Spanish Revival at its finest

Built in 1928 but updated to 2019, you’ll find an amazing property at 2308 Winton Terrace West. (Photos: Trey Freeze Media)

It’s not easy to do. It takes time, patience, money, and certainly skill. I’m not talking about negotiating the government shutdown stalemate, I’m talking about perfectly mingling new materials and construction into an older home. What did you think I was talking about?

Think about it — most contractors want to simply tear down an older home and not mess with the hassle and painstaking fuss that comes with reviving it.

Spanish Revival flair

Beautiful barrel ceiling in formal living with upstairs catwalk

It’s also a tedious job, as many sizes of doors, windows, bathrooms and certainly closets were not up to the standard of savvy 2019 buyers.

When it’s done correctly, it’s a thing of beauty.

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5117 Cantera Way in La Cantera has plenty of exercise options … should you desire. (Photos: Trey Freeze Media)

Welcome to 2019. Now get in shape!

Scenario 1

  • 4:45 a.m. – alarm goes off
  • Get out of the warm covers
  • Stumble around in the dark to find workout clothes – slam knee into side of bed
  • Get into freezing cold vehicle
  • Can’t find good radio station to listen to
  • Drive to gym — hope not to get pulled over for speeding because you don’t have license with you
  • Cold getting out of vehicle to gym
  • Cold in gym
  • Have workout
  • Drive back to home — again hope not to be delayed by traffic or weather or anything that would take up more time

Scenario 2

  • 4:45 a.m. – alarm goes off
  • Get out of warm covers
  • Walk upstairs to warm gym where clothes are waiting for you
  • Listen to your own jam
  • Workout

The first scenario can get a little old … trust me, it’s my typical Monday-to-Thursday routine.  The second scenario can be yours at 5117 Cantera Way in the La Cantera gated neighborhood in Fort Worth.

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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!]

Can you believe it’s almost gone?  Another year in the books and almost 40 Tarrant County Tuesday blogs to digest.

As always, I hope you have enjoyed the journey around various homes, neighborhoods, trends, and happenings from your Bowtie Realtor.  It is my goal not only to educate but to entertain and I love responses – whether positive or negative – because real estate inspires me and I want it to evoke a reaction in you as well.

In 2018 we touched a lot of subjects.  We talked about the buyer’s market that Tarrant County is entering.  We also learned how price per foot is an absurd and invalid way to determine the true value of a home.  We even dipped our toe into public education and how that impacts home values and prices.  Oh, what a year it’s been.

And here are a few winners from 2018 … enjoy.

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Two simple keys to success in 2019 for the real estate market

Don’t worry Tarrant County Tuesday readers, the Bow Tie Realtor will have a look in the 2019 crystal ball for some tasty prognostications before the ball drops.

The pendulum has swung.  This was discussed earlier in Tarrant County Tuesday  — the housing market in Tarrant County has become more of a buyer’s market than we have seen in many years.

Why A Buyer’s Market?

In real estate, a buyer’s market is when there is a surplus of homes available for sale.  Homes generally take longer to sell, and prices tend to drop or only rise slightly.

There’s no exact reason why a seller’s market (like we’ve seen in Dallas-Fort Worth for past number of years) flips to a buyer’s market but here are a few common themes:

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location, location, location

Among the trees and perched on hill sits 2201 Hidden Creek Road in Westover Hills. (photos: Trey Freeze Media)

You can change a number of features about a home. If you don’t like the brick on the exterior, simply paint the brick. If you don’t like the flooring, then head to your local flooring company. Counters, fixtures and appliances are very easy to change these days.

The only thing you can’t change about a home is location.

From the sky you can see all the privacy that comes with 2201 Hidden Creek Road

Yes this is another “location, location, location” Tarrant County Tuesday.  If it’s location that you want, then location is what you’ll get at 2201 Hidden Creek Road in Westover Hills, Texas.

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Completed in 2017, 321 Verna Trail North is inspired by Mission Revival architectural elements. (Photos: Trey Freeze Media)

Fourteen miles and only 20 minutes separate the always happening downtown Fort Worth with a 63-acre horse lover’s dream house.

That’s right.  It will take less time to drive from Fort Worth’s Sundance Square to this 7,324-square-foot, five-bedroom, six-and-one-half bathroom, single-story property than it does to boil and egg on an open flame.

Horse lover's paradise

321 Verna Trail North is a 7,324 square-foot estate with five beds, six-and-a-half baths, and beautiful views throughout home

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Many original and print works of art will be for sale at the Gentling Estate Sale from November 9 – 11

Spell "ornithilogical" multiple times if you can

Stuart and Scott Gentling were two of Texas’ most distinguished contemporary artists in ornithological renderings.

Ask any native Fort Worthian about famous local artists and it won’t take long before they mention The Brothers Gentling. Twins Stuart and Scott Gentling moved to Fort Worth, TX at the age of five, and showed a masterful understanding of art almost immediately. 

Their most famous contribution is a collection of bird paintings called, Of Birds and Texas.  This 46-pound folio was inspired by John James Audubon’s, Birds of America, which consisted of over 400 hand-colored illustrations of the birds in the United States in the early 1800s.

Both brothers have passed away — Stuart in 2006 and Scott in 2011.  Their Fort Worth home has sat vacant for a number of years and now will be listed for sale as well as an estate sale will take place at the property from Nov. 9 – 11.

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No nightmares here

5149 Byers Avenue is one of the “3-Sisters” on Byers Avenue from Ferrier Custom Homes (photos: Mark Perry)

What gives you nightmares? I’m not referring to the nightmares you had as an 11-year-old from watching The Shining at Jason Gorden’s birthday party in 1985. I’m talking about real nightmares … the ones related to your home!

For many Texan homeowners, a nightmare can be in high energy bills, the cost of replacing a roof after a ghoulish hail storm, or breathing unclean air as it circulates through the home.

With local Fort Worth builder Don Ferrrier, home-related nightmares are replaced by pleasant dreams for happy homeowners.

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