Merrick

Graceful, sweeping, polished: Words that spring to mind on touring this 1961 architect designed residence at 1919 Merrick Street. Architect, Glenn Allen Galaway was trained by legendary New York architect Phillip Johnson and contributed a small but dignified portfolio of houses to Dallas and Fort Worth.

Galaway can’t claim credit for the gorgeous lot with ravine views, but he deserves high kudos for exploiting the site, fitting his design with seemingly effortless aplomb into the splendid environment.

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Shady Oaks

If a choice location in Westover Hills with eighth hole golf course views is on your wish list, then this Sunday’s open house at 1200 Shady Oaks Lane should be on your not-to-be-missed list.

The Jack Schutts-designed house has acquired the patina of gentility in the 27 years since it was built. We’ve featured the work of architect Jack Schutts, father of Fort Worth real estate royalty, Martha Williams, before. Here, Schutts softly and subtly speaks the vocabulary of classical architecture. The peaked façade of the main bay has a centrally placed Palladian motif window with quoins bookending the edges.

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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…)

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…)

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…)

A. Quincy Jones

[Editor’s note: Merry Christmas! This week, we’re taking time off to focus on our loved ones, so we are sharing some of our favorite stories from this year. Keep an eye out for our top features from the archives as we rest and get ready for a brilliant 2018! Cheers, from Candy and the entire staff at CandysDirt.com!]

From Eric Prokesh: Sometimes it’s difficult to find 500 words to write about a particular listing. And then there are the rare properties about which one can’t say enough. I didn’t have to think twice about which post I wanted to rerun during our little editorial break this week. The A. Quincy Jones at 4167 Charron Lane has it all. With a proud past and almost 70 years of age, it still boldly and freshly proclaims the future. I described it as Fort Worth’s most beautiful and storied orphan in my May write up. Having sat empty, on and off the market for years, team Tina McMakin and Alyson French were enlisted to breath life into this architectural treasure. The result? Three months after staging, the orphan was at long last adopted at full price.  


A. Quincy Jones’ architectural masterpiece at 4167 Charron Lane is likely Fort Worth’s most beautiful and storied orphan. Houses by the venerated modernist architect are so sought after in his native Los Angles, that they are snapped up by the rich and famous as soon as they hit the market. Jennifer Aniston paid $22 million for hers. Courtney Cox lives in one. Seasoned star flipper, Ellen Degeneres banked 15 million dollars, selling her A. Quincy Jones-designed house, to Napster founder Sean Parker for a staggering 55 million dollars, after holding it for less than one year .

A. Quincy Jones

Mrs. Alfred Steele (Joan Crawford) in her William Haines decorated Manhattan Apartment. Feud fans will notice her signature plastic slip covers.

Back in Fort Worth, this A. Quincy Jones gem has enjoyed a glamorous past and faced an uncertain future. Built in 1953 by oil man Andrew Fuller, who had ties to Los Angeles, the home once hosted Hollywood luminaries like Jimmy Stewart and Joan Crawford. Joan would have felt perfectly comfortable here with an interior executed by her own designer and friend, Billy Haines, whose career she helped launch. Amon Carter III, son of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram publisher and grandson of the legendary mayor, also lived here.

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River HillsIf 3849 Riverhills View Drive in the River Hills addition looks strangely familiar, it’s because this architectural gem appeared in our coverage of last years’ annual Fort Worth AIA tour.

Well known for an extensive portfolio of high-profile commercial and civic commissions, including the gates and addition to Will Rogers Arena, Caruth Hall at SMU, and the Beth El Congregation, this house is a rare residential project by the firm of Hahnfeld Hoffer Stanford.

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Shady OaksDuring the holiday season, it may have escaped notice that a choice townhouse in one of Fort Worth’s most enduringly popular developments has come on the market.

Shady Oaks Townhouses, tucked behind walls, shaded by large live oaks, and backing up to the golf course of the same name, were constructed in 1970. They were designed by architect Albert S. Komatsu, whose varied  portfolio of work includes the emblematic entrance to the Japanese Gardens and the notorious Stonegate Mansion built for Cullen Davis. The architecture firm founded in 1959 continues to this day.Japanese GardensIt is an old axiom that good design has lasting appeal, still, it is difficult to believe that this fresh-looking, modern project is almost 50 years old. At 4,759 square feet, the three-bedroom, four-and-one-half-bath townhouse at 600 Roaring Springs Road, is also the largest unit in the complex.

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