07/15/19 3:37pm

More than 80 neighborhoods across Dallas pay for off-duty police patrols in a bid to keep their respective crime rates down. As proposed changes to that system have been leaked and the rumor mill activated, 80 neighborhoods are now feeling some angst about the fate of the popular — and effective — program.

ENP is short for Expanded Neighborhood Patrol, a citizen-paid police patrol system utilizing DPD officers that has worked to lower crime in many North Dallas neighborhoods since 1991, when the Dallas City Council first established the program.

There are more than 80 across Dallas, from Midway Hollow to a nascent patrol in Lower Greenville, Oak Cliff to Preston Trails. More ENPs are developing to combat crime and guarantee rapid response times given the current slow response DPD response rates. The ENPs are paid and administered by private citizens through homeowner associations.

In fact, even newly-elected mayor Eric Johnson enjoys an ENP in Forest Hills. Full disclosure: my husband started the first ENP in Preston Hollow, the Preston Hollow North Patrol, in 1991,  and I am a past board member of our Northlake/Hillcrest Estates patrol. For many reasons, I have great respect for and strongly support the private neighborhood patrols.

The private neighborhood patrols also enhance property values, especially during periods of high Dallas crime. And they indisputably help lower crime, as this Dallas Morning News story from 2015 attests: 

In North Oak Cliff, crime is down by about 60 percent across several neighborhoods that have paid for off-duty officers to patrol since 2007, said Russ Aikman, president of the North Oak Cliff United Police Patrol.

“It works because they are proactive rather than reactive,” Aikman said. On-duty officers, he said, are “typically so busy responding to one 911 call after another that they don’t have a whole lot of time just to be driving around looking for suspicious characters, suspicious vehicles.”

That effectiveness is why ENPs make a home and its neighborhood more attractive to buyers.

Melshire Estates HOA

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07/15/19 12:30pm
Milligan

The Halum team includes Faisal Halum, Bill Churchill, Jeanne Milligan, and Michael Mahon.

Jeanne Milligan long aspired to join the Faisal Halum team at Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s. In May, the move came to fruition when she officially joined the top-producing trio of Halum, Bill Churchill, and Michael Mahon. She says that she hasn’t stopped working since, which is exactly what she’d hoped for.

“I wanted to work for Faisal because of his success and professionalism. The properties he has listed are the cream of the crop and he has a great eye for design,” Milligan said. “He also has great hip pocket listings and is very well thought of in the community. And he’s great to work for.” (more…)

07/15/19 9:55am

If you’re looking to get into Preston Hollow in style, make plans Friday for the final preview of 6507 Lakehurst Drive, up for no-reserve auction Saturday by Elite Auctions.

The 7,990-square-foot home has four bedrooms, four full baths and three half-baths, plus this dramatic barrel-vaulted ceiling living area with magnificent built-ins, fireplace, and four sets of French doors to the 38-foot long covered loggia and veranda.

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07/15/19 9:45am

 Millennium Mansion

I almost spit out my wine when I saw this Millennium Mansion in Colleyville.

It was a eureka moment as I am continually hunting for perfect suburban luxury homes, and it’s not easy. When I scour the Internet for estates, manors, and mansions that will captivate our readers, the suburbs consistently fail to deliver. I always see what I refer to as 3-D homes. Dark, dated, and depressing. But lo and behold I bring you an absolute knockout  Millennium Mansion this week, in Colleyville!

It’s the antithesis of the 3-D home. (more…)

07/15/19 9:30am

House hunting in Hillcrest Forest? We found two great offerings, each with family appeal and space to entertain, but with price points that are exactly $100,000 apart. Which would you choose? The Amenity-Rich Splurge or the Saltwater Pool Steal? Be sure to let us know in the comments.

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07/15/19 9:15am
amazon

Photo courtesy Amazon

Amazon Prime Day began at midnight PST (actually, there have been deals all weekend, but the big ones are supposed to be over the next two days), and if you were thinking you might check out some of the deals and find some items to upgrade or spruce up the house, we’ve taken a gander for you.

We’re nice like that. It has nothing to do with the fact that we were also looking for the same thing. At all.

At any rate, if you’re not the type to sit and refresh for the deals that continually update all day (and let’s face it, none of us actually have the time, we just get sucked in and make the time), the first thing you can look at is the handy list that Amazon provided of all of their deals to be had. (more…)

07/15/19 9:00am
Fort Worth

(Photo courtesy Flickr)

Rents are on the rise in Fort Worth, making it one of the top 25 cities out of the 100 largest in the U.S. where one-bedroom rents are rapidly increasing. We look at that, as well as who made the cut as the richest person in Texas, and what company is making a foray into Texas real estate now, in this week’s roundup of real estate news. (more…)

07/15/19 8:45am

martha's vineyard