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Walks, Trails and Pathways Provide Common Thread for Three Uncommon Colleyville Neighborhoods.

  Whittier Heights, Old Grove at Whittier Heights and Benedict Hill at Westmont share neighborhood-defining amenities as well as high standards for new home construction not found in less ambitious environs.

Tapestry is an apt metaphor to describe Whittier Heights, Old Grove at Whittier Heights and Benedict Hill at Westmont, a trio of contiguous $450K to $650K fine home developments of The David Bagwell Company in northwest Colleyville.

The threads of this unique "neighborhood tapestry" comprise a veritable work of art: site planning that makes the most of natural features and preserves the provision of nature; homes with traditional architectural motifs, rich materials, and the artisanship of genuine craftsmen; extensive landscaping of home sites; and the whole covered with thousands of transplanted trees.

The golden thread interwoven through this "neighborhood tapestry" is a system of walks, trails and pathways by which residents enjoy native environs, the elegance of handcrafted homes, and community with neighbors.

"After staring at a computer all day, it's refreshing to look into the face of another human being," remarked Colleyville developer David Bagwell. "So goes a common yearning of our times." He explained further, "To foster social connection among residents who amble neighborhood sidewalks and trails, our architectural guidelines encourage home designs with front porches and landscaped terraces. Little satisfies like fellowship that arises spontaneously from casual conversation. Often times this leads to deeper relations, even lifelong friendship."

In addition to facilitating human interaction, the elaborate pedestrian system was designed to afford the abundant shade of tree canopies, dramatic vistas, and close proximity to artistic features in the pedestrian realm. Trails wind through hill and dale, offering the restorative experience of which John Keats wrote:

To one who has been long in city pent,
'tis very sweet to look into the fair and open face of heaven,
to breathe a prayer full in the smile of the blue firmament.

In over 30 acres of preserved natural areas, homeowners discover what Whittier Heights' namesake, Fireside Poet John Greenleaf Whittier, meant by: Beauty seen is never lost, God's colors all are fast. Benches, overlooks, and observation points accommodate those who would linger long enough to see the redwing blackbird build her nest, the neon skimmer hover over a spring fed creek, or a blue heron fish for dinner in one of six neighborhood lakes.

The pedestrian experience is further enhanced by wildflowers growing along The Solidago Trail, a three-mile circuit whose name is derived from the native varieties of goldenrod that bloom beside it in the fall of each year. This natural phenomenon was foreshadowed in Whittier's "The Last Walk in Autumn" where he penned:

Along the river's summer walk,
The withered tufts of asters nod;
And trembles on its arid stalk
The hoar plume of the goldenrod.

It is this level of detail, passion for historic precedent, and esteem for nature's bounty that distinguishes David Bagwell Company neighborhoods in northwest Colleyville.

To experience this rich neighborhood tapestry and its luxury homes from $450,000 for yourself, drive McDonwell School Road between Westcoat and Precinct Line Road in Colleyville. For more information, call Marketing Representative Susan Folkert at 214/673-6754 or go online to www.bagwellcompany.com

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