rentalYou can’t always find a Dallas rental that is impeccably updated, zoned for great schools, family-friendly, and budget-friendly. But for this week’s Rental of the Week, we feel pretty confident we’ve found that sparkly unicorn.

This three-bedroom, two bath home in Northwest Dallas has 1,904 square feet of living space, and was remodeled in 2017.  (more…)

PinkstonIf you know you have high schoolers in the future, and you’ve been wanting to get into North Oak Cliff, we have news: You could have a new (to you) house and a brand-spankin’ new L.G. Pinkston High by 2021, with the former coming much sooner than that.

But you’ll need to get a move on. Homes in the secluded Stevens Park Village don’t pop up all the time, and once people get a load of the new and improved Pinkston (as well as what is happening to the historic original Pinkston building), you may kick yourself if you don’t put a call into your Realtor.

But first things first. Thursday, Dallas ISD gave everyone a quick peek at the state-of-the-art Pinkston, which will be a three-story, 226,948 square-foot building on a 20.79-acre lot at 3719 Greenleaf Street.

Rendering courtesy Dallas ISD

See? Fancy. (more…)


Photo courtesy Annie Webb Blanton Elementary Facebook

Just in case you missed it, Dallas ISD’s Annie Webb Blanton Elementary in the Riverway Estates-Bruton Terrace neighborhood in Pleasant Grove has had quite the turnaround — from not meeting state standards five years in a row to an A in the state’s A-F accountability ratings.

It’s almost impossible to overstate the strides the school has made — from most of its fifth graders reading at kindergarten level in 2015 to 82 percent of its fifth-graders meeting state standards in math last year, to this year, when the school not only met state standards but also garnered six (the most you can get) distinctions.

By the way, that 82 percent is higher than scores at Highland Park’s McCulloch Intermediate School, where 79 percent of fifth graders met state standards for math that year.


magnetWendy North wasn’t a Dallas ISD believer until her son began attending Judge Barefoot Sanders Law Magnet at the Yvonne A. Ewell Townview Magnet Center. 

“I never thought I would brag on DISD school,” North told us recently. “The Judge Barefoot Sanders Law Magnet has changed my mind.”

The school is often at the top of national and state rankings. In the 2019 Best High Schools top 20 list according to rankings by U.S. News & World Report, it ranked 17th in the top 20 schools in Texas, and it was one of 26 schools in the state (and one of three in the district) to be in the running to be a National Blue Ribbon School. 

It’s also one of Niche’s best public high schools in America this year, and one of the TEA’s top 16 best public high schools.

I have sent my kids to very expensive private schools, Richardson ISD and another public school in Dallas, but I’ve never been in awe of the entire school,” North enthused. “From the principal to the campus it wows me every time I enter the front door.” (more…)

magnetDallas ISD magnet schools don’t usually have open seats — the rare exception is when they are in their first couple of years, maybe. So when we found out that three magnets still have spots open, we decided to take a look at the kind of inventory you can find.

We’ve written about Roger Q. Mills Elementary before —  the school earned five out of six TEA distinctions last year. A quick perusal of inventory near J.P Starks Math, Science and Technology Vanguard showed that properties near the school are dear (but we’ll take a look next week nonetheless).

But this week, we’re taking a look at homes near Mark Twain School for the Talented and Gifted, which is accepting applications for students entering grades one through five. (more…)

park forestOne of the great things about a neighborhood school is the fact that the neighborhood it is in is often very much a part of the fabric of the school, and vice versa. That is definitely the case with our School + House entry for this week, Dallas ISD’s DeGolyer Elementary, which sits just about in the middle of the tight-knit neighborhood of Park Forest.

DeGoyler is a school that is walkable from just about any of the 200 homes in Park Forest, and because of that, the neighborhood is fiercely loyal to the school. And parental engagement is robust — whether it’s Dad’s Club or the PTA.

The school is no slouch academically, either, earning a firm B from the Texas Education Agency’s A-F ratings, meeting state standard with two distinctions.

And Park Forest — a neighborhood tucked between Forest Lane, Northaven Road, Marsh Lane, and Cromwell Drive — is a darling spot to raise a family, too. From the community pool (memberships available) to the robust crime watch to the wide variety of price points, there really is so much to recommend the neighborhood full of Midcentury Fox and Jacobs homes.  (more…)

WoodrowHave Woodrow Wilson Feeder Pattern dreams, but not a Lakewood budget? Fear not, this week’s Weekend One Hundred is not only a friendly price point, but it’s close to tons of amenities — and it’s in the feeder pattern you desire.

It’s not uncommon to hear that house hunters in Dallas are looking for homes in the Woodrow Wilson High School feeder pattern — it’s known for its academics, it’s fine arts programs, and its athletics, as well as its strong alumni and parent presence.

Suffice to say, if you’ve never checked out Woodrow Wilson High, you owe it to yourself to investigate, because there are tons of reasons it’s one of the most sought-after public high schools.

But it also is home to some of the more spendy price points in Dallas, which is why we snapped up this two-bedroom, two bath condo at 5076 Matilda Street to show our readers the second we saw it. (more…)

It was contentious, a lot. In fact, at one point almost anyone remotely affiliated with a Scott Griggs supporter was blocked by mayoral candidate Eric Johnson on social media. But in the end, he not only unblocked everyone, according to his campaign, but he also won a fairly combative race to become Dallas’ next mayor.

Johnson beat Griggs 55 percent to 44 percent.

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The tone Johnson took Saturday night was much lighter as he spoke to supporters after Griggs conceded. 

After making his way to the stage and hugging his wife, Johnson took a deep breath.

“This is one of those moments that you think you’re prepared for, but you’re just never prepared for something like this,” he said, going on to thank Griggs for his years of service to the city. (more…)