WataugaWatauga, a suburb of Fort Worth, is hot. How hot? On average, homes in Watauga sell in 15 days — in fact, Realtor.com recently said that’s three percent faster than last year, and about 50 percent faster than homes in the rest of the country.

So for our inaugural Suburb Sunday, we decided to take a look at three homes in Watauga that provides the affordability of the suburbs but is close enough for its residents to enjoy everything Fort Worth has to offer.

CRISP, CLEAN HOME ON AMBER DRIVE

Address: 7428 Amber Drive
This home Amber Drive was built in 1995, but has recently had a renovation that keeps it current. While the finishes may not be luxury, they are durable and family-friendly, making this three-bathroom, two-bath home a great starter home. (more…)

midway hollow homeThe Midway Hollow area is a perennial favorite for buyers looking for an established neighborhood inside the LBJ loop with personality, affordability, and proximity to central Dallas.

With about 2,200 houses, Midway Hollow fits the bill. Established in the 1950s, the neighborhood is full of ranch-style houses, cottages, and midcentury gems. Today’s Thursday Three Hundred at 9463 Green Terrace Dr. is a traditional ranch located on a secluded cul-de-sac in the heart of Midway Hollow (the boundaries are Marsh Lane on the west, Walnut Hill on the north, Midway on the east, and Northwest Highway on the south).

midway hollow homeAs Dallas Realtor Douglas Newby notes, “Midway Hollow has drawn young professionals and families from across the city who enjoy good architecture, large lots, tree shaded streets, and the vibrancy of a neighborhood being rejuvenated. Fine private academies such as Ursuline, Hockaday, and ESD are very close.”

From the manicured landscaping to the artfully appointed interior, this home feels polished and complete, with three bedrooms, two full bathrooms, and 1,973 square feet. It is newly listed by Mark Storer at Allie Beth Allman & Associates for $398,000.

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5320 Quail Run A

When I was a kid, I really wanted a treehouse. I dreamed of a hidden place in the treetops where I could read books and draw, away from my worries. I badgered and begged to no avail, and to this day, treehouses are objects of fascination for me.

Today’s Fort Worth Friday satisfies that part of me wants a grown-up treehouse. The house a 5320 Quail Run Street is located on a quiet cul-de-sac in west Fort Worth near River Crest Country Club. With two decks, high ceilings, and oversized windows looking onto nearly one acre of trees, bushes, and a creek, it feels like a secluded spot away from the busy world.

This two-story beauty is certainly more sophisticated than any treehouse, however. It was built in 1961 and has three bedrooms and 2.5 baths in 3,515 square feet. Stone and natural materials are incorporated into the contemporary design in a truly unusual way, and the lush landscaping and shady walkways make the property a haven. It is listed by Joan Trew at WilliamsTrew for $749,900.

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3725 Pageant Place

Interstate 635 is a 37-mile-long partial loop around Dallas, but for some Dallasites, it’s a magical dividing line only crossed with great protest. The area located “outside the loop” is considered a vast no man’s land full of scary things, like suburban malaise and way too many Olive Gardens.

For those who subscribe to that sentiment, today’s Tuesday Two Hundred won’t be frightening at all. The house at 3725 Pageant Pl. is a 4-2 located inside the loop near Marsh and Forest lanes, newly listed by Hanne Sagalowsky at Ebby Halliday’s Little White House office for $239,900.

This 1965 ranch is on a cul-de-sac and has 1,805 square feet, a good-sized backyard with mature trees, and a stone patio covered by a large pergola and a spa hot tub.

3725 Pageant Place

The interior has lots of bright, open living spaces, a wood-burning fireplace, and big bedrooms, as well as blonde hardwood floors in living room, dining room, hall, master bedroom, one other bedroom.

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6324 Pemberton Front

Classic. That’s how I’d describe this stunning traditional near Saint Mark’s School of Dallas. It’s a beautiful home that is grand without being pretentious in an area that is safe, accessible, and filled with caring neighbors and families.

