Fort Worth is generally much more preservationist by nature than its sister city to the east, nevertheless, a few neighborhoods in Fort Worth have become rich targets for redevelopment. Tanglewood springs to mind. Sadly, lovely Monticello is another. And because of its proximity to Texas Christian University, Frisco Heights, usually referred to as the TCU area, has become hot with construction and new structures seemingly everywhere. However, some of the quaint, original cottages are quite appealing. That certainly applies to 2729 Merida Avenue, a mere one block from the university. (more…)

Searching for a story idea, I ponder, “What’s available and charming for $250,000?” Answer. Grim. Very little.

Any Realtor will confirm that inventory is stubbornly scarce in that price range. For just a bit more there is Fairmount. But we’ve gone a bit heavy on Fairmount of late. How about an area we haven’t covered lately. Mature trees would be nice. Would good modern design with less-than-celestial pricing be out of the question? I comb listing after listing. Next page. Scroll, scroll. Finally and happily I land at 4325 Hyatt Court in Ridglea Hills.

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Lost Creek

Want all of the must-have frills at an affordable price point? You might want to check out the golfing community of Lost Creek. Part of the extensive 7,200 acre Walsh Ranch development (more to come on that subject next week) it is a mere 15 minute drive from town, off the West Freeway, near Aledo. Perched atop the development is the new listing (only five days on the market) at 4532 Knoll Ridge. With its tasteful maturing landscaping and restrained but pleasing façade of stone and antiqued brick, the 2006 new build doesn’t lack curb appeal.

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3861 Bellaire Circle-61

Joan Trew of Williams Trew Real Estate…Fort Worth Icon!

According to our friends at Wikipedia, the definition of “iconic” is: “an artifact that is recognized by members of a culture or sub-culture as representing some aspect of cultural identity. Cultural icons vary widely, and may be visual, audio, an object, a person or group of people.”

The home at 3861 Bellaire Circle in the Westcliff Addition of Fort Worth would certainly be classified as an iconic home.  Not only for its astute Federal architecture and construction, but for being the former longtime residence of the chancellor of Texas Christian University.

For years this home has represented TCU and all that the university embodies.  It has held banquets, fund raisers, private meetings and plenty of other gatherings within its 7,000 square feet.  Now the home is on the market and represented by another true icon of Fort Worth, Super Agent Joan Trew of Williams Trew Real Estate.

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Clarke Avenue

If you are looking for a choice 76107 location near Fort Worth’s museums in the heart of the west side, you could do a lot worse than Clarke Avenue. Clarke Avenue and its perpendicular sister, Clover Lane, almost constitute a neighborhood by themselves. It’s the kind of area mobile young families locate and form lifelong friendships that endure even after they have upsized or relocated. Of course many stay for a lifetime, comforted by the quiet tree-lined streets in the mostly intact enclave.

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Berkley Place

Ah Berkley Place. Once an insider’s secret, with charming, venerable, older houses tucked under canopies of mature trees, it used to be a place to hunt for a real estate bargain.

No more.

Its proximity to parks, a zoo, and TCU — plus its undeniable allure — have pulled Berkley out of the shadows. Add to that, the ridiculously low inventory of houses for sale in the area, and, predictably, prices have risen. In fact, according to Realtor.com, per square foot prices are $45 higher here than nearby Tanglewood. And this 1920s vintage neighborhood seems to have been particularly embraced by young families. No doubt the five-star parental rating of Lily B. Clayton Elementary School is a factor. (more…)

3020 Simondale, Colonial Hills

Colonial Hills, another alluring, older enclave near the Colonial Country Club and TCU is benefiting, like other reviving Near South Side neighborhoods, from development on nearby Hulen. That development will eventually include the Clearfork project, anchored by Neiman-Marcus, set to open in 2017. Unfortunately large lots and access to desirable Tanglewood schools, also make these vintage charmers tempting tear-down targets. One notices with displeasure a Greek revival number down the street with Ionic columns on steroids that look like salvage from the old Cesar’s Palace in Las Vegas.

Placed on a desirable half acre corner lot, set among mature twisting live oaks, 3020 Simondale deserves to be loved and cherished. Built in 1938, the three-bedroom, two-bath Tudor is so endearingly old fashioned, one has the feeling of arriving at the imagined home of an MGM classic movie.

3020 Simondale, Colonial Hills

A large pointed arched door with stained glass opens into a vestibule with a barrel vault. An enfilade of peaked arches can be glimpsed to the right, running to the back of the house. The period hardwood floors are in mint condition. (more…)

2700 College

One of the most encouraging things about covering Fort Worth real estate is observing the lengths to which people will go to preserve and adapt existing housing stock.

“What makes a good flip?” I ask designer, micro developer, and house flipper, Terri West. “The worst house on the block!” is the snap retort of the seasoned rehabber.  The most recent product of her adroit efforts is 2700 College Avenue. Located in historic Ryan Place — an amalgam of grand, jazz-age villas clustered around the axis of Elizabeth Boulevard and charming Craftsman-style bungalows that ring the periphery. Some have been loved and tended through the years. Many more have suffered from neglect during the long decline of this Near Southside neighborhood. (more…)