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.

Highland Park ISD Residents Invited to Provide Feedback on $358M Bond Plan

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3218 Southwestern Boulevard is one of our newest homes for sale in Highland Park ISD.

As most residents of Highland Park and University Park know, this is a critical year for their shared school district. With all six of the Highland Park Independent School District campuses over capacity, a committee of community members has hatched a plan to provide some relief.

As you might expect, the plan — which includes renovating the existing schools and buying land to build a fifth elementary school — isn’t cheap. The district’s Facility Advisory Committee is recommending a $358 million bond issue that will go before HPISD voters in November.

In the meantime, Park Cities residents are invited to provide feedback on the committee’s plan. Public forums have been scheduled for 7 p.m. on July 28 at Highland Park Middle School and 7 p.m. on July 30 at Highland Park High School.

Median Sales Price for Homes Within Highland Park ISD Rose by 11 Percent

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4432 Purdue Avenue is one of our newest listings in the Highland Park Independent School District.

It’s that time of year again, when Highland Park ISD families are asked to prove they reside within the district. The quality of the public schools in Highland Park and University Park are the main reason that home values are so high within the district’s boundaries.

As these statistics from the North Texas Real Estate Information Systems show, the average sales price and median sales price for homes sold in the district last month were 7 percent and 11 percent higher, respectively, when compared to a year earlier.

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

Our Agents Handed Out More Than 3,000 Cups of Lemonade on July 4


Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate’s lemonade stand was well staffed with enthusiastic agents. (Photos by Ben Marshall)

More than 3,000 cups of lemonade and 500 flying discs were distributed by Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate agents during the Park Cities Fourth of July Festival at Goar Park. The agents who volunteered their time and energy at this beloved community event included Charles Carneal, Jennifer Cicardo, Curt Elliott, Paige Elliott, Cindy Farmer, Patsy Jones, Kim Lopez, Eloise Eriksson Martin, James Martin, Ronda Needham, Evelyn Ponder, Dana Rigg, Melissa Rountree, Frada Sandler, Gene Taylor, and Alanna Wiebe.

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Frada Sandler displays one of our recyclable paper cups.

As always, the delicious lemonade was supplied by Top Shelf Beverage. But we put a new spin on the event this year by also giving away 500 flying discs branded with our logo. (Be sure to catch one as they fly through your neighborhood.)  Meanwhile, at the other end of Goar Park, The Rhodes Group conducted dozens of watermelon-eating contests.

Melissa Rountree demonstrates how to throw our flying discs with style.

Visit our Facebook page to see more Fourth of July photos.

These Homes May Distract You During The Park Cities Fourth of July Parade

The Park Cities Fourth of July Parade is one of Dallas’ greatest Independence Day traditions. Residents of the Park Cities and surrounding neighborhoods will come together on Saturday morning to watch people representing various businesses, schools, and community groups march from Town Hall in Highland Park to City Hall in University Park. As they traverse that 2-mile route, they will pass many homes marketed by Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate agents.


There are two top-of-the-line estates in the parade’s staging area, starting with 3700 Euclid Avenue. This well-appointed home was completed in 2012 and showcases 13,980 square feet of clean-lined open space with an aura of tranquility and refined elegance. Kelly Hosch and Shelly Bailey are offering the six-bedroom home at $14,900,000.

4700 St. Johns

At the other end of the same block is 4700 St. Johns Drive. This grand estate occupies 1.1 acres in the heart of Highland Park. The 11,594-square-foot home was custom built with unsurpassed attention to detail, featuring finishes the most discerning buyer will appreciate. The Gullutto+Barnes Group is offering the six-bedroom showplace at $15,985,000.

4327 Potomac

The parade will wind its way to Preston Road via Lakeside and Beverly drives. Not far from where it will pass between Highland Park Village and Dallas Country Club sits 4327 Potomac Avenue. This four-bedroom home with many updates is complemented by an apartment above the detached garage. Charles Carneal is offering the property at $1,299,000.

6315 Westchester

Nearly half of the parade’s route is along Preston Road. Just a stone’s throw from where the floats will turn on to University Boulevard is 6315 Westchester Drive. This wonderful Mediterranean home has been expanded and updated but retains its original charm and proportions. Sally Jillson is offering the four-bedroom property at $2,395,000.

3629 McFarlin

The parade ends at Goar Park, where Dave Perry-Miller agents will distribute thousands of cups of lemonade, free of charge. We have a variety of listings near the park, including 3929 McFarlin Boulevard, a three-bedroom duplex where a bathroom and bedroom have been added this year. Shelly Hammer and Brian Kern are offering the property at $799,000.


At the end of the same block is 3648 McFarlin Boulevard, a country French traditional home that occupies a corner lot across from Dallas Country Club. The 4,723-square-foot home features an open living/dining concept and exquisite designer finishes throughout. Laura Michelle is offering the four-bedroom property at $2,095,000.


