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Live Amidst Nature In Far North Dallas Apartments

For the people of Texas, Far North Dallas is the area present north of Lyndon B. Johnson, also known as LBJ. In the east it borders with Richardson and in the north with Plano. Addison and Richardson are the inner suburbs over there. So, the neighborhood is surrounded by many suburban communities.

With surrounded by so many suburbs, it is quite easy for the residents of  far north dallas apartments to go for shopping in these nearby suburbs. There are some excellent shopping places like The Promenade shopping center in Richardson, and other such places in Plano, Denton and Carrolton too. Read more

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A Perfect North Dallas Renovated Ranch

Our Inwood House of the Week is one of those homes you expect to see as a location for a TV series set in the 1950s. Mom is vacuuming in heels and pearls as dad fires up the grill for a neighborhood barbecue, jazz wafting out onto the patio. This North Dallas renovated ranch at 11439 Chicot Drive perfectly captures the character and nostalgia of the era, but step inside and you quickly move from 1951 to 2017.

The ranch is a uniquely American style, originating in the 1920s though it was popularized during the post-war building boom. The idea was to create a family-friendly house with a connection to the outdoors, generally through sliding glass doors, as there was an emphasis on backyard life. Remember, this was when the barbecue craze began. Inviting the neighbors over for cocktails and tossing a steak on the grill was a weekly event. Regional architects added signature looks, and we began to see split levels and features borrowed from Mediterranean and Colonial homes, like the dormers on this one.

A new generation of buyers is embracing the 50s ranch and all that it embodies, including that love of backyard life and neighborhood parties. While they are drawn to the defining exterior features, today’s buyer wants a clean transitional feel inside, and that’s exactly what you get with this renovated ranch.

Raegan Barringer of Barringer Homes was the mastermind behind the remodel.

“It’s just beautifully done,” Dave Perry-Miller listing agent Sharon Redd said. “The spaces are open, light, and bright. It is the perfect balance of old and new. It has a great floor plan. The quality of materials and the workmanship are meticulous.”

The kitchen was opened up to the family room, and beautiful Carrara marble countertops were installed along with some very hip wallpaper in the breakfast area.

One of our favorite features of this 3,957-square-foot home is the two-sided fireplace. The present owners removed the walls on either side of it to bring in light from the French doors across the back of the former sun porch.

A couple of steps down from the kitchen is another living area with sliding glass doors to the yard. It would be a great game room for the kids or a wonderful home office space.

This home was built for family living with four bedrooms, three bathrooms, and a powder bath. The yard is enormous. You can easily fit in a sizable pool and still have plenty of play area.

Redd listed this terrific renovated ranch on Monday for only $ 1.075 million. Grab your pearls and heels and get ready to grill some steaks and party on the patio!

Karen Eubank is the owner of Eubank Staging and Design. She has been an award-winning professional home stager for more than 25 years. She’s been a professional writer for 20 years. Karen is the mother of a son who’s studying music at The University of Miami. An ardent animal lover, she doesn’t mind one bit if your fur baby jumps right into her lap. Find Karen at www.eubankstaging.com

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High dollar PAC causing stir as Dallas runoff elections approach

A Dallas political action committee funneling large amounts of money into particular city council campaigns is raising eyebrows among members of competitive races and complaints of “dark money” buying elections. (Photo: Steve Rainwater / Flickr, Composite: NDG)

When city council candidate Eric L. Williams stepped up to the microphone during the Monday Night Politics forum on March 20 at Fair Park’s African American Museum, he didn’t mince words as to why he was running for the District 8 seat in South Dallas.

“I’m not going to drink the Mayor’s Kool-aid,” Williams said, adding that $200,000 had “bought” the District race back in 2015.

Allegations of “North Dallas money buying South Dallas elections” is nothing new, but a political action committee (PAC) with a purse approaching just about that amount is causing a stir as the city moves toward runoff races in three districts. According to documents received and compiled by the North Dallas Gazette staff, the “For Our Community PAC” has spent more than $195,000 on various campaigns in the 2017 election (as of the April 28 filing of campaign expenditures, there were further donations received after that date). The PAC consists of high-dollar donors, with one individual contributing $100,000 alone. For Our Community PAC is at least linked to Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings through Mari Woodlief, who runs the PAC and is also Rawlings’ political consultant.

