South Adams

We haven’t looked in on historic Fairmount for some time. Only a block or so from my Ryan Place home, the vibe and demographic is oh so different. And the Fairmount phenomenon, as I have dubbed it, continues to intrigue.  Is Fairmount becoming a victim of its somewhat unforeseen success? Solid city investment, the re-blooming of Magnolia Street, analogous to Bishop Arts in Dallas, and an extensive inventory of Craftsman-style houses that have been embraced by a new generation have sent values soaring.  With pricing now at $200 per square foot, Fairmount is slipping out of the starter home category. According to Realtor.com, median price has more than doubled in the past three years from $184,000 to $392,000. (more…)

Bailey

It’s so easy to love the Crestwood neighborhood in Fort Worth, not only for its handsome houses, but for its romantic serendipity, the aura of relaxed informality which suggests a serene security. Winding streets sometimes preserve a venerable old oak in their center.

On the market for a mere four days, 417 North Bailey Ave. epitomizes so much of what we love about this charming westside neighborhood. Half hidden from the street by a massive spreading live oak, its facade is unique, even eccentric, insistently asymmetrical, and obliquely approached by a curved drive.

Composed of four unevenly stepped units, the entrance at right competes for  attention with the strong pedimented bay next to it. And the discreet front conceals a whopping 5,600 square feet of living space. A full basement adds an additional 2,000 square feet. Landscaping is so lush and verdant, you might think you were in Houston.

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