Elizabeth Boulevard

To write about 1315 Elizabeth Boulevard in Ryan Place is a daunting proposition. There is just so much deserving of comment to give this venerable Fort Worth grande dame her due. On a personal level, its owner hosted a party here to welcome me and other newcomers when I moved to Elizabeth Blvd. six years ago. The sale of this property is somewhat bittersweet because the current owner was one of the community leaders responsible for the Ryan Place Renaissance — often an indispensable force in the neighborhood. Her departure is difficult to imagine.

This architectural gem sits in the prime middle block of the half-mile long Elizabeth Blvd., which is the main axis of the historic neighborhood. Just across the street is the impressive house built by Ryan Place developer John C. Ryan as his own home, which was the subject of my first Fort Worth Friday.

The structure, one of the finest residential commissions of legendary architect Wylie G. Clarkson, possesses a dignified grandeur expressed in the classical tradition.  Perched on a deep-set lot above street level, the house is reached by two flights of steps and a lovely wide walkway of red brick. The stucco exterior is a warm biscuit color that reminds me of Bath, England. Architecturally, the nearly 90-foot-long, symmetrical façade reads ABCBA from left to right. There are two Palladian motifs on the ground floor — the one at the right has a sophisticated blind opening to preserve the symmetry. The portico is supported by paired Doric columns. Above a smaller Palladian framed window just peeks through the broken pediment crown.

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4001 Hildring Court is full of 56 years of memories and stories (photos: Norman & Young)

There’s a reason why the public is fascinated with the “behind the scenes” shows and programs that shed light on stories or memories of people, places and things.  We all want the inside scoop — tidbits of information that bring intrigue and greater interest.

Do I have some stories for you in this week’s Tarrant County Tuesday? You bet I do!

Fifty-six years. Can you fathom doing anything for 56 years?  The sellers at 4001 Hildring Court in the Westcliff addition of Fort Worth lived in their home for 56 years.  The home is full of stories and memories.

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Meadowbrook Hills

The listing describes 5909 Monterrey Lane as a hidden gem — a characterization that perfectly epitomizes the relatively unknown Meadowbrook Hills addition in general.

Not that Meadowbrook Hills is a new neighborhood. Developed in 1951, it is embellished with large trees and midcentury houses on large lots. Located east of town, the addition lies just inside of Loop 820. Established Fort Worthers have looked askance at the location as out of the way and inconvenient but it is nearer to town than many new western additions. And the average per square foot price of about $100 makes the area tempting and is enticing buyers on the hunt for value.

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Bent Elm Lane

Another Riverhill stunner that gets it right, this one at 4020 Bent Elm is elegant without being bombastic. Why have we come to expect that from new construction? This lovely brick home, built in 2015 clocks in at a manageable 3,748 square feet.

In fact the entry is best described modest and restrained. Still, quality is immediately evident. Custom scraped hardwoods, fine doors and custom millwork give the house a classic, custom look. To the right, behind French doors, is a charming study with Williamsburg Blue paneled walls and a beamed ceiling.

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Dorothy Lane

Since I am taking a much needed break in New York, why not write about a Fort Worth listing worthy of the New York Times real estate pages? Well-located, well-priced, and well-appointed 3401 Dorothy Lane has it all. Located across Monticello Park off of White Settlement Road (not to worry, as it’s quiet as a tomb inside) this 1952 Monticello home is the real deal with midcentury design and luxurious finish out.

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Peaceful isn't something you hear about in homes much these days

6712 Lahontan Drive in Mira Vista is a peaceful home with many water features  (photos Trey Freeze Media)

What is it about water that is so peaceful and relaxing?  We go to the beach to hear the waves, the lake to hear the lapping of the water, and if you’ve ever watched a front-loading washing machine go through a cycle, it’s quite mesmerizing.

People spend tons of money to have fountains installed in their gardens and there are even desktop gizmos that you plug in and hear the trickle of water while different colored lights shine.

Water is relaxing and peaceful and very comforting.  If you like the peaceful sound of water flowing, then you’ll love this home in the gated golfing community of Mira Vista Country Club.

No diving please

The fountain and splash pool is the focal feature of the interior courtyard at 6712 Lahontan Drive

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Quail Run

Spring has sprung, and attending a Sunday open house at a treetop aerie at 5328 Quail Run is as good a way to enjoy the change of seasons as any I can think of.  The 3,013-square-foot residence sits on a nearly one-acre lot and enjoys a choice a cul de sac location on the Westside, abutting Westover Hills. The rambling, 1966 build, approached from a circular drive, has a sort of laid-back, Southern California glamor — think Laurel Canyon. Stone walls, attractive hardscape, and tile roof grace the Mediterranean contemporary with plenty of curb appeal.

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Pershing Avenue

If you are on the hunt for a lock-and-leave with location, 5016 Pershing Avenue may be for you. Seemingly retreating behind its two-car garage, this Fort Worth condominium is not much to look at from the street. Still, some may find security in its low-profile discretion. And it’s near the Cultural District, Downtown, the West Freeway — practically everything. Enter and take in the soaring double-height, open-concept living area overlooked by the kitchen. The sleek, mocha-stained concrete floors, scored into large squares on the diagonal, give the area an aura of rich modernity.

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