The street-level experience provided by the Novel Bishop Arts building is unlike anything else that developers are creating, with fancy brick patterns and quirky-yet-functional bike racks.

With all the new development around the Bishop Arts District, there’s some steep competition coming online in the apartment market.

From the get-go, Crescent Communities has worked hard to set themselves apart. I remember sitting in Rob Shearer’s living room probably two years ago with a handful of other neighborhood residents, to meet with Michael Blackwell, Managing Director at Crescent Communities, and discuss their proposed project.

Unlike some developers in the North Oak Cliff area, Crescent Communities came out of the gate with more community support than expected. They brought in longtime Oak Cliff resident Andrew Howard of Team Better Block to consult on design and look into creative tenanting, then he built them the coolest Christmas Tree you’ve ever seen in a real estate development.

The Grinch Who Stole Christmas-inspired Christmas tree at Novel Bishop Arts. (Installation and photo by Andrew Howard)

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Midway HollowMidway Hollow is hot — even with all the new construction, it’s managed to maintain the things that make people want to live there — the friendly neighbors, the tree-lined streets, and the access to great schools.

So when we came across this three-bedroom, two bath home on Dunhaven Road for rent, we knew we should share.

Realtor Caren Clemmer co-owns the property, and you can tell that as a real estate professional, she knew what was needed to make the home ready for renters — a 2014 remodel has the bright, light 1,350 square foot abode boasting refinished hardwood floors, new tile flooring in the kitchen, new appliances, and updated bathrooms.

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PeninsulaEven if you’re relatively new to Dallas, you’re probably aware of White Rock Lake and the amenities that edge the popular body of water. But you may not have heard of the historic enclave called the Peninsula — and why living there can feel like you’re vacationing in place.

Local lore says that the community was established in 1927 as a place for people who lived in worked in Dallas to vacation and spend the weekend in charming lake cottages. It’s still a popular spot — as you can tell by the stories we’ve written about the 280-home neighborhood over the years.

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