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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…)

Splurge vs. Steal: Two Houses on the Same Street in Hollywood Heights | CandysDirt.com

Our “splurge” at 823 Clermont St. features a backyard oasis with covered patio and swimming pool.

Splurge vs, Steal is a new feature on CandysDirt.com. Every week, we look at two properties that offer something in common, but are miles apart in their asking price.  

As a protected conservation district, Hollywood Heights offers big personality and preserved architectural gems, many from before WWII. This vibrant East Dallas neighborhood is a friendly community of just over 930 homes with close proximity to White Rock Lake and access to the highly rated Lakewood Elementary, appealing to young families.  

Today, we’ve found two homes located just a block and a half apart in Hollywood Heights on Clermont Street. Built six years apart — 1930 and 1936 — they sit on a street lined with mature trees. Both are family homes, with three bedrooms, and a short walk to Samuell Grand Park. 

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For the Most Discerning Buyer, this Lakewood Home Hits All the High Notes | CandysDirt.com

I’ve found a marvelous Lakewood home that’s perfect for the discerning buyer, with luxury amenities, a flexible floorplan, and fabulous location. Here’s a big bonus: It’s just been reduced $101K!

Located at 6910 Coronado Ave., it’s in the heart of Lakewood Hills on the southwest shores of White Rock Lake. I love this part of Lakewood.  

“This home offers attention to detail at every turn and a high-end finish-out,” said listing agent Heather Guild with the Heather Guild Group of Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate. “I think it’s truly an exceptional property in one of the most desirable neighborhoods of Dallas.” 

She’s right. With 12-foot ceilings, Austin stone exterior, and thoughtful spaces, this Lakewood home will please even the most discriminating person. It has five bedrooms, four bathrooms, two living areas, and 4,334 square feet on two stories, built in 2013. It’s also zoned for Lakewood Elementary, which earns a “10” out of 10 from greatschools.org, making it perfect for a family. 

Can I take you on a tour? 

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All photos: Shoot2Sell

Neighborhoods can evolve rapidly, and we’re always on the lookout for the hidden gems that are in the process of turning over and becoming the next hot place to buy.

On our radar now? Homes close to the Santa Fe Trail in East Dallas.  It’s a hop, skip, and jump from Lakewood, Hollywood Heights, and White Rock Lake, right on the Santa Fe Trail, and zoned for Lakewood Elementary, which earns a “10” out of 10 from greatschools.org.

We’ve found an incredible listing at 310 S. Glasgow Dr., a new construction just listed for $599,000. With almost 3,000 square feet, designer finishes, and sleek, transitional style, this same house would be priced at $849K if it were just two blocks away, closer to Lakewood shopping center, said listing agent Lee Lamont with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage.

“This house and several others nearby were just built by BCH Development, who have been in Lakewood and the Park Cities for 20 years,” Lamont said. “This price is unheard of in East Dallas for a new home with a full builder’s warranty sophisticated spaces, high-end finishes throughout, and remarkable efficiency with foam wall insulation and low-E windows.”

Like the home next door that just went under contract, this home has four bedrooms, three full bathrooms, one half bath, an office, two living areas, and 2,938 square feet on two stories. Let’s take a look!

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The general perception about Lakewood is that you need to have a million or more to move into the neighborhood. And for that million you’ll get a historic mansion or a huge newly constructed modern home. Our Saturday Six Hundred is a Lakewood midcentury modern, at 7158 Wildgrove Avenue, that proves you can get into the neighborhood for well under a million— and in high style. (more…)

Monday Morning Millionaire

When we imagine the perfect country home outside a scenic little European village, this eclectic country French estate is exactly what comes to mind. Fortunately, you won’t need a passport to enjoy 6803 Lakewood Boulevard. You need to give David Bush with David Bush Real Estate a call and book an appointment.

Bush has this iconic house, named one of D Magazine‘s “Ten Most Beautiful Homes in Dallas” in 2008, listed for $2.3 million. This lovely, picturesque property has not been on the market for 40 years. (more…)

 

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Location, location, location — it’s the all-important factor for any home sale. Buyers want a great house, of course, but they also want a great location. Our Inwood National Bank Home of The Week is a beauty, and it’s in a simply perfect location. It’s a Lakewood modern Tudor cottage and it will steal your heart.

How does being within walking distance to White Rock Lake sound? Or being able to bike to Lakewood Elementary? This sweet cottage is just the right fit for a growing family, and it’s move-in ready.

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When you have an idea in your head, sometimes it sounds way more awesome rattling around in your brain than when it actually happens.

I’m happy to report that this was not the case last night. A steady stream of parents with children in Dallas ISD schools, Lakewood residents, Realtors and more came by the darling Tudor in Hollywood Heights to talk Dallas ISD schools with each other, yours truly, and newly-elected District 2 trustee Dustin Marshall.

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