I live in Lakewood myself, so I understand the appeal! I think Lakewood is a very solid investment. I do have clients wanting more square footage, as you do, and Lake Highlands is a great option (I grew up there) I love Hollywood/Santa Monica, I've lived there myself as well, also "C" streets. Prices are slightly lower in N. Oak Cliff, and the area feels similar to Lakewood. The Trinity Development will continue to add value to that part of Dallas. You've got some great options, and you've done your homework! I'd be happy to help you find your new home. Isn't Dallas' weather glorious right now? Be sure to visit the State Fair! Best regards, Monica
Just remember, real estate is a long term investment.
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Thanks for your question. If you want to stay by a lake, w/in 30 mins. of downtown, and schools are important, you're limiting the geography quite a bit.
If you can lose the lake, you can consider Richardson and would get quite a bit for your money. Excellent schools and we just put a Dr. client in a home in Richardson and he works at Baylor off Gaston and gets there w/in 30 mins. Very nice, new and newer homes in the $400's.
LaVillita in Irving has Lake Carolyn and the Campion Trails which are quite nice. The Carrollton Farmers Branch ISD is really coming up there and you'd be w/in a decent commuting distance from work. You can get a very nice NEWER BIGGER home there in the $400's.
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I had the same sticker shock when I moved to Dallas 18 years ago. I live in the Lakewood Area too, but am a big fan Lake Highlands. Better schools and more house for the money, if you're willing to add 10 minutes to your commute?? I'm happy to get you details.
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You seem very taken with Lakewood and I don't blame you. Since you are renting for now, time is on your side so you don't have to settle for any home. The right one will come along. Keep an eye on the Junius Heights and Munger Place areas of Lakewood. Lots of recent activity going on there recently.
Have you considered buiding a home? may be purchasing a redo and putting in your own personal finishing touches to it and still stay very close to the 400K budget you want?
I sure don't miss the winters. I live in North Dallas area/Flower Mound a family community.
If you have a family its a nice family place to be with great schools. If you have any other
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Lakewood is a great area and I will continue to look for a deal. We most likely will look for a 400K house with the ability to add on to the home and update . This will provide good value by adding more space and newer materials. This should create a sweet spot from a resale value standpoint
Hope to hear from you: Donna Foster 469/583-1042. If you decide to call, let me know you phone number so I don't ignore your call. This could be one of those "this was meant to be" kind of situations.
a) Coppell is not far from Carrollton Dart station for commute downtown could be a breeze
b) Plano c) Frisco d) Colleyville, Grapevine, Southlake further drive however with Dart completion could be worth look at.
I love the Lakewood area myself and Lakewood Elementary is a strong school. If the fact that you are in a heavily treed area close to the lake and the city is not of primary importance than I would consider Plano and possibly Murphy if you want a newer larger home with good schools. In addition to being able to drive to Dallas in 30 minutes or less (provided no accidents) there is good rail transportation also. The area will be newer and the homes will be also. The area will not quite offer the charm of Lakewood but will have a great school system from elementary through High School. Plano is established and if you had to move in a few years you would not be competing with new home builds etc, which is great and keeps you property values relatively solid.
The other suggestion might be Grapevine/Colleyville. You can get a nice, newer home there for this price range but you could be on the edge of a 30 minute commute. Pretty area, fantastic schools and Tarrant county which offers lower taxes. The closest Train is Centerport just south of DFW.
I would love to share my thoughts with you about these and other areas. I relocated here myself with American Airlines over 22 years ago and still remember the adjustment to the area and how overwhelming and large the offerings of the metroplex in terms of towns, areas, lifestyles etc,.
Please feel free to contact me at 214-809-2244. Best Wishes
Have you considered Lake Highlands? Lake Highlands is very close to the lake, won't add much to your 15 minute commute, and is in Richardson ISD. With the Lakewood area, while you do get in Lakewood Elementary, the school district is still Dallas ISD. Dallas ISD has just come under some intense scrutiny after it was discovered they were over budget by $64 Million (+/- a few million).
In Lake Highlands, you can find some nice homes and get more per square foot than in Lakewood. There is a new development under construction at the corner of Walnut Hill and Skillman. It will be a mixed-use development and feature waterways, hiking & biking trails, an outdoor ampitheater. There were many apartments torn down to make way for this development. You can see a press release from May at http://www.lhaia.org/pdfs/2008/2008-05-20_PRG_LHTC_NR.pdf
Let me know if you want any more information on properties in this area, or any other area in and around Dallas. You can search for properties from my website, http://www.JenniferLewisHomes.com or we can get together to discuss your buying criteria and I'll do the work for you.
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