Jason Vaughn, who moved to Mangum Manor a year ago, checks out what the cold snap did to his front yard. He recently received yard of the month honors. Photo by Betsy Denson.

More ‘hot’ Leader neighborhoods offer affordability, proximity

In last month’s real estate section, The Leader profiled three area neighborhoods which are making a name for themselves in the real estate market – both because of their location and affordability. This month’s neighborhoods – Forest West, Mangum Manor and Germantown near Woodland Heights – are also areas sought out by buyers who feel priced out of the Heights, Garden Oaks and Oak Forest. Read on for a recap of each.

The lot at 6201 Pinemont will be sold once METRO gets permission from the Federal Transportation Administration for the sale of the land since federal funds are involved. Photo by Betsy Denson

Former Pinemont Park & Ride to be sold by METRO

When METRO permanently closed the Pinemont Park and Ride last January there was a lot of disappointment among area residents, especially in the nearby Forest West neighborhood. Now comes word that the lot at 6201 Pinemont will be sold.

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Ella corridor soon to be ‘restaurant row’?

While no one is calling Ella Boulevard north of 610 ‘restaurant row’ just yet, they can’t call it a fast food wasteland for much longer either. No offense Raising Cane’s. With the news of Gatlin’s BBQ’s move from 1221 West 19th Street to a 4,200 space in the new center at 3510 Ella Blvd. – and anticipated opening of the Berry Hill at Ella and 43rd Street by mid-January – the area has been abuzz with anticipation.


Cheers to another year

We’re coming to the end of the year and with the end of the year we look back on the year’s accomplishments, struggles and celebrate everything in-between. New Year’s Eve is our last hurrah of the year.


If you don’t have a new fridge, you’ll need one soon

If you are in the market for a new refrigerator, and if you are not in the market you will be eventually, let me give you a few tips of the iceberg. Cut this column out and stick on – where else – the front of your refrigerators.


Reader: Ashby’s minor details missing

I have to correct Lynn Ashby on his recent column in which he quotes a Texas Republican Congressman for voting “for” the government shutdown. The 2013 shutdown impacted elderly WWII veterans who traveled to DC to visit the Memorial.