Alger Park

It’s not always easy to find a move-in ready home near White Rock Lake for a sensible price point, but this week’s Tuesday Two Hundred is a charming Midcentury Cottage in Alger Park that has been thoroughly updated, and comes with bonus square footage.

The two-bedroom, one bath home has 1,020 square feet of living space, and has been meticulously cared for, according to listing agent Leslie Donovan of Giordano, Wegman, Walsh and Associates.

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The home on Quarter Oak Ranch – wait til you see the horse stalls (photos: Norman & Young)

I’m the first to admit that I don’t know much about horses.  While I’m sure there is a bowtie-wearing cowboy out there somewhere, it’s not this bowtie Realtor.

However, when I heard about the Quarter Oak Ranch in Gainesville, Texas, I had to tell you about it.  Yes, yes, Cooke County is not quite within the boundaries of Tarrant County, but allow me some creative license.

Quarter Oak Ranch has it all

87 acres, 2 ponds, 1 heated pool, 5,800 ft. home, 64 horse stalls…quite a ranch!

The Quarter Oak Ranch

Gainesville is approximately an hour and a half from Fort Worth.  This Texas town of around 16,000 residents is known by many as being located in the heart of the Texas horse country.

Why is that?  It is conveniently located midway between two large destinations for horse shows and events (Fort Worth and Oklahoma City) and that the sandy loam soil is very friendly to horsey feet … we call those hooves in the horse biz.

The 87-acre estate that makes up the Quarter Oak Ranch is found at the end of a private road and yet five to ten minutes from “downtown” Gainesville and Interstate 35.

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The Baldridge House

When a home has its own Wikipedia entry, you know you are in for something special. Our Monday Morning Millionaire is The Baldridge House, a spectacular 1910 Georgian mansion at 5100 Crestline Road.

If only walls could talk.

Fortunately, The Baldridge House has a voice of sorts. It has been designated a Texas Historic Landmark and a City of Fort Worth Landmark. Not only has the house been beautifully preserved and updated, but the history is also intact. So, a lot is known about this Forth Worth showplace and considering my deep fondness for historical homes, I’m tickled pink to share it with you!

The Baldridge House

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4649 Saint Laurent Court in beautiful Montserrat, a luxury Fort Worth neighborhood, sold and closed today. It had been the estate of 26 year old pop star singer Selena Marie Gomez, who bought the 10,016 square foot home in November of 2015. This home is where the Grand Prairie native has been quietly spending time here in North Texas, which the star singer definitely considers home.

Selena paid almost $3.5 million for Saint Laurent Court in 2015, which is a case-book example of the kind of inflation DFW estate homes have experienced: the previous owners had paid $1.750 for the house in 2010. (more…)

Ryan Serhant

Bravo’s “Million Dollar Listing New York” star Ryan Serhant drew a large crowd Saturday at his Dallas appearance at Barnes & Noble-Lincoln Park.

He may have drawn a large crowd at Barnes & Noble-Lincoln Park Saturday afternoon, but Ryan Serhant said that his first three years in the real estate business were actually a big struggle.

“This business is so hard,” he told the eager crowd who came to hear him talk about his new book, “Sell It Like Serhant.” “I didn’t make any money the first three years. It sucked.”

In fact, later in the afternoon, when an audience member said he was about to graduate college and go into real estate, Serhant advised him to prepare for that eventuality, saying that the “first three years after undergrad, that should be grad school in your head.” (more…)

HGC

Simply put, it’s so damned exciting living in Fort Worth now. Growth is insane, lively development or redevelopment can be found in any direction one looks, and a lot of young, vigorous, and creative talent is steering much of it.

HGC Residential Development was born in 2000 and has flourished and grown in a period in which the population of Fort Worth has increased by 60 percent. We’ve had periods of dizzying growth and prosperity in North Texas before, but often it seems as if these were eras of loss and missed opportunities. Think: The 1980s and the damage done to older neighborhoods, particularly Highland Park and Oak Lawn, when many a proud, carefully conceived structure was leveled and replaced with modish, but generic building stock. Much of residential construction then strived for grandeur and a vaguely remembered past — and missed the mark.

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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…)

3832 Bishops Flower in Riverhills was designed and constructed by V Fine Homes of Fort Worth (photos: Trey Freeze Media)

The trend in newer Fort Worth developments is the attempt to recreate the Golden Age of neighborhoods and home construction from the 1920s and 30s.  Riverhills, Walsh, and Parks of Aledo are recent developments that desire the look-and-feel of neighborhoods that were built when many classic communities were created throughout the United States.

Back then there were no production builders.  There were no homes with turrets, discombobulated roof lines, and especially no stone-and-brick-and stucco combinations that are unfortunately seen throughout the Metroplex in many newer developments.

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