This home at 700 N. Bailey is located on a corner, but corners weren’t cut. (Photos: Trey Freeze Media)

It happens in all businesses.  At first, a business delivers the best product to get the customers familiar with their creation.  Customers start buying the product.  Prices go up and up and up so the company starts pass increases along to customers.

Suddenly customers stop buying the products at a higher price.  The company starts cutting corners on quality and materials in order to still provide a product hopefully customers will continue to buy.  Maybe the product continues to sell, but now customers are not associating quality and workmanship with the product.  The company and product are now commodities based on price … not quality.

They could have cut corners with electric light - but they didn't

The large porch of 700 N. Bailey has blue flagstone, gas coach lamps, and a steel door from Durango Doors.

Does this sound familiar?  Think about all the different products — TVs & electronics, clothes, restaurants, and of course new homes.

Oh sure, this doesn’t happen with homes (wink, wink)…whatever.  The list forms to the right on once quality-first home builders that have unfortunately lowered their standards of workmanship, design, creativity, and materials in order to keep their doors open.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not talking about every home builder out there, but there sure are a lot more of them than five, 10, and certainly 15 years ago.

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(Full disclosure: I’m a Williams Trew Real Estate agent representing this development, but I’d be just as excited about it regardless.)

Allow me to introduce you to Fort Worth’s newest (and only) single-family, new urban construction, under-$400,000-priced homes located less than seven minutes from downtown Fort Worth.

Where else can you find such an offering?  You won’t find this offered in San Antonio.  You can’t find that product in Houston.  And this housing certainly doesn’t exist in Big D. Yes, literally 2.4 miles from these new homes is Sundance Square, Bass Hall, and world-class shops and restaurants.

Meet The Bluffs at River East.

 

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5117 Cantera Way in La Cantera has plenty of exercise options … should you desire. (Photos: Trey Freeze Media)

Welcome to 2019. Now get in shape!

Scenario 1

  • 4:45 a.m. – alarm goes off
  • Get out of the warm covers
  • Stumble around in the dark to find workout clothes – slam knee into side of bed
  • Get into freezing cold vehicle
  • Can’t find good radio station to listen to
  • Drive to gym — hope not to get pulled over for speeding because you don’t have license with you
  • Cold getting out of vehicle to gym
  • Cold in gym
  • Have workout
  • Drive back to home — again hope not to be delayed by traffic or weather or anything that would take up more time

Scenario 2

  • 4:45 a.m. – alarm goes off
  • Get out of warm covers
  • Walk upstairs to warm gym where clothes are waiting for you
  • Listen to your own jam
  • Workout

The first scenario can get a little old … trust me, it’s my typical Monday-to-Thursday routine.  The second scenario can be yours at 5117 Cantera Way in the La Cantera gated neighborhood in Fort Worth.

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Fort Worth Classic Colonial

This Fort Worth Classic Colonial is the perfect holiday home. Located at 3912 Lenox Drive, our Inwood Home of the Week is located in the sought-after Monticello neighborhood. It has the treasured traditional elements we love, as well as flawless updates. Best of all, it’s received the talented touch of the JSH Design team.

There’s nothing that I love more than a classic home, but add some edgy designer features and I’m swooning. Updating these homes is not difficult. Almost everyone wants a white kitchen with marble granite or quartz countertops. Brass hardware has made a big comeback, and the big shower is a must. Those are the things that are no-brainers.

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Thanksgiving

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…)

3832 Bishops Flower in Riverhills was designed and constructed by V Fine Homes of Fort Worth (photos: Trey Freeze Media)

The trend in newer Fort Worth developments is the attempt to recreate the Golden Age of neighborhoods and home construction from the 1920s and 30s.  Riverhills, Walsh, and Parks of Aledo are recent developments that desire the look-and-feel of neighborhoods that were built when many classic communities were created throughout the United States.

Back then there were no production builders.  There were no homes with turrets, discombobulated roof lines, and especially no stone-and-brick-and stucco combinations that are unfortunately seen throughout the Metroplex in many newer developments.

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Crestwood is one of the most unique areas in Fort Worth

624 Edgefield located in Crestwood has amazing tree canopy (photos: Trey Freeze Media)

If you are not too familiar with Fort Worth and all the unique neighborhoods that make up this great city, let me tell you about Crestwood. Located north of Monticello and Rivercrest neighborhoods, and backing to the Trinity River, Crestwood is unlike any other area in Cowtown.

Established in the late 1930s the neighborhood is filled with curvilinear (it’s a word — look it up) streets, access to the Trinity Trails, mature trees, a neighborhood park, Little League baseball field, and the home at 624 Edgefield Road.

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3524 Dorothy Lane North faces Monticello Park in quiet neighborhood. Photos: Trey Freeze Media

Location , location, location.  Probably one of the more overused phrases when it comes to real estate.

However annoying that phrase is, there is a lot of truth to it.

Think about it…

A vegan wouldn’t want to own a home next to a slaughter house.

A nudist wouldn’t want to live in the garment district.

A family with young children wouldn’t want to live where there is no yard.

The yard of a home is often one of the more important features when putting together the “must have” list before searching for the right place.  Countless times prospective buyers have rejected a home based solely on the yard or proximity to area to be outdoors.

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