The stately home at 6158 Indian Creek Drive in Westover Hills (photos: Trey Freeze Media).

It’s golf season here in Cowtown, and a great time to be outdoors.  Before the bugs and 100-plus degree weather takes over in Texas, now is the perfect time for evening walks, hitting the links, and enjoying various beverages under the stars.

While the Charles Schwab Challenge at Colonial Country Club is in full swing (pun intended), there are plenty of beautiful golf courses to view and make a good walk spoiled.  One such prestigious course is found at Shady Oaks Country Club.

2.25 acres allows for 8th fairway views of Shady Oaks Golf Course and so much more.

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Why is it so hard to create the next great neighborhood?  We hear about it all the time from builders and developers of what great lengths to which they have gone in order to re-create timeless neighborhoods from the 1920s and 1930s. And yet, they all seem to fall flat.

Trinity Heights — A Truly Timeless Neighborhood

Of course, there are some exceptions.  I have written about Parks of Aledo a number of times.  You know I’m a big fan of that development — as are the many who have flocked there.  Walsh is another in the area that strives to become exceptional as is Edwards Ranch in Fort Worth.  Only time will tell.

Timeless neighborhoods are seemingly impossible these days

Established in 1998, Trinity Heights is truly a timeless neighborhood in Fort Worth

Whether it’s incapability or prices or just lack of creativity, there are so few new neighborhoods that truly capture the magic and nostalgia of older neighborhoods.

That’s why venturing to Trinity Heights to check out the home at 6654 Gascony Place was such a treat.

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Updating vs Remodel debate begins

2417 Boyd Avenue is an exquisite remodeled home in Parkhill…minutes from Colonial Country Club (photos: Tourmax)

We’ve discussed this before but it never hurts to bring it up again.  There is a difference between “updating” and “remodeling.”

To this Bowtie Realtor, “updating” is doing a little bit of this and a little bit of that.  Maybe it’s not the bare minimum, but it’s certainly not going full-blown remodel.  Repainting a few rooms or cabinets, sprucing up the yard or changing fixtures — that’s what I would call updating.

To the left is the kitchen circa 2012. To the right is the remodeled kitchen, complete with  Viking appliances, Restoration Hardware fixtures, and all the trendy colors of today

Remodeling is where you nearly take the home apart and bring it back to life again.  New materials, new rooms, new everything — that’s what I would call remodeling.  Just wait to see the Tarrant County Tuesday home and you be the judge.

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Hamilton is a great street in this area

3720 Hamilton Avenue is a hit in the Monticello neighborhood of Fort Worth (photos: Trey Freeze Media)

What do you know about Hamilton? With the recent success of the hit Broadway musical with the same name, we probably know more than Alexander Hamilton knew about himself.  But I’m not talking about that Hamilton.

I’m talking about the new listing at 3720 Hamilton Avenue in the Monticello neighborhood of Fort Worth.

This traditional Colonial-style home sitting on a Double Homesite in one of Fort Worth’s finest neighborhoods

Side Note: Isn’t it funny how cities look to events that happened hundreds of years ago which had zero effect on that city or area for names. For instance, the Monticello neighborhood, Hamilton Avenue … you think there’s a Cowtown neighborhood with a Bowie Avenue somewhere in Virginia?  I doubt it.

Listed by Kendall Karr of Williams Trew Real Estate, this exquisite home of 4,500 square feet built in the Colonial tradition is definitely a home worth seeing.

Hamilton is a fantastic street

There is so much room both inside and outside this home. Truly unique in what it offers buyers.

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Windows everywhere - one of a kind

2600 W. 7th #1801 in Montgomery Plaza is a one-of-a-kind condo with amazing views (photos: Shoot2Sell)

“One of a kind.”  How many times have we heard that phrase? We often hear it when referencing athletes, jewelry, clothing or articles of interest, but what really is “one of a kind?”  Most of the time we aren’t even sure how to punctuate it. 

According to our friends in the worldwide interwebs, “one of a kind” means not like anything else in the world — truly unique. Maybe we need to re-think things when we use that phrase, but not when we talk about a one-of-a-kind condominium located at 2600 West 7th Street #1801 in the Montgomery Plaza building.

imagine having to Windex all those windows

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612 Rockledge Court in Point Vista at Parks of Aledo (photos: Norman & Young)

Point Vista at Parks of Aledo is where nature calls home.  If you’re tired of large cookie-cutter homes and concrete, this is the neighborhood for you.

Point Vista — The Place To Be

Located in the burgeoning town of Aledo, just 13 minutes west of Fort Worth, the Parks of Aledo neighborhood was established to meet the demand for quality homes close to pocket parks that fit into the landscape — not destroy it.

Point Vista at Parks of Aledo is an extension of the original neighborhood.  You will still find curvilinear streets surrounding pocket parks and a world-class mountain bike trail that stretches for miles and miles.

You probably remember my 1,000-plus word ode to Parks of Aledo from 2018 if you’ve followed this blog for a while.

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According to a recent report from CoreLogic, home prices in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex increased by nearly 4 percent from February 2018 to February 2019.

In the State of Texas, Fort Worth took home first prize as the municipality where home prices increased the most during that span with 5.7 percent increase.  Not a prize to be proud of, necessarily.

This is nothing new.  We have seen home prices increase since the Great Recession.  While price increases certainly aren’t fun for home buyers, they haven’t stopped the Dallas-Fort Worth area from being one of the hottest relocation destinations in the United States

Tarrant Tax Appraisal District Doing Its Thing

What is unsettling is that local municipalities continue to abuse this housing boom and overall strong economy to inflate property values when it comes to tax appraisal time.

In a recent story by the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Tarrant County chief appraiser Jeffrey Law was quoted that 2019 tax values would most likely increase 7 to 10 percent.

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Peaceful isn't something you hear about in homes much these days

6712 Lahontan Drive in Mira Vista is a peaceful home with many water features  (photos Trey Freeze Media)

What is it about water that is so peaceful and relaxing?  We go to the beach to hear the waves, the lake to hear the lapping of the water, and if you’ve ever watched a front-loading washing machine go through a cycle, it’s quite mesmerizing.

People spend tons of money to have fountains installed in their gardens and there are even desktop gizmos that you plug in and hear the trickle of water while different colored lights shine.

Water is relaxing and peaceful and very comforting.  If you like the peaceful sound of water flowing, then you’ll love this home in the gated golfing community of Mira Vista Country Club.

No diving please

The fountain and splash pool is the focal feature of the interior courtyard at 6712 Lahontan Drive

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