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Fort Worth midcentury modern preserves a slice of 1950s living
These days when it comes to a midcentury home, there are two kinds: the one that has been updated into a sleek and modern masterpiece, sacrificing both the home's character and history in the process, and the rare gem that has somehow been left completely intact so that its 1950s construction roots remain.
This listing at 2601 Hartwood Dr. is a wonderful example of the latter. Designed by renowned architect John W. Floore in 1956, it's begging for a buyer who will restore versus redo.
Located on a peaceful dead end of the Mockingbird Lane Addition, near Colonial Country Club, it was one of the first homes built in the subdivision. With 2,439 square feet, it boasts three bedrooms and two bathrooms, and its flat roof pitch, clean lines, teak cabinetry, walls of windows, and overall indoor/outdoor feel make it one of the purest examples of midcentury architecture. List price is $600,000.
A document recovered from the homeowner's estate showcases the list of original subcontractors who built the home, and the floor plan shows an entertainer's dream space, with no west-facing windows. The original contract shows the total price for construction in 1956 was $44,120, and the homeowner says he paid $4,800 for the lot. Talk about an eventual return on investment once this property sells.
"The current homeowners raised their family here and did a fabulous job at preserving its charm, doing the necessary but minimal updates throughout the last 65 years," Briggs Freeman Sotheby's International Realty listing agent Mary Carolyn Gatzke says.
The property is also in one of the most prestigious areas of Fort Worth and gives modern day kiddos access to the highly desirable Tanglewood Elementary.
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