Thanks to the magic of social media, we found out about this Modern Contemporary zoned for the sought-after Rosemont Elementary in Oak Cliff a week or so ago — and now we’re bringing it to your attention, too.

The builder, 419 Reinvestments, has been quietly bringing modern design with clean lines and high quality, energy efficient construction to the North Oak Cliff area since 2012. Their latest home, located at 765 Evergreen Hills Road, is the latest in that string of successes.

Designed to take advantage of all the mature trees on the lot, the home manages to feel both ensconced in nature and urban at the same time, thanks to an immense third story rooftop deck and views from the second-floor master suite.

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magnetWendy North wasn’t a Dallas ISD believer until her son began attending Judge Barefoot Sanders Law Magnet at the Yvonne A. Ewell Townview Magnet Center. 

“I never thought I would brag on DISD school,” North told us recently. “The Judge Barefoot Sanders Law Magnet has changed my mind.”

The school is often at the top of national and state rankings. In the 2019 Best High Schools top 20 list according to rankings by U.S. News & World Report, it ranked 17th in the top 20 schools in Texas, and it was one of 26 schools in the state (and one of three in the district) to be in the running to be a National Blue Ribbon School. 

It’s also one of Niche’s best public high schools in America this year, and one of the TEA’s top 16 best public high schools.

I have sent my kids to very expensive private schools, Richardson ISD and another public school in Dallas, but I’ve never been in awe of the entire school,” North enthused. “From the principal to the campus it wows me every time I enter the front door.” (more…)

medianMay’s home report is in for Dallas, and the median home price is up two percent year-over-year to $260,000, according to statistics from Texas Realtors.

What can you get for the median home price in Dallas? We took a look.

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Photos courtesy Shoot2Sell

Sometimes you just luck into a great rental in North Oak Cliff, and this is one of those times. In a neighborhood Facebook group, Richard Akers told everyone about his newly remodeled duplex with two available units right in the heart of Kings Highway — and we begged him for more details.

The duplex is an upstairs/downstairs property, and now that the dust has settled and been cleared out from the remodel, both units are available for immediate move in, Akers told us.

“The upper unit (1315) has a dramatic stairwell entry — perfect for art!” he said. “Both units have great views of the tree-lined street and backyard.” (more…)

Team JenniSto members Miranda Ashley, Jenni Stolarski, and Emily Ruth Cannon

After a decade with Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s, Jenni Stolarski has joined Compass real estate.

“It was a hard decision because we had been at Briggs Freeman a long time and had gotten used to the support that we had,” she said. “On the other hand, when the technology and the marketing services and support staff that were offered to us were laid out in full, it was pretty clear what decision was going to be best for our clients.”

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When the Margritzes moved to their Oak Cliff home, they thought it would be forever.

When Sandy Margritz left Little Rock, Arkansas, to move to Fort Worth to join her soon-to-be husband, Josh, she left a world behind. Not just the Ozarks and canopied treetops and mountains, she left an entire profession, too. She was an environmental scientist that traveled around after natural disasters to test water and soil and make sure it was safe for the locals and relief workers. She said, “I don’t know if this is interesting or not…” Hello? Of course, it is and what came next was just as fascinating.

She and her husband realized they both couldn’t travel like crazy – someone needed to call Texas home – so Sandy raised her hand. “I was a little burned out on travel, but I didn’t really have a clue what I wanted to do.” Then she told her husband, “Well, I really liked getting married, maybe I’ll do something with weddings?” She got a job with Boxwood Hospitality and that was that. Until it wasn’t.

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In North Oak Cliff, location is everything. And when a home has an excellent location like this Kessler Park traditional, it’s worth a mention.

Any Realtor worth their salt will impress upon a potential buyer that the one thing that you cannot change about a property is its location. Paint, interiors, landscaping — all of those things that make a house feel like home — are easily changed. Picking up a house and moving it? Not so easy. 

“I love the location of this house,” notes Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate’s Cynthia Paine-Drennan. “I can just zip on Interstate 30 going either way. We can get to Six Flags, a Rangers or Cowboy game in 16 minutes one way or an FC Dallas game in Frisco in 23. We can get to our office in Preston Center in 8 minutes and Lake Ray Hubbard in 24 minutes, Northpark Centre in 12 minutes,  and 3 minutes from the new Central Market they are building.”
 
That’s just one of the selling points for our High Caliber Home of the Week presented by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans. This Kessler Park home has such a stellar location that you might almost forget how adorable it is.
 
 
“Since the homeowners changed the exterior paint from cream to dark gray with black shutters and doors and white dentil moulding, the property has just popped and brought out the gas lanterns,” Paine-Drennan said of her listing at 1323 N. Edgefield.

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632 N. Manus Drive, Wynnewood North

By all accounts, life was a think tank for Angus Gilchrist Wynne, Jr., who surrounded himself with creative, like-minded individuals. Whether he was conceptualizing his iconic development of Six Flags Over Texas or the Wynnewood neighborhoods in Oak Cliff, he was a master at envisioning the marketable future.

“He was an [inventive] entrepreneur who created an environment to [brainstorm] what people wanted,” said Wynne Jr’s son and namesake, Angus Wynne III.

When World War II ended, Wynne Jr. knew exactly what returning veterans wanted.

After his own discharge from the U.S. Navy – where he added six service medals to his uniform from duty in Europe and Asia – he came home to Dallas and served as president of American Home Realty Company, a partnership that he and his uncle Toddie Lee Wynne Sr. owned. Other returning vets took advantage of government-funded new home loans.

411 W. Clarendon Drive, Wynnewood North

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