August 11 2022
If you spend late nights scrolling Zillow and thumbing through design magazines or Sunday afternoons puttering along at eight miles an hour gawking at houses, you’re in good company. We have major mansion envy for these five incredible Westover Hills homes. While they aren’t currently on the market, we can’t help but imagine what it would be like to set up shop in one of these bad boys.
Remind me where Westover Hills is
A suburb of Fort Worth, the town of Westover Hills is an independent municipality between Ridgmar and Arlington Heights. The 455-acre neighborhood has less than 750 residents and was once the wealthiest location in Texas per capita. The land was originally owned by Amon G. Carter and the properties were developed by architect A.C. Luther in the 1930s.
The house was built for Anne Valliant Burnett Windfohr Tandy. | Photo courtesy of the LOC
🏠 The Tandy House | 1400 Shady Oaks Ln.
Known also as the Hunter Barrett House, this 20,000-sqft house was the last residential project of famous Chinese-American architect I.M. Pei. The 1969 textured concrete and marble creation was owned by 6666 Ranch heiress Anne Marion and housed a portion of her 200+ piece art collection that sold for $157.2 million after her death in 2020.
The Bass' were 28 years old when the house was designed. | Photo courtesy of the Paul Rudolph Estate
🏠 The Bass Residence | 1801 Deepdale Dr.
Renowned architect Paul Rudolph designed this four-story home in 1970 for Sid R. Bass and the late Anne H. Bass. The 16,346-sqft home with floating planes and a 40-foot cantilever was the architect’s largest single-family project and received a 25 Year Honor Award from AIA Fort Worth. Fun fact: The steel-and-glass mansion once housed Anne Bass’ $363 million art collection.
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Distillery Tour, Tasting + Cocktail | Wed., June 22 | 5-6 p.m. | Blackland Distillery, 2616 Weisenberger St. | $30 | Kick back in the cocktail lounge + enjoy a tasting flight of ultra-premium spirits. 🥃
- Delicious Dim Sum | Thurs., June 23 | 7 p.m. | Sur La Table, 1151 E. Southlake Blvd., Ste. 340, Southlake | $79 | Practice the steps to make the perfect dumplings + three other bite-sized favorites. 🥟
- The Music of Pink Floyd | Fri., June 24 | 8:30 p.m. | Fort Worth Botanic Garden | $25+ | The Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra is collaborating with a rock band to perform Pink Floyd’s classics. 🎸
- Lemonade Club | Sat., June 25 | 10:30-11:30 a.m. | Fort Worth Public Library - Summerglen, 4205 Basswood | Free | Bring your kids (grades K-5) to meet, drink lemonade, color + listen to a chapter or two together. 🍋
Nikon Next Steps | Sat., June 25 | 11 a.m.-1 p.m. | Fort Worth Camera School of Photography, 6483 Camp Bowie Blvd. | $75 | Work hands-on with an instructional team to enhance your photography skills. 📸
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Last week the State Board of Education approved a new performing arts charter school in the 76104 zip code. The Academy of Visual and Performing Arts will start with 6th and 7th grades and eventually expand through 12th grade. The school’s opening date or final location has not been announced. 🏫 (Fort Worth Report)
Starting Wed., Sept. 7, Fort Worth-based American Airlines will stop flying to Toledo, OH; Ithaca, NY; and Islip, NY due to a pilot shortage. These routes are flown by regional carriers owned by American Airlines — like American Eagle — and have been impacted the most by the shortage. ✈️ (The Dallas Morning News)
Our mouths are watering over Peach Fest featuring The Peach Truck at Westcliff Shopping Center (3548 S. Hills Ave.) on Fri., June 24. Stop by from 2-5 p.m. for peach cocktails, ice cream, and grilling demos. Bonus: Wear your peachiest attire for a chance to win a $50 gift card. 🍑
Five aspiring playwrights will have their scripts read by professional actors as part of Circle Theatre’s High School Playwriting Project. Head to Texas Wesleyan University on Sun., June 26 at 7 p.m. for the reading + a picnic with Pepe’s Taqueria. Use the code “HSPP” to get free tickets.
No. 49. That’s how Fort Worth ranked on WalletHub’s list of 2022's Best- and Worst-Run Cities. The survey compares the quality of services that residents receive to the city’s total budget. Cowtown ranked second in Texas behind Arlington (No. 25) but outstripped Houston (No. 82), Austin (No. 85), and Dallas (No. 101).
Bandaids for ballgames? The Texas Rangers are hosting a blood drive with Carter BloodCare at Globe Life Field in Arlington on Sat., July 2 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Each donor will receive a voucher good for two upper-level tickets for the 2022 season. ⚾ (NBC DFW)
Break out the sparklers — There will be two Fourth of July celebrations this year that you don’t want to miss. Float down the Trinity River to see the largest fireworks show in North Texas at Fort Worth’s Fourth or march along to patriotic songs at the Concerts in the Garden. 🇺🇲
A Fort Worth energy company partnered with EnCap Investments to create Double Eagle Energy Holdings IV and Tumbleweed Royalty IV to invest in oil, gas, and mineral investments in the Permian Basin. The entities received minor investments from Apollo Natural Resource funds and Magnetar Capital. (Fort Worth Inc.)
Whoopsie. On Monday, we reported that two pianists received gold medals in the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. Yuchan Lim received gold, while Dmytro Choni received bronze. DYK: Yuchan was the youngest gold medalist in competition history — you can watch one of his winning performances here.
“Real estate resiliency.” The term coined by Opendoor to describe the dedicated approach to home ownership displayed by home buyers + sellers across the country, despite the highly competitive housing market. 🏡*
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Despite low housing inventory, rising mortgage rates, and inflation, the DFW housing market is still ramping up. A new report from HomesUSA said that the number of new home sales has risen for the third month in a row with 1,374 sales and 1,663 pending contracts in May. The average home in DFW sells for $486,172 — a $72,000 increase since May 2021.
The DFW metroplex — and Texas as a whole — is breaking the national trend that shows a 16.6% decrease in new home sales over the last few months.
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