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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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 3,500 ft. garden home

6736 Medinah Drive in the Garden Home section of Mira Vista Country Club

When I think of a garden home in my mind, I see a small house on a tiny piece of land that seems too cramped.  What do you think of? How about a nearly 3,500-square-foot home with four bedrooms, tall ceilings, plenty of natural light and only a few steps from a Fort Worth-famous golf course?

Now that’s a Garden Home.

And 6736 Medinah Drive, in garden home section of Mira Vista Country Club, is exactly what you’re looking for if you need space, luxury, relaxation, and low maintenance.

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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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Mansfield is growing, growing, growing

The painted brick Mansfield Home of Dreams in South Pointe gated community by Boyd Luxury Homes  (photos: Day Dream Photography)

In the 1850s R.S. Man and Julian Feild built a grist mill in an area southeast of the Trinity River near a community known as the Gibson Community.  The area where the grist mill was built soon became known as Mansfield.

Today, Mansfield is a thriving and growing community of more than 65,000 people … and growing by the second. (more…)

price per foot is never a good way to determine value

Price per square foot seems like a logical way to figure out value of a home right? WRONG!

Guilty!  Buyers, sellers, Realtors … all guilty!  All are at fault for using price per square foot (psf) when attempting to come up with the price of a home.

It’s pretty easy if you think about it.  Even I can do the math (with a calculator): divide the price of home by the air conditioned square footage of the home and come up with price per square foot.  Once you have that amount per foot it should be an easy way to figure out prices for other homes in area too right? Wrong!

“The last time I checked, price per square foot was not something they were teaching in Principles of Real Estate or Valuation of Homes,” explains Robert Totten, Fort Worth real estate appraiser.  “I have been an appraiser for over 35 years and never has using price per square foot been a way to come up with a value for a home.  There is no class called Pricing a Home with Price Per Foot.”

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Mansion? It's a castle

I’d say 10,000 feet of living on 2 acres would constitute a lovely mansion! (photos: Concierge Auctions)

What constitutes a house being called a “mansion?”

There isn’t an exact definition, but according to our friends in the web, a mansion is a large home over 8,000 square feet that has features that you wouldn’t find in your typical home.  Features such as a large foyer entrance, marble floors, a wide staircase with designer railings.  But what about the number of TVs?

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Mantra - you buy your home to sell your home - that fits for this home!

6110 Locke Avenue is a single-story home in Ridglea North with so much to offer. (Photos: Trey Freeze Media)

When meeting with new clients the No. 1 thing I tell them is this: “You buy your home to sell your home.”  They’ll probably hear that mantra 100 times when working with me.

I know I’ve mentioned this before in Tarrant County Tuesday and it rings true still.  Many buyers are so excited and anxious that they will overlook glaring issues with a home that might not bother them, but could hinder selling the home in the future.

When considering a home, you want it to fit your needs of today but also fit the needs of future buyers as well. If the kitchen is too small now, it’s going to be too small later.  A house located on a busy street, it always going to be on a busy street. A two-story home will never work for someone who doesn’t want to climb stairs.

This 3,000-square-foot, four-bedroom, four-bath home has very inviting entrance with tons of charm.

Which brings us to the single-story house at 6110 Locke Avenue in the Ridglea North addition of Fort Worth. This home perfectly fits my mantra in many ways.

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