Exterior is cinder block! Don't make 'em like that anymore!

1309 Belle Place in Fort Worth. Classic Prairie style architecture (photos: Shoot2Sell)

Those of you who have followed my blog for the past few years know that I’m a sucker for Craftsman and Prairie-influenced homes. I don’t know if it’s nostalgia or if it’s that they are not “same old, same old,” but I love previewing those homes and writing about those two styles.

Prairie vs. Craftsman Styles

The Prairie style of architecture was popular from 1900 to 1920 in the United States.  Craftsman style came around that time as well from 1905 to 1930. Those two styles are often confused for one another.  There are many similarities. Both can feature a front-gabled roof, wide front porches, and similar door and window patterns and designs.  Also, both styles were born in the USA, which might be why I like them so much.

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Searching for a story idea, I ponder, “What’s available and charming for $250,000?” Answer. Grim. Very little.

Any Realtor will confirm that inventory is stubbornly scarce in that price range. For just a bit more there is Fairmount. But we’ve gone a bit heavy on Fairmount of late. How about an area we haven’t covered lately. Mature trees would be nice. Would good modern design with less-than-celestial pricing be out of the question? I comb listing after listing. Next page. Scroll, scroll. Finally and happily I land at 4325 Hyatt Court in Ridglea Hills.

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South Adams

We haven’t looked in on historic Fairmount for some time. Only a block or so from my Ryan Place home, the vibe and demographic is oh so different. And the Fairmount phenomenon, as I have dubbed it, continues to intrigue.  Is Fairmount becoming a victim of its somewhat unforeseen success? Solid city investment, the re-blooming of Magnolia Street, analogous to Bishop Arts in Dallas, and an extensive inventory of Craftsman-style houses that have been embraced by a new generation have sent values soaring.  With pricing now at $200 per square foot, Fairmount is slipping out of the starter home category. According to Realtor.com, median price has more than doubled in the past three years from $184,000 to $392,000. (more…)

Pavilion

No, you aren’t seeing doubles, nor are you in Bavaria. This flight of fancy occupies a high bluff in Westover Hills, at the end of a cul-de-sac at 2108 Hidden Creek Road.

Based on the 18th century Amalienburg Pavilion at Schloss Nymphenburg near Munich, it is almost an exact replica. Both have two wings of three modules each, which merge into the protruding central bay. In architectural details it is nearly identical as well. Seemingly floating eyebrow pediments surmount the windows while the entrance is composed of a modified Palladian motif. An arched recess between two sets of paired pilasters forces itself upwards through an open bed pediment. Stucco ornament are similar. The only variation in the original is the missing corona.

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Bailey

It’s so easy to love the Crestwood neighborhood in Fort Worth, not only for its handsome houses, but for its romantic serendipity, the aura of relaxed informality which suggests a serene security. Winding streets sometimes preserve a venerable old oak in their center.

On the market for a mere four days, 417 North Bailey Ave. epitomizes so much of what we love about this charming westside neighborhood. Half hidden from the street by a massive spreading live oak, its facade is unique, even eccentric, insistently asymmetrical, and obliquely approached by a curved drive.

Composed of four unevenly stepped units, the entrance at right competes for  attention with the strong pedimented bay next to it. And the discreet front conceals a whopping 5,600 square feet of living space. A full basement adds an additional 2,000 square feet. Landscaping is so lush and verdant, you might think you were in Houston.

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701 Havenwood Lane South
Die hard ’07 zip coders may recoil at the idea of the east side, but the quaint and quiet community of Woodhaven with its treelined streets and pretty houses certainly merits a look. And just look what $324,500.00 will buy you! Located near the country club, 700 Havenwood Lane South offers 3 bedrooms and 2 updated baths and more than 3300 square feet of haute modern living space.

Woodhaven

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3605 Overton Park Drive E

Photos: Shoot2Sell

The year was 1956.  Elvis Presley entered the music charts for the first time with “Heartbreak Hotel.”  Norma Jean Mortenson legally changed her name to Marilyn Monroe and married playwright Arthur Miller.  Actor Tom Hanks was born.  William H. O’Neal designed the home at 3605 Overton Park Drive East for Mr. and Mrs. John Church in Fort Worth, Texas.

I know that because when touring this updated 3,077 square-foot single-story midcentury modern home, the original hand sketches of the working drawings and exterior elevation rendering are proudly displayed. History shows that William H. O’Neal also designed the south entrance gates for the Fort Worth Botanical Garden.

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Art House Entry

 

With inventory limited to a handful of available residences, in oh so happening So 7, No. 3403 at 2608 Museum Way, part of the trendy Art House development, probably won’t be long on the market. (more…)