As Richard and Martha Linnartz anticipated a career change after 25 years in a wholesale distribution business, as well as the "empty nest" phase of their lives, they decided to "live dangerously". Committed to their belief that a career should be a "treat, not a treatment", they began pursuing their passions.... hospitality and antiques.

After a 2-year search, they discovered this charming plantation-style home in a historic neighborhood near downtown's Sundance Square and the Stockyards Historic District of Fort Worth, TX. This big, beautiful house quickly became a warm, inviting home, as well as the Azalea Plantation B & B.   Along with their son, Lance, now the Historic Azalea Estate is also hosting groups and small weddings.

This stately property was built in the forties by W. I. Browning, a prominent Ft. Worth home builder, and was enjoyed by his own family for 22 years. Later the home underwent major renovations after being purchased by a church as a home for their pastor. It was established as the Azalea Plantation B&B in 1994.