Homes for sale near Historic Downtown Grapevine offer a short walk to shops, restaurants and more
Located 22 miles northwest of Dallas, Grapevine is a suburban community that offers easy family living. The city is also known for its historic downtown area filled with quaint shops, wineries, art galleries, a boutique hotel, restaurants, and even an old railroad. The city center is surrounded by neighborhoods that give residents easy access to it all.
“Those who are attracted to activities within walking distance tend to choose to live in the Historic Town, a protected historic district located in the center of town,” says Sue Wykes, a Coldwell Banker real estate agent who lives in the Historic Town District of Grapevine. “The town is anchored by a vibrant main street.”
Grapevine was founded in 1844, a year before Texas joined the United States. Tarrant County’s oldest settlement prides itself on its historic preservation and small-town charm, notable qualities in the downtown area. The area hosts 17 festivals annually. Two of the most popular festivals, GrapeFest and Main Street Fest, are centered around family fun, food, and the city’s connection to the wine industry. And you can’t mention Grapevine without talking about the holidays — state lawmakers have declared the city the “Christmas Capital of Texas.”
“Millions of lights and decorations decorate the buildings along Main Street, and there are activities including an old-fashioned tree lighting ceremony, a drone light show, and a Christmas parade,” Wykes says.
Houses in various architectural styles are scattered in the neighborhoods adjacent to the main street. There are Queen Anne homes, Victorian homes, Arts and Crafts era homes, bungalows, and mid-century ranch-style estates. Many of the residences have been modernized and renovated but still have the same facades and structures.
For those looking for a natural escape, the popular Grapevine Lake is located just north of downtown. It covers more than 6,600 acres and is surrounded by miles of hiking and biking trails. “It has a lot to offer outdoor enthusiasts,” Wykes says. “If you are a boating fan, there are two marinas you can choose from to dock your boat.” The Gaylord Texan, a resort hotel with dining and activities for residents and visitors alike, is located on the lakeshore.
Travelers love Grapevine for its proximity to DFW International Airport. “It’s a seven-minute trip from the main Grapevine station on Main Street to DFW International Airport via TexRail,” Wykes explains. “Imagine transporting your luggage to the station and arriving at the station within minutes.”
This is easier for those who make their home in the downtown Grapevine area. Properties on the market now include a historic 1930s estate, a Tudor-inspired country house and a restored 1950s home.
alive: Historic town area Square footage: 6,117 | Price list: $3,495,000
Located just one block from Main Street, this six-bedroom estate features four buildings set on 1.36 acres and spread over two lots. It even has two duplexes, one at 322 E. College St. The other is at 365 E. Hudgins St. Known as the Boone Lipscomb House, it was built in 1934 by the Lipscomb family, pioneers of the Grapevine area. “In 1995, the Livingston family restored the house and opened the doors as their 1934 B&B,” explains Wykes, the listing agent. In 2017, the Cox family purchased the property and renovated the three original buildings, including the main house, cottage and barn. They also added a fourth building, a mobile home.
“It is unique because the maximum square footage allowed in the historic district is 3,400 square feet, and because this property is on two lots, it has the unique ability to accommodate the four buildings and 6,117 square feet of living space,” Wykes says. . “There is no other opportunity to create this type of property in the historic town.”
In the main house, look for a newly added second floor and a reimagined basement space to allow for a more modern lifestyle. “They finished the space with luxury while paying attention to an Art Deco aesthetic to honor the era in which the house was built,” Wykes says. In addition to the cosmetic changes, the home also features a new helical pier foundation, security system and smart home.
The hut, originally a garage, is now a guest house – but the utilitarian look has been protected by the installation of hydraulic transport doors. “It can be used as a flexible space to display a collection of cars or used as a workshop,” says Wykes. The carriage house includes three large car spaces, an RV garage as well as a second floor apartment.
The lumber used to build the property’s red barn came from the Presbyterian church that formerly occupied the land. The barn is currently used as entertainment and storage space. “The house is a landmark, a shining example of what Historic Grapevine has to offer,” Wykes says.
alive: Historic town area Square footage: 2,631 | Price list: $1,150,000
311 Smith St. Set on half an acre, it features three bedrooms in a picturesque Tudor country house. The residence was originally built in 1937 for Hugh Simmons and Mary Virginia Wall, an important family in Grapevine history. In 2019, the house was purchased by Grapevine Historic Homes and extensively renovated. “The living space has been redesigned to accommodate a modern, open layout in the living and kitchen areas while maintaining its English country house roots, with cozy rooms for reading and relaxing,” says Wykes, who is also listing this property.
The bright and bright kitchen offers quartz countertops, a dining bar and gleaming hardwood floors. In the master suite, you can find two walk-in closets and a beautifully finished bathroom with vanity seating and a deep soaking tub. “It’s a favorite neighborhood because of the charming architecture,” Wykes says. “Although it looks like a small cottage from the outside, one is pleasantly surprised by the scope of the interior spaces and the expansive backyard.”
alive: Belair | Square footage: 1,803 | Price list: $520,000
This four-bedroom, three-bathroom 1950s home at 1209 S. Pine St. has been updated. Completely with modern finishes. For example, the master bedroom has a large custom walk-in closet, wood-beamed ceilings, and a stylish bathroom with designer tiles and a feature wall. “You can relax in the master bedroom next to the stone fireplace,” says real estate agent Gina Reyes of Opendoor Brokerage.
The cleanly lined, open plan living room and kitchen face the courtyard and backyard filled with mature trees and greenery. Additionally, the home is located in the sought-after neighborhood of Bellaire. “It’s just a short walk or bike ride from everything downtown Grapevine has to offer,” says Reyes.