I always love when I have a client interested in an older neighborhood like Fairmount, Ryan Place or Arlington Heights (to name a few) – I know I’m in for a fun adventure! It’s no secret why people are drawn to these areas. You’re in walking distance to some of Fort Worth’s greatest restaurants, bars, coffee shops and retail, not to mention the character and beautiful detail found in the older homes that make up these neighborhoods.

But what exactly are you getting into when buying an older home? I reached out to my trusted inspectors and foundation experts to compile a list of a few things to look for or think about when considering this investment:

  • Heavy wood rot may be found on some of the wood trim and siding. Sometimes painters are really good at hiding the problem areas by using a bondo or sealer. Replacing the wood is the only sure repair; otherwise you run the risk of further deterioration.
  • It’s a good idea to add new windows, insulation and weather stripping to help with energy efficiency in older homes. However, this can cause the home to not “breathe,” or cycle through fresh air. Ensure that the appliances are vented properly and have fresh air supply vents to avoid potential carbon monoxide situations.
  • The most common concern I see with buyers is the foundation of these homes. It’s important to keep in mind that most homes in the area have had foundation work done or will need it at some point. It isn’t necessarily something to be afraid of, but there are a couple of things to look for when you walk through the home. Check doors to ensure they open and close as they should and also look for any curved cracks in the walls. If you see one or both it may be a good idea to have the foundation further evaluated by an expert.

Of course, it is highly recommended to have any home you are considering thoroughly inspected by a professional.. I hope these 3 tips will help you navigate through the initial process. Buying an older home in one these established neighborhoods can be a great investment and wonderful place to call home!

 

Contact Heather Teems at 817-929-9025, heather@leaguere.com.

Here’s an updated list of homes for sale in the Fairmount, Ryan Place and Arlington Heights Neighborhoods Fort Worth.

 

Fairmount Fort Worth

New Listing - 4 weeks online
$1,500,000
Commercial For Sale
Active
0.11
ACRES
TARRANT
COUNTY
1301 Hurley Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76104
Mc Anulty & Nye Sub Subdivision
New Listing - 5 days online
$525,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active Option Contract
3
BEDS
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,488
SQFT
1901 Alston Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76110
Bellevue Hill Add Subdivision
New Listing - 4 days online
$520,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BEDS
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,159
SQFT
1507 Fairmount Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76104
Loyds Add Subdivision
New Listing - 3 weeks online
$495,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BEDS
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,284
SQFT
818 W Richmond Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76110
Bellevue Hill Add Subdivision
New Listing - 4 weeks online
$489,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BEDS
2
TOTAL BATHS
2,071
SQFT
1409 Fairmount Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76104
Johnson Sub Subdivision
$489,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BEDS
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,308
SQFT
1511 S Adams Street
Fort Worth, TX 76104
Loyds Subdivision
New Listing - 3 days online
$420,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BEDS
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,076
SQFT
805 W Baltimore Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76110
Websters Rev of Bellevue Hill Subdivision
Price Change - 3 weeks ago
$399,999
Single Family Home For Sale
Active Option Contract
3
BEDS
2
TOTAL BATHS
2,150
SQFT
1616 Washington Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76104
Bondies Sub Subdivision
$399,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BEDS
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,000
SQFT
2200 Alston Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76110
Bellevue Hill Add Subdivision
New Listing - 2 days online
$395,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active Option Contract
3
BEDS
2
TOTAL BATHS
2,072
SQFT
1406 6th Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76104
Johnson Sub Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$310,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active Option Contract
3
BEDS
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,237
SQFT
1120 Lilac Street
Fort Worth, TX 76110
Lawn Place Add Subdivision
$250,000
Land For Sale
Active Option Contract
0.16
ACRES
TARRANT
COUNTY
1408 Lipscomb Street
Fort Worth, TX 76104
Armstrong'S, Geo W Sub Subdivision

Ryan Place

$475,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BEDS
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,827
SQFT
2725 Willing Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76110
Ryan Place Add Subdivision
Price Change - 2 weeks ago
$327,500
Single Family Home For Sale
Active Option Contract
3
BEDS
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,463
SQFT
2314 Ryan Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76110
Ryan Place Add Subdivision
$299,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BEDS
1
TOTAL BATH
1,218
SQFT
1008 W Cantey Street
Fort Worth, TX 76110
South Hemphill Heights Add Subdivision

Arlington Heights

New Listing - a week online
$599,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BEDS
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,424
SQFT
3859 Crestline Road
Fort Worth, TX 76107
Queensborough Heights Add Subdivision
$575,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BEDS
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,542
SQFT
1400 Montgomery Street
Fort Worth, TX 76107
Hi Mount Add Subdivision
$539,000
Townhouse For Sale
Active
3
BEDS
4
TOTAL BATHS
2,983
SQFT
4610 Pershing Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76107
Chamberlain Arlington Hts 1st Subdivision
$494,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BEDS
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,476
SQFT
4036 Dexter Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76107
Queensborough Add Subdivision
Price Change - 2 weeks ago
$478,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BEDS
2
TOTAL BATHS
2,574
SQFT
4803 Calmont Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76107
Chamberlain Arlington Heights 1st Subdivision
New Listing - 3 days online
$439,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
2
BEDS
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,699
SQFT
2017 Thomas Place
Fort Worth, TX 76107
Hillcrest Add Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$439,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BEDS
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,738
SQFT
4425 Pershing Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76107
Chamberlain Arl Heights 1st Add Subdivision
New Listing - a week online
$434,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active Option Contract
2
BEDS
1
TOTAL BATH
1,308
SQFT
2312 Carleton Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76107
Hillcrest Add Subdivision
New Listing - a week online
$425,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
2
BEDS
1
TOTAL BATH
1,456
SQFT
3617 Watonga Street
Fort Worth, TX 76107
Hi Mount Add Subdivision
Price Change - a week ago
$379,999
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BEDS
2
TOTAL BATHS
2,047
SQFT
4307 Calmont Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76107
West Ft Worth Land Co Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$369,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active Option Contract
3
BEDS
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,440
SQFT
4516 Collinwood Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76107
Chamberlain Arlington Heights 1st Subdivision
New Listing - 2 days online
$350,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
2
BEDS
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,184
SQFT
4427 Pershing Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76107
Chamberlain Arl Heights 1st Add Subdivision
New Listing - a week online
$330,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active Option Contract
3
BEDS
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,205
SQFT
3913 Linden Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76107
Queensborough Add Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$325,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
2
BEDS
1
TOTAL BATH
1,162
SQFT
1808 Virginia Place
Fort Worth, TX 76107
Hi Mount Add Subdivision
$299,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
2
BEDS
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,341
SQFT
2208 Thomas Place
Fort Worth, TX 76107
Hillcrest-Addition Fort Worth Block 1 Subdivision
$290,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BEDS
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,586
SQFT
2001 Thomas Place
Fort Worth, TX 76107
Hillcrest Add Subdivision
$275,000
Land For Sale
Active
0.13
ACRES
TARRANT
COUNTY
3809 Washburn Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76107
Queensborough Heights Add Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$269,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active Option Contract
2
BEDS
1
TOTAL BATH
1,140
SQFT
4708 Calmont Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76107
Chamberlain Arlington Heights 1st Subdivision

 

 

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