Mediterranean-Style Custom Home in Highland Park Will be Open on Sunday


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Built in 2007 by Andrew Merrick, the stunning Highland Park custom home at 3708 Harvard Avenue is located across from Dyckman Park.  Dave Perry-Miller & Associates’ Hickman + Weber Group is marketing the Mediterranean-style residence for $3,700,000. Designed with today’s active family in mind, it features five bedrooms, seven full bathrooms, three living areas, and a three-car garage. The property will be open Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m.

The entry foyer offers a preview of the exquisite finishes evident throughout the home’s interior, such as Jerusalem stone floors, gleaming hardwoods, arched entryways, and custom lighting pieces.

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The gourmet kitchen is the heart of the home and fully equipped with almost every amenity imaginable. Features include professional stainless-steel appliances, Alder wood cabinets and built-ins, a large granite island, a wine cellar, and a charming breakfast area with a built-in hutch, and a fireplace.

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The main living area, complemented by a soaring, two-story stacked-stone fireplace, opens to a screened rear loggia with a fireplace that overlooks the backyard, an outdoor kitchen, and a tranquil water feature. A wet bar is located directly off of the main living area complete with storage, glass-front cabinets, and a sink.

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The master suite is completely secluded from the secondary bedrooms at the rear of the second floor. This inviting space offers a coffee bar, an oversized sitting area with fireplace, an outdoor balcony with a fireplace, and separate dual baths, each with ornate wood and stone work. The large secondary bedrooms feature en-suite baths and walk in closets.

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Additional highlights include three home office areas, a handicap-accessible bedroom on the first floor, a music room, two laundry areas, multiple outdoor living spaces, a built-in sound system, Lutron lighting, and a full home monitoring system.

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“If someone is looking for ample living space and a great area for entert
aining both indoors and out, 3708 Harvard is the home for them,” says Chris Hickman.

For additional information or to schedule a private showing, contact Chris Hickman or John C. Weber at 214-300-8439 or hickmanweber@daveperrymiller.com.

Park Cities YMCA Leaders Announce Jan. 2 as Opening Day For Temp Site


Park Cities YMCA leaders have announced the opening date of their interim home in Preston Center. The 15,000-square-foot space on Westchester Drive, which has known life as a 24-Hour Fitness and a Texas Family Fitness, will be the Y’s temporary site starting Jan. 2. The Y will be behind Hopdoddy Burger Bar and across Westchester from the Black-eyed Pea for 12 to 16 months, while its traditional home on Preston Road is rebuilt.

Ebby Halliday Companies Presented Highland Park ISD Centennial Party


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The Highland Park Independent School District marked its 100th anniversary last Sunday with a Community Centennial Celebration that included bounce houses, food trucks, student performances, and a museum documenting the district’s history. Ebby Halliday Realtors and Dave Perry-Miller & Associates were the presenting sponsors of the fun-filled family event.

“The schools have long been the heart of this exceptional community, and our company is pleased to help mark this significant milestone in a meaningful way,” said Mary Frances Burleson, president and CEO of the Ebby Halliday Companies.

Burleson, who graduated from Highland Park High School in 1953, received the district’s Distinguished Alumni Award last spring. She’s also a member of the Highland Park Education Foundation’s board of directors.

Burleson proudly wore her 10th-grade beanie to the Community Centennial Celebration, where she was among the dignitaries who addressed the crowd. The district’s anniversary dates to the opening of Armstrong School in 1914, and Burleson made sure everyone knew that she attended classes in the original building, not the current version of Armstrong Elementary that was built after a 1951 fire.

Besides Burleson, Ebby Halliday Realtors was represented at Sunday’s event by Highland Park High School graduates Ginger Gill, Zach Stein, and Maria Ward, and Highland Park ISD parents Patricia Alcorta and Susan Gamso.

Meanwhile, the contingent from Dave Perry-Miller & Associates included Highland Park High School alumni Susie Germany and Michael Wong, and Highland Park ISD parents Paige Elliott, Kelly Hosch, Amanda Johnson, Melissa Rountree, and Sylvia Scott.

