Like when a chef who says his famous recipe was made with love, there’s something special about a home built by a builder who plans to live there with his family.

Like when a chef who says his famous recipe was made with love, there’s something special about a home built by a builder who plans to live there with his family.

And, I mean, you haven’t really lived until you’ve had a 500-bottle wine cellar, a yoga room, tennis courts, your own koi pond, and a greenhouse, right?

This luxury lease at 4656 Meadowood in Dallas rents for $19,000 a month – or just drop a cool $7 million and the entire 13,220-square-foot mansion is yours.

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Roosevelt

Courtesy Dallas ISD

Franklin D. Roosevelt High is about to get a huge update — more than 75 percent of the campus will soon become a construction zone. And when the dust settles, $36 million in improvements will bring in a new library, a restaurant, a fine arts addition, a competition gym, and classroom additions.

In addition, a new main entry and administrative offices, and exterior changes, will give the school a good sprucing up, and the school will also get a new cafeteria. That fine arts addition? It will double as a storm shelter. (more…)

Dallas ISD

Photo courtesy Dallas ISD

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…)

bent tree

Great rentals are hard to come by, and this Rental of the Week is one to keep an eye on.

The home at 16838 Village Lane in Dallas’ popular Bent Tree Village has three bedrooms, three bathrooms, and a nice $3,500 monthly price tag.

The two-story, 3,285-square-foot traditional home offers a one-year, renewable lease. There’s just one restriction: no pets.

Built in 1978, it’s an older model but features numerous updates, a circular drive, wet bar, and spacious entertaining rooms.

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Oak Cliff

Currently in the middle of a complete remodel and upgrade, South Oak Cliff High defied expectations this year and actually increased enrollment (photo courtesy Dallas ISD)

Just a few scant years ago, saying you were buying a house in Oak Cliff would elicit what some called the “Oak Cliff Oh,” as if moving to the area required a thoughtful, tactful response. But times have changed.

And perhaps one of the biggest success stories in Oak Cliff is the public school choices available there. For instance, take South Oak Cliff High. Almost two years ago, the community banded together to demand that the school building reflect the school’s successes. Now, as the students reported in August to temporary quarters at Village Fair School, the 70-year-old building they fought for is now being renovated and improved.

But even more important is its increased popularity. Dallas ISD reported last week that the school’s fall enrollment jumped from 1,096 last school year to 1,322 — a 200-student increase. It’s also significantly higher than the district’s projected enrollment of 963 students. (more…)

It can be challenging to find updated investment properties in Dallas that don’t need a lot of rehab, but this Carioca Drive diamond in the rough is ready to go and priced in the 100s.

It can be challenging to find updated investment properties in Dallas that don’t need a lot of rehab, but this Carioca Drive diamond in the rough is ready to go and priced in the 100s.

Featuring three bedrooms and one and one-half bathrooms, this one-story home has “no known structural or other major issues,” according to broker Calvin Graham with Graham-Rutledge.

“If true investor projects are harder to come by, do not blink before you run the numbers on this one,” Graham added.

The traditional home, built in 1960, needs some cosmetic updates but otherwise is ready for a quick flip. Fingers crossed that you still have those home improvement shows you DVR’d on Labor Day weekend. (more…)

Medrano

Photo courtesy Dallas iSD

From staff reports

A local attorney whose offices are only two blocks away from Esperanza “Hope” Medrano Elementary School donated $50,000 to build a food pantry there, Dallas ISD announced last week.

Todd Tracy, the head attorney at the Tracy Law Firm, wanted to do something for young residents of this neighborhood. He contacted Principal Mario Mondragón, who suggested building a food pantry at the school to support the families with limited financial resources. (more…)

Clean and spacious three-bedroom homes with Dallas ZIP codes don’t often make it into the 100s – unless they’re classified as “cute” or a “fixer-upper.” This one is, in fact, cute, but it’s already fixed up and billed as a turn-key investment property.

Clean and spacious three-bedroom homes with Dallas ZIP codes don’t often make it into the 100s – unless they’re classified as “cute” or a “fixer-upper.”

This one is, in fact, cute, but it’s already fixed up and billed as a turn-key investment property.

Listed by Juan Vega with Rendon Realty, the home at 9922 Hustead Drive is on the market for a modest $129,900.

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