The Bow Tie Realtor will successfully predict tasty 2019 happenings in Tarrant County … buckle up

Before we look into the crystal ball for 2019, let’s take a quick look at the Bow Tie Realtor 2018 Tarrant County Predictions.

Prediction No. 1: Median Sales Price Will Rise

Correct Prediction — According to The Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University, the median sales price in 2017 for Tarrant County was approximately $217,000.  The median sales price for Tarrant County in 2018 thus far shows to be $229,500.  (Note: Stats for December 2018 have not yet been published.)

Sales in the Tarrant County luxury home market were fewer and further between…but they still happened

Prediction No. 2: The Luxury Market Will Be Slower

Sort of Correct Prediction — Statistics show that the average days on market for luxury homes priced $750,000 and above were about the same from 2017 to 2018.  Ask any real estate agent in the with knowledge of that market and they’ll tell you sales definitely took longer.  It felt that homes took an eternity to sell and went through a number of price reductions.

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Fort Worth Classic Colonial

This Fort Worth Classic Colonial is the perfect holiday home. Located at 3912 Lenox Drive, our Inwood Home of the Week is located in the sought-after Monticello neighborhood. It has the treasured traditional elements we love, as well as flawless updates. Best of all, it’s received the talented touch of the JSH Design team.

There’s nothing that I love more than a classic home, but add some edgy designer features and I’m swooning. Updating these homes is not difficult. Almost everyone wants a white kitchen with marble granite or quartz countertops. Brass hardware has made a big comeback, and the big shower is a must. Those are the things that are no-brainers.

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Fort Worth based Williams Trew recently launched a new brand identity and marketing campaign in hopes of standing out in the competitive luxury market.

“A lot of changes have occurred over the past several years and we felt like this was a great opportunity for us to kind of re-tell our story and maybe update our brand look,” marketing manager Nick Bendian said.

The new company tagline is “imagine life.” While the Williams Trew logo remains unchanged, the company plans to deemphasize house pictures, instead opting to highlight people.  Bendian said that the company’s goal was to focus more on the experience of having a home, with slogans like “envisioning memories” and “where happiness finds a home.”

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Bunting Avenue

Think modern architecture can’t observe pleasing proportions and effortlessly allude to a classical past? Have a look at 4050 Bunting Avenue. Its picture perfect, symmetrical façade is wrapped by a beautifully scaled low wall which emphasizes the buildings horizontals. Simplified pilasters support a clean entablature.

These elements combine to create a composition which harkens back to Art Deco pavilions of the 1920’s and 30’s, themselves echoing a remembered, 18th Century classical past. And there is the desirable North Hi Mount location. (more…)

Bishops Flower

After last week’s post in Park Hill, I was determined to find new construction that could rival the venerable Winton Terrace grand dame for classical style and pleasing proportions. My first impulse was to look in Riverhills, a new development in Edwards Ranch that a classic house lover can embrace. Choice listings here are thin on the ground, so I was pleased to find a balanced beauty on the charmingly monikered street at 3820 Bishop’s Flower.

I had to look the unlikely name up. If you don’t know, bishop’s flower is a lovely, simple, white bloom used in cut flower arrangements. It grows in the Western United States. Lovely, simple, white, only begins to describe the appeal of this listing, too. Symmetrical quoined bays frame the receding center block capped by a lantern. (more…)

One of the first completed homes in Walsh

13809 Green Elm Road still has that new home smell. (photos: Shoot2Sell)

News Flash: Life happens.  As a real estate sales professional, when a buyer tells me they’re looking for their “Forever Home” I smile and nod, but inside I know life happens … even in Walsh.

Buyers of all ages, sizes, price points all want (or think they want) that perfect home that meets their needs, and where they’ll live for a long time.  Then, yep, life happens.  Households grow, shrink, age, get transferred, make less money, make more money, or just want something different.

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Riverhills

Always on the look-out for that rarity — a new build we can love —  I was thrilled to discover that former Fort Worth Magazine Dream Home at 3824 River Hills View Drive was listed this Tuesday. The handsome Mediterranean sits on a large third-of-an-acre lot in the first phase of the thoughtfully realized Riverhills community in Edwards Ranch. We’ve been here before. It’s difficult to overlook  a community of well-constructed new houses that achieve opulence without ostentation, mere minutes from upscale Waterside retail and the shops at Clearfork.

Remember symmetry? The impressive elevation is composed of forceful stepped-and-balanced blocks under tiled Italianate eaves. It harkens back to an earlier era and should gracefully bear the test of time.

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Do you yearn for new construction with old school quality? Something grand, not grandiose, surrounded by similar properties? A spacious-yet-sensible plan and not a McMansion clone? River Hills, part of the interesting and evolving Edwards Ranch story, may be your answer. Founded in 1848, Edwards Ranch is older than Fort Worth itself. Now it is the locus for the most exciting new developments  in the city. It includes River Hills, the Waterside retail development, and  the Shops at Clearfork, anchored by the new Neiman Marcus. The weight and force of all of this development, together with the energetic rejuvenation of the Near South Side, is generating a gravitational pull which challenges the heretofore uncontested hegemony of the West Side.

The truth is that I have been longing to write about River Hills for some time, and prowl the area from time to time. This week I stumbled onto 3737 Aviemore a stone revetted, manorial abode, perched on a high bluff built in 2009. The street is romantically named after a resort in the highlands of Scottland and as north Texas goes, the area is hilly.

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