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Why is it so hard to create the next great neighborhood?  We hear about it all the time from builders and developers of what great lengths to which they have gone in order to re-create timeless neighborhoods from the 1920s and 1930s. And yet, they all seem to fall flat.

Trinity Heights — A Truly Timeless Neighborhood

Of course, there are some exceptions.  I have written about Parks of Aledo a number of times.  You know I’m a big fan of that development — as are the many who have flocked there.  Walsh is another in the area that strives to become exceptional as is Edwards Ranch in Fort Worth.  Only time will tell.

Timeless neighborhoods are seemingly impossible these days

Established in 1998, Trinity Heights is truly a timeless neighborhood in Fort Worth

Whether it’s incapability or prices or just lack of creativity, there are so few new neighborhoods that truly capture the magic and nostalgia of older neighborhoods.

That’s why venturing to Trinity Heights to check out the home at 6654 Gascony Place was such a treat.

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First MCM in Ridglea Hills? Apparently

According to stories, 4415 Tamworth Rd. was the first Midcentury Modern home built in Ridglea Hills. 

First, let’s be honest — we love winners. Whether it’s the first place ribbon you got for the egg toss in second grade or picking the Final Four correctly, we love being first!

How about the opportunity to own the first ever Midcentury Modern home built in the glorious neighborhood of Ridglea Hills in Fort Worth?

According to stories, the first Midcentury Modern home was built in 1960 at 4415 Tamworth Road, and is the subject of today’s Tarrant County Tuesday column.

Kitchen of 4415 Tamworth has been recently updated

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Can you believe this home was built in 2010

Yellow homes sell faster than homes painted other colors! (photos: Trey Freeze Media)

While Valentines are pink and red, can you guess what the most pleasing color to paint the exterior of a home might be?

White?  No.  Gray?  Nope.  Blue?  Nein mein freund.

Studies show that homes painted a warm shade of yellow are the most pleasing, and report that yellow homes sell quicker than others. It’s true, and we can tell that you’re already falling in love with this adorable yellow home in Fort Worth. Of course, you should always trust a bow tie-wearing Realtor!

Benefits of Yellow Homes

Not only do yellow homes give people the warm and fuzzies, they offer a plethora of perks.

How are you with directions?  If you didn’t have your GPS system on your phone would you be able to find an unfamiliar location?

Yellow homes are very pleasing

Usable front porches are rarely found with newer homes — not so at 1800 Lipscomb Avenue in Fort Worth.

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The Trinity Trails are part of the Trinity River in Fort Worth

527 Trail Rider Road in River Heights takes full advantage of the Trinity Trails (photos: Trey Freeze Media)

The Trinity Trails — concrete and crushed granite paths that follow the Trinity River — are yet one more tremendous benefit to Fort Worth living.

If you have ever been to Austin and seen the vibrant gatherings of walkers, joggers, or cyclists along Town Lake, you will have a glimpse of what the Trinity Trails strive to become.

In recent year numerous shops, restaurants, outdoor venues and residential establishments have popped up throughout the Fort Worth fully taking advantage of the natural beauty of the Trinity River and trails.

(Assuming the federal government bails out one grossly over-budgeted project involving the Trinity River, in time there will be even more commerce along the Trails — but let’s get into political graft, greed, and nepotism at a later date)

One recently developed neighborhood in The River DistrictRiver Heights, takes full advantage of the Trails.

River Heights was once a garden nursery

Beautiful views of the river and easy access to the Trinity Trails make River Heights a highly desired community.

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[Editor’s note: Merry Christmas! This week, we’re taking time off to focus on our loved ones, so we are sharing some of our favorite stories from this year. Keep an eye out for our top features from the archives as we rest and get ready for a brilliant 2019! Cheers, from Candy and the entire staff at CandysDirt.com!]

Can you believe it’s almost gone?  Another year in the books and almost 40 Tarrant County Tuesday blogs to digest.

As always, I hope you have enjoyed the journey around various homes, neighborhoods, trends, and happenings from your Bowtie Realtor.  It is my goal not only to educate but to entertain and I love responses – whether positive or negative – because real estate inspires me and I want it to evoke a reaction in you as well.

In 2018 we touched a lot of subjects.  We talked about the buyer’s market that Tarrant County is entering.  We also learned how price per foot is an absurd and invalid way to determine the true value of a home.  We even dipped our toe into public education and how that impacts home values and prices.  Oh, what a year it’s been.

And here are a few winners from 2018 … enjoy.

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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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