Oak Cliff

Nowadays, it’s getting harder and harder to hear the Oak Cliff “Oh” — that pause you used to get when you mentioned you lived in Oak Cliff, or wanted to go to Oak Cliff. In the year 2019, Oak Cliff is a highly sought after spot, and while living near Bishop Arts, Kessler Park, and other neighborhoods might be out of your price range, Cedar Crest is a great neighborhood full of charming homes.

We’ve told you about Cedar Crest before — a well-established neighborhood close to downtown, with a busy neighborhood association and the historic Cedar Crest Golf Course. It’s also home to a more affordable pocket of Oak Cliff, as this home at 2207 Alabama Avenue confirms.

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Cedar CrestDays on market for move-in ready homes in the $100,000 to $200,000 range around North Texas are tiny little pockets of time, blink-and-you’ll-miss-them openings. So when this Cedar Crest cutie landed in our inbox this week, we knew it was our next Weekend One Hundred.

And we also know you should probably shake a leg if you’re looking for something in that price range — Cedar Crest is a great neighborhood full of charming homes.

A well-established neighborhood close to downtown with a bustling neighborhood association and the Cedar Crest Golf Course, which hosted the first PGA tour in 1927.

“For decades the Cedar Crest neighbors have demonstrated pride in home ownership, which is discernible by many of the uniquely designed custom built homes,” the association’s website said. “The community is well noted for community and political involvement and has produced many business owners, educators, and dignitaries.” (more…)

cedar crestSometimes you flip through listings and a house just … stands out — like this funky Cedar Crest home with a fun facade and a well-updated interior with a price point that will make some family very, very happy.

Unfamiliar with Cedar Crest? We’ve written about listings in the charming neighborhood before, but for the uninitiated, Cedar Crest is a well-established neighborhood in Dallas that is, we think, a hidden gem. Close to downtown (in fact, you can see the skyline from many points in the neighborhood), the community also boasts a very busy neighborhood association, and is home to the Cedar Crest Golf Course, which hosted the first PGA Tour in 1927.

You can even see a great tour of the golf course here.

“For decades the Cedar Crest neighbors have demonstrated pride in home ownership, which is discernible by many of the uniquely designed custom built homes,” the association’s website said. “The community is well noted for community and political involvement and has produced many business owners, educators and dignitaries.” (more…)

Get to know Crestwood this Sunday at the Crestwood Crawl.

The invention of the interwebs, apps, the digital camera, and mobile technology has greatly changed the way real estate is done these days. Not long ago prospective buyers would see one or two photos of the home, then they would actually go to the home — like get out of their vehicle and walk through the home to see if they liked it.

Now it’s click, click, click … as 90 percent or more of buyers will make a decision to even visit a home based on what they can see on their smartphone or tablet.

Even though technology has enhanced the buying process and made it easier in many ways, nothing beats the old fashioned open house.  As much as an app or digital image can offer, nothing compares to walking through a home to experience how the home might actually live.

The Crestwood Crawl

This coming Sunday, Sept. 8, from 1 to 3 p.m., the agents of Williams Trew Real Estate in Fort Worth will be hosting The Crestwood Crawl.  Six homes in the fabulous Crestwood neighborhood will be held open for buyers to come and enjoy all of the homes first-hand.

The weather will be in the mid-80s. The Cowboys don’t kick-off until 3:30 p.m.  Now is the time to visit one of Fort Worth’s best areas.

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Dallas ISD

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The good news? Dallas ISD maintained its B grade from the Texas Education Agency this year, in fact, it went up from an 81 to an 86. In fact, of 232 Dallas ISD schools, 28 got an A and 102 earned a B, making it 57 percent of Dallas ISD schools making an A or B this year.

The bad news? Last year the district had four schools that didn’t meet state standards. This year, the number is eight. But even that is couched in some good news/bad news. Only one school is a repeat from last year, meaning three of last year’s schools met state standard this year. But yes, it’s bittersweet when seven new schools join the list.

So Who Got an A?

Lots of expected schools, of course, but also some incredibly bright stories from places like Edward Titche Elementary and Jack Lowe Sr. Elementary, all schools that not that long ago didn’t meet state standards.  (more…)

Dallas ISD

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From staff reports

If you still haven’t nailed down pre-K yet, and you have a three or four-year-old, Dallas ISD has news: There’s a good chance you can find a spot anywhere in the city, no matter what your income is.

Just before the July break, the district’s board of trustees approved a program that would extend the pre-K program to include more children by raising family income limits and offering scholarships. 

The district’s Racial Equity Office and the Early Learning department said the new policy would help address structural racial inequities and bring the successful early-learning program to more families.

Currently, the state has six eligibility requirements for families to qualify for free pre-K centered around circumstances like special needs, income, and language. The new Dallas ISD policy gives three new potential qualifiers. (more…)

medianMay’s home report is in for Dallas, and the median home price is up two percent year-over-year to $260,000, according to statistics from Texas Realtors.

What can you get for the median home price in Dallas? We took a look.

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MillsWhile moving to Oak Cliff is on the wishlists for many, you generally hear about one, maybe two schools that people desire buy near. But what if we told you just down Corinth sits a school that earned five out of six TEA distinctions last year — Roger Q. Mills Elementary?

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And what if we told you that it will be a magnet school next year?

Last week, we checked out Dorsey Elementary in Pleasant Grove, but this week we took a look at Dallas ISD’s weekly Best Schools video series and found this look at Mills, and hunted down a great listing close by. (more…)