Harlanwood

When is “teardown” not a dirty word? When the house is a modern stunner perfectly sited in a deep, tree-lined Tanglewood lot. From its inception, the Tanglewood addition was forward-looking, with a legacy of many midcentury gems. The spacious lots and excellent public schools have tempted owners into tearing down mostly ordinary ranch-style homes and building larger houses. This architect-designed house at 2924 Harlanwood Drive is a good neighbor, honoring the original setbacks of the adjacent houses and preserving the tall mature trees. In fact, the stone veneer echoes the style of some of its midcentury neighbors.

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Meadowbrook Hills

The listing describes 5909 Monterrey Lane as a hidden gem — a characterization that perfectly epitomizes the relatively unknown Meadowbrook Hills addition in general.

Not that Meadowbrook Hills is a new neighborhood. Developed in 1951, it is embellished with large trees and midcentury houses on large lots. Located east of town, the addition lies just inside of Loop 820. Established Fort Worthers have looked askance at the location as out of the way and inconvenient but it is nearer to town than many new western additions. And the average per square foot price of about $100 makes the area tempting and is enticing buyers on the hunt for value.

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College Avenue

The Sandidge-Walker House at 2420 College Avenue was built by cattleman George Sandidge, who only lived in it for four years. Legendary Will Rogers was a frequent guest. The next owner was Dr. Gussie Walker, who had served as Fort Worth’s City Health Officer. In 1954 it became the rectory for the nearby St. John’s Episcopal Church, from whom the present owners purchased it. In 1986 it was added to the long list of Texas Historic Landmarks.

“It wasn’t in great shape when we bought it,” owner Judy Robinson tells me. “Repairs and electrical work weren’t professionally done. Work was mostly done by church volunteers,” she explains. Owners Steve and Judy Robinson completely rewired the structure in 1996.

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The Sandige-Walker House in Ryan Place is on the list of Texas Historic Landmarks.

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Fort WorthFor those that look for character and history when they seek out a place to lay their head, abodes like the loft we found at the Texas & Pacific Lofts in Fort Worth is a great example of what they can find.

The 12-story building, located at 220-221 West Lancaster Avenue, had its first life as the Texas and Pacific Railway Passenger Terminal and corporate offices. Built in 1930 and designed by Wyatt C. Hedrick (who later merged his Fort Worth firm with Sanguinet & Staats), the terminal and offices featured architectural and design details you expect from the 1930s — Zigzag Moderne Art Deco style with marble floors, metal-inlaid ceilings, nickel and brass fixtures, and terrazzo flooring in places as well.

The building fell dormant as travelers left train travel for air and road travel, but by 1978, it was listed in the National Register of Historic Places, and preservationists lobbied in the 1980s to save it from demolition. (more…)

Stonegate

I’ve searched for a flaw in the two-week-old listing at 2721 Manorwood Trail in the optimally located Villages at Stonegate, but can’t find one. This pristine 3,300-square-foot, five-bedroom, four-bath house built in 1997 has been so deftly remodeled that it looks brand new. And yet the style is timeless. Smart and stylish, framed by large mature trees, you could be forgiven for mistaking this classic two story for a vintage beauty in Colonial Hills or Crestwood.

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scenic bluffThe neighborhood of Scenic Bluff has been described as a great neighborhood for new buyers looking for proximity to downtown and the Stockyards, but also want greenspace, yards, and a bit more privacy than the average apartment provides.

Which is why this adorable cottage at 2521 Dalford Street is a perfect example of what you can find in the Scenic Bluff neighborhood. It’s just a quick scoosh from Oakhurst Scenic Drive, where you can enjoy gorgeous greenspace overlooking the Trinity River, with its walking area and views of the city.

In the case of this two-bedroom, one bath home built in 1941, the sellers have done much to retain the original charm but still appeal to modern needs. The hardwoods throughout are original to the home, and there are original built-ins and moldings throughout as well.

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For a Realtor that trades in luxury real estate, John Zimmerman is hitting the accelerator. As one of Fort Worth’s leading residential agents, Zimmerman has made a name for himself marketing the biggest and the best estates in Cowtown. That’s still his milieu, but he’s also marketing something completely new to Tarrant County.

It’s the answer to some very pressing questions: What’s a guy to do when the garage of his dream house no longer fits all of his toys? What’s a guy to do when he has an empty nest and downsizes to a high-rise, condo, or townhome where parking is limited? What’s a guy to do when his car club has outgrown its current digs, but he’s ready to upgrade to a space of his own?

Those guys need Motorplace USA, Zimmerman says. “Motorplace USA is the first of its kind in Fort Worth,” he added.

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Can you believe this home was built in 2010

Yellow homes sell faster than homes painted other colors! (photos: Trey Freeze Media)

While Valentines are pink and red, can you guess what the most pleasing color to paint the exterior of a home might be?

White?  No.  Gray?  Nope.  Blue?  Nein mein freund.

Studies show that homes painted a warm shade of yellow are the most pleasing, and report that yellow homes sell quicker than others. It’s true, and we can tell that you’re already falling in love with this adorable yellow home in Fort Worth. Of course, you should always trust a bow tie-wearing Realtor!

Benefits of Yellow Homes

Not only do yellow homes give people the warm and fuzzies, they offer a plethora of perks.

How are you with directions?  If you didn’t have your GPS system on your phone would you be able to find an unfamiliar location?

Yellow homes are very pleasing

Usable front porches are rarely found with newer homes — not so at 1800 Lipscomb Avenue in Fort Worth.

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