Fancy Warehouse - new style?

This home has barrier-breaking architecture, says Seth Fowler. (photos: Trey Freeze Media)

I love writing about before-and-after transformations in Tarrant County Tuesday.

Some of the time the before photos showcase areas that were downright nasty and in need of major updating. Other times the home is simply dated or has a cacophony of styles that caused the home to sit on the market for a lengthy period of time or sell for less than asking.

And 304 Crestwood Drive is such a home.  When the current owners purchased the home in 2016 it had various aspects of modern or contemporary styles along with some 1980s Miami South Beach flair.  While those styles are trendy, the home sat on the market for nearly 200 days in 2016 — a year where most homes flew off the market.

A New Style?

Originally built in 2008, this five-bedroom and five-bathroom home of 4,269 square feet that is carved into the side of a hill in my favorite neighborhood, Crestwood.  The smooth stucco exterior definitely leans toward the modern style.

Notice how the home is built gently into the topography of the Crestwood neighborhood

After an extensive nearly two-year remodel project of moving walls, plumbing, and electrical, the home has a new style…I’m calling it “Fancy Warehouse.”  (Actually Ron Carter who did all the remodel work coined the phrase. I borrowed it from him.)

That name perfectly identifies this home.  “Fancy Warehouse” style combines modern, eclectic, industrial, and just flat out cool.  Sometimes photos explain better than words.

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location, location, location is so key to this home

700 Sunrise Court in Arlington might be the perfectly located home of the entire Metroplex (photos: Trey Freeze Media)

“Location, location, location.” Do you get tired of that phrase?  Certainly, that can’t be the end-all, be-all answer to everything as it relates to real estate.  Can it?

Like it or not, location will always be the number one factor when it comes to buyer’s criteria when searching for that perfect home.  So get used to hearing that well-used phrase.  It’s a lot cooler if you imagine Wooderson saying it…location, location, location.

Exclusively private, surrounded by tall trees and lush gardens, yet minutes from just about everything.

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literally a tree house

5340 Quail Run is surrounded by amazing trees (photos: Trey Freeze Media)

Did you ever fantasize about living in a treehouse?

Two of my favorite movies growing up were Swiss Family Robinson and Star Wars: Return of the Jedi.  While vastly different in story and genre, both movies prominently featured treehouse living that made me want one so badly.

If you want to live completely surrounded by trees – 5340 Quail Run is just what you need!

The Robinson family built their elaborate treehouse out of salvaged wood from their ship.  In Return of the Jedi, the Ewoks lived in a village built high in the trees on the planet Endor.

There is just something so fascinating about being surrounded by trees and greenery while hanging out in your home.  There is a sense of privacy and certainly peace that accompanies a treehouse. And that’s what you get at 5340 Quail Run St.

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Ridgewood Road

I don’t need much of an excuse for a foray to Crestwood, my favorite Fort Worth ’07 hood where every old oak seems to sport a sinuous balletic twist. In fact, trees are so revered in this westside enclave that some stand protected by masonry, in the middle of Crestwood‘s winding lanes. This week I was enticed into the neighborhood by an alluring 1960 ranch-style house at 309 Ridgewood Road which is the perfect embodiment of the low-key gentility that makes Crestwood so special.

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Running Horse Ranch entry gate

Welcome to 851 Red Bank Road…also known as Running Horse Ranch in Brock, TX (photos: Trey Freeze Media)

This week’s Tarrant County Tuesday will once again take us west to Parker County.  Head out on Interstate 20 and go past Aledo, Hudson Oaks, and Weatherford until you come to the unincorporated city of Brock, Texas.  That is where the Running Horse Ranch can be found only 15 miles south.

Wide Open Spaces

In the hit song, “What I Like About Texas,” by Gary P. Nunn, one of the first lines about Texas is, “the wide open spaces.”

Running Horse Ranch has 57 acres of trees, pasture, and the Brazos River — plenty to like about Texas.

If that resonates with you, then the Running Horse Ranch is calling your name.  Located at 851 Red Bank Road, this 57-acre sprawling ranch features rivers, pastures, farm land, fishing holes, and views as far as the eyes can see.

All of this beauty and serenity less than an hour from Downtown Fort Worth.  Not a bad commute at all.

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Get to know Crestwood this Sunday at the Crestwood Crawl.

The invention of the interwebs, apps, the digital camera, and mobile technology has greatly changed the way real estate is done these days. Not long ago prospective buyers would see one or two photos of the home, then they would actually go to the home — like get out of their vehicle and walk through the home to see if they liked it.

Now it’s click, click, click … as 90 percent or more of buyers will make a decision to even visit a home based on what they can see on their smartphone or tablet.

Even though technology has enhanced the buying process and made it easier in many ways, nothing beats the old fashioned open house.  As much as an app or digital image can offer, nothing compares to walking through a home to experience how the home might actually live.

The Crestwood Crawl

This coming Sunday, Sept. 8, from 1 to 3 p.m., the agents of Williams Trew Real Estate in Fort Worth will be hosting The Crestwood Crawl.  Six homes in the fabulous Crestwood neighborhood will be held open for buyers to come and enjoy all of the homes first-hand.

The weather will be in the mid-80s. The Cowboys don’t kick-off until 3:30 p.m.  Now is the time to visit one of Fort Worth’s best areas.

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Fixer Upper would be so proud

Charming English Tudor in Arlington Heights…already fixer upper’d and ready for move-in (photos: Trey Freeze Media)

Let’s face it — we all want to be like Chip and JoJo.  Who am I talking about?  Well if you don’t know then you haven’t been paying attention over the past half-decade.

The craze that Fixer Upper has created of gray paint, white subway tile, clean lines, farm-meets-contemporary style, and of course #shiplap is as prevalent and popular as it has ever been.

It’s not that our favorite Waco family invented gray paint or subway tile … those items have been around for decades. It’s the combination of clean, bright, fresh, modern-yet-classic design that has fascinated millions of wannabe fixer-uppers across the world.

While are seeing homes in Tarrant County sit on the market a little longer than in previous years and prices plateauing, homes that are completely move-in ready and look spectacular are still selling at a brisk pace.

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Centrally located, 24/7 guarded entrance, homes of all shapes and sizes — welcome to The Villages of Stonegate.

You know how some neighborhoods are deemed “first-time buyers” or “age-restricted community” and you immediately cross that area off your list of desired locations?  Unfortunately, that seems to be happening more and more these days.

Certainly, price point is a key factor in making an area a “move-up neighborhood,” but there are first-time buyers who can afford more.  There are empty-nesters who don’t want to be around other 55-plus-year-olds.

There’s Stonegate…and Downtown FW and TCU football stadium…close proximity to many destinations

Welcome to Stonegate

In the mid-1990s the 132-residence gated neighborhood of Stonegate was developed.  Within the 24/7 guarded community are various pockets of homes of various sizes that meet the needs of many buyers.  Surrounding the gated enclave are stores, shops, restaurants, medical practices, and even a retirement home.

Because of its great location (just south of I-30 on Hulen Avenue) and proximity to Colonial Country Club and golf course, and feeding into Tanglewood schools, pricing in Stonegate might not work for some, but for buyers with money to spend, Stonegate is the answer.

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