Beautiful home in a walkable neighborhood

Built in 2007 by Village Homes, 3326 W. 6th was designed to resemble a single-family residence (photos: Trey Freeze Media)

Remember when Fort Worth wasn’t a very walkable city?  It wasn’t that long ago — maybe a decade or so ago — when there were very few options for lock-and-leave dwellings, urban townhomes, or properties in an area of Cowtown that were walkable.

Walkable?  What am I talking about here?

You Dallas people know what I’m talking about.  Areas in the city where it’s safe and secure and possible to take a few steps out of your front door and within a few minutes on foot you can be at a local pub, shop, restaurant, or place of entertainment.

Lock-and-leave lifestyle

To access the front door you need to get through the private gate leading to the courtyard

When this Bowtie Realtor moved to Fort Worth over 16 years ago, I specifically recall how there was nothing like I described.  Even if you lived close to downtown Fort Worth or the University Park, area you had to get in your car and drive to a locale.

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The school system is so broken

Everyone wants to live in a highly rated school district, but not everyone can afford that anymore in Tarrant County.

Yes “location, location, location” is still the first thing that comes out of a buyer’s mouth when asked what’s important in their next home.  The second is typically, “We want to live in a good school district!”

Of course, as a licensed real estate sales professionals, we are gagged and bound by money-taking governmental bodies that forbid us from giving facts, figures, or opinions on local schools and school districts.  But thanks to the World Wide Interweb it’s not that difficult to find.

Recently, the Texas Education Agency (TEA) released the 2018 D/FW School District Accountability Ratings, and it’s very telling in regards to real estate.

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Affordable painted brick homes! Yes please!

Shane Avenue just 19 minutes from Downtown Fort Worth has been transformed…and affordable (photos: Trey Freeze Media)

No, no, no … we are NOT talking about affordable housing when it comes to government subsidized and regulated homes.  That’s an entirely different discussion and mess that Tarrant County Tuesday isn’t going to deal with.

You Say Affordable, I Say Affordable …

When I say “affordable,” I’m talking about homes under $250,000 that aren’t miles and miles and miles away from civilization simply to make them cost less.

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One of the first completed homes in Walsh

13809 Green Elm Road still has that new home smell. (photos: Shoot2Sell)

News Flash: Life happens.  As a real estate sales professional, when a buyer tells me they’re looking for their “Forever Home” I smile and nod, but inside I know life happens … even in Walsh.

Buyers of all ages, sizes, price points all want (or think they want) that perfect home that meets their needs, and where they’ll live for a long time.  Then, yep, life happens.  Households grow, shrink, age, get transferred, make less money, make more money, or just want something different.

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amazing revival house

Before-and-after photos don’t do it justice at 3771 W. 4th Street in Monticello.  (photos: Trey Freeze Media)

I have a great idea! HGTV should make a TV show where they take a total clunker of a home and turn it back to its original greatness … they could call it “Revival House” or something like that.  (Of course I would star in the show, too!)

The first episode would feature the home located at 3771 West 4th Street in the beautiful neighborhood of Monticello in Fort Worth.

When the Seller of this charming 1,520-square-foot, two-bedroom, one-bathroom home first bought it, it was … well … shall we say politely … it was in need of a drastic revival!

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You never know what you're going to get

4013 Clayton Road East in Ridglea Hills is like a box of chocolates (photos: Trey Freeze Media)

To paraphrase from the great Forrest Gump:”Some homes are like a box of choc-o-lates … you never know what you’re going to get.” 

(Side note: how did Gump beat out Shawshank Redemption for Best Picture in 1994 … preposterous!)

Truer words could not be spoken when referring to this week’s Tarrant County Tuesday home located at 4013 Clayton Road E in the Ridglea Hills neighborhood of Fort Worth.

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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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Westcliff is the place to be for families these days

4208 Selkirk Drive West in Westcliff is updated and features a flowing floor plan. (photos: Clint Admire)

As the population of Fort Worth continues to expand, buyers are constantly looking for areas of the city to embrace as “the next hot neighborhood” that will satisfy their budget, schooling needs and of course be in perfect proximity to all the fun restaurants, parks, museums and other areas of entertainment.  Currently that neighborhood is Westcliff.

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