Snakes and Speed: Two Neighborhoods in Dallas You May Want to Avoid: Dallas Real Estate News

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If you have an aversion to slithery creatures, might not want to move over to Harry Moss Park off Arborside Drive and Royal Lane in Lake Highlands. Homeowners there have lost dogs to nasty snake bites from Copperheads. Some are even afraid to let dogs romp in the park. In fact, there are now signs at the park along with hanging snake skins warning residents because it is apparently mating season for snakes, and I guess our recent rains have made them frisky. No way I’m going over there to take a picture of the signs! And BTW, this is why I refuse to live on a creek, no matter how picturesque.

Then a little west on Royal, homeowners say the mess that is LBJ has the traffic taking over Royal Lane. In fact, coming home last night, I saw FOUR DPD cars on the eastbound side parked, talking to one tall man AFTER I passed a car wreck. It was like 8:30 p.m. Neighbors say the speeding is atrocious and the semi’s are squealing down the street at all hours. Neighbors suspect drivers are dodging construction and traffic on LBJ Freeway and cutting through their neighborhood, which runs parallel to the freeway and a couple of miles south. You’d wonder why they wouldn’t take Forest Lane, which is one major thoroughfare north, but I guess Forest has more traffic than Royal. Do be careful on Royal and keep your speed down when wet: in 2002, two precious St. Marks boys lost their lives on that elevated curve just east of Hillcrest.

And if anyone wants to vent about LBJ madness or what a pain it is to use the north entrance at DFW now, go for it right here. I’m waiting for some enterprising young soul to start a helicopter-to-DFW biz to tide us over until construction is complete.



Candy Evans

A real estate muckraker, Candy Evans is one of the nation’s leading real estate reporters. She is also the North Texas real estate editor for, CultureMap Dallas, Modern Luxury Dallas, & the Katy Trail Weekly. Candy has written for Joel Kotkin’s The New Geography, Inman Real Estate News, plus a host of national sites. Constantly breaking celebrity real estate news, she scooped former president George W. Bush's Dallas home in 2008. She is the founder and publisher of her signature, and, devoted to the vacation home market. Her verticals have won many awards, including Best Blog by the venerable National Association of Real Estate Editors, one of the nation’s oldest and most prestigious journalism associations. Candy holds an active Texas real estate license but does not sell. She is on the Board of Directors of Braemar Hotels & Resorts (BHR).

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