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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Monterey Colonial architecture is rarely built in Fort Worth

2708 River Forest Drive with its Monterey Colonial style is a memorable home for sure. (photos: Trey Freeze Media)

Monterey Colonial architecture.  What is it and what’s it doing in one of Fort Worth’s most desirable gated communities, River Park?

Originally created when California was under Mexican rule in the mid 1800s, this unique style is characterized by hip roofs and a cantilever balcony that spans the front of the home.

Monterey Colonial Architecture — Cowtown Style

In 2006, Rob Sell, then of Village Homes, designed the home at 2708 River Forest Drive in the gated neighborhood of River Park in true Monterey Colonial manner.  The home has become the most iconic home in River Park due to the rarely seen front exterior design.

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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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Steps away from Texas Christian University

2718 Cockrell Avenue is a 1926 bungalow with wonderful wrap-around porch. (photos: Trey Freeze Media)

There’s something about living in a university town.  While there is much more to Fort Worth than Texas Christian University, the city benefits greatly from having a beautiful campus smack-dab in the middle of town.

Kitchen of 2718 Cockrell Avenue features double ovens, open feel and lots of counter space

If you’ve never been to the TCU campus, you certainly need to check it out.  While they might have overdone the blonde brick all over the place, the campus is spacious, filled with mature trees, and fits nicely within the surrounding residential neighborhoods.

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Home is LEED Platinum Certified

4500 Westridge Avenue No. 20 is a 1,500-square-foot, single-story townhome designed by John Wesley Jones. (photos: Trey Freeze Media)

What is a LEED certified home and why should you care?

LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is a designation from the U.S. Green Building Council to promote and encourage home builders and owners to be environmentally responsible and efficient with their home. But what does that really mean?  Well it means this is an uber energy-efficient home filled with sustainable materials from nearby areas that not only are eco-friendly, they’re really cool as well.

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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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price per foot is never a good way to determine value

Price per square foot seems like a logical way to figure out value of a home right? WRONG!

Guilty!  Buyers, sellers, Realtors … all guilty!  All are at fault for using price per square foot (psf) when attempting to come up with the price of a home.

It’s pretty easy if you think about it.  Even I can do the math (with a calculator): divide the price of home by the air conditioned square footage of the home and come up with price per square foot.  Once you have that amount per foot it should be an easy way to figure out prices for other homes in area too right? Wrong!

“The last time I checked, price per square foot was not something they were teaching in Principles of Real Estate or Valuation of Homes,” explains Robert Totten, Fort Worth real estate appraiser.  “I have been an appraiser for over 35 years and never has using price per square foot been a way to come up with a value for a home.  There is no class called Pricing a Home with Price Per Foot.”

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