Some University Park Residents Want Limos to Move Along in Timely Manner


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University Park officials may soon forbid limousines and luxury buses from parking on the city’s streets for extended periods of time.

At Tuesday’s City Council meeting, City Manager Robbie Corder said his staff has fielded a few complaints about limos being parked overnight on residential streets. So the staff proposed adding limos and tour buses to a city ordinance that already prohibits leaving mobile homes, motor homes, and boat trailers unattended “other than for the immediate loading or unloading of such vehicle.” Violators of said ordinance are subject to a $200 fine.

The City Council voted to send the proposed changes to the city’s Public Safety Committee for further study.

Our Agents Handed Out More Than 3,000 Cups of Lemonade on July 4


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Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate’s lemonade stand was well staffed with enthusiastic agents. (Photos by Ben Marshall)

More than 3,000 cups of lemonade and 500 flying discs were distributed by Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate agents during the Park Cities Fourth of July Festival at Goar Park. The agents who volunteered their time and energy at this beloved community event included Charles Carneal, Jennifer Cicardo, Curt Elliott, Paige Elliott, Cindy Farmer, Patsy Jones, Kim Lopez, Eloise Eriksson Martin, James Martin, Ronda Needham, Evelyn Ponder, Dana Rigg, Melissa Rountree, Frada Sandler, Gene Taylor, and Alanna Wiebe.

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Frada Sandler displays one of our recyclable paper cups.

As always, the delicious lemonade was supplied by Top Shelf Beverage. But we put a new spin on the event this year by also giving away 500 flying discs branded with our logo. (Be sure to catch one as they fly through your neighborhood.)  Meanwhile, at the other end of Goar Park, The Rhodes Group conducted dozens of watermelon-eating contests.

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Melissa Rountree demonstrates how to throw our flying discs with style.

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These Homes May Distract You During The Park Cities Fourth of July Parade


The Park Cities Fourth of July Parade is one of Dallas’ greatest Independence Day traditions. Residents of the Park Cities and surrounding neighborhoods will come together on Saturday morning to watch people representing various businesses, schools, and community groups march from Town Hall in Highland Park to City Hall in University Park. As they traverse that 2-mile route, they will pass many homes marketed by Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate agents.

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There are two top-of-the-line estates in the parade’s staging area, starting with 3700 Euclid Avenue. This well-appointed home was completed in 2012 and showcases 13,980 square feet of clean-lined open space with an aura of tranquility and refined elegance. Kelly Hosch and Shelly Bailey are offering the six-bedroom home at $14,900,000.

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At the other end of the same block is 4700 St. Johns Drive. This grand estate occupies 1.1 acres in the heart of Highland Park. The 11,594-square-foot home was custom built with unsurpassed attention to detail, featuring finishes the most discerning buyer will appreciate. The Gullutto+Barnes Group is offering the six-bedroom showplace at $15,985,000.

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The parade will wind its way to Preston Road via Lakeside and Beverly drives. Not far from where it will pass between Highland Park Village and Dallas Country Club sits 4327 Potomac Avenue. This four-bedroom home with many updates is complemented by an apartment above the detached garage. Charles Carneal is offering the property at $1,299,000.

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Nearly half of the parade’s route is along Preston Road. Just a stone’s throw from where the floats will turn on to University Boulevard is 6315 Westchester Drive. This wonderful Mediterranean home has been expanded and updated but retains its original charm and proportions. Sally Jillson is offering the four-bedroom property at $2,395,000.

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The parade ends at Goar Park, where Dave Perry-Miller agents will distribute thousands of cups of lemonade, free of charge. We have a variety of listings near the park, including 3929 McFarlin Boulevard, a three-bedroom duplex where a bathroom and bedroom have been added this year. Shelly Hammer and Brian Kern are offering the property at $799,000.

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At the end of the same block is 3648 McFarlin Boulevard, a country French traditional home that occupies a corner lot across from Dallas Country Club. The 4,723-square-foot home features an open living/dining concept and exquisite designer finishes throughout. Laura Michelle is offering the four-bedroom property at $2,095,000.

