Oktoberfest: JZ Client Appreciation Party

We celebrated Oktoberfest with our clients at Wild Acre Brewing Company. It’s an honor to work hard for them every day.  Wild Acre Brewing Company opened just 2 years ago and is producing some of this city’s best beer. Our team raised a glass in celebration our incredible clients who have made this year’s success a possibility.


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We also celebrated the fantastic team at Fidelity Title, who make closing a breeze for our clients. Thank you to everyone at The Baker Firm  for your continued friendship and business support!

Your real estate goals are mine, so please reach out if you need help buying or selling a home.

#JZFortWorth #CelebratingClients #FortWorthRealEstate#1AgentFortWorth


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107 Nueces Trail | Aledo, TX | Preview Party 🎉🎉

Perfectly positioned overlooking the vast expanse of the Texas countryside, 107 Nueces Trail features breathtaking views and exquisite design details throughout the 19,265-square foot residence. A bold blend of Mediterranean and traditional architectural styles, this unique family home simultaneously exudes rustic elegance and refined comfort. Seven beautifully designed bedrooms provide the perfect retreat for family and guests alike, while multiple living spaces offer a warm and inviting place for gatherings large and small. Entertaining on a grand scale is made simple with a commercial-grade kitchen, a wet bar near the home theater, and a 1,000-bottle wine cellar. Outside, feast your eyes on over 100 sweeping acres from the resort-style pool or covered terrace. This scenic sanctuary is designed to deliver an ideal balance of style, functionality, and luxurious comfort – all conveniently located just half an hour from the bustling city of Fort Worth.


On the evening of August 29th, friends and clients visited this expansive one-of-a-kind luxury estate for a Preview Party.

To view the full gallery of photos from the evening, please visit: HERE


To view incredible property photos of 107 Nueces Trail, please visit: HERE. You may also register for the auction scheduled for 9/21/17.


  • 111.97 acres | 19,265 sf | 7 Bedrooms | 6 Full & 6 Half Baths
  • Kitchen 1| Breakfast bar; Built-in cabinets; Built-in Scotsman icemaker; Built-in Wolf microwave; Dual Subzero Built-in refrigerator/freezer; Wolf Commercial grade range – 6 gas burner with grill; Commercial grade vent; Convection oven; Butler’s pantry; Dual sinks; Eat-in kitchen; Farm sink; Dual Miele dishwashers; Disposal; Double oven – gas; Island; Natural stone/granite; Pot filler; Walk-in pantry; Subzero wine fridge, barreled brick ceiling, wood beams
  • Kitchen 2 “Dirty Kitchen” | Own sprinkler system, Dual Kitchen Aid Commercial Grade Refrigerator/Freezer, Stainless steel prep area with sink, 3 sinks, Jackson brand commercial dishwasher, walk-in pantry, 4 commercial grade ovens, 10 gas burners, 2 pot fillers
  • Dining room
  • Living room | Built-ins, See thru fireplace
  • Interior Features | Built-in wine cooler; Cable TV available; Decorative lighting; Elevator; Flat screen wiring; High speed internet available; Loft; Multiple staircases; Paneling; Smart home system; Vaulted ceilings; Wet bar
  • Master Bedroom | Fireplace; Coffee bar; Mini Fridge; Sitting area; Balcony; Walk-in closets; Steam shower; Shower body sprays; Separate vanities; Separate shower; Heated floors; Linen closet; Custom stone bath tub; Dual sinks; Hair wash station; Cedar closet
  • Second Master Bedroom | Adjoined to Master – “Snoring Room”; Linen closet; Walk-in closets; Balcony
  • 5 guest bedrooms | Walk-in closets | En-Suite Bathrooms
  • Utility room | Built-in cabinets; Drip/Dry area; Dryer hookup – electric; Washer hookup; Full size W/D area; Linen closet; Sink
  • Library/study | Fireplace, built-in shelves, balcony
  • Game Room | See-Thru fireplace to bar area, patio access – patio with turf and firepit
  • Custom Bar | Lonesome Dove theme mural, See-thru fireplace, Copper bar top and sink, double mug chiller/drink cooler, Scotsman ice machine, 2 wine refrigerators, patio access
  • Custom Home Theatre | 8 theatre chairs, granite bar with 4 barstools
  • Dog Room with 4 built-in kennels, dog wash, doggy door to dog patio with turf
  • Wine Room | Built-in Barrel Tables, leather bench, cabinets – glass ceiling (entry way walk through)
  • Fitness Room | Mirrored wall, Rubber floor, patio access
  • Spa | Subzero mini fridge, Jacuzzi tub, steam shower, steam room, nail salon chair, half bath, patio access – looks over waterfall and pool
  • Mudroom (Basement) | Washer/Dryer, Dual Refrigerator/Freezer, Built-in Cabinets, Granite Counters, Adjoining Craft/Wrapping Room with built-in cabinets & storage, storage closet
  • Safe Room (Basement)
  • Alarm/Security | Burglar; Carbon Monoxide detector; Exterior security lights; Fire sprinkler system; Fire/smoke; Monitored; Owned; Pre-wired; Smoke detector
  • Exterior features | Attached grill; Balcony; Covered porches; Guest quarters; Gutters; Lighting system; Outdoor fireplace/pit; Outdoor living center; Covered patio; Separate entry quarters; Sprinkler system, Turf, Landscaping – Aledo Environmental, half bath with urinal, double staircase to upstairs balcony
  • Outdoor Bar | Large center island with sink, dual Subzero mini refrigerators, commercial grade ice machine (Hoshizaki), dual drink cooler boxes, Spanish tile counters
  • Pool features | Cleaning system; Diving; Heated; In ground gunite; Saltwater pool; Water Feature
  • 7-car garage
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Lauren Childs’ Brainchild

