Firm Ending 2015 on a High Note Thanks to Record Sale of Highland Park Home


Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate agents had more to celebrate than just the season when they gathered Thursday night at Arlington Hall at Lee Park for the firm’s annual holiday party.

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To the delight of everyone present, firm founder Dave Perry-Miller made an announcement about the closing of a $15-million dollar property in Highland Park just a few hours earlier.

“This was the most expensive sale to take place in Highland Park this year,” Perry-Miller said. “Not only did our firm list the exceptional property, but just as importantly, we brought the buyer. Jarrad Barnes of Gullotto + Barnes Group represented the seller and Lance Hancock represented the buyer.”

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Bringing extra holiday cheer to the annual party, Ron Burgert, Dave Perry-Miller, Joseph Gullotto and Jarrad Barnes

Also in recent Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate news, he reminded the group that another $10-million-plus property in Highland Park, home to a professional golfer, was sold by Kelly Hosch and Shelly Bailey to a buyer represented by Gianna Cerullo. In an increasingly competitive residential market, these transactions are a testament to the results-oriented approach the firm’s agents put into practice every day.

“Both of the buyers are local buyers, long-term Park Cities families with deep ties to the city,” Perry-Miller said. “What these sales demonstrate is, that while national and international exposure is important, it is having the right firm and agents represent you that creates a sale. Our firm has dominated the upper-end Park Cities market with 100% of the $10-million+ transactions so far this year, according to MLS statistics.”

As Q4 2015 winds down, Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate stands poised to dominate market share in all the areas where they do business – Park Cities, Preston Hollow, Lakewood/Lake Highlands, Uptown/Oak Lawn/Oak Cliff and North Dallas.

“I could not be more thrilled about the way we’re closing out 2015, nor more pleased to work with the caliber of people who make this kind of ongoing success possible,” Perry-Miller said. “I don’t see it as a grand finale for the year, but rather a launch pad for 2016.”

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Wouldn’t it be Great to Walk to School From One of These Park Cities Homes?


How was that drive to school on the first day of classes? Kind of rough? Imagine how much easier life would be if your children lived within walking distance of their school. Each of these homes for sale in the Park Cities fits the bill.

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3420 Saint Johns Drive is six minutes from Armstrong Elementary on foot.

The exceptional Mediterranean home at 3420 Saint Johns Drive offers a level of sophistication that is evident as soon as you see the intricate wrought-iron patterns in the front door, the exterior balconies, and the breathtaking grand staircase in the two-story foyer. Floor-to-ceiling windows provide views of the front yard from the formal dining room and formal living room, which features one of the home’s three fireplaces. These distinctive areas are unified by their beautifully stained hardwood floors and enormous arched entryways. Kevin Laszlo is offering the property for $2,950,000.

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4425 Southern Avenue

4425 Southern Avenue is five minutes from Bradfield Elementary on foot.

Newly built by Danes Custom Homes, the gorgeous contemporary house at 4425 Southern Avenue has five bedrooms, five full bathrooms plus two half-baths, and more than 5,000 square feet of living space. This home combines a clean-lined design with the finest materials and finish-out, including metal and glass doors that provide an abundance of natural light. Alex Roostaei is offering the property for $2,575,000.

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3637 Southwestern

3637 Southwestern Boulevard is nine minutes from Hyer Elementary on foot.

This stunning new construction by Jeff Gilbert at 3637 Southwestern Boulevard is absolute perfection. The home features a downstairs master suite, is elevator ready, and rests on an incredible 70 by 160 lot. The open floor plan is truly unique and highlights the home’s clean lines and warm feel. The Rhodes Group is offering the property for $3,249,900.

UNIVERSITY PARK ELEMENTARY

3421 Purdue

3421 Purdue Avenue is six minutes from University Park Elementary on foot.

The fantastically light and bright home at 3421 Purdue Avenue offers a white kitchen with a La Cornue en France commercial stove, a Miele dishwasher, a Sub-Zero refrigerator and wine cooler, and an island. The kitchen is open to the den with a fireplace and a wet bar. Upstairs is a large master suite with a sitting area and a luxurious bath with two closets, plus three other bedrooms, a game room, and a utility room. Molly Malone is offering the property for $1,449,000.

