Rare Creekside Home in Coveted Pocket of UP Comes Available


If you’ve always wanted your own slice of heaven on THE creek in Dallas but thought it impossible, 6705 Golf Drive is a well-timed miracle. The four-bedroom, 3 bath, 2 half-bath, English stone beauty has many things going for it, not the least of which is pricing: $1,899,500.

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Location is another. It’s one of only 28 lots in University Park backing up to Turtle Creek, and was built as a spec home in 1934.  Everything you could possibly need is a stone’s throw away – grocery and restaurants, UP Elementary, Holmes Aquatic Center, Goar Park with gazebo and soccer fields, and more. UP’s Town Hall is just down the street, too.

The current owners are the second set to occupy, and they’ve taken great care to preserve original architectural features, while updating amenities and functionality as needed.

Just off the entryway, past a half-bath, the eat-in kitchen is a delightful mix of traditional and modern, successfully juxtaposing seeded glass/alderwood cabinets with granite counters, a farmhouse sink with stainless steel appliances, and a rough-hewn support beam with whimsical light fixtures. Walk-in pantry and attached mudroom/home office with utility shower offer convenience and versatility for busy families.

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The adjacent large dining area overlooks the secluded backyard and creek, and leads into a family room with stained glass windows and built-ins, and formal living room with leaded glass windows. Hand-scraped hardwoods run throughout the downstairs.

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Upstairs, the added-on master features a walk-in closet, master bath with steam shower and heated floors, and balcony overlooking creek. It’s serviced by a full-size laundry across the hall, and has easy access to the three additional bedrooms, including one with loft and one with painted log cabin treatment.

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Saving the best for last, there’s the backyard. An ipe wood deck with railing provides a great space to entertain along the lot’s feature attraction. Two-story former garage/multipurpose space has great potential for quarters or workshop.

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For more details or to schedule a private showing, contact Cindy Bruner at 214-675-0834/cindybruner@daveperrymiller.com or Wendy Harkness at 214-213-4583/wendyharkness@daveperrymiller.com.

 

Charles Dilbeck MCM in Bluffview Featured on ArchitecturalDigest.com


We’re in the business of representing properties of quality and character. So we absolutely love it when others publicly recognize an especially well-built and one-of-a-kind home such as this.

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Julie Boren’s listing at 4605 Watauga in Bluffview Estates has a prime spot on the home page (at least for the time being) of one of our favorite pubs. Fans of the noted architect, or of the era in general, now have a rare opportunity to own one of the few mid-century modern homes designed by Dilbeck for $3,995,000. It’s built on an acre of Bluffview’s rolling topography, and set among mature trees and lush landscaping.  The interior of the 1954 one-level home has been extensively updated by Bodron+Fruit, who also designed the pool cabana.

Read more about this property on Architectural Digest’s website.

 

Golden Opportunity for a Platinum Location – Double-Lot Stunner on Euclid


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Rarely does a property come onto the market that so successfully combines exceptional design and exquisite environment with a platinum location. Quite simply, 3908 Euclid Avenue is the very best that Highland Park and the city of Dallas have to offer the discerning buyer.

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The main residence was designed by noted architect Joe McCall of Oglesby Greene, and meticulously built by Clowdus Construction. Every attention to detail has been paid, from the Luters limestone façade, steel beam construction, steel construction Hope’s Windows and Doors, to the emphasis on energy efficiency, resulting in an extraordinary house.

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It has four bedrooms and 4.5 baths, with quarters that are attached by a glass walkway.  The quarters have their own private entrance plus one bedroom, one bath, and a large living area.

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The award-winning pool house was designed in 2005 by acclaimed Modernist architect, Gary Cunningham. Its proportions and details are so expertly crafted that this building has been featured on the front cover of “DALLAS MODERN.” It also has a large guest room suite, full Bulthaup kitchen, and fabulous art studio, and comes complete with elevator.

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These two handsome Modernist structures provide a study in contrast with their surroundings. While they create a sense of architectural excitement, they’re nestled away on a quiet, private, heavily treed lot with beautiful garden that unfolds layer by layer – the work of esteemed David Hocker Landscape Design.

The two structures are on two 70 x 225 lots and are still platted separately. They have a combined total of nine living areas, varying from intimate settings to large open spaces great for entertaining, including the pool house which was voted one of the Top 10 party houses in the world by architects. Most of them take full advantage of the views and really bring the outside in.

