Hazelwood Drive

Time has been kind to this home. Built in 1960, the bold design of the 4,600-square-foot house still thrills with an intensity that hasn’t abated after nearly 60 years. In fact, time has allowed Japanese maple trees to mature and completely realize the original vision.

The classic, modern Rivercrest residence blurs the boundaries of interior and exterior space. Planters and walls incorporated into the structure, reach out to enclose trees and landscaping. Walls of windows frame garden views and bring the outdoors indoors.

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Elizabeth Boulevard

To write about 1315 Elizabeth Boulevard in Ryan Place is a daunting proposition. There is just so much deserving of comment to give this venerable Fort Worth grande dame her due. On a personal level, its owner hosted a party here to welcome me and other newcomers when I moved to Elizabeth Blvd. six years ago. The sale of this property is somewhat bittersweet because the current owner was one of the community leaders responsible for the Ryan Place Renaissance — often an indispensable force in the neighborhood. Her departure is difficult to imagine.

This architectural gem sits in the prime middle block of the half-mile long Elizabeth Blvd., which is the main axis of the historic neighborhood. Just across the street is the impressive house built by Ryan Place developer John C. Ryan as his own home, which was the subject of my first Fort Worth Friday.

The structure, one of the finest residential commissions of legendary architect Wylie G. Clarkson, possesses a dignified grandeur expressed in the classical tradition.  Perched on a deep-set lot above street level, the house is reached by two flights of steps and a lovely wide walkway of red brick. The stucco exterior is a warm biscuit color that reminds me of Bath, England. Architecturally, the nearly 90-foot-long, symmetrical façade reads ABCBA from left to right. There are two Palladian motifs on the ground floor — the one at the right has a sophisticated blind opening to preserve the symmetry. The portico is supported by paired Doric columns. Above a smaller Palladian framed window just peeks through the broken pediment crown.

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Modlin Avenue

Tucked into a quiet Westside location, only blocks from Rivercrest Country Club, Museums, and 7th Street shops and restaurants, 4051 Modlin Avenue sports classic Colonial style and a generous 4,700 square feet of living space. The façade is pleasingly symmetrical capped at the center by a broken pediment surmounting a graceful arched window.

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While we love a good classic, there’s something to be said for a home that lives a little on the edge. You want to hit that sweet spot between timeless and trendy, using classic lines and shapes while incorporating new materials or applications. And that’s exactly why we’re head over heels for this listing from John Zimmerman of Compass in Fort Worth. This home uses dramatic shapes and colors, merging industrial-cool finishes with warm woods and spectacular lighting that defines transitional style.

“This home has a functional layout, transitional finishes, and meticulous craftsmanship throughout,” notes Zimmerman. Plus, it’s located on Crestwood Drive, one of the most sought-after streets in this Fort Worth enclave.

The home has an extremely cozy formal living area, complete with vaulted ceiling clad in a breathtaking mix of natural wood. The Crestwood home benefited from a builder with vision, as the builder didn’t throw away the baby with the bathwater and preserved the formal living room’s brick fireplace from the original home.


Ridgewood Road

I don’t need much of an excuse for a foray to Crestwood, my favorite Fort Worth ’07 hood where every old oak seems to sport a sinuous balletic twist. In fact, trees are so revered in this westside enclave that some stand protected by masonry, in the middle of Crestwood‘s winding lanes. This week I was enticed into the neighborhood by an alluring 1960 ranch-style house at 309 Ridgewood Road which is the perfect embodiment of the low-key gentility that makes Crestwood so special.


Boat House Road

In the three years I have been writing for CandysDirt.com, I haven’t really done lakefront. Perhaps the torpor induced by the heat of another July in Texas drove me to water, in search of refreshment of the spirit. Eagle Mountain Lake, with its surrounding hills, is one of the more attractive and authentic looking man-made area lakes. It seems to get knocked about by the occasional tornado from time to time — as recently as June 19th of this year. In late May of 2011 the lakefront drive — Boat Club Road — suffered some minor damage. Built four years before, in 2007, 9931 Boat Club Road seems to have come through insolently unscathed.

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Bent Elm Lane

Another Riverhill stunner that gets it right, this one at 4020 Bent Elm is elegant without being bombastic. Why have we come to expect that from new construction? This lovely brick home, built in 2015 clocks in at a manageable 3,748 square feet.

In fact the entry is best described modest and restrained. Still, quality is immediately evident. Custom scraped hardwoods, fine doors and custom millwork give the house a classic, custom look. To the right, behind French doors, is a charming study with Williamsburg Blue paneled walls and a beamed ceiling.

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Bradford Park Court

We’ve only been here once before, because Bradford Park Court is about as exclusive as it gets in Fort Worth, and because houses seldom come on the market in this choice haven. In fact, the gated community developed in 1993 consisting of a handful of custom houses, is its own subdivision in a choice Westside location, sandwiched between Westover Hills and Rivercrest. Twenty years have given time for landscaping to mature and has given the homes a patina suggestive of old money.

Situated on a nearly one-acre lot, 2101 Bradford Park Court immediately makes an impression. A gracefully undulating drive wrapping a handsome live oak leads to carved limestone framed entrance. The large residence clocks in at almost 6,700 square feet and has five bedrooms and five full baths with two half baths.

Bradford Park Court