2300 Willing

Remember this beauty at 2300 Willing Avenue? What a difference a few months make. Brent Hull, owner of an architectural millwork firm and Boston-trained expert in historic restoration, has worked his magic and brought back to life the nearly 100-year-old residence in historic Ryan Place.

2300 Willing

That effort is now the subject of a popular weekly program on the History Chanel, Lone Star Restoration, which began October 13th. Viewers can get current by watching previous episodes online. The program features Hull’s unique approach to historical renovation and includes other projects, mostly in Fort Worth. His eloquently stated philosophy is  to “quit building crap and build more beautiful things.” Fort Worth and its commitment to preservation comes off in a highly favorable light.

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1521 Elizabeth Blvd.

Remember “priced to sell” 1521 Elizabeth Blvd. from a few weeks ago? That post got nearly 800 Facebook shares and and a spirited bidding war ensued, taking the eventual selling price to a sizable chunk of change over the original asking price. And it appraised.

“You have to really work and do research,” said listing agent Lisa Logan of Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s. “There are no comps because there is such crazy-low inventory.”

A further complicating factor is that Ryan Place is far more heterogeneous than Fairmount, mixing Jazz Age Palaces and simple bungalows.

“Ryan Place is trickier than trendy nearby Fairmount where, in spite of low inventory, houses do turn often enough to establish values,” Logan added. “This property has a wonderful setting and though new owners may want to do updates to kitchen and bath, it has a near perfect floor plan and buyers will pay for that.”

Back up offers continued to stream in during the contract period.

1521 Elizabeth Blvd.

In the interest of full disclosure, I should probably mention that I can see this house from my bedroom window, and while I am glad to see improving values, I dread the inevitable increase in property taxes having like most homeowners in Dallas-Fort Worth, just been hit with the maximum allowable 10 percent increase in valuation.

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2300 Willing

Do you have a specter in your neighborhood? While walking the dog, I often wondered about 2300 Willing Avenue, just around the corner, at the edge of Ryan Place. In an advanced state of decay it looked uninhabitable if not uninhabited.

Returning home one evening, I noticed a chink of yellow light behind a torn shade. Signs of life. Visions of Boo Radley. The old edifice looked as if it might fall down before being torn down. But this being Fort Worth, a happier destiny awaits this 1922 vintage dwelling.

Two weeks ago on another walk, another surprise. The home at 2300 Willing Ave., with every one of its bricks now on the ground, stood naked, cloaked only in an extensive network of scaffolding. (more…)

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The home of Stars super-star Brenden Morrow and his wife, Anne-Marie, who just got traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins, at 3528 Centenary has hit the market. Built by Mark Molthan in 2007, this home is sure to set University Park comps a-twitter. You get more than 7,300 square feet of living space, on a huge almost three-quarter acre University Park lot. Those pups are rare, indeed. There are five humungous bedrooms, with five baths (en suite, of course) and two half baths. There are numerous living spaces, as one might expect, including  formals, a media room, a putting green, a wine room, an exercise room, even an oversized attic for storage and an elevator to get you there.

Brent Hull diningBut it’s the interior design that just makes you drop your jaw. The kitchen is loaded with custom appliances, of course, but also finished out with soft white cabinets and subway tiles. Every single room is softly contemporary with added natural materials — stone, beams — for a rustic but elegant look. And the master bath, with those mirrored cabinets, is just downright glam!

With a lot this size, you can have a stunning pool and outdoor environment room loaded with grilling necessities and fireplace. Sure warms you up in a cool North Texas April! Here’s what might warm you up even more: the asking price of $4,495,000. Listed with Rogers Healy.Brent Hull FR Brent Hull kitchen Brent Hull foyer Brent Hull FR2 Brent Hull Master Brent Hull master bath Brent Hull master bath 2 Brent Hull media Brent Hull pool

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The home of Stars super-star Brenden Morrow and his wife, Anne-Marie, who just got traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins, at 3528 Centenary has hit the market. Built by Mark Molthan in 2007, this home is sure to set University Park comps a-twitter. You get more than 7,300 square feet of living space, on a huge almost three-quarter acre University Park lot. Those pups are rare, indeed. There are five humungous bedrooms, with five baths (en suite, of course) and two half baths. There are numerous living spaces, as one might expect, including  formals, a media room, a putting green, a wine room, an exercise room, even an oversized attic for storage and an elevator to get you there.

Brent Hull diningBut it’s the interior design that just makes you drop your jaw. The kitchen is loaded with custom appliances, of course, but also finished out with soft white cabinets and subway tiles. Every single room is softly contemporary with added natural materials — stone, beams — for a rustic but elegant look. And the master bath, with those mirrored cabinets, is just downright glam!

With a lot this size, you can have a stunning pool and outdoor environment room loaded with grilling necessities and fireplace. Sure warms you up in a cool North Texas April! Here’s what might warm you up even more: the asking price of $4,495,000. Listed with Rogers Healy.Brent Hull FR Brent Hull kitchen Brent Hull foyer Brent Hull FR2 Brent Hull Master Brent Hull master bath Brent Hull master bath 2 Brent Hull media Brent Hull pool