Williams is no longer in the race for District 8, having been eliminated in the first round of voting. The For Our Community PAC backed his opponent, incumbent Erik Wilson, to the tune of more than $24,000.

Wilson now faces returning council member Tennell Atkins in a runoff race. Atkins has been quite successful in raising funds himself (out-spending Wilson as of the end of April). Atkins also received the highest number of votes in the May 6 election, but with a wide and diverse field in that race, no candidate gained a clear majority in the first round of voting.

But District 8 in South Dallas was not at the top of the list for expenditures. With one exception, all the candidates supported by For Our Community PAC are incumbents seeking reelection. The one exception was the District 14 race in which the PAC backed challenger Matt Wood over incumbent Philip T. Kingston. Kingston is often referred to as a thorn in the side of the council’s status quo, opposing the mayor on a variety of issues ranging from the handling of the Police and Fire Pension crisis to the proposed Trinity River tollway.

Between supporting Wood and specifically opposing Kingston, For Our Community PAC’s expenditures in the District 14 race exceeded the six-figure mark, including the production of a video which portrayed Kingston as a rude and combative element on the city council. Despite the effort, Kingston managed to pass through the May 6 election unscathed, garnering more than 54 percent of the vote outright and avoiding a runoff.

In West Dallas, For Our Community PAC supported incumbent Monica Alonzo, which drew some criticism associated with the reported opposition to HB 2480 by Alonzo’s brother, Texas Sen. Roberto L. Alonzo. The bill which was filed by Texas Rep. Eric Johnson to alleviate pressure from growing property taxes in the West Dallas district caused by the incursion of new investment was killed in a political maneuver by GOP lawmakers in Austin. With a $10,000 donation to the PAC from the co-founders of West Dallas Investments, some questions of motive were raised.

However, Johnson’s bill was one of more than 100 bills killed by the Republican Freedom Caucus in a move that is now being called the “Mother’s Day Massacre” and is being chalked up to partisan in-fighting in the legislature. HB 2480 was officially returned to Calendars Committee on May 12. Also, Alonzo and fellow incumbents Casey Thomas and Rick Callahan received, by far, the lowest level of financial support from the PAC. All three combined totaled less than $21,000.

The For Our Community PAC also weighed in heavily in the District 7, lending its support of more than $24,000 to incumbent Tiffinni A. Young. Young received the highest number of votes in the May 6 election, but did not gain a clear majority and will face challenger Kevin Felder in a runoff.

While the contributions of the For Our Community PAC have left many grumbling, no one has suggested the PAC has done anything illegal. All indications are that the election rules were followed and these donations are allowable.

There are many voices being heard across the country calling for campaign finance reform, and assertions that money plays too big a role in U.S. elections. It was the primary rallying cry of U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders in the Democratic primary. Until such laws are changed, voters can expect to see such PAC activities continue.

(Disclosure: The North Dallas Gazette endorsed eight candidates in the May 6 election. NDG endorsed the same candidate as For Our Community PAC in the District 3 race, Casey Thomas; and endorsed opposing candidates, Tammy Johnston in District 7, and Tennell Atkins in District 8. NDG reached out to For Our Community PAC for comment, but did not receive a reply by press time.)

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North Korea Launches Missile From Test Site, US Officials Say

(CBSNEWS) – North Korea launched a missile from a test facility near the country’s west coast early Sunday morning, U.S. officials tell CBS News national security correspondent David Martin.

Reuters earlier reported the firing of unidentified projectile, citing a South Korean military official. The South Korean news agency Yonhap reported that the object appeared to be a ballistic missile.

U.S. officials said they were still assessing whether the launch was successful and trying to determine what kind of missile was tested.

Although the type of missile is not known, the U.S. had been expecting the North to fire a KN-17 medium-range ballistic missile.

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This Tiny North Dallas Restaurant Serves up a Spectacular Feast of Vietnam’s Greatest Hits

My quang yellow noodles, special vermicelli bowl, and shrimp and barbecue pork wide rice noodle soup, com bo luc lac (shaken beef) and eggrolls at La Me.

