A Village Homes townhome development from 2006

912 Magnolia Green Drive 3-story townhome in Near Southside    (Photos: Elliot Hicks, Air and Ground Property Photos)

In the mid-2000s, the area of Fort Worth referred to as the Medical District went through a dramatic change. Situated south of Interstate 30, north of the Fairmount neighborhood, bordered by 8th Avenue to Rosedale Avenue, this soon became known as the Near Southside.

At the time there were medical offices, hospitals, and a smattering of other businesses … not many restaurants, nightlife, and certainly not any urban housing options.

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1512 Thomas Place is blocks from Rivercrest Country Club

If homes could talk, 1512 Thomas Place would have lots to share! (Photos: Trey Freeze Media)

If you like reading about homes with an interesting history, this traditional in Rivercrest at 1512 Thomas Place is the home for you!

As one story goes, the original owners of this beautiful 4,192-square-foot home just blocks from Rivercrest Country Club closed on the home November 23, 1963 … let that date soak in for a few seconds. Just one day prior, on November 22, 1963, President John F. Kennedy was shot in Dallas by Lee Harvey Oswald (allegedly).

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1410 Washington Terrace – beautiful home, fantastic location! (photos: Realty Pro Shots)

In this day and age of short attention spans, emojis expressing our inmost thoughts, and novels consisting of 140 character Tweets, I thought I would give a few highlights for  Tarrant County Tuesday.

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Historic Talbott-Wall home as it sits on 1102 Samuels Avenue. (Photos: AP Real Estate Photography)

Imagine Fort Worth in 1903.  From grainy photos I’ve seen, there was a lot of dust, cows, and not much else.  There certainly were not any charming homes that would last 114 years and become historic properties, right?  Wrong.

The 1900 census of Fort Worth showed 26,668 residents, which was up from 1880 when there were 6,663 people living in Cowtown.  The largest building in 1903 was a seven-story building that cost $400,000 to construct. Cowtown in 1903 was a “rail town” — cattle drives and meat packing were the main industry before World War I, World War II, and the oil boom.

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renovation wasn't easy but worth it

5700 Westover Court went through an extensive renovation to become what it is today. (Photos: Realty Pro Shots)

If you mention that you are working on a renovation project what are the common themes that everyone seems to want to tell to you?

  • Renovation projects always are longer than expected
  • Renovation projects are always over budget

While those statements are often true,  there is another mantra regarding renovation projects that should be included as well. 

  • Renovation projects (when done correctly) are worth it!

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Aledo is a wonderful place for views

159 Crooked Creek Lane in Aledo (photos: Showcase Photographers)

While Aledo isn’t technically in Tarrant County (okay it’s totally not in Tarrant County) sometimes rules are meant to be broken.

Today we will have #ParkerCountyTuesday instead of #TarrantCountyTuesday.  Hope you will forgive me. I think you will after you see the lovely Mediterranean home in the exclusive gated community of Creekside in Aledo.

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A new home used to be an option for many buyers. Not so much anymore (photo: Eric Dunlap)

In Part One of this look into the end of affordable housing in the Dallas-Fort Worth region, we discussed the giant void of quality homes under $200,000. This void will continue to move housing prices upward, force buyers to spend more than they should, and create a stagnant sales economy in our community.  Neglecting the needs for a large segment of the population will have a dramatic effect on the housing industry in all price points.

What’s The Problem?

When I first started selling homes in the early 2000s for a D/FW-based tract home builder, the homes were listed from $85,000 to $135,000. Yes, they were located in a rural area where there weren’t a lot of high paying jobs, but the point is that the developer was able to sell land to the builder who was able to offer a new home for a reasonable price.

And now that is an impossibility.

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