Things aren’t necessarily what they appear at street level.  From the corner of Irwin Street and Forest Park, 2301 Irwin Street appears to be just the sort of charming, one-story Craftsman-style bungalow one would expect to find in Mistletoe Heights.

I continue to marvel at the variety of venerable Near Southside neighborhoods — Berkley, Park Hill, Fairmount, Ryan Place, and Mistletoe Heights — connected one to the other, of approximately the same age, and each with its own distinctive character. This 1924 build exudes period appeal beginning with the front arched entry vestibule, which seems to push itself forward to welcome visitors from a rhythmic procession of interesting roof lines.

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Yesterday, prowling the Fort Worth beat from Edward’s Ranch to Rivercrest, I found several enticing listings before landing in front of 2324 Mistletoe Drive in Mistletoe Heights — the hands-down winner for this week’s Fort Worth Friday. Often, in the back of my mind, when looking at a property there is a “could I live here?” fantasy.  This midcentury modern is so seductive that my answer would be a resounding “yes.” And I wasn’t alone in my admiration, because the house was on the market for all of five days. The current status is “active pending” but that needn’t prevent us from taking a look. Indulge Magazine thought the 1946 build unique enough to merit a feature in 2012.

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Many have been captivated by Mistletoe Heights, a venerable early 20th century Near Southside neighborhood. The fabled Wagner ranch family had a Fort Worth home here. Trendy design blogger and soon-to-be television star, Grace Mitchell, launched her design career by lovingly embellishing her Mistletoe Heights digs. Perfectly manicured lawns bear witness to a completed gentrification of a quarter which, only a decade or so ago, looked a bit dog-eared. In fact, the area is pretty hot (what in city neighborhood isn’t in todays market?). The Mistletoe Heights listing I began writing about this week sold before I could post — an annoying scenario to which  I have become accustomed. Very well. Moving on I find 2305 Irwin Street. (more…)

by Eric Prokesh

1414 Mistletoe ext

Splendidly sited, on a high Mistletoe Heights bluff, this historic house was built in 1919 for the legendary Waggoner family of Waggoner ranch fame. It was first owned by Anne Waggoner. The hipped roof, Prairie Style Villa with its strong horizontals and gratifying symmetries, presents a formidable facade to the street. A beautifully landscaped, 1.32 acre lot, with the expected mature trees descending in back to the Trinity River, affords gorgeous western perspectives which can be enjoyed from a large independent viewing deck.

Mistletoe heights main sign

Entering a large reception room, one immediately delights in the well bred proportions and period details. Happily unmarred by capricious renovations, the 4600 square foot, 5 bedroom, 3 bath, house mostly retains its original footprint, moldings and hardwood floors. The ground floor boasts 2 living areas, an opulent dining room, and master suite with surprisingly ample closet space for a house of this date and four (yes, 4!) fireplaces, two of which manage to preserve charming Arts & Crafts tile work. (more…)