Historic Ryan Place Villa with Gorgeous Just Listed Guesthouse

Your Fort Worth Friday correspondent likes to stay on top of the market, so I’m happy this week to bring a great list that’s only been a few hours old. And it’s in my beloved Ryan Place, walking distance from my house.

I admit to being a neighborhood chauvinist in my own right, but Ryan Place has such a rich inventory of beautiful historic homes and such a diverse and tight-knit community of neighbors that I don’t think my pride is misplaced.

Chauvinism aside, this was definitely the list that stood out this week.

Ryan's Historic Site

This classic 1926 vintage villa at 2912 5th Ave. has so much to do before you even open the front door. Mature trees and the tall, proud twin cedars – said to have been planted when the house was built – frame the entrance. Or the balustraded tiled porch that wraps into a verandah under the column, which is perfect for al fresco dining.

The attractive red tiled roof would cost more than half the home’s asking price to install.

Ryan's Historic Site

Historic Ryan Place Villa

I regret the lack of a vestibule to make a good introduction to the living room, but the 3,000-square-foot, three-bedroom, two-and-one-bath home separates into interesting spaces.

The dining area behind the living room is outlined by a pair of Tuscan command columns – in fact, the floor plan is quite versatile. The dining room could be moved to a second living space, leaving the current dining room available for a conservatory.

Ryan's Historic Site
Ryan's Historic Site

Speaking of sunshine, plentiful curtainless windows — many of which stretch between the floors and the ceiling — flood the crisp white rooms with lush light. The original oak hardwoods have been restored to their original condition.

Ryan's Historic Site

The kitchen has been totally revamped with sleek celadon cabinets. Appliances are brand new and include a new one with a top of the line gas cooktop.

Ryan's Historic Site

The ground floor manages to function in a full repertoire of rooms, including a second living room and a cheery breakfast room.

Ryan's Historic Site

The first floor is accessed by a split-level staircase with an arched window.

A bonus room has been converted into a large walk-in closet for the master bedroom, which includes an additional cedar closet. The bathrooms have also been renovated. The larger tub has gleaming white tile flooring, retro-looking marble countertops, and vintage-looking mirrors hanging above twin sinks.

Before leaving the main house, it should be noted that many houses in Ryan Place are equipped with cellars. These offer extra storage space (and – yuck! – refuge during weather alerts).

Income potential

There is a rather elegant little guest house of 60 m². It includes a living area, a kitchenette, a bed and a bathtub. The renovated bathroom is up to the standards of the main house. With a four-car garage, a rental earning perhaps $1,200 a month is possible.

The property sits on nearly half an acre and could easily accommodate a nice pool and additional landscaping for outdoor living.

Patty Williamson of Williams Trew Real Estate offer 2912 5th Ave for $895,000.