It’s only fitting that this luxurious Rental of the Week on Saucon Valley Road sits in the fifth-largest city in Texas, our very own Fort Worth.
It’s only fitting that this luxurious Rental of the Week on Saucon Valley Road sits in the fifth-largest city in Texas, our very own Fort Worth.

We like to do things big in Cowtown, and 4,500 square feet of space with three bedrooms and three and one-half bathrooms is just-Goldilocks-right for a rental.

The only thing that isn’t big is the price. At $5,995 per month, this affordable home in Mira Vista Estates has everything, and then some.

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Elizabeth Boulevard

[Editor’s note: Merry Christmas! This week, we’re taking time off to focus on our loved ones, so we are sharing some of our favorite stories from this year. Keep an eye out for our top features from the archives as we rest and get ready for a brilliant 2020! Cheers, from Candy and the entire staff at CandysDirt.com!]

Eric: The owners of this Ryan Place home were the first to welcome me to the neighborhood, and it has been a distinct privilege to know them. The home of these neighborhood advocates stands as a testament of their dedication to this area and their work to preserve it.

To write about 1315 Elizabeth Boulevard in Ryan Place is a daunting proposition. There is just so much deserving of comment to give this venerable Fort Worth grande dame her due. On a personal level, its owner hosted a party here to welcome me and other newcomers when I moved to Elizabeth Blvd. six years ago. The sale of this property is somewhat bittersweet because the current owner was one of the community leaders responsible for the Ryan Place Renaissance — often an indispensable force in the neighborhood. Her departure is difficult to imagine.

This architectural gem sits in the prime middle block of the half-mile long Elizabeth Blvd., which is the main axis of the historic neighborhood. Just across the street is the impressive house built by Ryan Place developer John C. Ryan as his own home, which was the subject of my first Fort Worth Friday.

The structure, one of the finest residential commissions of legendary architect Wylie G. Clarkson, possesses a dignified grandeur expressed in the classical tradition.  Perched on a deep-set lot above street level, the house is reached by two flights of steps and a lovely wide walkway of red brick. The stucco exterior is a warm biscuit color that reminds me of Bath, England. Architecturally, the nearly 90-foot-long, symmetrical façade reads ABCBA from left to right. There are two Palladian motifs on the ground floor — the one at the right has a sophisticated blind opening to preserve the symmetry. The portico is supported by paired Doric columns. Above a smaller Palladian framed window just peeks through the broken pediment crown.

Elizabeth Boulevard

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English Georgian Manor House

We’re departing 2019 in style, with a drop-dead gorgeous, ivy-covered English Georgian manor house in Old Westover Hills, Fort Worth.

When I saw this mansion pop up on Realtor.com I thought I’d found my next historic preservation post. Then I saw the next photo and the next. I had one of those “Well, shut my mouth” moments. It’s common knowledge by now that I’m a devotee of historic properties. I’ve spent over half my life visiting stately homes and castles all over the world, so my expectation level is exceptionally high. This English Georgian manor house surpassed all my expectations and then some.
English Georgian Manor House

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The Candlelight Christmas home tour in Ryan Place celebrates its 35th anniversary this year.

From Staff Reports

The 35th Anniversary Candlelight Christmas in Ryan Place will take place Saturday, Dec. 7, from noon to 9 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 8, from noon to 5 p.m.  This self-paced walking tour will feature five beautiful homes dating back to 1915, and tour patrons will be greeted by docents at each home who will highlight unique features.  You will learn about the history of the homes, hear the fascinating stories of previous owners, and be able to admire the spectacular décor and architectural design as you stroll through one of Fort Worth’s finest historic neighborhoods!

This year’s five stunning homes will have something to offer for everyone’s taste. 

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This home in the Fort Worth culture center has quite a few “wish list” features – most importantly, a price tag you can actually work with, especially as those holiday gift bills stack up on your granite counter top.

This home in the Fort Worth culture center has quite a few “wish list” features – most importantly, a price tag you can actually work with, especially as those holiday gift bills stack up on your granite countertop.

Selling point No. 1 – It has a cool address. It’s not exactly Madison Avenue, but it is Mattison Avenue, and, hey, that’s close enough, right?

Selling point No. 2 – Four bedrooms for $4,000? You can’t beat that.

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Tours of the 1912 Turner House will be offered at a special event this week, a 2.3 million-square-foot industrial facility changes hands in West Dallas, Dickies Arena is set to open in Fort Worth, the Texas Real Estate Commission names its top investigator, the Dallas Builders Show offers opportunities for youth, and Staging to Sell class is set for next week, all in this week’s roundup of real estate news.

 

Turner House History Tour Set Nov. 12

Take a tour and learn about the impressive history of the 1912 Turner House at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 12.

The site at 401 North Rosemont Ave., Dallas, “has an incredible history tied to the early days of Oak Cliff and the development of Winnetka Heights in 1908 by John Phillip Blake, Leslie A. Stemmons, Thomas S. Miller, and Roman S. Waldron,” according to a press release issued by Preservation Dallas.

An exterior renovation of the house recently was completed by the Oak Cliff Society of Fine Arts, which owns the home and uses it for events. Tours will be available after the history presentation.

Register for the event here. 

 

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Sometimes potential homebuyers have to weed through a lot of listings to find a diamond in the rough – but this cute Benbrook property is worth the time and effort. The home at 118 Del Rio Avenue has three bedrooms, one bathroom and sits on a large lot with a spacious backyard.

Sometimes potential homebuyers have to weed through a lot of listings to find a diamond in the rough – but this cute Benbrook property is worth the time and effort. The home at 118 Del Rio Avenue has three bedrooms, one bathroom and sits on a large lot with a spacious backyard.

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Ty Williams, Will Northern, and Michael Crain will own WNC – Fort Worth’s largest independently owned real estate brokerage

Local Fort Worth Real Estate firms RJ Williams & Company and Northern Realty Group announced the merger of the two companies to form the largest locally owned real estate brokerage in the city.  The company will be called Williams Northern Crain (WNC) after the three principle partners.

Together, Ty Williams, Will Northern, and Michael Crain will own-and-operate a brokerage focusing on residential and commercial real estate along with property management in the greater Fort Worth area.

“We have all known one another for a while,” said Northern, “I was looking for someone to run operations at Northern Realty Group and Ty was looking for the same thing for RJ Williams.  When we both realized that Michael was the perfect person for both companies, we decided to combine our strengths into one company.”

WNC will open its doors with approximately 85 licensed real estate agents.  The goal is to exceed 100 agents by the beginning of 2020.

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