6701 Woodstock is an amazing home!

Hip and trendy meet midcentury modern in this fantastic home. (photos: Trey Freeze Media)

Guess what classic architectural style for homes is hip and trendy these days?

If you guessed midcentury modern, then you are correct.

The Ridglea Hills neighborhood in Fort Worth is on of the best areas for midcentury modern homes, and there is a newly re-done home that’s a must see!

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1317 Belle Place in Fort Worth (photos: Roxanne Barton with Tour Factory)

Why do people like looking at homes?  Why are there so many viewers on various sites that deal with homes and design and decoration?  Why do you read CandysDirt.com?  I’ll tell you why … it’s because we like the element of surprise.

Homes are simply sticks-and-bricks.  I know, I know — they come in different shapes and sizes but they all have an entry, living area, kitchen, hallways, bedrooms and bathrooms.  No surprise there … People love seeing a home that comes with a surprise.  Whether it is a hidden closet under the stairs, or a creative way to situate a kitchen that is what people crave.  We all want a surprise that makes the home unique and makes us want that home.

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See Miles and Miles of Texas

153 Crown Ridge Court – surrounded by trees and views.

How does that great Bob Wills song go…

I saw miles and miles of Texas … all the stars up in the sky … I saw miles and miles of Texas … gonna live here ’til I die.”

Surely Mr. Wills was thinking about the home for sale at 153 Crown Ridge Court in Covered Bridge Canyon of Fort Worth when he sang that song, because this home has a view to die for.

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2216 Wilshire Blvd - bigger than it looks

2216 Wilshire Boulevard – preserves the size and scale from front elevation (photos: Shoot2Sell)

We see them on TV. We hear about them at parties. We can’t seem to get away from people boasting about how they were able to take an older home to the studs and transform it into a new property. Unfortunately, it seems that a great deal of the time, the workmanship and level of finishes leave something to be desired.

Not so for the home at 2216 Wilshire Boulevard in the charming neighborhood of Berkeley Place in Fort Worth.  The sellers knew what they were doing when they tackled this remodel project.  They have completely transformed a small, charming Tudor cottage into a new, exquisite and tasteful home definitely worth seeing.

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4105 Rowan Drive in the evening

4105 Rowan Drive was made for this homesite (photos: Realty Pro Shots)

Did you ever see the movie “On Golden Pond” with Henry Fonda, Kathryn Hepburn, and Jane Fonda?  I remember being extremely bored by the movie (I was way too young back then), but I remember the scenes where the characters would sit at their house and enjoy the view of the lake.  Peaceful, tranquil, serene views, to say the least.  I remember thinking that one day I wanted to live on a lake after seeing that movie.

If you like to see a view from your home, I have the perfect home for you — 4105 Rowan Drive is a home that makes you want to grab your hammock, pour a glass of lemonade and enjoy your surroundings.

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It's always sunny in Fort Worth

Montgomery Plaza built in 1928 (photos: Trey Freeze)

If you have ever been to Fort Worth you will recognize the Montgomery Ward Building.  Built in 1928 on West 7th St., near the Trinity River and downtown Fort Worth, it was one of the regional retail and mail order warehouses for the retail company, Montgomery Ward.  Numerous Fort Worthians will tell of visits to the mammoth building as youngsters with fond memories.

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Have you heard that the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo is in town?  Starting Jan. 13 through Feb. 4, the Will Rogers Memorial Center in Fort Worth will be hustling and bustling with all sorts of stock show and rodeo activity.  Rides, games, animals, contests, funnel cake, interesting smells, and so much more will be enjoyed by people of all ages.

While enjoying the festivities, make sure to take two minutes and travel less than a mile to the new listing by Martha Williams of Williams Trew Real Estate — 5016 Byers Avenue.  This 3,100-square-foot home could be the perfect “city home” for those involved in events such as the stock show and rodeo.

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12216 Bella Palazzo-5aa

12216 Bella Palazzo in Bella Ranch (photos: Trey Freeze Photography)

In the real estate business, it seems as if the seller and buyer are rarely on the same page.  When the market is strong and inventory is low (like now) the seller usually wants to command top dollar for their dwelling.  Likewise when the market is soft and there is too much inventory (2009-2012) the buyer really wants to stick it to the seller and make ridiculous offers on homes.

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