We haven’t looked in on Fairmount in a while, so a completely updated Craftsman cottage close to the vibrant Magnolia scene and priced $40K below the Fairmount median price, seemed worthy of our attention. In addition, the bungalow at 1402 7th Avenue benefits from the quality of life and easy livability of this historic ‘hood, which continues to draw the young (or young of heart) to the area.

“The walk score on this property is high. You are a block-and-a-half off Magnolia, which is one of Fort Worth’s favorite urban villages,” notes League listing agent, Jeff Anderson.

“It’s got such a distinct charm. The eateries — you’ve got Ellerbies on one corner and Salsa Limon on the other,” he adds.

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historic neighbors can be helpful or harmful to communities

It might look historic, but 1935 Fairmount Avenue was built in 2014. (photos: Shoot2Sell)

If you’ve ever had to deal with a designated historic neighborhood, you’ll know that they can be a very tricky situation.

In my past life of working for new home builders, I’ve gone round and round with historic neighborhoods, and we just agree to disagree.  Crack houses and tinderboxes have very little historic value.  However, the “Generica-America” style of homes do not belong in historic neighborhoods either.

Two Sides of the Coin

On one hand, a historic neighborhood designation is there to preserve classic styles and architecture.  Historic areas don’t want production builders coming into their neighborhood and building homes that belong in the ‘burbs.

On the other hand, there is nothing historic or aesthetically pleasing about crumbling homes that have outlived their usefulness and would cost more to rehabilitate than to tear down and build a new home.

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By Nikki Lott
Special Contributor

This year’s Fairmount Historic Home Tour on Mother’s Day features a gorgeous Craftsman-style home at 1831 Fairmount. The owners are Michael Tucker-McDermott and his husband, Stan. We can’t say this Craftsman is unlike any other (but it is), but we can say that the owners most definitely are. In particular, Michael is a researching, history-knowing, antique-loving ball of energy that basically never sleeps. And he’s tons of fun to talk to. We sat down with him for an exclusive sneak peek into how 1831 Fairmount came to be.

Michael and Stan restored this repurposed dining room built-in sideboard with Prairie-style leaded glass. All light fixtures are period restored lighting.

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By Nikki Lott
Special Contributor

This Mother’s Day, buy flowers, do brunch, and then head to the 37th Annual Fairmount Historic Home Tour. Travel back in time and ooh and aah over all the incredible details like exposed beams, overhanging eaves and romantic wrap around porches.

There once was a time when we went outside, meet our neighbors and … talked. CAN YOU IMAGINE? Back then, you needed neighbors to get all the hot goss and a cup of sugar. Well, maybe that detail hasn’t changed as much, but over the years the architecture and craftsmanship certainly have.

Along the tour, you’ll see delicately restored bungalows, a few new old homes (INTRIGUING) and one home that’s in transition. A chance to see the progress in person? Yes, please.

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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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