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…)

cape cod-style

(Photo courtesy Finishing Touches Remodeling)

We have one more episode of Flip or Flop Fort Worth in 2017, and Ashley and Andy Williams pull out a whole lot of stops on an adorable Arlington Heights Cape Cod-style cottage in this week’s episode.

But before we get to this week’s episode, we have some letters to answer. (more…)

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…)

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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Not infrequently, my real estate blogger and interior designer roles intersect. This week I was approached by a prospective client looking for a second home in Fort Worth. The criteria? Budget of $550,000 including renovations, and the coveted 76107 zip code. I scanned listings of the top five Fort Worth agencies — I won’t name them, you know who they are — and found, you guessed it, very low inventory.

Sifting through the limited choices, I did discover one brilliant gem in a quiet corner of Arlington Heights at 4224 Pershing Avenue. Curb appeal? Is that June Cleaver on the front porch? This lovely house has been well loved and it shows. An enormous red oak tree dominates the front yard. The owner’s green thumb is on display in the front beds. (more…)

Shoulda, Coulda, Woulda. This page has extensively covered the ebbing affordability of housing in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. And, in addition to the stand out, marquee listings I cover, I continue to pursue the vanishing, charming, affordable, starter house. So naturally a prime westside listing in Arlington Heights on 5037 Calmont Ave. in Fort Worth had been on my radar. Alas, it listed June 29 and was under contract on July 14.

It couldn’t be more obvious why. Priced at $284,000, it’s so picture-perfect that it’s practically a cliché. Yes, that really is a white picket fence covered with roses. Let’s take a look.  (more…)

Arlington Heights

Looking for a great Westside location in a quiet corner of Arlington Heights? You might fall under the spell of this 1932 Tudor charmer at 4803 El Campo Avenue. A peaked roof  plus a concentric arched doorway and tidy landscaping add up to loads of curb appeal. The 2,156-square-foot cottage began life as a duplex — the only remaining vestige being the double entrance to the living area. Otherwise, the transition is pretty seamless. (more…)

 

4713 Pershing Ave.

What makes a good neighbor? Not building to within an inch of minimum setbacks for starters. Considered design decisions respectful of your older neighbors is another goodwill gesture. None of this is accidental at 4713 Pershing Avenue, a 4 bedroom 3 1/2 bath house with a lot of heart. (more…)