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.

Unique Home in Stevens Park Estates Deserves Slot on Your Sunday Agenda


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You could tour properties all over Dallas this weekend and not see anything like 1803 Marydale Drive in Stevens Park Estates. This Dilbeck-inspired home, offered for $460,000 by Ged Dipprey of Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate, provides a first-hand experience with Dilbeck’s influence on design.

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Upon your arrival, follow the meandering stone pathway that leads you through whimsical double front doors and invites you to exchange the coziness of the vestibule for the home’s spacious formals with gleaming hardwood flooring.

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A light-filled hallway guides you to an impressive beamed-ceiling bonus room that makes for a terrific art gallery or a possible third bedroom. The hallway continues to a comfortable den that connects to both the master and guest bedrooms. French doors provide access from the den to an expansive dry-stacked courtyard that anchors the home to its beautiful natural setting. Spend some time there on a cool spring evening and it won’t take long to find out what a neighborly community North Oak Cliff is.

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Bedrooms are spacious and offer walk-in closets. The front bedroom is a thoughtful addition and offers an en-suite bath with a custom rustic vanity made of reclaimed wood.

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Many facets of the home have been lovingly restored to pay homage to yesteryear, such as the awesomely vintage kitchen with eye-popping colors and a quaint eat-in breakfast nook. The modern chef is sure to appreciate the vintage Chambers stove, which offers an unrivaled cooking experience.

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Adjacent to the kitchen, and hidden behind original wood double doors, you will discover the charming “chess room,” as it is referred to by the owners. The room’s romantic fireplace and built-in shelves make for a perfect study, children’s play room, or secondary living space. A charming Dutch door provides convenient access to the breezeway that connects to the brilliantly redesigned garage that functions both as an entertainment pavilion and functional workshop complete with an artistic steel cargo cage.

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The xeriscaped backyard includes a custom chicken coop, a dog run, and an automatic sliding gate. An expansive carport offers additional covered parking.

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With close proximity to Stevens Park Golf Course, the Bishop Arts District, Downtown, and the new Sylvan Thirty retail development, this home presents its new owners the opportunity to experience the best North Oak Cliff has to offer!

To schedule a showing of this unique property, contact Ged Dipprey at 214-924-3112 or ged@daveperrymiller.com or attend this Sunday’s open house from 2 to 4 p.m.

Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate Agents Contribute to Kessler Krawl’s Success


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There were plenty of smiling faces at last year’s Kessler Krawl. (Photo courtesy of Kessler Neighbors United)

The finest homes for sale in Kessler Park are marketed by Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate agents, so it’s only natural that our firm would have a hand — several hands, actually — in the neighborhood’s signature fundraiser, the Kessler Krawl.

During the annual cocktail party, four or five neighbors open their homes and serve drinks and hors d’oeuvres from Oak Cliff restaurants. The ticket-purchasing “guests” are divided into groups of 30 to 50 who then move from home to home. At the end of the evening, dessert and coffee are served at a final location, giving everyone a chance to be together.

The Kessler Krawl benefits the ongoing efforts of Kessler Neighbors United to create community and to maintain the beauty and safety of our neighborhood.

This year’s Kessler Krawl is scheduled for March 28, and our own Patty Brooks, Anne Foster, and Robb Puckett (Kessler Neighbors United’s president) are on the planning committee. Meanwhile, Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate is a presenting sponsor of the event, and Brooks is sponsoring one of the featured homes, as are the Hewitt & Habgood Realty Group and the Hickman+Weber Group.

Tickets cost $50 and can be purchased by clicking here.

North Oak Cliff’s Lucky Dog Books May Face Final Chapter as Its Lease Expires


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Lucky Dog Books is North Oak Cliff’s only bookstore. (Photo via Facebook)

Via our friends at the Oak Cliff Advocate, we learned of some news today that will dampen the spirits of our agents and clients who live in North Oak Cliff neighborhoods such as Kessler Park, Stevens Park Estates, and Winnetka Heights: Lucky Dog Books has lost its lease and must move out by April 1. Given the date, we have our fingers crossed that is just a long-planned April Fools’ prank.

If you live and/or work in North Oak Cliff and you’re not checking out the Advocate‘s website every day, then you’re missing out. For example, editor Rachel Stone is keeping tabs on five different North Oak Cliff matters that are on the City Council’s agenda today.

North Oak Cliff Residents Gear Up For Big Weekend of Mardi Gras Festivities


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This weekend should inspire plenty of people to peruse our list of homes for sale in North Oak Cliff. That’s because the neighborhood will be full of events related to Mardi Gras, including the Dash for the Beads 5K on Saturday morning, the OCarnivale Masquerade Ball on Saturday evening, and the Oak Cliff Mardi Gras Parade on Sunday afternoon. For a full rundown of the weekend’s festivities, check out the Hewitt & Habgood Realty Group’s blog.

