This is the backyard of Clay Stapp’s gorgeous listing at 10323 Inwood that had the roof ripped off during Sunday’s storms.

This picture just makes me want to cry. Here is what the backyard of this luscious lot looked like until 9:00 p.m last evening:

Store to Be Closed Until Clean Up and Repairs Can Be Made and Power Restored

Staff Reports

The Central Market store located at 10720 Preston Rd., Dallas, Texas 75230 at the corner of Preston Road and Royal Lane has experienced significant damage from the tornados and storms which swept through north Dallas the evening of Sunday, Oct. 20. The store will be closed until clean up is complete and power can be restored. Central Market will update customers on the status of the store on its web site at www.centralmarket.com.

“We are grateful to report no serious injuries were sustained inside or outside of the store during the tornado. Our partners on site took immediate action to ensure the safety of all involved,” said Mabrie Jackson, director of public affairs, H-E-B/Central Market. “Unfortunately, our store experienced significant damage during the storms and will remain closed until clean up and repairs can be completed. We will work quickly to get this neighborhood store up and running as quickly as possible to serve our customers as they recover from the storm. Our Lovers Lane and Midway locations are fully operational at this time.”

Photos: Courtesy of Manchester Living

When is it the right time to think about aging in place?

I recently visited my last living uncle in St. Petersburg, Florida. My uncle is 99 and in amazing health. 

His wife, age 96, is not in such good health and is confined to a hospital bed at home. They are living with my cousin, who is taking loving care of them. Watching them interact was both heart-grabbing and wrenching. They have been married for more than 70 years. They live life as a unit, finishing each other’s sentences, recalling words for each other, and yes, fussing at each other.

And watching my cousin go full-circle and take care of his mother was beautiful.

Would my son do the same? Could he? My cousin and his wife feed her, patiently dole out medications, get up with her during the night, clean up after her, and even sponge bathe her all the while keeping an eye on my uncle as he “putters.” Caretakers do come to the house to relieve them, occasionally, under Florida’s Medicaid program. As you can see, everyone wants to retire in Florida.

But most children are not able to care for their parents the way my cousin is. For one thing, he is retired and already lived in Florida. Like his dad, he is healthy, vibrant, and active, and his wife is an active participant. But caring for ailing parents or relatives is a 24/7 job that can take its toll on the caregivers physically and financially.

Planning For Retirement

Recently, PropertyShark, the folks who are usually telling us what Millennials are doing, conducted a survey with Americans aged 45 and older on housing, retirement, and finances. Key take-aways have profound implications for real estate:

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Our Splurge: Dodie Bakke with Allie Beth Allman & Associates has listed 5565 Preston Haven Drive for $649,000.

Preston Royal Northwest has some of the best homes on the market right now! Check out our top picks in the latest Splurge vs. Steal. These homes have the “it” factor and are priced at $649,000 or less. It’s your move, partner.

Splurge: Light and Bright Preston Royal Dream For $649K

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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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Royal Crest
We cannot even begin to tell you how prime this neighborhood is —  I live within walking, and certainly trick or treating, distance of 11031 Lawnhaven in Royal Crest! And you know the first mantra of buying real estate: location location location. The lots are enormous and set back, the trees mature, lush, and perfect for casting spooky nighttime shadows, or hosting hundreds of twinkling holiday lights.
Plus there is something even more wonderful about Royal Crest: access to the wonderful Northaven Trail. In fact, this very home backs to the Northaven Trail and is about a two-minute walk from a main entrance. Whether you walk, jog, bicycle or meander, the Northaven Trail is one of the best neighborhood amenities anywhere! The Northaven Trail, when completed, will connect to the White Rock Creek Trail and future SoPac Trail on the east, and to the future Elmfork Greenbelt Trail on the west. Not only is the trail adding parkland and greenspace to Dallas, it connects residents with the whole city.
11031 Lawnhaven is a completely, dramatically renovated property. If this work looks familiar, it’s because we have seen this builder before, but in Lochwood, not Preston Royal. Nestled on a .34 acre lot in Royal Crest, 11031 Lawnhaven is perfectly located between Preston Road and Hillcrest. The home offers quick, easy access to LBJ, Northwest Highway, Central and The Dallas North Tollway.

Preston Royal Transitional
I had to pinch myself a few times when this Preston Royal transitional two-story at 6306 Royalton Drive popped up on Realtor.com, because it is all I could ask for in a home. Remember I’m a wee bit picky. This house is what I always tell you to look for when you’re in the market — a home built by a builder, for themselves. You see, builders think they are going to stay put when they build their dream home. They never do. There’s always another cool lot, and another clever design they are ready to tackle. So, if you can nab a builder’s own home, you are the one that will never move! (more…)

Over Labor Day weekend, teens all over town (who were in town) were likely sleeping in, texting each other, or playing games on their ipads. Not the enterprising, gold-hearted teens of MY neighborhood in North Dallas (Preston/Royal north of Preston Hollow).

Janey Daniels is an 8th grader at Levine Academy. She wanted so badly to do something to help those impacted by Hurricane Harvey. Her family moved to Dallas four years ago from Houston, so they have lots of friends and family in Houston directly affected by the storm.

In fact, Janey’s old school in Houston flooded.  So she asked her friends and neighbors to help her do something to raise money for the school. Many of these cute girls are also members of Girl Scout Troop 5566. They got up early, baked like crazy — hand-frosted sugar, chocolate chip and peanut butter cookies — they baked cakes, cupcakes and brownies. They mixed up both pink and yellow lemonade. Then they constructed a large sales table right near the Northaven Trail, just east of Preston Road, after shouting out the news on the neighborhood ap NextDoor. Two girls even bravely flagged down cars on Northaven. Parents and friends came out to help.

 “We raised almost $600 today all of which we will donate to the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund,” says Janey’s mother, Taryn Daniel.

Enterprising young ladies! When you seek out neighborhoods, seriously, check the pulse of the teen and tween population. Lemonade stands and giving hearts mean this is a neighborhood of kids with big hearts, like our’s, because of great kids like Janey and her friends! (PS: Stay tuned for THREE great listings in our hood!)