Fancy Warehouse - new style?

This home has barrier-breaking architecture, says Seth Fowler. (photos: Trey Freeze Media)

I love writing about before-and-after transformations in Tarrant County Tuesday.

Some of the time the before photos showcase areas that were downright nasty and in need of major updating. Other times the home is simply dated or has a cacophony of styles that caused the home to sit on the market for a lengthy period of time or sell for less than asking.

And 304 Crestwood Drive is such a home.  When the current owners purchased the home in 2016 it had various aspects of modern or contemporary styles along with some 1980s Miami South Beach flair.  While those styles are trendy, the home sat on the market for nearly 200 days in 2016 — a year where most homes flew off the market.

A New Style?

Originally built in 2008, this five-bedroom and five-bathroom home of 4,269 square feet that is carved into the side of a hill in my favorite neighborhood, Crestwood.  The smooth stucco exterior definitely leans toward the modern style.

Notice how the home is built gently into the topography of the Crestwood neighborhood

After an extensive nearly two-year remodel project of moving walls, plumbing, and electrical, the home has a new style…I’m calling it “Fancy Warehouse.”  (Actually Ron Carter who did all the remodel work coined the phrase. I borrowed it from him.)

That name perfectly identifies this home.  “Fancy Warehouse” style combines modern, eclectic, industrial, and just flat out cool.  Sometimes photos explain better than words.

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While we love a good classic, there’s something to be said for a home that lives a little on the edge. You want to hit that sweet spot between timeless and trendy, using classic lines and shapes while incorporating new materials or applications. And that’s exactly why we’re head over heels for this listing from John Zimmerman of Compass in Fort Worth. This home uses dramatic shapes and colors, merging industrial-cool finishes with warm woods and spectacular lighting that defines transitional style.

“This home has a functional layout, transitional finishes, and meticulous craftsmanship throughout,” notes Zimmerman. Plus, it’s located on Crestwood Drive, one of the most sought-after streets in this Fort Worth enclave.

The home has an extremely cozy formal living area, complete with vaulted ceiling clad in a breathtaking mix of natural wood. The Crestwood home benefited from a builder with vision, as the builder didn’t throw away the baby with the bathwater and preserved the formal living room’s brick fireplace from the original home.

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Ridgewood Road

I don’t need much of an excuse for a foray to Crestwood, my favorite Fort Worth ’07 hood where every old oak seems to sport a sinuous balletic twist. In fact, trees are so revered in this westside enclave that some stand protected by masonry, in the middle of Crestwood‘s winding lanes. This week I was enticed into the neighborhood by an alluring 1960 ranch-style house at 309 Ridgewood Road which is the perfect embodiment of the low-key gentility that makes Crestwood so special.

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This home at 700 N. Bailey is located on a corner, but corners weren’t cut. (Photos: Trey Freeze Media)

It happens in all businesses.  At first, a business delivers the best product to get the customers familiar with their creation.  Customers start buying the product.  Prices go up and up and up so the company starts pass increases along to customers.

Suddenly customers stop buying the products at a higher price.  The company starts cutting corners on quality and materials in order to still provide a product hopefully customers will continue to buy.  Maybe the product continues to sell, but now customers are not associating quality and workmanship with the product.  The company and product are now commodities based on price … not quality.

They could have cut corners with electric light - but they didn't

The large porch of 700 N. Bailey has blue flagstone, gas coach lamps, and a steel door from Durango Doors.

Does this sound familiar?  Think about all the different products — TVs & electronics, clothes, restaurants, and of course new homes.

Oh sure, this doesn’t happen with homes (wink, wink)…whatever.  The list forms to the right on once quality-first home builders that have unfortunately lowered their standards of workmanship, design, creativity, and materials in order to keep their doors open.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not talking about every home builder out there, but there sure are a lot more of them than five, 10, and certainly 15 years ago.

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Mopey and melancholic, your Fort Worth Friday correspondent was looking for real estate comfort food to chew on, and there are few neighborhoods more delicious than Crestwood with its lovely, well-bred, unpretentious houses set among cherished old oaks. And with the summer dog days upon us, we are all seeking refuge where we can, so it was with great and unexpected pleasure that I discovered  a delightful, verdant oasis, hidden behind limestone walls at 208 Rockwood Drive in the heart of Crestwood.

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Crestwood is one of the most unique areas in Fort Worth

624 Edgefield located in Crestwood has amazing tree canopy (photos: Trey Freeze Media)

If you are not too familiar with Fort Worth and all the unique neighborhoods that make up this great city, let me tell you about Crestwood. Located north of Monticello and Rivercrest neighborhoods, and backing to the Trinity River, Crestwood is unlike any other area in Cowtown.

Established in the late 1930s the neighborhood is filled with curvilinear (it’s a word — look it up) streets, access to the Trinity Trails, mature trees, a neighborhood park, Little League baseball field, and the home at 624 Edgefield Road.

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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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As the saying goes, “If you have to ask, you can’t afford it.”

That’s how I felt when I contacted Susanna Gorski, the Williams Trew Realtor who is marketing this incredible Dilbeck. I figured, considering the sought-after location and how beautifully preserved this historic property is, I was about to get sticker shock.

But instead, I was in for a surprise. The sunny driveway, verdant lawn, mature trees, clay tile roof, and adorable turquoise accents just grab your attention. It reminds you of the old motor court hotels doesn’t it? There’s a good reason for that! While this home has great drive-up and tons of personality outside, it’s what’s inside that will floor you.

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