Christine McKenny to Showcase 3211 Saint Johns in Sunday Open House from 1 to 3pm (April 24, 2016)


If the wish list for your new home includes location, curb appeal, character, space, a chef’s kitchen, a great backyard with a pool, and storage galore, you may want to rearrange your Sunday afternoon (5.24.16) so you can see Top Producer Christine McKenny’s open house at 3211 Saint Johns in Highland Park from 1-3pm.

Starting with the neighborhood, this four-bedroom, four and ½ bath home for sale in Dallas for $1,875,000 has a European feel. It’s within walking distance of Armstrong Elementary, SMU and the Katy Trail. Snider Plaza is close by, too, as is Mockingbird Station and 75 Central for easy access to Downtown or North Dallas.

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The drive-up offers a taste of what’s to come inside. Mature trees, Lambert’s landscaping and a circle drive invite you to take a closer look. As you enter the radiant front door, thoughtful details catch your eye. Rich hardwoods, crown molding, chair railing, recessed and art lighting and lovely millwork all send the message that elegance has taken up residence here.

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Moving on to the adjacent sitting room/formal living room, large windows looking toward the front yard and a gas fireplace encourage lingering, while built-in cabinets and glass shelving add a practical component. The 17’ long dining room can accommodate an oversized dining table, making family gatherings comfortable. Everything about the upstairs master suite speaks of space as well, from the seating area, private balcony and bonus exercise room to the master bath with separate his-and-her dressing areas and large closets. And the expansive quarters could serve as a game room or house guests with its kitchenette and full bath.

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The updated kitchen will speak to chefs of every ability, with 6-burner gas cooktop with pop-up down draft, built-in dual SubZero refrigerator/freezer, warming drawer and sink with a great view. The generous pantry, silver closet, wet bar and French doors that open onto the patio, quietly remind that the home was designed for families and entertaining.

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Speaking of, the landscaped backyard has 20+ ornamental trees, a covered back patio with iron fencing and a sparkling pool with water features, seating areas, a fire pit and covered storage. The installed Mosquito Nix system helps make the outdoors pleasant even during Texas summers.

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Finally, the finished attic offers 500-600 square feet of protected storage space, along with a cedar closet on the landing upstairs.  All secondary bedrooms have walk-in closets with built-ins, and the garage has built-in storage and covered flooring.

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If this sounds just like what you’ve been looking for, please come see Christine this Sunday or call to schedule a showing at (214)662-7758.

 

Dave Perry-Miller Fine Home Collection Magazine Showcases Fine Homes For Sale in Dallas


Whether you  first noticed the plethora of For Sale signs in your area, the pods on your neighbors’ driveways, or the copy of the most recent Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate Fine Home Collection magazine in your mailbox, one thing has become abundantly clear in the last few weeks: Spring Housing Market 2016 is in full swing.

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Dave Perry-Miller Fine Home Collection Magazine, Spring 2016

The third edition of this twice-yearly magazine recently mailed and includes some of Dallas’s most spectacular luxury real estate listings including 3908 Euclid, 4248 Armstrong Parkway, 5414 Falls Road, 2525 N. Pearl Street #9051717 Arts Plaza #2303 and more. This glossy, high-end direct mail piece helps agents ensure the right people see the right home at the right time, and complements their use of traditional advertising methods, such as web, email, social and word-of-mouth. The Fine Home Collection Spring 2016 magazine is also available online.

Firm founder Dave Perry-Miller says, “We averaged selling a million/multi-million-dollar property almost every day this past year. I attribute many of these luxury real estate sales in Dallas to the level of  quality our marketing team has established, working to create a marketing strategy for each one of the properties we list.”

 

 

Firm Ending 2015 on a High Note Thanks to Record Sale of Highland Park Home


Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate agents had more to celebrate than just the season when they gathered Thursday night at Arlington Hall at Lee Park for the firm’s annual holiday party.

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To the delight of everyone present, firm founder Dave Perry-Miller made an announcement about the closing of a $15-million dollar property in Highland Park just a few hours earlier.

“This was the most expensive sale to take place in Highland Park this year,” Perry-Miller said. “Not only did our firm list the exceptional property, but just as importantly, we brought the buyer. Jarrad Barnes of Gullotto + Barnes Group represented the seller and Lance Hancock represented the buyer.”

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Bringing extra holiday cheer to the annual party, Ron Burgert, Dave Perry-Miller, Joseph Gullotto and Jarrad Barnes

Also in recent Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate news, he reminded the group that another $10-million-plus property in Highland Park, home to a professional golfer, was sold by Kelly Hosch and Shelly Bailey to a buyer represented by Gianna Cerullo. In an increasingly competitive residential market, these transactions are a testament to the results-oriented approach the firm’s agents put into practice every day.

