The fireplace at 13809 Green Elm Road is a direct vent — so there’s no chimney for Santa to come down.

How does he do it?

How is Santa not only able to deliver toys to all the good little girls and boys of the world, but how does he manage to get down the chimney? I have so many questions for Santa. Does he have a favorite type of fireplace?  What about a direct-vent fireplace? How does he handle homes with no fireplace?

Reviewing the homes of Tarrant County Tuesday from 2018, I wanted to share some of the vast options that jolly old St. Nick will have in a few short weeks.

While a tall flue , the actual fire box might be a tight squeeze for St. Nick at 312 Verna Trail

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Completed in 2017, 321 Verna Trail North is inspired by Mission Revival architectural elements. (Photos: Trey Freeze Media)

Fourteen miles and only 20 minutes separate the always happening downtown Fort Worth with a 63-acre horse lover’s dream house.

That’s right.  It will take less time to drive from Fort Worth’s Sundance Square to this 7,324-square-foot, five-bedroom, six-and-one-half bathroom, single-story property than it does to boil and egg on an open flame.

Horse lover's paradise

321 Verna Trail North is a 7,324 square-foot estate with five beds, six-and-a-half baths, and beautiful views throughout home

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The modern farmhouse at 224 Clementine Court is still on the market.

From time to time, a home might sit available on the market for a longer than anticipated period.  Is it the home?  Is it the price?  Is it something that has nothing to do with home or price? Maybe the right buyer hasn’t come along yet.

Looking back at the homes highlighted thus far in 2018, I wanted to make sure you didn’t forget about these homes that might have slipped through the cracks.

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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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