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…)

Mopey and melancholic, your Fort Worth Friday correspondent was looking for real estate comfort food to chew on, and there are few neighborhoods more delicious than Crestwood with its lovely, well-bred, unpretentious houses set among cherished old oaks. And with the summer dog days upon us, we are all seeking refuge where we can, so it was with great and unexpected pleasure that I discovered  a delightful, verdant oasis, hidden behind limestone walls at 208 Rockwood Drive in the heart of Crestwood.

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I have totally forgotten to tell y’all that I am now a contributor to Forbes.com. Started a while back, and I already have a few stories in the hopper. This is my first, a primer on North Texas real estate: 12 Things you Need to Know About North Texas Real Estate. Let me know what you think!

Whatever I publish, Forbes gets first, of course, and can later be shared on CandysDirt.com. We spent a wonderful evening last week in Vegas at NAREE with Forbes.com editor Samantha Sharf, and I was super impressed with what Forbes is creating to beef up national and international real estate coverage. Very much boots on the ground. The other contributors I met: Joe Gose who has been covering real estate and other biz topics for 25 years, based in Kansas City, writes for The New York Times, Shopping Centers Today, Urban Land and France Media. I’ve seen Joe at many a NAREE conference, as I have Cynthia Lescalleet, a fellow Texan from Houston who writes for Swamplot and many other publications. All our work will be online, of course, because that’s where Forbes.com is smartly focusing resources. 

What will I be writing for Forbes.com? Celebrity real estate, of course, but many profiles and snapshots of the North Texas real estate market. Or shall I say, climate. I will be pestering major Dallas developers, movers and shakers for sit-down interviews, AKA good, old-fashioned, look-me-in-the-eye journalism. I’ll be covering trends, the unusual, all things that make us the greatest real estate market in the universe. And I’m very open to suggestions as well, so holler at me: you know my number, should be in your phone  — candace@candysdirt.com.

In the Spring, one’s fancy lightly turns to thoughts of … real estate and open houses! Apologies to Alfred, Lord T.  And if a well-located, perfectly updated, midcentury modern with a reasonable price tag is your thing, you would be well advised to schedule a showing or at least clear this Sunday afternoon from 3 to 5 p.m. to take a gander at the open house of this North Ridglea listing at 6551 Malvey Avenue. This listing is new — like four days old new — and, naturally, buyer interest is strong.

Loads of curb appeal, the 1952 house blends beautifully into a lush landscape of bountiful Asian jasmine, mondo grass, period-perfect elephant ears, and tall twining old live oaks. Attractive hardscape including a long, stone-and-masonry walkway approach, completes the pleasing first impression.

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Watauga’s 76148 was named the hottest ZIP code by Realtor.com. (Map: Google Maps)

Is it the year of the affordable suburb? As more Millennials search for single-family homes with affordable addresses, more and more suburbs with short commutes and great prices are catching on. So we’re thrilled to see some lesser-known neighborhoods get attention as Realtor.com has named Watauga’s 76148 as the nation’s hottest ZIP code for the second year straight.

“Millennials are the largest generation in U.S. history and they are flexing their muscle when it comes to the housing market,” said Danielle Hale, chief economist for Realtor.com. “Increasingly, the hottest housing markets are the ones that appeal to millennial preferences, and right now the standouts are relatively affordable suburbs with local ‘it’ factors such as hiking trails, great restaurants, and nightlife. With the largest cohort of millennials turning 30 in 2020, we can expect these types of areas to stay in demand in the years to come.”

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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…)

You are sure going to want to Open the Door of this charmer at 8029 Dusty Way, Fort Worth, that proves how darn tootin’ much house you can have in Texas for, well, dust. Or maybe peanuts. Proof right here: this two-story Fort Worth wonder listed with Opendoor, the San Francisco-based startup that is disrupting the real estate biz by re-defining the way some folks might want to sell their homes, is listed for $277,000.

Opendoor says they can transform a more-than-two month process into an instant and frictionless experience. Instead of dealing with the hassle of listing and showings, upfront costs and repairs, negotiating with multiple parties, and the risk of the home not closing, homeowners who want to sell can visit Opendoor.com, receive a guaranteed Opendoor offer, and complete their sale in a few clicks. This is one of those homes. Previously, the home was listed with DFW Fine Properties for more than 124 days at $245,000. Actually, the home had been on the market since April of 2015, before it was purchased by Opendoor. So it appears these sellers finally had a great option to sell their home! (more…)

Not infrequently, my real estate blogger and interior designer roles intersect. This week I was approached by a prospective client looking for a second home in Fort Worth. The criteria? Budget of $550,000 including renovations, and the coveted 76107 zip code. I scanned listings of the top five Fort Worth agencies — I won’t name them, you know who they are — and found, you guessed it, very low inventory.

Sifting through the limited choices, I did discover one brilliant gem in a quiet corner of Arlington Heights at 4224 Pershing Avenue. Curb appeal? Is that June Cleaver on the front porch? This lovely house has been well loved and it shows. An enormous red oak tree dominates the front yard. The owner’s green thumb is on display in the front beds. (more…)