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There are so many great places to live in Fort Worth that it helps to have an expert on your side. The Neighborhood Guide presented by Briggs Freeman Sotheby's International Realty gives you insider access from the agents who live and work there, providing in-the-know info about your possible new community.

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Just southwest of downtown Fort Worth is Tanglewood, a neighborhood known for its family-friendliness, excellent schools, and deep sense of community.

Real estate professional Sharion Innis Bostic couldn’t agree more. The Fort Worth native has called this part of town home for more than 25 years, and says there is not a better place to live.

“We moved here because we wanted our children to go to exemplary, neighborhood schools where their friends were close by,” says Bostic. “This is a neighborhood where kids can still walk to school or ride their bike. The parks, bike trails, and community tennis courts make it a great place to get out and meet your neighbors, too.”

It's also a centrally located place where you can walk to shops and the grocery store — not to mention TCU and Colonial Country Club. The Stockyards are also just 15 minutes away, and Dickies Arena is only 10 minutes away.

As a former flight attendant, Bostic enjoyed buying and remodeling homes so much in her off time that eight years ago she decided to take her keen learnings and insights and pursue a full-time real estate career. Not only does she rely on her expertise in negotiating to assure that her clients have a smooth and rewarding experience, her background in visual marketing is also an asset.

When she’s not working, you might find Bostic with her husband and three daughters cheering on the Aggies or Horned Frogs. She also loves walking her Labradors along the Trinity Trails and attending events for The Woman’s Club of Fort Worth.

Bostic offered up a few of her personal favorites about life in and around Tanglewood. Here's her guide to the area:

Where to eat & drink
Bostic suggests Jon's Grille, which is a ranch-to-table concept with an incredible BYOB (Build Your Own Burger) situation. Don’t skip their snacks either, where you can order such things as the Trainwreck (fries, tortilla chips, queso, chopped brisket, jalapeños, scallions, and cilantro) and elote fritters.

More legendary burgers can be had at Dutch’s, a neighborhood fave. And Charleston’s is another longtime local hangout for home cooking like meatloaf and chicken fried steak. For an upscale-yet-comfortable experience, Tavern is your place.

Where to play
Tanglewood is located near a branch of the Trinity River, so walking, running, or biking the Trinity Trails is a beautiful advantage of this neighborhood.

“You can also walk to The Shops at Clearfork, which is an upscale hub for shopping, entertaining, and dining,” says Bostic. “It’s so much fun!” She also loves playing tennis on the community courts.

What to see
The Cultural District is only five minutes away and has five award-winning museums within walking distance of each other, including the Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, Kimbell Art Museum, National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame, and Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth.

Where to live
Most of the properties are one- or two-story, traditional ranch-style homes that were built for families, according to Bostic. The homes are generally sited on spacious lots, ranging from one-third of an acre to three-quarters of an acre, and many have large trees, too.

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Sharion Bostic lives, works, and plays in Tanglewood. For more information on buying and selling a home in the area, click here, email sbostic@briggsfreeman.com, or call 682-465-9674.

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Walsh: A dreamy, new world-class neighborhood that thrives on community

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There are so many great places to live in Fort Worth that it helps to have an expert on your side. The Neighborhood Guide presented by Briggs Freeman Sotheby's International Realty gives you insider access from the agents who live and work there, providing in-the-know info about your possible new community.

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While the term "master planned community" is frequently used, real estate professional Adrianne Holland, GRI, will tell you that Walsh is in a class of its own in this category.

Located in Fort Worth, the new, 7,200-acre development is one of the largest of its kind in a major U.S. city and includes commercial development, residential neighborhoods, and mixed-use areas.

“The developer invested in more than a decade of research and design to ensure every factor that makes a world-class neighborhood was planned out in detail,” says Holland, who was born and raised in Fort Worth. “This included many forward-thinking, long-term investments, such as a tree farm, integration with a top school district, 2,300 acres of green space, and some of the most advanced internet connectivity available in the United States.”

She’s so inspired by the area that she’s building her own custom home in Walsh and will be moving there in 2023.

“From creative neighborhood events that happen year-round to outstanding amenities and the friendly waves of passing golf carts, this neighborhood has a thriving community experience that is missing from so many others,” adds Holland.

One of her greatest joys is helping her clients find their perfect home, for whatever phase they are moving into in life. Another great joy? Halloween decorations! "My decorations definitely lean to scary rather than whimsical, and every year I try to build on what I did the year before," she says.

