Updating vs Remodel debate begins

2417 Boyd Avenue is an exquisite remodeled home in Parkhill…minutes from Colonial Country Club (photos: Tourmax)

We’ve discussed this before but it never hurts to bring it up again.  There is a difference between “updating” and “remodeling.”

To this Bowtie Realtor, “updating” is doing a little bit of this and a little bit of that.  Maybe it’s not the bare minimum, but it’s certainly not going full-blown remodel.  Repainting a few rooms or cabinets, sprucing up the yard or changing fixtures — that’s what I would call updating.

To the left is the kitchen circa 2012. To the right is the remodeled kitchen, complete with  Viking appliances, Restoration Hardware fixtures, and all the trendy colors of today

Remodeling is where you nearly take the home apart and bring it back to life again.  New materials, new rooms, new everything — that’s what I would call remodeling.  Just wait to see the Tarrant County Tuesday home and you be the judge.

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Hamilton is a great street in this area

3720 Hamilton Avenue is a hit in the Monticello neighborhood of Fort Worth (photos: Trey Freeze Media)

What do you know about Hamilton? With the recent success of the hit Broadway musical with the same name, we probably know more than Alexander Hamilton knew about himself.  But I’m not talking about that Hamilton.

I’m talking about the new listing at 3720 Hamilton Avenue in the Monticello neighborhood of Fort Worth.

This traditional Colonial-style home sitting on a Double Homesite in one of Fort Worth’s finest neighborhoods

Side Note: Isn’t it funny how cities look to events that happened hundreds of years ago which had zero effect on that city or area for names. For instance, the Monticello neighborhood, Hamilton Avenue … you think there’s a Cowtown neighborhood with a Bowie Avenue somewhere in Virginia?  I doubt it.

Listed by Kendall Karr of Williams Trew Real Estate, this exquisite home of 4,500 square feet built in the Colonial tradition is definitely a home worth seeing.

Hamilton is a fantastic street

There is so much room both inside and outside this home. Truly unique in what it offers buyers.

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Windows everywhere - one of a kind

2600 W. 7th #1801 in Montgomery Plaza is a one-of-a-kind condo with amazing views (photos: Shoot2Sell)

“One of a kind.”  How many times have we heard that phrase? We often hear it when referencing athletes, jewelry, clothing or articles of interest, but what really is “one of a kind?”  Most of the time we aren’t even sure how to punctuate it. 

According to our friends in the worldwide interwebs, “one of a kind” means not like anything else in the world — truly unique. Maybe we need to re-think things when we use that phrase, but not when we talk about a one-of-a-kind condominium located at 2600 West 7th Street #1801 in the Montgomery Plaza building.

imagine having to Windex all those windows

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612 Rockledge Court in Point Vista at Parks of Aledo (photos: Norman & Young)

Point Vista at Parks of Aledo is where nature calls home.  If you’re tired of large cookie-cutter homes and concrete, this is the neighborhood for you.

Point Vista — The Place To Be

Located in the burgeoning town of Aledo, just 13 minutes west of Fort Worth, the Parks of Aledo neighborhood was established to meet the demand for quality homes close to pocket parks that fit into the landscape — not destroy it.

Point Vista at Parks of Aledo is an extension of the original neighborhood.  You will still find curvilinear streets surrounding pocket parks and a world-class mountain bike trail that stretches for miles and miles.

You probably remember my 1,000-plus word ode to Parks of Aledo from 2018 if you’ve followed this blog for a while.

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It’s been a while since a new condo project has happened in Cowtown (Rendering: Fender Andrade Architects)

It’s rodeo time in Fort Worth so it’s once again time to hype up the Cowtown moniker that has been bestowed upon the west side of the Metroplex.  But don’t worry, we’re not a hick town. In fact, we are becoming quite “Moderne.”

That is to say, The Moderne, a 43-unit upscale condominium project in the upstart Linwood neighborhood, will soon be breaking ground in our fair burg.

Linwood Neighborhood

If you haven’t been to Fort Worth in a while then you probably aren’t aware of the complete transition (or should we say gentrification … Fort Worth’s good at that) of the Linwood neighborhood.

What was once a blighted swath of land with a park in the middle of it located in one of the hottest areas of growth and commerce in all of Fort Worth — the West 7th Street development — Linwood took a massive beating in 2000 when the tornado came to town.

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The Bow Tie Realtor will successfully predict tasty 2019 happenings in Tarrant County … buckle up

Before we look into the crystal ball for 2019, let’s take a quick look at the Bow Tie Realtor 2018 Tarrant County Predictions.

Prediction No. 1: Median Sales Price Will Rise

Correct Prediction — According to The Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University, the median sales price in 2017 for Tarrant County was approximately $217,000.  The median sales price for Tarrant County in 2018 thus far shows to be $229,500.  (Note: Stats for December 2018 have not yet been published.)

Sales in the Tarrant County luxury home market were fewer and further between…but they still happened

Prediction No. 2: The Luxury Market Will Be Slower

Sort of Correct Prediction — Statistics show that the average days on market for luxury homes priced $750,000 and above were about the same from 2017 to 2018.  Ask any real estate agent in the with knowledge of that market and they’ll tell you sales definitely took longer.  It felt that homes took an eternity to sell and went through a number of price reductions.

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Easy to see why it's my favorite

224 Clementine Court in Rivercrest Bluffs is the 2018 winner of Seth Fowler’s Favorite Home in Tarrant County (photos: Trey Freeze Media)

It’s almost August and yet I’ve already found my Favorite Fort Worth Home for 2018.  Guess that’s going to spoil my year-end blog, but I can’t help it.

Drumroll please…..

Seth Fowler’s 2018 Favorite Fort Worth Home is … 224 Clementine Court in the new gated community of Rivercrest Bluffs in The River District of Fort Worth.

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lock-and-leave lifestyle

6532 Valencia Grove Pass in southwest Fort Worth is a perfect property for those on the go! (Photos: Trey Freeze Media)

When it’s 100-plus degrees outside in Fort Worth, what do people want to do?  LEAVE! There are times when Cowtown seems like an utter ghost town during the summer months.

It’s not a shock that people want to vacation in the mountains or on the coasts during these sweltering times, and it’s also not a shock that the lock-and-leave concept is now more popular than ever with emptynesters.

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