It’s ALL About the Schools…Highlighting GARLAND ISD!

Want to know more about GISD?  Read on or call me….let’s chat – 214.769.2142

Garland Independent School District
Exceptional Education
Transforming Teaching and Learning
Diverse Community
Shared Vision

About GISD: Educating 57,000 students across 71 campuses, Garland ISD ranks as the second-largest district in Dallas County, fourth-largest in Dallas-Fort Worth, 13th-largest in Texas, and is among the 70-largest in America. The district spans the cities of Garland, Rowlett and Sachse, yet maintains a small town, family feel. With a rich tradition of excellence, GISD boasts a diverse population that speaks more than 100 languages, as well as technology-driven campuses, magnet programs and approximately 200 Career and Technical Education courses.

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Link to District Map: http://www.garlandisd.net/about/gisdmap

Choice of School: In most districts attendance zones determine where students will attend school. GISD employs a “Choice of School” program, allowing parents to select the campus they want their children to attend for the next school year.

AVID: AVID stands for Advancement Via Individual Determination. The goal of AVID is to prepare students for college and success in a global society. We use AVID to bring out the best in students and close the achievement gap. For more information about the program visit www.avid.org. In middle and high schools, AVID is offered as an elective class, although students will experience AVID strategies in other classrooms. In elementary schools, AVID is not offered as an elective. Students in an AVID elementary school will automatically use different AVID strategies to help them learn and prepare for college and career. AVID elementary schools use AVID strategies in a way that affects the entire school.

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School Meals: Choose 3-5 options for a full lunch meal: an entrée, one selections of fruit, two selections of fruit in high school, two selections of vegetables, a grain/bread which may be part of the entrée or separate, milk. Choose 3-4 options for a full breakfast meal: two entrées which is a combination of grain/breads and meat, two selections of a fruit or juice, milk.

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Parent Workshops: GISD offers workshops throughout the year with effective parenting strategies, ideas on how to get more involved and information to help your child be successful in school and in life. Past workshops have included topics such as:
• bullying
• guide to STAAR
• parent involvement
• motiving children
• cybersafety
• teen dating violence
• substance abuse
• anger management

Safety and Security: We ensure the safety of students, staff, visitors and property 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Security cameras, controlled building access and a visitor registry system help ensure our students have a safe place to learn. Police officers are assigned to our schools to provide security, counseling and education. Emergency training and response plans are in place to make sure that students and staff know what to do in a crisis and that situations are communicated properly to the community in a timely manner.

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For more information about GISD or anything related to Real Estate, feel free to contact me!

Have Weekend Plans? Here are some THINGS TO DO & CHEW here in Dallas!

For More Ideas on what is happening around our Great Dallas Metro – just call and let’s chat!  214.769.2142

Parabola Imperial Stout Keg Tapping
Kick off your T.G.I.F. with a sip of some rare Russian stout. Firestone Walker Brewing Co. is tapping into a Parabola Imperial Stout keg, one of only eight in Texas. To learn more about the event and the 14.5-percent ABV stout, check out the Facebook Page.

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Fish-N-Chips Pop Up
Get a glimpse of what life would have been like had the Revolutionary War swung the other way. Noble Rey Brewing Company is teaming up with The Proper Baking Co. for the ultimate British pop up. Fill up on fish and chips, pea fritters, beer-battered bangers and more from noon to 5 p.m.

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Oak Highlands Brewery Beer Brunch
Sundown at Granada and Oak Highlands Brewery are throwing a beer brunch from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. Purchase a ticket for the three-course brunch and seasonal beer pairing and learn how everything goes together. Tickets are $35. Buy them here.

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Bulleit Bourbon Cocktail Pop Up
Spend your Sunday at The Rustic for Bulleit Frontier Whiskey’s bourbon pop up from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Enjoy a drink, live music and stick around for a family-style Sunday supper. Learn more here.

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National IPA Day Celebration
On Rotation is commemorating National IPA Day with a week of celebrations beginning this Sunday. Come down to their taproom at 6 p.m. for your fair share of IPA taps.

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(Information taken from D Magazine.)

If you know me, you know I LOVE our D.FW high-rises! There’s a new Skyscraper in our future…

Downtown.

North side.

Field Street.

45 story apartment high-rise.

Will be the tallest in 3 decades!

Call us to find out more about other great Developments happening in our great Metro!  214.769.2142.

Chicago-based company, Amli Residential is the developer. They hired Austin-based architect Page Southerland Page, Inc. to be the architect. They wanted something different…not the typical glass and concrete box. “It was of the utmost importance we do something unique and different being next to I.M. Pei’s Fountain Place,” said Amli executive vice president Taylor Bowen. “We want to have one of the premier timeless buildings downtown.”

