They say that 70% of all communication is visual, and in the last few days there has been a lot of bro ha ha concerning our three top mayoral candidates, which is making it difficult to decide who to vote for. So I decided to cast my vote based on real estate. I drove around town and snapped photos of the three top candidates’ homes and explored their neighborhoods a bit to define the men and also see how supportive their neighbors are. If a candidate is a good neighbor, chances are he’ll make a good mayor. Why not use real estate to help us decide who we want running our fair city?
Ron and Nancy Natinsky live at 5501 Prestwick Lane, in a gated community called Cambridge Place in far north Dallas, just off Campbell and Preston. The homes in the ‘hood are all brick and stone built by quality builders such as Hawkins Wellwood, fairly similar, range from 7 to 10 years of age, and run about 5,000 square feet more or less. Cambridge Place surrounds a park and borders Preston Trails Golf Course. The area consists of carefully planned, pleasant cul de sacs and narrow lots. The Natinsky’s lot, for example, is 33 feet wide by 158 deep. Translation: the Natinskys live in close proximity to the folks next door; probably not too much screaming goes on in the Natinsky household. Their home is 4463 square feet on one floor with four bedrooms, four and a half baths, was built in 2003 and is valued by DCAD at $774,000 for a $15,753 bill. I will bet the Natinskys will be fighting that valuation because a neighbor down the street has a slightly smaller home on the market for $675,000. (Ron: Call Tiffany Hamil Mackey.) The Natinskys belong to a Neighborhood Association and must obey the HOA rules — another good cooperative sign. The neighborhood is very attractive, the lawns are well-manicured and neat, and most of the neighbors have Ron Natinsky signs in their yards with the exception of one who is supporting Kunkle. In the rare instance where the mayor would require police protection, this gated community would be a safety cinch, just like the Darias. Home condition: Good.