Change & Continuity: The Store

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Over the years, businesses have been working on providing something unique in the Lake Highlands community, all while putting the developing neighborhood on the map. 


For Cheryl Calvin, owner of The Store in Lake Highlands, the neighborhood is a place she holds near and dear. 

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“When I opened up 17 years ago, we were having this same conversation in Lake Highlands,” she said. “We didn’t have lots of small businesses, and my friends were like, ‘Cheryl, that stuff you bring from your mom’s store is so cute. Open a shop!’”


With many people discovering the neighborhood, Calvin believes there is now a local business renaissance underway in Lake Highlands.


Read the full story on The Store’s neighborhood journey in Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate’s edition of Enclave Magazine.

Change & Continuity: Rm 12:20 Bistro

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In the midst of a small business boom, local owners are adding their personal touches to a charming and thriving East Dallas community. 

Among many new shops for leisure, a fine French restaurant is making its mark in Lake Highlands. Owner and Executive Chef Erin Willis considers the area to be Dallas’ best-kept secret.

“It has been awesome to see how the community comes together for any reason, whether it’s in support of a restaurant, a store, or a family in need. It’s kind of like ‘Hometown, USA,’” Willis said.

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Willis’ goal? For locals to have a place to call their own and escape the city hustle-and-bustle that surrounds Lake Highlands.

Read the full story on the bistro’s start in Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate’s edition of Enclave Magazine.

Fall Home Tour: 10 Open Houses

The Ebby Halliday Companies are showcasing hundreds of homes during the 2019 Fall Home Tour this Sunday. Celebrate the season with these outstanding houses on the tour this weekend.


5122 Shadywood Lane | Bluffview | $3,650,000



4447 Brookview Drive | Preston Hollow | $2,495,000



6234 Royalton Drive | North Dallas | $1,985,000


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4222 Buena Vista | Knox/Henderson | $1,245,000



3830 Holland Avenue | Oak Lawn | $1,025,000



6 Glenmeadow Court | North Dallas | $995,000



4187 Wilada Drive | Midway Hollow | $949,000



6219 Shadycliff Drive | North Dallas | $800,000



3747 Agnes Creek Drive | Frisco | $644,000



6301 Mill Point Circle | North Dallas | $599,900


For more properties on the Fall Home Tour, visit

New Issue, New Name: Enclave Magazine Now Available

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We are pleased to announce the release of Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate’s latest magazine issue, featuring its new title – Enclave.

The tenth edition of the luxury home publication represents a variety of North Texas’ exceptional luxury properties, and editorials that encompass many of the established neighborhoods featured.

Stories in Enclave include an in-depth interview with noted designer Allan Knight, a look behind the craft of Kristi Kennimer, and the up-and-coming local business boom in Lake Highlands.

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The 2019 fall/winter edition was recently mailed to approximately 50,000 households across North Texas.

Visit to see the full digital version of Enclave.

Agents continue 38-year-old lemonade stand tradition


Every year, the Park Cities community floods the streets in their best red, white and blue for the neighborhood Fourth of July parade. 

To beat the Dallas heat, parade-goers are greeted by Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate agents at the Goar Park finish line with ice-cold lemonade. It’s a tradition almost 40 years in the making.

This year, 20 volunteers from Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate spent the morning handing out 3,000 cups — roughly 220 gallons — of lemonade as thousands gathered for the fun-filled festivities.



For agent Ronda Needham, she still reminisces about the beginnings of the Park Cities lemonade stand, which dates back to 1981.

“I remember when the stand was just a small table with a few of us walking around juggling cups of lemonade on wooden trays, like old-fashioned carhops,” Needham said. “It was manageable with only 400 being served, but now the crowds are thousands.”



Jamie Adler, manager of the Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate Preston Center office, says the lemonade stand is special for agents and families alike.

“Our associates have always been involved in this Park Cities’ summer highlight,” Adler said. “It’s one of our favorite ways to say thank you to our many loyal clients and the neighborhood in general, and to celebrate our common patriotic spirit.”







10 Must-See Open Houses

Enjoy your weekend with Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate and our amazing agents at these properties.


4433 Rheims Place | Highland Park | $3,995,000



3105 Drexel Drive | Highland Park | $1,599,000



6556 Crestmere Drive | North Dallas | $1,450,000



6931 Pasadena Avenue | Lakewood | $1,395,000



12218 Shiremont Drive | North Dallas | $949,000



6003 Prospect | Lower Greenville | $900,000



4185 Lively Lane | Midway Hollow | $849,000



2917 Thomas Avenue | Uptown | $500,000



2407 Knight Street | Oak Lawn | $499,000



2345 San Marcus Avenue | Casa View Oaks | $269,000


To view all our open houses and discover dates and times, visit

Seven Reasons To Live in North Dallas


A sprawling area known for a diverse range of neighborhoods and growing economy, North Dallas comprises everything from sweet bungalows to enormous estates.


