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Old 12-27-2019, 09:58 PM
 
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Thanks. Yes, that area is nice. My initial preference though is to live south of 635, if possible.
The problem is with your budget, the area's south of 635 in your price range are gonna be over 95% of the following

1. Gonna be near run down apartments or rougher streets of Dallas
2. Be completely un-renovated (basically projects)
or
3. Be in a part of Dallas that's fine and safe but be MUCH MUCH farther from your job than the zip codes where listing. For example the Eastern part of lakehighlands ( highland meadows) has good houses in your range but is 10 miles farther from your job than the zip codes wehre listing in far North Dallas. The area just East of white rock lake (near the botanical gardens) has houses in your range and is a safe area but is 15 whole miles farther from your job than Far North Dallas.


Your budget paired with trying to live south of 635 paired with you working all the way on Legacy is gonna be a potential issue.

That's why people are recommending area's in Far North Dallas (it's close to your job but still close to desireable area's and hangout spots in Dallas)
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Old 12-27-2019, 11:18 PM
 
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Thanks for the tips, TC80. When I went out the other day I did drive those streets you mentioned. I really did take a liking for the area from what I saw. And, you're right, I saw kids outside playing and couples taking walks in the neighborhood (I drove around at about 1pm or so). I noticed in Sparkman Club specifically, there were not many homes for sale at the moment, but I know that December is not typically a hot moving time for people from what I understand. I'll keep this area in mind for sure and will keep and eye on potential opportunities may come. Is there a particular time you'd recommend looking in this zip code, or does it just follow whatever pattern the rest of the local market is doing?
It’s a great neighborhood! Just like most of the Dallas market, listings start to pop after the Christmas break and peak somewhere between Spring Break and the end of school. I would just set up a zip code alert on one of the mls engines so you get all the new listings emailed to you.

I know someone who might be listing a darling home in Sparkman after Spring Break, depending on their kids’ school admissions outcome. Will let you know if they do list!
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Old 12-28-2019, 07:43 AM
 
Location: Lake Highlands - Dallas
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I think northwest Dallas is your best. A few of the homes in that area have/had foundation issues, so I recommend that you have a structural engineer look at the home, as well. We were under contract on a home in the 75229 zip code that had a transferable foundation warranty from previous work and we came to find out that it was irreparable. The home itself and the lot were beautiful, but we didn’t feel comfortable moving forward and we passed. We have a few friends in that area that have great homes and no problems whatsoever and they all love it. Good luck!
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Old 12-28-2019, 11:39 AM
 
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I think northwest Dallas is your best. A few of the homes in that area have/had foundation issues, so I recommend that you have a structural engineer look at the home, as well. We were under contract on a home in the 75229 zip code that had a transferable foundation warranty from previous work and we came to find out that it was irreparable. The home itself and the lot were beautiful, but we didn’t feel comfortable moving forward and we passed. We have a few friends in that area that have great homes and no problems whatsoever and they all love it. Good luck!
Thanks, Texan! I agree, right now Northwest Dallas is my first choice (thanks to the recos on this forum for bringing it to my attention), provided I can find something that works with my budget. Good point about the structural engineer, too. When talking to my realtor friend about my interest in the area the other day, she mentioned that there are parts of the area that she thinks are better than others, and that some of the homes near Marsh Ln have been known to have foundation problems that we'd want to check out if/when I find something I'm interested in. Overall, she thinks it's a great area. Sorry that your home did not work out when you were looking. May I ask where you ended up? Are you considering looking in the area again in the future?
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Old 12-28-2019, 11:42 AM
 
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It’s a great neighborhood! Just like most of the Dallas market, listings start to pop after the Christmas break and peak somewhere between Spring Break and the end of school. I would just set up a zip code alert on one of the mls engines so you get all the new listings emailed to you.

I know someone who might be listing a darling home in Sparkman after Spring Break, depending on their kids’ school admissions outcome. Will let you know if they do list!
Thanks, TC80 - makes total sense. Great tip about the alerts! I just set up one to get emails as homes in the zip become available within budget.

Yes, please keep me posted on your friends should they decide to move forward with listing their home. I really appreciate it!
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Old 12-28-2019, 11:50 AM
 
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The problem is with your budget, the area's south of 635 in your price range are gonna be over 95% of the following

1. Gonna be near run down apartments or rougher streets of Dallas
2. Be completely un-renovated (basically projects)
or
3. Be in a part of Dallas that's fine and safe but be MUCH MUCH farther from your job than the zip codes where listing. For example the Eastern part of lakehighlands ( highland meadows) has good houses in your range but is 10 miles farther from your job than the zip codes wehre listing in far North Dallas. The area just East of white rock lake (near the botanical gardens) has houses in your range and is a safe area but is 15 whole miles farther from your job than Far North Dallas.


Your budget paired with trying to live south of 635 paired with you working all the way on Legacy is gonna be a potential issue.

That's why people are recommending area's in Far North Dallas (it's close to your job but still close to desireable area's and hangout spots in Dallas)
Yes, I understand that factoring in budget as well as my desired commute will limit my choices in Dallas proper - that's why for Dallas my first choice is Northwest Dallas, which several people have recommended as an option. That area could potentially meet all my criteria - in the city, near the things I enjoy/need and not bring a terribly long work commute. Yes, it may not be too far from some of the sketchier areas of town, but people who currently live there feel safe (enough to allow their kids to play outside freely and take afternoon walks) and love where they live, and I think that's great. I'd like to investigate that more. Areas like East Dallas, North Oak Cliff, etc. are great, but, to your point, would also contribute to a very long commute. If for some reason NW Dallas does not work out, I'll definitely open up to looking at other areas a bit more north.
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Old 12-28-2019, 04:35 PM
 
Location: Lake Highlands - Dallas
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Thanks, Texan! I agree, right now Northwest Dallas is my first choice (thanks to the recos on this forum for bringing it to my attention), provided I can find something that works with my budget. Good point about the structural engineer, too. When talking to my realtor friend about my interest in the area the other day, she mentioned that there are parts of the area that she thinks are better than others, and that some of the homes near Marsh Ln have been known to have foundation problems that we'd want to check out if/when I find something I'm interested in. Overall, she thinks it's a great area. Sorry that your home did not work out when you were looking. May I ask where you ended up? Are you considering looking in the area again in the future?
We stayed in Lake Highlands (75238 zip code). We were already in the area, but we bought a larger home that we completely renovated to our tastes. There’s only one home in our neighborhood that’s listed for under $400k right now though, but you can definitely find some great homes in the L Streets and in the neighborhood just north of it in your price range. We like the new shopping and restaurants in the area over at the town center and at Lakeridge and can see us staying put for a bit. The area is probably too far east for you to consider with your commute though.
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Old 12-31-2019, 01:37 PM
 
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Which of the above areas are you referring to? The area south of 635 or the Farmers Branch/Addison area?
South of 635, Sparkman Club and immediate surrounding area is great. Good luck.
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