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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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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Just one block south of TCU is one of Fort Worth’s loveliest neighborhoods. Adjectives like “charming,” even “darling” spring to mind when describing Westcliff. And here, comparisons to Dallas are unavoidable.

Having lived in Dallas for most of my life, I had to drive through the neighborhood vainly looking for evidence of teardowns. It’s all amazingly intact — a lovely enclave of appealing cottages even lacking ill conceived additions that have blighted the M Streets, for example. It is patently apparent that the owner 3604 Westcliff Road intended to stay for a long time, perhaps forever (she is relocating to Chicago). The house has been sensitively, even lovingly updated. (more…)

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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3860 Bellaire Front

There is a treasure trove of untouched Midcentury Modern homes on Fort Worth’s west side, and this one happens to be an incredible architect-designed time capsule on one of Fort Worth’s most sought-after streets, Bellaire Circle.

Truly, this home is an amazing specimen of what was contemporary design back in 1951. The former owner commissioned architect Samuel G. Wiener Sr., an internationally known architect from Louisiana, to design this beauty, and it has many of the hallmarks of what would become classified as Midcentury Modern design. The rooms are spacious and open, geometrically shaped with huge floor-to-ceiling windows. Terrazzo floors span many of the common areas, and brick dividers and tall fireplaces act as accents. The ceiling sports tongue-in-groove slatting along the length of the rooms, which adds depth and the optical illusion of a much larger space. Let’s take a look inside!

3860 Bellaire courtyard entry

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4258 Altura Front

Let’s head west to Fort Worth this morning, where we’ll find an incredible modern home that has fantastic museum-worthy interiors and has some huge windows overlooking the heavily treed lot.

This home at 4258 Altura Road in the Westcliff neighborhood is an amazing 1980s modern that feels so fresh and open. It has aged so well, and with a few updates it can be a post-millennium stunner. It’s just south of TCU and north of Interstate 20, a fantastic location for anyone who wants to live inside Cowtown and close to tons of great shopping and amenities.

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Designed by architect Emory Young, this home was constructed to take advantage of the change in elevation on this more than 1 acre lot. The result is a tree house-like feel, with huge floor-to-ceiling windows with views of treetops and blue sky.

It’s serene, really, and considering the condition of this home and the size of the lot, it’s priced exceptionally well — $1.695 million with Suzanne Burt of Burt Ladner Real Estate. Besides excellent design, you get five bedrooms, four full and one half bath, and more than 5,500 square feet.

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Besides the views, I love the courtyard like patio and pool, which you can see from the expansive kitchen and breakfast area. Really, this home has so much light from the windows and transoms that you’ll hardly ever need to flip a switch! It has tons of storage, too, so you don’t have to clutter your floors or walls, and there’s a three-car garage as well.

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The master bedroom is huge at 21 x 20, and features huge windows and a separate sitting area, including a fireplace. The layout is great, with built-in storage and desk at an angle from the bed area, which means you can leap from your slumber at the moment of inspiration and bang out the next chapter of the next great American novel without waking your partner. The master bath will need some updating, but considering the size and location of this home, any updates will pay off significantly in the future. I can imagine tons of marble and a cool contemporary soaking tub (and maybe even an oversized steam shower!) in this master bath, which has even more fantastic views, thanks to the adjoining balcony. Imagine coming from the bath on a warm day and having a little air dry out there? Perfection.

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Outside, well, this backyard is a dream. You can either enjoy a soak in the pool and spa, or enjoy the views from the deck. What do you think of this modern home in Fort Worth?