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"De gustibus non est disputandum," the Ancients Claimed

  Maple trees and oaks line Leyton Grove's footpath to the acclaimed O.C. Taylor Elementary School.

“Regarding taste, there is no argument.” Today, we simply say, "Beauty is in the eye of the beholder."

How, then, do we reckon architectural beauty?

In his Ten Books on Architecture, Roman architect Vitruvius described a subjective notion of beauty he called “eurythmia” or “good rhythm”. It is a pleasant appearance achieved by measure and moderation.

In modern times, architect Mies van der Rohe famously said, “Less is more”. Likewise, it is an appeal for restraint.

According to Colleyville developer David Bagwell, “John Ruskin, one of the great thinkers of the Victorian age, believed that buildings are emblematic. The emblem of Leyton Grove homebuilder V Fine Homes is temperance in architectural expression. Their lovely homes demonstrate the harmony and graceful semblance that Vitruvius admired.”

Patrick Towle, president of V Fine Homes, says that fidelity in design, materials selection, and artisanship underlies the company's homebuilding success. “We faithfully portray the rich architectural styles of the past and provide refined artistic expression throughout the interior. My standard is detailing that's so precise it’s hard to believe a house is new. That may mean polish or intentional imperfection, depending on what recaptures the gracefulness of the past.”

Leyton Grove, where V Fine Homes builds in Colleyville, is a picturesque luxury home neighborhood with a timelessness that comes from architecturally significant and harmonious luxury homes. It is located on the east side of Montclair Drive between Glade Road and Hall-Johnson Road. Leyton Grove is served by the Grapevine-Colleyville ISD. The Blue Ribbon O.C. Taylor Elementary School is accessible from Leyton Grove by wooded footpath. Money magazine recently rated Colleyville highest in Texas on its list of the country's top 100 communities. For additional information on V Fine Homes, call 817/737-3377. For Leyton Grove information, visit www.bagwellcompany.com


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