Fort Worth Classic Colonial

This Fort Worth Classic Colonial is the perfect holiday home. Located at 3912 Lenox Drive, our Inwood Home of the Week is located in the sought-after Monticello neighborhood. It has the treasured traditional elements we love, as well as flawless updates. Best of all, it’s received the talented touch of the JSH Design team.

There’s nothing that I love more than a classic home, but add some edgy designer features and I’m swooning. Updating these homes is not difficult. Almost everyone wants a white kitchen with marble granite or quartz countertops. Brass hardware has made a big comeback, and the big shower is a must. Those are the things that are no-brainers.

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The fireplace at 13809 Green Elm Road is a direct vent — so there’s no chimney for Santa to come down.

How does he do it?

How is Santa not only able to deliver toys to all the good little girls and boys of the world, but how does he manage to get down the chimney? I have so many questions for Santa. Does he have a favorite type of fireplace?  What about a direct-vent fireplace? How does he handle homes with no fireplace?

Reviewing the homes of Tarrant County Tuesday from 2018, I wanted to share some of the vast options that jolly old St. Nick will have in a few short weeks.

While a tall flue , the actual fire box might be a tight squeeze for St. Nick at 312 Verna Trail

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Bellaire Park Court

According to Laver’s Law, 3509 Bellaire Park Court, lies somewhere between amusing and quaint. James Laver was an esteemed and influential curator at the Victoria and Albert Museum who enunciated a timeline for the cycle of fashion, receiving a Neiman Marcus Fashion Award in 1962. Ten years ago, you might have lethargically said this house was so 70’s. Now,  you would enthusiastically say the multi-level residence, embedded into a tree-lined hill, is so 70’s! (more…)

No nightmares here

5149 Byers Avenue is one of the “3-Sisters” on Byers Avenue from Ferrier Custom Homes (photos: Mark Perry)

What gives you nightmares? I’m not referring to the nightmares you had as an 11-year-old from watching The Shining at Jason Gorden’s birthday party in 1985. I’m talking about real nightmares … the ones related to your home!

For many Texan homeowners, a nightmare can be in high energy bills, the cost of replacing a roof after a ghoulish hail storm, or breathing unclean air as it circulates through the home.

With local Fort Worth builder Don Ferrrier, home-related nightmares are replaced by pleasant dreams for happy homeowners.

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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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