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

Dipprey is a devoted Oak Cliff resident


The best dads are known to do anything for their kids. Ged Dipprey of Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate’s Intown office is definitely one of those dads. He’s not only  a proud, involved parent,  but a successful real estate agent and a devoted resident of North Oak Cliff. So when an opportunity came along to wear those three hats at once, he jumped at the chance.

Monday, November 7, was the Sixth Annual Rosemont Dads Club Golf Tournament, held at the award-winning Stevens Park Golf Course. Ged along with Dave Perry-Miller’s Intown office served as the event’s Eagle Sponsor and was able to assist the organization in reaching their goal of raising over $5,000. The tournament supports efforts to bring athletics back to the local elementary schools (both Rosemont Campuses in North Oak Cliff).

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Ged’s wife, Lori, has been involved in the PTA and Ged has participated in or financially contributed to the Rosemont Dads Club for several years now. They chose to live in Stevens Park Estates over ten years ago (prior to kids) because they saw the potential in the public school.

“I’m the father of two Rosemont students  (Taylor, age 5 and Gavin age 8),  and we absolutely  love  our local school,” Ged said. “The dual-language program is fantastic and challenging, but living in a diverse community that honors each others’ cultural difference is also important to us as parents. The teachers and staff are great and the community support is unparalleled.”

“We both felt strongly that we wanted a public school option,” he continued, “and we got a strong sense that parent involvement here was high. The other big draw to the neighborhood was being within walking distance to our kids’ school. We absolutely love to walk the kids to school through beautiful Stevens Park Golf Course. It’s a wonderful way to get their day started and reminds us why we chose the natural beauty of Oak Cliff.”

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2016 tournament participants gather around Rosemont Dad Ged Dipprey’s sponsorship signage.

In addition to solid academics, Gavin and Taylor are involved in Cub Scouts and Daisies and several sports. Ged sees the value of athletics for teaching his kids about physical health, teamwork and more. Playing in the golf tournament himself, along with other fathers, helps serve as a tangible example of this to them.

“This group of committed Dads,” Ged said, “have come alongside the PTA to provide financial support to them and to enrich the students’ lives with sports-oriented programs that encourage parent involvement.”

When the Dads’ Group first assembled, he said, they made a concerted effort to address a significant lack of sports-related equipment for the kids’ physical fitness programs. There just wasn’t a line item in their budget for the most basic things so they went out and raised the money to provide kick balls, soccer balls and jump ropes to use at recess.

“This quickly got my attention and I’ve been a proud supporter of this group ever since,” Ged said.

Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate's Ged Dipprey, second from right, at the 2015 Rosemont Dads Club Golf Tournament.
Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate’s Ged Dipprey, second from right, at the 2015 Rosemont Dads Club Golf Tournament.

Fast forward, and now the Rosemont Dads Club supports six soccer teams, three volleyball teams and invites over 40 students a year  (4th-8th grade) to participate in their Golf Program which involves coaching from the PGA pros at Stevens Park Golf Course. In addition to the annual golf tournament, the Dads’ Club also hosts a popular 5k run called Dash for the Beads, Movie Night, Student Golf Program, iBike Rosemont (ride to school week) and Field Day.

Several Dave Perry-Miller Agents Earn Slots on Oak Cliff’s Top Realtors List


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The Bishop Arts District is one of the many great things about life in Oak Cliff. (Photo by Nathan Vaughn, via Flickr)

Our friends at the Advocate have published their inaugural list of the Top 25 Realtors in Oak Cliff, and no broker has more agents on the list than Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate. Our honorees, presented in alphabetical order:

• Brian Davis
• Ged Dipprey
• Hewitt & Habgood Group
• Hickman+Weber Group
• Robb Puckett
• Clayton Tompkins
• Dori Warner

The Top 25 list was based on sales statistics reported to the North Texas Real Estate Information Systems, a service of the MetroTex Association of Realtors. These statistics reflected 2014 sales in Area 14, which includes all of North Oak Cliff. Realtors were not required to buy an ad to be placed on the list.

Congratulations to all of the honorees! If you’re looking for an agent who specializes in Oak Cliff, you know who to call.

Unique Home in Stevens Park Estates Deserves Slot on Your Sunday Agenda


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You could tour properties all over Dallas this weekend and not see anything like 1803 Marydale Drive in Stevens Park Estates. This Dilbeck-inspired home, offered for $460,000 by Ged Dipprey of Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate, provides a first-hand experience with Dilbeck’s influence on design.

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Upon your arrival, follow the meandering stone pathway that leads you through whimsical double front doors and invites you to exchange the coziness of the vestibule for the home’s spacious formals with gleaming hardwood flooring.

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A light-filled hallway guides you to an impressive beamed-ceiling bonus room that makes for a terrific art gallery or a possible third bedroom. The hallway continues to a comfortable den that connects to both the master and guest bedrooms. French doors provide access from the den to an expansive dry-stacked courtyard that anchors the home to its beautiful natural setting. Spend some time there on a cool spring evening and it won’t take long to find out what a neighborly community North Oak Cliff is.

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Bedrooms are spacious and offer walk-in closets. The front bedroom is a thoughtful addition and offers an en-suite bath with a custom rustic vanity made of reclaimed wood.

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Many facets of the home have been lovingly restored to pay homage to yesteryear, such as the awesomely vintage kitchen with eye-popping colors and a quaint eat-in breakfast nook. The modern chef is sure to appreciate the vintage Chambers stove, which offers an unrivaled cooking experience.

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Adjacent to the kitchen, and hidden behind original wood double doors, you will discover the charming “chess room,” as it is referred to by the owners. The room’s romantic fireplace and built-in shelves make for a perfect study, children’s play room, or secondary living space. A charming Dutch door provides convenient access to the breezeway that connects to the brilliantly redesigned garage that functions both as an entertainment pavilion and functional workshop complete with an artistic steel cargo cage.

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The xeriscaped backyard includes a custom chicken coop, a dog run, and an automatic sliding gate. An expansive carport offers additional covered parking.

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With close proximity to Stevens Park Golf Course, the Bishop Arts District, Downtown, and the new Sylvan Thirty retail development, this home presents its new owners the opportunity to experience the best North Oak Cliff has to offer!

To schedule a showing of this unique property, contact Ged Dipprey at 214-924-3112 or ged@daveperrymiller.com or attend this Sunday’s open house from 2 to 4 p.m.