Stewardship – “an ethic that embodies the responsible planning and management of resources.

I bet you didn’t open today’s edition of Tarrant County Tuesday thinking you would find an article on stewardship did you?

Stewardship and craftsmanship are the two core themes behind Fort Worth builder Hedgefield Homes.  Created in 2013, the independently owned company has found a niche in the home building market that isn’t being met.

“We design and build homes for people that will value their home,” said Sommer Carlin, events coordinator of Hedgefield Homes.  “For people who want to stay in their home for a long time.”

Whether it is an inventory single-family home or townhome, a remodel project or a true custom home, the desire of Hedgefield Homes is to bring quality and value in every project.

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Inspired by what inspires - greatness

More than just homes, the Parks of Aledo has captured the neighborhood culture so many developments strive for. (Photos courtesy Parks of Aledo)

Are you, like me, tired of hearing the same old blah-blah from builders and developers when they try to sell you on how different their new community will be? How their newest community was inspired by older neighborhoods and how it will be designed unlike any other development in the history of ever?

I get that every new residential development has to have a shiny, exciting mantra and theme, promising buyers a world-class living experience like never before.  I get that developers and builders are just trying to sell the public on the greatness of the next new thing.

But seriously? Do we have to hear it every time? How this-or-that community is different?

Ironically, new developments in Tarrant & Parker Counties are populated with pretty much the same handful of builders — local and national — and therefore the homes all look relatively similar to the previous development that was inspired by history and designed to be different.

That is, until now …

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The school system is so broken

Everyone wants to live in a highly rated school district, but not everyone can afford that anymore in Tarrant County.

Yes “location, location, location” is still the first thing that comes out of a buyer’s mouth when asked what’s important in their next home.  The second is typically, “We want to live in a good school district!”

Of course, as a licensed real estate sales professionals, we are gagged and bound by money-taking governmental bodies that forbid us from giving facts, figures, or opinions on local schools and school districts.  But thanks to the World Wide Interweb it’s not that difficult to find.

Recently, the Texas Education Agency (TEA) released the 2018 D/FW School District Accountability Ratings, and it’s very telling in regards to real estate.

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This week’s Tarrant County Tuesday will highlight a myriad of homes in the Arlington Heights neighborhood that have colorful front doors.

One of the exciting parts of this exercise was that it didn’t take long at all to find homes with bright and attention-getting front doors.  Just like the neighborhood of Arlington Heights, these homes are full of charm and character mixed in with a little pizzazz.

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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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Houston Street is the place to be downtown

Houston Street is lined with stellar restaurants, watering holes, shops, and places of interest (Photos: Shoot2Sell)

Does it drive you CRAZY when people pronounce the name “Houston” like “U-ston”?  Or how about the way those snooty Yanks pronounce it, “Howe-ston”?  What is that all about?  Do you think those people know they are completely butchering a fairly simple word? Houston.

Sidenote: There are a handful of people who have called me “Zeth” for years and years.  It’s like nails on a chalkboard.  Now you know how to get on my bad side!

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Another year of Tarrant County Tuesday is coming to a close.  In the words of the Grateful Dead song, “What a long strange trip it’s been.

I hope you have enjoyed reading about the homes, neighborhoods and issues I’ve presented in this weekly blog for 2017.  It has been my utmost pleasure helping to showcase the spectacular real estate in Tarrant (and Parker) County.  Now for some awards … remember, no wagering please!

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With mature neighborhoods come mature trees

4517 Francisco Court in CandleRidge (photos: Roxanne Barton Tour Factory)

One of my goals for Tarrant County Tuesday is to introduce new areas of Fort Worth to our readers.  While it’s fun to see large and expensive homes, not everyone can or wants to afford a home that sometimes comes with that type of dwelling.

It brings me great joy to showcase neighborhoods of Cowtown that have quality homes at affordable prices and values.

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