Holland is also a frozen yogurt aficionado — it's her "kryptonite" — and she will detour on road trips and block time to try new places.

Fro-yo aside, she offered up some of her personal favorites about life in Walsh. Here's her guide to the area:

Where to eat & drink
While Fort Worth is a mere 12 minutes away for anything you might be craving, Holland also suggests two excellent options even closer to Walsh: Fire Oak Grill in Weatherford and Railhead Smokehouse BBQ in Willow Park.

“Both places have Texas-style decor and laid-back ambiance," says Holland. "Definitely ask for my favorite off-the-menu item at Railhead: the fried turkey.”

Where to play
Walsh has 120 acres of green space in addition to a state-of-the-art Athletic Club with sport courts and two huge swimming pools.

But Holland’s go-to hangout is Lake Park — especially in the summer months — where you can rent a kayak, lounge in an Adirondack chair, or go for a swim in the nine-acre lake. There’s also a two-tiered, shaded playground with a cushioned floor to keep little ones safe while they play on swings, slides, and a globe spinner.

Holland also loves Makerspace, a creative lab and gathering place that provides innovative tools and technology like 3-D printers, robotics, laser cutters, woodworking tools, sewing equipment, and kid-friendly arts and crafts. Access to Makerspace is an included amenity for all Walsh residents.

What to see
“Don’t miss a chance to visit downtown Weatherford,” says Holland. “It has a rich Western and pioneer history that can be seen and explored in its downtown square and historic district.”

It’s also the Peach Capital of Texas, and there’s an annual Peach Festival where you can sample many fruity creations.

Where to live
Holland shares that Walsh allows future residents to select from a broad range of architectural styles, with one to suit almost any taste.

There are eight unique styles from which to choose: Colonial Revival, Mediterranean, midcentury modern, Arts and Crafts, modern farmhouse, Texas vernacular, transitional, and Tudor.

“The variety of architecture is so appealing, but if none of those styles perfectly match your taste there are custom-designated areas, such as Cline Park, that allow you to further customize your dream home,” adds Holland.

Holland represented the buyer of 2600 Paladora Drive, which is a quintessential example of a custom home in Walsh.

“Located in Cline Park, this modern hacienda home is elegant, timeless, and welcoming with its beautiful red tile roof, several alfresco gathering spaces, and a neutral color palette that garners a sense of relaxation,” she says.

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Adrianne Holland works and plays in Walsh. For more information on buying and selling a home in the area, click here, email aholland@briggsfreeman.com, or call 817-988-7955.

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Agent Adrianne Holland.

Colonial: Historic character and friendly neighbors in the heart of Fort Worth

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There are so many great places to live in Fort Worth that it helps to have an expert on your side. The Neighborhood Guide presented by Briggs Freeman Sotheby's International Realty gives you insider access from the agents who live and work there, providing in-the-know info about your possible new community.

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Real estate advisor Raleigh Green considers the Colonial neighborhood of Fort Worth almost like a second home. Growing up, he spent a significant amount of time there at his grandparents’ and friends’ houses, and was always running up and down the streets to train for his high school and college track meets.

Green and his wife, Megan, who works with him, still have family members and close friends who live in Colonial, and they are constantly showing off the neighborhood to clients.

Born and raised in Fort Worth, Raleigh is active in the community and serves on several boards in Fort Worth. Fun fact: Raleigh’s community knowledge and associations have earned him the nickname “The Mayor of Fort Worth.”

“Location, location, location,” is a big advantage, according to the Greens, as Colonial is in the heart of Fort Worth and is close to Texas Christian University, shopping and dining in University Park Village, and several parks and bike paths along the Trinity River.

“Plus, Colonial has historic character, impressive architecture, and a true community of friendly, caring and respectful neighbors,” they add.

The neighborhood’s namesake Colonial Country Club is also attractive for homebuyers. The private golf course is home to the Charles Schwab Challenge, a PGA tournament that comes to Fort Worth every May.

The Greens offered up a few of their personal favorites about life in Colonial. Here's their guide to the area:

Where to eat & drink
As part of chef Tim Love’s empire, the Woodshed Smokehouse pays homage to all things grilled, roasted, and slow-cooked, and it’s a favorite destination for the Greens. It’s also a great place for a cold beer or craft cocktail overlooking the Trinity River.

For authentic Mexican food and solid margaritas, the Greens suggest Maria's Mexican Kitchen. They also head to HG Sply Co. for healthy yet hearty and delicious fare.

