Help This Poor Reader Find a Neighborhood: Where's the Best Place to Park Two (Maybe Three) Kids and a Husband?

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A Reader Writes:

Here is a picture of the fam in front of our townhome. We are still all over the place in terms of where to live and find the perfect neighborhood. When I wrote you last, it was Lake Highlands. A week before that, it was UP. Today, it’s Lakewood.

As you can see from the pic, we need some room for the family. I hope I can convince the hubs to have a 3rd baby by next year. If I prove persuasive enough, we’ll have 3 kiddos. We know we will need space for kids, a nanny, and a good public elementary. Whether that is buying a 4 bedroom in Lake Highlands, building an extra living quarters onto a 3 bedroom in Lakewood, or just sacrificing to get into (a shoebox) in Park Cities is a daily discussion. On top of that, each of those submarkets have micromarkets within. We want some value-add/fixer-upper potential, but to what degree, we are not sure. We just know that we don’t want to commute, and we don’t want to pay for private school.

We still have a lot of soul searching to do, and any advice helps.

What a beautiful family! Please tell your husband you have to have at least one more baby because your children (and y’all) are so beautiful!

Your’s is the classic Dallas dilemma brought on by what has been, in some parts of town, a mediocre public school system for the last 30 years. Of course you’re all over the place because Dallas has so many wonderful neighborhoods close in, but you have children to educate and I’m sure security and safety are also important.

My daughter just moved to Lakewood, submarket Hollywood Heights Santa Monica, because of the great elementary schools and leafy terrain. The great public schools in Lakewood are driving that market up up and away. To a certain extent, the same thing is happening around Kramer Elementary up near JanMar and Northaven, and really around any high-performing public school. Let’s enlist the help of our talented real estate community to help you narrow down the selection, and find you a new home!

PS: I’m with you on Lakewood. Today, at least!

 

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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 Forbes.com, 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 CandysDirt.com, and SecondShelters.com, 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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  1. mmCandy Evans says

    Ann, yes you are so right! I feel like I should write a book telling young parents what not to fret about. Number one is private schools. Though my children loved their private schools and were so enriched, now I see so many children from public schools who ended up at the same (or better!) colleges because in some cases, they thought the private school children were too privileged. Then the other thing not to waste one moment of worry on is where your child goes to college. Having a strong work ethic is so much more vital than a perfect SAT that gets you into Harvard or wherever the hot school due jour is. Ann, what can you add?

  2. mmCandy Evans says

    Ann, yes you are so right! I feel like I should write a book telling young parents what not to fret about. Number one is private schools. Though my children loved their private schools and were so enriched, now I see so many children from public schools who ended up at the same (or better!) colleges because in some cases, they thought the private school children were too privileged. Then the other thing not to waste one moment of worry on is where your child goes to college. Having a strong work ethic is so much more vital than a perfect SAT that gets you into Harvard or wherever the hot school due jour is. Ann, what can you add?

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