10 Must-See Open Houses


 

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

 

10 Must-See Open Houses

8514 Chadbourne Road | Devonshire | $2,179,000

 

10 Must-See Open Houses

3453 Amherst Avenue | University Park | $1,675,000

 

10 Must-See Open Houses

6815 Prestonshire Lane | Preston Hollow | $1,370,000

 

10 Must-See Open Houses

4408 Irvin Simmons Drive | Northwest Dallas | $1,099,000

 

10 Must-See Open Houses

5440 Vanderbilt Avenue | Greenland Hills | $829,000

 

10 MUST-SEE OPEN HOUSES

1910 Marydale Drive | Stevens Park Estates | $745,000

 

10 Must-See Open Houses

3716 Northaven Road | Northwest Dallas | $699,000

 

10 Must-See Open Houses

4034 Highgrove Drive | Midway Hollow | $655,000

 

10 Must-See Open Houses

2332 Bunny Run Lane | Frisco | $485,000

 

10 Must-See Open Houses

3544 Flaxley Drive | Northwest Dallas | $410,000

 

To view all our open houses and discover dates and times, visit openhouse.daveperrymiller.com.

The Latest in Luxury Living


Staying current with the latest and greatest modernisms, experiencing destinations of distinction and knowing how to pamper yourself have long been major elements in defining your luxury lifestyle. Luxury Portfolio Magazine, produced by our partner in marketing luxury properties, Luxury Portfolio International, includes a collection of trends in the areas of Innovation, Exploration and Relaxation to add luxury to your life and inspire your own ideas.

The Latest in Luxury Living

Snapchat Spectacles

Snapchat, the increasingly popular social media platform, has developed specs designed to make sharable memories taken from your perspective, literally. These wearable sunglasses take 10-second videos which get shared to your Snapchat memories over Wi-Fi and make it possible for your Snapchat friends to literally see the world from your point of view. Available in black, teal and coral, they are an exciting new gadget, keeping you connected to your sphere. spectacles.com

 

The Latest in Luxury Living

Oombrella Smart Umbrella

Oombrella is a smart umbrella connected to the app on your phone that alerts you before it rains, ensuring you never leave the house without it. Oombrella also shares live weather data within its community of users so you’re never caught in the rain. And for those who tend to lose their umbrellas frequently, it has a “forget-me-not” feature to alert you when you’ve left it behind. Available in black, white and a shiny color, as well as bag-sized or the classic large size. No more bad-hair days on the horizon. wezzoo.com

 

The Latest in Luxury Living

Ametis Shower System

The award-winning Ametis Shower System by GRAFF will make your en suite bathroom feel like a spa. Designed to create a truly exceptional showering experience, it offers a soothing halo effect using LED chromotherapy lighting. This shower system will leave you feeling refreshed and rejuvenated, not to mention your bathroom will look modern and newly updated. graff-faucets.com

 

To see more LuxeTrends, as well as many of the most-extraordinary homes currently for sale worldwide, visit luxuryportfolio.com.

 

Luxury Portfolio International is a unified collection of the world’s most experienced, visible and highly regarded experts in luxury real estate marketing over 50,000 properties annually on luxuryportfolio.com and in prestigious publications around the globe. Luxury Portfolio markets more $1 million-plus listings than any other luxury real estate network.

 

Selecting representation when buying or selling a luxury property is critical to your experience and success. Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate offers clients who own luxury homes or are searching for a luxury home the advantages of its affiliation with Luxury Portfolio International.

 

Learn more at daveperrymiller.com.

 

 

 

Global Reach, Human Touch


Being part of the global economy goes far beyond technology; it requires the human touch. At Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate, we’re proud to belong to the global network whose name says it all — Leading Real Estate Companies of the World. Only the best of the best are part of this collection. Wherever you go, the LeadingRE logo is a symbol of the finest local real estate professionals.

Global Reach, Human Touch

When you choose a Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate Associate to represent your property, you’ll benefit from a global — not just local — real estate company working on your behalf. In addition to the very strong local marketing for which Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate and its Associates are known for in North Texas, Leading Real Estate Companies of the World provides global marketing and resources, allowing us to provide the very best service to you.

 

The result? The Leading Real Estate Companies of the World network produced more home sales volume last year than any national franchise, over $368 billion, representing over 1.1 million transactions.

 

At Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate, we understand the importance of global reach — and the human touch. If you’re considering listing your North Texas home for sale, you’ll find just the right agent — with just the right connections —at daveperrymiller.com.

