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.
If you aren’t familiar with the Walsh Ranch, here’s a brief history: Located west of Loop 820 in Fort Worth, the Walsh Ranch features 7,200 acres that, for many decades, has been a renowned working cattle ranch. Recently, the ranch has been going through development stages to become a master-planned community that will drastically change the size and landscape of Fort Worth forever.
Now simply known as Walsh (it’s like Madonna, or Pele, or Charo) Phase 1 will consist of over 1,700 acres of new homes — both production and custom — hike and bike trails, amenity centers, public schools, corporate campuses, lagoons, fitness centers, and so much more.
Production builders in Phase 1 of Walsh have already begun model homes in hopes to be ready for an April 2017 unveiling of the community. David Weekley Homes, Drees Homes, Highland Homes, Toll Brothers, and Fort Worth-based Village Homes will feature specifically designed homes to fit into the overall theme of the area.
Prices of the 580 homes to be built in Phase 1 will range from the upper $200s to over $1 million. Of course no one has been able to give this bowtie realtor exact pricing. For family-sized homes plan on $400,000-plus.
This is not just a cozy suburban community. Over the next 40 – 50 years Walsh will have an expected 40,000 to 50,000 residents and over 15,000 homes. This is a mini-city being built between Fort Worth and Aledo. Change is here.
There is so much more to write about this exciting community. There will be a Part Deux of Walsh coming soon where I will go into more detail about the amazing attributes, innovations and planning that make up the biggest change North Texas has seen in years.
That’s all from Tarrant County this week, Dirty Readers. Remember, if you have comments, questions, or ideas for future stories – I’m always here to listen!
Seth Fowler is a licensed real estate sales professional with Williams Trew Real Estate in Fort Worth. Statements and opinions are his own. Seth has been involved in the home sales and real estate business in DFW since 2004. He and his family have lived in the Fort Worth area for over 14 years. Seth also loves bow ties. You can reach Seth at 817.980.6636 or firstname.lastname@example.org.