Published on Apr 5, 2012
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This upgrade-rich Plantation home sits in a relaxed neighborhood where Fort Worth and Keller, TX meet.
Turning into the single entrance/exit of the Rays Pointe Estates neighborhood, you'll feel like you've just entered a secret island of a community. Children ride down the sidewalks on their bikes and neighbors wave as you drive down the street. Because the neighborhood doesn't have traffic passing through, vehicles entering are either residents or friends or family of a resident—and the southern hospitality treats you accordingly.
Walking past the well-maintained landscaping up to the front door, you might miss the first of many details the current owners paid special attention to: the door is stained on the outside to match the house, and on the inside to match the wrought-iron staircase rails housed in a darkly painted wooden base.
The entire house was designed with practical luxury in mind. From the smaller examples such as the laundry room being wired for a refrigerator to the larger considerations such as the formal dining and living rooms' hardwood, hand-scraped flooring that meets the ceramic tile in decorative breaks. Don't want your children (or spouse!) coming in from the saltwater pool dripping on the floor? Just use the outside shower in the half-bathroom before coming in.
But then again, it's hard to come inside while still wet when there's a built-in outdoor grill and smoker, patio, pergola, and outside speakers. For the kids, a high-quality tree house provides extra entertainment. All this backyard fun comes with privacy, too. Instead of rear neighbors, behind the house is a church parking lot that is used only on Sundays.
Every room has a ceiling fan for extra comfort in the Texas heat, although you'll find this house has more significant upgrades to fight the high temperatures: a radiant barrier, R40 insulation (sprayed twice), and two AC control panels on a damper switch with separate thermometers upstairs and downstairs. Welcome to lower electricity bills!
Other features that set this house apart include the gas stove (just one important feature in the spacious kitchen with granite countertops); door upgrades (you won't find the basic flat-panel doors inside this house); an extra master bedroom upstairs (also known as a mother-in-law suite); an enlarged stone shower in the master bathroom; custom paint jobs throughout the house that add to the feeling of comfort and family; premium travertine stone around the saltwater pool, featuring a tanning ledge and waterfall; a nearby running trail; and a storage area attached to the house for lawn equipment so you can use the oversized three-car garage with built-in cabinets for whatever you really want to use it for.
Get all this and pay no city taxes in Fort Worth until 2015, when the community is annexed into Fort Worth instead of Keller. Paying only county and school taxes saves a sizable sum on a monthly basis.
Arthur Tanner Harp. Harpo Writings LLC.
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