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First things first: It’s not a condo.

That’s a rarity when seeking out a place to live that’s below $200,000. This three-bedroom, two-bathroom home at 517 Magdalen Ave. in Crowley might be a diamond in the rough.

It’s not even a fixer-upper. It’s ready for move-in and boasts a large living room with a brick, wood-burning fireplace.

This Weekend One Hundred selection offers 1,868 square feet of space, including an eat-in kitchen, spacious master suite, and two-car garage. The 6,621-square-foot lot has plenty of room for backyard barbecues.

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The traditional home in Tarrant County, built in 2002, is equipped with a washer and dryer and fenced with a security system. Homeowners pay $40 a month to the Coventry Homeowners Association.

Crowley, which has a population of 14,866, received a B- rating from niche.com for places to live, with an A in diversity, B in housing, and B- in “good for families.”

“Crowley is a genuine community,” said Assistant City Manager Jack Thompson. “It’s a tight-knit group. People like a place to live where you know your neighbors.” (more…)

 

Brants Lane

Brants Lane — across from Luther Lake and within walking distance to Ridglea Hills Country Club — is sited in such a choice location in Ridglea Hills that more than a few of its residents are the second generation of the original owners. Built in 1954, 6720 Brants Lane is loaded with 3,590 square feet of midcentury, high-style panache, and has been given a stunning, stylish makeover by Fort Worth Friday friend Terri West.

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Amon Carter didn’t actually christen Fort Worth as the place “where the west begins”  — it was a visiting mayor from the small town of Munday who came up with the moniker that Carter placed on the front page of his newspaper, The Fort Worth Star-Telegram, where it has remained to this day.

West certainly seems to be the direction Fort Worth is marching — think Montserrat and Mira Vista, all built on former ranch land. And then there is Walsh Ranch. We’ve been watching Walsh from the beginning. Barely more than one years old, with Phase 1 still to be completed, I thought it was worth another look.

And Walsh Ranch has to be seen to be believed. Vast, over eleven square miles, straddling two counties, Walsh seems like remote, rolling country, though (as has been frequently noted) it is a straight 15 minute shot on the West Freeway, (aka Interstate Highway 30) from downtown.

Eventually, over 50,000 people are expected to live here requiring substantial infrastructure building, including the rather beautiful Westside Water Treatment Plant which I toured. Aledo schools are an additional draw though 12 more schools are slated for construction. (more…)

On my way home a few weeks ago, I saw an “Open House” sign in front of 2017 Windsor Place in Berkeley Place. And, it was in the middle of the week around five o’clock in the afternoon. Inside I met up with Ruth Story, head of the Ruth Story group, a boutique agency created in 2003 under the umbrella of Keller Williams Fort Worth. Ruth Story is truly a family operation with Ruth’s husband, Rick, specializing in ranch and farmland sales and daughter, Kati, concentrating on new construction like Walsh.

“Odd time for an open house,” I opine.

“We find we pull in more serious buyers during the week, though we still do week end open houses,” explained Ruth.

Inventory in Berkeley Place is famously low, with listings on the market for  60 days or less. And, access to highly rated Lily B. Clayton Elementary School creates a strong draw for young families to this old, Near Southside neighborhood. (more…)

Update: a reader tells us this house was the set for a movie filmed around 1994, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7V6CXYrqELk&t=3843s   But beware: the movie is R-rated! Whoa!

Ever on the look out for value in a desirable location here at CandysDirt.com, I stumbled onto a brand new listing on 2101 Western Avenue. By new, I mean listed yesterday new. As for location, the 1923 bungalow sits on a 6,700-square-foot corner lot in the Hillcrest subdivision of Arlington Heights, a few short blocks from Camp Bowie, near the museums and tonier West Side neighborhoods like Rivercrest and Westover. Not evident from the pictures, the exterior seems to have gotten a coat of new paint. Curvaceous planting beds add curb appeal.

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Burney Park

It’s a CandysDirt.com kind of thing, looking for the unique and one-of-a-kind property. And the Hispano-Moresque, 1929 vintage villa at 6200 Curzon Ave. is certainly one of a kind.

Located near Burney Park in Fort Worth among the rolling hills of the charming West Side neighborhood the of Ridglea, its design and age distinguish it from its neighbors, which it predates by a generation. When the residence was constructed, it stood alone among undeveloped — you guessed it — ranch land. (more…)

Clarke Avenue

If you are looking for a choice 76107 location near Fort Worth’s museums in the heart of the west side, you could do a lot worse than Clarke Avenue. Clarke Avenue and its perpendicular sister, Clover Lane, almost constitute a neighborhood by themselves. It’s the kind of area mobile young families locate and form lifelong friendships that endure even after they have upsized or relocated. Of course many stay for a lifetime, comforted by the quiet tree-lined streets in the mostly intact enclave.

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