Will be the tallest building next to the 55-story Chase Tower (opened in 1987).

Design: Pointed Prism of Green Glass.

This complex will hold 367 apartments, each unit about 1,250 square feet and will take 2 years to build.

Can’t wait to see the final product!

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Article by DallasNews.

What’s going on in Collin county?? Here are 5 Things to Know About Collin County Growth

To find out more about what’s going on in Collin County and Surrounding Counties in our Great D.FW, just call me! Let’s Chat: 214.769.2142

Collin County is the fastest growing county north of Dallas County, growing more than 45% since 2000. There is more net rentable property than the combined areas of Uptown and Dallas. Currently the population is at 940,000 and is predicted to be at 3 million by 2040! With all the new jobs the median income has also risen to $100,839. So why has Collin County experienced so much growth? How has this growth affected the traffic and housing? What is expected in the future? All questions residents and potential relocation buyers have on their mind.
dallas-cowboys-star 1.  Many companies are moving locations
Companies are moving headquarters to Collin County because the workforce, schools and housing are attractive as well as the low-cost tax structure. Says County Judge Keith Self: companies “can move across the street and lower their … tax by half.” Some companies that have been part of the move are Toyota, Liberty Mutual, JP Morgan Chase and the Dallas Cowboys.

2.  Existing businesses are seeing growth too
Crest Auto Group has seen a 25% growth. Mexican Sugar is beating last years’ numbers and they are always hiring more employees. A.R. Schell & Son Agency Insurance has also seen growth from last year. These are just a few examples of the many businesses that are currently thriving.

3.  Demand for single-family homes and apartments
This demand has become so big in the last few years! Median sales price has risen from $190,100 to $300,000! Because of the high demand, the inventory has dropped by 30%. Apartments are 94.3% full and rent is averaging right under $2000 a month.

4.  Undeveloped Land

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SOURCE: THE GIS DEPARTMENT OF THE COLLIN CENTRAL APPRAISAL DISTRICT; MAP ILLUSTRATION: SHAW NIELSEN

Still quite a bit of undeveloped land…wonder what the future holds?

5.  How bad is the traffic?  It’s getting bad!
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*Worst traffic is State Highway 121, just W. of State Highway 289
*Second worst is Dallas N. Tollway, just N. of George Bush Turnpike
*Third worst is Dallas N. Tollway, just S. of George Bush Turnpike

The exact remedy is unknown to fix the traffic problems. Options are to create and “outer loop,” more walkable neighborhoods, more trolleys and express buses.

Looking forward to seeing more change in the future!

(Information taken from article in D Magazine)

Relocation to Dallas

The Dallas News posted an article last week about the lack of houses in the D/FW area. Why aren’t there enough houses? The answer is because dozens of corporations are moving their headquarters to North Texas. For example, Toyota is moving 250 employees a week!

Each year, D/FW will receive about 60,000 new residents. Toyota alone is bringing 4,000 of those numbers! This is why the housing market is on fire right now. Home prices have risen to unheard of levels, with such a shortage of homes as well…one of the worst in decades.

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While some find the home prices completely over-priced, some residents from the West Coast think it is a bargain.  New home builders are also happy with all the change. This has really helped their sales.

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So what about the traffic? The ones that aren’t bothered by the extra traffic is again the West Coast transfers. One person said “it’s nothing like L.A. traffic.”

Realtors like me love working with Relocation clients! I love the challenge of that short window of time to find and close on a home. It’s hard work because you are educating them on the area and answering so many questions but it is rewarding in the end. If you, a friend, or a family ever needs help selling or buying a home, don’t hesitate to contact me!

Cynthia Lopez, TLG Real Estate Advisors | Ebby Halliday Realtors

Have you heard about Rowlett’s Luxury Resort – Bayside on Lake Ray Hubbard?

Would you like to know more about the exciting Bayside on Lake Ray Hubbard in Rowlett?  Call me at 214.769.2142!

This will be a luxury resort getaway…just down the street! It will consist of 262 acres of mixed-use lakefront property offering white sand beaches, an 8-acre Crystal Lagoon and a 1-acre show fountain-first of its kind in North America! You will be able to sail, fish, boat, shop, swim, eat or just relax! Bayside will also be selling single family homes, condos, town homes and apartments. The location is perfect too, only 30 minutes from downtown Dallas!

