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July 4th, 2015

Grapevine, Texas Home Inspections

Pro Texas Home Inspections provides top quality home inspection services in Grapevine, Texas 76051, 76092.

In 1843, General Sam Houston journeyed up to Grape Vine Springs, and attempted to sign a peace treaty with several American Indian tribes. The tribes never showed up and the treaty was later signed at Bird’s Fort, (which later became part of Fort Worth, Texas). The journey he took is rumored to now be a major highway in the area. In 1844, James Gibson and John Hallford moved their families from Missouri to the Grape Vine Prairie. There, they built homes and a general store called Hallford’s. Other groups of families started journeying down and made their home in the new settlement, building new stores and a church. In 1854, Grape Vine officially became a township with about six blocks within the city. (It was still called Grape Vine, until later, when the spelling was changed to the modern day Grapevine, by the US Postal Service.) The US Post Office was established the next year. During the 1860s, more and more people started moving to the area, businesses were established, and churches were started. A school house was built out of logs and group classes began. During this time, the Grape Vine Prairie became known for growing cotton.

In 1888 the St. Louis Southwestern Railroad came through Grapevine. People in the community loved the trains, and every Sunday, they would don their best attire and go out and “greet” the incoming trains coming into the depot. Grapevine began to grow and flourish with the addition of the railroad, both agriculturally and with a growing population. In 1907, Grapevine became incorporated, and Grapevine ISD was established. Grapevine continued to grow, the fire department expanded, and cotton production was on the rise.

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In 1952, Grapevine Lake was completed and opened to the public. The lake did not fill completely for a while, but grew in popularity and today is a major attraction. In 1965, plans began for the building of the Dallas-Fort Worth Regional Airport, part of which was located in the city of Grapevine. The Dallas-Fort Worth Regional Airport officially opened on January 13th, 1974, and has served as a major hub of travel- now it is better known as DFW International Airport.

Grapevine has a small town feel but is packed with plenty of activities for every age. With great homes in safe neighborhoods, it is the perfect place to find a home. A great home inspector from Pro Texas Home Inspections can ensure you find the perfect one for you. Within the Grapevine- Colleyville ISD, schools are well ranked, and many have won awards and commendations. Among these things, Grapevine offers great accessibility to both the DFW metroplex as well as all over the world.

When it comes to outdoor activities, Grapevine has many options! Grapevine Lake is a popular attraction for all ages, with plenty of green spaces, picnic areas, playgrounds, camping, hiking, and biking; there are things to do in the water and out. There are about eight parks all around Grapevine Lake, which offer anything from beaches, bluffs overlooking the water, and off roading bike trails. One of the more popular parks is Oak Grove Park, which includes a restaurant, Big Daddys Ship Shop. There is also a marina, several boat ramps, a baseball field, and basketball courts.  During the hot Texas summers, it is easy to enjoy sailing, fishing, water skiing and more at this beautiful and local lake. Grapevine is also home to one of the best outdoor stores around, Outdoor World. It includes a full indoor gun range, a large line of boats which you can test on the nearby lake, and many classes. Located near Lake Grapevine, it is a favorite destination for anything outdoors all around the metroplex.

Another way to enjoy the great outdoors in Grapevine is on the golf course. You will not be disappointed with one of the three golf courses in the city, all of which have great rankings within the US. The Bear Creek Golf Course was ranked one of the top ten in the country by Wall Street Magazine. The Great Wolf Lodge is a popular hotel resort destination right in the heart of town. With many restaurants, a huge waterpark complete with rides and games, a full spa, fitness center and more, it is the perfect place to have a stay-cation or have family and friends come to visit!

During the summer and early fall months, Grapevine offers an outdoor farmer’s market in downtown Thursday through Saturday, with a variety of vendors. Anything from produce, sweets and pastries, meats, honey and cheeses are sold here, along with delicious snacks. After your weekly shopping trip, hop down and enjoy historic downtown and all it has to offer.

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Grapevine has done a wonderful job in honoring its history with the Historic Railroad and Cotton Belt Depot. Whether you are a child, or a child at heart, you will love the Cotton Belt Depot and running vintage trains located in downtown historic Grapevine. The vintage railroad offers fun for all ages. There are weekly train rides to and from the Ft Worth Stockyards, on the vintage style cars pulled by one of the two vintage locomotives currently working. During certain times of the year, there are “shows” during the rides, including a bank robbery, or during the holidays, a visit from Santa.

Grapevine is home to many wineries, and the largest wine festival in the southwest. The city is known for having some of the best wineries around, and it is easy to make a weekend out of touring the many local spots. The wineries are all different, ranging from modern style wineries to places that are sprawling and full of antiques. Grapefest happens once a year in September and is widely considered to be one of the biggest and best wine festivals around. The weekend event includes wine tastings, a grape stomp, marketplace, carnival, and even an Italian car show. The whole family can have fun at this extremely popular event!

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With plenty of opportunities for fun indoors and out, there is guaranteed fun for the whole family. Grapevine is a wonderful place to call home, with endless attractions, and easy accessibility to the airport and the metroplex. Grapevine-Colleyville ISD is extremely well ranked and the neighborhoods are safe.There is a mix between older neighborhoods with homes built in the 60’s and 70’s, and neighborhoods with new homes. Make sure you find the perfect home with us at Pro Texas Home Inspections!

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