Finally, just a block north of Goar Park, you’ll find 6810 Turtle Creek Boulevard, a classic Mediterranean estate built in 2005. Designed by Paul Turney and built by Cy Barcus, it sits on an approximately 0.9-acre lot on Turtle Creek with gorgeous landscaping and a lush lawn. Stewart Lee is offering the six-bedroom estate at $13,500,000.

Dallas’ Leadership Has Changed a Lot Since the Start of Business on Monday

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Mike Miles has been DISD’s superintendent since 2012. (Photo via Flickr)

Dallas County residents have seen a lot of changes at the top in the last 24 hours. Let’s review them in chronological order.

Highland Park ISD: The Board of Trustees officially hired Tom Trigg as the district’s new superintendent after a state-mandated waiting period of 21 days.

Highland Park: The Town Council promoted Rick Pyle to the position of director of public safety, replacing the late Chris Vinson. He’ll officially be sworn in as the town’s top cop and firefighter on July 13.

Dallas: Six newly elected members of the City Council, including new representatives for Lakewood and Lake Highlands, took their oath of office.

Dallas ISD: Superintendent Mike Miles announced his resignation, bringing his tumultuous tenure to an end after three years.

Park Cities Nonprofits Get Support From La Fiesta de Las Seis Banderas

Duchess of the Mississippi Lindsey Elliott and her father, Curt (Photo: Elizabeth Ygartua/Park Cities People)

For 30 years, one of the Park Cities‘ great traditions has been La Fiesta de Las Seis Banderas, an annual debutante ball benefiting more than a dozen nonprofits based in Highland Park and University Park.

All of the debs, or duchesses, are young woman from the Park Cities who are one year removed from high school. Among those making their debut last Saturday at the Hilton Anatole was Duchess of the Mississippi Lindsey Elliott, whose parents, Paige and Curt Elliott, are top producers in Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate’s Park Cities Office.

Our friends at Park Cities People have posted a gallery of photos of Saturday’s festivities.

Troy Aikman’s House in Highland Park Sold to Ashley & Malcolm Ross’ Clients


A recent sale in Highland Park is making headlines because the seller was none other than Troy Aikman. But the deal for the five-bedroom home on Normandy Avenue could not have been completed without Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate agents Ashley McRae Ross and Malcolm Ross, who represented the buyers.

Malcolm said there were several aspects of the 10,728-square-foot house, which was named one of the 10 Most Beautiful Homes in Dallas by D Magazine, that were attractive to their clients, including the architecture, the custom finishes, and — of course — location, location, location.

“They like to entertain,” Malcolm said, “and the house has a great flow, with a large gourmet kitchen that opens to the family room, wet bar, and walk-in wine cellar, plus the outdoor entertainment area overlooking the pool.”

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Another factor in the Rosses’ clients’ decisions was the scale of the room sizes, as illustrated in these pictures of the master suite and adjoining sitting room.

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Ashley and Malcolm’s clients are sure to be happy in their new home. If you’re looking for a property of distinction in Dallas and would like the Rosses to represent you, give Malcolm a call at 214-207-8200.

Tom Trigg Named Lone Finalist to be Superintendent of Highland Park ISD

Highland Park ISD announced this morning that Tom Trigg is the lone finalist to be the distric’s next superintendent. After a 21-day waiting period mandated by state law, the job will officially be his.

dr_tom_triggSince 2004, Trigg has been the superintendent of the Blue Valley School District in Overland Park, Kan. He was named the Kansas Superintendent of the Year in 2011, the same year he was one of four finalists for the National Superintendent of the Year award.

“Dr. Trigg is an educational leader and team-builder of the highest caliber,” said Joe Taylor, president of the HPISD Board of Trustees. “He has an impressive track record of working within a high-performing district to build on existing excellence while developing innovative educational programs to inspire students to both academic success and personal growth.”

Trigg graduated from Ottawa University in 1974 with a B.A. in mathematics and physical education teaching. He went on to receive his master’s degree in educational administration from Emporia State University in 1977 and his doctorate in education from the University of Kansas in 1986.

A lifelong Kansan and career educator, he is the son of two math teachers and the husband of a Spanish teacher. He has three grown children, one of whom lives in Amarillo.

Trigg will replace Dawson Orr, who is leaving Highland Park ISD after six years to become a professor at SMU.

Expert on Traditional Architecture to Discuss ‘Radical Classicism’ on Tuesday

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3843 Maplewood Avenue will be the site of Tuesday’s event.

Christine Franck, director of the Center for Advanced Research in Traditional Architecture at the University of Colorado Denver, will be in Highland Park on Tuesday evening to discuss “Radical Classicism: The Classical Tradition Today.” Hosted by the Dallas-Fort Worth chapter of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art, her lecture is being sponsored by Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate and the Dallas Opera, which is providing music for the vent.

Tickets are $15 for Institute of Classical Architecture & Art and $25 for the general public. Hors d’oeuvres and wine will be served, and attendees will enjoy a tour of 3843 Maplewood Avenue. Click here to register for this event, which is scheduled from 5:30 to 8 p.m.