Boat House Road

In the three years I have been writing for CandysDirt.com, I haven’t really done lakefront. Perhaps the torpor induced by the heat of another July in Texas drove me to water, in search of refreshment of the spirit. Eagle Mountain Lake, with its surrounding hills, is one of the more attractive and authentic looking man-made area lakes. It seems to get knocked about by the occasional tornado from time to time — as recently as June 19th of this year. In late May of 2011 the lakefront drive — Boat Club Road — suffered some minor damage. Built four years before, in 2007, 9931 Boat Club Road seems to have come through insolently unscathed.

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In this week’s Agent Migration column, we catch up with a former Virginia Cook agent from Fort Worth and meet a California newcomer. Did you make a big move? Contact Joshua Baethge.

Stephanie Quevedo Happy to be at Christie’s Ulterre

Stephanie Quevedo is settling in with the Giordano, Wegman, Walsh, & Associates (GWW) team at Christie’s Ulterre.  She started at the end of May after previously being affiliated with Virginia Cook Realtors.  While her former employer’s closing was a shock, she feels it may ultimately turn out to be a blessing in disguise.

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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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Three open houses, three different price points, three Lower Greenville lookers. We have rounded up the BEST Open Houses in the Big D’s most lively neighborhood, so you don’t have to. Make the rounds this weekend and take your pick!

Stucco Beauty Close To All Things White Rock Lake

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Alger Park

It’s not always easy to find a move-in ready home near White Rock Lake for a sensible price point, but this week’s Tuesday Two Hundred is a charming Midcentury Cottage in Alger Park that has been thoroughly updated, and comes with bonus square footage.

The two-bedroom, one bath home has 1,020 square feet of living space, and has been meticulously cared for, according to listing agent Leslie Donovan of Giordano, Wegman, Walsh and Associates.

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The home on Quarter Oak Ranch – wait til you see the horse stalls (photos: Norman & Young)

I’m the first to admit that I don’t know much about horses.  While I’m sure there is a bowtie-wearing cowboy out there somewhere, it’s not this bowtie Realtor.

However, when I heard about the Quarter Oak Ranch in Gainesville, Texas, I had to tell you about it.  Yes, yes, Cooke County is not quite within the boundaries of Tarrant County, but allow me some creative license.

Quarter Oak Ranch has it all

87 acres, 2 ponds, 1 heated pool, 5,800 ft. home, 64 horse stalls…quite a ranch!

The Quarter Oak Ranch

Gainesville is approximately an hour and a half from Fort Worth.  This Texas town of around 16,000 residents is known by many as being located in the heart of the Texas horse country.

Why is that?  It is conveniently located midway between two large destinations for horse shows and events (Fort Worth and Oklahoma City) and that the sandy loam soil is very friendly to horsey feet … we call those hooves in the horse biz.

The 87-acre estate that makes up the Quarter Oak Ranch is found at the end of a private road and yet five to ten minutes from “downtown” Gainesville and Interstate 35.

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The Baldridge House

When a home has its own Wikipedia entry, you know you are in for something special. Our Monday Morning Millionaire is The Baldridge House, a spectacular 1910 Georgian mansion at 5100 Crestline Road.

If only walls could talk.

Fortunately, The Baldridge House has a voice of sorts. It has been designated a Texas Historic Landmark and a City of Fort Worth Landmark. Not only has the house been beautifully preserved and updated, but the history is also intact. So, a lot is known about this Forth Worth showplace and considering my deep fondness for historical homes, I’m tickled pink to share it with you!

The Baldridge House

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4649 Saint Laurent Court in beautiful Montserrat, a luxury Fort Worth neighborhood, sold and closed today. It had been the estate of 26 year old pop star singer Selena Marie Gomez, who bought the 10,016 square foot home in November of 2015. This home is where the Grand Prairie native has been quietly spending time here in North Texas, which the star singer definitely considers home.

Selena paid almost $3.5 million for Saint Laurent Court in 2015, which is a case-book example of the kind of inflation DFW estate homes have experienced: the previous owners had paid $1.750 for the house in 2010. (more…)