The company behind this 1 Billion Dollar project is Crystal Lagoons. Their US headquarters is in Miami and they are involved in hundreds of projects around the world. Bayside is the first such lagoon planned for Texas. Two more have since been announced for the Houston area. Those two will cost a combined $1.5 billion dollars.

The Texas based developer, Western Rim, is constructing the 845 urban-design multi-family residential units. These single-family homes and townhomes will be on the north side of I-30 off Dalrock. Dallas-based BOKA Powell is the architect on the retail and office portion of Bayside. Dallas-based 5G is designing the condo tower and a 500-room hotel with 80,000 square feet of meeting space.

So what about the traffic on I-30? Well, TxDOT plans to add three lines to each side of I-30, plus more service roads and bridges. They are also adding an 8 to 12 foot hiking and biking trail. That will start at Bass Pro and go across the lake.

So has anyone driven past the construction on Bayside? Notice any major changes yet? I am looking forward to seeing the progress! Let me know what you think! 

Cynthia and Diego

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Best D-FW Festivals to Attend This Spring

Call me to find out more about what great SPRING happenings are taking place around the D.FW!  214.769.2142

D-FW is such a culture melting-pot and there so many festivals and activities celebrating everything you can imagine at any given time. The weather is nice now, not too hot yet, so how about checking out one (or two) of these festivals happening over the next few months! Here is a list of my favorite taken from D Magazine.

Dallas Book Festival & Dallas Festival of Ideas | Apr. 29 | Dallas City Hall and the Dallas Public Library – Taking place across the street from each other downtown, these symbiotic festivals have more on their mind than most. At the library’s central branch, nationally acclaimed authors (Kristin Radtke, Jef Chang, others) speak while various panels pay testament to the city’s ongoing literary renaissance. At city hall, thinkers from around the country talk about innovations in a number of fields — education, health, the arts — can be applied to better our city. The two festivals unite to hear from author Yaa Gyaasi, whose Homegoing was one of the most talked about books of 2016. You can also expect performances and other activities on the city hall plaza, including an evening show by the Polyphonic Spree. Both festivals are free.

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Denton Arts & Jazz Festival | Apr. 28-30 | Quakertown Park – This long-running, free event in Denton is a testament to the city’s love affair with jazz music, with a busy lineup and seven stages of local and national performers that will knock your socks off, as well as plenty of other options for festival fun.

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Scarborough Renaissance Festival | Through May 29 | Fair Grounds in Waxahachie – The Renaissance and Late Middle Ages: like Game of Thrones without the dragons. The jousting, turkey legs, Renaissance dress-up, and mermaids (yes, mermaids) stick around every weekend through the end of May.

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ChocolateFest | May 5 & 6 | Grapevine Convention Center – If the name hasn’t already done it for you, know that North Texas chocolate-makers dish their best wares on both days. Wine and art help sweeten the deal.

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Texas Frightmare Weekend | May 5-7 | Hyatt Regency DFW Airport – The massive horror convention boasts a number of celebrity guests: famed director Dario Argento (Suspiria), actor Freddie Highmore, wrestler Sting. It also has movie screenings (The Shining, The Thing), lots of terrifying vendors, and panels on horror movie filmmaking.

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Off the Rails Country Music Fest | May 6 & 7 | Toyota Stadium – Miranda Lambert, Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, and all the other popular country musicians you can handle at this Southern-certified blowout in Frisco.

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Bugs and Brews | May 6 | The Granada Theater’s Parking Lot – The music (Big Ass Brass Band and Freeloaders, among others) conspires to set a New Orleans vibe, as does the spread: chow down on all the crawfish you can handle here.

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Wildflower! Arts and Music Festival | May 19-21 | Galatyn Park – The family-friendly Richardson festival has The B-52s on Friday, Lynyrd Skynyrd on Saturday, and Shooter Jennings on Sunday. More live music, art displays, and tons of carnival-ish food and fun are all weekend.

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Thai Culture & Food Festival | May 27 & 28 | The Buddhist Center of Dallas – Visit the inspiring Buddhist temple, watch Thai dancers and other authentic performances, and feast to your heart’s content after selecting a mix of eats from the food bazaar.

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Dallas Margarita Meltdown | May 28 | West End – North Texas’ best purveyors of the margarita sling their beverages in the most important competition of the summer. Tequila lovers are the default winners.

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A-Kon | June 8-11 | Fort Worth Convention Center – The 28th edition of this storied anime convention, billed as the oldest in the U.S., moves out to Fort Worth, where you’ll find just as many cosplayers, anime nuts, and celebrity guests as ever.

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Thanks to D Magazine for always having the best articles, stories and information to read!