Alton Road

Located in Colonial Hills with views of TCU, 2924 Alton Road demonstrates that new construction need not necessarily mean sacrificing charm and character. With a nice setback from the street and appealing landscaping, the house is approached from a circular drive that leads to a graceful flight of brick stairs.

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Colonial Parkway

Are you prepared to be seduced? Are you prepared, in spite of yourself , to fall in love with traditional all over again? This sweet, siren domicile is splendidly situated across from Colonial Country Club, with a coveted golf course view at 2409 Colonial Parkway.

I tried to find fault with this house and the worst indictment I could make was that the façade breaks the ancient and sacred Vitruvian rules of mass over mass and void over void. Actually on closer inspection, the façade merits closer inspection. The paired upper floor windows bind in a strong triangle with the larger windows below them which echoes the triangle of the broken pediment over the front door. The brick dentils below the roof line are picked up in the same pediment. Impeccable tiered and sculpted box woods line the approach. (more…)

 

On Sandage St. near TCU, two large, zero-lot-line homes have been built next door to one another. To curb the trend of investors tearing down homes to build "stealth dorms," residents are supporting greater restrictions for the number of co-habiting adults in these homes. (Photo: Max Faulkner/Fort Worth Star-Telegram)

On Sandage St. near TCU, two large, zero-lot-line homes have been built next door to one another. To curb the trend of investors tearing down homes to build “stealth dorms,” residents are supporting greater restrictions for the number of co-habiting adults in these homes. (Photo: Max Faulkner/Fort Worth Star-Telegram)

This is an interesting story out of Fort Worth, as some neighborhoods push back against big, zero-lot-line homes full of college kids by proposing an overlay to limit unrelated adult residents to three per single-family home instead of the current five. The overlay, which in its current version would not grandfather existing properties, is facing some stiff opposition from investors. They’re pooling their funds and preparing for a legal battle, according to the story in the Star-Telegram:

“We did it how they said to do it,” Kyle O’Keefe, an investor and resident in the overlay, said of the homes they built. “If they go back and change it, that is a break of trust. That is saying, ‘Hey, you guys come in and invest in our city make it a great city and then we are going to screw the hell out of you in a couple of years.”

This is interesting, because while the restrictions are aimed toward protecting the integrity of the neighborhoods surrounding Texas Christian University, they’re targeting a specific group of homes: Large four- and five-bedroom houses in districts surrounding TCU, that are usually rented to college students and dubbed “stealth dormitories.” Residents are mostly concerned about noise, trash, and traffic.

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