Median Sales Prices in Park Cities Increased by 18 Percent in March


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4009 Stanford Avenue in University Park will be open from 1 to 3 p.m. on Sunday.

The median sales price for homes in the Park Cities area rose more than 18 percent in March when compared to the same month a year ago. The following statistics were recently released by the Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University. Supplied by North Texas Real Estate Information Systems, they represent single-family sales in Area 25, which is generally bounded by Northwest Highway, Central Expressway, Wycliff Avenue, and Lemmon Avenue.

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3/15,67,”$1,330,625″[attr style=”width:90px”],”$1,282,500″[attr style=”width:90px”],$351,97%,251,49,4.4[/table]

There was 4.4 months’ worth of inventory in Area 25 last month. That means if no other homes came on the market, it should take 4.4 months for the current inventory to sell. That statistic was up from a year ago, but the average number of days on the market was down.

Click here to see all of our current listings in the Park Cities.

New Stop Signs Will be Installed at Eight Intersections in Highland Park


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Abbott Park should be safer for children once all vehicles stop at the corner of Abbott and Auburndale avenues.

The northwest portion of Highland Park will soon be more pedestrian friendly. The Town Council this morning approved an ordinance that will convert the following to all-way-stop intersections:

• Intersections of Airline Road with Cornell Avenue, Drexel Drive, and St. Johns Drive
• Intersections of Abbott Avenue with Auburndale Avenue, Cornell Avenue, and Drexel Drive
• Intersections of Beverly Drive with Auburndale Avenue and Oxford Avenue

The approximate cost of installing 16 stop signs will be $3,000.

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If you’re more of a visual person, here are the eight intersections we’re talking about.

Historic Home Tour in Park Cities Headlines Our Weekend To-Do List


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3432 University Boulevard is sponsored by Christine McKenny and Paige & Curt Elliott.

Park Cities: The finest houses in Highland Park and University Park are showcased annually during the Park Cities Historic and Preservation Society’s Historic Home Tour. This year’s edition happens on Saturday, and one of the featured homes, 3432 University Boulevard, is sponsored by our own Christine McKenny and Paige & Curt Elliott.

Downtown: Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate also sponsors the Dallas Art Fair, a showcase for paintings, sculpture, works on paper, photographs, videos, and installations by modern and contemporary artists. The event began this morning at the Fashion Industry Gallery and continues through Sunday afternoon.

Oak Cliff: A variety of vendors, performers, and environmentally conscious citizens will gather in Lake Cliff Park on Sunday afternoon for the Oak Cliff Earth Day celebration.

For more things to do this weekend, turn to our friends at The Dallas Morning News.

After Years of Debate, Demolition of Park Cities Family YMCA is Imminent


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We know Precision Demolition will start precisely demolishing the Y soon, but we don’t have a precise date.

It was three years ago this month that the University Park City Council began debating the scope of the Park Cities Family YMCA’s expansion. It was one year ago this month that the council finally signed off on the project’s site plan. As you can see from this photo, demolition of the old YMCA — which sits on Preston Road, just north of the boundary separating Highland Park from University Park — will begin any day now. Y officials have provided us a way to keep up with the project, which is expected to wrap up by August 2016.

Highland Park ISD Wants Parents’ Input During Search For New Superintendent


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Mary Frances Burleson, CEO of the Ebby Halliday Companies, and Highland Park ISD Superintendent Dawson Orr

The Highland Park Independent School District is searching for a new superintendent. Residents of the Park Cities are being asked to provide feedback on what kind of person should get the job. District administrators are posing questions such as “What are the strengths of the district and the broader community?” and “What are the desired personal characteristics of the superintendent of schools?” If you’d like to weigh in, you have until April 15 to provide input.

State Representative Morgan Meyer to Host Town Hall Meeting on Saturday


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Photo via Twitter

As evidenced by the above photo, Morgan Meyer has been hard at work during his first term representing House District 108 in the Texas Legislature. If you live in Highland Park, University Park, Uptown, Downtown, or portions of East Dallas and Preston Hollow, Meyer is your man in Austin.