Highland Park ISD Trustees Officially Schedule $361 Million Bond Election


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3636 Amherst Avenue is one of our newest homes for sale in Highland Park ISD.

Our friends at Park Cities People report that the Highland Park ISD Board of Trustees on Tuesday called a $361 million bond election for Nov. 3. That’s $3 million more than what was proposed by the district’s Facilities Committee back in June, but when you’re talking about hundreds of millions of dollars, what’s three million more, right?

If approved, the bond issue will allow the district to create a fifth elementary campus on land purchased from Northway Christian Church before razing and rebuilding three of its four existing elementary schools. The money will also go toward renovations and expansions at the intermediate school, the middle school, and the high school.

I’ve heard of no organized opposition to this $361 million proposal so far, but there is a precedent for such resistance in Highland Park ISD.

In 1992, a $35.45 million bond proposal was opposed by a group called Responsible Citizens for Education. Nonetheless, the package was approved (59 percent to 41 percent) in an election that saw a robust turnout of 28 percent.

Six years later, the district brought a $76.1 million bond issue to voters with plans to build a fifth elementary school plus make additions and improvements to other facilities. This one was opposed by two groups: the Park Cities Taxpayers Association and Park Cities Citizens for Responsible School Solutions. Voter turnout that time was a staggering 52 percent, and the proposal was soundly defeated (61 percent to 39 percent).

The district’s most recent bond election was a tame affair in 2008, when a $75.4 million proposal was approved in a landslide election (91 percent to 9 percent) with a paltry turnout: 9 percent.

I expect things to be a little more contentious this time around. Already, the conservative watchdog group Empower Texans is questioning the necessity and transparency of the $361 million proposal.

Meet the New Superintendent of Highland Park ISD on Wednesday


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Tom Trigg met Bradfield Elementary teachers during the summer, shortly after being named the lone finalist for Highland Park ISD’s superintendent position. (Photo by Tanner Garza/Park Cities People)

Highland Park ISD is hosting a reception for the district’s new superintendent, Tom Trigg, and his wife, Julie, from 5 to 6 p.m. on Wednesday in the lobby of Highland Park Middle School/McCulloch Intermediate School.

Trigg, who was officially hired in late June after a lengthy education career in Kansas, is gearing up for the fall semester’s start on Monday.

If you’re looking for homes for sale in Highland Park ISD, we have dozens available.

Demand for Highland Park ISD Homes Stays High Despite Dip in Sales Prices


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4313 Hyer Street is one of our newest homes for sale in Highland Park ISD.

Although sales prices dropped in Highland Park ISD last month (as these statistics from the North Texas Real Estate Information Systems show), demand for homes within the district’s boundaries remains high due to the schools’ quality.

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

Come Home to a Mediterranean Estate Conveniently Located in Highland Park


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The exceptional Mediterranean home at 3420 Saint Johns Drive occupies a prime location in the heart of Highland Park. Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate’s Kevin Laszlo is offering the property for $2,995,000, and he’ll hold it open from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday.

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The level of sophistication in this 2003 residence is evident by the intricate wrought-iron patterns in the front door, the exterior balconies, and the breathtaking grand staircase in the two-story foyer. You enter the five-bedroom home through an alcove flanked by impressive columns.

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Floor-to-ceiling windows provide views of the front yard from the formal dining room and formal living room, which features one of the home’s three fireplaces. These distinctive areas are unified by their beautifully stained hardwood floors and enormous arched entryways, design elements that continue in the grand family room.

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The family room features a wall of windows overlooking the pool. The room is designed so that the television is a tasteful afterthought, not the centerpiece. Instead, attention is focused on the ornate cast-stone fireplace flanked by built-in shelving. The family room is complemented by a wet bar featuring a wine closet, plus a wood-paneled study with a coffered ceiling.