The majority of North Dallas is within Dallas County and expands to small portions of Denton and Collin counties. Within its parameters, one can experience luxury shopping at NorthPark Center, Preston Hollow Village and the Galleria, attend some of the most acclaimed schools in Texas and make a quick getaway to nearby Love Field and Dallas Fort Worth International Airport.


Here are some of our available North Dallas listings.


Eight Exquisite North Dallas Homes

5540 N. 40 Place | North 40 | $6,999,000


Eight Exquisite North Dallas Homes

12240 Pecan Forest Drive | Lake Forest | $4,295,000



5744 Brookstown Drive | Melshire Estates | $2,100,000



11234 Shelterwood Circle | North Dallas | $1,499,000



6508 Del Norte Lane | Preston Hollow | $939,000


Eight Exquisite North Dallas Homes

6569 Lafayette Way | Huffhines Hill | $899,000



12553 Montego Plaza | North Dallas | $425,000




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Heather Guild Group’s Listing Is Site of First SCHOOL + HOUSE Event


Way back when I first started writing for, the idea was that I give everyone enough information (or the ability to find that information) to make an educated decision about both public schools and neighborhoods they’d like to live in.

And for about the last six months, I’ve been noodling around with a concept that I’m thrilled to say is finally launching next week — SCHOOL + HOUSE. Part traditional open house for prospective buyers, part meet-and-greet with local school officials and parents, SCHOOL + HOUSE is designed to bring everyone you’d ever want to talk to about the Dallas Independent School District in one place, with the added bonus of getting a Realtor who is a fountain of knowledge about the neighborhoods that feed those schools.

Heather Guild Group's listing at 6125 Vivian will be the site of the first SCHOOL + HOUSE
Heather Guild Group’s listing at 6125 Vivian will be the site of the first SCHOOL + HOUSE

Because some of the best knowledge about schools comes from the parents who are there every day. They’re informed, involved and ready to give anyone the ins and outs of sending your child to the schools in the neighborhood.

A few months ago, sitting around a fireplace with my friend Heather Guild, who also happens to be both a Realtor and a Lakewood neighborhood expert, I told her about what I was thinking. I knew we might not get to work together soon because of the crazy fast way inventory seems to turn around in Lakewood, but I also had several other potential neighborhoods I was eyeballing for this experiment.

But then earlier this week Heather sent me a smoke signal and said the Heather Guild Group had a GREAT listing — an adorable Tudor in Lakewood that was less than $500,000. Would I be interested in launching my cockamamie (my words, not hers) idea with an open house at this spot?

Heck. Yes.

6815 Vivian Avenue in Lakewood is offered by the Heather Guild Group
6815 Vivian Avenue in Lakewood is offered by the Heather Guild Group

So here I sit, inviting you all to drop by to 6815 Vivian Avenue next Tuesday, June 28. We’ll be there from 6 to 7:30 p.m., ready to talk Dallas ISD and show you a great home. Between the great parents we’re inviting and the school officials, you’ll have lots of brains to pick. Newly-elected District 2 trustee Dustin Marshall has also graciously agreed to drop by and talk to everyone as well.

And then, of course, you’ll have the great team of Heather Guild Group to tell you about both the house and the neighborhood as well. With a combined 33 years of real estate and five children between them, these women have East Dallas real estate (and the neighborhood school scene) covered — seriously. The Heather Guild Group, made up of Heather Guild, Skylar Champion, and Haley Wagstaff of Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate, is consistently ranked among the top realtors in Dallas by all of the people that rank such things — D Magazine, The Advocate, you name it — and for good reason. You’ll not find three people who work harder to exceed their clients’ expectations.

And about that home. Built in 1930, the three-bedroom, two-bath, 1,750-square-foot home features multiple porches outside (a party host’s dream), an updated kitchen with stainless steel appliances and double ovens, wood floors throughout and lots of windows with plantation shutters. The master has a walk-in closet, and although some might say the bathroom is a schoosh too small for a master, but these ladies have thought of everything, including snagging an architect to draw up some plans for enlarging that bathroom, if the buyer should desire.

