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Old 06-30-2015, 12:02 AM
 
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Imagine you're in your late 20s, married, 0 kids with about $350k to spend on a house. Pretty typical wants -nice open floor-plan with solid finishings/polishings/not run down/good community/good schools/not ghetto. Where would you realistically look and be able to find something?

We found a great house in Ridgewood Park zoned to Dan D Rogers. While we don't have kids, we do plan to start within the next year or two. Perhaps it won't matter by the time they actually start school in 5 years, but it would've been nice to find something zoned to Lakewood or Stonewall Jackson, given that we're so close in this zip code.

The location itself isn't bad. It's not great (not really walkable to anything of course), but it's close to a lot of things all things considered.

I'm wondering if this is a good area to be buying in right now. Bishop Arts/Kessler Park seems to be all the buzz but we haven't been very lucky in terms of what we're looking for in a house. It doesn't seem like an area that will boom more than it is, but it also seems like it'd be a pretty stable investment for the foreseeable future.

Talking in circles... guess I'm just looking for advice.
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Old 06-30-2015, 08:27 AM
 
Location: garland
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That area between 75 and White Rock Lake will always be in demand so, baring catastrophic failure of the structure, you should be fine. Most couples live in their first house 5-7 years so schools won't be a factor until house #2. That said, most here will condemn the schools outside of the private options in Dallas proper so if you intend to raise a family inside the core and avoid the suburbs, you may want to invest that cash now, live below your means and prepare for $30k/year in grade school expenses.
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Old 06-30-2015, 04:57 PM
 
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I bought my first house in Ridewood Park when I was single. After I got married I we lived there through our first child. Then we needed a bigger house and wanted a great elementry school so we moved down the road to Lakewood.

I definitely made money on the house and I think it was a very good investment. Ridewood park is a great neighborhood, close to everything and has good community involvement.
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Old 06-30-2015, 10:49 PM
 
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Thanks guys!
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Old 07-01-2015, 04:44 PM
 
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Rogers is going to be one of the new DISD choice schools this fall, offering personalised learning Public School Choice / Personalized Learning
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Old 07-02-2015, 10:51 AM
 
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Ridgewood Park named one of the next hot neighborhoods by D Magazine: The Next Hot Dallas Neighborhoods - D Magazine
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Old 07-02-2015, 03:49 PM
 
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Ridgewood Park named one of the next hot neighborhoods by D Magazine: The Next Hot Dallas Neighborhoods - D Magazine

Oooh interesting.........
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Old 08-09-2015, 11:48 PM
 
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Bumping again

The more we house hunt, the more we do like this area. Get a nice value for your $ and it's not like Dan D Rogers Elementary is a terrible school. (it just isn't Lakewood or Stonewall Jackson of course)

I like being off 75 and close to Greenville, Knox Henderson and Northpark Mall and still being able to get back into Uptown pretty easily.

Haven't had any luck within our budget with M Streets. Anything that does pop up is definitely not up to our standards at least. Same goes with houses zoned to Lakewood. Crazy what you pay for just to get into that school!
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Old 08-10-2015, 01:42 AM
 
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Dan D Rogers is actually a pretty good school, with a good concentration middle class families for DISD. It also feeds into Franklin, which has higher test scores than Long and which is implementing IB, and then Hillcrest, which is also adding in an IB program. It's a bit of a drive to the middle and high schools, though.

It's possible that IB could make those schools very desirable in 12+ years when your kids are of secondary school age.
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Old 02-10-2016, 03:12 PM
 
Location: Dallas
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Bumping again

The more we house hunt, the more we do like this area. Get a nice value for your $ and it's not like Dan D Rogers Elementary is a terrible school. (it just isn't Lakewood or Stonewall Jackson of course)

I like being off 75 and close to Greenville, Knox Henderson and Northpark Mall and still being able to get back into Uptown pretty easily.

Haven't had any luck within our budget with M Streets. Anything that does pop up is definitely not up to our standards at least. Same goes with houses zoned to Lakewood. Crazy what you pay for just to get into that school!
Our experience exactly, and our budget is only slightly larger!

Still on the hunt for the right house, but Stonewall and Lakewood zones are limited, competitive, and continually increasing.
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