Downtown Tower

The Tower on Throckmorton Street is truly real estate agent Debbie Hunn‘s turf. She’s lived in the building for 12 years and she tells me that she has sold some of the units in the building three or four times. Together with her daughter, Alana Long, they comprise The Urban Group at Williams Trew and have made downtown Fort Worth living something of a specialty.

For the uninitiated, there are few high-rise choices in Fort Worth, but the history of The Tower is worth retelling:

Once known as the Bank One Building — yes, that Bank One Building — it was ground zero of the horrific March 28, 2000 tornado, which left half a billion dollars worth of damage to Fort Worth’s downtown in its wake. Work to reconstruct the building began in 2001, but extensive asbestos abatement and other unforeseen costs halted the effort. For several years, it stood, an urban oddity, half clad in plywood and metal, its very existence uncertain.

In 2003, realizing the potential payoff of a prize location in the heart of a lively downtown, TLC Realty announced plans for an urban, mixed-use revamp of the storm-orphaned edifice. Work was completed in 2005. The six-sided structure is now enveloped by a square proscenium of stone, which anchors it to the city block it occupies. Recently the amenities, located on the fifth floor have undergone a thorough upgrade and overhaul.

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Windows everywhere - one of a kind

2600 W. 7th #1801 in Montgomery Plaza is a one-of-a-kind condo with amazing views (photos: Shoot2Sell)

“One of a kind.”  How many times have we heard that phrase? We often hear it when referencing athletes, jewelry, clothing or articles of interest, but what really is “one of a kind?”  Most of the time we aren’t even sure how to punctuate it. 

According to our friends in the worldwide interwebs, “one of a kind” means not like anything else in the world — truly unique. Maybe we need to re-think things when we use that phrase, but not when we talk about a one-of-a-kind condominium located at 2600 West 7th Street #1801 in the Montgomery Plaza building.

imagine having to Windex all those windows

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It’s been a while since a new condo project has happened in Cowtown (Rendering: Fender Andrade Architects)

It’s rodeo time in Fort Worth so it’s once again time to hype up the Cowtown moniker that has been bestowed upon the west side of the Metroplex.  But don’t worry, we’re not a hick town. In fact, we are becoming quite “Moderne.”

That is to say, The Moderne, a 43-unit upscale condominium project in the upstart Linwood neighborhood, will soon be breaking ground in our fair burg.

Linwood Neighborhood

If you haven’t been to Fort Worth in a while then you probably aren’t aware of the complete transition (or should we say gentrification … Fort Worth’s good at that) of the Linwood neighborhood.

What was once a blighted swath of land with a park in the middle of it located in one of the hottest areas of growth and commerce in all of Fort Worth — the West 7th Street development — Linwood took a massive beating in 2000 when the tornado came to town.

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Houston Street is the place to be downtown

Houston Street is lined with stellar restaurants, watering holes, shops, and places of interest (Photos: Shoot2Sell)

Does it drive you CRAZY when people pronounce the name “Houston” like “U-ston”?  Or how about the way those snooty Yanks pronounce it, “Howe-ston”?  What is that all about?  Do you think those people know they are completely butchering a fairly simple word? Houston.

Sidenote: There are a handful of people who have called me “Zeth” for years and years.  It’s like nails on a chalkboard.  Now you know how to get on my bad side!

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In 1921,  leading Fort Worth architectural firm Sanguinet and Staats – designers of many iconic buildings which still stand, including the Texas Hotel and Our Lady of Victory Academy (as well dozens of houses in Arlington Heights) – constructed the Neil P. Anderson Cotton Exchange.

Dallas’ famous Cotton Exchange was demolished in 1991. This being Fort Worth, however, this architectural gem, listed on the National Register in 1978,  was renovated and repurposed by low-key local developer Amicus Interests in 2004 as condominiums.

The Beaux Arts building, rechristened The Neil P, is more attractive in my opinion than its better-known rival down 7th Street. With units selling for about $275 per square foot, the Neil P offers urban living at a reasonable price and compares favorably with the Omni Residences, which start at about $475  per square foot. (more…)

The Tower 500 Throckmorton

The Tower at 500 Throckmorton Street is a building with a dramatic past, stubbornly surviving to adapt itself to the future. Once known as the Bank One Building, yes, that Bank One Building,  was at ground zero of the horrific March 28, 2000 tornado, which left half a billion dollars worth of damage to Fort Worth’s downtown in its wake. Work to reconstruct the building began in 2001, but extensive asbestos abatement and other unforeseen costs halted the effort. For several years, it stood, an urban oddity, half clad in plywood and metal, its very existence uncertain.

In 2003, realizing the potential payoff of a prize location in the heart of a lively downtown, TLC Realty announced plans for an urban, mixed-use revamp of the storm-orphaned edifice. Work was completed in 2005. The six-sided structure is now enveloped by a square proscenium of stone, which anchors it to the city block it occupies. The 1974 conception of Atlanta architect John Portman has stood the test of time and looks 21st century, fresh as paint.

The Tower 500 Throckmorton

The project has been so successful that units in the building hit the market rather infrequently. So when one of the four, two-story, penthouse units is offered for sale (it’s been on the market for less than one week) the real estate community takes notice.

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