You read that correctly. This might come as a shock to some, but it won’t be shocking to any of my best friends, who know how sick of driving I am. Most of my work is in Dallas and has been for quite some time. Sometime I spend three hours a day in the car driving into Dallas from far west Fort Worth. I’ve done the math and this move will save me about forty hours a year of drive time – that’s a whole work week!
In less than two weeks, I’m moving to Rockwall, TX! It’s a complete coincidence that Rockwall is my hometown. I wanted to be close to Dallas but not live in Dallas and Rockwall is just so charming. Plus my horses have been in Rockwall for the past couple of years and I’ve missed them so much! I can’t even wait to be close to them again. My parents live in Rockwall and I’ve spent a ton of time there in the past year because it’s so much more convenient of a location than my home in Fort Worth.
A few things you should know about Rockwall:
It’s on a lake. Just twenty minutes east of Dallas, Rockwall takes lake life pretty seriously. You can see peekaboo Lake Ray Hubbard views all over town and one of the most popular restaurant areas is directly on the water with stunning sunset views.
It has incredible farm-to-table restaurants. Bin 303, Zanata, and Fatted Calf could rival anything in the heart of Dallas. The Harbor’s Salvadoran restaurant Gloria’s and Cajun restaurant Dodie’s have sweeping views of the lake. Kyoto offers incredible sushi and Japanese dishes. Rockwall also has a farmer’s market on the historic town square every Saturday morning May through September with over thirty vendors.
It’s closer to the lake house. I’ve lived in Fort Worth for nine years and it’s quite the trek to east Texas. Rockwall isn’t even an hour and a half away from my parents’ lake house. Get ready to spend more weekends on the water here at The Rose Table!
It’s outdoorsy. With parks, trails, a lake, a sailing club, outdoor concerts, and two golf courses, there’s no shortage of outdoor activities in Rockwall.
It has the best damn dressage trainers in the south. Black Star Sport Horses sits on 255 wooded acres and has one of the largest covered arenas in the state of Texas. Head trainer Lisa Blackmon and assistant trainer Jessica Blackmon are a mother-daughter dream team. Lisa’s husband Jackie takes exceptional care of my horses. Maybe if I ask really sweetly, they’ll even fulfill a lifelong dream of mine by letting me host a dinner party in view of my horses. 😉
Please bear with me these next few weeks while I move. I can’t even wait to show you my new house! With hand-scraped wood floors, a 9’ tall slate fireplace, and stone kitchen backsplash, it has a bit of a mountain vibe inside, which I absolutely love. The backyard has a New Orleans-style courtyard, lots of shade, the most beautiful trumpet vines, and a fantastic 8’ tall cedar privacy fence. It’s the perfect space for hosting dinner parties and playing croquet. As soon as I get settled, I’ll do a Facebook live video to give you a tour!
I want to thank my amazing realtor Dell Osborn of Ebby Holliday Realtors for saving my house. I was absolutely certain the deal had fallen through earlier this week but Dell didn’t give up and she single-handedly managed to save the deal. It’s because of her The Rose Table has a home! If you’re buying or selling in North Texas, give her a call. I’ve known her for about twenty years and she’s one of the top 10 realtors in the area so I can tell you personally and professionally, she’s the best. She even sold my Fort Worth home in less than a day. Thank you for all your hard work, Dell!
If you’re sad about leaving my Fort Worth garden behind, you’re not alone. I’m sure I’ll cry when I say goodbye to my roses. My backyard had just grass and a fence when I bought the house five years ago. I put a lot of blood, sweat, and tears into that yard. Happily, my buyers fell in love with the garden and are excited to tend to it. Maybe I can even convince them to send me photos of the roses every now and then. Wouldn’t that be grand?
Rest assured, I’m going to do some major landscaping in my new backyard and this time, you get to see how it’s done! July is much too hot but come September, you can follow my garden adventures and even help me pick out roses for my new garden.