Our Splurge: Jill Carpenter with Coldwell Banker Residential has listed 6703 Santa Fe Avenue for $859,900.

Finding the perfect Dallas Tudor in the right neighborhood can be trying. But not in Hollywood-Santa Monica!

This beloved Dallas ‘hood has everything you need to put down roots, including historic charm and quiet, tree-lined streets. In this week’s Splurge vs. Steal we put the spotlight on two of its gems! Each with Tudor-style charms but with price points a mile apart. Well, a half-mile to be exact, if you consider there is just a two minute drive between them.

Which will you choose, the New Build Tudor Splurge or the Historic Tudor Steal? The choice is yours.

Splurge: Newly Built Stonebrook Stunner For $859.9K

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Jenn Riley Rice is joining the Heather Guild Group at Compass Real Estate. 

According to Rice, the technology offered by Compass should streamline her job and allow her to spend more time with her clients.  She also already knew several members of the Heather Guild Group team and was really inspired by their dedication to both their clients and the East Dallas community.

“These women are actively involved in their neighborhood schools and community, as am I, so it feels like a perfect fit,” she said. “I can see and appreciate how supportive they are of one another, which can be a rare thing to observe.”

Rice is a lifelong Texan who moved to North Texas when she was 11. She’s spent the past two decades in East Dallas, which is also where she has the majority (though certainly not all) of her business.

“What I love most about East Dallas is all of the interesting people that create our tight-knit community,” she said.

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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…)

District 7Dallas City Council District 7 turned out to be one of the more notable races in the municipal election last month — the incumbent, Kevin Felder, garnered a distant fourth place in a crowded field of candidates.

But that doesn’t mean that there are two complete unknowns vying for the D7 seat, however. Tiffinni Young has spent time on the horseshoe before, having been elected in 2015 and losing her re-election campaign in the runoff election on June 10, 2017.

Her opponent, a high school teacher Adam Bazaldua, is a known quantity in the district as well, having served on several community groups and task forces.

At the end of election night, Bazaldua had 23 percent of the vote, and Young pulled in 22.17 percent.  All told, there were six races (five city and one Dallas ISD school board race) where none of the candidates reached the 50 percent threshold required to win outright, kicking off an extended election season that will culminate with a runoff election on June 8.

We solicited questions from readers and voters to craft a comprehensive questionnaire for each individual race. However, only Bazaldua returned his questionnaire — we reached out via email and social media to Young’s campaign and had no response.

We have Bazaldua’s responses in full below, but here are some highlights: (more…)

Barry Klompus with Elder Tree Realty has listed 4321 N. Cresthaven Road for $1.495 million.

Dreaming of Devonshire? Searching for a Bluffview beauty? Well then we have the Open Houses for you! These three Northwest Dallas homes have something for everyone and put you minutes from Lovers Lane and all things downtown. We adore these neighborhoods for their trendy remodels and mature lawns, and can’t help but admire the wide range of architecture. Which Northwest Dallas home will you tour?

Timeless Modern With Hill Country Influence 

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As far as Dallas suburbs go, Rowlett doesn’t get enough good press. I mean, who doesn’t want to live out by Lake Ray Hubbard, with great schools and a wonderful, neighborly feel? Plus, you can get a lot for your money in Rowlett, as you can see from our Inwood National Bank Home of the Week. 

This listing from Compass agent Bobbie Jo Glover is a fantastic one-story in the lakeside community of Mariner Park, which is perfectly situated within minutes of the President George Bush Turnpike, Interstate 30, and plenty of shopping. Plus, the community amenities of Mariner Park are great — there’s a community pool for those hot summer days. This budget-friendly listing definitely shows what tremendous value you can get in Rowlett

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District 9

When it comes to city council races, politics play a big part in the health of Dallas — and therefore the health of the real estate market.

After the May 4 election, there were six races (five city and one Dallas ISD school board race) where none of the candidates reached the 50 percent threshold required to win outright, kicking off an extended election season that will culminate with a runoff election on June 8.

The race for Mark Clayton’s District 9 seat will also be settled this Saturday in a runoff election, with Paula Blackmon getting 36.86 percent of the vote, and Erin Moore getting 31.82 percent in the general election held in May.

We solicited questions from readers and voters to craft a comprehensive questionnaire for each individual race. Both Blackmon and Moore have answered our questionnaire, and some of their responses follow. Their full responses are at the end of this story. (more…)

Greenway TerraceAdjacent to Greenway Parks and the Park Cities, this Greenway Terrace charmer is the perfect house for a downsizer or someone looking for a good investment until they’re ready for their forever, larger, home.

And what makes 4819 Wateka Drive that perfect spot? The two-bedroom, one bath, 1,155 square foot post-war cottage was built in 1948, but has been updated in the right places, and restored and carefully curated in the others. A new HVAC system was also installed last year as well.

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