Zip Code 75235

West Love: Inwood, Harry Hines and Denton Drive

Let’s get our noses out of house porn for a minute to wander through an up and coming neighborhood. DCAD calls it Lovedale 2 (or unappetizingly Slaughters Brookdale), but as far as I know, it has no fancy name to woo buyers to its hipness. It’s pre-hip. If other hip locales cool, maybe this area becomes a hip replacement (boooo, bad pun, bad Jon).

I’ll call it West Love Field or West Love … hmmm, I like that … West Love … and homes are selling FAST! In the hours it took to write this, two of the properties featured below went under contract.

East of Love Field has been in full-on gentrification mode for a while now, only pausing for the recession (as did we all), but West Love hasn’t really gotten any lovin’. It’s loosely bounded by Denton Drive, Harry Hines and Inwood. There are plenty of warehouses on Denton Drive, but there are also a lot of smaller cute starter homes that are a hop from downtown, UTSW and the monkeyshines of the Gayborhood … oh, and Love Field. Perfect for medical folks or air mattresses, trolley dollies in-flight personnel.

Speaking of the airport … I said, SPEAKING OF THE AIRPORT … Oaklawnians have lived cheek by jowl with Love Field since the beginning (well, since 1917 when it opened as an army pilot training facility). The “Oaklawn Pause” is what happens when a plane flies over during a conversation; it pauses. Homes east and west of Love Field are somewhat better off. Planes take-off and land from the north-south, meaning these east and west areas are not being directly flown over – but what a cool place for a roof deck.

For many years when homes hit the market, they were in somewhat calamitous condition. That’s changing, but things are still wonderfully affordable here and sure to rise. How wonderfully affordable? Try $125,000 to $135,000 for 1,100 to 2,031 square feet, many on pretty sizeable lots 50-foot lots!

Here’s a smattering of what’s available and going gone fast.

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Rob Shearer leads panelists (left to right) Sarah Tillman, Councilman Scott Griggs, Michael Nazarian, Jim Lake Jr., Robbie Good, Mark Lamster, Allison Cuellar, and Patrick Kennedy.

Surprisingly, the discussion this past Tuesday (last week) over the future of Bishop Arts didn’t devolve into a gripe-fest. The evening began with a showing of The Human Scale at the Texas Theater. The film by Scandinavian architect Jan Ghel explores the state of cities and the evolution of our understanding of  the human habitat.

The tone of the conversation was “How do we get more of what’s great about Bishop Arts?” Rob Shearer, principal at Kickstand marketing and host of the program, pointed out that there are thousands of apartments and hundreds of square feet of retail planned for the North Oak Cliff neighborhood over the next few years.

In the lobby, two boards covered with butcher paper asked attendees what they fear losing the most, and how they feel about Oak Cliff. (more…)

An old brochure for Kessler Park shows the beautiful stone stairways that can be found within the neighborhood.

An old brochure for Kessler Park shows the beautiful stone stairways that can be found within the neighborhood.

Rachel Stone at the Oak Cliff Advocate has an update on an unexpectedly contentious issue that has formed battle lines among Kessler Park residents: The steps between Canterbury Court and Edgefield Avenue.

The stone walkway, which was installed by the original developers of Kessler Park, North Texas Trust Co., was part of a system of small pocket parks that were meant to attract wealthy families to the neighborhood. However, the steps have fallen into disrepair, and until recently, it wasn’t exactly clear who owned the steps or was responsible for their maintenance.

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Park Cities residents have an awful time remembering to lock their car doors, which is a boon for thieves.

Park Cities residents have an awful time remembering to lock their car doors, which is a boon for thieves.

Stop me if you’ve heard this before, but police in the Park Cities largely filled their time last week with two types of incidents: burglars breaking into SUVs to steal third-row seats, and thieves helping themselves to all of the loot that Parkies leave inside their unlocked vehicles.

The 3900 and 4000 blocks of Miramar Avenue were ripe for the picking on the evening on Oct. 27. At one house, a thief stole a $3,500 diamond-and-gold bracelet and a credit card after rummaging through a purse left inside a silver 2007 Lincoln Navigator. The victim said this was the second time her vehicle has been burglarized at her home; she admitted that she’d left it unlocked both times.

