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The Farmers Branch Historical Park is home to numerous events year-round, including a vintage baseball tournament in the Spring (photo courtesy city of Farmers Branch).

Is your home a 10-minute (or less) walk from a park? One-third of Americans have a much longer trek than that to get to their nearest park, according to research by the National Recreation and Park Association, Urban Land Institute and, The Trust for Public Land.

Recently, Rachel Banner, a senior program manager at the NRPA, wrote a piece for the National Association of Realtors’ Spaces to Places blog about a year-long initiative to make more public spaces and parks available — within a 10-minute walk from every person.

Banner also talks about the Emerging Trends in Real Estate report, which revealed that while residential and commercial developers may create amenities within their buildings or spaces, that’s not necessarily what creates a lifelong resident of a city.

“The report talks a lot about the growing demand for amenities in both office and residential development.  In the discussion about the report Owen Thomas, CEO of Boston Properties also remarked that while each year a new set of cities may be pegged for growth, we must look at how long those cities will remain “hot spots” and the places people stay long-term,” Ballard said. “While including amenities within a building may initially attract owners or tenants, it is the amenities outside of the building open to all that will get them to stay.” (more…)

No matter what happens tonight, our Texas Rangers have better looking homes than those St. Louis Cardinals. Here is Ian Kinsler’s University Park home. Looks like he paid $3,695,000 in July of 2009. It’s a 7862 square foot stone French estate on a big  70 x 160 lot just a stone’s throw from Caruth Park. Dan Hutts was the builder,  Ashley Astleford designer, with 5 bedrooms, 7 baths, formals, den, wet bar with wine storage, way over the top kitchen, sitting area, breakfast room, outdoor living area, mud room, playroom, study and office,  all exquisitely finished. The backyard has plenty of room for a pool!