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Finally, just a block north of Goar Park, you’ll find 6810 Turtle Creek Boulevard, a classic Mediterranean estate built in 2005. Designed by Paul Turney and built by Cy Barcus, it sits on an approximately 0.9-acre lot on Turtle Creek with gorgeous landscaping and a lush lawn. Stewart Lee is offering the six-bedroom estate at $13,500,000.

All Patrol Officers in University Park Will Receive Personal Body Cameras


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The police officers in University Park are looking out for the best interests of the city’s residents, in terms of safety as well as in terms of the bottom line.

This week, the University Park City Council approved a request from Police Chief Greg Spradlin to purchase 30 body cameras, enough for each officer assigned to patrol duties. The demand for such cameras is growing in the wake of violent incidents involving officers in Baltimore, Cleveland, and Ferguson, Mo., among other cities.

University Park will purchase its body cameras from a New Jersey company called L-3 Mobile-Vision for $15,351, the lowest of three bids. The highest bid came from Taser International, which wanted $30,831 — more than twice what University Park will end up paying. Coincidentally, Taser is touting it sale of 1,000 body cameras to the Dallas Police Department.

Park Cities Nonprofits Get Support From La Fiesta de Las Seis Banderas


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Duchess of the Mississippi Lindsey Elliott and her father, Curt (Photo: Elizabeth Ygartua/Park Cities People)

For 30 years, one of the Park Cities‘ great traditions has been La Fiesta de Las Seis Banderas, an annual debutante ball benefiting more than a dozen nonprofits based in Highland Park and University Park.

All of the debs, or duchesses, are young woman from the Park Cities who are one year removed from high school. Among those making their debut last Saturday at the Hilton Anatole was Duchess of the Mississippi Lindsey Elliott, whose parents, Paige and Curt Elliott, are top producers in Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate’s Park Cities Office.

Our friends at Park Cities People have posted a gallery of photos of Saturday’s festivities.

Tudor Residence in Park Cities Has Undergone a Meticulous Expansion


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The fabulous Tudor residence at 4117 Windsor Parkway has been in the same family for more than 30 years. However, a curated team of professionals redesigned and expanded the home, circa 2003-2004, to include more than 6,300 square feet over three floors. Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate’s Ralph Randall is offering the property at $2,875,000.

The façade features a slate roof, cross timbers, stone chimneys, and herringbone-patterned brick. Inside, the extensive use of hardwood, tile, and plaster wall surfaces are consistent architecturally. Ceiling heights are exceptional, and natural light traverses the living spaces.

The living room, dining room, and family room appoint the first floor, which also includes an updated kitchen and breakfast room and beautiful sunroom in addition to two half-baths. The living room is authentic and gracious in proportion; it serves as a natural conduit to the banquet-sized dining room. Both are indigenous to the 1934 structure, as is the primary powder room.

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The kitchen is fully equipped with a commercial-grade range and two built-in refrigerators. Sightlines from the breakfast room focus on the family room fireplace, which anchors its east wall. The ancillary half-bath is between the family room and sunroom.

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The second floor houses a sumptuous master suite with his and hers baths, a beautiful bedroom suite with a sitting room and a private bath, an office, and an exercise room, which duals as a bedroom suite with a bath.

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The third floor houses two bedrooms, a bath, a common room, and the laundry room. The quarters are atop a three-car garage and include a full bath, a fireplace, and a microwave kitchen.

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An outdoor kitchen is convenient to the linear lap pool, perfectly situated at the southeast corner of the site. A spa adjoins the pool near the outdoor living area, which includes a fireplace and is shielded by a pergola.

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For 30 years, Ralph Randall has represented significant properties and fascinating clients in the most desirable neighborhoods of Dallas. To schedule a private showing of 4117 Windsor Parkway, contact him at 214-217-3511 or ralph@daveperrymiller.com.

Photos by Shoot2Sell

$358 Million Bond Proposal Presented to Highland Park ISD Board of Trustees


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If voters approve the bond issue, a new elementary school would be built in the Hyer attendance zone.

