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Get ready West Fort Worth…this could be you soon

“Come gather ’round people, wherever you roam, and admit that the waters around you have grown…” sang Mr. Bob Dylan in his 1964 hit “The Times They Are A Changin’.”

Obviously Bob was talking about Texas real estate and development when mentioning changin’ and growing waters around us.  While we don’t necessarily have growing waters, the developments and communities in West Tarrant and Parker County sure are a changin’.

In Part One of this recent series of Fort Worth growth, we looked at Walsh and how this new 7,200 acre master planned community will alter the housing landscape forever.

Part Two focused on Walsh and how it is being developed for today and tomorrow with forward-thinking amenities and infrastructure.

We have received a record number of posts, shares and emails in response to these first two articles.  Many of them want us to not only mention the benefits but also the drawbacks that all this new growth and expansion will bring to West Fort Worth/ Aledo areas of Tarrant County.  Thanks to the many who chimed in with thoughts and questions! (more…)

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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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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2216 Wilshire Blvd - bigger than it looks

2216 Wilshire Boulevard – preserves the size and scale from front elevation (photos: Shoot2Sell)

We see them on TV. We hear about them at parties. We can’t seem to get away from people boasting about how they were able to take an older home to the studs and transform it into a new property. Unfortunately, it seems that a great deal of the time, the workmanship and level of finishes leave something to be desired.

Not so for the home at 2216 Wilshire Boulevard in the charming neighborhood of Berkeley Place in Fort Worth.  The sellers knew what they were doing when they tackled this remodel project.  They have completely transformed a small, charming Tudor cottage into a new, exquisite and tasteful home definitely worth seeing.

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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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It's always sunny in Fort Worth

Montgomery Plaza built in 1928 (photos: Trey Freeze)

If you have ever been to Fort Worth you will recognize the Montgomery Ward Building.  Built in 1928 on West 7th St., near the Trinity River and downtown Fort Worth, it was one of the regional retail and mail order warehouses for the retail company, Montgomery Ward.  Numerous Fort Worthians will tell of visits to the mammoth building as youngsters with fond memories.

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