By Stacey Blind
Driving into Crawford Farms for the first time 18 years ago, we couldn’t get enough of the beautiful scenery of its pond and the tree-lined streets. It never occurred to us how these trees would continue to grow to be representative of the life that we appreciate as residents.
This beautiful view of the Crawford Farms entrance remains a favorite part of the neighborhood. Living here reminds me of the quote, “Good relationships are like trees. They demand attention and care, but once they blossom, they provide you shade in all situations of life.”
When you ask residents what they love most about Crawford Farms, you will almost always receive two answers: the natural beauty and the caring relationships of great neighbors.
Holiday events at the park with neighbors are always a blast in Crawford Farms. It’s also not uncommon to see fun block parties where neighbors come together. It’s the above-and-beyond neighborly gestures that make such a difference.
People look out for one another. If you accidentally leave your garage door open, the neighbors care enough to let you know. When a neighbor is in need, everyone comes together, you will see meal trains created or yards mowed for one another.
Recently, when my family was in Abilene visiting our college-aged daughter at her university, our dog’s health had taken a turn for the worse. I was really worried about him. I called a neighbor across the street and she immediately went over to our home to sit with him for a few hours just to make sure he was OK.
During the pandemic, residents became active on Facebook and really got to know each other. Oftentimes, they would post pictures of what they were cooking or drinking by the pool. One family even set up a table and offered a glass of wine to visit with neighbors at a distance.
Crawford Farms does life together and serves one another. Whatever the situation, our residents are truly neighborly in every sense of the word.
It’s easy to see why it’s an award-winning community. The neighborhood provides everything from a way to help relax with shady trees to a pond with a fountain and ducks. Residents can play or work out with an amenity center, swimming pools, community park, walking trails, fitness park, basketball and tennis courts.
With all the amenities Crawford Farms offers, many families are thankful for the highly rated, outstanding Keller ISD schools, some of which are within walking distance. My two daughters attended Keller ISD for their entire education. After substitute teaching in the district for several years, I went on to teach at one of the middle schools for six years.
The neighborhood is close to shopping, restaurants, schools, hospitals and medical offices. It has easy access to I-35W, a quick 20-25 minute drive to Downtown Fort Worth and the DFW airport, and a 20-30 minute drive to entertainment at Texas Motor Speedway or popular lakes.
All these benefits have contributed to us remaining in Crawford Farms for so long. In fact, looking back, after only a few years of living in Crawford Farms, we put our house up for sale to find a home with a pool. However, we couldn’t find a house in another neighborhood that we liked more, so we took it off the market and added a swimming pool and outdoor kitchen to our Crawford Farms home.
I am now a real estate agent in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. I see many amazing and beautiful homes and communities. However, I still can’t imagine living anywhere else. We have never outgrown a life stage of fitting into this neighborhood, even after raising our daughters here for the majority of their lives and now being empty nesters. The natural beauty of the neighborhood and the beautiful relationships we’ve formed will always be a part of the “shade in all situations of life” that we appreciate.
Total population: 6,626
Female: 47% | Male: 53%
80 and older: 0%
No degree: 4%
High school: 39%
Some college: 25%
Bachelor’s degree: 14%
White: 63% | Asian: 0% | Hispanic: 28% | Black: 7% | Two or more: 1%
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