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.

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Custom Highland Park Estate Has Everything a Family Could Desire


Prominently positioned on a sprawling .875-acre corner lot, the custom residence at 3700 Euclid Avenue, completed in 2012, is an exceptional luxury offering in the heart of Highland Park. Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate’s Kelly Hosch and Shelly Bailey are offering the estate for $15,995,000.

Masterfully designed by the award-winning architectural team of Stocker, Hoestery and Montenegro, this well-appointed home showcases 13,980 square feet of clean-lined open space with an aura of tranquility and refined elegance. It was meticulously constructed by Rusty Goff with a flawless blend of carefully selected 18th-century materials, a plethora of modern-day amenities, and unsurpassed quality of workmanship, resulting in a state-of-the-art Texas Mediterranean masterpiece!

The exterior is a tasteful combination of Texas Leuders rough back limestone and cementitious plaster with reclaimed antique brick border accents, topped with a two-piece clay-barrel tile roof. Imported Italian chestnut wood windows by CC Serramenti and locally handcrafted steel doors graciously illuminate each room with abundant natural light.


Crisp white walls with elliptical eased-edge archways contribute to the fresh, airy ambiance throughout. Striking cross-vault ceilings and 300-year-old imported Chateau Domingue limestone flooring line the foyer. A fully equipped bar and a climate-controlled wine cellar finished with hand-cut Italian brick and masonry detail are ideally positioned for entertaining.



Beautiful wide-plank hardwood flooring leads to a handsome study with a vaulted beamed ceiling and white oak cabinetry with excellent storage and display capacity.


A luxurious private guest suite with 11-foot ceilings, a spa bath, an oversized shower, heated Vendome limestone flooring, and custom white oak cabinetry reminiscent of a five-star resort occupies the west wing.


Not to be missed is the elegant hall powder bath with an 18th-century stone wall-mounted sink and wine-barrel spout from Provence coupled with 17th-century Portuguese cobblestone flooring creating authentic design impact.


Dual downstairs living rooms — each outfitted with reclaimed Pennsylvania timbers, concrete headers, and a Rumford-style fireplace — seamlessly transition to the kitchen and open to the expansive loggia. A pair of custom 6-foot “lift and slide” doors creates a 12-foot opening enhancing the desired indoor-outdoor connection.





The palatial open kitchen is anchored by a 17-foot island and fully equipped with commercial-grade Wolf and Sub-Zero appliances. Gorgeous Crema Marfil counters and heated Chateau Domingue “Dalles de Bourgogne” limestone flooring complement the peaceful neutral palette. Easy-access lower cabinets with custom drawer features enable unobstructed views and add to the open concept.



The exquisite dining room is uniquely designed with a circular radius, multiple art niches, and a subtle dome ceiling creating an elegant intimate space. Three walls of windows provide abundant soft light, while landscaping lends an element of privacy.


An impressive gym with an adjoining meditation room overlooks a tranquil water feature enhancing the Zen-like setting.


The multi-purpose mud room is host to multiple lockers, two work stations, and a stackable washer/dryer, and offers convenient elevator access. It’s complemented by a blued-tiled utility room on the second floor.



The second floor was intentionally designed as a family-oriented space with four generous secondary bedroom suites sharing a central gathering room or reading lounge.






The master is a sumptuous retreat in itself, with its soothing fresh palette adorned with a vaulted beamed ceiling, a gas fireplace, and a private balcony overlooking the expansive backyard. Each enjoys a separate luxury bath and impressive dressing gallery. Her bathroom suite is beyond exquisite, with Namibian white marble counters, Ann Sacks tiles, a Bain Ultra spa tub, a Jaclo steam shower, and THG Paris fixtures. An open adjoining dressing gallery is worthy of being featured in a magazine! His closet offers functional design to facilitate packing, with a center island and custom storage spaces, and is handsomely outfitted like a country club locker room.






The 2,000-square-foot basement, with high-end finish comparable to above-ground rooms, is a fabulous flex space serving as the children’s playroom/media room, complete with a built-in stage, spot lighting, and a retractable screen and projector. A generous half-bath, abundant storage, and a state-of-the-art mechanical service closet housing commercial-quality systems — including a geothermal heating and cooling system, two 150-gallon continuous-recovery water heaters and purification system, a Crestron automated audio/video system, Lutron lighting, and an array of security features — complete the basement.


The colossal backyard is introduced by an inviting loggia with a wood-burning fireplace and retractable Phantom screens for year-round enjoyment! A five–hole putting green with a practice bunker and a play yard with artificial turf by Southwest Greens are adjacent to a vast Zeon Zoysia grassy area that could easily accommodate a resort-size pool! Mature magnolias and towering evergreens line the perimeter for added privacy. A gated motor court and porte-cochere leads to three attached-garage spaces with a storage room for golf clubs and an additional detached fourth-car garage, while providing plentiful enclosed space for outdoor play!






