Family’s memories to help find 11031 Lawnhaven’s next owners


So many of our lifetime memories have to do with “home.”  Of course, there’s the first house we bought. Where we lived as newlyweds. Where we brought our first child home from the hospital, adding a few more over the years. And then there’s the neighborhood. The families we became friends and had block parties with, borrowed lawn tools from and joined on the porch to watch the kids play in the sprinklers over a glass of lemonade. The local shopping center where we went at least three times a week for groceries and what-nots. And finally the schools where we experienced some tearful first days and a few joyful graduations. It’s your own little world for awhile and when the time comes, it’s hard to leave. But when you do, you want others to understand and appreciate all the wonderful ways you and your family benefitted from it all.

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The owners of 11031 Lawnhaven Drive, just on the outskirts of Preston Hollow in North Dallas, are in the position to leave. But rather than just let all the marketing and promotion of their home fall on their listing agent, Angela McCants, they are eager to help out by providing insights prospective buyers don’t often get. In addition to the concrete facts — like that it’s four bedrooms, three baths and 2,665 square feet set on .35 acres along a greenbelt — they are shedding light on what it’s actually like to live there.

11031 Lawnhaven is just blocks away from the hot Preston Royal Shopping Center, which is getting an Eatzi's, Shake Shack, Sur La Table and indie bookstore soon. It also has a Central Market, Tom Thumb, Steel City Pops, Snap Kitchen, a post office and much more.
11031 Lawnhaven is just blocks away from the hot Preston Royal Shopping Center, which is getting an Eatzi’s, Shake Shack, Sur La Table and indie bookstore soon. It also has a Central Market, Tom Thumb, Steel City Pops, Snap Kitchen, a post office and much more.

“We fell in love with this house in 1993. It was an easy drive to our business, six miles away in the Park Cities. We loved being surrounded by and having the option to attend numerous public and private schools for our kids, Pre-K through High School. It is convenient to our favorite restaurants and stores in the Preston Royal and Preston Forest Shopping Centers. And quick access to 75/Central and the Dallas North Tollway makes this neighborhood central to the entire city.”

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“The split bedroom house plan proved to be ideal for us as our kids grew older. We enjoyed the peace and quiet of the master bedroom separated from the rest of the house. The large sitting room that adjoins the master, with the huge picture window, was the perfect place to watch the kids play in the backyard while riding our exercise bike or working at the desk. And, when the kids left for college it was easy to convert one bedroom to a hobby room, and another for house guests without disrupting the ambiance of the master.”

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“With the open floor plan, large family gatherings and meals were easy to accommodate as we could set up to three dining areas within earshot of each other.”

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The kitchen has been updated with granite countertops and stainless steel appliances.
The kitchen has been updated with granite countertops and stainless steel appliances.

The back gate of 11031 Lawnhaven opens onto the Northaven Trail.
The back gate of 11031 Lawnhaven opens onto the Northaven Trail.

“French doors leading to the covered patio and large backyard makes this a great house for entertaining.”

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“The green space behind the house, now known as the Northaven Trail, is a favorite place to throw a frisbee, walk the dogs, and bike with the kids. The neighboring elementary school, George Bannerman Dealey Montessori Academy occasionally shows family friendly movies on the Trail just a half a block away [near the Little Free Library]. The Neighborhood Crime Watch is rated one of the best in the city, and the Association hosts seasonal events throughout the year. St. Marks School of Texas is also walking distance.”

McCants says of this property, “I really appreciate their willingness to express how much this home has meant to them, as they prepare to let the next owners take over. It’s priced to sell at $639,900. It has great character and solid bones, so all someone needs to do is renovate/expand and personalize this home for the next generation to start making memories.”

For more information on this home, please contact Angela McCants at (214)207-4218.

Agents Help Prepare CitySquare Cottages for New Residents


Ask any real estate agent — preferably one from Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate — what they enjoy most about their job, and they’ll tell you: it’s helping people find a place to call home.  A place to retreat after a long day, to regroup and relax, to dream big dreams for themselves and their family, to offer security and safety, to lay their head at night.

No matter who we are or what we do, we all need the stability that comes with having a home base to keep getting up every day and giving life another shot. Ask any homeless person what happens when that is taken away from you, and they’ll tell you it starts a downward spiral that’s difficult to recover from. At least on your own.

