Up and ComingLooking for a first home in an older neighborhood at a reasonable price point?  Or are you on the hunt for value with the greatest possibility for maximum appreciation? There is still value in Fairmount if you’re willing to look hard enough and undertake a major project. But if you have the pioneer spirit and want to get in on the ground floor, you might take a look at three up-and-coming neighborhoods. (more…)

CandysDirt.com makes it a mission to find the unusual or one-of-a-kind living spaces, and downtown Fort Worth loft-style living is rather thin on the ground (or should I say in the skyline?). There are a handful of vintage building conversions. There are the Kress lofts on Main. We have already written about The Neil P. on 7th. There are the lofts in the landmark Texas & Pacific building which still serves as an active train depot. Guess what? Nothing available for sale in any of them.

That makes Unit 303 in Houston Place Lofts not just rare, but at this date, one of a kind. The former office building, built in 1906, and converted in 2005 into 30 loft condos, has plenty of curb appeal. Add into the package that 303 is a corner unit with both urban views and green-space views of Hyde Park.

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It seems a week doesn’t pass without this page decrying the paucity of the ever-elusive starter home. Even rarer is an abode with charm, let alone distinction from the cheerless, mass-produced builder models.

When looking at a house, I inevitably ask “Could I live here?” If  I believe the property has broad appeal, I will write about it even if the answer is “No.” In the case of 2121 Skyline Drive, I think I could answer “Yes.”

A long brick drive snakes through mature trees leading to the entrance of the delightful 1942 stucco cottage, on one acre of city land. There is a sense of the rustic — a country house in the city. Another access to the property from the Castleberry Cut Off Road means more value could be realized from subdividing the lot. And the price for all of this? A modest $277,500. (more…)