Cardinals Pitcher John Lackey is Selling His Fort Worth Mansion

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Texas-born pitcher John Lackey is looking to sell his Fort Worth mansion in Monsterrat, according to Hardball Talk and my baseball-obsessed husband. Lackey, who played one season with UT-Arlington back in 1999, went on to play for the Anaheim Angels (where he helped the franchise win the World Series in 2002), the Boston Red Sox (where he clinched the World Series in 2013), and is now playing for the St. Louis Cardinals.

While he often spent his off-seasons in Fort Worth, it looks like he’s selling this mansion, which was built in 2005 and has some truly amazing finish-out. So much attention to detail in this home, with stained glass ceiling accents in the foyer, gorgeous stone floors, fantastic media room and loggia, and a cabana that is the perfect spot for watching baseball. This estate at 9517 Bella Terra Drive is marketed by Williams Trew Realtor Kendall Kostohryz for $2.9 million.

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Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s Announces New Fort Worth Office

 

Robbie Briggs

Robbie Briggs announced his brokerage’s expansion into Fort Worth today.

Set to open early next year, Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty is solidifying its relationship with Cowtown with a new office in Fort Worth proper.

“We are so excited. I’ve always wanted to open an office in Fort Worth because I know its importance and love the city,” said Robbie Briggs. “The world views the DFW Metroplex as one market, but we understand each city has its own unique character and personality. Together, with the leadership and guidance of local businesses and influencers, we can deliver our world-class brand and services to the world-class city of Fort Worth.”

Jump for the full statement.

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Real Estate Story
Jane McGarry sold her gorgeous West Fort Worth hacienda in July and plans to build a new, smaller version nearby.

Jane McGarry sold her gorgeous West Fort Worth hacienda in July and plans to build a new, smaller version nearby.

“I just closed on a West Fort Worth lot a couple of weeks ago,” said North Texas TV legend Jane McGarry, who now blogs at realjane.net. “I am drawing up floorplans for the new house right now and I hope to build a smaller, less expensive, low-maintenance version of my Westover Hills home I sold in July, the perfect baby boomer ‘down-sizing’ house.”

Jump to read our Q&A with McGarry for “Tell Me Your Real Estate Story.”

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On Sandage St. near TCU, two large, zero-lot-line homes have been built next door to one another. To curb the trend of investors tearing down homes to build "stealth dorms," residents are supporting greater restrictions for the number of co-habiting adults in these homes. (Photo: Max Faulkner/Fort Worth Star-Telegram)

On Sandage St. near TCU, two large, zero-lot-line homes have been built next door to one another. To curb the trend of investors tearing down homes to build “stealth dorms,” residents are supporting greater restrictions for the number of co-habiting adults in these homes. (Photo: Max Faulkner/Fort Worth Star-Telegram)

This is an interesting story out of Fort Worth, as some neighborhoods push back against big, zero-lot-line homes full of college kids by proposing an overlay to limit unrelated adult residents to three per single-family home instead of the current five. The overlay, which in its current version would not grandfather existing properties, is facing some stiff opposition from investors. They’re pooling their funds and preparing for a legal battle, according to the story in the Star-Telegram:

“We did it how they said to do it,” Kyle O’Keefe, an investor and resident in the overlay, said of the homes they built. “If they go back and change it, that is a break of trust. That is saying, ‘Hey, you guys come in and invest in our city make it a great city and then we are going to screw the hell out of you in a couple of years.”

This is interesting, because while the restrictions are aimed toward protecting the integrity of the neighborhoods surrounding Texas Christian University, they’re targeting a specific group of homes: Large four- and five-bedroom houses in districts surrounding TCU, that are usually rented to college students and dubbed “stealth dormitories.” Residents are mostly concerned about noise, trash, and traffic.

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Friday Five Hundred: Finding Form And Function in Fort Worth

2524 Rogers Front

In the $400K to $500K range, there’s a lot of new construction in Fort Worth. And while a new home is good every once in a while, seeing the same granite and stainless kitchen can be a little bit boring. Nothing against Fort Worth: I love the city and it’s awesome south side and the TCU area is just booming with cool homes and great little pockets of businesses. But I am always on the lookout for interesting, unique homes with a combination of character and amenities.

And in my search, I found this adorable home with incredible curb appeal and a fantastic backyard. And it’s close to TCU!

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Get More For Your Moolah With This Cute Fort Worth Ranch on a Huge Lot

6304 Inca Front

I saw this home pop up in my search today, it’s first day on the market, and I was stunned. In Ridgemar, a fantastic West Fort Worth neighborhood, you can get this totally remodeled 1960s ranch with three bedrooms, two full baths and one half bath, more than 2,400 square feet, and a whopping 0.39 acre lot for $380,000. You’d pay at least $400K for that in a comparable Dallas neighborhood!

Just goes to show that our wonderful neighbors to the west have some great deals. Maybe it’s time to move to Cowtown?

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3778 W. 6th Front

While they may not be my favorite homes ever, I do love houses that have a funky, Devil-may-care vibe to them. They’re the “anything goes” type of home, and their mish-mash of decor, colors, and materials proves a method to the madness of an artists’ mind. So I was happily surprised to see this cute bungalow in Fort Worth’s Country Club Heights neighborhood on the market.

This two-bedroom, two bath cottage is a home in which the seller has made full use of every color in the paint bucket. Combining patterns, wood, mosaics, and glass in a way that seems to have no rhyme or reason is a very fun way to keep your interest, and to make a small space (1,482 square feet!) feel much larger. There’s always another nook, another detail, another little surprise!

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Top 10 Markets for First Time Homebuyers

North Texas is a hot area for first-time homebuyers, says Realtor.com in a new ranking released today. The data, pulled from Realtor.com searches and U.S. Bureau of Labor statistics, ranks the Fort Worth-Arlington MSA fourth and the Dallas MSA eighth in their list of top 10 markets for first-time homebuyers. Pittsburgh, Pa.; Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, Fla.; and Philadelphia, Pa.; were the top three markets for first-timers to buy.

“As we head into home buying season, these markets show favorable conditions for first-time buyers, which is encouraging because these buyers are crucial to the housing market,” said Steve Berkowitz, CEO of Move, Inc. operator of Realtor.com. “First-time buyers have a widespread impact on the local housing markets. In transitioning from renters to owners, new buyers pay property taxes and other fees and taxes associated with homeownership that benefits local schools and services.” (more…)