There are 11 covered parking spaces with six spaces at the main residence and five at the pool house. Nine spaces are air conditioned, and there is an oil pit and a painting bay. Two adjacent grassy areas and motor court have been used for sports in the past.

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This home, listed at $14,900,000, offers a relaxed and comfortable lifestyle with a setting that is totally private. At night it takes on a whole new ambiance with the addition of magical, well-placed exterior lighting.

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For more details or to schedule a private showing, contact Martha Tiner at 214-533-5058/martha@daveperrymiller.com or McKamy Tiner at 214-354-6903/mckamy@daveperrymiller.com.

 

 

 

 

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White Rock Lake Estate Open for East Dallas Agents Tour, October 21th from 10am-12pm


Agents – today is an incredible opportunity to see this property before it officially hits the market. Bring your clients and most discerning buyers to view this one-of-a-kind home.

This spectacular home, built by renowned W2 Studios, sits on one acre of lakefront property with panoramic lake views. Nancy says, “From the heated wraparound porch, 5 bedrooms, 4 living areas, downstairs master suite overlooking pool to the elevator, ten+ car garage and screened-in dog porch, this is truly a rare find in the city!” It will be listed at $4,250,000. So come by and show your clients what Dallas Lake life is all about.

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Turtle Creek Estate, Lovingly Restored by “Monuments Man,” Goes on Market


This century-old Turtle Creek treasure couldn’t have fallen into better hands when longtime Dallas resident Robert Edsel assumed ownership 10 years ago.

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After all, the accomplished author — whose second book The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History inspired the George Clooney screenplay for the movie of the same name — had just spent nearly a decade in Europe, primarily Florence, prepping for the move, though he didn’t know it at the time.

He originally went there to hone his lifelong appreciation for art and architecture. But ultimately he ended up in voracious pursuit of answers to a burning question for the ages: Why did so many monuments and great works of art survive the thefts and devastation of World War II? He dedicated years of his life to painstaking research about a heretofore unknown group of men – Monuments Men — who selflessly saved numerous art and cultural treasures for the benefit of their fellow man.

Next week, Mr. Edsel will receive the award of a lifetime for his efforts. Along with the last living Monuments Men, he’s being honored with a Congressional Medal of Honor for his work as the Founder and Chairman of the Monuments Men Foundation.

Knowing this tiny sliver of Mr. Edsel’s amazing biography – which also includes professional tennis player, oil & gas technology pioneer, St. Marks School of Texas Distinguished Alum, and October 2015 SMU Tate Lecture Series Speaker at his alma mater — it’s not at all surprising to learn he spent a year living at 3828 Turtle Creek Plaza before he ever did anything to it. His logic?

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“I wanted to get a sense of what it wanted and needed. I didn’t want the house to surrender its essence to me,” Mr. Edsel said.

True to his word, he has spent his time at the place he affectionately named Bellosguardo or “Beautiful View” (for the town he lived in in Italy), lovingly preserving and restoring its best features. Many had been covered and modified through the years. The sympathetic approach taken by Mr. Edsel blends a timeless 1920s architectural style with a contemporary way of living.

The walled, secluded estate, which also invokes thoughts of Santa Barbara, is sited on 2+ acres of Turtle Creek. It was only the second residence built in the area, after the Sheppard King Mansion, now The Mansion Hotel on Turtle Creek. It has more front footage along the creek (some 400 ft.) than any other residence in Dallas. It’s easy to see how it got its name.

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The home is approached from Turtle Creek Drive, a privately owned street, where heavy landscaping, a high wall, a gated pedestrian entry and enclosed parking area provide the utmost security. The property is hidden from the street and gives little indication of the treasure that lies beyond, not unlike many of the great houses of Europe.

A large grand foyer leads to the great room with 25-ft. beamed ceiling.

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The lower level has a gym and wine cellar and access to the saltwater pool and loggia, and the spa-dressing room.

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There are several large outdoor entertaining areas including one with a fireplace overlooking Turtle Creek. There is a lily pond, a rose garden, herb garden, covered terraces, original tile work in and out, incredible gardens, gated driveway and privacy landscaping all around.

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There is much more included in this splendid setting. Priced at $11,200,000. Absolutely nothing like it in Dallas.

To schedule a showing, contact Madeline Jobst at 972-733-5099 or at madelinejobst@daveperrymiller.com.

