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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A rare opportunity in the fully occupied Omni Residences in the heart of downtown Fort Worth has just come to market — and it’s a stunner. A penthouse, No. 3203 on the 32nd floor, has a lavish, 4,330 square feet of living space, four bedrooms, four and one half baths, and three balconies. And then there is the building itself, unequaled in Fort Worth for its sleek, unique profile, and five-star amenities.

And who would you enlist to move a premiere, multi-million dollar property in the Omni? You might, reflexively, turn to the building’s former Sales Director, Allison Hayden, who earned her high-rise chops selling in the luxury Dallas building, The Azure, before moving to The Omni Residences in Fort Worth in 2009. Currently she is working her special brand of agent magic at Lakeside Terrace in Flower Mound, where she has already sold 70 percent of the building. Oh, and did I mention that construction on the building isn’t even completed? (more…)

I had begun preparing a post on a beautiful lock-and-leave townhouse in a quiet circle of Monticello. Sold. Today. More evidence that desirable properties in good locations below $600,000 are still moving quickly. Above $1 million, that is another story. Some houses I have covered in the year or more since I have been writing for CandysDirt.com in that price category are still on the market.

With my house decorated for the season and the Ryan Place Candlelight tour this weekend — I am volunteering — my thoughts began to sentimentally turn towards Christmas and family. Those reveries almost evaporated thanks to my annoyingly slow and uncooperative laptop thwarting my efforts at every turn, with vexing little spinning wheels in lieu of loading web pages. A reboot and a search result began to restore my spirits.

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1410 Washington Terrace – beautiful home, fantastic location! (photos: Realty Pro Shots)

In this day and age of short attention spans, emojis expressing our inmost thoughts, and novels consisting of 140 character Tweets, I thought I would give a few highlights for  Tarrant County Tuesday.

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Some Fort Worth Fridays are truly serendipitous. This week’s FWF was the result of a blocked-for-construction Windsor Parkway that detoured me through lovely Berkley Place. As with neighboring Ryan Place, some of the most beautiful properties lie in the quiet side streets. And so I landed at 2215 Ward Parkway, a street I had never been on.

There is much here that could instruct a modern builder. The façade is almost self consciously simple and yet so engaging. Built in 1941, it flaunts the disciplined symmetry of an earlier era. A special finish — white wash — converts the red brick into a soft rose, which harmonizes beautifully with pale blue trim color. Windows are correctly placed above windows, with the second floor windows crowned by discrete peaks.

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Wedgwood

Here we go again.  I stumbled onto a charming, three-bedroom, two-and-one-half-bath house, deeply set back on a deep lot. It gets better. The house is  framed by mature, twisting oaks, approached by a winding walkway in a picture-perfect neighborhood.  I meant to post last Friday on this very new media site. Old media would have fired me immediately for missing a scoop. Forgive me, Candy. I am not worthy.  The listing hit the market last Thursday at the attractive price of $274,900 and now appears to be under active contract after less than one week.

However to the point. What’s a buyer to do? Answer? Get pre-qualified for your budgeted amount and then hunt for the house. Fort Worth’s star Realtors seem nearly unanimous that high-end properties are moving more slowly these days, but below $600,000 would-be buyers better be nimble. (more…)

Topping Trulia’s list of highest average sale prices by neighborhood, I was surprised to discover lovely Park Hill. With an average sale price of $1.722 million, it beats better-known, pricey enclaves such as Mira Vista and Monticello. I was, therefore, further surprised to discover a prime Park Hill address at 2224 Winton Terrace with terrace views of the wooded hill adjoining the Fort Worth Zoo for the relatively bargain price of $899,000.

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Looking for a glamorous new build in an established West Side location? You would do well to have a look at 1410 Washington Terrace in Crestmont. Conveniently located off Camp Bowie and only a few short blocks from River Crest Country Club, the four-bedroom, four-and-one-half-bath house isn’t exactly a new build, but a recent remodel of a 1953 construction re-conceived from top to bottom with all of the mod cons. (more…)