Market Your Luxury Home to the World


Selecting representation when buying or selling a luxury property is critical to your experience and success. Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate offers clients who own luxury homes the advantages of its affiliation with Luxury Portfolio International, the luxury marketing arm of the Leading Real Estate Companies of the World network.

 

Market Your Luxury Home to the World

4131 Cochran Chapel, Bluffview, Dallas, offered for $4,995,000

Luxury Portfolio International is a unified collection of the world’s most experienced, visible and highly regarded experts in luxury real estate marketing over 50,000 properties annually on the award-winning luxuryportfolio.com and in prestigious publications around the globe. Luxury Portfolio markets more $1 million-plus listings than any other luxury real estate network.

 

Market Your Luxury Home to the World

3644 McFarlin Blvd., University Park, offered for $2,995,000

 

Luxury Portfolio offers sellers extensive search engine and social media strategies – ensuring their luxury listing is in front of today’s sophisticated consumers where and when they are searching. In addition to leveraging social media platforms, Luxury Portfolio utilizes international partner websites, such as juwai.com, which reaches beyond the Great Firewall of China to target the wealthy Chinese buyer, and wallstreetjournal.com, to reach affluent online viewers. Each property on luxuryportfolio.com is translated to nine languages and 60-plus currencies, which results in consumers visiting the site from almost every country each month.

 

Market Your Luxury Home to the World

3120 Greenbrier, University Park, offered for $2,480,000

Simply put, sellers who list with Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate significantly increase the chances of attracting a qualified buyer to their luxury home due to our affiliation with Luxury Portfolio International. For buyers, finding a home is a personal process of discovery, and Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate and the accomplished global network of Luxury Portfolio brokers is ready to assist in the journey. Explore luxury properties around the world at luxuryportfolio.com.

 

Market Your Luxury Home to the World

5311 Nakoma, Greenway Parks, Dallas, offered for $2,095,000

 

Learn more about Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate, its Associates and all of their listings at daveperrymiller.com.

 

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.

 

Celebrate McKinney Avenue Trolley’s 25th Anniversary With a Ride and Cake


A motorman pilots a trolley down McKinney Avenue. (Photo by Enoch Lai, via Flickr)
A motorman pilots a trolley down McKinney Avenue. (Photo by Enoch Lai, via Flickr)

If you’re looking for a way to inexpensively entertain your kids on a summer afternoon, I highly recommend the M-Line Trolley along McKinney Avenue, a treasure of Dallas’ bustling Uptown neighborhood. My two boys love the trolley because it’s a form of transportation that doesn’t require seat belts (always exciting) and because it can be a bone-rattling ride at times. I, on the other hand, love it because the trolley cars are air-conditioned and free. An added bonus: The trolley line terminates at DART’s Cityplace/Uptown Station, which features not only the biggest escalator you’ll ever see but also an inclinator.

This Saturday presents a prime opportunity to enjoy the trolley, as the McKinney Avenue Transit Authority will be celebrating its 25th anniversary. Riders on one particular trolley car, Matilda, will be served birthday cake between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.

This first video is really well done, but it’s a bit deceptive because the trolleys don’t move nearly that fast.

This next video is a more accurate representation of a trolley’s journey, from the perspective of the motorman, a.k.a. the driver.

Brian Smith of the Country Connection Makes Connections in Another Country


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Brian Smith and Leslie Rouda Smith

The global community grew more united last month when the World Cup soccer tournament began in Brazil. But Brian Smith, a Realtor with Dave Perry-Miller & Associates, got a jump on the competition when he visited Argentina.

Smith, who was appointed a President’s Liaison to Argentina by the National Association of Realtors, spent June 3-7 in the capitol city of Buenos Aires, meeting with industry leaders from all 13 of the South American nation’s provinces.

“It went really well; very good rapport, very relaxed,” Smith said. “We invited them to our November NAR meeting in New Orleans to continue our relationship. And I got invited back to go fishing, so it was a success!”

Anyone who knows Smith will recognize the importance of that invitation. He bills himself as the Country Connection, because he specializes in selling ranches and other rural properties. Consequently, Smith was a little out of his element in Buenos Aires.

“It was all concrete and steel. It was killing me,” he said. “I just wanted to get over to Patagonia or Bariloche, but those are three-to-four-hour flights. It’d be like me wanting to go to California because I was going to meetings in Washington, D.C.”

Smith, a Certified International Property Specialist, said the real estate business is much different in Argentina. There’s nothing like the Multiple Listing Service there, so properties are primarily marketed via word of mouth. But the bigger culture shock is that there’s no financing; all purchases are made with cash.

