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Quite a day in downtown Fort Worth TX.
posts on condo projects by Realtors
Quite a day in downtown Fort Worth TX.
Almost 35 years ago I won a college scholarship award given by the Fort Worth ISD in the Senior Portfolio Contest. Who knew back then as art students proudly wandered through the modern concourse of the Fort Worth National Bank Building what the future would hold for us, or for that space.
We felt pretty special to have our portfolios, 10 Works in at least 3 mediums hanging in a space that looked a lot like a museum. It was fun to see everyone walking through the student works on display there. Not just our parents but customers of the bank and the businesses upstairs would take time to see what we had spent our entire senior year assembling. There was work from every grade on display but the main feature (for us anyway) was the Senior Portfolio Competition. It was a nice cash prize, maybe not enough to put much of a dent in my first semester at TCU, but the money was so definitely not the point. We were real artists now, with our work hanging on walls other than the art room and our living room at mom & dad’s house. Yes.
In school I studied Finance, earning a BBA in exactly four years. I worked in restaurants, owned a small mortgage brokerage, then my own restaurants for 20+ years and finally got into real estate. I’m a broker now with my own firm, Fort Worth Texas Real Estate. As a resident of the newly revitalized downtown I have acquired a special expertise in helping people explore the idea of giving up the yard, the lawn-mower and the rest of suburban Texas to move to a high-rise condo in our stunning city center.
Life in Fort Worth Texas is just a series of concentric and overlapping circles to me. Everything in this crazy town will come back to a point of beginning in some of the most amazing ways. So many of my friends today who were in that group of Senior artists with me have gone on to do fantastic things with their artistic abilities where I did not. They are directors at the local community museum, artists, designers, film-makers, etc. And me…. I’m a Realtor.
One day this week I took a day off from selling houses and condos and answered the call to join a group called Urban Sketchers Texas. When I say join, I don’t mean sign up and pay a fee. I just joined them. Outside of Razoo’s at 2:30pm with our sketch pads in hand. We split up and drew whatever we found of interest downtown (whole other subject) and then met back at Razoo’s where we got a table and had a bite to eat and a beverage to compare our works. From the table at Razoo’s I could gaze out the window, across the new Westbrook building (which was the subject of my drawing) to The Tower Residential Condos at 500 Throckmorton Street.
The full circle in this story is this. That tall green glass building on the edge of Fort Worths burgeoning and exciting Sundance Square is the same building that was decimated by the tornado of 2000. After The Fort Worth National Bank Building took that fierce and direct hit it remained abandoned and boarded up for several years. Eventually the iconic tower was redeveloped as some of the first residential condos in downtown Fort Worth. I sold 3 homes in The Tower Residential Condos this year. Each time I walk through the lobby I can’t forget the student art show. Although the lobby has been reconfigured the slanted concrete beams are still prominent architectural elements and I remember when my paintings and drawings were on display there. The Alexander Calder sculpture “The Eagle” no longer sits out front either. Those things are just a part of local and personal history and my memory.
The picture that I sketched today, one of the first artistic attempts I have made in decades has a blended contrast of old and new Fort Worth. It’s a great source of joy to me to be in this picture and a part of it.
Here’s a link to the sketcher website:
Downtown Fort Worth Inc. serves the city very well in so many ways. Staying mostly behind the scenes this organization works to make or urban core the very best it can be by bringing together people to accomplish a common purpose. There are many big cities (some very close-by) where the people allow agenda politics to rule the day. It would be naive of me to say that there are no agendas at play in the politics of Cowtown, but one thing about my hometown that is perhaps it’s greatest attribute: common purpose is usually placed ahead of separate individual priorities… at least after the fighting’s done. No place is Fort Worth’s special brand of civic pride more apparent than downtown. Bash the Bass family if you wish, just as people bash Joe T Garcia’s, The Cowboys and Tim Love. It comes with the territory when you are on top…
Fort Worth’s downtown is a fine setting for urban adventures from dining to art, music, Segway tours, walking and even living in one of many thriving condominium projects. The gem of downtown Fort worth is Sundance Square, where both visitors and locals can gather for parades, fairs, concerts or most recently a gigantic elegant dinner party. The Main Table on September 8th brought 500 hungry diners out to the middle of Main Street which was closed off between 6th and 9th for the party. Grace, Reata, Ruth’s Chris, Capital Grill and Del Frisco’s fed us from their kitchens. Grace even shared it’s kitchen with the Reata crew so they wouldn’t have to haul their food across town.
What a great evening we had. Best thing about it is the people seated at the enormous table; every kind of Fort Worthian I can imagine… some extremely “important” in the city and others less well known, but at a minimum interesting and interested in the common purpose we shared. We were all sitting right in the middle of it: Main Street. Nobody at the table had a negative thing to say, a mean remark about someone across the way, a complaint or an axe to grind in public. It was an evening of civic pride and good will. It didn’t have to be manufactured by Downtown Fort Worth, Inc., but simply facilitated. Downtown Fort Worth, Inc. is doing a great job, along with all of their partners and others doing sometimes thankless and unnoticed work for the betterment of our city. Everyone at the table probably has something to gain by living in a healthy city with a vibrant urban core, but it’s not just a self-interest that we all share but rather a common purpose. That’s what I feel was in the air last night. Everyone that was not there asked me later “wasn’t it hot?”. Although it was 95 degrees we had shade and a cool breeze and something great to focus on besides ourselves. It probably was a bit hot but I honestly did not see anyone last night who appeared to notice. Great time, for sure.
Riding the Trinity Railway Express from Fort Worth to Dallas is easy and fun. The double decker trains are clean and comfortable and they feature free wi-fi which makes commuting time productive. Everything you want to know about schedules, location of stations and destinations in Dallas or Fort Worth can be found at the TRE website here.
I made a short video last year showing how easy the TRE is to ride:
Uptown features townhomes with attached garages and roof-top patios. Trinity Bluff and Pecan Place are the primary residential developments in the Uptown District. The area also features several apartment communities.
Built in 2003 and designed by Ken Schaumburg, Pecan Place has 9 units on the edge of the Trinity Bluff in Fort Worth’s Uptown. Each single-level unit has a large balcony and residents can enjoy amazing views of downtown from the rooftop patios. Gated video-monitored garage and elevators offer security to home owners. Units have gas cook-tops & fireplaces, granite on all counter-tops, giant closets, jetted tubs and beautiful hardwoods in the living areas. Since there are only 9 units in this complex there are often not any on the market. Some owners have expressed a willingness to review offers however.
Get information about Uptown Homes by following these links: