Posted by: Hewitt & Habgood Realty Group | August 8, 2016

Brush & Bulk Pick Up

Receive Brush/Bulk Pickup Reminders Via Text

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What goes on the Curb?

  • Tree Limbs (8ft or less is preferable)
  • Shrubbery (please separate from bulky items)
  • Bagged Leaves 
  • Furniture*
  • Appliances
    • If an appliance has Freon (e.g. a/c unit or refrigerator) it is NOT accepted
  • Carpet
  • Mattresses
  • Other bulky items

*If you have bulky items that are in good condition and still functional, please consider donating them to the Salvation Army, Goodwill Industries of Dallas, Habitat for Humanity or any other local donation center.

What does not go on the Curb?

  • Construction Debris
  • Bricks, Concrete, Rocks, Dirt, etc.
  • Mirrors and Glass (e.g. window or shower glass)
  • Electronics (e.g. televisions, computers, etc.)
  • Tires
  • Car parts (e.g. engine)
  • Lawnmowers (or any machinery that may contain gasoline)

Avoid a Citation

  • Do not put out material earlier than 7:00 a.m. on Thursday prior to your collection week (please see instructions above to find your Week). Material must be placed at the curb by 7:00 a.m. the Monday of the pickup week.*
  • Put materials on the curb in front of your home. Do not place on vacant lots or medians. Do not place materials in front of utility poles, traffic signs, utilities meters or hydrants.
  • Do not allow your bulky items or brush to block the sidewalk or protrude into the street.

 

Posted by: Hewitt & Habgood Realty Group | May 27, 2016

Stop, Shop & Roll

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By Steve Brown, Dallas Morning News

The intersection of Zang Boulevard and Davis Street is already a construction nexus.

Extension of the North Oak Cliff streetcar line has turned the crossroads into an obstacle course of orange cones.

But the real changes are still to come. In less than six months, work will start on two blocks of shops and apartments that will be the biggest redevelopment yet in Dallas’ popular Bishops Arts District.

“With the streetcar going there, this was the neighborhood where we wanted to be,” said Matt Segrest, president of builder Alamo Manhattan Corp. “Number one on our development list is the Bishop Arts district.

“There is a neighborhood and a culture there we really like.”

Alamo Manhattan will break ground in September on 220 apartments and 25,000 square feet of shops in two buildings on both sides of Davis.

The $57 million project — which is funded in part with more than $11 million in economic development funds — has been a long time coming.

More than a year ago when the developer first disclosed plans for the Bishop Arts Gateway project, Oak Cliff residents and some city officials were quick to slam the plan.

The chock-a-block industrial style brick buildings crowded the street and were out of scale with the rest of the area, critics said.

“We got some pretty strong feedback that it was too monolithic and didn’t fit the community,” Segrest said. “So we went back to the drawing board.”

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Cheaper than Uptown

Alamo Manhattan and architect Good Fulton & Farrell redesigned the 5-story project, setting the apartment portion of the buildings back farther from the street. The blocks were broken up with different architectural styles and materials.

“There are a lot of architectural details we picked up,” Segrest said. “We made the plaza on the corner bigger and pulled the building back.

“We wanted a nice gathering space where the streetcar stop is.”

Segrest said the streetcar connection to downtown was one of the reasons his firm zeroed in on the Davis Street property.

Alamo Manhattan got its start about five years ago when Segrest and partners formerly from the West Coast started their Dallas apartment building company. The developer’s first three Dallas deals were in Uptown.

“Uptown is obviously a strong neighborhood but other Dallas areas are evolving,” Segrest said.

He said the Oak Cliff apartments his company is building will go for $300 to $400 less than new Uptown units.

“You can’t get Uptown rents over here,” Segrest said. “We are also doing some small unit types. The average size is 736 square feet.”

About 20 percent of Alamo Manhattan’s Bishop Arts Gateway aparments will be subsidized with rents starting at about $800.

The developer plans for the street-front retail space in the buildings to provide neighborhood services and additional eateries. “We want the independent mom and pops and eclectic stores — not a chain,” Segrest said.

Critics won over

Construction of the two apartment buildings will displace some businesses and will increase density in the area.

But the design changes have won over some critics to the plans.