“There are U.S. dollars in the mattresses down there,” Smith said with a laugh.

This was not Smith’s first international business trip of 2014. In May, he and his wife, Leslie Rouda Smith, were part of a 25-person delegation that visited Cuba. The idea, Brian said, was to build relationships in advance of the potential warming of relations between the United States and the Communist island.

“If they lift the embargo,” he said, “there’s a lot of real estate to be developed down there.”

Dave Perry-Miller & Associates Cools Off Parade Patrons With Free Lemonade


Cindy Bruner and Julie Boren encourage Scots cheerleader Kathleen Gamso to help herself to some lemonade. (Photos by Ben Marshall)
Cindy Bruner and Julie Boren encourage Scots cheerleader Kathleen Gamso to help herself to some lemonade. (Photos by Ben Marshall)

Keeping up an annual tradition, volunteers from Dave Perry-Miller & Associates gave out 500 gallons of lemonade to thirsty patriots after the Park Cities Fourth of July Parade. Among the VIPs who quenched their thirst at our booth were Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins and Texas Senate candidate Don Huffines.

Lemonade wasn’t the only sweet way to beat the heat. On the other side of Goar Park, Dave Perry-Miller & Associates’ Rhodes Group once again mounted a series of watermelon-eating contests, with winners proudly sporting foam crowns signifying their championship status.

Each year, the Fourth of July Parade is the most-beloved community event in the Park Cities. Dave Perry-Miller & Associates is honored to be a part of the festivities.

Burton Rhodes and Thomas Rhodes officiate of several watermelon-eating contests.
Burton Rhodes and Thomas Rhodes officiate one of several watermelon-eating contests they hosted.
Debbie Williams, C C Allen, Michelle Appelbaum, and Rhonda Needham were among the Dave Perry-Miller associates who volunteered to serve lemonade on Independence Day.
Debbie Williams, C C Allen, Michelle Appelbaum, and Ronda Needham were among the Dave Perry-Miller associates who volunteered to serve lemonade on Independence Day.
James Martin and Alicia Schroeder of Dave Perry-Miller's InTown officer take a moment to take a selfie.
James Martin and Alicia Schroeder of Dave Perry-Miller’s InTown office take a moment to snap a selfie.

D Magazine Hosts Party to Honor 2014 Best Real Estate Agents and Top Producers


Tamera Gaede, David Lee, and Jeff Updike (Photo: Matthew Shelley)
Tamera Gaede, David Lee, and Jeff Updike (Photo: Matthew Shelley)

D Magazine has posted a gallery of photos from its party honoring the 2014 Best Real Estate Agents and Top Producers. Among the Dave Perry-Miller associates photographed were Karen Fry, Susie Germany, Frada Sandler, and Jeff Updike.

These Five Rooms Are Fit For Father’s Day


With Father’s Day coming up this weekend, this feels like the perfect time to pay tribute to all of my fellow dads. Most of us leave the decorating decisions to our better halves, asking only for a couple of rooms to call our own. Here are a few that would make any papa proud.

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This room features a pool table, a shuffleboard table, a bar, and a television. In other words, most dads would love to spend the majority of their time here, only occasionally coming up for air and food. It’s in this North Dallas house listed for $2.1 million by Andrea Nayfa.

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Dads love to take their kids to the movies. For the most part, the experience is dark and air-conditioned, and it provides a brief respite from the hundreds of questions our kids pepper us with each day. But a lucky few of us can recreate a trip to the movies without having to actually take a trip to the multiplex. This home theater is in this Kessler Park house listed for $1.395 million by The Hewitt & Habgood Group.

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We fathers like to get together sans kids every once in a while, to discuss what our lives were like before they got taken over by diaper changes and soccer practices. The clubby atmosphere in this room looks like the perfect place for such a conversation. It’s in this Highland Park house listed for $1.897 million by The Rhodes Group.

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Keeping up with your kids when you’re out of shape is an exercise in futility. As our children get bigger and stronger, we dads need to work out just so we can play outside with them. The solution? A home gym like this one in this Preston Hollow house listed for $2.495 million by Gaynelle Henger.

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Finally, after the workout, Dad’s muscles need some tender loving care. Why not get a house with a massage room? As I recently said to a group of friends, I don’t necessarily want to be rich; I just want to be in a position where I’d feel guilty if I didn’t give my masseuse a nice Christmas bonus. This Bluffview house listed for $3.495 million by Dave Perry-Miller and Chad Schulin is ready for weekly massage sessions.