The Tower

The views from The Tower at 500 Throckmorton are unmatched.

We’ve looked in at The Tower at 500 Throckmorton Street before. Two years ago we featured  3602, a stunning 5600 square foot corner unit in the grand style. This week we have a chance to experience high-rise living in a different vein. Nearly as roomy clocking in 4,409 square feet, Unit 3601 has a more relaxed, more modern take on elegant living.

The history of The Tower is worth retelling. Once known as the Bank One Building — yes, that Bank One Building — it was ground zero of the horrific March 28, 2000 tornado, which left half a billion dollars worth of damage to Fort Worth’s downtown in its wake. Work to reconstruct the building began in 2001, but extensive asbestos abatement and other unforeseen costs halted the effort. For several years, it stood, an urban oddity, half clad in plywood and metal, its very existence uncertain.

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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…)

Travis Ave.

I must confess to a certain lackadaisical, late-summer lethargy searching for this week’s Fort Worth Friday. Then I found 2832 Travis Avenue in Hemphill Heights and regained my enthusiasm. We’ve been keeping an eye on Hemphill Heights as one of the up-and-coming in-town neighborhoods for some time. “The Heights” is a neighborhood south of Ryan Place, roughly bounded by Hemphill St. and West Berry St. The neighborhood is still a bit rough around the edges, but has a rich stock of  turn-of-the-century, Craftsman-style houses to tempt young, urban pioneers.

Listings in Hemphill Heights are rare. Sales in Hemphill Heights usually happen on the QT, privately, seller to buyer. So 2832 Travis Avenue is truly a find.  And this 1909-built, three-bedroom, three-full-bath house has been thoroughly updated and restored. New roof, new electric, plumbing, HVAC system, new double hung windows — the works.  (more…)

If convenient, lock-and-leave living, a choice West Side location, and an affordable price top your list of must haves, you should definitely take a look at a new listing at 716 Arch Adams Lane. Location? Off 7th Street and within easy walking distance of the museums and 7th Street restaurants and clubs. The street is easy to miss, and that’s a good thing. Though near the heart of so much action, Arch Adams Lane is surprisingly quiet and tranquil. The street front entrance is the garage. The front door is accessed down a private path behind. The design recalls an urban loft conversion with industrial style windows and rusty iron canopies sheltering the entrance. Though the building looks freshly minted, the project was completed in 2004. That has given thoughtfully planned landscaping time to grow and fill in.

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We haven’t gone big at Fort Worth Friday for awhile and if you’re thinking of going big, Montserrat may be your ideal with lots as large as five acres and square footages that can top 20,000. It’s difficult to believe that the high-profile, gated community of Montserrat is 15 years old. Carved out of 143 acres of — you guessed it — ranch land owned by the Sirrat family, it still has the look of a newly minted luxury enclave. More time and mature trees will give it context. Though minutes from town, it can, still, at times, appear a bit lonely. However, there are many things to recommend Montserrat. In addition to the 24-hour security, there are 30 acres that have been set aside for park land and green space.

A 9,100-square-foot baronial, 2008 build at 4708 Santa Cova Court gives a representative vocabulary of luxuries that in many cases are neighborhood standards. Fireplaces? There are six. Baths? Six again with three half baths. Living areas? Three. I could go on, but, by now you get the point. (more…)

The U.S. Census Bureau says that more people are moving to Texas than any other state. Tracking population from 2016 to 2017, they found San Antonio to be the most populous with a population now of 1.5 million.

But guess what city was next in population growth in this state? Fort Worth.Other cities experiencing population gains, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, last year were Phoenix, Arizona, (24,000 population growth in 2017), Dallas, Texas, (18,900), Fort Worth, Texas, (18,700), Los Angeles (18,600) and  Seattle, Washington, (17,500). Look at that: nearly the same amount of people moved to Fort Worth as Dalla, just 200 shy. Fort Worth has now kicked out Indianapolis as the 15th most populous U.S. city. There is just so much to love about Fort Worth!

And there is so much to love about Monticello. Apart from its desirable west side location, near museums and minutes from town, there is a real sense of community evident in the frequently frequented Monticello Park at its northern edge.  On the downside, Monticello is one of the few neighborhoods in Fort Worth that has caught the Dallas disease Chronic Teardownitus. Some of the new builds are good neighbors and make an effort to respect their elders but one does encounter the occasional “Junior League Georgian”.

Virginia Place is one of the plum avenues in this desirable neighborhood, with its deep lots and mature trees. And the 1943 vintage Tudor at 106 Virginia Place embodies the best Monticello has to offer. The residence exudes charm and curb appeal from the brick inlayed driveway and winding walkway leading to the discreet front door, to the artfully asymmetrical, but balanced façade. (more…)

Resting on a beautifully manicured half-acre lot replete with twisting, mature oak trees behind a classic ranch façade lies a midcentury modern dream. This 1959 build at 3809 Trails Edge in Overton Park has been impeccably maintained and thoughtfully amended to its current whopping 6,848 square feet and flawlessly staged by Alyson French and Tina McMackin of AЯRANGE. (more…)

Mansion? It's a castle

I’d say 10,000 feet of living on 2 acres would constitute a lovely mansion! (photos: Concierge Auctions)

What constitutes a house being called a “mansion?”

There isn’t an exact definition, but according to our friends in the web, a mansion is a large home over 8,000 square feet that has features that you wouldn’t find in your typical home.  Features such as a large foyer entrance, marble floors, a wide staircase with designer railings.  But what about the number of TVs?

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