No one understands this hard truth better than CitySquare. This compassionate community neighbor, headquartered in the shadows of the I-30/I-45 interchange along Malcolm X Blvd, has been a lifelong friend to Dallas’ homeless. They started 29 years ago as Central Dallas Ministries, with the mission to fight the causes and effects of poverty through service, advocacy and friendship.  On January 3, twenty-six Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate agents showed up to their highly anticipated new Cottages at Hickory Crossing, ready to join that fight.

Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate agents started off the new year by extending a helping hand to some fellow citizens trying to get back on their feet. Photography by Jason Riley Hoss Photography
Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate agents started off the new year by extending a helping hand to some fellow citizens trying to get back on their feet. Photography by Jason Riley Hoss Photography

The Cottages comprise 50 homes, each 400 square feet, with enough room for a bedroom, bathroom, kitchen, living area and a front porch. A public registry at Target provided furnishings and basics to stock each cottage, and the agents assisted in setting up and staging 12 of the new homes.

The Cottages at Hickory Crossing are made up of fifty 400 square foot "mini homes" like those pictured here.
The Cottages at Hickory Crossing are made up of fifty 400 square foot “mini homes” like those pictured here.
A resident of The Cottages at Hickory Crossing returns to her new permanent home.
A resident of The Cottages at Hickory Crossing returns to her new permanent home.
The Cottages at Hickory Crossing are just southeast of Downtown.
The Cottages at Hickory Crossing are just southeast of Downtown.
In the spring, residents of The Cottages at Hickory Crossing will be able to plant and grow their own food and herbs in these troughs.
In the spring, residents of The Cottages at Hickory Crossing will be able to plant and grow their own food and herbs in these troughs.

In addition to lending a hand, agents got a first-hand look at CitySquare’s pioneering approach to easing chronic homelessness, one based on a concept called “Housing First.” The model prioritizes providing the homeless with permanent housing as quickly as possible – and then providing voluntary supportive services as needed, such as mental health and medical services, job training and more. Studies show that when potential loss of housing is taken out of the equation, recovery and rehabilitation is more likely to be successful.

Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate agents joined CitySquare in their fight to alleviate poverty and homelessness by setting up and staging 12 of the new Cottages at Hickory Crossing.
Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate agents joined CitySquare in their fight to alleviate poverty and homelessness by setting up and staging 12 of the new Cottages at Hickory Crossing.
Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate agents joined CitySquare in their fight to alleviate poverty and homelessness by setting up and staging 12 of the new Cottages at Hickory Crossing.
Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate agents joined CitySquare in their fight to alleviate poverty and homelessness by setting up and staging 12 of the new Cottages at Hickory Crossing.

Scott Kaserman had this to say about his experience at CitySquare: “I learned something new. That it costs the city $40,000 annually for each of their most susceptible homeless persons, while it only costs them $15,000 to build one of these beautiful homes! The cottages have really taken a serious problem and come up with a serious solution. I think this community would help anyone to be better and to do more good in life.”

“What a wonderful project our city has invested in to help people down on their luck,” said Frada Sandler. “The houses are darling and will give them such a sense of pride, in addition to being part of a community that understands and helps their situation. Very rewarding!”

Ged Dipprey summed up the afternoon nicely when he said: “It was an amazing opportunity to finally see that as a city we aren’t apathetic to helping the “least of these.”  CitySquare’s development restores the dignity, hopes and dreams of those fortunate to call one of these cottages “home.”  It was a sweet reminder of the value associated with having a home to call our own and the special privilege it is to help others achieve their own dream of home ownership!”

To see more images from this event, please visit our Facebook page.

The finished product!
The finished product!
Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate agents joined CitySquare in their fight to alleviate poverty and homelessness by setting up and staging 12 of the new Cottages at Hickory Crossing.
Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate agents joined CitySquare in their fight to alleviate poverty and homelessness by setting up and staging 12 of the new Cottages at Hickory Crossing.

PHOTOGRAPHY CREDITS: JASON RILEY HOSS PHOTOGRAPHY, FORT WORTH, TX  817-676-5778

Firm fills 11 leadership positions for MetroTex


In North Texas alone, there are 18,000 people involved in all aspects of the real estate industry. Since that’s a pretty sizeable bunch, odds are you know at least one of them, right? Especially with the crazy-strong housing market we’ve had the last few years. “For Sale” signs are everywhere, and hundreds of new agents have gotten their licenses.