 

 

 

 

Elaine B. Agather of JP Morgan Chase Celebrates Great Year with Agents at Q3 Breakfast Meeting


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That pretty lady in pink hugging on the Dave Perry-Miller agents is none other than Elaine B. Agather, chairwoman of the Dallas region for JPMorgan Chase Bank, one of the most powerful women not just in Dallas but in the U.S banking and private investment world. Elaine stopped in to keynote DPM’s 3rd quarter breakfast meeting at the Dallas Country Club Thursday morning and got a standing ovation! She was also duly impressed by the number crunching that had the room floating with a lot of “B’s”. For BILLIONS!

“I’m a numbers girl,” she said, ” and I’m impressed.”

Read more about the morning over at Candy’s Dirt

Iconic Interior Designer Left Her Mark on North Dallas MCM – Open House This Sunday


There aren’t many current listings that can boast the design pedigree of 4229 Irvin Simmons Dr. You’ll want to see for yourself at this Sunday’s Open House from 1-3pm. Priced at $799,000.

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Offered by Dave Perry Miller Real Estate’s husband-and-wife team, Paige and Curt Elliott, this updated mid-century modern is the outcome of a loving collaboration between another husband and wife. Renowned Dallas designer and founder of the Interior Designers Guild of Dallas, Lucile Ayres Payne, ASID, and her husband, Frank, had a hand in designing it. They were also its original occupants. For many years, it served as home base for their design business, Payne Associates. As you might imagine, thoughtful detailing abounds throughout.

The front gates open into a quaint private courtyard with an herb and flower garden.

 

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Moving through the uniquely crafted double doors, you step down into the bright, open formal living area featuring a vaulted ceiling, fireplace, built-ins and Saltillo tile.

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Making your way deeper into the heart of the home, the tile transitions to pecan hardwoods, giving the heavy-use rooms (kitchen, breakfast room and family room) a light-hearted feel and visual character.

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The view from this area is also something to see: while dining or reclining, you can gaze upon the large, shaded yard with resistance pool and listen to the soothing sounds of the built-in water feature.

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The spacious master suite with sitting area and gas fireplace provides an everyday retreat of sorts. The French doors beckon you out onto your own covered patio to enjoy morning coffee or leisure reading. While the remodeled bath draws you in with his-and-hers sinks, spa tub, separate shower, and walk-in closets.

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This address is located in the well-established North Dallas subdivision of Luna Park Estates.

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To schedule a showing, contact Paige Elliott at 214-478-9544 or Curt Elliott at 214-675-8353. Both can be reached by email at elliott@daveperrymiller.com.

 

 

 

Ebby Halliday Acers – A Tribute


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Ebby Halliday Acers, who turned a one-woman residential real estate office into one of the country’s largest residential real estate companies, passed away overnight of natural causes. She was 104.

Born Vera Lucille Koch in the small town of Leslie, Ark., on March 9, 1911, the woman who would later take the professional name “Ebby Halliday” was admired worldwide for her ability to combine leadership with femininity and business acumen. Her impact on the residential real estate industry was unmatched. Over the years, Ebby opened the doors to successful careers for thousands of people. Her grace and grit paved the way for generations of women in business.

During the Great Depression, Ebby helped support her family by selling general merchandise and eventually hats at a department store in Kansas City.

When a customer’s husband built 50 single-family spec houses made of insulated concrete, he knew exactly who to call. “If you can sell those crazy hats to my wife, maybe you can sell my crazy houses,” legendary Texas oilman Clint Murchison said to Ebby. Ebby sold all of them and soon changed her product from hats to houses, and the rest was history.

Ebby founded Ebby Halliday, REALTORS® in 1945. Today, the Dallas-based company is the largest independently owned residential real estate services company in Texas and ranks 10th in the nation. The 70-year-old company, with 1,700 sales associates, participated in approximately 19,200 property transactions in 2014 with a sales volume of $6.64 billion.

Ebby’s other great passion was service to the community she proudly called home. She and her company’s philanthropic impact on North Texas cannot be overstated. In 2014 alone, the YWCA of Metropolitan Dallas announced Ebby’s Place, which houses the new YW Women’s Center, and Juliette Fowler Communities announced The Ebby House, a transitional community for young women who have aged out of foster care. Ebby did not have children of her own, but she helped educate and support many young people.

