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5 Best Neighborhoods in DFW to Build a Luxury Custom Home 2016

The Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex, which is the biggest inland metropolitan area in the US, is one of the most loved places for home-buyers in Texas. The residents of this area fondly refer to it as The Metroplex or DFW. DFW has always been the cultural and economic hub of North Central Texas or North Texas. People love building their custom homes in this part of the country. The section below will introduce you to the top DFW neighborhoods to build a custom home.

1. Southlake

The two factors that are primarily responsible for making South-lake one of the best neighborhoods for the wealthy home-buyers are the region’s country estate spirit and the fact that it’s located close to the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. The other pluses of the region that have made it a favorite spot for transplants relocating to North Central Texas are the restaurant and shopping destination of the region.

The history of South-lake area dates back to the 1840s; however, the region was not a part of the South-lake till 1956. Prior to the incorporation, the South-lake we now know was made up by settlements of Dove, Whites Chapel, Jellico, and Union Church. However, during its initial days, it was just a rural territory of Texas. Things started changing with the inauguration of the DFW International Airport during the 1970s. Since then, South-lake has been one of the most popular home-buying destinations in the country.

2. University Park

University Park is home to the Southern Methodist University and is located just a few miles away from downtown Dallas; these are the main factors behind its popularity among customer home builders and buyers. This neighborhood is also home to a first-rate school district.

During its initial years, the neighborhood of University Park was just a bunch of homes constructed surrounding the hatchling Southern Methodist University. When the university was set up in 1915, the region was a rural territory. Such was the situation that the university used to supply utility service to the surrounding homes. This continued till 1924; the university had to stop supplying utilities as the region’s population was growing rapidly and the school’s utilities were no more enough to meet the residents’ needs.

3. Highland Park

Highland Park is one of the first suburbs of Dallas and is rated among the wealthiest neighborhood of the state of Texas. It was set up during the early years of the 1900s. In 1913, the local officials of the suburb submitted an application requesting the authority to make it a part of the main city of Dallas. However, the application was rejected as one of the suburb’s larger neighbors refused to accept the merging.

Many residents of the region describe the experience of living in Highland Park as living with a caring concierge. To get access to the community pools for a season, one would need to pay $60. The town is also home to eight tennis courts; for getting access to one of the tennis courts, you’ll need to pay $40. It’s always recommended to reserve your spot in the court or pool by making a call in advance; however neither the courts nor the pools ever remain crowded. The town also has a luxuriously appointed library boasting a great collection of books; the gorgeous fireplace and dark wood bookshelves are two other fascinating attributes of the library.

Highland Park has not changed much in the past decades and the residents seem to love this quality of the region. The fact is that in spite of being planned and designed more than a century back, the town fits in aptly with the modern-day urban planning trends. Highland Park is self-contained, scores impressively when it comes to walk-ability, and borders some of the liveliest neighborhoods of Dallas including downtown Dallas, SMU, Oak Lawn, and Knox-Henderson.

4. Bent Tree

Development of this suburb began during the 1960s; since then, the development works have taken place at a steady pace. However, the past decade has seen the area undergo a renaissance, which has made it a popular choice among home-buyers.
Bent Tree is located in the Far North territory of Dallas and is known for being a quiet and family-focused region. Its location has ensured that people living in this part of DFW have easy access to the vibrant urban core of the city as well as a number of lively neighboring suburbs, which includes Richardson, Addison, Plano, and Carrollton. The life of the local community of the region is centered primarily on the Bent Tree Country Club.

Bent Tree is extremely picturesque. The region has a lush landscaping adorned with numerous mature trees and a series of beautiful features like a creek running through its westernmost part. You should plan to live here if you love peace, serenity, and nature.

5. Preston Hollow

This part of the DFW houses some of the most expensive homes of the state. Preston Hollow started its journey during the 1920s as a separate town in the northern farmlands of Dallas.

The academic scene of the place is truly impressive. The suburb, which is a part of the Dallas Independent School District, is home to schools like the Hillcrest High School, Benjamin Franklin Middle School, and Preston Hollow Elementary School. There are also a number of well-known public schools situated in and around the suburb. These include Hockaday School, Ursuline Academy, St. Mark’s School, Episcopal School, Jesuit College, etc.

Another fact that makes the region popular among affluent home-buyers is that Preston Hollow has a number of famous residents. The biggest name among them is probably of George W. Bush, the Former President of the US. He lives in this suburb along with his wife Laura Bush, the former First Lady. Mark Cuban, the owner of the professional basketball team Dallas Mavericks, owns a plush mansion (the mansion covers an area of 24,000 sq. ft.) in Preston Hollow. Oil and gas tycoon T. Boone Pickens also lives in this part of DFW.