“The redesign of the Alamo Manhattan project was appreciated by the Oak Cliff Conservation League,” said Judy Pollock with the group. “The developers were sensitive to neighborhood requests and have made the project look less like a giant box and more like a walkable retail area with set backs on the upper floors.

“They have designed a pass through that dissects the building on the first floor that will have additional retail,” she said. “We are looking forward to having varied facades facing the streets to help provide some character to the building.”

Alamo Manhattan vice president Wade Johns said the developer is spending more money on the Oak Cliff project than is typical.

“We are putting the parking underground,” Johns said. “That’s something you don’t do in Plano.”

The Alamo Manhattan project is one of three major redevelopments in the works in the Bishop Arts neighborhood.

Dallas-based Exxir Capital is working on two blocks along Bishop and Madison avenues where it plans to build a new mixed-use development.

And Crescent Communities of North Carolina has acquired about seven acres on Zang for another mixed-use development.

Segrest said Alamo Manhattan has another site on Seventh Street for a second phase of its project.

The developer is finishing up a rental project in Dallas’ State Thomas neighborhood. And Alamo Manhattan has more apartments on the way in San Antonio and in Seattle.

“We are in two of the most dynamic markets in the country,” Segrest said.

 

Posted by: Hewitt & Habgood Realty Group | February 19, 2016

10 Best Dallas Real Estate Agents

Hewitt & Habgood Group is honored to be featured as one of the Top 10 Real Estate Agents in the  Dallas Moving Guide. Check out the articles on their website!

Here’s what they have to say about Steve Habgood.

Steve Habgood is a partner in Hewitt & Habgood Group, one of Dallas’ most successful real estate teams that specialize in the distinctive urban neighborhoods that surround downtown Dallas, including North Oak Cliff, Uptown, Oak Lawn, M Streets and Lakewood.

As long-time resident of Kessler Park, he knows first-hand how dynamic a market Oak Cliff is. He and his team sell about 25% of all the homes sold in Kessler and North Oak Cliff.

A former marketing communications executive, Habgood says the best Realtors are able to understand their clients’ needs, even when they may not be fully sure themselves, and have the depth of market knowledge to guide them through the competitive process.

“If you find an agent you can easily communicate your wants and needs, it makes a huge difference in finding the right home and neighborhood,” he says.

With 53 years of combined experience we’ve built a reputation as one of the hardest working, most successful  teams in the Dallas community. We’ve built that success on passion, enthusiasm, and dedication to the communities we serve.

Whether you are looking to buy or sell, we would love the chance to earn your business.

If you are looking into moving be sure to visit Dallas Moving Guide for all sorts of information!

Posted by: Hewitt & Habgood Realty Group | February 4, 2016

Oak Cliff Mardi Gras 2016

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Go Oak Cliff kicks off the annual two-day Mardi Gras celebration in Oak Cliff this weekend! The festivities begin with the Dash for the Beads 5K on Saturday morning at Kidd Springs Park, continuing with a post-race party.

Next, you may choose to spend Saturday night at Kessler Theater, dancing and celebrating at the OCarnivale Masquerade Ball.

Finish off the weekend Sunday afternoon with the annual Mardi Gras Parade featuring bands, floats, and plenty of beads!

Dash for the Beads

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Hewitt  Habgood Group and Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate are once again are proud sponsors of the 7th annual Dash for the Beads — a 5K run, 1-mile walk, and costume contest. The race begins begin at 10am Saturday.

The race will follow the same route as last year, starting and ending at Kidd Springs Park and taking runners through the hills of East Kessler. The event is pet-friendly, so be sure to dress yourself and your pet in your best purple, green, and gold feathers, beads and masks for the ultimate Mardi Gras fashion.

Be sure to stay after the race for a Mardi Gras celebration with live music, barbecue, beer & mimosa garden by local breweries, or shop from local merchants and vendors. The party will continue to the Bishop Arts District after the race.

Check out Dash for the Beads for more information.

OCarnivale Masquerade Ball

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OCarnivale Masquerade Ball – the party of the year!!  Enjoy a night of celebration and dancing at The Kessler Theatre. Masks, tuxes, jeans, costumes and sequins- You’ll see it all at this party! The party starts at 7pm, and general admission ticket includes a reserved table or 2 upstairs overlooking the action, or a table for 4 by the dance floor. Don’t delay!