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Completely open to the family room is the gourmet kitchen equipped with two pantries, commercial-grade ovens and ranges, and a full-size refrigerator and full-size freezer that are paneled to match the white cabinetry. The island and counters are topped with granite, and the backsplash is made of stone tiles. The breakfast area accesses a second rear staircase.

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The master bedroom features a ceiling highlighted by dark wood beams and trim. The master bathroom, which boasts a gorgeous marble step-up tub accented by columns, features his and hers sides with separate walk-in closets. There are four other bedrooms upstairs, plus a media room.

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This extremely well-cared-for home, includes a three-car garage, but its location allows for plenty of trips on foot. Armstrong Elementary School is just one block to the west, and SMU is only a few blocks to the north.

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To schedule a private showing, contact Kevin Laszlo at 214-336-0696 or kevin@daveperrymiller.com.

Photos by Shoot2Sell

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.

Wells Fargo Home Mortgage Highlights Paige Elliott for Her Luxury Expertise


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Curt Elliott and Paige Elliott are top producers in Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate’s Park Cities Office.

When Wells Fargo Home Mortgage needed an expert to discuss Dallas’ luxury market in the summer issue of Connect for Success — a publication distributed to real estate agent, builders, and developers — they chose our own Paige Elliott. And why not? Working alongside her husband, Curt Elliott, Paige is a top producer in Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate’s Park Cities Office.

The summer issue of Connect for Success examines how to work within today’s tight housing market and offers tips for working with luxury buyers. Because the publication is distributed to Wells Fargo Home Mortgage clients nationwide, Paige is featured in an article that also includes quotations from experts in California, Illinois, and Massachusetts.

“The luxury buyer expects full service,” Paige is quoted as saying. “They know what they want, and expect
market knowledge, negotiation skills, and attention to detail.”

Those are all qualities that Paige and Curt bring to each transaction. As Park Cities residents, the Elliotts specialize in marketing properties in University Park and Highland Park. But they also represent clients in Preston Hollow and North Dallas. Click here to see all of their current listings.

Architecturally Significant Property Would be Perfect for Large Family


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The magnificent Robbie Fusch-designed residence at 3237 Greenbrier Drive is ideal for a large or growing family who wants it all! Situated on a rare 100-foot-by-160-foot setting, this architecturally significant property offers tremendous open living space with an aura of comfortable, timeless elegance. Shelly Bailey of Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate is offering the seven-bedroom home for $4,595,000.

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The home is anchored by a two-story great room with exquisite custom detail, mortise-and-tenon beams, and a striking imported fireplace reclaimed from a French chateau. This well-designed floor plan seamlessly transitions to two open dining areas and a handsome study.

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A kitchen equipped with commercial-grade appliances and a large Calcutta island serves every culinary need while also providing a beautiful gathering space for family and friends. The fresh white décor extends to the cabinet panels on both refrigerators, but the dark beams in the ceiling match those in the great room.

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The downstairs master retreat features a gas fireplace, updated his and hers baths, walk-in closets, and an adjoining exercise room. A private guest suite occupies the easternmost wing downstairs.

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The second floor features five additional bedrooms, each with en-suite baths. Two of these bedrooms also include bonus lofts for additional play space or extra sleeping quarters.

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A game room with an attached multi-purpose room or craft studio adds to the abundance of plentiful living space. Two utility rooms, a mudroom with seven lockers, and a basement/storm shelter provide functionality and additional storage capacity.

There is no shortage of parking, with an attached three-car garage and dedicated space for multiple vehicles within the rear gated driveway. Not to be missed is the inviting covered patio, grilling station, pool/spa, and water feature for complete outdoor enjoyment!

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This grand home sits on one of the largest lots on coveted Greenbrier Drive and is just half a block east of Caruth Park, a favorite University Park landmark. Contact Shelly Bailey at 214-673-4323 for more information or to schedule a private showing.

Photos by Shoot2Sell

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.