Affordable homes continue to be listed in the Dallas area in the wake of the devastating tornadoes late last month. The four-bedroom pad at 3031 South Marsalis Ave. is recently renovated and ready for immediate move-in, according to Realtor Alicia Toney. It’s a short hop to Interstate 35 East. Oh, yeah, and it’s $179,000.

Affordable homes continue to be listed in the Dallas area in the wake of the devastating tornadoes late last month, as residents ranging from apartment-dwellers to estate-owners look to find temporary or semi-permanent housing.

The four-bedroom pad at 3031 South Marsalis Ave. is recently renovated and ready for immediate move-in, according to listing agent Alicia Toney. It’s a short hop to Interstate 35 East. Oh, yeah, and it’s $179,000.

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Dallas rent prices took a small dip in a recently-released report for October, Mesquite breaks ground on a new mixed-use community, and Southern Gateway deck park moves forward, all in this week’s roundup of real estate news.

Dallas rent prices took a small dip in a recently-released report for October, Mesquite breaks ground on a new mixed-use community, and the Southern Gateway deck park moves forward, all in this week’s roundup of real estate news.

Dallas Rent Prices Decline Slightly This Month

A very slight decrease in Dallas rents was reported for the month of October, but don’t get too excited. Numerous figures and comparisons are compiled – and this good news is just for the month. Overall annual numbers show rent is on the rise in Dallas and just about everywhere else.

Rent growth, median prices, and market trends are tracked monthly by Apartmentlist.com, whose report for October shows the following local data:

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Dallas Heritage Village

Photos courtesy Dallas Heritage Village

Last week, the Dallas Heritage Village announced that it was closing the Blum House indefinitely until it could be repaired and rehabbed, causing a flurry of questions — and rumors — about the organization and the state of the Blum House and the other structures at the Old City Park that comprise the museum.

We sat down for a lengthy interview with DHV executive director Melissa Prycer to talk about the state of the Blum House, the intricacies of caring for historic structures, and how the organization’s funding has changed since its inception.

CandysDirt: Unlike your run-of-the-mill home that needs maintenance, these homes are museum pieces and have to be maintained and rehabbed differently. Is that where the bigger price tag comes in to play?

Prycer:  “Yes absolutely. So this is true of every structure at Dallas Heritage Village. We can’t buy anything off the shelf. So whenever we are replacing wood, generally speaking, we’re having that specially milled. And you know we’ve got a great relationship with Davis-Hawn Lumber, and they do provide a discount, but they still do you know, charge us — it costs them money too. There are a lot of misconceptions about historic preservation, but I think the biggest one is that we can just go to Home Depot to get, say, the siding for one of our historic homes.

Even the really basic lumber is not going to be the right dimensions to match what is there. So then when you have a house like the Blum House with a lot of really intricate gingerbread work and of course each of those porch spindles is fancy it adds up. And the other thing is that the roof is metal shingles which interlock, and they’re not super common. (more…)

Blum

Photos courtesy Dallas Heritage Village

  • The Blum House has suffered ongoing deferred maintenance, Dallas Heritage Village says
  • It will cost around $650,000 to repair and restore it, according to estimates

Preservationists and history buffs awoke Saturday to alarming news — The Blum House, which sits at the Dallas Heritage Village in Old City Park — was being closed to the public indefinitely due to deferred maintenance.

Although DHV executive director Melissa Prycer posted the news Friday on the organization’s blog, most didn’t actually find out until Saturday morning, when the blog post and pictures of the decaying structure were shared on Facebook.

In the blog post, Prycer said that the staff has been concerned about the deterioration of the rapidly aging Victorian.

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(Photo: Dan Piassick)

Over off North Central Expressway, there’s a sign you know. But if you’re into high-end kitchens and appliances (and Dallas heritage), it’s one you really know.

In 1947, Buddy Jarrell opened Jarrell’s appliances, and in the 1970s, he opened that very location off of North Central Expressway. The sign is a Dallas icon and the building? It’s basically a landmark.

Buddy Jarrell sold the company a while back and it changed owners, changed names, and then landed in the very capable hands of current president Eric Neel.

Neel made a few key decisions. First, the name change, but we covered that. Next, he invested in an incredibly legit build-out of the showrooms. (The second showroom is in Grapevine.) Finally, he pulled off a feat he’d been working on for years. He lured Garth Blackburn away from the Sub-Zero/Wolf showroom and put him on the Jarrell payroll.

(Photo: Garth Blackburn)

Blackburn is quite the hire. He’s a chef and a sales rep, which means you can have your custom kitchen designed by an actual chef. His insight is invaluable and his background is like no other. We’re going to get to all of that, but first, let’s talk about why he made the move.

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PlanoPlano and Arlington are at the top of a list of best places to drive, pending home sales fell in July, and Realogy announced that its agents lead a top LGBT+ agent list. We have all this in this week’s roundup of real estate news.

Plano, Arlington Rank in the Top 25 for Best Places to Drive

You have to wait until No. 13 to find a North Texas city on WalletHub’s Best and Worst Places to Drive, but once you get there, it’s Plano that leads the DFW pack. Arlington comes in at 25th, according to the study, which looked at the 100 most populated U.S. cities. (more…)

Dallas ISD

Photo courtesy Dallas ISD

The good news? Dallas ISD maintained its B grade from the Texas Education Agency this year, in fact, it went up from an 81 to an 86. In fact, of 232 Dallas ISD schools, 28 got an A and 102 earned a B, making it 57 percent of Dallas ISD schools making an A or B this year.

The bad news? Last year the district had four schools that didn’t meet state standards. This year, the number is eight. But even that is couched in some good news/bad news. Only one school is a repeat from last year, meaning three of last year’s schools met state standard this year. But yes, it’s bittersweet when seven new schools join the list.

So Who Got an A?

Lots of expected schools, of course, but also some incredibly bright stories from places like Edward Titche Elementary and Jack Lowe Sr. Elementary, all schools that not that long ago didn’t meet state standards.  (more…)

Medrano

Photo courtesy Dallas iSD

From staff reports

A local attorney whose offices are only two blocks away from Esperanza “Hope” Medrano Elementary School donated $50,000 to build a food pantry there, Dallas ISD announced last week.

Todd Tracy, the head attorney at the Tracy Law Firm, wanted to do something for young residents of this neighborhood. He contacted Principal Mario Mondragón, who suggested building a food pantry at the school to support the families with limited financial resources. (more…)