“Both of the buyers are local buyers, long-term Park Cities families with deep ties to the city,” Perry-Miller said. “What these sales demonstrate is, that while national and international exposure is important, it is having the right firm and agents represent you that creates a sale. Our firm has dominated the upper-end Park Cities market with 100% of the $10-million+ transactions so far this year, according to MLS statistics.”

As Q4 2015 winds down, Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate stands poised to dominate market share in all the areas where they do business – Park Cities, Preston Hollow, Lakewood/Lake Highlands, Uptown/Oak Lawn/Oak Cliff and North Dallas.

“I could not be more thrilled about the way we’re closing out 2015, nor more pleased to work with the caliber of people who make this kind of ongoing success possible,” Perry-Miller said. “I don’t see it as a grand finale for the year, but rather a launch pad for 2016.”

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Traditional with Modern Touches in HP’s French Streets Now on Market


Malcolm and Ashley Ross of Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate have just listed 4331 Versailles (4331versailles.daveperrymiller.com/) for $1,799,000. This beautiful, traditional family home, designed by renowned architect Charles Barnett, is in the heart of the highly coveted French streets of Highland Park. It’s attractively priced below appraised value making it a must see!

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The updated 1936 home of 4,643 square feet, sits on a heavily treed 70’ by 142’ lot. With four bedrooms, three full baths and two half baths, it has a formal living area, and an open family room with atrium and floor-to-ceiling glass, providing lots of light and a view of the pool.

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The chef’s kitchen maintains the feel of the original era, but includes many modern touches: two double farm sinks, double refrigerator, double ovens, gas range, walk-in pantry and lots of storage. It’s perfect for cooking and entertaining!

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The master bedroom has a fireplace, with his-and-her walk-in closets and sitting room.

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The backyard has a pool, Jacuzzi and fountain along with a two-story pool house with two full baths and kitchenette.

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For additional information on 4331 Versailles, contact Malcolm at malcolm@daveperrymiller.com or Ashley at aross@daveperrymiller.com or call 214-280-5215.

 

 

 

Wouldn’t it be Great to Walk to School From One of These Park Cities Homes?


How was that drive to school on the first day of classes? Kind of rough? Imagine how much easier life would be if your children lived within walking distance of their school. Each of these homes for sale in the Park Cities fits the bill.

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3420 Saint Johns Drive is six minutes from Armstrong Elementary on foot.

The exceptional Mediterranean home at 3420 Saint Johns Drive offers a level of sophistication that is evident as soon as you see the intricate wrought-iron patterns in the front door, the exterior balconies, and the breathtaking grand staircase in the two-story foyer. Floor-to-ceiling windows provide views of the front yard from the formal dining room and formal living room, which features one of the home’s three fireplaces. These distinctive areas are unified by their beautifully stained hardwood floors and enormous arched entryways. Kevin Laszlo is offering the property for $2,950,000.

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4425 Southern Avenue

4425 Southern Avenue is five minutes from Bradfield Elementary on foot.

Newly built by Danes Custom Homes, the gorgeous contemporary house at 4425 Southern Avenue has five bedrooms, five full bathrooms plus two half-baths, and more than 5,000 square feet of living space. This home combines a clean-lined design with the finest materials and finish-out, including metal and glass doors that provide an abundance of natural light. Alex Roostaei is offering the property for $2,575,000.

HYER ELEMENTARY

3637 Southwestern

3637 Southwestern Boulevard is nine minutes from Hyer Elementary on foot.

This stunning new construction by Jeff Gilbert at 3637 Southwestern Boulevard is absolute perfection. The home features a downstairs master suite, is elevator ready, and rests on an incredible 70 by 160 lot. The open floor plan is truly unique and highlights the home’s clean lines and warm feel. The Rhodes Group is offering the property for $3,249,900.

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3421 Purdue

3421 Purdue Avenue is six minutes from University Park Elementary on foot.

The fantastically light and bright home at 3421 Purdue Avenue offers a white kitchen with a La Cornue en France commercial stove, a Miele dishwasher, a Sub-Zero refrigerator and wine cooler, and an island. The kitchen is open to the den with a fireplace and a wet bar. Upstairs is a large master suite with a sitting area and a luxurious bath with two closets, plus three other bedrooms, a game room, and a utility room. Molly Malone is offering the property for $1,449,000.

Highland Park ISD Trustees Officially Schedule $361 Million Bond Election


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3636 Amherst Avenue is one of our newest homes for sale in Highland Park ISD.

Our friends at Park Cities People report that the Highland Park ISD Board of Trustees on Tuesday called a $361 million bond election for Nov. 3. That’s $3 million more than what was proposed by the district’s Facilities Committee back in June, but when you’re talking about hundreds of millions of dollars, what’s three million more, right?

