The North Cliff Preservation District that feeds Salazar Elementary is the beneficiary of a district-rated “Excelling” school with promising accountability scores. (Photo courtesy Dallas ISD)

We all know the market is tight in Dallas. But when you’re looking for a home as a family, there’s another thing to factor in besides price and square footage: the schools.

Last year, Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate asked me to take a look at the neighborhoods around some schools that might be more unfamiliar to buyers who traditionally look around the Lakewood, Rosemont, Stonewall Jackson, and Withers elementary schools. The neighborhoods I showcased were in attendance zones for some of Dallas ISD’s great schools — albeit schools that sometimes get less attention than their more well-known counterparts.

This week, I’m going to repeat the feat, and show you some examples of homes you and your family can plant roots in — and attend a great school to boot.

All of the schools we’ll look at are rated “Excelling” in the district’s School Performance Framework, and many of them offer the things parents get excited about — two-way dual language Spanish immersion, International Baccalaureate, personalized learning, and the like. (more…)

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A few weeks ago, we spotted the adorable L-Streets cottage at 10664 Lakemere Dr. This home impressed us enough to earn a spot in our CandysDirt Open House Roundup. It has been reduced in price since then, making it even more appealing.

This is a 3-2 with 1,628 square feet, plus an additional 632-square-foot bonus space (former garage), built in 1955. It has an updated kitchen and recently updated baths, great outdoor space, and a recently installed barn shed for extra storage.

It’s zoned for Richardson ISD, including the acclaimed Lake Highlands Elementary School, which earns an “8” out of 10 from greatschools.org.

It is listed by Scott Kaserman with Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate for $295,000.

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When you consider a move to the suburbs, what are the amenities you look for? The people asking themselves this question tend to be young families with school-aged children. I’d estimate the top reasons are great schools, more room, a safe environment, and a peer community.

While the outer suburbs are gaining new residents and businesses at a pretty quick clip, let’s not forget Plano, right? It’s a great suburb that has all of the above amenities.

 I’ll save you some work and show you this great deal from Re/Max Dallas Suburbs at 3516 Snidow Drive. This home, inside the Whiffletree development at Legacy Drive and Independence Parkway, has four bedrooms, three bathrooms, a big garage and a cute pool, too!

You know I’m going to say this, but this house is great and full of potential, but it is also full of stuff! If a person buys this home as it is right now, they are able to see the potential under layers of bright paint and furniture. This home, which is 3,258 square feet, would show so much better with some staging. In fact, if the owner does stage this property, I am sure they’ll be able to get their $369,000 asking price, if not a little more.

Still, this house is a great one for a family looking to upgrade in size and location. The schools are good, too, and I love the area.

If you have your heart set on making your mark, there’s plenty of upgrading to do. I’d start in the master bath with the shower stall and the tile on the floor. Much of everything else can be fixed with a coat of paint and elbow grease to take down the wallpaper.

What do you think?