Thanksgiving

Over the river and through the woods … to grandmothers’s house we go!

So we used to sing on the way to Thanksgiving dinner at my grandparents. The river was a branch of the Trinity near the zoo and the woods were the tall trees of Tanglewood, the first residential development carved out of Edwards Ranch. My grandfather built in the newly opened addition in 1960, doubling the depth of the foundation and halving the centers of the rebar, which has kept the house solid and crack free to this day.

Tanglewood has remained popular for many reasons. Tree-lined streets meander within the neighborhood with no traffic tempting through streets, keeping the area quiet and tranquil. Houses are set back from the street on deep lots. Those deep lots have induced some to tear down and rebuild.

In a way, and I hope I don’t get myself in trouble here, Tanglewood is one of the more Dallas-like neighborhoods in Fort Worth, resembling North Dallas from Royal Lane to Forest. Original, mostly single-story, ranch-style and true Midcentury Modern houses share the neighborhood with jazzier, larger new builds. Many houses have been extended or completely reworked. Then, of course, there is the draw of Tanglewood Elementary, fairly bursting at the seems. (more…)

This is the time for outdoor living

4225 Ranier Court has and outdoor oasis (photos: Tourmax)

It’s March and that means we get to enjoy outdoor living! Hopefully no more soggy afternoons or need for winter coats.  These next few months are what make North Texas a fantastic place to live. Trees start turning green.  Grass and weeds start growing.  Swimming pools get warmer and you can almost smell the burgers and brats sizzling on the grill.

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3605 Overton Park Drive E

Photos: Shoot2Sell

The year was 1956.  Elvis Presley entered the music charts for the first time with “Heartbreak Hotel.”  Norma Jean Mortenson legally changed her name to Marilyn Monroe and married playwright Arthur Miller.  Actor Tom Hanks was born.  William H. O’Neal designed the home at 3605 Overton Park Drive East for Mr. and Mrs. John Church in Fort Worth, Texas.

I know that because when touring this updated 3,077 square-foot single-story midcentury modern home, the original hand sketches of the working drawings and exterior elevation rendering are proudly displayed. History shows that William H. O’Neal also designed the south entrance gates for the Fort Worth Botanical Garden.

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2702 Heritage Hills Drive

Antebellum architecture comes to Cowtown

There’s just something about the home located at 2702 Heritage Hills Drive in Fort Worth that makes you want to start speaking with a Southern drawl.

No doubt it’s the double front porch design of this beautiful Southern-influenced home that will inspire you to put on your seersucker suit, bow tie, white shoes (no socks of course), and grab a big glass of lemonade and talk like you’re Colonel Sanders.

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Located in the gated neighborhood of Stonegate, benefitting from the ever-sought after Tanglewood schools of Tanglewood Elementary, McLean Middle School, and Paschal High School, this fantastic two-story home is truly a throwback to the Antebellum days of the Old South.

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4500 hildring ext

by Eric Prokesh

Talk about move in ready! This 1958 Westcliff gem at 4500 Hildring Drive has been completely revamped and revitalized by its architect owner for comfortable contemporary living, ideal for a young family with its access to top-notch Tanglewood schools.

Occupying a generous 1/3 acre lot, with an attractive set-back among mature foliage, this charmer exudes curb appeal. The upgrade of cedar garage doors and supporting elements add force to the facade. And oh the hardwood floors — delicious!

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On Sandage St. near TCU, two large, zero-lot-line homes have been built next door to one another. To curb the trend of investors tearing down homes to build "stealth dorms," residents are supporting greater restrictions for the number of co-habiting adults in these homes. (Photo: Max Faulkner/Fort Worth Star-Telegram)

On Sandage St. near TCU, two large, zero-lot-line homes have been built next door to one another. To curb the trend of investors tearing down homes to build “stealth dorms,” residents are supporting greater restrictions for the number of co-habiting adults in these homes. (Photo: Max Faulkner/Fort Worth Star-Telegram)

This is an interesting story out of Fort Worth, as some neighborhoods push back against big, zero-lot-line homes full of college kids by proposing an overlay to limit unrelated adult residents to three per single-family home instead of the current five. The overlay, which in its current version would not grandfather existing properties, is facing some stiff opposition from investors. They’re pooling their funds and preparing for a legal battle, according to the story in the Star-Telegram:

“We did it how they said to do it,” Kyle O’Keefe, an investor and resident in the overlay, said of the homes they built. “If they go back and change it, that is a break of trust. That is saying, ‘Hey, you guys come in and invest in our city make it a great city and then we are going to screw the hell out of you in a couple of years.”

This is interesting, because while the restrictions are aimed toward protecting the integrity of the neighborhoods surrounding Texas Christian University, they’re targeting a specific group of homes: Large four- and five-bedroom houses in districts surrounding TCU, that are usually rented to college students and dubbed “stealth dormitories.” Residents are mostly concerned about noise, trash, and traffic.

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