Shoulda, Coulda, Woulda. This page has extensively covered the ebbing affordability of housing in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. And, in addition to the stand out, marquee listings I cover, I continue to pursue the vanishing, charming, affordable, starter house. So naturally a prime westside listing in Arlington Heights on 5037 Calmont Ave. in Fort Worth had been on my radar. Alas, it listed June 29 and was under contract on July 14.

It couldn’t be more obvious why. Priced at $284,000, it’s so picture-perfect that it’s practically a cliché. Yes, that really is a white picket fence covered with roses. Let’s take a look.  (more…)

Last week, while exploring the area of the Beverly Hills Estates listing, I stumbled on to 1716 Inspiration Lane, only a few short blocks away in the unincorporated city of River Oaks. A chunk of Inspiration Lane is part of a new upscale development that is markedly grander than its much humbler neighbors. Still, with the furious pace of growth in Fort Worth seemingly incessant, more areas of town are getting a second look, and developers and homebuyers have begun to nibble at River Oaks.

The structure, in the modern, Texas vernacular style is the conception of architect Bruce Conway and has been featured in 360 West Magazine.  The exterior blends into the landscape replete with native Texas plants and large specimen trees.

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It seems a week doesn’t pass without this page decrying the paucity of the ever-elusive starter home. Even rarer is an abode with charm, let alone distinction from the cheerless, mass-produced builder models.

When looking at a house, I inevitably ask “Could I live here?” If  I believe the property has broad appeal, I will write about it even if the answer is “No.” In the case of 2121 Skyline Drive, I think I could answer “Yes.”

A long brick drive snakes through mature trees leading to the entrance of the delightful 1942 stucco cottage, on one acre of city land. There is a sense of the rustic — a country house in the city. Another access to the property from the Castleberry Cut Off Road means more value could be realized from subdividing the lot. And the price for all of this? A modest $277,500. (more…)

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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