What’s Most Important to a Discerning Buyer? It All Depends on Who You Ask


Ask a prospective homeowner what he or she prioritizes, and you’ll get a definitive response. Beyond neighborhood, school district, and community conveniences, today’s buyers know exactly what they want their space to look and feel like. They’ve done research, they ask questions, and, above all, they are intelligent. The real estate professionals at Dave Perry-Miller & Associates share some of the home qualities their clients are seeking. Sellers, this is your lucky day.

Kitchen Confidential

The busiest room in the home is the kitchen, and the majority of home owners say they want something both practical and pretty to accommodate meal time—and party time. “Today’s buyer, even if they have never so much as toasted a bagel before, desires a chef’s kitchen in their new home. There’s just something about the word ‘home’ that brings to mind visions of elaborate dinner parties and Thanksgiving dinners,” explains Heather Guild.

May we suggest the ideal place to entertain may just be the kitchen at 5410 Bonita Avenue? Here, you’ll find a six-burner gas range, a double oven,  a built-in refrigerator, top-of-the-line appliances, custom cabinetry with pull-out spice racks, an appliance cabinet, a well-designed pantry, and a large island that’s perfect for family and friends to gather around. “This kitchen is a dream for professional chefs and once-a-year chefs alike” Guild adds.

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Double Duty

For homeowners with large families, or who enjoy frequent entertaining, two dishwashers are a priority. The University Park home at 4229 Purdue Avenue beautifully demonstrates this need for pragmatism. “A buyer recently told me that every high-end home that has at least 5,000 square feet should have two dishwashers, and I have to agree,” says Kathy Myers. “When entertaining, you have twice as many glasses and dishes to wash. Owners—and their caterers—like to put nice glassware and china in one dishwasher, and mixing and prep ware in the other. Two different uses, two different settings.”

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Privacy, Please

Some homeowners—whether they are celebrities, athletes, politicians, community leaders, well-known business professionals, or quiet citizens—prioritize privacy.  Homes built within natural surroundings can provide the perfect hideaway, such as the six-bedroom estate at 16610 Preston Trail Drive. The home, which is located just off of Preston Road, sits behind a gate, hidden from view because of the expansive greenbelt behind the property. “At the high end—above $5 million—buyers tend to look for privacy first,” explains Stephen Collins. “They are sensitive to proximity to the street, neighbors, and major traffic arteries. A good word for what they want to be is ‘insulated.’”

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You Are Here

Some homeowners prioritize the property’s address because everything else can be renovated, upgraded, or completely redone. As Stewart Lee explains, “The two most important things are location and quality, but location always wins out. That can never be changed.” The six-bedroom estate at 6810 Turtle Creek Boulevard might be considered the perfect location within Dallas. The home sits halfway between Central Expressway and the Dallas North Tollway, and in proximity to Downtown. It also represents a prime location within University Park: Curtis Park and Goar Park are both within walking distance.

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Tree Time

For home buyers looking for oversized lots, greenbelts, and natural landscaping, Dallas is home to many hidden gems. You just need to know where to look. Patricia Massey explains, “I have a couple looking for the perfect home. Mature trees and lot size are their priorities.”

No doubt they will want to visit the home at 4130 Cochran Chapel Drive. The property occupies a creek lot comprised of 3.38 acres among the tree-lined streets of Bluffview. The home’s architectural style and abundant windows pay tribute to the natural surroundings and winding creek views.

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A version of this story also appears on CultureMap Dallas.

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