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Old 05-30-2012, 09:14 AM
 
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HI Everyone. I am soon moving to Dallas, and ready to settle into my 'vintage dream home'. I have always lived in houses that date before the 1950s. I love the feel, and love neighborhoods with the old town charm. I have a bit of a challenge with Dallas, as I have been driving around looking at various neighborhoods that fit what I am looking for, at max 230K. I don't mind a fixer-upper. I was wanting peoples opinions of safe neighborhoods with old homes. Some areas I have driven through that I love (and seem in my price range) are the Peninsula neighborhood of Lakewood, and the Stonewall Terrace neighborhood of Lakewood. I also like "Old Lake Highlands". Please speak up and let me know if there are safe, vintage, old neighborhoods that around the 230K mark that you think are worth a look. South Dallas / Oak Cliff will be too far for me, so that is out. Thanks in advance!!
Oh yeah, looking within Dallas city limits.
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Old 05-30-2012, 09:20 AM
 
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Peninsula is not really considered Lakewood as it's on the east side of the lake

Your best bet in that price range would be smaller 50s ranch homes near Mockingbird and Abrams over to the lake and Northwest Highway. It would be better if you could come up to $250-$275K Ridegwood Park is a good place to look - it's not in the Lakewood/Long/Woodrow feeder pattern however. University Terrace is, however -- look for the 'college streets' off Trammel. Just search lower price ranges of 75214. Stonewall Terrace is also a good bet (75206). If you like something more historic such as craftsman styles, then look at Junius Heights (75214), it's a gem but you will most likely have to do some work. It's very up and coming right now and truly the last bargain in the area, so I personally think it's a great investment. It's easy to walk to 'downtown' Lakewood (theater etc), Swiss Avenue, Santa Fe Trail and all three schools (Lipscomb, Long and Woodrow - the secondary are schools are going IB, and Lipscomb is condsidering applicaton).
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Old 05-30-2012, 09:26 AM
 
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Peninsula is not really considered Lakewood as it's on the east side of the lake

Your best bet in that price range would be smaller 50s ranch homes near Mockingbird and Abrams over to the lake and Northwest Highway. It would be better if you could come up to $250-$275K Ridegwood Park is a good place to look - it's not in the Lakewood/Long/Woodrow feeder pattern however. University Terrace is, however -- look for the 'college streets' off Trammel. Just search lower price ranges of 75214. Stonewall Terrace is also a good bet (75206). If you like something more historic such as craftsman styles, then look at Junius Heights (75214), it's a gem but you will most likely have to do some work. It's very up and coming right now and truly the last bargain in the area, so I personally think it's a great investment. It's easy to walk to 'downtown' Lakewood (theater etc), Swiss Avenue, Santa Fe Trail and all three schools (Lipscomb, Long and Woodrow - the secondary are schools are going IB, and Lipscomb is condsidering applicaton).
I generally agree with all of this. Especially the notion about Junius Heights being a good buy for the longer term.
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Old 05-30-2012, 09:54 AM
 
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I love the Peninsula area and Old Lake Highlands. You do not mention schools being important...so not sure if a feeder pattern is necessary.

Also consider Casa Linda - there might be some fixer-uppers.
I live in Casa Linda Forest, my ranch home was built in 60. There's a MCM in the neighborhood built in 54...but it's been on the market for a while (and reduced); not sure if there is something wrong with it.
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Old 05-30-2012, 10:38 AM
 
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great info. Schools are not important in my search. Just safety, and 'old house charm'. So many cool old neighborhoods to research!
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Old 05-30-2012, 12:01 PM
 
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Look at Little Forest Hills and Hollywood Heights, both are pre 50's
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Old 05-30-2012, 02:46 PM
 
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Old 05-30-2012, 03:54 PM
 
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Lakewooder, you're such a paragon of useful info! I hope our household makes the decision to move to Dallas. This is making me really want to be there.... NOW! I work remotely from home, so I can work anywhere. But alas, it's not my decision to make.
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Old 05-30-2012, 05:29 PM
 
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I thought you were going to say a 'paragon of virtue'! LOL Thanks...I hope you can move here and we can have some wine on the patio at Times Ten!
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Old 05-30-2012, 06:36 PM
 
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I generally agree with all of this. Especially the notion about Junius Heights being a good buy for the longer term.
Agree. Also look into the C Streets and Hollywood Heights neighborhoods on the east side of the Lakewood Country Club. 75223. Lots of 1920-30's Tudor cottages and Spanish style casitas.

You shouldn't have a prob with your budget in any of the neighborhoods mentioned thus far, especially if you are ok with a 2/1.
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