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.

Pershing Avenue

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Encanto Drive

I can’t think of a more apposite address for the captivating, architect build than Encanto Drive. Embedded in a near full-acre lot in Westcliff West, 3701 Encanto Drive presents a discreet modern face to the street. Built in the year 2000 by the firm Shwarz-Hanson, the apparently modern composition employs a pared-down classical vocabulary. Two near symmetrical wings flank a receding central block with a-barrel vaulted colonnade thrusting forward to welcome the visitor.

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No nightmares here

5149 Byers Avenue is one of the “3-Sisters” on Byers Avenue from Ferrier Custom Homes (photos: Mark Perry)

What gives you nightmares? I’m not referring to the nightmares you had as an 11-year-old from watching The Shining at Jason Gorden’s birthday party in 1985. I’m talking about real nightmares … the ones related to your home!

For many Texan homeowners, a nightmare can be in high energy bills, the cost of replacing a roof after a ghoulish hail storm, or breathing unclean air as it circulates through the home.

With local Fort Worth builder Don Ferrrier, home-related nightmares are replaced by pleasant dreams for happy homeowners.

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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…)