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Arlington, Best in the South

Categories: Blog | Posted: December 6, 2016

How do you measure the ‘awesomeness’ of a city?  Cultural and entertainment districts? Low unemployment? New jobs?  Available housing?  These are all metrics used by the magazine Money to choose Arlington as the “Best Big City” in the South, and we couldn’t agree more!

You may think that the big sports and adventure parks are the only big entertainment in the city, but leadership in Arlington has been working hard to invest in other options.  Downtown Arlington was recently named a Cultural District by the Texas Commission on the Arts.  Over the last several years, the city has encouraged the growth of small businesses in this area and added features such as the Arlington Music Hall and the Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts.

Job opportunities in the area also contributed to the distinction bestowed upon the city by Money. A recent expansion of the GM facility is obviously a large contributing factor to the low unemployment in the city (4.1% according to Money).  Texas Health Resources also provides a significant amount of jobs in Arlington, and the commute from Arlington to job opportunities in Dallas and Fort Worth makes Arlington an advantageous place to live if you like having a job!

The city of Arlington has done its fair share to create desirable housing spaces through improved schools and traffic options.  The city is home to one of the top most challenging high schools in the U.S. according to The Washington Post.  The bike lanes throughout the city add to both the traffic infrastructure and the other outdoor recreation opportunities throughout the city.  Talks are already in the works to link the bike trails in the city and public transit options to Fort Worth and Dallas systems.

If you’re impressed by the hard work done by the city, you might look into one of our communities in the quieter south Arlington.  While Arlington schools are awesome and growing, the Mansfield ISD schools our homes feed have their own accolades.  Fannin Farms West provides access to the entertainment and job opportunities in Arlington while offering a sense of peacefulness and solitude.

Until Next Time,

Rebekah R.

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The Plan That Stole Our Hearts

Categories: Featured, Master Builder Musings, Uncategorized | Posted: October 5, 2016

We love all of our floorplans.  When they’re still under design, we post them on a white board for all employees to comment on.  Our company employs former chefs and interior designers amongst those with other specialties.  We squeeze every possible cool feature into the allotted space in every floorplan together.  Each plan is a work of the heart that involves every employee’s feedback.

View from the study!

View from the study!

As a parent, you try not to pick favorites, but we all know you do.  Home builders can have the same sort of struggle. Especially marketers who get to work with the plans a lot after they’re finished and then spend hours editing and posing pictures. We definitely have a favorite.  Don’t tell the other plans.  We cannot get enough of our 2092 layout!

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Kitchen Nook with Chandelier & 3-Sided Fireplace

The entertaining space is an ideal balance with a large open area and a closed-off formal dining.  As a native Texan, I love having people over to watch some football, but not everyone likes to actually watch the game.  These people (bless their hearts) can go into the formal dining and play games. The 3-sided fireplace is dramatic and elegant while providing separation for a third group to eat in the kitchen without interrupting the super serious football game!

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From the Nook to the Family Room

The really amazing thing is that the open-concept entertaining space only makes up half of the plan!  This host-friendly house becomes a warm home when you move into the private rooms.  The master suite is gorgeous and features a spacious master bathroom.  The walk-in closet could really be a whole room on its own.  The two other bedrooms are well-sized and share an ample bathroom.

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Master Bathroom

You can see why we have a special place in our hearts for the 2092, but at the end of the day we love all our floorplans.  Antares Homes builds other plans that are also gorgeous, and they all have their own special features.  We’d love to know what plans you love and why, so leave us a comment!

Until Next Time,

Rebekah

 

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