The term “Renaissance man” was first used to describe Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo in the 14th century as men with interests and gifts in arts, sciences, politics, and intellectual pursuits.

These days, true Renaissance men are few and far between.  Whether it’s because people have become more specialized in pursuing interests and careers, or that there isn’t enough time in the day to explore new horizons, to find someone with a variety of gifts and passions is quite a feat.

The Renaissance Dentist

Steven Jones started his career as a dentist.  No, actually he got a Doctorate of Dental Surgery – even before he got his Bachelor’s Degree from Baylor University — but he never cleaned gums or asked anyone to spit.

“Since the 4th grade I wanted to be a dentist,” explains Jones.  “When I started pre-dentistry classes and I quickly realized that wasn’t the career for me, but I went ahead and finished dental school.”

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I have always wanted to explore 5224 El Campo, and I finally did! (photos: Trey Freeze Media)

Are there certain houses throughout your city that you’ve always had your eyes on, and have yearned to explore?

For me, there are many like that.  Some homes are just massive castle-like dwellings that I can only imagine how over-the-top they must be.  Others are in intriguing locations.  Some just look unique from the outside and I’ve always wanted to check them out.

5224 El Campo is unlike any other home in Fort Worth, and that’s why you need to see it

I Want To See Inside That Home

5224 El Campo in Fort Worth has always been one of those homes for me. Built in 2002 by local builder Village Homes, it has a look and style that were ahead of its time — that’s probably what first drew me to the home many years ago.

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4109 El Campo Avenue is a well done flip by ScoMar Homes of Fort Worth (photos: Tour Max)

Remember the days when every other home in the older neighborhoods used to be a flip?

Many flippers did a fantastic job and took pride in their work.  They were able to take advantage of lower-priced home, did quality work, and were able to sell for a very nice profit.  A flip well done would help revitalize areas and reduce the number of dilapidated homes.

This is 4109 El Campo Ave prior to the flip … spooky!

With the popularity of all the flip shows on television and rising prices in the desirable neighborhoods, the flip opportunities just aren’t there anymore.  It’s a shame.

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Located on 1.5 acres along Ridglea Golf Course, 4404 Ridgehaven Road is private, exclusive and a great value! (photos: Trey Freeze Media)

Quick question: How many one acre (or larger) homesites exist within a 1.5-mile radius of three of Fort Worth’s most exclusive country clubs?

Quick answer: Not many.

Privacy comes with this home

Notice the mature trees surrounding 4404 Ridgehaven Road backing to Ridglea Golf Course

If you’re a fan of Tarrant County Tuesday (and I know you are) you probably see a unifying thread from last week’s post — exclusive country club homes on large golf course homesites. And 4404 Ridgehaven Road, backing to Ridglea Golf Course is exactly that.

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The stately home at 6158 Indian Creek Drive in Westover Hills (photos: Trey Freeze Media).

It’s golf season here in Cowtown, and a great time to be outdoors.  Before the bugs and 100-plus degree weather takes over in Texas, now is the perfect time for evening walks, hitting the links, and enjoying various beverages under the stars.

While the Charles Schwab Challenge at Colonial Country Club is in full swing (pun intended), there are plenty of beautiful golf courses to view and make a good walk spoiled.  One such prestigious course is found at Shady Oaks Country Club.

2.25 acres allows for 8th fairway views of Shady Oaks Golf Course and so much more.

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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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Updating vs Remodel debate begins

2417 Boyd Avenue is an exquisite remodeled home in Parkhill…minutes from Colonial Country Club (photos: Tourmax)

We’ve discussed this before but it never hurts to bring it up again.  There is a difference between “updating” and “remodeling.”

To this Bowtie Realtor, “updating” is doing a little bit of this and a little bit of that.  Maybe it’s not the bare minimum, but it’s certainly not going full-blown remodel.  Repainting a few rooms or cabinets, sprucing up the yard or changing fixtures — that’s what I would call updating.

To the left is the kitchen circa 2012. To the right is the remodeled kitchen, complete with  Viking appliances, Restoration Hardware fixtures, and all the trendy colors of today

Remodeling is where you nearly take the home apart and bring it back to life again.  New materials, new rooms, new everything — that’s what I would call remodeling.  Just wait to see the Tarrant County Tuesday home and you be the judge.

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Hamilton is a great street in this area

3720 Hamilton Avenue is a hit in the Monticello neighborhood of Fort Worth (photos: Trey Freeze Media)

What do you know about Hamilton? With the recent success of the hit Broadway musical with the same name, we probably know more than Alexander Hamilton knew about himself.  But I’m not talking about that Hamilton.

I’m talking about the new listing at 3720 Hamilton Avenue in the Monticello neighborhood of Fort Worth.

This traditional Colonial-style home sitting on a Double Homesite in one of Fort Worth’s finest neighborhoods

Side Note: Isn’t it funny how cities look to events that happened hundreds of years ago which had zero effect on that city or area for names. For instance, the Monticello neighborhood, Hamilton Avenue … you think there’s a Cowtown neighborhood with a Bowie Avenue somewhere in Virginia?  I doubt it.

Listed by Kendall Karr of Williams Trew Real Estate, this exquisite home of 4,500 square feet built in the Colonial tradition is definitely a home worth seeing.

Hamilton is a fantastic street

There is so much room both inside and outside this home. Truly unique in what it offers buyers.

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