If you’d like some face time with your representative, be at the University Park Public Library at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday. That’s when Meyer will host a town hall meeting so he and his constituents can get to know each other better.

Pac-Man is Chomping His Way Through Your Neighborhood, Thanks to Google


If you haven’t used Google Maps this week, then you’re missing out on a great April Fool’s Day/Easter present. In addition to the traditional Map and Earth views, Google Maps now has a Pac-Man option. Virtually any street grid can be turned into a Pac-Man board, complete with the titular chomper and those pesky ghosts, Inky, Blinky, Pinky, and Clyde.

Media outlets such as Forbes and Wired have already detailed some of the best places to play this new version of the game. We decided to give it a try near a few of our properties of distinction.

It works at 3700 Euclid Avenue in Highland Park …

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… at 6627 Lakewood Boulevard in Lakewood …

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… and at 1136 Turner Avenue in Kessler Park.

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We’re not sure how long Google will keep the game active, so type in your address today and see how it goes. Then let us know where Dallas’ best Pac-Man locations are.

Bloomberg Declares That ‘It’s Almost Impossible to Buy a House in Dallas’


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The Hewitt & Habgood Realty Group is offering 1022 N. Montclair Avenue for $897,500.

When Bloomberg wrote that it’s almost impossible to buy a house in Dallas, the news organization turned to our own Steve Habgood for some expert analysis.

Habgood, president of the MetroTex Association of Realtors, told Bloomberg that new listings get multiple offers in mere days. “People are saying, ‘Great, I can get a premium on the price I paid, but where am I going to live once I sell?’” he’s quoted as saying. “The options are pretty limited.”

Case in point: As I type this, the Hewitt & Habgood Realty Group has 24 properties listed, and 14 of those are under contract.

If you’re looking for a home in one of Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate’s key neighborhoods, check out these newly created Pinterest boards:

 

Luxury Vehicles and Furry Animals Headline Our Weekend To-Do List


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The DFW Auto Show has rolled into the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center.

Downtown: If you’re a fan of our properties of distinction, then you probably appreciate vehicles of distinction. Dozens of luxury cars and trucks will be on display this weekend at the DFW Auto Show.

Park Cities: D Magazine’s editors and readers have named Critterman the city’s best children’s entertainer several times over. He will bring a few “extra furry” animals to the University Park Public Library at 2 p.m. on Saturday. This event is part of the library’s monthly Family Time series presented by Christine McKenny and Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate.

Preston Hollow: The spring musical at the Jewish Community Center of Dallas is always a treat, but we’re especially interested in this year’s production of Guys and Dolls Jr., because the cast list includes Claire Borman — daughter of our own Beth Borman — in the role of Mimi. Break a leg, Claire!

For more things to do this weekend, check in with our friends at The Dallas Morning News, who have recently relaunched GuideLive.com.

Kessler Theater’s Fifth Anniversary Headlines Our Weekend To-Do List


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These are the folks whose blood, sweat, and tears have made all those shows possible. (Photo via Facebook)

North Oak Cliff was known for being one of the artsier parts of Dallas before the Kessler Theater opened its doors in 2010. The live-music venue, which is celebrating its fifth anniversary on Friday night with Marshall Crenshaw and the Hillbenders, has taken the neighborhood’s reputation as a destination to another level.

Park Cities residents can do a home-run trot over to the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum at SMU, where a new exhibit called “Baseball: America’s Presidents, America’s Pastime” opens Saturday.

One of the most-beloved community events in Preston Hollow is the annual Dallas Kosher Chili Cook-Off. The 22nd annual edition is scheduled to begin at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday at Tiferet Israel.

For more weekend events, visit the recently revamped GuideLive.com presented by our partners at The Dallas Morning News.