Pho is served at La Me, but not too many people seem to order it.

This restaurant, on the far northeastern edge of Dallas adjoining Richardson and Garland, is one of the most popular gathering places among Dallas County’s population of more than 26,000 Vietnamese-Americans. At mealtimes, La Me buzzes with energy. Walk in during lunch rush on Friday and a table for two might be impossible to find. Come for dinner and at least one table, if there’s one free, might be taken up by employees picking through enormous laundry baskets of fresh herbs and aromatics.

La Me serves a wide range of Vietnamese foods, from home-cooking to dishes commonly served at wedding feasts and other special occasions. For American diners who only know pho and banh mi, this diversity can be a revelation. That’s especially true because the kitchen here, with its genius for great soup broths and its mastery of an enormous menu, is quite simply one of the best in Dallas.

Try my quang ($8), a bowl of wide rice noodles made bright yellow with the addition of turmeric to the dough. It’s a specialty of the Quang Nam province, served in a gently savory, meaty broth with pork, a few tail-on shrimp, dozens of chopped roasted peanuts and a slew of herb garnishes, from basil to chives. The shrimp are nicely cooked, the peanuts add bursts of texture to a flavorful broth and the bowl is generous enough for two meals, especially since it comes with an enormous sesame cracker on the side.

Bring a group of friends to La Me and order a few soups to share.

The soups at La Me can be a wonder, since nearly all of them start with their own broths. Bring your friends, order a whole table full of soups and dip a spoon into your neighbors’ bowls. That way you can compare the delicate, lightly sweet duck broth in the duck noodle soup (bun mang vit, $8) with the rich, deep, gently spicy taste of the thick rice noodle soup with shrimp and barbecued pork (banh canh tom thit, $7.50).

The duck soup is good, and the bone-in duck oh-so-tender and just the right amount of fatty, but that thick rice noodle soup’s broth is eye-popping. Less eye-popping are the thick rice noodles themselves, which have less substance and less give than you’d expect.

An order of the “house special” soup, my kho dac biet ($8), can actually be prepared with the broth served on the side. Try it that way. First take a few bites of the thin, kinky noodles and admire the bowl’s piece de resistance, a whole shell-on shrimp fried directly into a big, bubbly cracker. Some of Dallas’ most avant-garde restaurants could learn that trick and charge twice the price for it. And, yes, fried this crispy, the shell is perfectly edible.

Bo luc lac, AKA shaking beef, one of Vietnam’s national dishes.

Then add the broth. On its own, sitting in its side bowl, the broth is a transparent light yellow, mild but well-developed. Once in the bowl, it combines with the ground and grilled pork, crab claws, clams, scallions and noodles to develop into a rich brown, thicker and meatier, with a bit of sweetness from the grilled pork. It’s like a culinary magic trick.

Another dish that shows La Me at its formidable best is shaking beef, or bo luc lac ($10), the stir fry that is one of Vietnam’s national dishes. Here tender filet mignon is cubed and marinated in rice vinegar, soy sauce and fish sauce, then tossed into the wok and served on rice with scallions, red onions and greens on the side.

One comparative letdown is the bun bo hue ($8), the soup that’s often bright red from its sweet-sour-spicy broth. Here it comes with solid cubes of pig’s blood, coppery-tasting and with the texture of tofu. Spice fans will need to add a big squirt of chili sauce, though. The same general description also applies to bun rieu ($8), a variation with generous amounts of fried fish and shrimp.

Vermicelli bowls get a whole page on the menu; simply choose your favorite combination of toppings. The special is a marvelous mixture of gently sweet grilled pork, a couple of grilled shrimp, two small egg rolls, bean sprouts, pickled carrots, a handful of chopped peanuts and more vegetables besides ($9.50). It’s the ultimate power lunch.

This is a good time to point out that La Me’s egg rolls, ordered in a combination bowl or separately as an appetizer ($6 for five), are rather special. They’re small and generously filled, but the stars are the wrappers, folded into multiple layers each with their own texture, the interiors soft and doughy, the outside edges fried until crisp with airy bubbles. These egg rolls taste like a wave of nostalgia, like your memory of how egg rolls tasted when you were a kid.

As for spring rolls, why not make your own? The “Tiny Rice Stick” menu page is meant for do-it-yourself types; each brings one or two fillings, a huge platter of veggies and herbs and a stack of rice paper wrappers. The name refers to the tiny rice noodles you can use to fill out your roll. On the grand combination plate ($9.50) a particular favorite filling was the sausage patties made from shrimp; there are whole shrimp, too, with intense scorch marks from a quick visit to the grill.

The egg rolls at La Me are over-the-top good.

Quarters at La Me are tight, but not cramped. Service is efficient – by the way, Yelper comments that the staff don’t speak English are dead wrong – and food often arrives impressively fast. Just remember to pay at the counter when you’re done.

La Me boasts consistently terrific execution and a mind-bogglingly huge menu. There are whole categories of food which this review doesn’t have space to cover, like the restaurant’s porridge bowls or its seafood fried rice with shrimp, cuttlefish and scallops, or dishes that reveal the influence of Chinese cuisine. There’s even pho, if you can bring yourself to order it.

La Me, 9780 Walnut St., #140. 972-669-8515. 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday-Tuesday.

A week of tragedy and grief cast a pall over North Texas

There is no precise way to measure grief.

You can’t gauge the intensity of sorrow and loss like the violent winds of a spring tornado.

Since last Saturday — when seven tornadoes touched down in North Texas, claiming at least four lives and injuring dozens of others — a vortex of human violence has torn apart North Texas.

In the span of five days – from Saturday to Wednesday – at least 14 people have died in a string of killings, including the fatal police shooting of a teenager in Balch Springs to a bizarre murder-suicide in East Dallas to a ghastly murder-suicide involving a stalker on a pastoral college campus in Irving.

Nature’s cruelty couldn’t match our inhumanity toward one another – driven by rage, mental instability, terrible choices. Tragedy after tragedy.

Look at them.

Saturday, April 29:

A Balch Springs police officer, Roy Oliver, 37, fires a rifle into a car full of teenagers as it drove away from a party late Saturday night, striking Jordan Edwards, 15, in the head. Edwards, once a standout football player and honor-roll student at Mesquite High School, will be laid to rest today. One dead

Monday, May 1:

In Denton, a man facing a trial on a charge of indecency with a child fatally shot himself outside the Denton County Courts Building. He later was identified as Kevin Conley, 56, of The Colony. One dead.

In East Dallas, Derick Lamont Brown, 36, fatally shot Arthur Doyle Riggins, 66 – and also wounded a neighbor and a Dallas paramedic — before killing himself. Two dead.

In Fort Worth, a woman, Leslie Bailey, 47, died after being shot in a Ridgmar Mall parking lot by her estranged husband, David Bailey, 45, who killed himself later during a police chase. Two dead.

North Dallas office tower sells to Granite Properties

Developer Granite Properties has purchased a North Dallas office tower.

Granite purchased the 13-story 8235 Douglas tower in Preston Center near the Dallas North Tollway.

The new owner plans to spend $1.5 million in upgrading the silver-glass office building, which was constructed in 1980.

Granite plans to add a customer lounge and conference and, good service and an outdoor seating area.

There will even be a putting green and golf simulator. An outdoor seating area is also being planned. The building is being renamed The Douglas.

"In Dallas and across the country, Granite has a reputation for investing in prime office spaces our customers can be proud to call home," Greg Fuller, Granite Properties’ President and chief operating officer, said in a statement. "We’re really pleased to establish Granite’s brand in the Preston Center area and look forward to serving our new customers there."

Granite bought the tower from Transwestern Investment Group.

Jonathan Napper and Michael McDonald of Eastdil Secured marketed the building for sale.

Update: Man fatally shot at far north Dallas apartment

Police were seeking more information Tuesday about a fatal shooting at a far north Dallas apartment complex.

Herston Monroe, 21, was shot about 11:40 p.m. Monday at an apartment complex in the 4000 block of Frankford Road, according to the Dallas Police Department crime blog.