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Photos courtesy of Fort Works Art (Current Exhibit by Jay Wilkinson) 

Cowtown. Panther City. The Gateway to the West. Few cities have such a cultural juxtaposition as Fort Worth. Where else can you go see a cattle drive in the morning, spend the afternoon in a world-class museum, and then go to an international music competition in the evening? While many think of cows and cowboys when they think of Fort Worth, an increasing number of people know that Fort Worth is home to some of the best art in the nation.

Lauren Childs is a big name in the rapidly burgeoning Fort Worth art scene. Owner of Fort Works Art and one of the forces behind the Fort Worth Art Dealers twice-yearly Gallery Nights, Lauren is showing local artists that is it possible to stay in Fort Worth and be a success.

A Fort Worth girl, Lauren has been an artist her whole life. At Trinity Valley, she was fortunate to study under artists Dale Conner and John Moore, but at the time, she felt that the theater was where she was meant to be. Following her dream of being an actress to Northwestern University, she soon realized that the theater was really not where she was meant to be, and so she came home.

Regrouping, Lauren enrolled at the University of Texas at Arlington. There, she studied under the man she calls her mentor, Benito Huerta. Lauren became Huerta’s personal assistant. Not only did Lauren help catalogue works at the University gallery, she helped plan and execute presentations and installations. This gave her a grounding in the mechanics and business of the art world, something that young artists do not necessarily think about when starting their careers.

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Lauren is the co-founder of the United Voice Collective, a group established to support various charities through pop up shows. She is also the artist behind Sandscapes Artisan Designs, a high-end specialty painting and design company. It was while designing and creating specialty art pieces for clients that Lauren started to see the art collections of her clients. Yes, Fort Worth has three world-class museums, but it also has some world-class collectors. Which got Lauren to thinking.

Why do young artists feel like they need to leave to become successful? Why couldn’t Fort Worth support a viable art scene, where artists can live and work as artists? The combination of museums, the university, and her understanding of behind-the-scenes mechanics of the art world she learned while working under Huerta, Lauren has created Fort Works Art. Fort Works Art is located in what used to be a magazine publishing building and is more than a traditional art gallery. They provide a space for both established and up-and-coming artists to show their work to the public. In addition, through their support of Gallery Nights, Fort Works Art is bringing together artists and non-traditional venues to bring art to an ever-increasing audience. It also allows Lauren the opportunity to help young artists learn the business of the art world while providing her the opportunity to continue creating the art which feeds her soul. All right here in Cowtown, the Gateway to the West.

Next Event:

Tuesday, July 25, 2017
6:00pm 8:00pm

Los Fantasmas Ambulantes Artist Talk

Featuring the art of John Carlisle Moore, Elizabeth Bowie, Byrd Williams IV, and Wally Knight.

