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…)


Wedgwood

Here we go again.  I stumbled onto a charming, three-bedroom, two-and-one-half-bath house, deeply set back on a deep lot. It gets better. The house is  framed by mature, twisting oaks, approached by a winding walkway in a picture-perfect neighborhood.  I meant to post last Friday on this very new media site. Old media would have fired me immediately for missing a scoop. Forgive me, Candy. I am not worthy.  The listing hit the market last Thursday at the attractive price of $274,900 and now appears to be under active contract after less than one week.

However to the point. What’s a buyer to do? Answer? Get pre-qualified for your budgeted amount and then hunt for the house. Fort Worth’s star Realtors seem nearly unanimous that high-end properties are moving more slowly these days, but below $600,000 would-be buyers better be nimble. (more…)

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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