Live this morning at apt. complex in Far N. Dallas. Man was shot in the parking lot, made it inside his apartment, then died at hospital. pic.twitter.com/M03bhWtX8Y

— Dan Godwin (@DanGodwinFOX4) February 7, 2017

Monroe died after he was taken to a nearby hospital.

Police requested that anyone with information about the shooting to contact Homicide Det. Brent Maudlin at 214-671-3676 or brent.maudlin@dpd.co.dallas.tx.

To contact Crime Stoppers, which will pay up to $5,000 for information that leads to the arrest and indictment for this case and other felony offenses, call 214-373-8477.

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Man shot dead in north Dallas apartment overnight

Neither the victim or his assailant were identified by Dallas police at the scene in the 4000 block of Frankford Road.

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Mark David Smith: 817-390-7808, @MarkSmith_FWST

Police investigate murder at Far North Dallas apartment

A man found shot at a Far North Dallas apartment died from his injuries.

The victim’s friend found him inside a unit at the Walker’s Mark Apartments at 4055 Frankford Road around 11:40 p.m. Monday. He called for help, but the man died at the hospital.

Police later identified the victim as 21-year-old Herston Monroe.

Investigators say they found a gun and a trail of blood in the parking lot outside the apartment building.

Police have not released a suspect description or a possible motive.

Anyone with information is urged to contact the Dallas Police Department.

Neighbors in Lake Highlands Help Save a Decades-Old Tree

A fight over a decades-old tree in a Dallas neighborhood leaves one man in handcuffs.

The tree in the Lake Highlands area has long served as a photo opportunity for neighbors.

“It provided this great horizontal bench that everyone sat on for pictures and the children climbed on it,” said Amy Martin, who lives in the area. 

On Thursday, neighbors said a man with a chainsaw began buzzing his way through the place that served as a playground for so many.

Martin said neighbors confronted the man, 65-year-old Albert Santos, and told him to stop.

“That guy would have taken the whole tree if we didn’t stop him. He would have taken the entire tree,” said Martin.

She said one neighbor even used his truck to block Santos until the police arrived. 

“The tree is decimated. It’s absolutely decimated. This is its fourth vandalism attack, but what this man did was he basically destroyed the defining feature of the tree… which was the horizontal trunk.”

For his part, Santos said he thought the tree had been damaged in a storm and was fair game to cut down. 

After being charged with criminal mischief, Santos now claims he only wants to make things right.

“I’d be willing to put something there, and spend my time and money to let them know how sorry I am. Because I just don’t go around doing that,” Santos said.

Martin said she hopes in the future that people will leave their beloved tree alone.

“We’re just going to have to learn to love the way the tree looks now. It’s always going to be our landmark tree, but it doesn’t look like it used to. It will never be the same,” she said.

Far North Dallas Apartments – Finding The Best Realtor

Are you looking for the best Far North Dallas apartments? If you don’t have time to visit each of the vacant listings on your own, you can always rely on the services of a realtor. However, you need do a lot of research to find the right one for the job, if you want the best results. Here are some of the top qualities to look for in a good realtor.

1. Proactive
Your realtor should be ready to pounce on new listings to make sure they match the type of apartments you’re looking for. It would be disappointing if you hired a realtor who doesn’t have new leads and isn’t ready to find new listings for you. Therefore, find someone who is diligent and proactive and has new listings ready just in case you don’t like what’s already in place.

2. Good Listening Skills
A realtor who listens and understands what you’re looking for is the best partner for your apartment hunting project in Far North Dallas. You need someone who can find the exact type of apartment that you’re looking for and he/she needs to first listen to your housing needs first. For instance, if you’re looking for a house with central AC rather than the old and rattling radiators, the realtor shouldn’t force you to settle for nothing less.

3. Quick Adaptive Skills
If a client doesn’t look like a particular listing, the realtor should immediately should adapt and find something that matches to what the client is looking for. Therefore, look for a realtor with quick adaptive skills to find you what you’re looking for regardless of how outrageous the demands might be.

In conclusion finding a good realtor is the best way to find the best apartments in Far North Dallas. Use these tips to find the best realtor for your needs.