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By Donnie Keller | Managing Broker in Fort Worth, TX
  • Real Estate Market Report For Burleson Texas

    Posted Under: Home Buying in Burleson, Home Selling in Burleson  |  September 18, 2010 7:43 AM  |  621 views  |  No comments

    Burleson, Texas Real Estate market Report 


    Supply And Demand
    The market has shown some evidence of slowing recently. Both prices and inventory levels are relatively unchanged in the past few weeks. We continue to see prices hovering around the current levels of $77 per square foot. Look for a persistent up-shift in the Market Action Index before we see prices move significantly from here.

  • Burleson Texas Horse Ranches

    Posted Under: General Area in Burleson  |  July 22, 2010 10:04 AM  |  1,059 views  |  No comments

    Burleson Texas Horse Ranches

    Several successful horse operations are located in the Burleson and surrounding areas. From breeding facilities, to boarding stables, some which host local horse shows, to top  Horse Show Trainers and various disciplines of riding such as Cutting, Reining, Halter, Western Pleasure, English disciplines and even 3-Day Eventing. There is no lack of variety in this suburb of Fort Worth, Texas.

    So whatever your favorite equine related interests are, we bet you can find a local farm which provides some support for that disciple or interest. I will be highlighting several of the local farms over the next several weeks. I will also include some contact information in case you are interested in their services. One thing is for sure, there is no shortage of horse businesses in the Johnson County area.
    Hughes Quarter Horses runs the gamut on offering many horse services. They have a top notch breeding set up in which they offer full care for any breeding stock as well as 24-hour monitored foaling stalls with quick access to veterinary care. HQH (Hughes Quarter Horses) also offers full care boarding with heated barns, corrals with loafing sheds, pasture boarding for mares and foals, two hot and cold wash racks, covered round pen, outdoor arena, hot walker, automatic fly spray system, 50+ acres of riding area with lots of hills and trees. Full care also provides twice daily feedings and stall cleanings.

    Their trainer/instructor is Emily Rollison, a lifelong equestrian and recent graduate of Clemson University, Emily has a B.S. in Agricultural Education. While attending Clemson University, she was the student manager of the CU Equine Center, where she was active in both the breeding and training programs. She enjoys working with youth and amateur equestrians.

    They offer riding lessons in western and English disciplines to beginners through advanced students. With a sixty foot covered round pen and a 100 x 150 foot arena. In addition they provide training in all levels from halter breaking, to breaking colts, to finished show horses. They also offer training in western pleasure, hunter under saddle, and the over fence classes. In addition they also have many horses for sale. You can find them at 5725 CR 605 in Burleson or contact them online.

    A very close neighbor to HQH is the excellent SpiritHorse Equestrian Center located at 6024 CR 605. Conveniently located between Burleson and Mansfield, Texas, their facility is only minutes away from the Will Rogers Equestrian Center and only minutes from any point near south Fort Worth, Texas and TCU. They offer a safe riding and full service boarding environment with all the extras needed to keep your horse well taken care of.

    Jenna McGowan is their head trainer. She trained under Peter Gray, Olympic medal winner and equestrian coach for the Canadian Olympic equestrian team. She has worked as an assistant trainer for High Point Performance horses in Whitesboro where she won several national competions and world competitions, most notably 2008 NSBA Hunter Under Saddle World Competition. She has participated in clinics and lessons with upper level eventing and dressage riders and coaches, such as Jerry Schurink, Ralph Hill, Lucinda Green, Jim Wofford, Karl Milkolka, Walter Zettle, Scott Hassler, Jayne Ayers and Jonathan Holling. She has successfully competed through Intermediate Eventing, schooled FEI level Dressage, and won multiple class and circuit awards in American Quarter Horses Shows. To reach Jenna, email McGowan.Jenna@gmail.com or visit SpiritHorse .

    If you are looking for a nice Horse Property to purchase or have one to sell, give us a call this is our specialty.

