Meadows West

Just when I think I’ve cracked Fort Worth — especially in-the-loop Fort Worth — I make a discovery. This week, it’s a handsome house in Meadows West at 6512 Havenview Court. And there is great value here. On a sprawling corner lot with a long, brick-edged walkway leading to the pedimented capped entry, the house has real presence. And the shocker? You can have all 4,310 square feet of this house for the bargain price of $129 per square foot. 

I admit to  having been a bit snarky about what I call 1980s vintage, Junior League Georgian. But with the passage of time, some houses from this era are aging rather well. Helpful is the listing description of the lot: “heavily treed.” Also helpful is the involvement of a capable builder, Dan Thomas. However, there is such a personal, restrained treatment in the disposition, in the façade and details, that I suspect the presence of a client of taste. Missing? Pomposity and pretension.

A Palladian triangular pediment supported by columns encases a curved framed front door. The central, main bay is symmetrically flanked by two stepped back wings.  And the small arched window on the second floor above the entry has shutters that look as if they could actually close over the span of the opening.

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Things aren’t necessarily what they appear at street level.  From the corner of Irwin Street and Forest Park, 2301 Irwin Street appears to be just the sort of charming, one-story Craftsman-style bungalow one would expect to find in Mistletoe Heights.

I continue to marvel at the variety of venerable Near Southside neighborhoods — Berkley, Park Hill, Fairmount, Ryan Place, and Mistletoe Heights — connected one to the other, of approximately the same age, and each with its own distinctive character. This 1924 build exudes period appeal beginning with the front arched entry vestibule, which seems to push itself forward to welcome visitors from a rhythmic procession of interesting roof lines.

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Ever on the lookout for a new build we can love, I stumbled onto a Monticello gem of a listing at 3710 West 6th Street that has timeless appeal in a perfect west side location. The style isn’t just traditional, it’s Texas Mediterranean vernacular that, at first glance, you might mistake for a 1920s’ era construction which happily blends with it’s older neighbors. The façade is rich in thoughtful architectural details like the symmetrically disposed windows, arches, and mirror curved peaks in the center. (more…)

In the Spring, one’s fancy lightly turns to thoughts of … real estate and open houses! Apologies to Alfred, Lord T.  And if a well-located, perfectly updated, midcentury modern with a reasonable price tag is your thing, you would be well advised to schedule a showing or at least clear this Sunday afternoon from 3 to 5 p.m. to take a gander at the open house of this North Ridglea listing at 6551 Malvey Avenue. This listing is new — like four days old new — and, naturally, buyer interest is strong.

Loads of curb appeal, the 1952 house blends beautifully into a lush landscape of bountiful Asian jasmine, mondo grass, period-perfect elephant ears, and tall twining old live oaks. Attractive hardscape including a long, stone-and-masonry walkway approach, completes the pleasing first impression.

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Any guesses as to date of this paean to Frank Lloyd Wright? 1900? 1945? Actually this well-placed, faithful tribute to the master at 5404 Collinwood Avenue was built in 1986. The low slung, prairie-style house with its strongly emphasized, stepped horizontals just looks so right on the lot, reminding us that the point of this design idiom was, in large part, an effort to meld dwellings with nature. And this style, now over 100 years old, still has the ability to look fresh and perfectly suitable for a Southwest city. (more…)

3601 Ledgeview Court

Ask listing agent, Ann Nayfa, about 3601 Ledgeview Court in lovely wooded Overton Park. She knows its every corner having sold this five bedroom, four bath,  gem to the present owners, who have remained loyal clients, 13 years ago, .  Built in 1965, this classic has stood the test of time and born with grace thoughtful renovations. A deep set-back and long walkway lead to the columned portico, a later embellishment which  perfectly compliments the symmetrical façade.

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