“Our kids, and our business, have thrived in this community,” said Elliott, who sells houses in partnership with her husband, Curt. They are the parents of one HPHS graduate and two current students.

The booth staffed by these Realtors was popular with current students, thanks to the bowls of free candy that sat between such promotional items as Ebby Halliday golf tees and Dave Perry-Miller sports bottles.

Nearby, the district’s Multi-Purpose Activities Center was transformed into a museum that detailed the history of each campus and profiled some of the high school’s notable alums. Among the items on display were the Heisman Trophy won by Doak Walker in 1948 and the Cy Young Awards won by Clayton Kershaw in 2011 and 2013.

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University Park Public Library to Host ‘Dr. Flake-n-stein’s Magic Laboratory’


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The University Park Public Library will host “Dr. Flake-n-stein’s Magic Laboratory” at 2 p.m. on Saturday.

Families who stop by the University Park Public Library on Saturday afternoon are in for a treat. Magician and comedian Brett Roberts will be there to present “Dr. Flake-n-stein’s Magic Laboratory,” a show that combines magic, robot puppets, and science experiments. This interactive performance lets children participate in magic tricks and also help with real science experiments, which they could safely recreate at home. The show is designed to encourage children to pursue their interests in magic and science through reading.

This event is part of the UP at the Library Family Time series, which is sponsored by Christine McKenny and Dave Perry-Miller & Associates. All programs begin at 2 p.m. on the fourth Saturday of the month at the library, which is in The Plaza at Preston Center.

Buyers Willing to Pay Top Dollar Will Want to Take a Look at These Estates


When it comes to homebuying, price occupies the top spot on the priority list for almost everyone. However, in one quiet circle, there exists a group of home seekers for whom money isn’t the defining factor in the buy-or-not-to-buy equation. For this elite group, we present three available estates with list prices greater than $10 million.

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The estate at 6810 Turtle Creek Boulevard, located in Volk Estates of University Park, features 8,544 square feet of breathtaking splendor. This six-bedroom, five-bath classic Mediterranean home occupies nearly an acre on Turtle Creek. Inside, you’ll find wide plank flooring, exposed beams, Pecky Cypress paneled study, all-white gourmet kitchen and wine cellar. If you’d entertain the idea of co-ownership, there’s even a split bedroom suite. List price: $13,500,000

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3828 Turtle Creek Drive is also a must-see Mediterranean estate, boasting five separate lots for a total of 2.17 acres of beautifully landscaped grounds. The home was built in the 1920s and features 6,717 perfectly renovated and restored square feet. The estate offers three bedrooms, dining room/library combination, solarium, gym, 15,000-bottle wine room, and a grand backyard with resort-style pool and large entertaining area. Nature aficionados will love the rose, herb and hydrangea gardens. List price: $12,900,000

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If you’d like to live in Highland Park, consider the 9,027-square-foot home at 4412 Lakeside Drive. This home was built in 1918 but has been updated and restored to perfection. Here you’ll find five living areas, pergola, loggia, porte-cochère, resort-style pool and spa, guest quarters, two-story game room, and three-car garage. List price: $12,995,000

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A version of this story also appears on CultureMap Dallas.

You’re Invited to Envision Yourself Hosting Parties in University Park


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During a recent sales meeting, Dave Perry-Miller associate Bo Parker stood up and touted 4420 Windsor Parkway as the “ultimate party house.” That intrigued me enough to stop by for a tour.

Despite the sellers having New Orleans roots just like Bo’s, she didn’t mean “party” in the French Quarter/Mardi Gras sense. She was thinking more along the lines of having friends over to watch a football game. (Saints? Cowboys? Maybe both, with the NFL Sunday Ticket.)

There are three sets of double doors in the den that open right to the deck, where there’s plenty of seating and accommodations for another television. Just beyond the deck is a gorgeous pool. In the right weather conditions, I could definitely envision guests flowing seamlessly between the house’s interior and exterior.

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I was really struck by the spacious master suite, which is separated from the other three bedrooms by a short hallway and a set of steps. The master bedroom and bathroom seem so much more modern than the rest of the second floor that I assumed those rooms were added on. But Bo assures me they were merely the result of a quality renovation.

