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…)

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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Because that’s what this exceptionally preserved two-story mid-century modern home built in 1953. It’s in the Berkeley Place neighborhood, just a jump from the Fort Worth Zoo. And folks, this home is a total time warp! It’s so immaculate that I could imagine Don Draper sitting down in one of those Eames chairs in the formal living room and pondering his next big idea. It’s a hip pocket listing from Williams Trew marketed for $649,599. I’d try to negotiate some of the furniture, to be honest. I love this home that much.

You get just an inkling of what can be found inside by looking at the clean lines and perfect paint on the outside. But guys, you have no idea. Just go ahead and do yourself a favor and jump to see the beautifully retro interiors.

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On Sandage St. near TCU, two large, zero-lot-line homes have been built next door to one another. To curb the trend of investors tearing down homes to build "stealth dorms," residents are supporting greater restrictions for the number of co-habiting adults in these homes. (Photo: Max Faulkner/Fort Worth Star-Telegram)

On Sandage St. near TCU, two large, zero-lot-line homes have been built next door to one another. To curb the trend of investors tearing down homes to build “stealth dorms,” residents are supporting greater restrictions for the number of co-habiting adults in these homes. (Photo: Max Faulkner/Fort Worth Star-Telegram)

This is an interesting story out of Fort Worth, as some neighborhoods push back against big, zero-lot-line homes full of college kids by proposing an overlay to limit unrelated adult residents to three per single-family home instead of the current five. The overlay, which in its current version would not grandfather existing properties, is facing some stiff opposition from investors. They’re pooling their funds and preparing for a legal battle, according to the story in the Star-Telegram:

“We did it how they said to do it,” Kyle O’Keefe, an investor and resident in the overlay, said of the homes they built. “If they go back and change it, that is a break of trust. That is saying, ‘Hey, you guys come in and invest in our city make it a great city and then we are going to screw the hell out of you in a couple of years.”

This is interesting, because while the restrictions are aimed toward protecting the integrity of the neighborhoods surrounding Texas Christian University, they’re targeting a specific group of homes: Large four- and five-bedroom houses in districts surrounding TCU, that are usually rented to college students and dubbed “stealth dormitories.” Residents are mostly concerned about noise, trash, and traffic.

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