Beautiful Fort Worth House in the News

The home of LeAnn Behrens and David Montague in Fort Worth’s Park Hill neighborhood appears in the Wall Street Journal (wsj) three times, in film, in article, and in photos. I enjoyed all three mediums. The film was made by Rob Alcaraz. The article written by Alina Dizik, and the photos taken by Casey Woods Maddeaux.

Rebuilding After a Fire

David and LeeAnn completed their home in 2017 to replace the one that was lost in a fire when the fire in an outside grill on the deck spread to the house. This house is on the site of the old house. Out of this tragedy, the couple started from a clean slate, with the help of architect Michael Bennett, to build a home where they could display their collections and live and entertain.

A Video Tour

In the video, David leads viewers on a tour of the home from the front door with a welcoming, “Hello I’m David, welcome to our house,” as he opens the front door. The house he describes as a perfect combination for them, combines living areas, art galleries, a library, and museum in 6,000 square feet with 4 bathrooms and plenty of areas to entertain in.

David shows viewers some of the artwork displayed in the house, his collection of books, and some of the building techniques they used on the back deck, like the burned wood siding, a technique he says is from Japan. The burned wood is proper because it reminds them that the original house that stood there burned down. Also, inspired by their survival of the file are the designed-in multiple decks and multiple ways to get out of the house.


“It Makes Sense to Us”

The art and books are all things David and LeeAnn like and have purchased. “It makes sense to us, even if it may not to anyone else,” says David when pointing out some of the art that is paired with one another in the living room. The central gallery space includes more than 20 masks and two Day of the Dead-themed portraits by multimedia artist Dolan Geiman along with a commanding bird sculpture from Africa. Photos of the house can be found at

4,000 Books

Did I mention already that David Montague collects books? His collection of 4,000 books had to be rebuilt from scratch after the fire. The two-story library in his new home includes a fire place with a white plaster representation of the Continental Divide by a local artist and comfortable places to read. In the film tour, David explains that he is collecting some of the original works about the fur trade written by the original mountain men and how that inspired the Continental Divide plaster relief that extends from the first floor of the library to the second floor.

Some of the other interesting features of the house are glass walkways in the upper floor to foster a sense of connections throughout the home, a second-floor coffee bar outside the couple’s master bedroom that opens up to a second floor living room that overlooks the pool in the backyard.

A Red Stove & Day of the Dead Portraits

The pieces that really caught my eye were the red Bertazonni range that gives color to the modern grey-toned kitchen, the 4,000 books (did I say that already?), the two Day of the Dead portraits in the entry hall, and the African Ship sculpture in the living room that is just calling out to be touched.

Okay to Touch

The home does not have a “no touch” policy according to David like a museum would. David says that the art is “pretty much indestructible—they were built for a tribal setting.” As a tactile explorer myself, I am happy to hear that.

Take a look at this beautiful Texas home on the media you like best, or like me, watch, read, and view all three.

This rebuild was way more radical than a standard fix-n-flip, but don’t forget that you too can make a comfortable beautiful home out of a house, one that will hold and display your or your buyer’s treasures. I’m always on the look out for ways to make a fix and flip house stand out.

Let me know if I can be of help to you this month. I can be reached at


Austin, Texas



Dizik, Alina, 2019, A Texas Home That’s Part Library, Part Gallery, wsj

Maddeaux, Casy Woods, 2019, A Fort Worth home Built Around a Couple’s Collections, wsj photo article.

Alcaraz, Rob, 2019, A Home Built to Be a Live-In Museum and Expansive library, wsj video

Photo credit: Caroistda [CC BY-SA 4.0 (



A Town with a Trail

Fort Worth

A good real estate property hunter follows the flow of people. And, like the birds that love the water, people too are flocking to the rivers and bayous of Texas. As they follow the new jobs and other opportunities opening up in Texas, they are especially drawn to the waterways and trails that offer walking, biking, boating, and horseback riding. I think of trails as places of freedom, where one can move about, rehabilitate, breathe fresh air, see new things, and even talk with a cousin as you walk along.

Young professionals and families who have lived in the really big cities like New York and Los Angeles are seeing Texas trail towns as good places to call home. According to an article in the wsj by Alina Dizik, they are buying homes in Fort Worth to get better prices on larger luxury homes, walkable neighborhoods, and a yard for their dog. In Fort Worth, they also can get access to the Trinity River Trail and proximity to the city’s cultural district if they so choose.


The Trinity Trails System

The Trinity Trails are a system of trails along or near the Trinity River in Fort Worth. There are over 40 miles of trails along the river and its tributaries. The trail network connects with 21 parks, the Fort Worth Botanical Garden, The Japanese Garden, Log Cabin Village, the Fort Worth Zoo, the historic Stockyards, and downtown. You could disappear for a whole weekend on that trail and never be bored.

The Trinity Trail also offers 17 trailheads for picnics and rest stops, five boat launches for canoes, kayaks, and sculls, a water-ski slalom course and fishing in a number of spots. For a map of the trail, visit

Fruitful Hunting

You might want to consider looking for flip-n-fix properties in the areas along this trail. Although the Wall Street Journal article was talking mostly about luxury homes, it did mention a rehab that the owner undertook themselves. Your hunt for the perfect, or at least interesting and profitable, fix-n-flip property might bear fruit in this area.

If you find a deal, give me a call for a quick gap loan to secure the property or for a full fix-n-flip rehabilitation loan. You can e-mail too. I can help with loans in the DFW metro area.

Pat St. Cin


Austin, Texas


Dizik, A. As Homebuyers Flock in, Fort Worth Embraces its Cowtown Reputation. WSJ, January 17, 2019.

Nashua River Rail Trail 3 photo by Photo by White, Michael A. at English Wikipedia [Public domain], from Wikimedia Commons.