Pacific Table brings an eclectic mix of modern, Pacific Northwest cuisine to the table (don’t miss the grilled artichokes or the San Francisco cioppino) — and their brunch menu is small but mighty with sweet and savory flavors.

Where to play
The Colonial Country Club is right in your backyard with its world-class golf course, but the Greens also recommend the Fort Worth Zoo for fun for the whole family.

To spend time in nature they head to Overton Park, the Trinity River for fishing and kayaking, and the Trinity Trails for running and cycling. Catching a sports game at Texas Christian University is another favorite pastime.

Where to live
The Greens advise that homes for sale in the Colonial neighborhood are generally large, updated two-story properties in a wide variety of styles, including Colonial, Spanish, and Tudor, along with a few ranch-style homes.

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Raleigh and Megan Green work and play in Colonial. For more information on buying and selling a home in the area, click here, email rgreen@briggsfreeman.com, or call 214-208-7417.

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Ridglea Country Club Estates: Fort Worth’s golf course community is serenity in the city

Your Expert Guide

There are so many great places to live in Fort Worth that it helps to have an expert on your side. The Neighborhood Guide presented by Briggs Freeman Sotheby's International Realty gives you insider access from the agents who live and work there, providing in-the-know info about your possible new community.

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Fort Worth is a changing and growing city, and real estate agent Pat Safian has been passionate about helping her clients find their own place in it — just like she once did.

Born in England, Pat lived in several states and countries before her military dad was stationed at Carswell Air Force Base in Fort Worth, which happened to be the city where she finally felt at home.

Ridglea Country Club Estates, located in southwest Fort Worth, holds an extra-special place in Pat’s heart. She spent nine years there with her then-husband, raising their kids. This neighborhood has also been an area of focus during her 20-year real estate career. So she knows firsthand how distinctive this private community is.

With 624 homes built around a beautiful 18-hole golf course, RCCE offers a beautiful setting that includes easy access to the Trinity Trails, right outside the entrance.

“I like that there is only one entrance in and out — and that many of the homes here are custom,” Pat says. “It’s a very quiet neighborhood, too.”

While it may feel like a bucolic slice of country living, Ridglea Country Club Estates is conveniently located near some of the best shopping and restaurants in Fort Worth, along with schools and Texas Christian University — and it’s only about 10 minutes from downtown.

Pat offered up a few of her personal favorites about life in Ridglea Country Club Estates. Here's her guide to the area:

Where to eat & drink
You can’t miss The Original, which is one of Pat’s top picks. Having served its legendary Tex-Mex since 1926, it’s Fort Worth’s oldest restaurant. During the 1930s, Franklin D. Roosevelt was a regular when he came to town to visit his son. To this day, you can still order the “Roosevelt Special.”

Pat also recommends Campisi’s, another long-standing institution, for great Italian dishes; Lucile’s for classic, homey American food; and Angelo’s BBQ for the best smoked flavors.

For a menu that’s packed with hearty “contemporary ranch” flavors, you can head to Michaels Cuisine before the rodeo or a concert at Dickies Arena, which is just minutes away.

Where to play
Pat’s go-to place for some down time is Trinity Park for a bike ride or walking the trails. There is an access point just outside the entrance to the Ridglea Country Club Estates.

The Shops at Clearfork offer a different kind of relaxation, with top-notch shopping and dining.

What to see
Just a few miles west of downtown is the Fort Worth Cultural District. Pat loves the Kimbell Art Museum and the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, which are right next door to each other and offer a wide variety of must-see collections and exhibits.

Where to live
“The majority of homes are traditional, single-story ranch-style properties with a few French Provincials thrown in,” says Pat.

The neighborhood also boasts large lots and beautiful, majestic trees, and there are even a handful of condos and townhomes available.

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Pat Safian works and plays in Ridglea Country Club Estates. For more information on buying and selling a home in the area, click here, email psafian@briggsfreeman.com, or call 817-690-6094.

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Brooks & Dunn boot-scoot into this week's 5 hottest Fort Worth headlines

This week's hot headlines

Editor's note: A lot happened this week, so here's your chance to get caught up. Read on for the week's most popular headlines. Looking for the best things to do this weekend? Find that list here.

1. Brooks & Dunn kick up 'Reboot Tour' with 2023 stop in Fort Worth. Brooks & Dunn, the best-selling duo of all time, are continuing their "Reboot Tour" in 2023, including a stop at Dickies Arena on Saturday, May 6. Fort Worth is the only Texas city on their list, and tickets went on sale Friday, January 27.