Newly Constructed Homes in Various Styles are Popping Up All Over Dallas


In Dallas, there are still prime land parcels and a strong demand for new residential construction, and builders around the city have responded with gorgeous, amenity-rich custom homes. From Italian-inspired mansions to modern ranch-style dwellings, those who prefer to purchase a newly constructed home are in luck. Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate presents five estates ready for their very first owners.

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The Italian mansion at 10121 Waller Drive features 10,000 square feet situated on a 1- acre parcel. The home boasts five bedrooms and plenty of incredible interior features, such as limestone and hardwood floors, granite and marble surfaces, commercial-grade appliances, and a summer kitchen. Construction on this home is scheduled to complete this month.

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The just-finished contemporary home at 6446 Prestonshire Lane features gorgeous pier-and-beam construction, quarter-sawn white-oak flooring, top-notch appliances, an elevator, a wine room, and a large backyard.

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3518 Haynie Avenue is newly constructed by builder Jeff Gilbert. This home features 11-foot ceilings, hardwood flooring and abundant windows. The kitchen has commercial-grade appliances, a double oven, and a large island. The property is within walking distance to schools and shopping.

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Located in University Park, 2917 Fondren Drive is a five-bedroom estate with hardwood flooring and an open floor plan with large living areas. The kitchen boasts Carrera marble counters, custom painted cabinets, Sub-Zero appliances, dual dishwashers, and a butler’s pantry with two wine coolers. The master bedroom features marble dual vanities and a large walk-in closet with built-ins. Three secondary bedrooms have private baths, and there is also a playroom and a third-floor bedroom that could function as nanny’s quarters.

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915 N. Madison Avenue is a Tudor-style home with pier and beam construction on a 0.31-acre lot with mature trees. The home features an open floor plan, reclaimed hardwood flooring, and period detailed millwork. The kitchen boasts a center island and custom cabinets, while the master has a large walk-in closet with built-ins. The home has two covered patios ideal for entertaining.

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

3-Bedroom Home With 4 Living Areas Headlines Sunday Tour in Kessler Park


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The Hewitt & Habgood Realty Group is marketing 915 W. Colorado Boulevard, a stately restored and remodeled Kessler Park estate home on .42 acres with exceptional interiors and a variety of serene outdoor living spaces. This three-bedroom, three-and-one-half bath, four-living-area home has 4,279 square feet and is offered at $959,000. It’s one of several Kessler Park homes that will be open from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday.

This home has undergone an extensive restoration to its original grandeur with outstanding finishes, upgrades, and craftsmanship in 2014. Guests will marvel at the striking interiors with gracious formals, detailed millwork, gleaming original hardwood floors, three comfortable living areas, an inviting library, two majestic fireplaces, and a formal entry with a grand staircase. Designed for quality living and entertaining, the well-proportioned formals welcome guests upon arrival, and an intimate library off the living room with picture windows and custom built-ins allows for relaxed reading.

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The premium chef’s kitchen features slab marble counter tops, a large cooking island, commercial grade Sub-Zero and Wolf appliances, a beveled porcelain backsplash, and LED cabinet lighting. A distinctive tin ceiling and charming bay window finish out the details of this inviting and functional kitchen.

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The kitchen opens to a butler’s pantry and wet-bar area overlooking the oversize den with custom built-ins and refurbished vintage Terrazzo flooring. The adjacent family room also offers Terrazzo flooring, a beamed ceiling, a majestic brick fireplace for roaring fires, and a pass-through for wood storage. Both living areas provide views to the side yards.

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The luxury master suite offers an elegant spa bath with dual vanities, a coffee bar, Carrera marble with custom inlay, a oversize dual shower room, a freestanding tub, and four designated closet spaces, including a hidden cedar closet and safe room. The private rooftop terrace off the master provides a quiet escape with serene views of the Dallas skyline.

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Outside, you can enjoy the large back and side yards and the multiple covered terraces and decks for relaxing. The improvements and amenities are too numerous to list, and a full renovation and restoration list is available onsite. This truly remarkable Kessler Park home has been designed and restored to exceptional standards for today’s quality lifestyles.

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Additional homes on Sunday’s Kessler Park Home Tour are:

915 N. Madison Avenue: 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 2 living areas, 2,489 square feet — $567,000

1212 N. Oak Cliff Boulevard: 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, 2,413 square feet — $499,000

1744 Timbergrove Circle: 3 bedrooms, 3.1 bathrooms, 2 living areas, 3,084 square feet — $479,000

715 Mayrant Drive: 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 3 living areas, 2,300 square feet — $294,000

For more information or to schedule a showing, contact Steve Habgood at 214-684-1234 or steve@hewitthabgood.com, or visit hewitthabgood.com for more details. These homes will all be held open from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday.

