612 Rockledge Court in Point Vista at Parks of Aledo (photos: Norman & Young)

Point Vista at Parks of Aledo is where nature calls home.  If you’re tired of large cookie-cutter homes and concrete, this is the neighborhood for you.

Point Vista — The Place To Be

Located in the burgeoning town of Aledo, just 13 minutes west of Fort Worth, the Parks of Aledo neighborhood was established to meet the demand for quality homes close to pocket parks that fit into the landscape — not destroy it.

Point Vista at Parks of Aledo is an extension of the original neighborhood.  You will still find curvilinear streets surrounding pocket parks and a world-class mountain bike trail that stretches for miles and miles.

You probably remember my 1,000-plus word ode to Parks of Aledo from 2018 if you’ve followed this blog for a while.

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According to a recent report from CoreLogic, home prices in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex increased by nearly 4 percent from February 2018 to February 2019.

In the State of Texas, Fort Worth took home first prize as the municipality where home prices increased the most during that span with 5.7 percent increase.  Not a prize to be proud of, necessarily.

This is nothing new.  We have seen home prices increase since the Great Recession.  While price increases certainly aren’t fun for home buyers, they haven’t stopped the Dallas-Fort Worth area from being one of the hottest relocation destinations in the United States

Tarrant Tax Appraisal District Doing Its Thing

What is unsettling is that local municipalities continue to abuse this housing boom and overall strong economy to inflate property values when it comes to tax appraisal time.

In a recent story by the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Tarrant County chief appraiser Jeffrey Law was quoted that 2019 tax values would most likely increase 7 to 10 percent.

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Master Down is highly valuable in Texas

3910 and 3908 Bryce Avenue are urban townhomes with the master on the main level (photos: Norman & Young)

Ask any builder and they will tell you that the most difficult product to design is the urban townhome with the master bedroom on the first floor.  It’s a tough nut to crack.

Most homesites in the Arlington Heights area of Fort Worth — walking distance to shops, museums, restaurants and the nearly completed Dickie’s Arena — measure 50 feet in width.  With a five-foot side setback from the property line you have about 40 feet of home.

3910 Bryce Avenue is under contract - but 3908 Bryce is available

Urban and contemporary – lots of natural light from large windows fill  the living/kitchen area of 3910 Bryce Avenue

If you want a townhome/duplex on the property then you are dealing with approximately 20 feet of width in which to find a space for — garage, master bedroom, kitchen, living.  It’s quite a challenge. (more…)

College living isn't what it used to be!

The Skyrock Condos are only two blocks from the Texas Christian University campus in Fort Worth.

Close your eyes and think about where you lived in college. Did you enjoy the dorm experience?  How about an off-campus apartment up multiple flights of stairs?  Maybe you lived in a house during your college experience?

I started college living in a dorm room that might have been a 10-foot-by-10-foot square.  It was cozy, to say the least. (Especially with my potluck roommate’s 15 bottles of Chaps cologne … beats me why.)

I finished my four-plus years of higher learning by cramming five guys into a three-bedroom, one-bathroom house, which was a total blast.  I think I paid $350 per month in rent.  I’d do all of it all over in a heartbeat, too!

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(Full disclosure: I’m a Williams Trew Real Estate agent representing this development, but I’d be just as excited about it regardless.)

Allow me to introduce you to Fort Worth’s newest (and only) single-family, new urban construction, under-$400,000-priced homes located less than seven minutes from downtown Fort Worth.

Where else can you find such an offering?  You won’t find this offered in San Antonio.  You can’t find that product in Houston.  And this housing certainly doesn’t exist in Big D. Yes, literally 2.4 miles from these new homes is Sundance Square, Bass Hall, and world-class shops and restaurants.

Meet The Bluffs at River East.

 

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urban views from many rooms in home

Sitting high on Overton Terrace Court allows for picturesque views. (photos: Norman and Young Photography)

How important are views when considering a home?  For some, it’s not a big deal.  They wouldn’t spend more or less on a home based on what can be seen out the window.  For others the views are high on the “must have” list when searching for a home.

If you are looking for a home of 4,250 square feet with five bedrooms, centrally located to just about everything in Fort Worth, complete with serene views from many rooms in the home, then you must check out 4501 Overton Terrace Court.

Must Have Windows

Of course in order to see the views the home must have plenty of large windows in the right places.

Huge windows allow for great views both inside and outside the home.

Not only do great windows allow for great views, they also bring in plenty of natural light and beauty to the home.

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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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