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Old 03-17-2012, 01:52 PM
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We are moving to this area and would love to know how family oriented these areas can be. I have 2 boys 8 and 5. This area seems to be the only place in Dallas that seems to "fit" our family. Just a little hesitant about not enough kids around to play with, but think I would prefer to drive a good ways for a play date then live in the 'burbs!
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Old 03-17-2012, 04:20 PM
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I think you meant North Oak Cliff, not North Oak Hill? Stevens Park and Kessler Park are both in NOC.

There are many families with kids in NOC, I'd venture to guess more families with kids under 10 than over 10 since the neighborhood really started to see a renaissance about a decade ago in terms of property values and new commercial developments. As with any established neighborhood, some blocks have more kids than others due to the "cycle of life" each block is in, so feel free to knock on some neighbor's doors as you house hunt to get the feel for the block.

The local DISD elementary school is excellent- Rosemont. Goes to 5th or 6th grade and has two campuses in the neighborhood. There are also some good private elementary or K-8 schools in the neighborhood. You DO NOT want to send your kids to the middle or high schools zoned to NOC - they are among thr roughest and worst performing in DISD. So make sure you're fully versed on what DISD magnet/ tag or private school options would be for middle and high school. Most of the families with older kids in NOC are doing lengthy commutes to North Dallas 2x/daily for private schools.

What are you do drawn to in NOC? The terrain, the architecture, the non-chain commercial developments? If you're attracted to the hilly and wooded terrain, you could also check out the Bluffview neighborhood in 75209, just west of the toll road, northwest corner of Inwood & Lovers. It doesn't come up on this board much, but is a wonderful hidden gem of a neighborhood. There's winding country lanes, creeks, wildlife, hills and bluffs, etc- all tucked 5 minutes from most of the better private schools in Dallas....you wouldn't want the DISD schools zoned to Bluffview either, unfortunately. Lovers & Inwood is also quite the "foodie" intersection with some very creative chefs, similar to Bishop Arts. There's Neighborhood Services, Shinsei, Bijioux (which is changing formats this month to become more casual), plus great neighborhood casual places like Rex's Seafood, Rafa's, Dunston's, etc.

No idea of your price range, but check out some of these Bluffview listings for a sense of the terrain (many of the lots are 1-3 acres and you can really get a sense of the topography by clicking through the pictures) & available listings:
4214 Shorecrest Drive 75209
4911 Shadywood Lane 75209
5040 Horseshoe Trail 75209 * this is such a charming little street!
5007 Elsby Avenue 75209
5107 Elsby Avenue 75209

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Old 03-17-2012, 04:46 PM
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Oil and Cotton has done a nice job attracting neighborhood kids to its art school in the Tyler/Davis area. You might be surprised.
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Old 03-17-2012, 05:23 PM
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Turtle you're right, I meant Oak Cliff, my kids will be going to Oak hill Academy... So much to think about with moving, my wires are getting crossed.. Thanks for the recommendations, I do love the architecture of oak cliff and the lack of chain commercialism. I love the "grit". But any suggestions are much appreciated and researched!
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Old 03-18-2012, 12:25 PM
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I love Oak Cliff but you might also want to look in East Dallas. The Lakewood area has children everywhere.
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