This week’s School + House could not be an easier choice — not only is the home zoned for Dallas ISD’s incredible Kramer Elementary and the phenomenal Hillcrest High feeder pattern, but it’s also right across the street from school.

Seriously, you can open the door, stand there with your cup of coffee, and watch your kids cross the street to school. That’s right, we are showing you carpool lane-free life until middle school.

This home at 7124 Midbury Drive is zoned for Kramer Elementary, which was the first elementary International Baccalaureate school in Dallas ISD, and has won numerous awards for its academic successes as well as its efforts to engage students and parents. It also has a wonderful learning garden. It’s also zoned for Ben Franklin Middle School and Hillcrest High, which are both International Baccalaureate schools.

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midcenturyTrue story: A whole lot of our readers who aren’t from Dallas but got here as soon as they could started off renting here, because it’s hard to find the perfect house in a market as heated as Dallas’ is sometimes. Which is why we paid attention when we found this Midcentury Ranch in North Dallas that is just the right size for a relocating family.

It’s also in a great Dallas ISD feeder pattern with a huge footprint and is also close to several private schools — which means that you have a really big swath of North Dallas to begin your house buying search in while you cool your heels in this 1,944 square foot slice of pretty house.

\Located at 7432 Wellcrest Drive, the three-bedroom, two-and-a-half bath home has two living areas. A front entry hall leads you to a large living room with hardwood floors, which leads to a den with brick flooring and a fireplace.  (more…)

pagewoodThis week’s Saturday Seven Hundred near Pagewood Park may feel like a Midcentury Ranch straight from the Sixties, but in reality, it’s a well-done and impeccably updated 1986 Contemporary with plenty of space for entertaining.

The one-story ranch is located at 10819 Pagewood Place, on a corner cul de sac lot. With 3,204 square feet of well-designed living space, vaulted ceilings, hardwood floors, and plenty of windows with natural light make the open floor plan feel spacious and gracious. (more…)

Dallas ISD

Listed by Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate, this home at 5538 Junius St. is in the attendance zone for Lipscomb Elementary School, and is one of many houses you can find in the attendance boundaries for Dallas ISD.

For the past two years, Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate has tasked me with finding great neighborhoods around some schools that might be more unfamiliar to buyers who traditionally look around the Lakewood, Rosemont, Stonewall Jackson (now Mockingbird Elementary), and Withers elementary schools when they want a home in Dallas ISD.

The great news is that this year, with the district garnering the second-highest rating you can get from the state’s new A-F accountability system (and one of the highest among Texas urban school districts), the odds are extremely good that you’ll be able to find a home in the attendance zone of a great Dallas ISD school. (more…)

This home at 7405 Kenshire is one of five homes featured in next month’s Northaven Home Tour, benefiting the Arthur Kramer Elementary PTA.

There are so many great schools in great Dallas neighborhoods, and one of my favorite school/neighborhood combinations is the basis for the second annual Northaven Home Tour, which benefits Arthur Kramer Elementary PTA.

The tour features five homes in the neighborhoods around Kramer, gorgeous homes that were built in the 1950s and 1960s and now sit among big, treed lots and gentle hills. Each home showcases how homes built 50 and 60 years ago can be preserved and renovated, and how new homes can, with thoughtful and deliberate planning, mesh with existing homes peacefully. (more…)

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…)

new principal

Did your principal leave at the end of the year? Try not to worry as Bethany Erickson breaks down the selection process.

Have you ever wondered how a new principal is chosen in Dallas? Chances are, it’s a thing you never really thought about — until you had to.

Last week, Lakewood Elementary parents found out that their principal was not returning for the coming school year, and Lipscomb Elementary found out that Woodrow’s gain in Roxanne Cheek meant they, too, would be searching for a principal.

And just this week, Kramer Elementary found it, too, would be looking for a new principal after it was announced that Katie Eska had been tapped to be principal at North Dallas High School.

And earlier this summer both Cigarroa Elementary and Foster Elementary also had principal spots to fill as well.

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Parents at Lakewood Elementary found out last week that their school now needs a new principal

And if you’re like me, you had no clue how the district fills those principal spots until you got a letter announcing that your child’s principal was leaving. And if you’re like me, that fear of the unknown caused no amount of angst.

So for all you Kramer, Lakewood, Lipscomb and other parents out there wondering what this means for your school, let me give you this quick and dirty primer on principal selection in Dallas ISD — and what questions you should ask. (more…)

Northaven Home Tour

Want to gape at some truly fantastic houses while making a difference for some truly fantastic kids? The first Northaven Home Tour is for you! The tour runs on April 8, 2017, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and benefits the Arthur Kramer Elementary School in Dallas.

“Kramer is such a wonderful school,” said Pete Peabody, school parent and co-chair of the event. “We’re so proud of the community here and the bond we all formed. The school serves a very diverse population and offers amazing International Baccalaureate and dual language programs. Proceeds from the tour will directly benefit some much-needed campus improvements, technology, and crucial programs. Plus, we get to show off some really incredible homes.”

From a classic ranch style to a midcentury modern, the homes on the tour offer a wealth of stunning architectural experiences and an array of artwork that befits a museum exhibit. Whether fit for a family or juuuuust right for a pair of empty-nesters, these homes boast details that offer a little something for everyone.

Want a little preview? Of course you do!

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