Like any reputable industry, these local real estate professionals look to a unifying umbrella organization to help them maintain and further their careers and interests. MetroTex Association of REALTORS® is this organization. They offer programs to advance agent development, lobby for both consumers and REALTORS in Austin, promote diversity within the field and more. Established in 1917, MetroTex represents the entire North Texas region as the area’s largest REALTOR association. It is the second largest Association of REALTORS in Texas, and fourth in the country!

Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate — both the brokerage and the individual agents who comprise it — not only benefits from the work MetroTex does, they contribute to it in many significant ways. This year, several agents across the five Dallas offices (Highland Park, InTown, Lakewood, Park Cities and Preston Center) are serving fellow real estate professionals — and ultimately the buyers and sellers who rely on them — in various leadership capacities.

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James Eriksson Martin (top left) – Incoming President
Patty Brooks (top center) – MLS Representative for Oak Cliff
Becky Connatser (top right) – Past President Appointee
Kimberlee Gromatzky (not pictured) – Global Affairs Committee
Eric Holmes
(middle left) – MLS Representative for East Dallas
Angela McCants (middle center) – Vice Chair of Public Education
Dave Millheiser (not pictured) – Global Business Council Advisory Board and Member, Professional Development Committee
Robb Puckett (middle right) – Vice Chair of Professional Development
Alicia Schroeder (bottom left) – Board of Directors and Chair of Public Education
Brian Smith (not pictured) – Global Business Council Advisory Board and Member
Kristin Smith
(bottom center) – Board of Directors and Chair of Young Professionals Network

As President, James Martin has this to say about 2017:

“MetroTex is poised for an exceptional year — incidentally our Centennial — where anything is possible. We’re committed to our cities, members and clients, and with that in mind, we have many events planned. We are launching a four-part New Professionals Entrepreneur Breakfast Series geared toward professional development. We will also be holding five tree-planting community service events throughout the year, with the first to take place next month in South Dallas. Our goal is also to give away 100 trees, free to the communities we serve. Those are just a few examples.

MetroTex has a long tradition of success, and we will use this solid foundation to build a greater tomorrow. Of course, building a greater tomorrow starts today!”

Congratulations to all for making a difference in North Texas real estate!

 

 

 

Senior Lifestyles Specialists Offering Seminar Regarding Building a Legacy


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Angela McCants and C C Allen are agents in Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate’s Preston Center Office.

As the population ages, thousands of Dallas families are faced with the challenges of assisting aging parents with relocating into more manageable or supportive housing.

To help North Dallas caregivers and families better deal with the complexities involved in late-life moves, Angela McCants and C C Allen of Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate are partnering with sponsors of SeniorLifestyleSpecialist.org to provide a seminar called “Intentional Legacy: Gather Your Stories, Share Your Legacy, and Celebrate Your Journey.” The casual and interactive educational forum will take place from 8:15 to 10 a.m. on June 16 at the Park City Club.

The seminar will be presented by Ann Ranson, a trained life and business coach. She has created a three-part legacy-building process that results in a road map for the last chapter of your life, including options for an ethical will, a video biography, and facilitated family meetings.

“As North Dallas Realtors specializing in the 55 and older market, it is our goal to insure that older adults and their families are adequately equipped and aware of all the senior-living options and resources available to them,” McCants says. “Adult children often find themselves making hard decisions, while trying to navigate in uncharted territory. Through seminars like this one, we hope to provide helpful insights and useful information, so families can focus on what is most important — their elder loved one.”

Tickets can be purchased at heartcafedallas.com. They cost $35, which includes a full breakfast.

For more information, contact Angela McCants at 214-369-6000 or angela@daveperrymiller.com and C C Allen at 214-912-8326 or cc@daveperrymiller.com.

Senior Lifestyles Specialists Offering Seminar on Health Insurance Options


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Angela McCants and C C Allen are agents in Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate’s Preston Center Office.

As the population ages, thousands of Dallas families are faced with the challenges of assisting aging parents with relocating into more manageable or supportive housing.

To help North Dallas caregivers and families better deal with the complexities involved in late-life moves, Angela McCants and C C Allen of Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate are partnering with sponsors of SeniorLifestyleSpecialist.org to provide a seminar called “Ask The Experts: Learn the Facts about Health Insurance Options for Maturing Adults.” The casual and interactive educational forum will take place from 8:15 to 10 a.m. on May 19 at the Park City Club.