Enjoy a short walk or bike ride to iconic Lakeside Drive, the Highland Park Library, the Katy Trail, as well as popular boutique shops and restaurants.

This uniquely elegant, comfortable home offers tremendous interior and exterior space without feeling opulent or overwhelming. The tasteful top-notch finish-out, eco-friendly and technologically advanced amenities, and precise attention to detail are nothing short of perfection!

To schedule a showing of this estate, contact Kelly Hosch at 214-478-4313 or

Highland Park Village’s Grocery Gap Will be Filled by Austin’s Royal Blue

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There was much wailing and gnashing of teeth last year when Tom Thumb announced it would be leaving Highland Park Village. Consequently, many people who own homes in Highland Park were overjoyed when they learned that Royal Blue Grocery’s first Dallas location is scheduled to open in July.

The Royal Blue website describes the Austin-based chain as a “compact urban market,” with “compact” being the key word. The Highland Park Village store, which will face Preston Road just south of Anthropologie, is supposed to be 5,500 square feet. That’s less than a third of the size of the Village’s Tom Thumb.

Royal Blue’s site also says “each store is different from the next, tailored to the neighborhood it serves and the people who frequent it every day.” That should be good news for Village patrons such as Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate agent Jane Gordon, who has already told investors which groceries she hopes to see in the store.

“Those of us Highland Park residents who used the Tom Thumb are still in withdrawal,” Gordon said, “and we’re anxiously awaiting the opening of Royal Blue.”

Villa in Old Highland Park Highlighted By Spectacular Courtyard, Pool, Spa

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This exceptional Roman villa, located at 3825 Stratford Avenue in prestigious Old Highland Park near Dallas Country Club and Highland Park Village, is being marketed as an office-exclusive listing by Jane Gordon of Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate’s Highland Park office for $4,395,000.

Built in 2006, the 7,389-square-foot home features a barrel-tile roof and an open floor plan. Visitors are greeted by a two-story entrance with floor-to-ceiling windows, an incredible adjacent study, a formal powder bath with Venetian plaster, and a formal dining room with dueling chandeliers and a wine closet.

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The den, which is anchored by an ornate stone fireplace, is open to the incredible chef’s kitchen and dramatic wet bar. Beautiful wide-plank hardwood floors, arched doorways, mahogany exterior doors, thick moldings, beamed ceilings, and dramatic ironwork and light fixtures complement the countertops finished in mosaic onyx tile and marble in the well-appointed kitchen and bar.

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The focal point of the home is the large outdoor courtyard visible from the multiple balconies, windows, and doors. It’s equipped with a see-through fireplace, a bar/outdoor kitchen, a half-bath, and a laundry facility. The entertainment area is surrounded by two swimming pools with a connected waterway, spa, and waterfalls.

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The fabulous master suite has his-and-her closets and baths separated by a glass steam shower as well as a large copper claw tub, a built-in television, a spiral staircase leading to the front pool, and a private balcony overlooking the rear pool. The additional bedroom suites contain beautifully executed baths with intricate finishes, walk-in closets, and hardwood floors throughout. The guest suite, which could be used as a game room or nanny suite, contains an over-sized bathroom, a private balcony, access to the garage, and a separate exterior entrance.

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Additional amenities include an elevator, an exercise room, a home office, and a second- floor coffee bar, as well as a beautifully conceived circular drive and an attached three-car rear garage. This spectacular residence is a rare offering, in a sought-after location.

For more information, or to schedule a private showing, contact Jane Gordon at or 214-478-7099.

Mediterranean Retains Vintage Charm Even With All of Its Modern Amenities


Elegantly situated under a sprawling live oak, the 1936 Mediterranean gem at 4530 Fairway Street in Highland Park combines old-world charm with modern amenities and immaculate finishes. Ashley Akin is marketing the home for $1,825,000.

The four-bedroom, 3,730-square-foot property was taken down to the studs in 2007. The renovations included Venetian plaster walls; energy-efficient doors and windows; new plumbing, wiring and HVAC; surround sound; custom-designed Ann Sacks tile and fixtures; and Poliform-style closets and cabinetry.

A landscaped path and a beautifully arched entryway set the tone, while oversized windows in the formal living area and an open-concept floor plan exude the telltale personality of a Mediterranean home. Hand-scraped hard woods combined with custom Spanish tile on the stairway and fireplace provide a rustic yet refined element.




The open-concept kitchen features a waterfall island, Brazilian Kashmir countertops, premium stainless-steel appliances, tile floors and handcrafted Poliform-style cabinetry made on-site. The laundry room and a walk-in pantry are located off of the kitchen.