A Cajun buffet dinner is included in the ticket price. There will also be live music by Zydeco Blanco, Club Wood and Ice house! You must be 21 to attend. Cash bar. Must be able to use stairs-there is no elevator in Kessler Theatre. Purchase tickets here.

Mardi Gras Parade

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The Oak Cliff Mardi Gras Parade begins at 2pm Sunday, February 7. Enjoy marching bands, festive floats, cars, and especially all the flying beads! This family friendly parade rolls down West Davis from Windomere to Bishop Ave in Bishop Arts. Admission is free, but come early to get a spot. Sanctioned extension parties will be held at Nova, PhD, and Bolsa Mercado.

Special Information – The barricade install will begin at 6am on Sunday. There will be no parking on Davis Street between the 400 -1400 blocks, and on the 300-400 blocks of North Bishop Ave. The installation team will leave cross streets open until 1:30pm. East and westbound traffic on W. Davis from Madison to Montclair will be interrupted from 1:30 to 4pm. Optional traffic routes to use include Jeffereson Blvd, Colorado Blvd, Hampton Rd, and Zang Blvd.

For more information visit Mardi Gras Oak Cliff.

Posted by: Hewitt & Habgood Realty Group | November 11, 2015

The Fall Recycling Round-Up is Here at Kidd Springs Park!

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Posted by: Hewitt & Habgood Realty Group | August 17, 2015

The $42-Million Bishop Arts Village Project

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Ground is expected to break for the Bishop Arts Village project this month. The developer, Michael Nazerian is planning more than 400 apartments, 95,000 square feet of retail space, public space, a two-story underground public parking garage just south of Bishop Arts, in an area bounded by Madison, Melba, Bishop and Ninth.

Proposed Site of Bishop Arts Village

Proposed Site of Bishop Arts Village

The $42-million overall project will come in different phases over the next few years. The project’s first two buildings, on the south corners of Bishop and Melba, provide will house retail on the ground floor and office space above. Restaurant and retail buildings will be small so that start-ups can afford spaces. The buildings on Bishop and Melba will be two stories, and increase to three to five stories toward Madison and Ninth.

The start of construction could start up by the end of the year and could be open as soon as a year from now. The first apartment building is set to begin construction early 2016. The project’s first phase should be completed in 2017, the larger second phase will begin after that.

The Nazerian family spent about seven years buying properties, and received $2 million in economic development funds from the City of Dallas. Demolition began earlier this summer. Michael Nazerian says the family wants this to be a “generational” project with no intention of building it to flip.

The project has already hired Oak Cliff-based metal artist Manuel Sarmiento to create details such as trash cans, signage, and benches. The Nazerians are collaborating with local public artists to fill out the project with art. “We want this to feel like it’s always been here,” Nazerian says.  With the Oak Cliff streetcar line scheduled to Bishop Arts by next summer, it will be a great experience for everybody to enjoy.

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What makes Bishop Arts so unique is its architecture, businesses, pedestrian traffic, and human interaction, and the project is being planned with sensitivity and respect to its current culture. “This project builds on the momentum Bishop Arts has already created. We want something there for people to enjoy, not for us to make the most money.” He said.

To find out more about this upcoming project, read the whole article  in the Oak Cliff Advocate, article in the Dallas Morning News, and Dallas Observer article.

Posted by: Hewitt & Habgood Realty Group | July 24, 2015

Dallas Real Estate Market is HOT!

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The Dallas area leads the country in home price gains, with median home sales prices being more than 10% higher this summer than a year ago. Some Dallas neighborhoods are showing price hikes two to three times higher than that. Prices for Oak Cliff preowned homes are up 30% in the first six months of 2015.

Prices were up 15% or more in a dozen other Dallas-area neighborhoods, according to a midyear analysis of the North Texas home market from the Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University.

North Texas median home prices are at an all-time high of $220,000, almost 40% ahead of where they were at the peak of the last housing boom in mid-2007.

Dallas-Fort Worth led the state in home sales increases at mid-year, and demand has not slacked off.  North Texas home sales were up 12% in June from last year, and preowned homes are selling for about 60% more than they were at the worst of the recession in early 2010.

Economist James Gaines predicts that the rate of home appreciation and sales will drop in the Dallas area when mortgage costs rise and economic activity slows. He’s not forecasting another housing crash in this area. “This is not really a bubble; therefore I don’t think there will be a bust,” he said.

