Comely, clean new build … in River Hills? Walsh Ranch, perhaps? How about a choice west side location abutting Rivercrest in a lovely bend of Trinity River? Welcome to Riverbend Bluffs, a gated community on roughly 15 acres with 37 lots — some still available for development, at a cost starting at $200,000 each. A look in at Riverbend Bluffs is long overdue. The development, which opened in 2014, has attracted the attention of real estate professionals and media, including the Wall Street Journal . Our house at 224 Clementine Court was built by Ramsey Shaw in 2017. The current owner only got to enjoy it for only one year, having been transferred to a new job.



Over the river and through the woods … to grandmothers’s house we go!

So we used to sing on the way to Thanksgiving dinner at my grandparents. The river was a branch of the Trinity near the zoo and the woods were the tall trees of Tanglewood, the first residential development carved out of Edwards Ranch. My grandfather built in the newly opened addition in 1960, doubling the depth of the foundation and halving the centers of the rebar, which has kept the house solid and crack free to this day.

Tanglewood has remained popular for many reasons. Tree-lined streets meander within the neighborhood with no traffic tempting through streets, keeping the area quiet and tranquil. Houses are set back from the street on deep lots. Those deep lots have induced some to tear down and rebuild.

In a way, and I hope I don’t get myself in trouble here, Tanglewood is one of the more Dallas-like neighborhoods in Fort Worth, resembling North Dallas from Royal Lane to Forest. Original, mostly single-story, ranch-style and true Midcentury Modern houses share the neighborhood with jazzier, larger new builds. Many houses have been extended or completely reworked. Then, of course, there is the draw of Tanglewood Elementary, fairly bursting at the seems. (more…)