6815 Vivian Avenue in Lakewood is offered by the Heather Guild Group
6815 Vivian Avenue in Lakewood is offered by the Heather Guild Group

Oh, and the price — $475,000, a great price for a home with such tremendous curb appeal.

6815 Vivian Avenue in Lakewood is offered by the Heather Guild Group
6815 Vivian Avenue in Lakewood is offered by the Heather Guild Group

And even if you’re already a Lakewood resident and are just interested in finding out more about your school options, head over! If you’re a Realtor who would like to be able to answer buyer questions about the district and want to access that knowledge, you’re invited, too. And if Lakewood isn’t your bag (what?) keep your eye out for more locations over the next year (Midway Hollow, I’m looking at you in August).

A big, big, big thanks to the Heather Guild Group for hosting, and to additional sponsors Rooted Dallas (a Lakewood company, natch) for providing gorgeous succulents throughout the property for the evening, and Bill Ajello of The Lending Partners for providing refreshments.

~ Written by Bethany Erickson, Candy’s Dirt

Few Dallas Neighborhoods Can Match Briarwood’s Convenience, Community

Briarwood is a charming neighborhood that was built on dairy farmland in the 1940s. This bedroom community originally featured cottages and smaller houses, but today the neighborhood also includes newer, larger homes. There’s a strong demand for properties within Briarwood, thanks to a renewed demand for neighborhoods with a strong family atmosphere, sense of community, and low crime rate. Briarwood is bordered by Lovers Lane, Inwood Road, and Elsby Avenue, and is in walking distance a host of restaurants, as well as Inwood Village, which features retail and the Inwood Theater. Dave Perry-Miller & Associates presents three must-see homes located within this close-knit community.


The three-bedroom home at 5022 Elsby Avenue was built in 1946 and has been updated throughout. This home features a welcoming floor plan, modern kitchen, split large master bedroom with walk-in closets, second living area that can be used as a dining area, and a beautifully landscaped backyard with pool.



Demonstrating the variety of the neighborhood is a newer, 4,574-square foot home. 4703 Elsby Avenue is a traditional home constructed in 2007 and features custom accents, open floor plan, abundant natural light, four bedrooms, three living areas, game room, and his and her garages. Directly behind the home is a park and playground.



Another large, traditional home in Briarwood is 4900 W. Stanford Avenue. With an open floor plan, four bedrooms, and gourmet kitchen, this home features many modern amenities. The large den overlooks the landscaped backyard, and all of the bedrooms have their own baths.

A version of this article also appears on Culture Map Dallas.

Must Have Monday: A Stunning, Gated Old Preston Hollow Home.

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5549 Falls Road ( is a stunning, gated Old Preston Hollow estate home offered by Mark Cain with Dave Perry-Miller & Associates’ Preston Center office. The property, priced at $3,249,000, encompasses approximately 8,600-square feet with six bedrooms, 6 ½-baths, four living areas and an oversized 3-car attached garage. It will be open this afternoon from 2 to 4 p.m. Perfect for gracious living and grand-scale entertaining, this spectacular residence showcases sumptuous appointments such as large, open living areas, soaring ceilings, custom millwork, a gourmet kitchen with service area, an amazing master suite and an outdoor oasis not to be missed.

The grand entry is flanked by a formal study and dining room, and flows into the formal living room. High ceilings, stone and wood floors, thick crown moldings and a soothing neutral color palate are featured throughout. The fully-equipped island kitchen and adjacent butler’s pantry are a gourmet’s delight with granite counters, custom cabinetry, a large walk-in pantry, a breakfast bar and stainless steel appliances including a commercial-grade Wolf range with six-burner gas cooktop and double ovens, built-in Sub-Zero refrigerator/freezer, built-in microwave, dual dishwashers, warming drawer, Culligan water purifying system and an ice-maker. The kitchen opens to the cheerful breakfast room and mammoth family room with cathedral beamed ceilings, a warm fireplace, built-ins for home electronics and a large bay window offering views of the pool and grounds.

Also located on the first level are a cozy guest suite and the private owner’s suite with fireplace, sitting area and a spa-like bath with dual vanities, dual water closets, separate shower, jetted tub and a large walk-in closet.


Dave Perry Miller & Associates is a premiere residential real estate firm with five locations that specialize in marketing the key areas of the Park Cities, Preston Hollow, Uptown, Lakewood, East Dallas and Kessler Park. Dave Perry-Miller & Associates is a member of Leading Real Estate Companies of the World and Luxury Portfolio International. For more information on luxury living, please contact Dave Perry Miller & Associates at 214-369-6000. Also visit for the latest news in Dallas real estate.