A tireless volunteer, Ebby served the community as president of the Thanksgiving Square Foundation and on the boards of the St. Paul Medical Foundation, the Communities Foundation of Texas, The Dallas County Community College District Foundation and the Better Business Bureau. Among the many organizations in which Ebby was active was the Alexis de Tocqueville Society for United Way, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra Guild and the State Fair of Texas. She served as president of the North Dallas Chamber of Commerce and the Greater Dallas Planning Council and on the Dallas Park and Recreation Board.

Ebby’s dedication to her profession and her fellow man remained constant. This dedication is clearly evidenced in the many honors she received as a result of her civic and professional endeavors. They include the Distinguished Service Award from the National Association of REALTORS® and the International Real Estate Federation, induction into the Texas Business Hall of Fame, induction into the Dallas Business Hall of Fame, the Regional Entrepreneur of the Year Award from Ernst & Young, the YWCA’s 100 Women 100 Years award, and the Linz Award, which is presented annually to a Dallas County resident whose civic or humanitarian efforts benefit the city of Dallas. In addition, Ebby was the first recipient of Executive Women International’s Executive Excellence Award. The Emergency and Chest Pain Center at St. Paul Medical Center Foundation was dedicated in honor of Maurice and Ebby Halliday Acers.

“There is no one associated with residential real estate that I have more admiration and respect for than Ebby Halliday. She had that rare combination of traits: wisdom, leadership, and vision. But she brought all of these traits to everyone she met through a connection of love, and a sincere desire for that person to succeed and be their best. She demanded much of others… but one always wanted to be their best for her because she demanded the best of herself. Add one of the sharpest wits and keen senses of humor, well it’s not wonder that everyone respected her, admired her, and more important loved her so much. It was an honor to be personally associated with a true legend and a lady who was such a visible landmark for the best of Dallas,” says Dave Perry-Miller, Director-Luxury Property Division Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate.

A memorial service to celebrate the life of Ebby Halliday Acers is scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 17, at 3 p.m. at Park Cities Baptist Church, 3933 Northwest Parkway, Dallas, TX 75225.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Ebby’s Place at the YW (YWCA, 2603 Inwood Road, Dallas, TX 75235), The Ebby House at Juliette Fowler Communities (Juliette Fowler Communities, 1234 Abrams Road, Dallas TX 75214), Happy Hill Farm and Academy (Happy Hill Farm, 3846 N. Hwy. 144, Granbury, Texas 76048), or the charity of your choice.

Health Warrior CEO Proves That Eating Chia Bars Can Do Wonders For Attitude


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Tucker Perry-Miller couldn’t hide his love for Chia Bars during a recent flight.

Here’s the most important reason to eat Chia Bars: The 100-percent vegan super snacks are good for you. Not only are they free of gluten, soy, and genetically modified organisms, their main ingredient — chia —has more omega-3 ounce-for-ounce than salmon, more fiber than oatmeal, and also packs protein, calcium, and antioxidants.

Here’s an equally good reason to eat Chia Bars: You’ll be supporting a company led by a man who is the epitome of a grace.

Health Warrior CEO Shane Emmett recently sat next to Dave Perry-Miller on a plane traveling from Dallas to Richmond, Va. During the flight, Dave’s canine companion, Tucker, fetched Shane’s wallet from underneath the seat and gave it a good slobbering. (Perhaps Tucker was lured by the latent scent of Chia Bars and couldn’t help himself.)

Many people would have reacted in such a way that the remainder of the flight would have been quite tense. But Shane could not have been more good-natured about the whole affair. If eating Chia Bars gives you that kind of perspective, we should all pick up a box on the way home.

The New York Times Puts Spotlight on 3-House Compound in Albany, Texas


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The New York Times featured this three-home compound listed by Dave Perry-Miller.

Dave Perry-Miller & Associates is getting coverage on both coasts this week for two very different properties. Days after the Los Angeles Times noted that Chris Bosh’s Uptown condo is for sale, The New York Times featured a three-building compound in Albany, Texas.

In an article called “What You Get for … $1,700,000,” the Times compares the Albany property to a barn in Connecticut and a house in Alabama. The compound includes a Queen Anne cottage built in 1907 and two contemporary homes — one with a stucco exterior, the other in corrugated metal — built in 2010.

Click on the link in the previous paragraph to see gorgeous photos of all three properties.