    That’s all for this week, I will highlight more farms next week, until then…
    Happy Trails,
    LL

  • Cool Summer Fun in Johnson County Texas

    Posted Under: Parks & Recreation in Burleson  |  June 20, 2010 8:10 AM  |  811 views  |  No comments

    Cool Summer Fun in Johnson County Texas



    Burleson can compete with the high-end towns like Frisco and Lewisville. Recently opening up in Burleson is the BRiCk (Burleson Recreation Center). This recreation center rivals anything the big cities have to offer. It boasts an indoor swimming area with water slides, vortex pools, a current river, a 5-lane lap pool and an outdoor pool. The center also holds a 10,000 square foot aerobics center and a walking track suspended above the gymnasium floor.

    A second level workout facility is home to more than 50 types of exercise equipment such as treadmills, stairclimbers and ellipticals. There is also a room for Tai Chi, Pilates and Gymnastics and various other types of dance and exercises classes will be taught there as well. There is also a climbing wall and multiple sports courts.

    The recreation center also has a Kidzone for childcare while parents workout. The facility is top notch and has affordable family rates. No driving into Fort Worth or Dallas for the big workout facilities, Burleson is sporting its own state-of-the-art recreation facility that the whole family can enjoy.

    The City of Burleson is also in the process of building Chisenhall Sports Complex for multiple sports leagues. In addition Hidden Creek Sports Complex supports adult baseball fields and hosts many local tournaments. Hidden Creek Sports Complex also hosts the city's annual 4th of July celebration which includes Live music while watching incredible fireworks displays.

    Hidden Creek also has an amazing public golf course. Hidden Creek was actually voted "Toughest Public golf course in the D/FW area" two years running" by the Fort Worth Business Press.

    Just a little south of Burleson is Cleburne's Splash Station. A huge outdoor water park facility featuring outdoor pools, water slides and various spray stations. This is also at a family friendly price with multiple options for season passes or fewer infrequent visits.

    So if your looking for a cool family friendly facilities for tons of summer fun. Consider the Johnson County area for your home buying location. We don't have to leave home to have all the recreation and sports fun we could ever need.

    Keep cool, it's hot out there!

    Happy Trails,
    LL

  • There's no Place Like home in Burleson, Texas

    Posted Under: General Area in Burleson  |  June 7, 2010 2:39 PM  |  805 views  |  1 comment

    There's no place like home in Burleson, Texas


     

    City Seal of Burleson TexasThere's no place like home. That's a familiar phrase many of us have heard. How true it is. My name is Lori Lusk and I am a contributing blogger for Reata Realty and also a long time resident of Burleson, Texas. This is where I call Home Sweet Home!

    Like many folks I have grown up with, after graduating High School, I married and moved away from Burleson. I always longed to come back to my hometown. Finally, about 4 years ago, my family moved back to our old stomping ground and realized that there is no place like home. We have lived in many areas all around Texas but nothing compares to this area in our eyes. True, our families live nearby but it is more than that. Burleson and surrounding towns have so much to offer. We are amazed at how much this community has grown and developed over the years but still maintains a small town feel.

    Our current Mayor as well as many of our city's leaders are homegrown raised right here in this town and attended Burleson schools. Many folks return to Burleson for the excellent schools. Most of the Elementary schools received an Exemplary rating from the Texas Education Agency and several held a Recognized status.

    Many people who have grown up here end up returning to Burleson to raise their own families because of the location, (close to DFW area) the schools, the conveniences and the community development. One of favorite daughters is Kelly Clarkson.  The city has a phenomenal online presence with easily accessible information through the city's website as well as the BISD website. The city's Information Systems Director is constantly seeking how to keep the city up to date with the newest technology. He brought in the new broadband wifi network so the city has a 12 square mile coverage for home and business users. Our Mayor has drawn many large business owners to our town as well. In fact we will be opening a new version of the H.E.B. stores this summer which will be very similar to the Central Market stores also owned by the H.E.Butt family.

    I will wrap up this blog entry for now, but I plan to highlight some of the many exciting things going on in the Burleson and surrounding areas in the weeks ahead.

