Having a car can be expensive — beyond monthly car payments, there are costs associated with insurance, gas, oil changes, repairs, and parking. Even if you own a car, public transit is a great alternative means of commuting. You can avoid sitting in traffic and save on paying for parking in downtown Dallas. We’re featuring great apartments that are just a short walk from the closest DART station. These apartments will make your daily commute a breeze!

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Mockingbird Station developer Ken Hughes has died. Hughes was instrumental in the birth of this mixed-use development that still remains a standard-bearer in Dallas. (Photo: Dallas Morning News)

Mockingbird Station developer Ken Hughes has died. Hughes was instrumental in the birth of this mixed-use development that still remains a standard-bearer in Dallas. (Photo: Dallas Morning News)

We were saddened to hear that the developer of the transit-oriented development by which North Texas judges all other rail-adjacent construction, Mockingbird Station, has passed.

Ken Hughes was the brains behind the mixed-use project that was anchored to the DART Rail station on Mockingbird Lane near US 75. It was a revolutionary concept when built in 2001, and still remains the standard-bearer for much of Dallas’ urban mixed use projects.

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: As DART light-rail arrives at D/FW International Airport on August 18, Ebby Halliday Realtors announces Rail Station Proximity Home Search on ebby.com. (Photo: DART)

As DART light-rail arrives at D/FW International Airport on August 18, Ebby Halliday Realtors announces Rail Station Proximity Home Search on ebby.com. (Photo: DART)

Commuting time is a huge factor for many homebuyers, and mass transit is making strides for people who commute without cars. If you’ve had a hard time deciding on a home due to limited information about trains and buses, your home search just got easier.

The timing is perfect, too, as DART rail reaches from the suburbs to downtown and now to D/FW International Airport so now does Ebby.com deliver a new search feature that can show you great homes for sale that are close to light rail. It’s a popular feature in cities such as Washington, D.C., and Chicago.

“Whether it’s frequent trips to the airport, commuting to your job at the Medical Center, shopping at Mockingbird Station, or enjoying the occasional concert at the American Airlines Center in Victory Park, with ebby.com’s new Rail Station Proximity Home Search you’ll be the first to know about homes for sale – and for lease – near the rail station of your choice,” says Randall Graham, vice president and director of marketing for Ebby Halliday Realtors.

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Lexington park

I always dreamed of moving into downtown Dallas, but there just doesn’t seem to be much in the way of family-friendly properties with the amenities I want in the price point our family can appreciate. Still, I love the idea of urban living, being close to shops and restaurants, and having quick access to mass transit.

Normally you won’t find things like this if you have an address in the suburbs, so color me surprised when we stumbled across the townhomes of Lexington Park at Rice Field.

Priced in the $200,000 range, these townhomes have excellent finish-out and tons of great features. There are five different floorplans available ranging from 2,126 to 2,351 square feet, including both 3/2/2 and 3/3/2 units.

I love the master bath in the model unit, which you can see in the very neat video above. Seriously, the Branch Team did an excellent job marketing this new development!

What do you think?