Midway Hollow ContemporaryMidway Hollow is beyond hot. With a wide variety of styles from hip midcentury moderns and classic ranch homes to cozy cottages, there is something for everyone, and it seems almost every street comes with a new amenity — a construction crew. If a home is not being renovated, it’s being razed. Builders are everywhere, and the range of price points is dizzying. When I heard about this Midway Hollow contemporary, I could not wait to share it because it’s just a cut above what you typically find anywhere. And that’s because Carolyn Isler, owner of Isler Homes, took it down to the foundation and rebuilt it.

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Modern French Eclectic

“This is a happy house,” Briggs Freeman listing agent Meredith Ferrell said. “It makes you feel like you are on vacation every single day.” Ferrell has summed our Inwood Home of the Week  up beautifully. The moment I saw this University Park modern French Eclectic at 4026 McFarlin Boulevard, I could not stop smiling. It’s light, bright, and the owners have used color in the right places — and in the right proportions.

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Contemporary architecture takes on beautiful proportions in a sleek Shore Crest Terrace home built in 2016. This nearly new house feels spacious and expansive with soaring ceilings and spaces filled with natural light.

Our Inwood Home of the Week at 8618 Glencrest Ln. has a strong connection between indoors and outdoors through walls of glass, as well as a flexible floorplan in the truest sense of the word. This naturally lends to the entertaining possibilities with multiple seating areas inside and fabulous options in back. 

Located near Lemmon Avenue and West Lovers Lane, this home has four bedrooms, four bathrooms, three living areas, and 4,002 square feet on two stories, built in 2016. 

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renovation wasn't easy but worth it

5700 Westover Court went through an extensive renovation to become what it is today. (Photos: Realty Pro Shots)

If you mention that you are working on a renovation project what are the common themes that everyone seems to want to tell to you?

  • Renovation projects always are longer than expected
  • Renovation projects are always over budget

While those statements are often true,  there is another mantra regarding renovation projects that should be included as well. 

  • Renovation projects (when done correctly) are worth it!

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9212 Heron Drive – Oasis on the Lake (photos: Shoot2Sell)

Did you know that Fort Worth had high-end lake front property just 11 miles from the center of downtown Fort Worth?  Me neither.  I’ve lived in Cowtown for almost 15 years and I never knew that.  I’ve certainly driven on Highway 820 North and crossed Lake Worth, but never realized what a fabulous destination it was for homes.  I guess I should get out more!

Warm & inviting, tranquil surroundings all in Tarrant County

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It saddens my heart to report that Charles Freeman, co-founder of the Briggs-Freeman Sotheby’s brokerage firm, has died after losing a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. Charles died peacefully Sunday.

Not only was Charles one of the most influential real estate leaders in the city, he was an amazing human being. A fourth generation Dallasite, Charles Freeman watched Dallas grow exponentially during his 46-plus year real estate career and placed his caring hands on that growth. Loved by virtually everyone in and out of real estate, his peers elected him a director of the Greater Dallas Association of Realtors Board, a position he held for three years.  In addition, he served as chairman of the Multiple Listing Service, and served for many years on the Standards of Practice Committee. Charles was President Emeritus of Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty, which has over 125 associates and far reaching global resources.

Charles was also a member of many local charities, including the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation of Dallas where he served on the Advisory board for over 18 years.  He was also an active communicant of St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church, where he was a member of the Acolyte Corps. Most vitally, Charles was the proud father of four wonderful children, and two step-children from his married to Sarah Freeman: Troy and Jennifer Freeman, Preston Freeman,  Herbie Deer, and Traci Deer Harrell, and stepchildren Clayton Smith and Erin and Stuart Smith.

Charles loved and lived life as abundantly as he sold real estate. A voracious gourmet, he was a member of several local Dallas gourmet groups including the Dallas Knife and Fork Club, as well as a tremendous adventurer: dove hunting, fly fishing, wind surfing, aviation, flying, aerobic planes. Charles also learned to rollerblade in his 60’s!

In an early morning message from his partner, Robbie Briggs said “our dear, sweet Charles has gone to be with the Lord. He will leave us with a huge hole that cannot be filled. We will miss his humor, his friendship, his love, his loyalty, his dignity, his wisdom, his irreverence, his integrity, and his presence.”

To quote long time Briggs-Freeman agent (and friend) Len Bourland:

“In my house are many mansions, now there is one with a Charles Freeman open house sign, and that’s where the fun people are!”