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Developer says, “Move in, then get out!”

  Homes in David Bagwell Company neighborhoods are designed and built according to traditional architectural standards to ensure aesthetic appeal for the neighborhood as a whole.

Charles Dickens was the author of many stirring works of fiction, well-known stories like A Tale of Two Cities, David Copperfield, and A Christmas Carol. Few know that he was also a riveting storyteller. Emerging from a Boston theatre where he had heard Dickens read one of his beloved novels abridged for the occasion, American poet John Greenleaf Whittier marveled, “Another such star-shower is not to be expected in one’s life-time.”

Dickens’ great popularity may be attributed to his extraordinary perception of human nature, which led to his prescient remark, “Electric communication will never be a substitute for the face of someone who with their soul encourages another person to be brave and true.”

Colleyville developer David Bagwell believes that the building industry intuits Dickens’ insight but often fails to acknowledge it in practice. He explains, “Luxury home neighborhoods without venues for social intercourse are sterile, often merely rows of ‘muscle houses’ suffused with electronic gadgetry that tends to distance us even as it facilitates communication. If, as pundits say, email and voicemail are destroying the art of letter writing, I suggest they also threaten the more fundamental art of conversation.

“A residential area with outdoor appeal encourages people to get out of their homes and into the surrounding environs, where they may transcend the reclusive tendency of modern culture. Our Colleyville neighborhoods are planned so that residents casually come together face to face. In pedestrian-friendly and visually rich developments, like ours, people walk about for pleasure, appreciating homes designed, built, and landscaped according to traditional architectural and materials guidelines. Through copious tree planting, natural area preservation, and the allocation of substantial portions of our developments to embellished common areas, these lovely homes enjoy a beautiful setting in which people may get to know their neighbors.”

Broughton’s classic land plan featuring Greens and Commons create a milieu for close relations among neighbors.  

“In Broughton, homes are located either on short culs-de-sac or short looping streets and either face gracious, tree-lined greens or back to broad, partially wooded commons. Streets are lined with stalwart trees specially selected for their seasonal attributes. In summer months, magnolias and crepe myrtles fill the landscape with color and the air with sweet fragrance. In the fall, specially selected oaks, ash, maples, and elms provide a spectacular show of color. To facilitate social interaction, design guidelines call for homes that face greens to have front porches or terraces. And, homes that back to commons have wrought iron fences and extensive tree planting that visually blend rear yards with wooded commons.

“The Estates of Westmont, Benedict Hill at Westmont, Whittier Heights, and Old Grove at Whittier Heights comprise a special aesthetic district in northwest Colleyville, where design guidelines lead the construction of homes with aesthetic appeal and architectural interest. Many of these homes also enjoy porch and terrace venues that casually afford neighbors the opportunity of acquaintance and camaraderie. In addition, residents enjoy more than 40 acres of common area enriched by two flowing creeks, seven ponds, preserved forests, trails and walks, a vine-covered pergola, a hilltop belvedere, and a 250 year old New World Dutch Barn to be raised on Saturday, May 20 for casual use and formal occasions. Over 5,000 trees are being planted in these developments to create the umbrageous neighborhood aspect that the country’s historic residential areas have fixed in our memories,” Bagwell says.

“There is a palpable ‘Sense of Place’ about our neighborhoods, a nostalgia rooted in richly remembered places and beloved by the kindred spirits living there. They have chosen a genuine neighborhood over ‘arrested developments’, because they understand the role that close social relations play in the quality of their lives.”

For further information, contact Susan Folkert at 214/673-6754 or click here.


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