The Tower

The views from The Tower at 500 Throckmorton are unmatched.

We’ve looked in at The Tower at 500 Throckmorton Street before. Two years ago we featured  3602, a stunning 5600 square foot corner unit in the grand style. This week we have a chance to experience high-rise living in a different vein. Nearly as roomy clocking in 4,409 square feet, Unit 3601 has a more relaxed, more modern take on elegant living.

The history of The Tower is worth retelling. Once known as the Bank One Building — yes, that Bank One Building — it was ground zero of the horrific March 28, 2000 tornado, which left half a billion dollars worth of damage to Fort Worth’s downtown in its wake. Work to reconstruct the building began in 2001, but extensive asbestos abatement and other unforeseen costs halted the effort. For several years, it stood, an urban oddity, half clad in plywood and metal, its very existence uncertain.

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Bunting Avenue

Think modern architecture can’t observe pleasing proportions and effortlessly allude to a classical past? Have a look at 4050 Bunting Avenue. Its picture perfect, symmetrical façade is wrapped by a beautifully scaled low wall which emphasizes the buildings horizontals. Simplified pilasters support a clean entablature.

These elements combine to create a composition which harkens back to Art Deco pavilions of the 1920’s and 30’s, themselves echoing a remembered, 18th Century classical past. And there is the desirable North Hi Mount location. (more…)

Bishops Flower

After last week’s post in Park Hill, I was determined to find new construction that could rival the venerable Winton Terrace grand dame for classical style and pleasing proportions. My first impulse was to look in Riverhills, a new development in Edwards Ranch that a classic house lover can embrace. Choice listings here are thin on the ground, so I was pleased to find a balanced beauty on the charmingly monikered street at 3820 Bishop’s Flower.

I had to look the unlikely name up. If you don’t know, bishop’s flower is a lovely, simple, white bloom used in cut flower arrangements. It grows in the Western United States. Lovely, simple, white, only begins to describe the appeal of this listing, too. Symmetrical quoined bays frame the receding center block capped by a lantern. (more…)

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…)

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…)

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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This week’s Fort Worth Friday sprang from a Dallas/Fort Worth Thursday. On the hunt at Nick Brock, one of my favorite antique shops in Dallas, I had the pleasure of running into one of my favorite Fort Worth designers, Tara Took, and meeting another Fort Worth designer, Adana Agee.

“Where in Fort Worth do you live?” I asked my new friend, Adanna.

“In Berney Park.”

“Berney Park?”

“It’s a subdivision of Ridglea, off Camp Bowie, near La Madeleine,” she explained.

“Oh, I don’t know it. Anything for sale there?” I inquire. I knew it was coming… (more…)