Meadowbrook Hills

The listing describes 5909 Monterrey Lane as a hidden gem — a characterization that perfectly epitomizes the relatively unknown Meadowbrook Hills addition in general.

Not that Meadowbrook Hills is a new neighborhood. Developed in 1951, it is embellished with large trees and midcentury houses on large lots. Located east of town, the addition lies just inside of Loop 820. Established Fort Worthers have looked askance at the location as out of the way and inconvenient but it is nearer to town than many new western additions. And the average per square foot price of about $100 makes the area tempting and is enticing buyers on the hunt for value.

Meadowbrook Hills

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[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 2019! Cheers, from Candy and the entire staff at CandysDirt.com!]

When Eric Prokesh wrote this missive about the big changes afoot in the South Main development, he pulled from his walking tour with none other than Briggs Freeman’s own Lisa Logan. This wonderfully close-knit area offers tastes and sights unique to the south side of Fort Worth, and really speaks to the reinvestment the neighborhood has seen. Enjoy!

Walking South Main With Briggs Freeman’s Lisa Logan

The South Main development is one of those stories with so many threads that it nearly defies being woven into a coherent fabric. In fact, South Main is comprised of so many stories, any one of which is worthy of focus. Neighbor, Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s agent, and generally super-connected person Lisa Logan, whom we’ve met more than once on this page, suggested I take a look at South Main. To better grasp the explosion of growth, building activity, and shear, unleashed creativity, we decided to walk the area.

South Main

“Clay, my son, used to take boxing over there,” Logan said, pointing to one of the many brick warehouses “Five years ago there was NOTHING!” (more…)

South Main

The South Main development is one of those stories with so many threads that it nearly defies being woven into a coherent fabric. In fact, South Main is comprised of so many stories, any one of which is worthy of focus. Neighbor, Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s agent, and generally super-connected person Lisa Logan, whom we’ve met more than once on this page, suggested I take a look at South Main. To better grasp the explosion of growth, building activity, and shear, unleashed creativity, we decided to walk the area.

South Main

“Clay, my son, used to take boxing over there,” Logan said, pointing to one of the many brick warehouses “Five years ago there was NOTHING!” (more…)

Hosts Lisa and Shanon Logan and competitor Dasol Kim

Among  the many reasons Fort Worth is such an agreeable place to live is its consistent punching above its weight class in the culture category. There are the crown jewels — The Kimbell and The Modern. In Texas Ballet Theater, it hosts North Texas’ only ballet company. And for music, it’s the Van Cliburn Foundation, which brings artists of the first rank here for its concert series and sponsors one of the best known piano competitions in the world.

This year marks the 15th competition, which has been held every four years since 1962. The competition, which officially began Thursday and runs till June 10, actually began months ago with 290 applicants. From those, 146 were selected for live auditions in London, Hannover, Budapest, Moscow, Seoul, New York, and Fort Worth, where they were heard by a jury of five pianists.

Now culled down to 30 competitors from around the world, each contestant will play a commissioned piece from Canadian composer Marc-André Hamelin and pieces of their own choosing for a maximum of 45 minutes of music in the preliminary round before eliminations.

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1521 Elizabeth Blvd.

Remember “priced to sell” 1521 Elizabeth Blvd. from a few weeks ago? That post got nearly 800 Facebook shares and and a spirited bidding war ensued, taking the eventual selling price to a sizable chunk of change over the original asking price. And it appraised.

“You have to really work and do research,” said listing agent Lisa Logan of Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s. “There are no comps because there is such crazy-low inventory.”

A further complicating factor is that Ryan Place is far more heterogeneous than Fairmount, mixing Jazz Age Palaces and simple bungalows.

“Ryan Place is trickier than trendy nearby Fairmount where, in spite of low inventory, houses do turn often enough to establish values,” Logan added. “This property has a wonderful setting and though new owners may want to do updates to kitchen and bath, it has a near perfect floor plan and buyers will pay for that.”

Back up offers continued to stream in during the contract period.

1521 Elizabeth Blvd.

In the interest of full disclosure, I should probably mention that I can see this house from my bedroom window, and while I am glad to see improving values, I dread the inevitable increase in property taxes having like most homeowners in Dallas-Fort Worth, just been hit with the maximum allowable 10 percent increase in valuation.

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1521 Elizabeth Blvd.Since houses on one of Fort Worth’s premiere historic streets infrequently come on the market, it isn’t surprising that 1521 Elizabeth Boulevard, is garnering a lot of agent and buyer interest.

“We’ve only officially been on the market since Monday and we’ve already had dozens of showings,” observes Briggs Freeman agent Lisa Logan. Many of the prospective buyers are relocating from other markets and are amazed at the value Fort Worth offers.  (more…)