the Victoria and Albert Museum who enunciated a timeline for the cycle of fashion, receiving a Neiman Marcus Fashion Award in 1962. Ten years ago, you might have lethargically said this house was so 70’s. Now,  you would enthusiastically say the multi-level residence, embedded into a tree-lined hill, is so 70’s! (more…)

Fort Worth based Williams Trew recently launched a new brand identity and marketing campaign in hopes of standing out in the competitive luxury market.

“A lot of changes have occurred over the past several years and we felt like this was a great opportunity for us to kind of re-tell our story and maybe update our brand look,” marketing manager Nick Bendian said.

The new company tagline is “imagine life.” While the Williams Trew logo remains unchanged, the company plans to deemphasize house pictures, instead opting to highlight people.  Bendian said that the company’s goal was to focus more on the experience of having a home, with slogans like “envisioning memories” and “where happiness finds a home.”

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