Carlock

Jaw dropping. I know the real estate market is cooling after strings of successive years on boil, and that mortgage interest rates approaching 5 percent present a new challenge for buyers, but I was astonished to see an enchanting cottage in the heart fashionable Fairmount at 1213 Carlock Street for less than $200,000.  Also unbelievable is that this two-bedroom, two-bath bungalow, chock full of curb appeal, has been on the market for six months.

And the house couldn’t be more on trend. The stained shingles covering the front gable are stained the color of one of Benjamin Moore’s colors of the year, a rich, spruce, green/blue. Bowers of roses spill over the low metal fence. Paired doors under the symmetrically disposed porch suggest a duplex past. In fact, the history of the 1,200-square-foot cottage is a little murky. Tarrant Appraisal District gives the house a 1924 date, however the owners have documents suggesting a date of 1899.

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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…)

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What are the punch list essentials to take a house from long-term rental to a near immediate sale? Northern Realty Group agent Lisa Logan was presented with just this dilemma. Of course, it’s helpful if the listing is in Ryan Place, where demand remains insanely strong and inventory persistently low.

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Here is another useful stroke – have a seasoned construction engineer in the family who has worked on some of the highest profile residential projects in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, like the most expensive house for sale in North Texas. (Hint: one of the two billionaire Andy Beal is said to be shopping.) Meet Project 2509 Willing Avenue, a 2,200-square-foot, three-bedroom, two-bath, 1919 Craftsman. The home just needed some interior refreshing.

“I can’t emphasize the importance of something as basic as a good paint job,” begins Lisa’s husband Shanon Logan. “Just removing the accumulated layers of years of bad paint work and starting fresh does a great deal to improve a first impression.” (more…)

Spring Home Tour Guide Photo Kim Leeson

It’s spring, so it’s time to don your blue booties and get to tromping around some of the finest and most fabulous homes in Dallas-Fort Worth. We always enjoy this time of year, because not only does CandysDirt.com feature some of the biggest and best home tours in the region, but we also give our readers a chance to win tickets!

We’ve compiled a list of a few upcoming tours that you absolutely have to see. Get your calendar ready and jump!

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