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U.S. Air Force Photo Illustration by Senior Airman Stephen G. Eigel

If you were one of the 350,000 North Texans sitting in the dark (or paying for a hotel room)during last week’s power outage, you might have missed one little tidbit of information that should make the real estate-minded perk up their ears.

There are places you can live where your power is more likely to come back sooner. Now, nobody outright said, “Move to these neighborhoods and you’ll have your power back on before your popsicles start melting,” but if you’re astute, you can read between the lines.

Oncor (and pretty much every other electricity provider in the country) has triaged where power is restored based on how critical the structures in an area are to the public.

First comes the transmission line outages, because they deliver power to entire neighborhoods and businesses. Because so many can be without power if a line goes down, those are a top priority.

But here’s the bigger takeaway: there are certain structures that, if in your neighborhood, are always going to get power restored pretty quickly, too. (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…)

East DallasAll over Dallas, you can still find adorable Midcentury cottages in the $200,000 to $400,000 range — but generally, it’s a mixed bag as to how move-in ready they are. Not so much with this East Dallas charmer we found for this week’s Tuesday Two Hundred.

And if the curb appeal and updated interiors weren’t enough, it’s also a great find because of its location — you can walk to Larry G. Smith Elementary, a school that got a B grade from the Texas Education Agency’s A-F rankings, and met standard with two distinctions. You’re also in the Bryan Adams High School feeder pattern.

There’s also something a little unusual about this Midcentury Cottage: It has a true master. So many of the original homes from this timeframe are three-bedroom, one-bath homes, so finding a home from this era with one is indeed a find. (more…)

Perhaps you’ve got a child who got into Dallas ISD’s Sudie Williams TAG Academy, and you’re tired of the commute and would like something closer. Or maybe you’re pretty sure that’s the magnet your family is looking at because it’s a great fit should your child be accepted, and you’d like to find that house nearby right now.

One of the great things, sure, about a magnet school is that you can live anywhere in the district. But anyone who has driven any length of time in Dallas can attest — driving through the city at certain times of day (which often align with the times of day you’d be hitting the carpool lane) can be an exercise in frustration. (more…)

 

Juli Black recently joined Keller Williams.

If only we all had the energy, dedication, and tenacity of newly minted Keller Williams Premier Realtor Juli Black. Could you even imagine? A powerhouse such as Black brings such exceptional energy to a brokerage, that we aren’t surprised about this particular case of “like attracts like.”

“The culture is a natural fit for me at KW, and KW has made me feel like family since Day 1,” says Black of her new brokerage family. Considering the level of talent that Dallas Keller Williams is attracting right now, it would appear that the brokerage is poised for explosive growth in the market.

But back to Juli, who is not only a native Texan, but was also a media executive, with a resume that boasts stints at NBC Universal and TiVo. She’s parlayed that experience into what could only be considered an incredible real estate career. At her previous brokerage, Black was the top sales agent in 2018 by gross sales volume and has been a consistent top producer as a luxury real estate professional. (more…)

Merriman ParkIt happened this week — Lindsay Sikes Nicholson mentioned on Park Cities Resale Shop (a sort of virtual Facebook swap meet but way, way fancier) that her beloved Merriman Park home was going on the market.

“Our precious home will be hitting the market this weekend. Fully renovated in Merriman Park,” she wrote. “This has been a great home and I would love to see it go to someone that will love it as much as we have!”

At last count, there were 73 comments from people asking for more information. So uh, if you’re in love with this house like we were, you better get to hoppin’.

We took a minute to ask Nicholson what prompted the move — after all, the home is immaculate and adorable. Why leave now? (more…)

MidcenturyWe have a lot of love for a well-done, realistically priced three-bedroom, one bath home in Dallas, especially if it’s on a great lot. So when we found this adorable Midcentury Cottage for this week’s Weekend One Hundred, we knew we had to share.

See, a good 3/1 on a decent-sized lot with a terrific price point is worth its weight in well, money. You can buy now, and after you’ve built up some quick equity (because hey, it’s Dallas) or save, you’ll have enough to add a second bathroom and nice closet and turn one of those bedrooms into a true master suite.

And our house this week, located at 8232 Rayville Drive, is one of those houses. Three bedrooms, one bath, just over 1,000 square feet, and sits on a 7,841 square foot lot.

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When looking at townhomes, one of the big pluses over a condo unit is outdoor space. However, those staircases in two- and three-story townhomes often mean sacrificing storage space. However, that’s not so with our Inwood Home of the Week, a Turtle Creek brownstone with tons of thoughtful built-ins and plenty of spots to stash your stuff.

Plus, the location can’t be beat, says Compass listing agent Mohammed Jaber of 3701 Routh St. Unit A.

“Location, location, location!” he gushed. “This unit has proximity to the Katy Trail, Turtle Creek, restaurants, shopping, and nightlife.”

Of course, for a lot of people, moving into a townhome often means a smaller footprint. Where do you store all of your things once you’ve downsized? In this listing’s case, wherever you want. That’s the exceptional value you can find in our Inwood Home of the Week presented by Inwood National Bank.

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