Close to Fort Worth and in the Aledo school district is one of the most luxurious and versatile properties I’ve ever seen, Kipling Lear Farm. In addition to three incredible residences and a pool house, there’s a beautifully appointed 20-stall barn and covered arena with an enclosed viewing gallery and catering kitchen for entertaining.  

Previously the home of champion race horses and Iberian dressage horses, the 135-acre working farm is ideal for horses of any discipline and their owners who want to ride in style. The grassy fields and pastures slope gently toward the banks of the South Bear Creek, and wooded areas are full of mature pecan and century-old oak trees. White tail deer, wild turkey, foxes, quail, owls, and other birds call the farm home, too. This property is a rare opportunity to enjoy an oasis of natural beauty just 30 miles from Fort Worth. 

“Kipling Lear Farm was purchased by the current owners in 2006, who embarked on an extensive remodel of the existing buildings, as well as adding new ones, between 2009 and 2016,” said listing agent Martha Williams with Williams Trew. “This is country living at its finest, with native wildlife, woodlands, an orchard, and a main house with a genteel and welcoming front porch from which you can enjoy the views.” 

Taking full advantage of the surrounding views, the home has multiple outdoor living spaces, like the back of the home with a kitchen patio, courtyard, outdoor fireplace, and flagstone steps leading to a creekside fire pit below. That is living! And it’s just one small example of the thoughtful, gracious spaces throughout Kipling Lear Farm. 

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can you imagine time it takes to work with clinker brick?

Clinker brick exterior helps make 200 Crestwood Drive look like a fairytale home. (Photos: Trey Freeze Media)

Have you ever driven past a home and had to do a quick double-take because of the brick? I bet you didn’t know that there are almost a dozen different sizes of brick.  The times I have to stop and take a closer look are when the home appears to be bricked in a random pattern with a total hodgepodge of brick sizes and colors … with even some lava rock mixed in.  Those homes are built with clinker brick.

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Forest Park is a throw-back neighborhood

2212 Park Place in Forest Park was built in 1924 (Photos: Josh Moore of Trey Freeze Media)

The neighborhood of Forest Park was recently identified as one of the “Five best Fort Worth neighborhoods to buy a house right now.

This fascinating area is approximately two miles southwest of downtown Fort Worth and less than a mile from the TCU campus. From many areas of the neighborhood, you can walk to the world-famous Fort Worth Zoo.

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In 1921,  leading Fort Worth architectural firm Sanguinet and Staats – designers of many iconic buildings which still stand, including the Texas Hotel and Our Lady of Victory Academy (as well dozens of houses in Arlington Heights) – constructed the Neil P. Anderson Cotton Exchange.

Dallas’ famous Cotton Exchange was demolished in 1991. This being Fort Worth, however, this architectural gem, listed on the National Register in 1978,  was renovated and repurposed by low-key local developer Amicus Interests in 2004 as condominiums.

The Beaux Arts building, rechristened The Neil P, is more attractive in my opinion than its better-known rival down 7th Street. With units selling for about $275 per square foot, the Neil P offers urban living at a reasonable price and compares favorably with the Omni Residences, which start at about $475  per square foot. (more…)

Not infrequently, my real estate blogger and interior designer roles intersect. This week I was approached by a prospective client looking for a second home in Fort Worth. The criteria? Budget of $550,000 including renovations, and the coveted 76107 zip code. I scanned listings of the top five Fort Worth agencies — I won’t name them, you know who they are — and found, you guessed it, very low inventory.

Sifting through the limited choices, I did discover one brilliant gem in a quiet corner of Arlington Heights at 4224 Pershing Avenue. Curb appeal? Is that June Cleaver on the front porch? This lovely house has been well loved and it shows. An enormous red oak tree dominates the front yard. The owner’s green thumb is on display in the front beds. (more…)

The home at 2906 Shadow Drive in Arlington is modern architecture at its finest. (Photos: Matt Ross, MLS Images)

The home at 2906 Shadow Drive has to be the winner of the “2017 CandysDirt.com Most Interesting Home Award.”

OK, so I made up that award, but if it did exist, I would give it to this work of art in a split second. I have to be honest: When I received a request to feature a home in Arlington, I did not expect to find a spectacular home in the modernist style of architecture.

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Colonial Parkway

Are you prepared to be seduced? Are you prepared, in spite of yourself , to fall in love with traditional all over again? This sweet, siren domicile is splendidly situated across from Colonial Country Club, with a coveted golf course view at 2409 Colonial Parkway.

I tried to find fault with this house and the worst indictment I could make was that the façade breaks the ancient and sacred Vitruvian rules of mass over mass and void over void. Actually on closer inspection, the façade merits closer inspection. The paired upper floor windows bind in a strong triangle with the larger windows below them which echoes the triangle of the broken pediment over the front door. The brick dentils below the roof line are picked up in the same pediment. Impeccable tiered and sculpted box woods line the approach. (more…)

The easiest estate sale you’ll ever experience (photos: ebth.com)

What comes into your mind when I say the phrase, “estate sale”?

What did you see?  The first thing I saw was dust.  The second thing I saw was someone running around a crowded home with sweat in their eyes and a fatigue all over their face.  The third thing that popped into my mind was people haggling over the price of a $5 salt and pepper shaker set.

In the past many estate sales have come to mean glorified garage sales … and no one likes a garage sale (unless you’re the one haggling over the $5 salt and pepper shakers).

Wouldn’t it be fantastic if there were a company that took items in an estate, photographed them, and uploaded them on a classy website where millions of interested buyers could see them?

It’s not a fantasy. It’s Everything But The House.

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