Exterior is cinder block! Don't make 'em like that anymore!

1309 Belle Place in Fort Worth. Classic Prairie style architecture (photos: Shoot2Sell)

Those of you who have followed my blog for the past few years know that I’m a sucker for Craftsman and Prairie-influenced homes. I don’t know if it’s nostalgia or if it’s that they are not “same old, same old,” but I love previewing those homes and writing about those two styles.

Prairie vs. Craftsman Styles

The Prairie style of architecture was popular from 1900 to 1920 in the United States.  Craftsman style came around that time as well from 1905 to 1930. Those two styles are often confused for one another.  There are many similarities. Both can feature a front-gabled roof, wide front porches, and similar door and window patterns and designs.  Also, both styles were born in the USA, which might be why I like them so much.

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Home previously owned by Speaker Jim Wright and his wife Betty

Colonnaded gable front & two wings at 4767 Overton Woods Drive (photos: JA2 Photo)

A home of former United States Congressman and Speaker of the House of Representatives, Jim Wright, has recently become available for sale in the Overton Woods neighborhood of Fort Worth.

The Overton Woods Neighborhood is a highly desirable neighborhood tucked between the Trinity River and Riverhills.  The area is filled with many large trees that not only cover yards, but streets as well.  Homes in Overton Woods date from the 1980s to present day.  The area is  minutes from TCU, the Trinity Trails, and downtown Fort Worth.

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I could spend a summer sitting on this deck and be just fine!

Summer is for Eagle Mountain Lake living (photos: Trey Freeze Media)

When you think of summertime, what do comes to mind? Great films such as Summer Rental, Summer School , Dirty Dancingand of course the legendary Michael J. Fox made-for-TV movie, Poison Ivy. Great songs like Summertime by Ella Fitzgerald, Cruel Summer by Bananarama (I still have a crush on them!), and Wipeout and Surfin Safari by the Beach Boys.

Too bad they don’t make summer movies like they used to.

When it comes to homes in Tarrant County, where there is no beach, when you think of summer, you need to think of Eagle Mountain Lake!

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Newly constructed Craftsman home in Arlington Heights

3701 El Campo looks like it was built in the era of Craftsman homes – yet actually built in 2012 (photos: Trey Freeze Media)

Discussing an American Craftsman-designed home is perfect for post-Memorial Day musings!

A style influenced from the late 19th and early 20th Century as a rebuttal to the overly-decorative designs of Victorian homes, Craftsman homes have clean, simple lines with uniquely defining features.

As the Industrial Revolution of the 1900s brought rural workers to urban areas, these homes were built to house the suddenly growing middle class.

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3524 Dorothy Lane North faces Monticello Park in quiet neighborhood. Photos: Trey Freeze Media

Location , location, location.  Probably one of the more overused phrases when it comes to real estate.

However annoying that phrase is, there is a lot of truth to it.

Think about it…

A vegan wouldn’t want to own a home next to a slaughter house.

A nudist wouldn’t want to live in the garment district.

A family with young children wouldn’t want to live where there is no yard.

The yard of a home is often one of the more important features when putting together the “must have” list before searching for the right place.  Countless times prospective buyers have rejected a home based solely on the yard or proximity to area to be outdoors.

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Behind house is 6-car garage, pool, spa, cabana and good country living

10500 Barbara Sue Court in Crowley, TX has a 4,300 ft. garage and workshop on the 1-acre property (photos:

“Car storage,” the buyer said.

“Excuse me?” I replied as I was trying to understand what’s important to them as they look at homes.

“I need a place to store my prized possessions — my cars,” he explained.

That’s when I realized that sometimes buyers have other items on their “Must Have” list than just the home.

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Love Colonial homes...simple and elegant

2439 Wabash Avenue built in 1927, a vintage Colonial home in University Park    (photos: Matrix Tours)

How do you sell a home?

I’m going to give you a few Bowtie Real Estate Sales Professional secrets … just don’t tell anyone else okay?

When I show a home to prospective buyers, I want them to visualize celebrating certain special events the home.  If I get them to do that — Boom! Sold!

Here are the events I always try and highlight:

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6701 Woodstock is an amazing home!

Hip and trendy meet midcentury modern in this fantastic home. (photos: Trey Freeze Media)

Guess what classic architectural style for homes is hip and trendy these days?

If you guessed midcentury modern, then you are correct.

The Ridglea Hills neighborhood in Fort Worth is on of the best areas for midcentury modern homes, and there is a newly re-done home that’s a must see!

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