The seminar’s titular experts will include Russell Trapolino, a long-term insurance specialist with Genworth Financial; Bob Hull, a certified specialist in major Medicare carriers and the under-65 market; Holly Pritchard, an expert on health insurance and benefits for the self-employed and small businesses; and Kevin Brown, a financial advisor with Ameriprise Financial Services.

“As North Dallas Realtors specializing in the 55 and older market, it is our goal to insure that older adults and their families are adequately equipped and aware of all the senior-living options and resources available to them,” McCants says. “Adult children often find themselves making hard decisions, while trying to navigate in uncharted territory. Through seminars like this one, we hope to provide helpful insights and useful information, so families can focus on what is most important — their elder loved one.”

Tickets can be purchased at heartcafedallas.com. They cost $35, which includes a full breakfast.

For more information, contact Angela McCants at 214-369-6000 or angela@daveperrymiller.com and C C Allen at 214-912-8326 or cc@daveperrymiller.com.

Senior Lifestyle Specialists to Discuss How to Best Move Your Aging Parents


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Angela McCants and C C Allen are agents in Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate’s Preston Center Office.

As the population ages, thousands of Dallas families are faced with the challenges of assisting aging parents with relocating into more manageable or supportive housing.

To help North Dallas caregivers and families better deal with the complexities involved in late-life moves, Angela McCants and C C Allen of Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate are partnering with sponsors of SeniorLifestyleSpecialist.org to provide a seminar called “Moving Mom and Dad: 5 Common Mistakes Adult Children of Aging Par­ents Make and How to Avoid Them.” The casual and interactive educational forum will take place from 8:15 to 10a.m. on April 21 at the Park City Club.

The seminar will include a presentation of the five most common mistakes adult children of aging parents make when moving Mom and Dad, including solutions and strategies for avoiding such pitfalls. Topics include effective conversation starters, locating local support­ive housing options, finding and hiring qualified service providers, and insuring adequate documentation for assisting transitioning aging parents.

“As North Dallas Realtors specializing in the 55 and older market, it is our goal to insure that older adults and their families are adequately equipped and aware of all the senior-living options and resources available to them,” McCants says. “Adult children often find themselves making hard decisions, while trying to navigate in uncharted territory. Through seminars like this one, we hope to provide helpful insights and useful information about the relo­cation and real estate processes, so families can focus on what is most important — their elder loved one.

“Late-life moves, especially involving frail elders, can be overwhelming, but fortunately there are people who can help. Families don’t have to carry all the burden.”

Tickets can be purchased at heartcafedallas.com. They cost $35, which includes a full breakfast.

For more information, contact Angela McCants at 214-369-6000 or angela@daveperrymiller.com and C C Allen at 214-912-8326 or cc@daveperrymiller.com.

Mary Warren to Discuss Connection of Nutrition and Prosperity at Heart Café


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More green in your diet can lead to more green in your wallet. (Photo via Flickr)

Eating right affects not only our physical health but our financial wellbeing as well. If you’d like to hear Dr. Mary Warren discuss how food impacts your net worth, then you need to attend the Feb. 17 edition of Heart Café.

Heart Café is a monthly event for people who are anticipating a shift to a new phase of life and want to experience the process joyfully. Angela McCants and C C Allen, Senior Lifestyles Specialists with Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate, sponsor this series because they are committed to educating, empowering, and equipping families and older adults with information and tools to successfully navigate late-in-life moves, as well as providing expert real estate services to their clients.

“Angela and C C are pure class,” said Greg Dodd, co-owner of Seniors Helping Seniors. “This is a top-quality effort of which I will be honored to be included as a resource.”

Warren, partner in The Wellness Champion and owner of Vital Force Wellness, has been practicing, studying, and researching holistic health care for 20 years.  She specializes in an area of growing importance: how our basic methods of shopping, cooking, and eating cumulatively affect our health.

Space is limited for the Feb. 17 edition of Heart Café, so reserve your spot today by visiting heartcafedallas.com.

Where: The Park City Club, 5956 Sherry Lane, Suite 1700, Dallas, 75225

When: 8:15 to 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 17

How much: Tickets are $25 until Feb. 10, when they increase to $35. Each ticket includes a full breakfast. A portion of the proceeds benefits Meals on Wheels.