The fireplace at 13809 Green Elm Road is a direct vent — so there’s no chimney for Santa to come down.

How does he do it?

How is Santa not only able to deliver toys to all the good little girls and boys of the world, but how does he manage to get down the chimney? I have so many questions for Santa. Does he have a favorite type of fireplace?  What about a direct-vent fireplace? How does he handle homes with no fireplace?

Reviewing the homes of Tarrant County Tuesday from 2018, I wanted to share some of the vast options that jolly old St. Nick will have in a few short weeks.

While a tall flue , the actual fire box might be a tight squeeze for St. Nick at 312 Verna Trail

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Two simple keys to success in 2019 for the real estate market

Don’t worry Tarrant County Tuesday readers, the Bow Tie Realtor will have a look in the 2019 crystal ball for some tasty prognostications before the ball drops.

The pendulum has swung.  This was discussed earlier in Tarrant County Tuesday  — the housing market in Tarrant County has become more of a buyer’s market than we have seen in many years.

Why A Buyer’s Market?

In real estate, a buyer’s market is when there is a surplus of homes available for sale.  Homes generally take longer to sell, and prices tend to drop or only rise slightly.

There’s no exact reason why a seller’s market (like we’ve seen in Dallas-Fort Worth for past number of years) flips to a buyer’s market but here are a few common themes:

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location, location, location

Among the trees and perched on hill sits 2201 Hidden Creek Road in Westover Hills. (photos: Trey Freeze Media)

You can change a number of features about a home. If you don’t like the brick on the exterior, simply paint the brick. If you don’t like the flooring, then head to your local flooring company. Counters, fixtures and appliances are very easy to change these days.

The only thing you can’t change about a home is location.

From the sky you can see all the privacy that comes with 2201 Hidden Creek Road

Yes this is another “location, location, location” Tarrant County Tuesday.  If it’s location that you want, then location is what you’ll get at 2201 Hidden Creek Road in Westover Hills, Texas.

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Thanksgiving

Over the river and through the woods … to grandmothers’s house we go!

So we used to sing on the way to Thanksgiving dinner at my grandparents. The river was a branch of the Trinity near the zoo and the woods were the tall trees of Tanglewood, the first residential development carved out of Edwards Ranch. My grandfather built in the newly opened addition in 1960, doubling the depth of the foundation and halving the centers of the rebar, which has kept the house solid and crack free to this day.

Tanglewood has remained popular for many reasons. Tree-lined streets meander within the neighborhood with no traffic tempting through streets, keeping the area quiet and tranquil. Houses are set back from the street on deep lots. Those deep lots have induced some to tear down and rebuild.

In a way, and I hope I don’t get myself in trouble here, Tanglewood is one of the more Dallas-like neighborhoods in Fort Worth, resembling North Dallas from Royal Lane to Forest. Original, mostly single-story, ranch-style and true Midcentury Modern houses share the neighborhood with jazzier, larger new builds. Many houses have been extended or completely reworked. Then, of course, there is the draw of Tanglewood Elementary, fairly bursting at the seems. (more…)

Thanksgiving isn't the same without hanging in the kitchen

The Georgian home at 2511 Rogers Avenue has the ideal kitchen (and more) for holiday gatherings (photos: Freeze Media)

Growing up, Thanksgiving dinners were just the four of us — my mom, dad, sister, and me.  That’s it. Those days are long gone.  Now we have a multitude of in-laws, nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts, uncles, grandparents, a great-grandparent, and plenty of adopted family friends mulling around the house on Thanksgiving Day.

If your Thanksgiving feast is more like the current Bowtie Realtor (that’s me btw) scenario, then this Tarrant County Tuesday home at 2511 Rogers Avenue is especially for you!

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Westover Terrace

About as blue blood as Fort Worth gets, 51 Westover Terrace offers a prestigious address and a beautiful Mediterranean style villa reminiscent of old Hollywood. Approached by a graceful brick paved drive, embedded in lush landscape canopied with mature trees, the 1935 vintage residence has been added on to by successive owners giving the home an eccentrically pleasing flow. (more…)

Many original and print works of art will be for sale at the Gentling Estate Sale from November 9 – 11

Spell "ornithilogical" multiple times if you can

Stuart and Scott Gentling were two of Texas’ most distinguished contemporary artists in ornithological renderings.

Ask any native Fort Worthian about famous local artists and it won’t take long before they mention The Brothers Gentling. Twins Stuart and Scott Gentling moved to Fort Worth, TX at the age of five, and showed a masterful understanding of art almost immediately. 

Their most famous contribution is a collection of bird paintings called, Of Birds and Texas.  This 46-pound folio was inspired by John James Audubon’s, Birds of America, which consisted of over 400 hand-colored illustrations of the birds in the United States in the early 1800s.

Both brothers have passed away — Stuart in 2006 and Scott in 2011.  Their Fort Worth home has sat vacant for a number of years and now will be listed for sale as well as an estate sale will take place at the property from Nov. 9 – 11.

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The modern farmhouse at 224 Clementine Court is still on the market.

From time to time, a home might sit available on the market for a longer than anticipated period.  Is it the home?  Is it the price?  Is it something that has nothing to do with home or price? Maybe the right buyer hasn’t come along yet.

Looking back at the homes highlighted thus far in 2018, I wanted to make sure you didn’t forget about these homes that might have slipped through the cracks.

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