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Old 01-14-2008, 08:59 AM
 
Location: San Antonio
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I was just hoping to get every bodies thoughts on these two areas. I looked at a few homes in each area this weekend and they both seemed pretty nice. The one in Caruth Terrace backed up to a DART rail(had an alley and then the big wall separating it) so I am not sure bad of a thing that would be. All the houses we looked at also feed into Lakewood elementary which we would really like as we have one on the way.

We really like the area around White Rock Lake and would like to be close to it, and these houses also put us close to where my wife will be working along 75(like less than 2 miles lol). We would love to be in Lakewood but our $250k price limit puts a damper on that

We are really trying to decide if we want to be close like these areas or be just north of 635 in the Richardson area(looked around Richland college) where you get a much larger house(maybe with a pool) for less money. I would assume the appreciation would be greater in these areas over Richland ones but I have no idea.

We don't know a lot about any of these areas as we just started looking at houses.

Thanks for your input.
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Old 01-14-2008, 11:54 AM
 
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University Terrace (north of DART) is mostly in Dan D. Rodgers Elementary as is Ridgewood Park -- the 'college' streets off Trammel (Rutgers, Clemson, Lehigh etc) are in Lakewood Elementary. West of Abrams, Caruth Terrace is in Stonewall Jackson (I can vouch for these homes, my parents bought a house there in 1973 and it is solid as a rock). It's an extremely convenient area and very well-kept.

Growing up there, Richland College seems very far north. Also around Richland there are some deteriorating properties which could get much worse. No danger of that around Caruth Terrace. The apartments just south of The Village along E. University are very well-built and many are owner-occupied condos, but some of them are being demolished for higher end housing anyway. SMU students and staff keep the demand high.
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Old 01-14-2008, 12:02 PM
 
Location: Dallas TX & AL Gulf Coast
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Growing up there, Richland College seems very far north. Also around Richland there are some deteriorating properties which could get much worse.
I agree... while the homes in the area around Richland College are nice... the area is not. It is, and has been, deteriorating at a rapid rate caused by the mostly crime-ridden, lower-end condos/apartments that surround the college.
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Old 01-14-2008, 12:56 PM
 
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We really like the area around White Rock Lake and would like to be close to it, and these houses also put us close to where my wife will be working along 75(like less than 2 miles lol). We would love to be in Lakewood but our $250k price limit puts a damper on that
There are more than 250 properties <$250k listed within 1.5 miles west/north/east of White Rock Lake.
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Old 01-14-2008, 06:24 PM
 
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Oh, I used to live near Richland College (near Walnut and Audelia) about 15 years ago and the area is BAD BAD.
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Old 01-14-2008, 07:17 PM
 
Location: San Antonio
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Heh, ok then I guess that area is off the list.

My wife and I both wanted to focus on the White Rock Lake area anyway


About the DART train. What are your thoughts on buying a house that backs up to the DART tracks? Also how is Stonewall Jackson?
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Old 01-14-2008, 08:09 PM
 
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It's a very nice area. But I'd pick something in the Stonewall Jackson or Lakewood Elementary zones.
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Old 01-14-2008, 08:42 PM
 
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Stonewall Jackson is one of the better elementary schools in Dallas ISD. It's unique in that he has the deaf program there and all the kids learn sign language. I heard there is some difficulty actually getting into it though. It fills up and then you get directed to an overflow school.
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Old 01-14-2008, 08:57 PM
 
Location: San Antonio
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Ahhh, good to know FarNorth.


Thanks again everybody for all your input. Now we just need to get this house sold in SA
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Old 01-14-2008, 10:08 PM
 
Location: Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas
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Check out the Lake Highlands area too. You get a lot for your money there.

I would never recommend to a client to purchase a house that backs to a DART rail unless the house has a very unique feature that would make it very desirable for another buyer to want in the future. The DART may not bother you, but think about resale...

Take your time shopping since your house hasn't sold yet. There is lots of inventory out there...

Naima
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