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JZ Realtor Networking Event

JZ Networking Event

On the morning of July 20th, 2017, the John Zimmerman team hosted a Realtor Networking Event to help the community meet new agents and seasoned agents with our gorgeous listing at 9517 Bella Terra Drive as the backdrop.

Many local vendors participated by and engaged with the attendees through displaying their products and services.

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Artist Trish Wise brought her beautiful watercolor renderings of interiors and exteriors of homes.

John Zimmerman entertained the agents as they networked and viewed our gorgeous Montserrat estate.

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David Hayes of Coffee Experience served up delicious locally roasted coffee with their special pour over technique. Michael Hoover and his daughter enjoyed the delicious pastries from The Black Rooster Cafe.

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Kelly Zinke Forrester of Zinke Stoltz Image Consulting demonstrated her talent in custom color matching. Maurcio Gutierrez our go-to hair stylist for the JZ Team was on hand for some easy hair styles for work or play.

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The pool house at 9517 Bella Terra Drive was buzzing with activity with the team from Eyeworks. Sunglasses for these bright sunny days were in order!

If you’d like to collaborate with the John Zimmerman team, please call or text 817.784.7269. We’d love to be a part of your next event or have you as part of ours. If you are in the market to buy or sell a home, please call us today!

#JZFortWorth #BriggsFreeman #Sothebys


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Fort Worth Derby!

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John Zimmerman donates $5000

WestAid needs more hands and hearts to fight hunger in Southwest Fort Worth


“Making it” can be hard when you’re doing it by yourself, said Shakela Noble. The 31-year-old single mother of two doesn’t really like to ask for help. She has a full-time job as a Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) at a local nursing home. But when her bills get to be more than she can handle, she’s thankful to God that she has somewhere to turn for one of life’s most basis necessities: food.

“Someone in the neighborhood told me about WestAid,” said Shakela. “It helped me so much at that time, because it allowed me and my child to make it a little bit longer.”

This faith-based food panty located off Camp Bowie West in Fort Worth has been making lives easier for thousands of Southwestern Tarrant County residents for the past 30 years.


In 2016, WestAid served 10,000 households, which included families experiencing various economic challenges like job loss, severe injury, and unexpected life expenses that make buying food more difficult, explained executive director William Pherigo. And of course, for many of those households, hungry kids are part of the equation.

As one of the oldest food panties in Fort Worth, WestAid tries to help the 26 percent of children living in Tarrant County who are food insecure, meaning they don’t have enough nutritious food to eat most of the time.

Falling into food insecurity is a lot easier than most people think, said William. All it takes is the main breadwinner losing a job or suffering a traumatic injury that prevents continued employment. Without a network of support, families have nowhere to turn, he explained. “And jobs aren’t as secure as they once where.”


For people like Shakela, making it on a low-wage salary with two kids is nearly impossible. The average pay rate for a CMA in Fort Worth is under $14 an hour.

“I think WestAid is a good blessing for this neighborhood,” said Shakela. “A lot of people over here are struggling.” When she moved to Fort Worth from a small town in Michigan back in 2014, she was surprised at how expensive her utilities bills were each month.

“When I go to WestAid, I actually don’t have the money to get food,” said Shakela. The food pantry is not a service she ever wants to use. In fact, she’s only been there about a dozen times in the past three years.

“If I know I have a little bit to make it, I want that resource for somebody that’s worse off than me,” said Shakela.

The food pantry, which is set up like a small convenient store, is packed with staples like Cheerios, peanut butter, canned goods, bread, fresh vegetables, rice, and tuna. Clients who qualify (which means they live at or near the poverty line) can shop for food and supplies once a month. But William rarely turns down somebody in need, regardless of income restrictions or paperwork.


“Every month, if somebody comes in and says ‘we need food,’ we give them food,” said William. “But it means we have be creative sometimes.” With an annual budget of just $215,000 and only two full-time employees, WestAid struggles to feed all the families and homeless individuals who walk through its doors.

John Zimmerman donates $5000

Director William Pherigo and Board Member Jon Synder accepting a $5000 donation from John Zimmerman, Executive Vice President, Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty.