This particular home has so many wonderful details, too, including an open floorplan and spiral staircase that makes the living area feel a little magical. Listed by Yvette Grove, 6324 Pemberton is a wonderful home on a private cul-de-sac in which to make a fresh start for 2014. Leave behind the clutter and claustrophobia and move your family into this bright and beautiful house. It’s on the market for $1.3 million and is worth every bit thanks to the tons of windows, beautiful woodwork, and top-notch kitchen.

6324 Pemberton Living

Two living areas, an upstairs billiard or play area with a wet bar, a huge dining room, and an open kitchen make this home great for hosting all sorts of parties, especially those fundraisers you’ll be organizing should you send your kids to any of the amazing private schools within throwing distance. Tall ceilings with designer light fixtures make this home feel luxurious and spacious without being too big for its britches, if you know what I mean. And a fantastic wine cellar is just the perfect addition for anyone doing any amount of entertaining.

6324 Pemberton Dining 6324 Pemberton Den

The kitchen is exceptionally well-appointed with commercial-grade appliances including a range with double oven and a spare prep sink in the petite-yet-functional island. Granite counters and copious counter space will give even the most discerning home chef enough room to create Michelin star-worthy meals. You’ll also appreciate all of the rich wood cabinetry, the built-ins, and the cozy breakfast nook overlooking the backyard.

6324 Pemberton Kitchen

And with five bedrooms, four full baths and two half baths, this house can fit a family of any size. This 1999-built custom is ideal for households with children who are a bit older thanks to the main-floor master suite. The master, which has a bank of floor-to-ceiling windows that make the room feel so light and bright it seems twice as large as its 16×21 size, has plenty of scenic appeal.

6324 Pemberton Master

The five-piece master bath has impressive amounts of cabinetry and a lovely soaking tub and separate shower. I love the color scheme and how neutral and classy it is without going overboard with the swag. The frameless full-sized shower falls in line with the design, sporting oil-rubbed bronze fixtures.

6324 Pemberton Master Bath

The backyard has a courtyard-type feel, and with fountains and a beautiful little pool, it is exceptionally relaxing and private. With a covered rear patio, a lovely spa, and landscaping that transitions well between seasons, this garden is a fabulous retreat from a fast-paced life.

6324 Pemberton Back

7425 KenshireRenovated ranch in JanMar: almost half acre lot with 105 feet of frontage, heavily treed, on cul de sac with open floor plan, updates. 3,092 square feet with 4 bedrooms and 3 full baths & 2 half baths in the main house, quarters with a full bath, pool house cabana with bath, kitchenette area, and change room. $674,900. Listed with Mary Harbor, Prudential Fine Properties, 214.662.3636.

7425 KenshireRenovated ranch in JanMar: almost half acre lot with 105 feet of frontage, heavily treed, on cul de sac with open floor plan, updates. 3,092 square feet with 4 bedrooms and 3 full baths & 2 half baths in the main house, quarters with a full bath, pool house cabana with bath, kitchenette area, and change room. $674,900. Listed with Mary Harbor, Prudential Fine Properties, 214.662.3636.

Claim to fame: here’s how great this neighborhood is. Guess who used to live here? Who, in fact, raised his kiddos here — not in this house, but on this cul de sac? Roger and Marianne Staubach, that’s who.  I love this little nook just north of LBJ — yes, it’s north of the Big O and you are creeping dangerously near to the 972 world — kidding! This is a great location, because you are still close enough in to make running everywhere a snap, yet you can get some great property deals. Take this beauty. Can you tell it was built in 1977 and maybe needs a little work? (Who deosn’t?) But look what you get as far as bones: 4255 square feet, three bedrooms, two and a half baths, half a lush, leafy green acre with low maintenace — no grass in the backyard, which will keep your water bills down when this rationing deal kicks in. And you get a nice deck spa. This home is very woodsy a la late 70’s, maybe too woodsy, but decks can be replaced and then you can create the perfect environment. Vison, people, have vision: 6906 Edelweiss is priced at $499,000 for cripes sakes and the sellers are serious. As in, VERY serious! Linda Vallala with Virginia Cook.