Makerspace manager Scott Sumner teaches residents about a wood carving machine.

It’s summertime!  Time for kids to swim, sleep until noon, and forget everything they learned from the school year, right?  Not so says the creators of the makerspace initiative in Fort Worth’s newest luxury home development of Walsh.

What’s a Makerspace?

According to our friends at, “a makerspace is a collaborative workspace inside a school, library or separate public/private facility for making, learning, exploring and sharing that uses high tech to no tech tools.

Okay, but what does that mean and what does that have to do with real estate?

Bringing the community together and inspiring minds of all ages is the goal of the Walsh makerspace.

The makerspace in Walsh, just 13 minutes west of downtown Fort Worth, is run by Scott Sumner.  His job is to showcase all the amazing ways kids of any age can learn how to design, create and produce just about anything.

“If they come with an idea, we can pretty much make it happen,” claims Sumner.  “We have machines for laser cutting, screen printing, woodworking, sewing, 3D printers and so much more.  My job is to teach everyone what’s available and to explore the possibilities.”


Amon Carter didn’t actually christen Fort Worth as the place “where the west begins”  — it was a visiting mayor from the small town of Munday who came up with the moniker that Carter placed on the front page of his newspaper, The Fort Worth Star-Telegram, where it has remained to this day.

West certainly seems to be the direction Fort Worth is marching — think Montserrat and Mira Vista, all built on former ranch land. And then there is Walsh Ranch. We’ve been watching Walsh from the beginning. Barely more than one years old, with Phase 1 still to be completed, I thought it was worth another look.

And Walsh Ranch has to be seen to be believed. Vast, over eleven square miles, straddling two counties, Walsh seems like remote, rolling country, though (as has been frequently noted) it is a straight 15 minute shot on the West Freeway, (aka Interstate Highway 30) from downtown.

Eventually, over 50,000 people are expected to live here requiring substantial infrastructure building, including the rather beautiful Westside Water Treatment Plant which I toured. Aledo schools are an additional draw though 12 more schools are slated for construction. (more…)

One of the first completed homes in Walsh

13809 Green Elm Road still has that new home smell. (photos: Shoot2Sell)

News Flash: Life happens.  As a real estate sales professional, when a buyer tells me they’re looking for their “Forever Home” I smile and nod, but inside I know life happens … even in Walsh.

Buyers of all ages, sizes, price points all want (or think they want) that perfect home that meets their needs, and where they’ll live for a long time.  Then, yep, life happens.  Households grow, shrink, age, get transferred, make less money, make more money, or just want something different.



Activities at the village market and maker space. (Photo: Richard W. Rodriguez)

From Staff Reports

Walsh is now home to Fort Worth’s newest makerspace. The Walsh Makerspace, located in the heart of the growing 7,200-acre neighborhood in west Fort Worth, is the first of its kind to be built from the ground up around a new development, and is available to residents and the public.


With a thoughtful balance of nature, modern technology and the amenities of a small town, Walsh is poised to be the next great neighborhood of Fort Worth.

Set among the beautiful Texas prairies, it’s easy to forget Walsh is located just 12 minutes west of downtown Fort Worth where Interstate 20 and I-30 merge. At full build out, the 7,200-acre community will feature more than 15,000 homes, multiple elementary and middle schools, retail, corporate campuses, medical facilities, and a host of unique amenities serving residents.

Homes in the initial development phase at Walsh are zoned for the award-winning Aledo Independent School District, with a brand new AISD elementary school opened in the Walsh neighborhood for the 2017-2018 academic school year.

Families at Walsh enjoy spending their summers cooling off with the kids at the neighborhood’s resort-style pool – or better yet, paddle boarding and fishing in the recreational lagoon located next to a 10,000-square-foot gym.

The neighborhood design at Walsh encourages residents to get outdoors: families also take advantage of the miles of hiking and walking trails and numerous parks found throughout the community. In fact, more than 1/3 of the future development is reserved for green space and parks. To refuel – either themselves or their vehicles – residents often stop by the Walsh Village Market located in the heart of the community for refreshments. The neighborhood village also features a Makerspace, work space, a green house, garden and more.

Decades from now, Walsh will be home to more than 50,000 residents. The first families began moving to Walsh in summer 2017, with homes priced from the upper $200,000s. Residents enjoy a carefully planned balance of architectural styles and the celebration of the natural beauty inherent to the Texas landscape. Homebuilders at Walsh include Britton Homes, David Weekley Homes, Drees Homes, HGC Residential Development, Highland Homes, Toll Brothers and Village Homes. High-end custom comes are also available.

Homes at Walsh are wired with the nation’s fastest residential internet speeds. In fact, Walsh is the first community in the country that features two gigabit internet speeds in every home and school as the minimum connectivity standard. Residents at Walsh won’t even see an internet bill as costs will be covered by their HOA dues. The innovative use of technology extends to the modern-day house call, as Walsh residents have access to a telemedicine program that allows for phone and video consultations with Texas board-certified physicians 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

And while the neighborhood may grow to be comparable in size to a small town, its community atmosphere and proximity to Fort Worth makes Walsh an appealing location for all types of families and homebuyers. With everything you need just down the street, staying close to home will be easier than ever.

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.


The Makerspace at Walsh

Conceptual rendering of The Makerspace in Walsh

A new word is circling the globe.  Well, maybe it’s not a new word but it’s certainly one that you’re going to hear more and more as it pertains to real estate and development.  The word is “makerspace.”

Also known as “hackerspace,” “hacklab,” or “metalabs,” a makerspace is a collection of people with similar interests that congregate in a collaborative work space to make things, share ideas and foster education.

It’s a club with membership based on a common interest.


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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.