Davis St looking west to N. Zang Blvd. from the CVS sidewalk.

If it’s been a few months since you last drove through the Davis/Zang intersection near the Bishop Arts District, you likely wouldn’t recognize where you are now. Buildings five stories tall are going up on three of the four corners, and a new CVS stands where El Corazón was. Melba St., on the other side of the district, is beginning to feel like the State Thomas neighborhood of Uptown: mid-rise apartments and town homes on all sides with a small historic home here or there.

Not only are the streets torn up from increasing utility sizes to accommodate the growth and reconstructing complete streets, but there are about 20 large-scale residential and commercial projects currently under construction in North Oak Cliff, totaling more than a quarter of a billion dollars of investment and adding more than 1,200 units.

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Hold on to your cocoa, folks, this listing is hot, hot, hot! Located just one mile from Dallas’ trendy Bishop Arts Districtyes you read that right – sits this gorgeous, three-bedroom, two-bathroom beauty that has been extensively restored and priced to sell!

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Joe Big Pic

It may have been back in July, July 28 in fact, but we are still feeling the fun from the shindig Joe Atkins and his Bishop Arts team threw on a hot Thursday night to showcase his second and newest real estate office in the Metroplex: 419 West Eighth Street, right near Davis. He transformed a Bishop Arts house into a great real estate office space, and any Realtor who wasn’t basking in the mountain air was at the party.

419 W 8th

What a transformation!

Joe’s first office is the only residential real estate shop in downtown Dallas at 2201 Main Street, #840.

Not only was Joe showing off spacious new digs complete with meeting rooms and a full kitchen, he showed off his growing team of agents, some seasoned and some fresh from Champions School of Real Estate. One of the newest: former Coldwell Banker agent Tommy Wooten, who has won so many Metrotex awards he is going to need a Montanan Big Sky to store them. Jump for a whole bunch of crazy pics and fun people. Oh yes, this is not Joe’s last office. He has big plans for Tommy and we cannot wait for the next party:

Tommy Wooten

 

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KESSLER PLAZA 2510 W 10th Street Front

It’s rare to find an adorable home at an affordable price in a North Oak Cliff neighborhood that is seeing dramatic price increases and appreciation. I mean, this area of Dallas is growing like gangbusters, attracting more and more Millennials, so prices are increasing along with gentrification.

But this home just west of Hampton Road in Kessler Plaza is not only a cutie from the curb, but it’s a tremendous value considering that in this area, similar homes are being marketed for much more — nearly $50,000 in some cases!

KESSLER PLAZA 2510 W 10th Street porch

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Photo courtesy Dallas ISD Foster Elementary School will host a open house for parents and community members interested in Spanish language immersion tonight from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.

There are many neighborhoods that are home to “hidden gems” of Dallas ISD – schools that don’t get the attention of their more popular siblings, but have the same programs and successes. (Photo: courtesy Dallas ISD)

I just spent two days fielding queries about neighborhood schools from folks that just moved into my neighborhood. I’m about to tell our readers the same thing I’ve told them: You always hear about the same schools because they’re great schools, and you may feel like you must buy a home in the attendance zones for those schools, despite the low inventory. But often, there are great schools with the same programs (who just haven’t had those programs as long) sitting right under your nose. In fact, there’s still some time to get into your family’s next home near one of these great undiscovered or under-discussed schools before the school year starts.

So I’m thrilled that Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate asked me to write about the schools that are just as awesome, but are less well-known. Keep in mind, this is just a small sampling — there are schools all over the Dallas Independent School District that have amazing programs that are not the usual suspects. (more…)

 

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Once upon a time, a clever architect and a talented interior designer bought a 1927 Prairie cottage in Winnetka Heights and, of course, they completely transformed it. Now a lucky buyer can reap the benefits of their hard work and nab this move-in ready cutie at 110 N. Edgefield in this hotter than hot neighborhood if they move very fast. (more…)

DTales

I have had a crush on David Griffin since the first day we met. (A whole lot of people in Dallas feel the same way!) I even recall meeting and adoring his sweet, darling mother who, had they lived next door, would have been my dear mama’s bestie.

Anyhow, I can get a lot more love from David now that he is producing a monthly video series featuring people/places in the community. It’s called “DTales,” and we will be sharing the video stories here on CandysDirt.com.

Jump to see the first!

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alamo manhattan-Davis

Rendering: Good Fulton & Farrell Architects

The proposed Bishop Arts Gateway project on one of the hottest corners in North Oak Cliff fueled quite the quibble between Dallas City Council members Lee Kleinman and Scott Griggs today, as the city of Dallas economic development committee voted to approve Alamo Manhattan’s request for more than $11 million in Oak Cliff Gateway tax increment finance (TIF) district funds for the site on Davis and Zang.

According to Rachel Stone at the Oak Cliff Advocate, the TIF district money is contingent on Alamo Manhattan making at least 20 percent of the project’s 209 apartments “affordable.” The 42 or so apartments would be available only to those making no more than 80 percent of the area’s median income, which is $45,000 for a family of four.

Alamo Manhattan Bishop Arts Gateway

The $57 million project will also include a streetcar plaza for the Oak Cliff streetcar line, 25,200 square feet for retail and restaurant space, and underground parking. So what will we get for the $11.25 million in TIF funds? Here’s what Wilonsky says:

City staff says about half that money will go toward, among other things, clearing and remediating the existing buildings along Zang and Davis, widening the sidewalks, planting trees, creating that open plaza and dealing with utility issues. The other half — approximately $5,846,400 — will act as an affordable housing grant, unless the city hears otherwise from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in coming weeks.

You’ll recall, after initial drawings for the Bishop Arts Gateway project were made public last year, there was quite the foofaraw from nearby residents over the building design. It was too out of character for the neighborhood and wasn’t particularly pedestrian friendly, some argued. But after a trip back to the drawing board, the revised development plans were widely lauded.

Of course, that didn’t stop Kleinman, who called Oak Cliff “the North Dallas of South Dallas,” from squabbling with colleagues over TIF money.

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