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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Easy to see why it's my favorite

224 Clementine Court in Rivercrest Bluffs is the 2018 winner of Seth Fowler’s Favorite Home in Tarrant County (photos: Trey Freeze Media)

It’s almost August and yet I’ve already found my Favorite Fort Worth Home for 2018.  Guess that’s going to spoil my year-end blog, but I can’t help it.

Drumroll please…..

Seth Fowler’s 2018 Favorite Fort Worth Home is … 224 Clementine Court in the new gated community of Rivercrest Bluffs in The River District of Fort Worth.

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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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A slowdown isn't a bad thing for real estate

The slowdown in the real estate market is more like a shift toward balance for sellers and buyers.

WOW–tremendous responses and feedback on Part I of this real estate slowdown blog topic from last week.  Thanks so much!  Nice to know people are reading, following and giving thought to #tarrantcountytuesday.

Last week we established (with data) that there indeed is a slowdown or market shift in the housing market.  One Dirty Reader asked about this “recession” and I would strongly caution the use of that word.  There’s a big difference from a slowdown to a recession.

Is This Slowdown a Good Thing?

Many have indicated that this shift from a sellers’ market to a buyer-friendly market might actually be a good thing.  I would agree.

As the data indicated, when prices are increasing so quickly, interest rates are going up and individual incomes not keeping pace buyers aren’t buying.  That’s not good for anyone in the real estate business. (more…)

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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