$185K homes planned for Fort Worth suburb part of ‘pocket neighborhood’ trend

North Texas residents 55 and older may be getting a novel housing option that emphasizes green space and community involvement.

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Shannon Arnold, a developer for the firm Kara Casa, plans to turn six acres at 439 Mansfield Cardinal Road into a “pocket neighborhood.” The area would hold 48 houses, divided into a series of community pods that open into communal parks, gardens and lawns. The cottage-style homes, ranging from 800 to 1,200 square feet, would include porches and an enclosed parking space.

The houses will sell at around $185,000, Arnold told the Kennedale City Council, offering empty-nesters and people looking to downsize an affordable housing option more personable than an apartment complex.

“They don’t encourage the community, even though they set out to do that,” Arnold said, referring to apartments. “The end result is it’s not for everybody.”

For comparison, the median home price in Tarrant County was

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