Ridgewood Road

I don’t need much of an excuse for a foray to Crestwood, my favorite Fort Worth ’07 hood where every old oak seems to sport a sinuous balletic twist. In fact, trees are so revered in this westside enclave that some stand protected by masonry, in the middle of Crestwood‘s winding lanes. This week I was enticed into the neighborhood by an alluring 1960 ranch-style house at 309 Ridgewood Road which is the perfect embodiment of the low-key gentility that makes Crestwood so special.

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Brants Lane

Brants Lane — across from Luther Lake and within walking distance to Ridglea Hills Country Club — is sited in such a choice location in Ridglea Hills that more than a few of its residents are the second generation of the original owners. Built in 1954, 6720 Brants Lane is loaded with 3,590 square feet of midcentury, high-style panache, and has been given a stunning, stylish makeover by Fort Worth Friday friend Terri West.

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Winton Terrace west

One great perks of the job that comes with writing for CandysDirt.com, is meeting some really great agents. Last week we looked at a historic, honey of a house in Hemphill Heights listed by Briggs Freeman’s Gwen Harper, who had such an interesting portfolio that I contacted her about one of her listings at 2225 West Winton Terrace West in Park Hill. Actually, her portfolio is a bit slimmer this week owing to recent sales, including the Heights property, which predictably went under contract after last week’s open house.

The truth is, I don’t need much of an excuse to tempt me into Park Hill, one of my favorite and one of the loveliest of all Fort Worth neighborhoods. What is it about Park Hill? Park Hill has a solidity and sense of permanence that comes with time. Distinctive houses rest on deep set-back bluff lots, enveloped in beautiful landscaping and mature trees. And then there is — excuse the foreign phrase — an elusive, Park Hill je ne sais quoi. The more one dissects the romantic façade of a Park Hill beauty of 1920s vintage, the more layers of true architectural sophistication one uncovers. (more…)

Mopey and melancholic, your Fort Worth Friday correspondent was looking for real estate comfort food to chew on, and there are few neighborhoods more delicious than Crestwood with its lovely, well-bred, unpretentious houses set among cherished old oaks. And with the summer dog days upon us, we are all seeking refuge where we can, so it was with great and unexpected pleasure that I discovered  a delightful, verdant oasis, hidden behind limestone walls at 208 Rockwood Drive in the heart of Crestwood.

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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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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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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…)

Colonial Parkway

Are you prepared to be seduced? Are you prepared, in spite of yourself , to fall in love with traditional all over again? This sweet, siren domicile is splendidly situated across from Colonial Country Club, with a coveted golf course view at 2409 Colonial Parkway.

I tried to find fault with this house and the worst indictment I could make was that the façade breaks the ancient and sacred Vitruvian rules of mass over mass and void over void. Actually on closer inspection, the façade merits closer inspection. The paired upper floor windows bind in a strong triangle with the larger windows below them which echoes the triangle of the broken pediment over the front door. The brick dentils below the roof line are picked up in the same pediment. Impeccable tiered and sculpted box woods line the approach. (more…)