Let’s take inventory. Park Hill, University Place, Colonial, Tanglewood, Overton, and River Hills. Add into the mix Neiman Marcus jumping the West Freeway for Clearfork and you begin to ask is 76109 the new 76107? I’ve been wanting to write about a house in University Place for a long time but properties here rarely seem to come to market. At the Dirt, we like to stay on top of things, so when a listing in University West, at 2544 Boyd Avenue came on the market, 10 hours ago, we were on it.

Time and money. This property was listed less than two years ago for $675,000. Prescient to have bought then. Renovations, a plumb location in the Tanglewood school district, and a red hot market have nearly doubled the value of this home. And my prognostication?  That this property is probably conservatively priced and that it will move quickly. (more…)

Yesterday, prowling the Fort Worth beat from Edward’s Ranch to Rivercrest, I found several enticing listings before landing in front of 2324 Mistletoe Drive in Mistletoe Heights — the hands-down winner for this week’s Fort Worth Friday. Often, in the back of my mind, when looking at a property there is a “could I live here?” fantasy.  This midcentury modern is so seductive that my answer would be a resounding “yes.” And I wasn’t alone in my admiration, because the house was on the market for all of five days. The current status is “active pending” but that needn’t prevent us from taking a look. Indulge Magazine thought the 1946 build unique enough to merit a feature in 2012.

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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…)