Before I am accused of being lazy, allow me to note that when the first house in the first planned development in Fort Worth — Ryan Place — comes on the market, I can’t not write about it even if it is just down the street from me, on Elizabeth Blvd.

When 1112 Elizabeth Blvd. was built, in 1911, the world was a very different place. My grandfather was living in his city of birth, Vienna, under the rule of  Franz Joseph, the Austro-Hungarian Emperor. It was still the Belle Epoque, with the upheavals of World War I three years in the future. In the photograph above, taken about 1912, the boulevard was already handling motor car traffic but the original hitching post remains in front, just in case. A short 20 minute buggy ride would have taken you into town. Like all of the original dwellings on Elizabeth Boulevard built between 1911 to 1928, 1112 Elizabeth Boulevard was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1979.

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Resting on a beautifully manicured half-acre lot replete with twisting, mature oak trees behind a classic ranch façade lies a midcentury modern dream. This 1959 build at 3809 Trails Edge in Overton Park has been impeccably maintained and thoughtfully amended to its current whopping 6,848 square feet and flawlessly staged by Alyson French and Tina McMackin of AЯRANGE. (more…)

When a house on coveted Alta Drive with Rivercrest golf course views comes on the market it’s … well, real estate news. Big time. The oh-so-discreet façade of 505 Alta Drive is oh-so-understated old Fort Worth, though it masks a whopping 5,157 square feet of living area and sits on a nearly half acre lot. Inside, prepare to be wowed. This Rivercrest estate is all about the extras. Extras like three spacious living areas and three dining rooms.

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Let’s take inventory. Park Hill, University Place, Colonial, Tanglewood, Overton, and River Hills. Add into the mix Neiman Marcus jumping the West Freeway for Clearfork and you begin to ask is 76109 the new 76107? I’ve been wanting to write about a house in University Place for a long time but properties here rarely seem to come to market. At the Dirt, we like to stay on top of things, so when a listing in University West, at 2544 Boyd Avenue came on the market, 10 hours ago, we were on it.

Time and money. This property was listed less than two years ago for $675,000. Prescient to have bought then. Renovations, a plumb location in the Tanglewood school district, and a red hot market have nearly doubled the value of this home. And my prognostication?  That this property is probably conservatively priced and that it will move quickly. (more…)

Riverhills

Always on the look-out for that rarity — a new build we can love —  I was thrilled to discover that former Fort Worth Magazine Dream Home at 3824 River Hills View Drive was listed this Tuesday. The handsome Mediterranean sits on a large third-of-an-acre lot in the first phase of the thoughtfully realized Riverhills community in Edwards Ranch. We’ve been here before. It’s difficult to overlook  a community of well-constructed new houses that achieve opulence without ostentation, mere minutes from upscale Waterside retail and the shops at Clearfork.

Remember symmetry? The impressive elevation is composed of forceful stepped-and-balanced blocks under tiled Italianate eaves. It harkens back to an earlier era and should gracefully bear the test of time.

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In the Spring, one’s fancy lightly turns to thoughts of … real estate and open houses! Apologies to Alfred, Lord T.  And if a well-located, perfectly updated, midcentury modern with a reasonable price tag is your thing, you would be well advised to schedule a showing or at least clear this Sunday afternoon from 3 to 5 p.m. to take a gander at the open house of this North Ridglea listing at 6551 Malvey Avenue. This listing is new — like four days old new — and, naturally, buyer interest is strong.

Loads of curb appeal, the 1952 house blends beautifully into a lush landscape of bountiful Asian jasmine, mondo grass, period-perfect elephant ears, and tall twining old live oaks. Attractive hardscape including a long, stone-and-masonry walkway approach, completes the pleasing first impression.

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Occasionally an exceptional listing — a perfect combination of unique, beautiful architecture, landscaping, location, and pricing — leaps out and demands your attention. And evidently many others agreed with me. Listing agent Martha Price thought the vintage, thankfully un-updated baths and the one-car garage might potentially make 2200 Winton Terrace a bit of a slow mover. Still, she priced the 1929 Spanish style house at $250 per square foot — the median per-square-foot price for Park Hill these days. The result? Only listed yesterday, it had eight near back-to-back showings and got a full price offer. (more…)

With spring breaking, and wanderlust mounting, an invitation to Cuernavaca, Mexico, seemed the perfect antidote to the winter doldrums to which your sulky Fort Worth Friday correspondent has lately succumbed. As old as Mexico itself, Cuernavaca contains the oldest preserved colonial building in the Americas, the nearly 500-year-old Palacio de Cortés, built atop an earlier, demolished, Aztec structure. Fifty years ago, Cuernavaca was a sleepy little resort town of 35,000. Now at 350,000 souls, Cuernavaca is a big little place, with great shopping, frequent cultural events and even fewer reasons to return to the capital which, on a good day, is a short 45 minutes to the north.

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