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8 Exquisite Fort Worth Neighborhoods To Build a Custom Home 2016

Fort Worth, Texas is among the best places in the United States to build a home, and was named the best region for real estate development countrywide by Forbes Magazine in 2014. There are several reasons for this. First of all, a large working population keeps the demand for rentals high, providing investors with a consistent rental income and up to 15% return on funds invested. Secondly, corporate relocations by companies seeking to take advantage of favorable tax rates, a highly educated workforce and a strong job market means that demand for housing continues to grow. Finally, affordable land and a lower cost of living make it easier for both investors and potential homeowners to put up structures at a much cheaper cost than in other parts of the country. Whether you are looking to put up a private residence or are an investor interested in building properties for sale or rental, Fort Worth Texas is the place for you. Below are ten of the best neighborhoods in Fort Worth to build a luxury custom home in 2016 and maximize the returns you receive from the investment you put in.

1. River Crest

River Crest is located about three miles from Fort Worth CBD and has been in existence since 1911, when the River Crest Country Club House was built. The neighborhood is built around this club house and the River Crest Golf Course and is situated in a quiet tree lined area with Mediterranean, Tudor and Prairie style homes. Many of the homes in the area are two storied with basements. There are many structures which are over 50 years old in this neighborhood but recent developments have seen these torn down or remodeled to include more contemporary styles and elements of design. The neighborhood is close to several schools, public services, a public park and shopping areas.

2. Colonial Hills

This neighborhood can be found about four miles to the south west of Fort Worth CBD. Homes here feature Tudor; Colonial and Spanish design elements, with a few Ranch Style homes in selected parts of the neighborhood. Most homes are built with stucco or brick, are two storied and have an inbuilt basement. Sweeping views of the Fort Worth River Valley make this a popular neighborhood to settle in and homeowners or investors can expect to have access to several schools, a fire station, medical facilities and a shopping mall.

3. Mira Vista

This premier neighborhood which features a gated community, golf course, exclusive shopping areas, restaurants, entertainment venues and other luxurious amenities is located in Tarrant County, Fort Worth. Nature trails, bluff lots with lake views, a country club with golf and swimming, private schools and high design standards make this neighborhood ideal for those looking to build luxury homes. Mira Vista, which is set in 700 acres of scenic ranch land, translates into see the view’. The exacting demand standards mean that you will need the services of a custom luxury home builder such as Larry Stewart Custom Homes. Mira Vista is located 7 miles southwest of Fort Worth CBD.

4. Tanglewood

Tanglewood is a relaxed, exclusive neighborhood located to the southwest of Fort Worth CBD and renowned for its ranch style homes, winding streets, bicycle/walking path and the Tanglewood elementary school which is the highest ranking elementary school in Fort Worth. Originally used for dairy farming and as ranch land, the area is now made up of one and two storey houses with a city park next to the Trinity River and lots of tall, stately trees that set this neighborhood apart from the rest. Located North of Bellaire Drive, Tanglewood is an upscale neighborhood perfect for building your luxury home or investment property.

5. Westover Hills

One of the more exclusive neighborhoods in Fort Worth, Westover Hills is situated in a hilly, tree shaded area with large lots featuring large, multi-storied and custom built homes. Architectural styles vary depending on the client as well as the designer responsible for building, with Mediterranean and Tudor styles being prevalent in the older sections of the neighborhood. Large lots, tree lined streets as well as its status as an incorporated city with a police department, town hall and city council make this one of the more popular neighborhoods to build a luxury home in. Westover Hills is located just 4.5 miles west of the Fort Worth CBD, making it easy for residents to access shopping, entertainment and dining facilities easily and quickly.

6. Overton Woods and Overton Park

These neighborhoods are located along the Trinity River about five miles from downtown Fort Worth. They are named after the son of the original land owner and was originally a large cattle farm and ranch. The neighborhoods made up of old homes built between the late 50s and 60s but recent developments are seeing more and more people building new ones or refurbishing old ones using custom luxury home builders.

7. TCU Area

The TCU Area is named after the neighboring Texas Christian University, which was the original land owner when the estate was being constructed. It includes both Frisco and Prospect heights. Frisco is an active community featuring sports such as soccer and golf. It has a major shopping area with supermarkets, retail stores, entertainment venues and even an arts discovery centre. TCU has been renovating its facilities over the last few years, which means that property owners and investors are assured of a constant flow of renters. People looking to build luxury homes are not left out either as the neighborhood features some generous lots as well as older houses which can be renovated to inculcate modern features and design.

8. Aledo

Aledo is a medium sized neighborhood perfect for people who are looking for something between big city and small town living. People looking to buy or build a home have access to a wide variety of choices including small starter homes to mansion type homes on large lots. People living in this community can expect to have access to Mexican restaurants, coffee houses, live community events, a farmers market and artisan shows.

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Your Fort Worth Custom Home Experts

With its stable job market and growing economy brought about by large companies relocating to Texas, Fort Worth is a great area for real estate investors and homeowners looking to build their dream homes in an affordable and aesthetic area. If you are looking for a custom luxury home builder in Fort Worth, then you cannot go wrong with Larry Stewart Custom Homes. Give us a call at (817) 251-5832 and we will be happy to answer any questions you have.