In this week’s three featured homes, we found an absolute dream neighborhood of Skyline Haven Estates in Duncanville full of midcentury modern-inspired and 80s contemporaries that’ll knock your socks off. Incredibly, they’re all located located on one street Creekhaven Drive — one right next to the other. What are the odds? Now typically we like to spread the geographic love (and listing agents, too) but these three Duncanville homes were too fantastic to pass up writing about. Which would you snap up?

Blue Bayou on Full Acre Lot

Address: 1715 Creekhaven Drive, Duncanville

  • 5 bedrooms, 4 baths
  • 4,454 square feet
  • $530,000

This 2014 custom build has all the open floor plan and modern kitchen elements you’re looking for on an amazing one-acre lot. The home features two living areas, an office, media room, formal dining, and a downstairs master suite with a glamorous powder-room inspired bath with white cabinets, feature vanity, luxury soaking tub, and a unique walk-in shower. The eat-in kitchen features stainless steel appliances including a built-in refrigerator, gas cooktop, double oven, built-in microwave, and dishwasher. There’s a five-car garage for all your vehicular toys and beautiful acreage to enjoy secluded bliss.

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DuncanvilleOne of the best things about the Tuesday Two Hundred price point is the fact that you can often find a well-maintained, move-in ready home that just needs a few taste-specific updates to make it your own — like this Duncanville home on a gorgeous lot backing up to a creek.

Listed by Judie Burnham with Century 21 Judge Fite Company, this five-bedroom, two-and-half bath home at 502 Willow Circle in Duncanville sits on an incredible, heavily-treed lot with a creek running behind it. And with 3,430 square feet of space, it’s a perfect family home.

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114 Wes Jespersen Way Front

What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you hear “Duncanville”? I’ll bet it’s not “Adorable monthly farmer’s market,” or “Super cute downtown.” Few realize the treasure in this community, which is why we’re almost certain that our Tuesday Two Hundred will catch loads of interest and offers once we tell you about it.

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1722 Cedar Hill Pool and Patio

There’s so much going on in the suburbs south of town, but all the action in Duncanville and DeSoto tends to take a backseat to the flashy northern suburbs in Collin County. But sometimes you come across a real gem of a home with a price that will absolutely stun you just as much as the incredible quartzite kitchen counters.

This 1970s contemporary listed with Dallas City Center Realtors’ Christina Bristow is just the home to get you to pack up your things and head south? Don’t believe me? Jump to see the evidence.

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Duncanville 4

That’s where he went to to high school, and had his entire class down with him in Austin last night. (He grew up in Wichita Falls. )

I happened to have been in Duncanville yesterday afternoon, looking at real estate with Monte Anderson and Daniel Flores. Getting warmed up for the write up — I thought Duncanville was pretty cool. You can get a home here for — are you sitting down? Smelling salts nearby? — $80,000. Go up to $300,000 and you will have a 3000 square foot ranch on a substantial lot. There are trees, topography, a burgeoning cute downtown and a Ben Franklin with a soda counter. Felt warmth there, even though it was pouring rain. They’ve  even turned a church into a dance studio, which gives me hope that the Religious Right hasn’t gone nuts here yet. The community is also pretty diverse but in a natural, organic way. (more…)

Capella ParkIf you’ve never heard of Capella Park, finding its white-picket fenced environs might seem like the answer to families (or even downsizers) that are looking for both affordability and a picturesque neighborhood but don’t want to sacrifice a shorter commute to downtown and other Dallas amenities.

Located near the Mountain Creek neighborhood, the master-planned community is just off West Kiest Boulevard between Mountain Creek Parkway and Spur 408, and adjacent to Dallas Baptist University, The Potter’s House, and more. It’s in Duncanville ISD, but has a Dallas address.

It was this listing at 3724 Prague Mews that first caught our eye and directed us to check out Capella Park. (more…)

TRE

Dallas ISD trustees Dan Micciche and Justin Henry talked to supporters of a Tax Ratification Election before Thursday’s board meeting (photo courtesy Rob Shearer).

It took three tries, but a 13-cent Tax Ratification Election (TRE) was passed by the Dallas ISD board of trustees in a special called meeting Thursday night.

The vote (which was seven for, one against, and one absent) will place a measure that will increase the district’s maintenance and operating tax rate from $1.04 to $1.17.

There has not been an increase since 2008.

A cheer from the gallery went up as what various advocates had been asking for — a chance to put a potential property tax increase on the ballot — finally passed after three tries over as many years.

If voters approve the measure on Nov. 6, it will provide an additional $126 million every year to support early learning, racial equity, and choice school programs, as well as compensation. (more…)

Frisco was named the best city for raising a family, closely followed by Allen, and Southlake as part of a new 2018 “best Texas cities” list, ranking the best and worst Texas cities for families. Wallethub, a D.C.-based personal finance site, compiled the new June 2018 report that ranked the 117 largest cities in Texas based on family life, fun, education, health and safety, affordability and socioeconomic environment.

What makes a city good for raising a family? Plenty of attractions such as museums and theaters, a quality school system, high graduation rates, number of playgrounds per 100,000 residents and a whole lot of pediatricians were all factors that Wallethub took into account when it named the best Texas cities for families.

While the weighted scores and rankings provide a holistic view of cities, a look at the raw data we requested provides some interesting headlines as well. Missing from the list is Highland Park, which did not rank among the largest cities in Wallethub’s data.

Eagles vs. Dragons

Turning to education, Allen had the number one highest graduation rate in Texas – 96.6 percent, according to Wallethub’s data. Frisco, the overall number one, has a 91.8 percent graduation rate, and Southlake, overall number three on the list, had a 87.3 percent graduation rate, according to Wallethub. (more…)