“We’re trying to be more visible,” said William. That’s more visible to those in need and to future volunteers and donors throughout Tarrant County. WestAid wants to be more than just an emergency food pantry, explained William. It wants to be an agency that provides clients with nutritious foods everyday — because consistent, quality food is what it takes to create the next generation of leaders in our community. Learn more or how to help today at or by emailing


WestAid By The Numbers

10,000 households helped in 2016

Provides food to nearly 50 people a day

Zip codes served: 76107, 76116, 76126, 76109

Opened 5 days a week (Monday – Friday)

Sarah Angle John Zimmerman blogFor more than a decade, Sarah Angle has worked as a Texas-based writer. She began her career as a daily newspaper reporter and photographer, and now splits her time between journalism and marketing communications. Since starting her own freelance writing business, Sarah has worked for brands such as: Frito-Lay, RadioShack, Dairy Queen, Honda, Sid Richardson Art Museum, Samsung, and Pizza Inn. As a journalist, her work has been published in the Washington Post, Boys’ Lifemagazine, Texas Observer, Fort Worth Weekly, The Dallas Morning News, and 360 Westmagazine. In 2014, she won first place from the Association of Alternative Newsmedia for her feature story “From the Land of the Lost.” The following year, she earned a fellowship from the Investigative Reporters and Editors organization and became a board member for the Society of Professional Journalists, Forth Worth chapter. Currently, she teaches in the School of Strategic Communication at TCU.

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Powers’ Trip


Republished with permission from

Photography by Alex Lepe  

It was, as Chris Powers acknowledges, “the epitome of what was wrong with the economy.” Only, “I didn’t know it back then.” A freshman at TCU interested in business, Powers befriended Adam Blake, a TCU student who was already buying houses around the university and later hit the headlines when he bought the Electric Building downtown as a 24-year-old.

The strategy Powers learned from Blake during that era of loose money: “You could go downtown to Countrywide Financial and get a loan with 3 percent down and 6 percent cash back at closing.” Buy the home, lease it to a tenant, take the deal back to the bank for a refi. “Now I can start borrowing against that,” Powers recalls.

By the time Powers graduated early from TCU at age 21, using that strategy, he owned eight single-family homes around TCU. And he’d launched a real estate management business with a web site, running 40-50 units and earning bonuses if he got higher rents than the property owners had been making.

From there, Powers quickly moved on bigger real estate deals. Today, he’s taken the lead among several developers in rebranding 275 acres overlooking the Trinity River off of White Settlement Road in west Fort Worth, with a goal of redeveloping it into a luxury mixed-use hub for residents of Westover Hills, Westworth Village, and Arlington Heights. Powers, who does business today under his Fort Capital banner, says the firm has done $78 million in projects in six years and has $55-$60 million in assets under management. That’s a long resume and expansive portfolio for a 29-year-old.

To read the full article from FWinc. by Scott Nishimura, visit: HERE

We were able to visit with Chris Powers about one of his most recent projects located close to the Cultural District and West 7th areas of Fort Worth, called The Foundry Town Homes. When asked about distinguishing features of the project Powers replied, “they are set apart from others in the area not only because of their clean architectural appeal but also the quality finishes and luxurious amenities found inside. With expertly thought out floor plans and our implementation of smart home technology, our town homes are thoughtfully designed to help support a serenely efficient lifestyle.  

To learn more about The Foundry, please visit:

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The Squire Shop’s Steve Humble


In 1973 Lawton Oklahoma native, Steve Humble moved to Fort Worth upon graduating from Cameron University and went to work for the late great Henry Luskey. Over the next 20 years Steve became a fixture at Henry’s and fast friends with everyone who walked through the door. That’s the thing about Steve; even if you just met him five minutes ago you feel like you’ve known him forever. It’s a rare quality through which he has built his business.

Henry’s closed in 1993, and having made so many friends in the clothing business over the previous 20 years, it was a natural progression for Steve to strike out on his own. In 1994, The Squire Shop was born. For 22 years now The Squire Shop has been the go-to men’s clothing store in Fort Worth and it’s easy to see why. Not only can they outfit you for a board meeting, a black tie event, a casual evening with friends, and a day on the boat, they will encourage you to hang out a bit, have a cold beer, and watch some football. No wonder men have been shopping at the Squire Shop for over two decades. In fact, many of their TCU customers’ dads were customers when they were at TCU.

