Dorothy Lane

Quite the find — that’s what I would call this precious 1945 cottage at 3517 Dorothy Lane. Not only does it have a choice Monticello location right across from Monticello Park, but it is definitely priced to move, at nearly 20 percent below the average square foot Monticello average.

The listing treats this enchanting charmer as a near fixer-upper. Admittedly the kitchen and baths would benefit from a redo but the rest of the residence has a near picture-perfect pristine aura. Attractive stone hardscape leads to the front entry.

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Westworth Falls

You needn’t travel more than 20 minutes southwest from town to find a new build with the magnificence of Mira Vista or Montserrat. Only 10 minutes from downtown, near Westover and Shady Oaks Country Club, in the unincorporated town of Westworth Village is the glam gated community of Westworth Falls. Of course, our own Seth Fowler was on this handily located, luxury development at the beginning.

One year hence, there are only a few unbuilt lots left, and some builders such as Toll Brothers, are already winding down their operations here.

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Meadows West

Just when I think I’ve cracked Fort Worth — especially in-the-loop Fort Worth — I make a discovery. This week, it’s a handsome house in Meadows West at 6512 Havenview Court. And there is great value here. On a sprawling corner lot with a long, brick-edged walkway leading to the pedimented capped entry, the house has real presence. And the shocker? You can have all 4,310 square feet of this house for the bargain price of $129 per square foot. 

I admit to  having been a bit snarky about what I call 1980s vintage, Junior League Georgian. But with the passage of time, some houses from this era are aging rather well. Helpful is the listing description of the lot: “heavily treed.” Also helpful is the involvement of a capable builder, Dan Thomas. However, there is such a personal, restrained treatment in the disposition, in the façade and details, that I suspect the presence of a client of taste. Missing? Pomposity and pretension.

A Palladian triangular pediment supported by columns encases a curved framed front door. The central, main bay is symmetrically flanked by two stepped back wings.  And the small arched window on the second floor above the entry has shutters that look as if they could actually close over the span of the opening.

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Curzon Avenue

In spite of its lordly, posh name, 6401 Curzon Avenue is the opposite of stuffy. Welcoming in a nostalgic sort of way, the 1951 build recalls the idealized sit-com houses of the era. One can imagine Ward Cleaver clipping the tidy hedges under the front windows. Located in a quiet little corner of North Ridglea, the house is only a short walk from the neighborhood Morris E. Berney Park and conveniently 15 minutes from downtown Fort Worth. Camp Bowie shops are short blocks away.

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Thanksgiving

Over the river and through the woods … to grandmothers’s house we go!

So we used to sing on the way to Thanksgiving dinner at my grandparents. The river was a branch of the Trinity near the zoo and the woods were the tall trees of Tanglewood, the first residential development carved out of Edwards Ranch. My grandfather built in the newly opened addition in 1960, doubling the depth of the foundation and halving the centers of the rebar, which has kept the house solid and crack free to this day.

Tanglewood has remained popular for many reasons. Tree-lined streets meander within the neighborhood with no traffic tempting through streets, keeping the area quiet and tranquil. Houses are set back from the street on deep lots. Those deep lots have induced some to tear down and rebuild.

In a way, and I hope I don’t get myself in trouble here, Tanglewood is one of the more Dallas-like neighborhoods in Fort Worth, resembling North Dallas from Royal Lane to Forest. Original, mostly single-story, ranch-style and true Midcentury Modern houses share the neighborhood with jazzier, larger new builds. Many houses have been extended or completely reworked. Then, of course, there is the draw of Tanglewood Elementary, fairly bursting at the seems. (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…)

Just one block south of TCU is one of Fort Worth’s loveliest neighborhoods. Adjectives like “charming,” even “darling” spring to mind when describing Westcliff. And here, comparisons to Dallas are unavoidable.

Having lived in Dallas for most of my life, I had to drive through the neighborhood vainly looking for evidence of teardowns. It’s all amazingly intact — a lovely enclave of appealing cottages even lacking ill conceived additions that have blighted the M Streets, for example. It is patently apparent that the owner 3604 Westcliff Road intended to stay for a long time, perhaps forever (she is relocating to Chicago). The house has been sensitively, even lovingly updated. (more…)