American Craftsman

Breanna and Matt King didn’t realize they were urban pioneers. They just know what they want, and they go for it. So 10 years ago, when they saw this classic American Craftsman in Arlington Heights at 1841 Hillcrest Street, they took a leap of faith. They knew this was a diamond in the rough.

Rough may be putting it mildly. The exterior was all painted the same muddy white, so none of the craftsman detail showed up. The previous owners were smokers, which brought a whole raft of problems. Popcorn ceilings and fabric walls completed the picture.

“My dad begged us not to buy this house,” Breanna said. “But we had a vision!”American Craftsman

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Is it Fort Worth it? You bet it is! Trust us, this Craftsman cutie in Arlington Heights will have you at hello. In fact, the three-bedroom, two-full-bathroom gem is what Friday Four Hundred dreams are made of. It’s nestled in one of Fort Worth’s most desirable enclaves. It sits on one of the best streets. And it puts you minutes from downtown Fort Worth and all things Cultural District. But, it’s not only the location and architecture that catches our eye. It’s the price!

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Pershing Avenue

If you are on the hunt for a lock-and-leave with location, 5016 Pershing Avenue may be for you. Seemingly retreating behind its two-car garage, this Fort Worth condominium is not much to look at from the street. Still, some may find security in its low-profile discretion. And it’s near the Cultural District, Downtown, the West Freeway — practically everything. Enter and take in the soaring double-height, open-concept living area overlooked by the kitchen. The sleek, mocha-stained concrete floors, scored into large squares on the diagonal, give the area an aura of rich modernity.

Pershing Avenue

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This week’s Tarrant County Tuesday will highlight a myriad of homes in the Arlington Heights neighborhood that have colorful front doors.

One of the exciting parts of this exercise was that it didn’t take long at all to find homes with bright and attention-getting front doors.  Just like the neighborhood of Arlington Heights, these homes are full of charm and character mixed in with a little pizzazz.

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Arlington Heights is in Fort Worth - not Arlington

3923 Lafayette Avenue is steps away from great shops, wine bars, restaurants and so much more in Arlington Heights (photos: Trey Freeze Media)

Arlington Heights is not in Arlington.  Nope. Contrary to what you might think, it’s an older neighborhood right in the middle of the Fort Worth Westside.

Situated North of I-30 and South of the famous Camp Bowie Boulevard, Arlington Heights is heavily populated by smaller cottages of charm and character built from the 1920s to the 50s.  That is, until now …

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Update: a reader tells us this house was the set for a movie filmed around 1994, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7V6CXYrqELk&t=3843s   But beware: the movie is R-rated! Whoa!

Ever on the look out for value in a desirable location here at CandysDirt.com, 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.

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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…)