It’s a Beautiful Day in This
|| On May 20, the timbers
of a Circa 1760 New World Dutch Barn will be raised in Whittier
Heights, adding another social venue to this timeless neighborhood.
For over 30 years, the late Fred Rogers had a profound impact
on American families through his long-running childrens
television program. As many fondly remember, the mild mannered
Mr. Rogers began each show by singing his enduring anthem, while
changing his shoes and donning his iconic cardigan sweater. Who
could forget those treasured opening lines, Its a
beautiful day in this neighborhood, a beautiful day for a neighbor.
Or, his equally memorable close, Please wont you be
Rogers said he hoped children who watched Mister Rogers
Neighborhood would take into adulthood its lessons about
friendship, joy, acceptance, and other foundational elements of
everyday life. We all long to be lovable and capable of
loving, Rogers once remarked. And whatever we can
do through the Neighborhood or anything else to reflect that and
to encourage people to be in touch with that, then I think thats
Colleyville developer David Bagwell believes his neighborhoods
can have a similar positive impact. Where we live has a
powerful influence on the quality of our lives, he says.
Rather than just providing building sites, we seek to create
picturesque communities with venues that foster social interaction
and enjoyment of natural and man-made beauty.
Like Rogers, Bagwells vision may seem idealistic.
He asserts, however, Theres no denying that human
beings are essentially social and that each longs for fulfilling
relationships and enriching experiences. Perhaps the best measure
of our business success is the extent to which our neighborhoods
are ennobling in these ways.
But, can such intention and forethought in the design of luxury
home developments actually foster old-fashioned neighborliness?
You bet! In fact, as much as architectural distinction, natural
beauty, and value appreciation are a part of David Bagwell Company
neighborhoods, so too are camaraderie and joy found in the surroundings.
By preserving and embellishing open space areas, we encourage
residents to get out of doors where they casually meet, share
experiences, and discover things they have in common with one
another, Bagwell explains. These enhancements range
from grand to subtle. For example, weve built a pedestrian
trail that encircles our Westmont, Old Grove and Whittier Heights
neighborhoods. It passes through native woods and beside three
lakes and two running creeks. Along the trail we have planted
several thousand trees. It's called The Solidago Trail
after the scientific name of the fall blooming goldenrod that
is native to Colleyville. Each year, as part of our Wild
About Colleyville initiative, we sow seed of goldenrod and
other wildflowers along this trail to supplement Mother Natures
largesse. To further enrich the experience of those using The
Solidago Trail, weve constructed an overarching stone and
steel pergola and trained fragrant flowering vines on it.
Where Westmont and Old Grove adjoin, a three-acre hilltop
and five acres of undisturbed Eastern Cross Timbers have been
preserved for residents enjoyment. On the hilltop, we erected
a belvedere from which one may enjoy a scenic view of the neighborhood
and eastern Colleyville beyond. And, in Whittier Heights, we are
restoring a 250-year-old New World Dutch Barn and providing it
a large lakeside terrace for formal and informal gatherings.
In these neighborhoods, one also finds fountains; quiet
seating areas; artfully designed and crafted fences, gates, and
light fixtures; even sculpture. Furthermore, we are planting thousands
more trees along streets, in yards, and throughout common areas
for seasonal interest and the aspect of dappled shade that is
so appealing in the countrys timeless old neighborhoods.
| The Solidago Trail, overarched
here by the Reverchon Pergola, affords ample opportunity to
exercise and enjoy the bounty of nature.
While much of this embellishment permits solitary experience,
it primarily promotes social relations among neighbors on a
beautiful day in the neighborhood. Whether out to see wildflowers
in bloom along The Solidago Trail in Old Grove, the changing light
colors at night on the Whittier Heights entry spire, migratory
ducks landing on the Westmont pond, or simply to take in the view
from the terrace of our circa 1760 Dutch Barn, neighbors have
so much to enjoy and share. Its times like these that we
like to think Fred Rogers had in mind in the delightfully transposed
lyrics of the second verse of his theme song, Its
a neighborly day in this beauty wood.
For further information, contact Susan Folkert at 214/673-6754
or click here.