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The four-bedroom home is halfway between Highland Park High School and Highland Park Village. The track, playground, and tennis courts of Germany Park are just half a block away.

If you’d like to see this property for yourself, call Bo Parker at 214-924-6445 or email her at bo@daveperrymiller.com.

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With Cooler Weather Looming, Houses Boasting Firepits are Hotter Than Ever


Those cool Dallas evenings bundled up on the coziest chair will soon be upon us. Many homeowners opt to take advantage of the season by incorporating a customized firepit into their outdoor area, creating a chic, comfortable spot for entertaining and relaxing. To that end, we’ve got some of the most beautiful, make-you-envious firepits in the city.

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The firepit and seating at 6009 Royal Crest Drive mirrors what you’d find at the world’s finest resorts. Steel-gray gravel lines the area, and the cut-to-precision bushes and greenery add a natural touch. The light stone and fabric accents create an inviting atmosphere and complement the design of this Mediterranean-style home.

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The Highland Park home at 4412 Lakeside Drive features an extraordinary firepit and outdoor area that’s surrounded by lush landscaping and accented by concrete floors and abundant space for seating. The firepit can be seen and enjoyed from the solarium, which boasts floor-to-ceiling windows.

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1022 N. Montclair Avenue is a stunning Kessler Park Tudor that has an incredible outdoor area that includes trails, a foot bridge, a pond, and a firepit that has been designed to be a part of the natural setting. The firepit sits atop stone flooring and blends in to the lush surroundings.

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Situated in Mayflower Estates is 5211 Meaders Lane. The home’s oversized backyard has a stone patio, a pool, a pergola, a pool bath, a play yard, and an elegantly designed firepit that sits among beautiful landscaping and mature trees.

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4246 Northview Lane has a large backyard lined with mature trees. Here, the firepit, which is set just beyond the arbor, was designed with the same stonework as the backyard flooring. This minimalist design complements the overall ambiance of the backyard.

A version of this article also appears on CultureMap Dallas.

Bold Color Choices Can Make Your Property Stand Out From the Crowd


Experts in home renovation and interior design agree that one of the most effective ways to make a personal statement, bring in a pop of color, or create an ambiance is through paint and texture.  From natural tones to accent walls, here are four homes that use paint for colorful and dramatic flair.

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The home at 5800 Armstrong Parkway demonstrates the use of natural hues in several rooms. Airy light blue in the bedroom creates a calming effect; pale teal in the children’s bedroom establishes a playful atmosphere; and the deeper pale green in the dining room creates cozy yet inviting ambience. This gorgeous Park Cities home features authentic French influences and high-end finishes throughout. The chef’s kitchen has soap-stone counters and a black granite island with top-brand appliances. The home also offers a formal library; master suite with his/her baths, walk-in closets, and coffee bar; and exercise room/study. Additional features include an elevator, motor court, art gallery, and exterior apartment.

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Bring in the Blues

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The Mid-Century Modern home at 10110 Daria Drive has a must-see kitchen. The blue-hued Geneva cabinets are accented by silver backsplash tiling and sleek hardware for a clean and inviting modern look. This home also features terrazzo and hardwood floors, master bath with dressing area, and kitchenette near the pool.


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The living room of the Greenway Parks home at 5560 Waneta Drive is a study in green. Three walls are painted in a lime hue, while the fourth wall is covered with kelly green patterned wallpaper. The room is pulled together with green side chairs and accents—and decorated by Michelle Nussbaumer, who is known for her beautiful interiors work. This four-bedroom home is located on a greenbelt and features an open floor plan, chef’s kitchen, game room, and office.

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Another estate to use green is the Classic Mediterranean at 6810 Turtle Creek Boulevard. Here, you’ll find taffy green walls and matching furnishings (including a green chandelier!) in one of the six bedrooms. This home sits on 0.9 acres along Turtle Creek and features beautiful landscaping, wide plank wood floors, paneled study, wine cellar, and a master that opens onto a terrace.

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How have you used paint as an accent throughout your home? Share your favorite colors in the space below.

This story first appeared on CultureMap Dallas.

