Meadows West

Just when I think I’ve cracked Fort Worth — especially in-the-loop Fort Worth — I make a discovery. This week, it’s a handsome house in Meadows West at 6512 Havenview Court. And there is great value here. On a sprawling corner lot with a long, brick-edged walkway leading to the pedimented capped entry, the house has real presence. And the shocker? You can have all 4,310 square feet of this house for the bargain price of $129 per square foot. 

I admit to  having been a bit snarky about what I call 1980s vintage, Junior League Georgian. But with the passage of time, some houses from this era are aging rather well. Helpful is the listing description of the lot: “heavily treed.” Also helpful is the involvement of a capable builder, Dan Thomas. However, there is such a personal, restrained treatment in the disposition, in the façade and details, that I suspect the presence of a client of taste. Missing? Pomposity and pretension.

A Palladian triangular pediment supported by columns encases a curved framed front door. The central, main bay is symmetrically flanked by two stepped back wings.  And the small arched window on the second floor above the entry has shutters that look as if they could actually close over the span of the opening.

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Brants Lane

Brants Lane — across from Luther Lake and within walking distance to Ridglea Hills Country Club — is sited in such a choice location in Ridglea Hills that more than a few of its residents are the second generation of the original owners. Built in 1954, 6720 Brants Lane is loaded with 3,590 square feet of midcentury, high-style panache, and has been given a stunning, stylish makeover by Fort Worth Friday friend Terri West.

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Curzon Avenue

In spite of its lordly, posh name, 6401 Curzon Avenue is the opposite of stuffy. Welcoming in a nostalgic sort of way, the 1951 build recalls the idealized sit-com houses of the era. One can imagine Ward Cleaver clipping the tidy hedges under the front windows. Located in a quiet little corner of North Ridglea, the house is only a short walk from the neighborhood Morris E. Berney Park and conveniently 15 minutes from downtown Fort Worth. Camp Bowie shops are short blocks away.

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Shore Front Drive

From the Kim Dawson Agency to up-and-coming star Realtors at Rogers Healy and Associates Realty, Maggie Parks and Kodi Nelson are the dynamic duo comprising Model Realtors — a sort of boutique shop within the extensive and diverse roster of Realtors at the Healy agency.

“After 20 years modeling at Dawson (they are still on the books) I was looking for a new challenge,” explains Kodi Nelson.

She and longtime friend and fellow model, Maggie Parks, were attending real estate classes at Champions and were impressed by guest speaker Rogers Healy.

“Rogers exuded such confidence and energy we knew we wanted to join his team,” she recalls.

“He isn’t the kind of agent who will pass out cards.  He exploits social media in innovative ways to grow business and that fit in with our model,”  she adds. (more…)

Madeline Place

I would love to color my beard Kris Kringle white and award a house to a deserving tike. Short of that, Fort Worth Friday can offer the next best thing to a Christmas gift-a 2100 square foot charmer with a choice west side location, selling below appraised value. In the heart of the Cultural District, on 1320 Madeline Place, the three-bedroom, two-bath bungalow is a true survivor, celebrating its centenary next year.

Some might find the adjacent condominium complex, stretching over two lots, a negative, but I regard it as a useful buffer to busy Camp Bowie to the south. Museums are an agreeable walk from the property. And this cutie has curb appeal in spades. Wood steps lead to a welcoming front porch varnished to a glass-like sheen.

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Bellaire Park Court

According to Laver’s Law, 3509 Bellaire Park Court, lies somewhere between amusing and quaint. James Laver was an esteemed and influential curator at the Victoria and Albert Museum who enunciated a timeline for the cycle of fashion, receiving a Neiman Marcus Fashion Award in 1962. Ten years ago, you might have lethargically said this house was so 70’s. Now,  you would enthusiastically say the multi-level residence, embedded into a tree-lined hill, is so 70’s! (more…)

Westridge Ave.

If I wanted to write about a premiere listing in Rivercrest, Westover, or Montserrat, chances were better than even I would be looking at a John Zimmerman listing. In fact, at times it was difficult not to write about star agent John Zimmerman.

Since moving to the high-tech, New York-based Compass agency, Zimmerman has continued to thrive with an impressive record of multimillion-dollar sales and a dazzling portfolio of properties on offer. It has been a while since I’ve covered  a John Zimmerman listing, but after writing this I notice that my noble publisher and I are quite literally on the same page today. No matter. A garden home in Ridglea Hills, No. 11 at 4900 Westridge is too wonderful to ignore. (more…)

Thanksgiving

Over the river and through the woods … to grandmothers’s house we go!

So we used to sing on the way to Thanksgiving dinner at my grandparents. The river was a branch of the Trinity near the zoo and the woods were the tall trees of Tanglewood, the first residential development carved out of Edwards Ranch. My grandfather built in the newly opened addition in 1960, doubling the depth of the foundation and halving the centers of the rebar, which has kept the house solid and crack free to this day.

Tanglewood has remained popular for many reasons. Tree-lined streets meander within the neighborhood with no traffic tempting through streets, keeping the area quiet and tranquil. Houses are set back from the street on deep lots. Those deep lots have induced some to tear down and rebuild.

In a way, and I hope I don’t get myself in trouble here, Tanglewood is one of the more Dallas-like neighborhoods in Fort Worth, resembling North Dallas from Royal Lane to Forest. Original, mostly single-story, ranch-style and true Midcentury Modern houses share the neighborhood with jazzier, larger new builds. Many houses have been extended or completely reworked. Then, of course, there is the draw of Tanglewood Elementary, fairly bursting at the seems. (more…)