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…)

Midway Hollow Modern
Our Saturday Seven Hundred, at 3938 Lively Ln., is a Midway Hollow Modern that is a prime example of why young families are not only flocking into this hot neighborhood, they’re staying.

If builders aren’t flipping, they’re creating spec homes like this cool contemporary built by Brad Thurman of Thurman Real Estate Partners. Thurman finished the 2,674-square-foot home in early 2015. With three bedrooms, three bathrooms, and a powder bath, it’s what young families want today. Of course, it helps when you have a seller with great taste and an excellent designer like Gary Owens on board. Owens not only helped with the interiors, but he’s also responsible for the lovely landscape design.

Dave Perry-Miller agent Michelle McElreath listed this house for $739,000 a few days ago.

“It went under contract to the first person that saw it,” McElreath said. “Every single person that has looked at it has wanted to buy it. We are still showing the house, and people are asking about back up offers. What is so perfect about the house is — it’s just easy. You walk in and even before it was impeccably decorated you think, oh yeah this works. Whether you entertain four or 40, it works. It’s flooded with light but still private. It’s a great house in a great neighborhood.”

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SHmidwayhollow4110DunhavenAfter the rousing success of our first SCHOOL+HOUSE event, I immediately started hearing from all kinds of Realtors, families, and schools about picking their neighborhoods.

After compiling a list of potential schools and neighborhoods, I’m pleased to announce that the next SCHOOL+HOUSE will be in Midway Hollow on Sept. 24, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. It will be co-sponsored by Grenadier Homes and Hartman Terilli Group/Coldwell Banker.

This Midway Hollow new construction by Grenadier Homes, located at 4110 Dunhaven Road will be the site for our second SCHOOL+HOUSE event.

This Midway Hollow new construction by Grenadier Homes, located at 4110 Dunhaven Road will be the site for our second SCHOOL+HOUSE event.

The three-bedroom, two-and-a-half bath, new construction home is at 4110 Dunhaven Road  and features a study, a gorgeous outdoor entertaining area with a fireplace, and a master closet that is bigger than my first apartment.

What is SCHOOL+HOUSE? It’s part traditional open house, and part meet-and-greet with the folks that can tell you everything you need to know about the schools that feed into Midway Hollow. In this case, three elementary schools (Walnut Hill Elementary, Withers Elementary, and Foster Elementary) and two feeder patterns (Thomas Jefferson and W.T. White) serve this gigantic neighborhood that is bordered by Midway Road, Walnut Hill Lane, Marsh Lane, and Northwest Highway. We’re bringing parents, principals, and other Dallas ISD folks in to answer all your questions. And, of course, Realtors will be on hand to talk inventory and needs as well.

Why do we do this? Because some of the best knowledge about schools comes from the parents and principals who are there every day. They’re informed, involved, and ready to give anyone the ins and outs of sending your child to the schools in the neighborhood.

Keep an eye out next week for a look at this gorgeous house Realtor Karen Cuskey has found for us, and in the meantime, pencil our next SCHOOL+HOUSE in on your calendar. You don’t want to miss this.

Photo courtesy Dallas ISD Foster Elementary School will host a open house for parents and community members interested in Spanish language immersion tonight from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.

There are many neighborhoods that are home to “hidden gems” of Dallas ISD – schools that don’t get the attention of their more popular siblings, but have the same programs and successes. (Photo: courtesy Dallas ISD)

I just spent two days fielding queries about neighborhood schools from folks that just moved into my neighborhood. I’m about to tell our readers the same thing I’ve told them: You always hear about the same schools because they’re great schools, and you may feel like you must buy a home in the attendance zones for those schools, despite the low inventory. But often, there are great schools with the same programs (who just haven’t had those programs as long) sitting right under your nose. In fact, there’s still some time to get into your family’s next home near one of these great undiscovered or under-discussed schools before the school year starts.

So I’m thrilled that Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate asked me to write about the schools that are just as awesome, but are less well-known. Keep in mind, this is just a small sampling — there are schools all over the Dallas Independent School District that have amazing programs that are not the usual suspects. (more…)

Modern Mile 1

Pete Bulban grew up in Walnut Hill, and the neighborhood stuck with him no matter where he went. In fact, it was a certain house, 10551 Somerton, that was always his favorite. It’s a midcentury home that occupies a stunning creek lot, and when Bulban had the opportunity, he snatched it up in a heartbeat.

From there, Bulban and his wife, Jenny, brought in famed modern architect Max Levy to breathe new life into the home. The results are outstanding, but don’t take my word for it. You can tour the Bulban’s home along with five other gorgeous modern properties in Walnut Hill during the inaugural Modern Mile Home Tour this weekend.

The home tour, which focuses on the one-square-mile cluster of midcentury moderns and updated traditionals in Walnut Hill, will benefit Walnut Hill Elementary School’s outdoor classroom. You can purchase tickets to the tour in advance, or make a donation if you can’t attend.

We got a chance to chat with Bulban, who is thrilled to open his home to tour goers for a good cause. Jump to read more and see photos of his beautifully restored midcentury gem.

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