Peaceful isn't something you hear about in homes much these days

6712 Lahontan Drive in Mira Vista is a peaceful home with many water features  (photos Trey Freeze Media)

What is it about water that is so peaceful and relaxing?  We go to the beach to hear the waves, the lake to hear the lapping of the water, and if you’ve ever watched a front-loading washing machine go through a cycle, it’s quite mesmerizing.

People spend tons of money to have fountains installed in their gardens and there are even desktop gizmos that you plug in and hear the trickle of water while different colored lights shine.

Water is relaxing and peaceful and very comforting.  If you like the peaceful sound of water flowing, then you’ll love this home in the gated golfing community of Mira Vista Country Club.

No diving please

The fountain and splash pool is the focal feature of the interior courtyard at 6712 Lahontan Drive

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The home on Quarter Oak Ranch – wait til you see the horse stalls (photos: Norman & Young)

I’m the first to admit that I don’t know much about horses.  While I’m sure there is a bowtie-wearing cowboy out there somewhere, it’s not this bowtie Realtor.

However, when I heard about the Quarter Oak Ranch in Gainesville, Texas, I had to tell you about it.  Yes, yes, Cooke County is not quite within the boundaries of Tarrant County, but allow me some creative license.

Quarter Oak Ranch has it all

87 acres, 2 ponds, 1 heated pool, 5,800 ft. home, 64 horse stalls…quite a ranch!

The Quarter Oak Ranch

Gainesville is approximately an hour and a half from Fort Worth.  This Texas town of around 16,000 residents is known by many as being located in the heart of the Texas horse country.

Why is that?  It is conveniently located midway between two large destinations for horse shows and events (Fort Worth and Oklahoma City) and that the sandy loam soil is very friendly to horsey feet … we call those hooves in the horse biz.

The 87-acre estate that makes up the Quarter Oak Ranch is found at the end of a private road and yet five to ten minutes from “downtown” Gainesville and Interstate 35.

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Master Down is highly valuable in Texas

3910 and 3908 Bryce Avenue are urban townhomes with the master on the main level (photos: Norman & Young)

Ask any builder and they will tell you that the most difficult product to design is the urban townhome with the master bedroom on the first floor.  It’s a tough nut to crack.

Most homesites in the Arlington Heights area of Fort Worth — walking distance to shops, museums, restaurants and the nearly completed Dickie’s Arena — measure 50 feet in width.  With a five-foot side setback from the property line you have about 40 feet of home.

3910 Bryce Avenue is under contract - but 3908 Bryce is available

Urban and contemporary – lots of natural light from large windows fill  the living/kitchen area of 3910 Bryce Avenue

If you want a townhome/duplex on the property then you are dealing with approximately 20 feet of width in which to find a space for — garage, master bedroom, kitchen, living.  It’s quite a challenge. (more…)

College living isn't what it used to be!

The Skyrock Condos are only two blocks from the Texas Christian University campus in Fort Worth.

Close your eyes and think about where you lived in college. Did you enjoy the dorm experience?  How about an off-campus apartment up multiple flights of stairs?  Maybe you lived in a house during your college experience?

I started college living in a dorm room that might have been a 10-foot-by-10-foot square.  It was cozy, to say the least. (Especially with my potluck roommate’s 15 bottles of Chaps cologne … beats me why.)

I finished my four-plus years of higher learning by cramming five guys into a three-bedroom, one-bathroom house, which was a total blast.  I think I paid $350 per month in rent.  I’d do all of it all over in a heartbeat, too!

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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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Spanish Revival at its finest

Built in 1928 but updated to 2019, you’ll find an amazing property at 2308 Winton Terrace West. (Photos: Trey Freeze Media)

It’s not easy to do. It takes time, patience, money, and certainly skill. I’m not talking about negotiating the government shutdown stalemate, I’m talking about perfectly mingling new materials and construction into an older home. What did you think I was talking about?

Think about it — most contractors want to simply tear down an older home and not mess with the hassle and painstaking fuss that comes with reviving it.

Spanish Revival flair

Beautiful barrel ceiling in formal living with upstairs catwalk

It’s also a tedious job, as many sizes of doors, windows, bathrooms and certainly closets were not up to the standard of savvy 2019 buyers.

When it’s done correctly, it’s a thing of beauty.

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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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[Editor’s note: Merry Christmas! This week, we’re taking time off to focus on our loved ones, so we are sharing some of our favorite stories from this year. Keep an eye out for our top features from the archives as we rest and get ready for a brilliant 2019! Cheers, from Candy and the entire staff at CandysDirt.com!]

Can you believe it’s almost gone?  Another year in the books and almost 40 Tarrant County Tuesday blogs to digest.

As always, I hope you have enjoyed the journey around various homes, neighborhoods, trends, and happenings from your Bowtie Realtor.  It is my goal not only to educate but to entertain and I love responses – whether positive or negative – because real estate inspires me and I want it to evoke a reaction in you as well.

In 2018 we touched a lot of subjects.  We talked about the buyer’s market that Tarrant County is entering.  We also learned how price per foot is an absurd and invalid way to determine the true value of a home.  We even dipped our toe into public education and how that impacts home values and prices.  Oh, what a year it’s been.

And here are a few winners from 2018 … enjoy.

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