literally a tree house

5340 Quail Run is surrounded by amazing trees (photos: Trey Freeze Media)

Did you ever fantasize about living in a treehouse?

Two of my favorite movies growing up were Swiss Family Robinson and Star Wars: Return of the Jedi.  While vastly different in story and genre, both movies prominently featured treehouse living that made me want one so badly.

If you want to live completely surrounded by trees – 5340 Quail Run is just what you need!

The Robinson family built their elaborate treehouse out of salvaged wood from their ship.  In Return of the Jedi, the Ewoks lived in a village built high in the trees on the planet Endor.

There is just something so fascinating about being surrounded by trees and greenery while hanging out in your home.  There is a sense of privacy and certainly peace that accompanies a treehouse. And that’s what you get at 5340 Quail Run St.

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Running Horse Ranch entry gate

Welcome to 851 Red Bank Road…also known as Running Horse Ranch in Brock, TX (photos: Trey Freeze Media)

This week’s Tarrant County Tuesday will once again take us west to Parker County.  Head out on Interstate 20 and go past Aledo, Hudson Oaks, and Weatherford until you come to the unincorporated city of Brock, Texas.  That is where the Running Horse Ranch can be found only 15 miles south.

Wide Open Spaces

In the hit song, “What I Like About Texas,” by Gary P. Nunn, one of the first lines about Texas is, “the wide open spaces.”

Running Horse Ranch has 57 acres of trees, pasture, and the Brazos River — plenty to like about Texas.

If that resonates with you, then the Running Horse Ranch is calling your name.  Located at 851 Red Bank Road, this 57-acre sprawling ranch features rivers, pastures, farm land, fishing holes, and views as far as the eyes can see.

All of this beauty and serenity less than an hour from Downtown Fort Worth.  Not a bad commute at all.

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Get to know Crestwood this Sunday at the Crestwood Crawl.

The invention of the interwebs, apps, the digital camera, and mobile technology has greatly changed the way real estate is done these days. Not long ago prospective buyers would see one or two photos of the home, then they would actually go to the home — like get out of their vehicle and walk through the home to see if they liked it.

Now it’s click, click, click … as 90 percent or more of buyers will make a decision to even visit a home based on what they can see on their smartphone or tablet.

Even though technology has enhanced the buying process and made it easier in many ways, nothing beats the old fashioned open house.  As much as an app or digital image can offer, nothing compares to walking through a home to experience how the home might actually live.

The Crestwood Crawl

This coming Sunday, Sept. 8, from 1 to 3 p.m., the agents of Williams Trew Real Estate in Fort Worth will be hosting The Crestwood Crawl.  Six homes in the fabulous Crestwood neighborhood will be held open for buyers to come and enjoy all of the homes first-hand.

The weather will be in the mid-80s. The Cowboys don’t kick-off until 3:30 p.m.  Now is the time to visit one of Fort Worth’s best areas.

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Fixer Upper would be so proud

Charming English Tudor in Arlington Heights…already fixer upper’d and ready for move-in (photos: Trey Freeze Media)

Let’s face it — we all want to be like Chip and JoJo.  Who am I talking about?  Well if you don’t know then you haven’t been paying attention over the past half-decade.

The craze that Fixer Upper has created of gray paint, white subway tile, clean lines, farm-meets-contemporary style, and of course #shiplap is as prevalent and popular as it has ever been.

It’s not that our favorite Waco family invented gray paint or subway tile … those items have been around for decades. It’s the combination of clean, bright, fresh, modern-yet-classic design that has fascinated millions of wannabe fixer-uppers across the world.

While are seeing homes in Tarrant County sit on the market a little longer than in previous years and prices plateauing, homes that are completely move-in ready and look spectacular are still selling at a brisk pace.

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home vacancies

It’s happening.  The real estate market in Tarrant County is officially slowing down.  This past week, the Fort Worth Housing Report indicated that the number of closed homes in July 2019 was down nearly 4 percent from July 2018.

Inventory of homes in Tarrant County has increased, and total days on market, from listing-to-close, jumped six days from 2018 to 2019.  Prices have barely increased in the past 12 months, and this could be why we are starting to see issues with appraisals.

What’s The Home Worth?

Regardless of we want to believe, we don’t live in a free-market society.  If a home is listed at $X and a buyer is willing to pay $X (or in recent years more than $X) the true value of the home is only going to be what the bank is willing to lend, and that all starts with the biggest enigma of all: the appraisal.

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Centrally located, 24/7 guarded entrance, homes of all shapes and sizes — welcome to The Villages of Stonegate.

You know how some neighborhoods are deemed “first-time buyers” or “age-restricted community” and you immediately cross that area off your list of desired locations?  Unfortunately, that seems to be happening more and more these days.

Certainly, price point is a key factor in making an area a “move-up neighborhood,” but there are first-time buyers who can afford more.  There are empty-nesters who don’t want to be around other 55-plus-year-olds.

There’s Stonegate…and Downtown FW and TCU football stadium…close proximity to many destinations

Welcome to Stonegate

In the mid-1990s the 132-residence gated neighborhood of Stonegate was developed.  Within the 24/7 guarded community are various pockets of homes of various sizes that meet the needs of many buyers.  Surrounding the gated enclave are stores, shops, restaurants, medical practices, and even a retirement home.

Because of its great location (just south of I-30 on Hulen Avenue) and proximity to Colonial Country Club and golf course, and feeding into Tanglewood schools, pricing in Stonegate might not work for some, but for buyers with money to spend, Stonegate is the answer.

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Entrance of So 7

Welcome to So 7 Townhomes — 59 urban townhomes in Fort Worth. (photos Trey Freeze Media)

First of all a grammar lesson: It’s So 7 and it’s pronounced “So Seven.”

There’s no period after the “o.” It’s not “South Seven” or “South of Seventh.”  It’s simply So 7.  Dallas has its quirky areas and nicknames, and Fort Worth has the same.

Welcome to So 7

Built in 2007 before the lauded West 7th Street Corridor between Downtown Fort Worth and the Museum District was much to cheer about, So 7 Townhomes have really come into their own.

That was after the Big One ripped through Cowtown on March 28, 2000. It pretty much destroyed this area.  Buildings were abandoned.  Shops and restaurants were sparse.  There was no urban living.

If an F3 tornado hadn’t ripped through West 7th Street would we have a thriving urban community today?

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Home is made for parties and hospitality

The single-story home at 4036 Tamworth Road has two master suites and great Luther Lake views.  (photos: TourMax)

This episode of Tarrant County Tuesday is only for those who like to party.  If you don’t like people, don’t like going to parties, or don’t like hosting events at your home, stop reading now.

For the rest of you avid Dirty Readers, let me introduce you to a home that screams “hospitality!”

Lake Living Without The Lake

Have you ever wanted to live near a body of water?  You know, a lake house or beach house where you have tranquil views of the tide or lapping water from your patio?

How about a home with those same qualities … but that’s not located on a lake! Huh?  How can this be?

In the center of the Ridglea Hills neighborhood of Fort Worth lies Luther Lake.  You will probably remember that I wrote about a home on Luther Lake a few years ago.

Luther Lake is a hidden lake in the middle of Ridglea Hills in Fort Worth.

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