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U.S. Air Force Photo Illustration by Senior Airman Stephen G. Eigel

If you were one of the 350,000 North Texans sitting in the dark (or paying for a hotel room)during last week’s power outage, you might have missed one little tidbit of information that should make the real estate-minded perk up their ears.

There are places you can live where your power is more likely to come back sooner. Now, nobody outright said, “Move to these neighborhoods and you’ll have your power back on before your popsicles start melting,” but if you’re astute, you can read between the lines.

Oncor (and pretty much every other electricity provider in the country) has triaged where power is restored based on how critical the structures in an area are to the public.

First comes the transmission line outages, because they deliver power to entire neighborhoods and businesses. Because so many can be without power if a line goes down, those are a top priority.

But here’s the bigger takeaway: there are certain structures that, if in your neighborhood, are always going to get power restored pretty quickly, too. (more…)

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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…)

MidwayWe’ve pretty much found a unicorn — a North Dallas rental off of Midway Road for less than $2,000 that is close to several great schools, great grocery shopping, and great dining.

This two-bedroom, one bath home at 4239 Bonham Street has a lot to recommend it. Not only has it retained all of its Midcentury, 1953 period charm (check out all the built-ins scattered throughout the home), but it’s got a great backyard with even more living space. (more…)

ElmwoodWe’ve written a lot about Elmwood — a great Oak Cliff neighborhood that’s having a bit of a resurgence thanks in part to its proximity to Bishop Arts District and its own small business district.

And despite the popularity of BAD, Elmwood is quite the force in and of itself, with about 1,373 houses and 4,426 residents, making it the most populated single-family home neighborhood in Oak Cliff.

Not ready to buy? That’s quite all right — we’ve found this adorable Elmwood Cottage that has been well-maintained and updated — the ordinary rental it is not. (more…)

LakewoodAre you a Whole Foods family, or a Trader Joes, or maybe both? We found a gorgeous Mediterranean-style duplex for rent that is perfect for every one of those choices, since it’s close to both Lower Greenville and Lakewood.

This pretty two-bedroom, two-bath home has 1,425 square feet, and is located at 6025 Lewis Street. With an updated kitchen and a washer and dryer, it feels like single-family home living. (more…)

Oak CliffFinding a rental home at a semi-affordable price point can be somewhat difficult in hot neighborhoods, which is why we grabbed this two-bedroom home in North Oak Cliff just as soon as it popped up in our search.

Located at 1022 North Windomere Ave., the well-maintained home has two bedrooms, one bath, and plenty of living space in its 1,378 square feet thanks to an additional sunroom.

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LakewoodDid you know one of the biggest Internet search terms in the area is “rental homes in Dallas?” True story. And when you drill down to some of the more desired areas — like Lakewood and Lakewood-adjacent neighborhoods — finding a great rental is, well, a real hunt.

So this week’s rental of the week might just satisfy the Lakewood-powered need for some, even if you have a school-aged child to think about. It’s a charming two-bedroom, one bath downstairs unit in Lakewood, located at 2619 Abrams Road.

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Valley MeadowThis updated condo on Valley Meadow Court just might be the ticket for anyone looking for a reasonable rent, adorable grounds, and a location that checks off a lot of boxes.

Close to the highway and not too far from the tollway? Check. Close to coffee? Check. Close to great dining? Check.

And look at those grounds at 9841 Valley Meadow Court  — super cute, clean, and downright cozy.

“The landlord has left no stone unturned in this turnkey property,” said listing agent Jonathan Carrillo with Keller Williams Urban Dallas. (more…)