2. Much anticipated Italian restaurant from top Fort Worth team has a date. A new restaurant from one of Fort Worth's top food & beverage teams has an opening date: 61 Osteria, the much-anticipated restaurant from restaurateur Adam Jones and acclaimed chef Blaine Staniford, will open in downtown Fort Worth on January 31. Ta-da.

3. Wealthy Fort Worth neighbor cashes in as the richest city in Texas for 2023. North Texans wanting a glimpse into the lives of the 1 percent won't have to travel far to get a peek. Southlake has been named the richest city in Texas for 2023 in a recent study.

4. Quite the bounty of bites in this roundup of Fort Worth restaurant news. This roundup of restaurant news around Fort Worth includes restaurants newly opened, restaurants coming soon, new menus, new tacos, new pizzas, and more. So much more. Here's the latest batch of Fort Worth restaurant news.

5. The best Fort Worth restaurants to celebrate Valentine's Day 2023. For restaurants, Valentine’s Day is the Super Bowl of dining events, which is ironic this year since the actual Super Bowl takes place just two days prior, on February 12. This is not stopping some restaurateurs from hosting special Valentine’s dinners all weekend long, although some are cautiously opting out of Sunday and Monday. Here are the best options around town.

DFW-based Cinemark theater chain hosts Oscars-themed movie marathon

Awards News

The Cinemark movie chain is giving movie buffs an opportunity to brush up on the Oscars.

Plano-based Cinemark Holdings, Inc. will host its annual Oscar Movie Week festival, this year running from Monday, March 6 through Sunday, March 12, in anticipation of the 95th Oscars ceremony, which airs on March 12 on ABC.

The theater chain will air all of this year’s Best Picture and Best Live Action and Animated Short Film nominees, at more than 120 participating Cinemark theaters nationwide.

According to a release, passes are now on sale now at Cinemark.com/movieweek.

A full Digital Festival Pass is $40 and includes showings for all Best Picture and Best Live Action and Animated Short Film nominees. There's a perk! If you purchase a festival pass, you get 50 percent off any size popcorn during Oscar Movie Week.

Individual showtime tickets will be available starting January 27 at standard pricing, with showtimes beginning March 6.

All Best Live Action and Animated Short Film nominees are bundled into one viewing for just $10 from March 10-12.

For other brushing up, take a look back at what CultureMap’s film critic, Alex Bentley, had to say about each of the nominees (listed in alphabetical order) when they were originally released.

Cinemark has been hosting other similar marathon events such its collaboration with ESPN to bring college football games to the big screen.

The event takes place at these theaters across the U.S., including the following locations in Texas:

  • Austin: Cinemark Southpark Meadows
  • Denton: Cinemark 14
  • Fort Worth: Ridgmar Mall
  • Grapevine: Cinemark Tinseltown
  • Houston: Cinemark Memorial City
  • Plano: Cinemark Legacy
  • Plano: Cinemark West Plano
  • San Antonio: Cinemark San Antonio 16
  • The Woodlands: Cinemark 17

New play about Uvalde shooting takes the stage at Fort Worth university

#UvaldeStrong

A TCU faculty member has written a new play called For the Love of Uvalde: A Play Inspired by the Robb Elementary School, and it's premiering January 28 both in-person on-campus and online via streaming.

Playwright Ayvaunn Penn, who is part of the Theatre TCU faculty, also wrote a play in 2020 inspired by the Botham Jean shooting by police officer Amber Guyger.

The premiere staged reading of For the Love of Uvalde promises a similar evening of art for social change, paired with a panel-led community discussion. This staged reading will feature select songs and monologues from the show.

The original play uses testimonies to explore the aftermath and varying viewpoints of the families, politicians, and medical professionals affected by the shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde last May. Nineteen children and two adults were killed in the deadliest shooting ever at a Texas public school.

Panel members for the discussion include Dr. Jonathan Benjamin-Alvarado, TCU Chief Inclusion Officer; James McQuillen, director of Theatre for Youth at Casa Mañana; Professor Lisa Devine, UNT Theatre for Social Change professor; and Shania Tari, M.S, LMFT-A & EMDR trained.

A collaboration between Theatre TCU, TCU School of Music, and El Progreso Memorial Library in Uvalde, the event is free to attend, though tickets are required and may be reserved here. It begins at 6:30 pm at PepsiCo Recital Hall at the Mary D. and F. Howard Walsh Center for Performing Arts on the TCU campus.

El Progreso Memorial Library will also stream the event on YouTube so that community members may join and participate in the discussion and reflection.