Arlington Heights is in Fort Worth - not Arlington

3923 Lafayette Avenue is steps away from great shops, wine bars, restaurants and so much more in Arlington Heights (photos: Trey Freeze Media)

Arlington Heights is not in Arlington.  Nope. Contrary to what you might think, it’s an older neighborhood right in the middle of the Fort Worth Westside.

Situated North of I-30 and South of the famous Camp Bowie Boulevard, Arlington Heights is heavily populated by smaller cottages of charm and character built from the 1920s to the 50s.  That is, until now …

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With a name like Hidden Road it better be selective!

Hidden Road in the Rivercrest neighborhood of Fort Worth is a street that needs explaining.

In the Fort Worth high-end luxury market there is a difference between exclusive and… (ahem)… EXCLUSIVE.

It’s one thing for a large home to be in a gated community and have plenty of nice amenities and features and cost a king’s ransom.

It’s another thing for a home to be located on a street whose name alone comes with an understanding of luxury, exclusivity, and being one of a kind.  In Fort Worth, one of those streets is Hidden Road.

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Ted: "Please sell me a home"

In this market, many home buyers find themselves in this position

Let’s call the buyer “Ted.” Our first meeting was Friday, December 30, at noon. It was an informational lunch in Bedford, Texas — close to his job and where he’d love to live.

“I’m a programmer and work not too far from here,” explained Ted. “Currently I live in Richardson. With my long and bizarre work hours, I really want to find a home in this area.”

“Piece of cake,” I thought to myself.  After all, I’ve been helping people buy homes in the area for over a decade, this would not take long at all.

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Exterior is cinder block! Don't make 'em like that anymore!

1309 Belle Place in Fort Worth. Classic Prairie style architecture (photos: Shoot2Sell)

Those of you who have followed my blog for the past few years know that I’m a sucker for Craftsman and Prairie-influenced homes. I don’t know if it’s nostalgia or if it’s that they are not “same old, same old,” but I love previewing those homes and writing about those two styles.

Prairie vs. Craftsman Styles

The Prairie style of architecture was popular from 1900 to 1920 in the United States.  Craftsman style came around that time as well from 1905 to 1930. Those two styles are often confused for one another.  There are many similarities. Both can feature a front-gabled roof, wide front porches, and similar door and window patterns and designs.  Also, both styles were born in the USA, which might be why I like them so much.

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6436 Kenwick Avenue in Ridglea North area of Fort Worth (photos: Home Snappers)

As easy as it looks on HGTV to buy-and-fix-up an older home, it’s not.  You know those shows are scripted right?  As someone who gets paid (sometimes) to look at homes on a regular basis, I have to say that the influx of “flipper and fixer” shows has not always helped the real estate market.  Many in the flip market think that a can of gray paint, a few subway tiles, and polishing the floors equates to a job well done.  Wrong!

That is why it brings me great joy to tell you about a home in a fabulous neighborhood of Fort Worth that has been fixed up the right way.  It’s not just about the uber-popular color palette of whites and grays — it’s about taking an older home and making it useful to today’s home buyer. It’s also about not cutting corners to make a few extra bucks.

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Charming front porch to enjoy Ridglea North neighborhood

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