Not only are The Squire Shop’s clientele bridging the generation gap, Squire Shop management is doing the same. In November of last year Steve’s son, Todd, joined his dad full time in running the day to day operations. There’s no retirement on the horizon for Steve though. As he says, “Every weekend I can’t wait until Monday morning.” It’s plain to see The Squire Shop is truly a family business.

It’s also a growing business. Shortly after Todd (an Oklahoma University grad) joined Steve, they bought an existing men’s store called Threads, in Norman, OK. Located in the bustling Campus Corner area across the street from OU, Threads has thrived. As with The Squire Shop, Steve and Todd have evolved their collections at Threads, shifting the overall look of their offerings younger as trends become increasingly casual. As a result, both shops are now busier than ever.

The big secret to Steve’s success is the simple fact that he really likes people and they really like him. No matter what the situation or venue, whether you’re shopping for a new shirt, cheering on The Frogs at TCU football game or you just happen to run into him having dinner with his family at The Original, Steve will always have a kind word and a warm handshake for you. Future generations will be glad to know he has passed that inimitable trait to his son, too. It’s safe to say the sartorial needs of the men of Fort Worth and Norman will be in good hands for years to come.

The Squire Shop: 4516 Hartwood Drive | Fort Worth | 76109 | 817.927.8722

Threads: 566 Buchanan Avenue | Norman | 73069 | 405.701.8686

photo credit: Reverie Photo Co.


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Home Runs for Horned Frogs


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Luxury at Eagle Mountain Lake

Tucked neatly into the northwest corner of Tarrant County, just a short 25 minute drive from downtown Fort Worth, lies Eagle Mountain Lake. Not only is Eagle Mountain one of the most beautiful lakes in North Texas, its proximity to Fort Worth makes it perhaps the best spot for lake living near the city.  At 8,694 acres it is large enough for all the water sports, pleasure cruising, and fishing you could wish for, but small enough that you never feel lost or overwhelmed by it.

There are numerous parks and hiking trails located around the lake and the many hills and bluffs surrounding it offer beautiful 360 degree views. Eagle Mountain Park, located on the western shores of the lake is a gorgeous 400-acre conservation area created primarily for hiking and recreation with over 5 miles of well-maintained hiking trails. The trail system is made up of six separate trails highlighted by a short quarter mile “Overlook Trail” with great views of Eagle Mountain Lake.


Eagle Mountain isn’t generally considered a destination lake for fisherman, but those who know will tell you the fishing here is a well kept secret. With plenty of bass, catfish, and crappie chances are great you will catch a lot of fish and some of them might just be wall hangers. In fact, the lake record largemouth bass is 11.65 pounds!

The lake has a large and active sailing and power boating community with many dedicated water skiers and wakeboarders. The epicenter of the sailing activities is the Fort Worth Boat Club, however, the Boat Club is by no means the only game in town. There are several marinas around the lake with fuel stations and boats for rent. Despite its proximity to the greater Fort Worth area, Eagle Mountain is rarely crowded. There’s always plenty of room for skiing and boating.


Another thing Eagle Mountain is known for is the fabulous lake homes that dot its shoreline. The lake was created by damming of the West Fork of the Trinity River in 1932. Shortly thereafter folks started building homes and residential development has continued non-stop from the very beginning. While some of those beautiful old homes are still there, some truly spectacular modern homes have been built too. 8900 Crest Ridge is one of those.


This extraordinary waterfront home in a gated community features five spacious en-suite bedrooms, multiple living areas, a stately study with floor to ceiling bookshelves, a theatre, and majestic panoramic views of Eagle Mountain Lake. The very nicely appointed chef’s kitchen opens onto a large family room with a fabulous wet bar, and the many open spaces indoors and out make this home perfect for entertaining friends and family in a unique and fun environment. With a private two-story boat dock and a resort style backyard that features meticulous landscaping, a heated pool with spa, and a putting green, this home is the envy of Eagle Mountain Lake.


For more information about this stunning and extraordinary lakefront property, visit:

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Call 817.247.6464 to schedule a tour

John Zimmerman

Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty

3131 W. 7th Street, 4th Floor

Fort Worth, Texas 76107


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