A light and airy family room at the back of the house overlooks the spacious backyard and is adjacent to a beautifully wallpapered powder room. An office with custom, built-in shelving and cabinets and a dry bar are also on the first floor as well as a sunlit bedroom with a full bath, outfitted in a beautifully neutral palette. Off of the dining area, two sets of French doors open to the shaded flagstone patio and spacious lawn.




Tucked in the trees, the large master suite features a reading nook, a fireplace, a covered balcony, a sunlit sitting area and an oversized bathroom and closet. Pocket doors lead into the onyx-and-marble master bath, which features a pristine white-and-gray palette. Highlights include a tiled bathtub and twin marble arches that lead to a walk-in shower on one side and a toilet and bidet on the other. A generously sized dressing room and closet space with built-ins is situated adjacent to the master bath. Two sizeable bedrooms, two full baths, and an additional play area or sitting area are also on the second floor.




Situated on a tree-lined street in Highland Park, the home is within walking distance of Whole Foods Market and several restaurants. Three parking spaces are next to an electric gate in the back corner of the yard.

To schedule a private showing, contact Ashley Akin at 214-244-1084 or

With Family Reunions on the Horizon, Here are a Few Great Guest Bedrooms

We all love hosting friends and family for the holidays, and for travelers, a comfortable room makes the home-away-from-home experience even better. From comfy accommodations to beautiful decor, Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate presents four gorgeous guest bedrooms.


In the Preston Hollow home at 9925 Lakeway Court, there are seven bedrooms and 8.5 baths. This Mediterranean villa features soaring ceilings and plenty of extras such as two laundry rooms and a wine room. This guest room features tile flooring, space for extra seating, and a private entry.


The four-bedroom home at 3900 Stonebridge Drive, located in Turtle Creek Estates, features a guest room with wall-to-ceiling windows, wooden beam ceiling accents, and Berber carpeting in a sapphire hue. The room has its own private bath with bright blue tile accents.


The five-bedroom home at 4428 Lorraine Avenue features a guest room with wood floors, abundant natural light, and enough room for anything your travelers bring. The rooms throughout the home reflect the “French street” classic design and include crown moldings and a neutral color palette.


The home at 5227 Monticello Avenue is a stunning Tudor with four bedrooms. This guest room has a quiet, relaxing atmosphere thanks to its unique shape, muted hues on the walls and flooring, and subtle accent lighting.

A version of this story also appears on Culture Map Dallas.

Imagine What You Could Get Cooking in These Four Good-Looking Kitchens

If your home is the designated holiday hot spot, then you know exactly what to expect: at some point, everyone will congregate in the kitchen. As the busiest space in the house, modern kitchens call for plenty of room, copious counter space, and lighting that perfectly spotlights those gorgeous dishes and desserts. Just in time for the holidays, Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate presents four kitchens made for entertaining.


The classic home at 4428 Lorraine Avenue in Highland Park has a kitchen with gorgeous French doors and hardwoods. The home is located on a treed corner lot and was remodeled in 2008. The details can be seen throughout, and particularly in the kitchen, which features a neutral palate, granite countertops, top appliances, and an oversized island with abundant storage.


This kitchen in the modern Mediterranean home at 2202 Cambria Boulevard stuns with its muted color palette. Black-and-white granite countertops, brushed nickel accents, glass lighting, stainless-steel appliances, and white flooring give the space a chic, minimalist look. The home is near the Lakewood Country Club’s golf course and affords beautiful views.


The Kessler Park home at 915 W. Colorado Boulevard features a modern kitchen with a natural color palette made predominately of brown and gray hues. The space features abundant cabinets, top appliances, glass-and-steel lighting fixtures, and granite countertops.


The kitchen in 2917 Fondren Drive in University Park features white cabinetry, green glass-tile accents, a large island with gray and white hues, and hardwood floors. The open floor plan allows for abundant natural light, and the kitchen includes Sub-Zero appliances and a butler’s pantry with two wine coolers.

A version of this story also appears on Culture Map Dallas.

Homes for the Holidays Tour Returns to Help Armstrong, Bradfield Schools

4205 Lakeside Drive is one of five house on the Homes for the Holidays tour.

The Armstrong Bradfield Preschool Association’s Homes for the Holidays Home Tour is back in business, once again with support from Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate.

Last year’s edition was canceled due to icy weather. Nonetheless, contributions from sponsors such as Dave Perry-Miller agents Jane Gordon and Christine McKenny added up to $78,000 being donated to Armstrong Elementary and Bradfield Elementary. Each school used half of the funds for instructional materials, books, technology, math manipulatives, and teacher workshops.

