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…)

See this kitchen? You can see it up close at our SCHOOL+HOUSE event at 4110 Dunhaven Saturday, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

See this kitchen? You can see it up close at our SCHOOL+HOUSE event at 4110 Dunhaven Saturday, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Curious about Dallas ISD schools? On the hunt for a house? How about a neighborhood that is served by three great elementary schools and two feeder patterns?

Hi. I’d like you to meet Midway Hollow.

shmidwayhollow4110dunhavenOur second-ever SCHOOL+HOUSE features a beautiful new build by Grenadier Homes and is located at 4110 Dunhaven. Our co-host is Karen Cuskey Hartman with the Hartman Terilli Realty Group and Coldwell Banker. And here’s another tip – after you leave our event, drive around the neighborhood and see all the gorgeous inventory available. Don’t see something that’s exactly what you want? There are also some lots available from various builders, where you could get the chance for input before the foundation is poured. Builders in the area include Midway Hollow-resident owned Draper Construction, Grenadier, Bella Vita Custom Homes, Classic Urban Homes, and many more. You name the builder, they’re probably turning dirt in Midway Hollow.

And there are also extremely charming 1950s bungalows and ranch homes for the first-time buyer, so don’t think you’re priced out of the neighborhood.

So drop by SCHOOL+HOUSE tomorrow between 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Take a slow meander through the neighborhood on your way out. And, of course, pack your questions – we have all kinds of experts (including Dallas ISD Trustee Edwin Flores, several principals, and a few parents) waiting to answer them.

Image: Fox 4

Image: Fox 4

Crews were inside Lakewood Elementary over the weekend, monitoring the air quality inside the school after reports of children being nauseated, dizzy, and lethargic during the school day. One child even vomited in between classes.

This is the second time parents have voiced concern over air quality inside the school. Just last year a dead owl stuck in a vent forced carbon monoxide from the school’s boiler into several classrooms, sickening children and staff in the circa 1951 building.

According to the Advocate, a meeting to discuss the building’s classroom and cafeteria expansion is slated for tomorrow (Feb. 23) evening, though a discussion about air quality is to be expected.

Despite the reports of sick kids, classes continued today, though parents said they would be keeping close watch on Dallas ISD to make sure this didn’t happen again.

“Obviously I personally don’t feel like my son is in danger today or tomorrow,” parent Paula Goldberg said to NBC 5. “But something needs to be addressed in the school, because something is not right. It’s an odd coincidence that we’ve had two things like this.”

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I’m sure you’re already well aware that school is about to start. I mean, if you’ve managed to ignore the commercials, advertisements, and the groans of youths heard all over the state, keep doing what you’re doing. If you’re frantically trying to figure the whole back-to-school rigamarole out, the last thing you want to do is worry about your daily commute to and from your kids campus.

Luckily, the folks at Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty have pulled together a great list of homes within shouting distance of great schools. Put a contract on one of these homes and enjoy a few extra minutes of shut-eye as you’ll live within blocks of your child’s school.

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This gorgeous LEED Gold midcentury modern remodel will be on this year’s White Rock Home Tour, and you could see it for free!

Mad about moderns? Crazy about Cliff Welch? Pining to see PV14? Jabbering about Ju-Nels? You’re probably just dying to go to the White Rock Home Tour this month, aren’t you?

Of course you are! I mean, this home tour, which features modern architecture exclusively, is one of the most popular spring home tours in the region. This year’s line up not only features some of the most amazing architecture in the White Rock Lake area, but it also includes a peek inside the exclusive, revolutionary green development in Lake Highlands called Urban Reserve. If you haven’t checked this place out yet, you’ll be smitten at first look!

If this sounds right up your alley, then we have a treat for you! CandysDirt.com is giving away a pair of tickets courtesy of the Hexter Elementary PTA! These gracious parents who put on this fundraiser for the 10th year going have donated two passes to their much-talked-about event and we are going to have a little contest for them!

Jump to find out how you can score two tickets to the White Rock Home Tour!

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Kevin Caskey, Dallas City Center Realtors director, talks to WFAA about how school ratings influence home prices.

Kevin Caskey, Dallas City Center Realtors director, talks to WFAA about how school ratings influence home prices.

With the Texas legislature set to approve a new letter grading system that adds more clarity and precision to the TEA’s rating categories, Realtors are wondering how the new approval guide will affect housing prices. The measure just cleared the Senate and is headed for the house.

Lake Highlands resident and Dallas City Center Realtors director Kevin Caskey weighed in during this report from WFAA (Channel 8) on the matter. Caskey and his husband have two children at Richardson ISD’s Wallace Elementary, and has seen how changes in demographics have influenced school ratings, and thereby impacting home prices.

“Those rankings are not always representative of what the school truly is,” he said. “I have two children at Wallace Elementary in Lake Highlands, and that school, particularly, has a huge population of Burmese refugees. When those children came in — of course, because of language barriers and such — the scores did go down… therefore the rating did go down.”

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Photo: Bethany Erickson

Photo: Bethany Erickson

When my husband bought the home we live in now – a 1950s bungalow in Midway Hollow – he was a bachelor. He told me several times during our courtship that he bought the house thinking that he would sell it when he got married, because three bedrooms and ONE bathroom is kind of cozy.

Well, I like cozy. When we married, we decided that staying put made sense, but if we ever had kids, we would give the situation another gander.

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Lakewood Elementary is a sought-after attendance area within Dallas ISD.

Lakewood Elementary is a sought-after attendance area within Dallas ISD.

A recent column by Heather Wilhelm highlights a huge issue in America: In order to get into a good public school, you often have to spend more on a home. Heck, brokerages have developed search tools to help you focus on the school attendance areas you want, weeding out perfectly good homes that have imperfect schools.

Wilhelm, a political columnist in Austin, dissects the intersection between public education and real estate in her recent Dallas Morning News Op-Ed, “Public Schools — The Craziest Government Program of Them All.” For the most prescient example, look at HPISD and the Lakewood Elementary attendance area.

Read on for more.

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