Do you yearn for new construction with old school quality? Something grand, not grandiose, surrounded by similar properties? A spacious-yet-sensible plan and not a McMansion clone? River Hills, part of the interesting and evolving Edwards Ranch story, may be your answer. Founded in 1848, Edwards Ranch is older than Fort Worth itself. Now it is the locus for the most exciting new developments  in the city. It includes River Hills, the Waterside retail development, and  the Shops at Clearfork, anchored by the new Neiman Marcus. The weight and force of all of this development, together with the energetic rejuvenation of the Near South Side, is generating a gravitational pull which challenges the heretofore uncontested hegemony of the West Side.

The truth is that I have been longing to write about River Hills for some time, and prowl the area from time to time. This week I stumbled onto 3737 Aviemore a stone revetted, manorial abode, perched on a high bluff built in 2009. The street is romantically named after a resort in the highlands of Scottland and as north Texas goes, the area is hilly.

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Topping Trulia’s list of highest average sale prices by neighborhood, I was surprised to discover lovely Park Hill. With an average sale price of $1.722 million, it beats better-known, pricey enclaves such as Mira Vista and Monticello. I was, therefore, further surprised to discover a prime Park Hill address at 2224 Winton Terrace with terrace views of the wooded hill adjoining the Fort Worth Zoo for the relatively bargain price of $899,000.

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Looking for a glamorous new build in an established West Side location? You would do well to have a look at 1410 Washington Terrace in Crestmont. Conveniently located off Camp Bowie and only a few short blocks from River Crest Country Club, the four-bedroom, four-and-one-half-bath house isn’t exactly a new build, but a recent remodel of a 1953 construction re-conceived from top to bottom with all of the mod cons. (more…)

A. Quincy JonesA. 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 .

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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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Pavilion

No, you aren’t seeing doubles, nor are you in Bavaria. This flight of fancy occupies a high bluff in Westover Hills, at the end of a cul-de-sac at 2108 Hidden Creek Road.

Based on the 18th century Amalienburg Pavilion at Schloss Nymphenburg near Munich, it is almost an exact replica. Both have two wings of three modules each, which merge into the protruding central bay. In architectural details it is nearly identical as well. Seemingly floating eyebrow pediments surmount the windows while the entrance is composed of a modified Palladian motif. An arched recess between two sets of paired pilasters forces itself upwards through an open bed pediment. Stucco ornament are similar. The only variation in the original is the missing corona.

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I’ve heard it whispered by top real estate producers around town for over a year. Now it goes unstated. It’s just a given. “If you are listing a house for over $1 million prepare yourself to be patient.”

Well we’ve been here before. Remember 2009?  Solution then and now? Stage your listing. I caught up with stylish stagers, Tina McMakin and Alyson French, co-owners of AЯRANGE, in the process of staging another Mira Vista residence.

“I really haven’t noticed any cyclical effects on our business,” says McMackin when I bring up the state of the Fort Worth real estate market. “We’ve continued to grow and grow since we partnered four years ago. Our goal is to stage one 5,000-square-foot house per week. And we are on track to get there.”

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Burney Park

It’s a CandysDirt.com kind of thing, looking for the unique and one-of-a-kind property. And the Hispano-Moresque, 1929 vintage villa at 6200 Curzon Ave. is certainly one of a kind.

Located near Burney Park in Fort Worth among the rolling hills of the charming West Side neighborhood the of Ridglea, its design and age distinguish it from its neighbors, which it predates by a generation. When the residence was constructed, it stood alone among undeveloped — you guessed it — ranch land. (more…)

Bailey

It’s so easy to love the Crestwood neighborhood in Fort Worth, not only for its handsome houses, but for its romantic serendipity, the aura of relaxed informality which suggests a serene security. Winding streets sometimes preserve a venerable old oak in their center.

On the market for a mere four days, 417 North Bailey Ave. epitomizes so much of what we love about this charming westside neighborhood. Half hidden from the street by a massive spreading live oak, its facade is unique, even eccentric, insistently asymmetrical, and obliquely approached by a curved drive.

Composed of four unevenly stepped units, the entrance at right competes for  attention with the strong pedimented bay next to it. And the discreet front conceals a whopping 5,600 square feet of living space. A full basement adds an additional 2,000 square feet. Landscaping is so lush and verdant, you might think you were in Houston.

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