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Residents Feel Nostalgic Connection to Three New Colleyville Neighborhoods.

  The Solidado Trail connects the residents of David Bagwell Company neighborhoods with one another as well as their natural environs.

According to novelist Wallace Stegner, Sense of Place is a nostalgic feeling created by the profound aspects of where a person lives.

To instill Sense of Place in a trio of $450K - $650K fine home neighborhoods in northwest Colleyville, developer David Bagwell and select custom homebuilders obey three essentials of Place that Stegner identified.

People ascribe Place to where they live if what they see, when they look around, resonates in them. Whittier Heights, Old Grove at Whittier Heights, and Benedict Hill at Westmont enjoy unique geographic and natural features that have been preserved and enhanced through application of classic planning principles and New Urbanist ideals. Equally important, design, building, and landscape guidelines ensure that homes of character and enduring quality are built in these environs.

Place is also perceived where there is a remembered and celebrated history. From the reason, Benedict Hill at Westmont is named for the early Colleyville family whose home sat atop the promontory now bearing their name. Today an expansive view over Colleyville and beyond is afforded at the vine covered stone belvedere built there.

Likewise, Old Grove at Whittier Heights is named for the remnant of the ancient Eastern Cross Timbers preserved on the hillside adjacent to Benedict Hill. Writer Washington Irving dubbed the Cross Timbers the "Cast Iron Forest", and a street running beside "the old grove" has been given that name.

The third element of Place that Stegner identifies is the application of remembered history to contemporary meaning. In Whittier Heights, streets named Riverpath, Eventide, and Harmony recall the pastoral themes about which 19th Century New England poet John Greenleaf Whittier eloquently wrote.

Stegner believed that, if we don't know where we are, we don't know who we are. He expounded that he was "…not talking about the kind of location that can be determined by looking at a map…(but) talking about the kind of knowing that involves the senses, the memory, the history of a family or a tribe…talking about the knowing that poets specialize in." Hence, the Whittier Heights Poets Walk.

Whittier Heights, Old Grove at Whittier Heights, and Benedict Hill at Westmont are invested with numerous "neighborhood identifying features", by which residents may distinguish the physical and qualitative boundaries of these Places. Among them are the Whittier Heights stained glass entry monument at Providence Road and McDonwell School Road, the 36-foot tall spire at the entry end-view, and the tile, stone, and steel pergola overarching The Solidago Trail. Each development also sets aside areas where memories and history of Place are created: trails, walks and woodpaths; observation points; the Benedict Hill belvedere, the Whittier Heights pavilion, and the Old Grove Lodge; playgrounds; six lakes and two flowing creeks; and the whole suffused with over 7,000 transplanted trees at homesites and in common areas.

Experience the palpable Sense of Place at these three evocative neighborhoods on McDonwell School Road between Westcoat and Precinct Line Road in northwest Colleyville. For more information, visit www.bagwellcompany.com or call Susan Folkert at 214/673-6754.


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