These Porches Should Attract Plenty of Trick-or-Treaters For Halloween Fun


Homeowners around the nation are poised to receive enthusiastic knocks from mini monsters, princesses, and superheroes who’ve descended upon their neighborhoods in search of sugary gold. In the spirit of Halloween, here are five treat-worthy porches.

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The porch at 9441 Tarleton Street is a great place for trick-or-treaters to mix and mingle, but check out the balcony, which just screams out for haunted high jinks. This four-bedroom home was designed by an architect, and features abundant natural light and hardwoods throughout. There are views of White Rock Lake from the front yard, and the home is in proximity to the Dallas Arboretum, a dog park, and hike and bike trails.

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4246 Northview Lane is a five-bedroom home with a front porch large enough to invite dozens of your closest friends over. This traditional two-story home, located near Hockaday, has features such as hand-scraped wood floors, a chef’s kitchen, oversize bedrooms, a three-car garage, and a backyard with a fire pit and mature trees.

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The wrap-around porch at 6207 Rex Drive affords great views of the green space just beyond the property line of this corner lot. This one-owner custom build features two master suites (one on each level), a billiards room, a craft room, a heated pool with color-changing lights, a covered patio, and lush landscaping. The home has art niches, abundant storage, and surround sound.

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The Craftsman home at 915 Woodlawn Avenue was completely remodeled in 2013. The covered front porch is perfect for relaxing, and the swing adds a touch of charm. Situated on a large corner lot, the three-bedroom home has a gourmet kitchen with a breakfast nook, updated thermo windows, and original hardwood floors. Outside, you’ll find a large yard, a sunshade, atrium glass doors, and a raised garden bed.

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The four-bedroom red-oak manor at 417 S. Denton Street, located in Gainesville, blends historic design with modern conveniences. The grand wrap-around porch is Halloween-party ready, with plenty of space for decorations and holiday festivities. The property features unique touches such as stained-glass windows, wooden pocket doors, and six fireplaces throughout. Included in the property is a two-bedroom, one-bath apartment.

A version of this story appears on Culture Map Dallas.

Some Nearby Homeowners Worried by Massive Rezoning of Oak Cliff Gateway


The Dallas skyline as viewed from North Beckley Avenue, the eastern border of East Kessler Park (Photo by David Herrera, via Flickr)
Downtown as seen from North Beckley Avenue, the eastern border of East Kessler Park (Photo by David Herrera, via Flickr)



Concerned residents of East Kessler Park, Kidd Springs, and other North Oak Cliff neighborhoods will be at City Hall this afternoon, when the City Plan Commission will consider rezoning a massive swath of property known as the Oak Cliff Gateway.

This area of more than 850 acres would be divided up into nine districts, each with its own rules governing density and building heights, according to a preview penned by Roy Appleton, The Dallas Morning News‘ Oak Cliff reporter. Kidd Springs residents are concerned about three-story commercial buildings backing up to their yards. East Kessler Park residents are worried about structures up to 20 stories tall blocking their views of downtown.

For your convenience, we’ve extracted the 131 pages devoted to the Oak Cliff Gateway from the agenda for this afternoon’s meeting, just in case you want to download them to your iPad and follow along.

Don’t Miss Your Chance to Tour Some of Oak Cliff’s Most Beautiful Houses


The Hewitt & Habgood Realty Group is sponsoring the home at 1065 Kessler Parkway.
The Hewitt & Habgood Realty Group is sponsoring the home at 1065 Kessler Parkway.

Oak Cliff is full of beautiful houses, which is what makes the Old Oak Cliff Conservation League’s Fall Home Tour such a popular event. Dave Perry-Miller & Associates is supporting this weekend’s tour in conjunction with the Hewitt & Habgood Realty Group and Brian Davis.

Hewitt and Habgood are sponsors of the home at 1065 Kessler Parkway in East Kessler Park. Brian, on the other hand, is sponsoring his personal residence at 714 S. Manus Drive in Wynnewood North.

There are eight other homes on the tour:

  • 922 N. Edgefield Avenue in Kings Highway
  • 2315 Fouts Lane in West Kessler
  • 2637 Gladiolus Drive in Brettonwoods
  • 434 W. Greenbriar Drive in East Kessler Park
  • 3936 Lost Creek Drive in Oak Park Estates
  • 1606 Oak Knoll Street in East Kessler Park
  • 3246 S. Ravinia Drive in Kiestwood
  • 122 S. Waverly Drive in Sunset Hill



Tickets are $20 ($12 for seniors) if purchased in advance, but they’re $25 and $15 if you wait until the weekend. They can be picked up at tour headquarters, which is at the corner of Bishop Avenue and Eighth Street in the Bishop Arts District.