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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Can't you just hear Kenny Loggins singing "Celebrate Me Home"

Colonial revival architecture like 2012 Hawthorne Avenue seem a fan favorite in Christmas movies. (photos: Josh Moore, TreyFreeze Media)

Have you noticed that many Christmas-themed movies or TV shows always feature a traditional, Colonial Revival home for the holidays?  Why is that?

Maybe I have been forced to watch too many Hallmark Channel specials over the past few weeks, but it certainly seems that the home style of choice for holiday movies is the Colonial Revival home.

2012 Hawthorne is a traditional Colonial Revival home in Berkeley

Large formal dining room with fireplace is the perfect spot for family meals during the holidays — and any occasion.

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Simondale Drive is one of the more desired streets in Cowtown.

Can you hear opportunity knocking at 2916 Simondale Drive, an all-American house on a desirable Cowtown street? (photos: Trey Freeze Media)

If you know Old Fort Worth, then you know Simondale Drive. Located near Colonial Country Club and TCU, this elegant street is one of the foremost streets for elegant homes in all of Cowtown.

The walk-out basement at 2916 Simondale Drive has wrap-around bar, mural of dogs imbibing on libations, and access to pool and amazing views

It’s not just proximity to so many private and privileged areas that makes Simondale Drive sought after.  It’s the way the curvilinear street, lined with mature trees and distant views, embraces the homes that comprise a row of “Who’s Who” of Fort Worth hierarchy.

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Home has cozy look and feel inside and outside

3508 Dorothy Lane North in the heart of Monticello (photos: Trey Freeze Media)

Cozy — have you ever really thought of that word? It sounds funny. It looks funny. And what does it really mean? Isn’t something that is cozy all based on personal preference? To some “cozy” could be a large cabin in the woods with snow falling and a fire roaring.  To others”cozy” could mean an ocean view condominium with a glass of bubbly.

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