amazing revival house

Before-and-after photos don’t do it justice at 3771 W. 4th Street in Monticello.  (photos: Trey Freeze Media)

I have a great idea! HGTV should make a TV show where they take a total clunker of a home and turn it back to its original greatness … they could call it “Revival House” or something like that.  (Of course I would star in the show, too!)

The first episode would feature the home located at 3771 West 4th Street in the beautiful neighborhood of Monticello in Fort Worth.

When the Seller of this charming 1,520-square-foot, two-bedroom, one-bathroom home first bought it, it was … well … shall we say politely … it was in need of a drastic revival!

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Monterey Colonial architecture is rarely built in Fort Worth

2708 River Forest Drive with its Monterey Colonial style is a memorable home for sure. (photos: Trey Freeze Media)

Monterey Colonial architecture.  What is it and what’s it doing in one of Fort Worth’s most desirable gated communities, River Park?

Originally created when California was under Mexican rule in the mid 1800s, this unique style is characterized by hip roofs and a cantilever balcony that spans the front of the home.

Monterey Colonial Architecture — Cowtown Style

In 2006, Rob Sell, then of Village Homes, designed the home at 2708 River Forest Drive in the gated neighborhood of River Park in true Monterey Colonial manner.  The home has become the most iconic home in River Park due to the rarely seen front exterior design.

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You never know what you're going to get

4013 Clayton Road East in Ridglea Hills is like a box of chocolates (photos: Trey Freeze Media)

To paraphrase from the great Forrest Gump:”Some homes are like a box of choc-o-lates … you never know what you’re going to get.” 

(Side note: how did Gump beat out Shawshank Redemption for Best Picture in 1994 … preposterous!)

Truer words could not be spoken when referring to this week’s Tarrant County Tuesday home located at 4013 Clayton Road E in the Ridglea Hills neighborhood of Fort Worth.

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Steps away from Texas Christian University

2718 Cockrell Avenue is a 1926 bungalow with wonderful wrap-around porch. (photos: Trey Freeze Media)

There’s something about living in a university town.  While there is much more to Fort Worth than Texas Christian University, the city benefits greatly from having a beautiful campus smack-dab in the middle of town.

Kitchen of 2718 Cockrell Avenue features double ovens, open feel and lots of counter space

If you’ve never been to the TCU campus, you certainly need to check it out.  While they might have overdone the blonde brick all over the place, the campus is spacious, filled with mature trees, and fits nicely within the surrounding residential neighborhoods.

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Home is LEED Platinum Certified

4500 Westridge Avenue No. 20 is a 1,500-square-foot, single-story townhome designed by John Wesley Jones. (photos: Trey Freeze Media)

What is a LEED certified home and why should you care?

LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is a designation from the U.S. Green Building Council to promote and encourage home builders and owners to be environmentally responsible and efficient with their home. But what does that really mean?  Well it means this is an uber energy-efficient home filled with sustainable materials from nearby areas that not only are eco-friendly, they’re really cool as well.

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Arlington Heights is in Fort Worth - not Arlington

3923 Lafayette Avenue is steps away from great shops, wine bars, restaurants and so much more in Arlington Heights (photos: Trey Freeze Media)

Arlington Heights is not in Arlington.  Nope. Contrary to what you might think, it’s an older neighborhood right in the middle of the Fort Worth Westside.

Situated North of I-30 and South of the famous Camp Bowie Boulevard, Arlington Heights is heavily populated by smaller cottages of charm and character built from the 1920s to the 50s.  That is, until now …

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3832 Bishops Flower in Riverhills was designed and constructed by V Fine Homes of Fort Worth (photos: Trey Freeze Media)

The trend in newer Fort Worth developments is the attempt to recreate the Golden Age of neighborhoods and home construction from the 1920s and 30s.  Riverhills, Walsh, and Parks of Aledo are recent developments that desire the look-and-feel of neighborhoods that were built when many classic communities were created throughout the United States.

Back then there were no production builders.  There were no homes with turrets, discombobulated roof lines, and especially no stone-and-brick-and stucco combinations that are unfortunately seen throughout the Metroplex in many newer developments.

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Mansfield is growing, growing, growing

The painted brick Mansfield Home of Dreams in South Pointe gated community by Boyd Luxury Homes  (photos: Day Dream Photography)

In the 1850s R.S. Man and Julian Feild built a grist mill in an area southeast of the Trinity River near a community known as the Gibson Community.  The area where the grist mill was built soon became known as Mansfield.

Today, Mansfield is a thriving and growing community of more than 65,000 people … and growing by the second. (more…)