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.


Update: a reader tells us this house was the set for a movie filmed around 1994,   But beware: the movie is R-rated! Whoa!

Ever on the look out for value in a desirable location here at, I stumbled onto a brand new listing on 2101 Western Avenue. By new, I mean listed yesterday new. As for location, the 1923 bungalow sits on a 6,700-square-foot corner lot in the Hillcrest subdivision of Arlington Heights, a few short blocks from Camp Bowie, near the museums and tonier West Side neighborhoods like Rivercrest and Westover. Not evident from the pictures, the exterior seems to have gotten a coat of new paint. Curvaceous planting beds add curb appeal.


Last Sunday, one of those typical, Texas, false harbinger of spring days, I waited outside 1460 West Allen, one of three open houses from the portfolio of 6th Avenue Homes. Children on bicycles pass, followed by three guys with contrasting day glow hair and plentiful piercings. Minutes later a 1920s open coupe cruised by. In other words, a fairly typical afternoon in Fairmount.

Four years after its founding, partners Jamie Ice and Jimmy Williams of 6th Avenue Homes are thriving and still riding the Fairmount wave and the strong demand for hip urban housing in a historic, in-town ‘hood. They now have over 40 renovations under their belts and have taken on a warehouse on South Main, The 4 Eleven, which contains a furniture store, a women’s clothing space, popsicle vendor, and a for-rent events space. (more…)

This week’s Fort Worth Friday sprang from a Dallas/Fort Worth Thursday. On the hunt at Nick Brock, one of my favorite antique shops in Dallas, I had the pleasure of running into one of my favorite Fort Worth designers, Tara Took, and meeting another Fort Worth designer, Adana Agee.

“Where in Fort Worth do you live?” I asked my new friend, Adanna.

“In Berney Park.”

“Berney Park?”

“It’s a subdivision of Ridglea, off Camp Bowie, near La Madeleine,” she explained.

“Oh, I don’t know it. Anything for sale there?” I inquire. I knew it was coming… (more…)

A rare opportunity in the fully occupied Omni Residences in the heart of downtown Fort Worth has just come to market — and it’s a stunner. A penthouse, No. 3203 on the 32nd floor, has a lavish, 4,330 square feet of living space, four bedrooms, four and one half baths, and three balconies. And then there is the building itself, unequaled in Fort Worth for its sleek, unique profile, and five-star amenities.

And who would you enlist to move a premiere, multi-million dollar property in the Omni? You might, reflexively, turn to the building’s former Sales Director, Allison Hayden, who earned her high-rise chops selling in the luxury Dallas building, The Azure, before moving to The Omni Residences in Fort Worth in 2009. Currently she is working her special brand of agent magic at Lakeside Terrace in Flower Mound, where she has already sold 70 percent of the building. Oh, and did I mention that construction on the building isn’t even completed? (more…)

Any guesses as to date of this paean to Frank Lloyd Wright? 1900? 1945? Actually this well-placed, faithful tribute to the master at 5404 Collinwood Avenue was built in 1986. The low slung, prairie-style house with its strongly emphasized, stepped horizontals just looks so right on the lot, reminding us that the point of this design idiom was, in large part, an effort to meld dwellings with nature. And this style, now over 100 years old, still has the ability to look fresh and perfectly suitable for a Southwest city. (more…)

Westcliff Addition

Ever on the look-out for affordable and appealing housing in an attractive neighborhood, I ventured into the Westcliff Addition. Westcliff is rather vast, extending from the area around TCU south to Interstate 20. Closer to TCU, houses can get a little pricy, selling for $500,000 or more. But if you are willing to go farther south, pricing becomes more affordable.  And the still-inside-the-loop area has much to recommend itself with major shopping areas mere minutes away. Houses are of the same vintage as their northern counterparts — compact, ranch-style houses on mature, tree-lined streets.

A short jaunt from Kellis Park, is a midcentury gem at 4625 Selkirk Drive. In fact Selkirk Drive terminates in a piece of that park land. Though small — just under 1,400 square feet — the three-bedroom, two-bath house is rather subtle and sophisticated, composed of three eye-pleasing and balanced blocks.


Next weekend’s 34th annual Ryan Place Christmas tour or Candlelight Christmas in Ryan Place, by its official name, offers an interesting mix of homes stretching through the decades and communicating the complex story of the historic neighborhood.

Tour regulars won’t be disappointed this year. Included will be a grand Southern Colonial Revival house built in 1918. Fabled Fort Worth architect, Wiley G. Clarkson — builder of many important landmark public buildings such as the Masonic Temple, First Methodist Church, and the United States Court House — will be represented by a fine “Italianate” house of his design on Elizabeth Boulevard. Another early house, built around 1920, will please classicists with its Georgian Revival style.