If approved, the bond issue will allow the district to create a fifth elementary campus on land purchased from Northway Christian Church before razing and rebuilding three of its four existing elementary schools. The money will also go toward renovations and expansions at the intermediate school, the middle school, and the high school.

I’ve heard of no organized opposition to this $361 million proposal so far, but there is a precedent for such resistance in Highland Park ISD.

In 1992, a $35.45 million bond proposal was opposed by a group called Responsible Citizens for Education. Nonetheless, the package was approved (59 percent to 41 percent) in an election that saw a robust turnout of 28 percent.

Six years later, the district brought a $76.1 million bond issue to voters with plans to build a fifth elementary school plus make additions and improvements to other facilities. This one was opposed by two groups: the Park Cities Taxpayers Association and Park Cities Citizens for Responsible School Solutions. Voter turnout that time was a staggering 52 percent, and the proposal was soundly defeated (61 percent to 39 percent).

The district’s most recent bond election was a tame affair in 2008, when a $75.4 million proposal was approved in a landslide election (91 percent to 9 percent) with a paltry turnout: 9 percent.

I expect things to be a little more contentious this time around. Already, the conservative watchdog group Empower Texans is questioning the necessity and transparency of the $361 million proposal.

Meet the New Superintendent of Highland Park ISD on Wednesday


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Tom Trigg met Bradfield Elementary teachers during the summer, shortly after being named the lone finalist for Highland Park ISD’s superintendent position. (Photo by Tanner Garza/Park Cities People)

Highland Park ISD is hosting a reception for the district’s new superintendent, Tom Trigg, and his wife, Julie, from 5 to 6 p.m. on Wednesday in the lobby of Highland Park Middle School/McCulloch Intermediate School.

Trigg, who was officially hired in late June after a lengthy education career in Kansas, is gearing up for the fall semester’s start on Monday.

If you’re looking for homes for sale in Highland Park ISD, we have dozens available.

Demand for Highland Park ISD Homes Stays High Despite Dip in Sales Prices


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4313 Hyer Street is one of our newest homes for sale in Highland Park ISD.

Although sales prices dropped in Highland Park ISD last month (as these statistics from the North Texas Real Estate Information Systems show), demand for homes within the district’s boundaries remains high due to the schools’ quality.

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If you’d like to buy a home in Highland Park ISD, we have dozens available.

Come Home to a Mediterranean Estate Conveniently Located in Highland Park


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The exceptional Mediterranean home at 3420 Saint Johns Drive occupies a prime location in the heart of Highland Park. Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate’s Kevin Laszlo is offering the property for $2,995,000, and he’ll hold it open from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday.

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The level of sophistication in this 2003 residence is evident by the intricate wrought-iron patterns in the front door, the exterior balconies, and the breathtaking grand staircase in the two-story foyer. You enter the five-bedroom home through an alcove flanked by impressive columns.

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Floor-to-ceiling windows provide views of the front yard from the formal dining room and formal living room, which features one of the home’s three fireplaces. These distinctive areas are unified by their beautifully stained hardwood floors and enormous arched entryways, design elements that continue in the grand family room.

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The family room features a wall of windows overlooking the pool. The room is designed so that the television is a tasteful afterthought, not the centerpiece. Instead, attention is focused on the ornate cast-stone fireplace flanked by built-in shelving. The family room is complemented by a wet bar featuring a wine closet, plus a wood-paneled study with a coffered ceiling.

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Completely open to the family room is the gourmet kitchen equipped with two pantries, commercial-grade ovens and ranges, and a full-size refrigerator and full-size freezer that are paneled to match the white cabinetry. The island and counters are topped with granite, and the backsplash is made of stone tiles. The breakfast area accesses a second rear staircase.

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The master bedroom features a ceiling highlighted by dark wood beams and trim. The master bathroom, which boasts a gorgeous marble step-up tub accented by columns, features his and hers sides with separate walk-in closets. There are four other bedrooms upstairs, plus a media room.

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This extremely well-cared-for home, includes a three-car garage, but its location allows for plenty of trips on foot. Armstrong Elementary School is just one block to the west, and SMU is only a few blocks to the north.

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To schedule a private showing, contact Kevin Laszlo at 214-336-0696 or kevin@daveperrymiller.com.

Photos by Shoot2Sell

Highland Park Library Invites Readers to Attend ‘Superhero Training Camp’


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The Summer Reading Club has been touted by banners outside Highland Park Town Hall.

The Highland Park Library’s Summer Reading Club, which is presented by Christine McKenny and Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate, is hosting its final event of the season on Friday morning. Because the theme of this year’s club has been “Every Hero has a Story,” summer readers in Highland Park will get to attend a “Superhero Training Camp” starting at 10 a.m. at Prather Park. They’ll enjoy snacks and superhero-themed activities while turning in their reading logs. Voracious readers will earn vouchers for tickets to the Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey Circus, among other rewards.