Enchanting home designed by Charles Dilbeck

5001 Westridge in England … actually Fort Worth (pPhotos: Trey Freeze Photography)

Charles Dilbeck was a renowned architect of the early 20th Century that designed over 600 homes in Dallas and Fort Worth.  Unlike many architects that stay in the same style or genre, Dilbeck designed homes in a variety of styles throughout his career.

This Dilbeck design at 5001 Westridge Avenue is a French Eclectic home built in the mid-1930s.

To say this home is unique is an understatement.  From the location of the home to the long and winding entrance from the privacy gate to the exterior materials used to the nooks-and-crannies of the interior, this home is truly enchanting!

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Ashton likes boxing and guns so there! Amazing

Will Ashton Theiss win The Amazing Race? Watch Thursdays at 9 p.m. on CBS

Fort Worth real estate agent Ashton Theiss of Rogers Healy & Associates will be a contestant in the upcoming television reality show The Amazing Race.  The first episode airs this Thursday on CBS 11 at 9 p.m.

If you have never seen The Amazing Race (me included) it is a show where 11 pairs of eager contestants travel the globe racing against one another and time to accomplish tasks and show feats of strength first in order to take home a $1 million prize.

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Walsh Parkway Bridge

The Walsh Ranch Parkway bridge is a new addition to I-30 West and leads to Walsh

In Part 1 of discussing Fort Worth’s newest development, Walsh, we looked at how the landscape of West Fort Worth will soon change forever.  With the development opening soon (they say April 2017) there will soon be over 500 new homes under construction.

For Part 2, I would like to tell you about the innovations, schools and planning that will contribute into making Walsh a community for now and for the future.

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Wouldn't you like to have your own exit?

Walsh Ranch Parkway will forever change the face of West Fort Worth

One Spring Break when I was a frustrated teenager, I went to spend a few days with my cool Uncle Tony in Dallas.  He was (and still is) a real mover-and-shaker and was a blast to hang out with.  I’ll never forget what he would constantly pound into my brain when we would talk about life and future: “Accept and expect change.”

Those words have stayed with me even now as a frustrated 40-something. Accept and expect change. Are there truer words than these?

The city of Fort Worth is about to meet change head-on.  Soon, Walsh Ranch is expected to be open for business, and that means major changes are about to happen to West Fort Worth.

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1317 Belle Place in Fort Worth (photos: Roxanne Barton with Tour Factory)

Why do people like looking at homes?  Why are there so many viewers on various sites that deal with homes and design and decoration?  Why do you read CandysDirt.com?  I’ll tell you why … it’s because we like the element of surprise.

Homes are simply sticks-and-bricks.  I know, I know — they come in different shapes and sizes but they all have an entry, living area, kitchen, hallways, bedrooms and bathrooms.  No surprise there … People love seeing a home that comes with a surprise.  Whether it is a hidden closet under the stairs, or a creative way to situate a kitchen that is what people crave.  We all want a surprise that makes the home unique and makes us want that home.

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Isn't this a great shot?

4710 Dexter Avenue – brownstone townhome Cowtown style (photos: Trey Freeze Media)

Isn’t it interesting that newer homes that look and feel like older, classically designed homes sell faster and for more money than homes that have no real architectural value or distinction?

Did you know that a brownstone townhome, when used in the urban residential vernacular, doesn’t technically mean the home is made of brown stone?  A wise person once told me to “learn something new every single day.”  A brownstone townhome can be made of brick or stucco of any color and still have the architectural resemblance of the townhomes built in New York City in the 1800s.

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See Miles and Miles of Texas

153 Crown Ridge Court – surrounded by trees and views.

How does that great Bob Wills song go…

I saw miles and miles of Texas … all the stars up in the sky … I saw miles and miles of Texas … gonna live here ’til I die.”

Surely Mr. Wills was thinking about the home for sale at 153 Crown Ridge Court in Covered Bridge Canyon of Fort Worth when he sang that song, because this home has a view to die for.

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4105 Rowan Drive in the evening

4105 Rowan Drive was made for this homesite (photos: Realty Pro Shots)

Did you ever see the movie “On Golden Pond” with Henry Fonda, Kathryn Hepburn, and Jane Fonda?  I remember being extremely bored by the movie (I was way too young back then), but I remember the scenes where the characters would sit at their house and enjoy the view of the lake.  Peaceful, tranquil, serene views, to say the least.  I remember thinking that one day I wanted to live on a lake after seeing that movie.

If you like to see a view from your home, I have the perfect home for you — 4105 Rowan Drive is a home that makes you want to grab your hammock, pour a glass of lemonade and enjoy your surroundings.

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