    Happy Trails,
    LL

  • The Benefits of Sandy Soils for Farming and Ranching in Burleson, Texas

    Posted Under: General Area in Burleson  |  May 30, 2010 7:36 AM  |  830 views  |  No comments

    The Benefits of Sandy Soils for Farming and Ranching in Burleson, Texas


    If you are looking for a rural setting to put down some roots, try looking in the area just south of Fort Worth, Texas. For excellent farming and ranch land with amazing soils.  The Texas towns of  Burleson, Joshua and Cleburne areas have a rich beautiful strip of sandy loam where the Oak trees grow big and beautiful. This soil is rich and easy to work in.

    Coastal Bermuda grows thick and tall and makes nutrient rich hay for cattle and horses. This soil in the Burleson area is also easy on your horses' hooves and doesn't pull shoes off like the black clay can when it gets wet and sticky. There are many horse ranches in this area. Most are attracted to the sturdy oak trees and natural creeks and ponds that are native to this area.

    If you like farming, the soil is so easy to work in as you plant gardens, orchards or just want a nice yard to enjoy. This rich soil maintains a good balance of keeping the moisture in, but also drains quicker than most clays. Therefore, plants and grasses tend to maintain a more stable water usage. This is Texas, so we do have to water regularly but the rural areas that have this wonderful sandy loam are quite nice to work with and easy to maintain. Fruit trees grow quickly and produce nice fruit in a short time. The sandy loam makes any kind of planting much easier than the hard clays.

    There are quite a few local farms that bring produce to the local Farmer's Market held in Burleson at Clark and Renfro streets from 8am-2pm every Saturday through the summer growing season. Join us for fresh home grown produce.

    So if you are considering a rural setting and country living at its best, consider the towns just south of Fort Worth on I-35, exit Burleson 174 and it will take you through Burleson, Joshua and then on to Cleburne. You might find a new place to hang your hat.

    Happy Trails,
    DK

  • Burleson Texas Shopping For All of Your Needs

    Posted Under: Shopping & Local Amenities in Burleson  |  May 11, 2010 1:55 PM  |  579 views  |  No comments

    No matter what kind of shopping you like, whether for a New Home, new clothes or you just need some feed for your critters, Burleson has everything you need. The amazing growth of this area over the years has meant that folks who used to have to drive to Fort Worth, Arlington or Dallas for those specialty stores can now find almost anything in their own hometown. From popular restaurants, department stores and specialty shops to numerous feed stores and farm and building equipment stores, you don't have to go far to get what you need.

    Many folks, especially womenfolk, don't want to be too far out in the country that they can't run to their favorite department stores or even grocery stores for that matter, but that is not a problem in Burleson. You can have it all! Country living with all the retail conveniences is a great incentive to consider Burleson and its neighboring towns as a wonderful place to live. The comfortable easy atmosphere is quite inviting. The city of Burleson takes pride in its surroundings and it is always beautifully landscaped, cared for and clean. The people of Burleson obviously take pride in their hometown and it shows.

    Next week I'll focus on some of the rural areas to give you a taste of the country life Burleson has to offer. Until then....

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    Happy Trails,
    DK

  • Burleson, Texas Country Living with City Conveniences

    Posted Under: General Area in Burleson  |  May 7, 2010 5:53 PM  |  419 views  |  No comments

    Welcome to Burleson. A city just south of Fort Worth, Burleson has a wonderful country atmosphere along with many modern facilities.

    The town was founded in 1881 and named for Dr. Rufus C. Burleson, President of Baylor University in Waco. Burleson was a thriving community in its early days because of abundant water supplies as well as lots of wooded areas and good farming soil. Situated on the edge of the rich black lands, the area is ideal for farming and ranching. Even to this day, many call Burleson and surrounding areas home. This location is an ideal distance to many of DFW's major cities and as Fort Worth is a cattle industry giant, it attracts many to this area.

    Burleson has had steady growth through the years but maintains it's small-town feel. The city is constantly looking for ways to improve its services and offer more amenities to its residents. I'll be highlighting various new projects going on in the city as well as some of the rural areas that attract many cattle and horsemen in the coming weeks.

    If you are looking for rural living with suburban conveniences, consider the Burleson and surrounding areas for your next home town.

    Happy Trails, DK

 
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