Property Tax Rates Approved in Dallas, Highland Park, and University Park


This afternoon, the Dallas City Council approved maintaining its property tax rate at 79.7 cents per $100 of assessed valuation. That means the owner of a $1,000,000 home in Dallas will send the city $7,970 in taxes for fiscal 2015, which begins Oct. 1.

Today’s decision came on the heels of the Highland Park Town Council keeping that town’s tax rate at 22 cents per $100, while the University Park City Council actually lowered its tax rate from 27.432 cents to 26.979 cents. So that means owners of $1,000,000 homes in the Park Cities will pay $2,200 (HP) and $2,698 (UP) in municipal taxes.

Why is Dallas’ rate so much higher than those of the Park Cities? Well, as we all know, the houses in Highland Park and University Park are, on average, more valuable than those in Dallas. So the governments can afford a lower rate if the taxable values are so much higher. As these charts indicate, Highland Park and University Park typically have the county’s lowest municipal tax rates, while Cockrell Hill’s and Lancaster’s are among the highest.

But enough about tax rates. Let’s discuss those million-dollar houses. Here are three homes, one in each municipality, that are on the market for somewhere in the neighborhood of $1,000,000.

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The four-bedroom home at 6215 Prestondell Drive is listed for exactly $1,000,000. It’s situated on two-thirds of an acre on a private cul-de-sac in North Dallas. The house boasts a massive master suite including an exercise room, plus three living areas, a study, and a chef’s kitchen.

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The two-story house at 4529 Fairway Avenue can be a single-family home or divided into a duplex. Original stained-glass windows and period tile work maintain the charm of this great building offered for $999,000. The outdoor living spaces include large patios and separate arbor areas.

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The charming Tudor cottage at 4316 Stanford Avenue is listed for $995,000. It includes walk-in closets in all three bedrooms, and the family room features a large window with great views of the lush backyard. Living in the Idlewild subdivision means you can walk to Highland Park High School.

(Note that each home is illustrated by a photo of outdoor seating. I figured potential buyers would want a pleasant place to sit as they calculated their tax bill.)

Highland Park Village Would be Your Neighbor if You Bought One of These


With a lineup of tony stores and critically lauded restaurants, Highland Park Village has long been a popular retail and dining destination. Hermés, Tom Ford, Stella McCartney, and Tory Burch all have storefront presences, and if you’re shopping for fine baubles, you can’t get any more upscale than Harry Winston or William Noble. Highland Park Village also features bridal couture, décor, and children’s attire.

The area is also home to several businesses that have set up shop in the center’s prime office space. This mix of retail, dining, and business makes Highland Park Village a coveted work-play destination, and homes near the center are also in demand. Dave Perry-Miller & Associates presents four of our favorite estates within a half-mile of Highland Park Village.

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The home at 5800 Armstrong Parkway is a custom home with upscale finishes throughout. A few of the notable features include a gourmet kitchen with soap-stone counters, black granite island, and top-of-line appliances; formal library with imported antique doors; master suite with coffee bar and exercise room; three bedrooms with en-suite baths; elevator; motor court; art gallery; and more.

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4520 Potomac Avenue features an open floor plan with front and back stairways. The gourmet kitchen has everything a chef could want including Calcutta marble, two Dacor ovens, and slab granite countertops. The smart home system controls audio, video, and lighting. The third-floor guest room with private access is a bonus.

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The home at 3825 Stratford Avenue is a Roman villa with an open floor plan that overlooks landscaped verandas. The outdoor area features a cooking area, pool, spa, and two-sided fireplace. Other must-see elements include chef’s kitchen, home office, exercise room, and elevator.

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3824 Shenandoah Street is a 1926 Tudor that has been updated but still features the original stained-glass windows. The living room has an antique marble mantle, while the dining room has Morning Glory crown molding and custom raised-panel walls. The gourmet kitchen has custom egg-and-dart cabinetry, granite countertops, and state-of-the-art appliances. The study features a private courtyard and antique fountain. In the master suite, you’ll find a Chapman brass chandelier, while the master bath has statuary marble. The backyard features a pool and cabana.

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