The 2014 tour will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. tomorrow at five homes in Highland Park:

• 3518 Armstrong Avenue
• 4205 Lakeside Drive
• 3501 Lindenwood Avenue
• 3640 Maplewood Avenue
• 4000 McFarlin Boulevard

Gordon has been a Homes for the Holidays sponsor since her son was a kindergartner at Bradfield. He’s now a senior in high school.

“It has become a tradition for many of the tour attendees, both Highland Park ISD residents and those who come every year from outside of HP to support their grandkids’ schools as well,” Gordon said.

This is McKenny’s fourth year as a sponsor, but she’s been a member of the Armstrong Bradfield Preschool Association for seven years. The organization is open to families with children who are kindergarten age or younger and who live in the Armstrong Elementary or Bradfield Elementary attendance zones.

“It’s an incredible organization that is a huge selling point for the residents of Highland Park, as well as those of University Park who feed into the two HP schools,” Gordon said. “It provides a built-in social network for the preschool age children and their parents in the community.”

The Homes for Holidays tour has raised more than $575,000 for Armstrong and Bradfield over the years. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at any of the five featured houses tomorrow.

FYI, if you’re looking for a house in Highland Park ISD, we can help.

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Christine McKenny’s Gingerbread Stroll Benefits Scottish Rite Hospital For Kids

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Decorate your holiday social schedule with the fourth annual Gingerbread Stroll, today through November 30 at Highland Park Village. Attendees will stroll between more than a dozen stores and restaurants, where they can admire and silently bid on ornately decorated gingerbread houses. All proceeds will benefit Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children.

Our own Christine McKenny founded the Gingerbread Stroll in 2011, with the hopes of bringing the community together to raise funds for local children’s charities. Each year, a different charity is selected as the beneficiary of 100 percent of the proceeds; in 2013, the Stroll raised more than $13,000 for Wipe Out Kids’ Cancer.

Gingerbread Stroll logoThis week, named the Gingerbread Stroll one of the nation’s top gingerbread-house contests.

“The Gingerbread Stroll has become a wonderful tradition during the most wonderful time of the year,” McKenny said. “People of all ages gather with their family and friends to attend, and it’s always fun to see how the chefs express themselves creatively. Everyone loves a gingerbread house!”

Some of Dallas’ finest chefs produced these festive masterpieces, including Winter Lockwood-Frank of Charlie’s and Joy Lynn of Fine Arts Concepts.

This year’s Gingerbread Stroll attendees can enter to win prizes that include a holiday carriage ride for six by Threejays Carriages and overnight stays at the Four Seasons Resort and Club, the Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek, and the Ritz-Carlton.

Sponsors of the event include Amy Koellner, Providence Lane Window Coverings; Dave Perry-Miller & Associates; Ed Francis, Wells Fargo Private Mortgage Banking; HUB International Personal Insurance; Lambert’s; Republic Title; Sleepy Hollow Homes by Robby Skinner; Digital 3 Printing; Haynsworth Photography; Kristi Bare, Purple Logic PR; Modern Luxury Dallas; People Newspapers; Tom Thumb; Christine McKenny of Dave Perry-Miller & Associates; Woolery & Associates; and Highland Park Village.

A Decked-Out Game Room Provides Hours of Fun for the Whole Family

In the same way that the kitchen is a busy space designed to bring people together, the game room is also a place for family fun. Modern game rooms are constructed to fit pool tables, video consoles, card tables, and large-scale table sports, such as foosball, table tennis, and air hockey. Here are five game rooms tailor-made for friendly family competition.

4412 Lakeside

The game room inside the Highland Park estate at 4412 Lakeside Drive has an energetic, fun-loving atmosphere. This game room features a fireplace, abundant natural light, and space for table tennis, video games, a poker table, and more.

6207 Rex

The game room inside the four-bedroom estate at 6207 Rex Drive is made for billiards aficionados. There’s room for a champion-size table and accessories, plus plenty of space for old-school video games and sports memorabilia.

6130 Desco

The nearly 7,000-square-foot home at 6130 Desco Drive features a beautifully designed game room that’s large enough for a billiards table, sofa, high-top table and chairs, and jukebox.

4612 Isabella

4612 Isabella Lane is made for entertaining indoors and out. While you’ll find a sport court and zip line in the backyard, the second floor features an expansive game room that can accommodate a pool table, a foosball table, video games, and seating, and there’s still plenty of space left over for more.

5139 Seneca

The regally designed game room at 5139 Seneca Drive is just as exquisite as the rest of the 16,000-square-foot Bluffview estate. The space has room for a billiards table and abundant seating. The parquet wood floors, columns, and bronze flair add a touch of sophistication.

A version of this story appears on CultureMap Dallas.