Such behavior is common in her ’hood. That same night, thieves stole two packages of Apple software and a pair of women’s running shoes from a silver 2014 Land Rover, and $12 in cash from a white 2013 Mercedes. Neither vehicle was locked.

Click through for a roundup of last week’s other residential crimes in the Park Cities:

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Homefacts App Home Page Homefacts App - School Details Page

We love a good app here at CandysDirt, and when RealtyTrac announced their new Homefacts app, we had to give it a test. We’ve reviewed several good real estate apps before, and some of them are great for just run-of-the-mill home shopping (Realtor.com, Zillow, Trulia, and Redfin), some give you a more visual clue on a property ( Doorsteps App), and there’s even an app to see if you can afford a home before you get pre-approved.

But the Homefacts is a horse of a different color. It’s a much more comprehensive real estate app in that it uses GPS data or an address search to dissect areas not by homes for sale, but by other factors that may affect a neighborhood’s desirability, such as relative proximity to convicted sex offenders and former drug labs, school performance, unemployment, crime risk, median home value, and disaster risk.

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Poorly maintained swimming pools like Councilwoman Vonciel Jones Hill's could become breeding grounds for West Nile Virus-spreading mosquitoes, which mature from an egg in as few as three days. (Photo: Eric Nicholson/Dallas Observer)

Poorly maintained swimming pools like Councilwoman Vonciel Jones Hill’s could become breeding grounds for West Nile Virus-spreading mosquitoes, which mature from an egg in as few as three days. (Photo: Eric Nicholson/Dallas Observer)

Well, you’ll find us on our way to Lake Tahoe, where there are no disease carrying mosquitoes and the vistas and waters are easy to soak up. (Well, Candy is headed there, and I’m with her in spirit, so that counts, right?) It was an easy decision now that Dallas County Health and Human Services has declared the first human case of West Nile Virus within the city limits. Not only that, but it was found in 75230, our beloved Preston Hollow area!

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North Central Division Community Engagement Officer Mark Andrew Lutz (@LutzDPD)

North Central Division Community Engagement Officer Mark Andrew Lutz (@LutzDPD)

This just in from Officer Mark Andrew Lutz of Dallas Police Department’s North Central Division:

Please assist DPD in locating a person of interest

The following incident occurred 06/02/14 at about 2 p.m. in the Preston/Royal area:

A teenage girl was walking in the 10800 Block of Camellia Lane when a 2009 Nissan Altima (or similar style of vehicle which was gray in color) pulled alongside the girl.

The driver honked and told the girl to get in the car. The girl ran to a residence and the driver drove away from the location.

The driver of the vehicle is described as a white male approximately 33 years old. He has red hair and beard which is trimmed.

DPD is asking the public to call 911 to report all suspicious activity and persons.

We will increase our presence in the area and will work closely with our crime watch community to address the safety needs of each neighborhood.

Creepers are everywhere, folks. Keep your eyes peeled and, if you aren’t following your local neighborhood watch already, now is a good time to start.

Car Thief

At 2:45 a.m. on May 31, a Highland Park police officer noticed that a white Ford truck was parked in the 4200 block of Edmondson Avenue with its emergency lights flashing. The officer approached the truck and found a 24-year-old Carrollton man standing next to it on the curb.

The man said he’d run over a nail and was checking his tire pressure. But the tire in question appeared to be fine, and the officer could find no nail. The man explained that he’d need to move the truck forward, as the nail was between the tire and the truck at the moment.

While the man was maneuvering his truck, the officer ran a background check. The man was not the subject of any active warrants, and his license was valid, so the officer let him go.

About a minute later, the officer found three bags in some bushes next to a nearby house. They contained a $675 pair of Jimmy Choo shoes, a $295 pair of Neiman Marcus pants, $175 worth of Gap Kids clothing, and $10 in coins.

Via receipts in the bags, the officer determined that the clothing belonged to the house’s owners, who later confirmed that the garments and coins had been removed from three vehicles – a Lexus, a Jaguar, and a Yukon – they had left unlocked in their driveway. However, a black men’s glove that the officer found next to the bags was not theirs.

It might belong to the young man from Carrollton. A further exploration of his record showed a criminal history that includes burglary, fraud, DWI, and possession of marijuana.

For more notable crimes in Dallas’ most desirable neighborhoods, read on.

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