Demand is especially high for more affordably priced homes, which are in short supply in the Dallas area. The lower price points — less than $350,000 — are moving quickly. It doesn’t matter where it’s located; it’s still getting multiple offers.

Despite concerns about higher prices, buyers do not seem to be backing away from the market this summer as properties get bid up.

The fast pace of real estate has brought along its share of problems. Some buyers who are in a hurry to get a house under contract then realize they’ve made the wrong deal. A lot of folks are realizing they need to act quickly with a strong offer when they find something they like. Often properties are generating multiple offers as soon as they hit the market, causing buyers to put a property under contract and then take a couple of days to think about it, and possibly terminate, and move on in their home search.

Sales would be higher if there were more properties to sell. Thirty of the 45 Dallas-area residential districts The Dallas Morning News tracks each quarter have less than a two-month supply of houses listed for sale with real estate agents. That’s less than a third of what is considered a normal inventory.

What do you think of this hot Dallas market?

Check out the Dallas Morning News article for more information.

Posted by: Hewitt & Habgood Realty Group | May 13, 2015

Sales Prices Rose Last Month in Rosemont’s Attendance Zone

1022 N. Montclair has one of the most gorgeous backyards you've ever seen.

1022 N. Montclair has one of the most gorgeous backyards you’ve ever seen.

There has been much news coverage of DISD’s Rosemont schools ever since principal Anna Brining was informed she would be losing her job at semester’s end. In today’s Dallas Morning News, there are two stories about the beloved North Oak Cliff campus. The main story is about research showing that students in dual-language programs, such as Rosemont’s, struggle academically at first but eventually outpace their peers. The secondary story focuses on some of the first students to go through the entire dual-language program, from kindergarten through eighth grade, and they give Rosemont rave reviews.

704 Kessler Lake provides gorgeous creek views in every room.

704 Kessler Lake provides gorgeous creek views in every room.

Homeowners who live in the Rosemont attendance zone will give similar reviews to these statistics from the North Texas Real Estate Information Systems. They show that the average and media sales prices were up last month when compared to March 2015 and to April 2014.

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If you’d like to buy a home in North Oak Cliff, give us a call at 214.752.7070 or visit our website.

 

Posted by: Hewitt & Habgood Realty Group | April 27, 2015

City Council Decision Paves Way For Oak Cliff Gateway’s Transformation

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Dallas’ City Council has approved a rezoning of the Oak Cliff Gateway, an 850-acre portion of North Oak Cliff.

Ten years in the making, the zoning change paves the way for transformation of the land between East Kessler Park and the Trinity River. “This is one of the most critical pieces of real estate in the city of Dallas,” Mayor Mike Rawlings said of the gateway area. Hewitt & Habgood Group is excited to see how our North Oak Cliff neighborhood will be transforming in the next few years.

“The time is now,” said council member Scott Griggs, after noting the years of work on the project in his district. “I’m ready today to get it passed.” Griggs has been working on the plan since his district was redrawn to include the area two years ago.

The target area stretches from near Interstate 30, the Trinity River levee and Interstate 35E to Marsalis Avenue, Eighth Street and roughly Zang Boulevard and Beckley Avenue.

The plan mostly utilizes form-based zoning, which does not focus on building uses, but instead determines how buildings address the street and how buildings relate to their surroundings. Exceptions include a medical district for Methodist hospital and specifics for Beckley Avenue adjacent to the East Kessler Park neighborhood.

Goals include attracting residents, retail and offices to an area now home to aging houses and apartments, vacant lots and buildings, a scattering of businesses, two parks and streetcar service to and from downtown. The plan allows for buildings as high as 20 stories along the Trinity River corridor and 12 stories along East Jefferson.

You can read the document from the meeting below.

Posted by: Hewitt & Habgood Realty Group | April 21, 2015

Oak Cliff to Get More Bike Lanes on Beckley Avenue and Zang Boulevard

bikers at calatrava bridgeYou’d be hard pressed to find an area of Dallas where people love bicycles more than our very own North Oak Cliff. So our neighborhood’s residents will be delighted to know that the agenda for last Thursday’s City Plan Commission meeting included the addition of bike lanes to Beckley Avenue between Interstate 30 and Zang Boulevard. The stretch of Zang between Beckley and the Trinity River would also get bike lanes — also known as “a cycle track” or “protected bicycle facility” — under the proposal.

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