If convenient, lock-and-leave living, a choice West Side location, and an affordable price top your list of must haves, you should definitely take a look at a new listing at 716 Arch Adams Lane. Location? Off 7th Street and within easy walking distance of the museums and 7th Street restaurants and clubs. The street is easy to miss, and that’s a good thing. Though near the heart of so much action, Arch Adams Lane is surprisingly quiet and tranquil. The street front entrance is the garage. The front door is accessed down a private path behind. The design recalls an urban loft conversion with industrial style windows and rusty iron canopies sheltering the entrance. Though the building looks freshly minted, the project was completed in 2004. That has given thoughtfully planned landscaping time to grow and fill in.

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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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We haven’t gone big at Fort Worth Friday for awhile and if you’re thinking of going big, Montserrat may be your ideal with lots as large as five acres and square footages that can top 20,000. It’s difficult to believe that the high-profile, gated community of Montserrat is 15 years old. Carved out of 143 acres of — you guessed it — ranch land owned by the Sirrat family, it still has the look of a newly minted luxury enclave. More time and mature trees will give it context. Though minutes from town, it can, still, at times, appear a bit lonely. However, there are many things to recommend Montserrat. In addition to the 24-hour security, there are 30 acres that have been set aside for park land and green space.

A 9,100-square-foot baronial, 2008 build at 4708 Santa Cova Court gives a representative vocabulary of luxuries that in many cases are neighborhood standards. Fireplaces? There are six. Baths? Six again with three half baths. Living areas? Three. I could go on, but, by now you get the point. (more…)

Amon Carter didn’t actually christen Fort Worth as the place “where the west begins”  — it was a visiting mayor from the small town of Munday who came up with the moniker that Carter placed on the front page of his newspaper, The Fort Worth Star-Telegram, where it has remained to this day.

West certainly seems to be the direction Fort Worth is marching — think Montserrat and Mira Vista, all built on former ranch land. And then there is Walsh Ranch. We’ve been watching Walsh from the beginning. Barely more than one years old, with Phase 1 still to be completed, I thought it was worth another look.

And Walsh Ranch has to be seen to be believed. Vast, over eleven square miles, straddling two counties, Walsh seems like remote, rolling country, though (as has been frequently noted) it is a straight 15 minute shot on the West Freeway, (aka Interstate Highway 30) from downtown.

Eventually, over 50,000 people are expected to live here requiring substantial infrastructure building, including the rather beautiful Westside Water Treatment Plant which I toured. Aledo schools are an additional draw though 12 more schools are slated for construction. (more…)

On my way home a few weeks ago, I saw an “Open House” sign in front of 2017 Windsor Place in Berkeley Place. And, it was in the middle of the week around five o’clock in the afternoon. Inside I met up with Ruth Story, head of the Ruth Story group, a boutique agency created in 2003 under the umbrella of Keller Williams Fort Worth. Ruth Story is truly a family operation with Ruth’s husband, Rick, specializing in ranch and farmland sales and daughter, Kati, concentrating on new construction like Walsh.

“Odd time for an open house,” I opine.

“We find we pull in more serious buyers during the week, though we still do week end open houses,” explained Ruth.

Inventory in Berkeley Place is famously low, with listings on the market for  60 days or less. And, access to highly rated Lily B. Clayton Elementary School creates a strong draw for young families to this old, Near Southside neighborhood. (more…)

Ever on the lookout for a new build we can love, I stumbled onto a Monticello gem of a listing at 3710 West 6th Street that has timeless appeal in a perfect west side location. The style isn’t just traditional, it’s Texas Mediterranean vernacular that, at first glance, you might mistake for a 1920s’ era construction which happily blends with it’s older neighbors. The façade is rich in thoughtful architectural details like the symmetrically disposed windows, arches, and mirror curved peaks in the center. (more…)

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…)