Dorothy Lane

Since I am taking a much needed break in New York, why not write about a Fort Worth listing worthy of the New York Times real estate pages? Well-located, well-priced, and well-appointed 3401 Dorothy Lane has it all. Located across Monticello Park off of White Settlement Road (not to worry, as it’s quiet as a tomb inside) this 1952 Monticello home is the real deal with midcentury design and luxurious finish out.

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urban views from many rooms in home

Sitting high on Overton Terrace Court allows for picturesque views. (photos: Norman and Young Photography)

How important are views when considering a home?  For some, it’s not a big deal.  They wouldn’t spend more or less on a home based on what can be seen out the window.  For others the views are high on the “must have” list when searching for a home.

If you are looking for a home of 4,250 square feet with five bedrooms, centrally located to just about everything in Fort Worth, complete with serene views from many rooms in the home, then you must check out 4501 Overton Terrace Court.

Must Have Windows

Of course in order to see the views the home must have plenty of large windows in the right places.

Huge windows allow for great views both inside and outside the home.

Not only do great windows allow for great views, they also bring in plenty of natural light and beauty to the home.

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It takes a bit of magic to snag a house in Fort Worth’s historic Berkeley Place. Most homes trade hands by word of mouth, and people stay put in the neighborhood. They simply up size or downsize as their lifestyles change. So, we were thrilled to discover our Inwood Home of the Week, a gorgeous, recently renovated Berkeley Place Colonial Revival at 2012 Ward Parkway. (more…)

Some Fort Worth Fridays are truly serendipitous. This week’s FWF was the result of a blocked-for-construction Windsor Parkway that detoured me through lovely Berkley Place. As with neighboring Ryan Place, some of the most beautiful properties lie in the quiet side streets. And so I landed at 2215 Ward Parkway, a street I had never been on.

There is much here that could instruct a modern builder. The façade is almost self consciously simple and yet so engaging. Built in 1941, it flaunts the disciplined symmetry of an earlier era. A special finish — white wash — converts the red brick into a soft rose, which harmonizes beautifully with pale blue trim color. Windows are correctly placed above windows, with the second floor windows crowned by discrete peaks.

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2216 Wilshire Blvd - bigger than it looks

2216 Wilshire Boulevard – preserves the size and scale from front elevation (photos: Shoot2Sell)

We see them on TV. We hear about them at parties. We can’t seem to get away from people boasting about how they were able to take an older home to the studs and transform it into a new property. Unfortunately, it seems that a great deal of the time, the workmanship and level of finishes leave something to be desired.

Not so for the home at 2216 Wilshire Boulevard in the charming neighborhood of Berkeley Place in Fort Worth.  The sellers knew what they were doing when they tackled this remodel project.  They have completely transformed a small, charming Tudor cottage into a new, exquisite and tasteful home definitely worth seeing.

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Berkley Place

Ah Berkley Place. Once an insider’s secret, with charming, venerable, older houses tucked under canopies of mature trees, it used to be a place to hunt for a real estate bargain.

No more.

Its proximity to parks, a zoo, and TCU — plus its undeniable allure — have pulled Berkley out of the shadows. Add to that, the ridiculously low inventory of houses for sale in the area, and, predictably, prices have risen. In fact, according to Realtor.com, per square foot prices are $45 higher here than nearby Tanglewood. And this 1920s vintage neighborhood seems to have been particularly embraced by young families. No doubt the five-star parental rating of Lily B. Clayton Elementary School is a factor. (more…)