In the 100-year history of Highland Park ISD, there’s never been a proposed bond issue worth more than $100 million. But that milestone will almost certainly be eclipsed this fall, because the district’s Facilities Committee last night presented a $358 million bond proposal to the Board of Trustees.

Nearly $140 million would go toward elementary schools. Three of the four existing ones — Bradfield, Hyer, and University Park — would be rebuilt one at a time. During those construction periods, each school’s student body would occupy a new elementary school that would be built on land currently owned by Northway Christian Church. That’s why $45 million worth of the proposal is earmarked for land acquisition.

Trustees will decide the exact amount of the bond issue, and that decision won’t happen until after the new superintendent officially starts on June 22 and after trustees hear residents’ concerns at a to-be-announced series of public forums. The ultimate decision will then be made by Highland Park ISD voters in November.

Here’s a look at how other bond elections have gone in Highland Park ISD in the last 25 years:

[table]Year, , Bond amount, Approved?, Vote Results, Voter Turnout
1992, , $35.54 million, Yes, 59% to 41%, 28%
1998, , $76.1 million, No, 61% to 39%, 52%
1999, , $49.95 million*, , , 11%
, Prop. 1, $6.53 million, Yes, 78% to 22%,
, Prop. 2, $7.45 million, Yes, 77% to 23%,
, Prop. 3, $35.97 million, Yes, 74% to 26%,
2008, , $75.4 million, Yes, 91% to 9%, 9%[/table]

* Divided into a menu of three propositions

4-Bedroom in Mockingbird Park Boasts Covered Poolside Patio With Fireplace


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Imagine a wonderful Mockingbird Park address that manages to retain all the charm of its origins, yet affords any size family the room and amenities that only exquisite, state-of-the-art remodeling can deliver. The recent redesign of 5319 Livingston Avenue took the best elements of the home and improved upon them. Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate’s Debbie Sherrington is offering the property for $1,475,000 and will hold it open from 1 to 3 on Sunday.

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Natural light infuses the living areas, including French doors on two den walls. The first set offers views of a wonderful side yard and a sunning patio with access to a bubbling rectangular pool. The second set of doors opens to what may be the home’s most fabulous feature: a stunning covered patio with a pitched, high-beamed ceiling anchored by a built-in fireplace at the rear.

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A large flat-screen TV makes for fun football weekends, then folds away behind an attractive screen when not in use. This outdoor oasis is perfect for year-round entertaining or just relaxing to the sound and feel of soothing waters in your tree-shaded pool.

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The generous downstairs master suite features a raised ceiling, walk-ins, and a gorgeous stand-alone bath along with a spacious, dual-head shower.

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The kitchen boasts a Kenmore Pro double oven, a warming drawer, an ice maker, a wine chiller, granite counter tops, and a mosaic backsplash finished in Bisazza tiles.

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Deep, beautiful crown moldings and hardwood floors provide rich accents to the warm feel throughout the house. On the second level — which can be accessed by staircases in the front as well as rear — there’s a roomy theater with a video screen and a projector, plus a full bath to boot. A Hollywood bath connects two bedrooms, while a hall bath serves the third upstairs bedroom. A living space at the center of the second level is large enough to serve as a playroom, den, or game room.

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Completing the picture of this outstanding home is an oversized garage, abundant storage with a walk-in attic, and the final bonus: a cute kennel under the rear staircase!

Debbie Sherrington has consistently earned Top Producer honors in Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate’s Park Cities Office. To schedule a showing of 5319 Livingston Avenue or any of her other listings, contact her at 214-762-6957 or dsherr@airmail.net.

Photos by Shoot2Sell

Fish Find New Home in University Park


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Curtis Park will soon be an even better fishing spot than it normally is. (Photo: Thinkstock)

It’s very common for human beings to move from one Park Cities home to another. Some of the city’s fish will soon do the same.

University Park has a multi-pronged project underway that involves widening the McFarlin Boulevard bridge over Turtle Creek, building a collapsible dam just south of the bridge, and alleviating the flooding that occurs when the creek and the pond in Williams Park swell beyond capacity. Part of the project involves draining the pond and the portion of the creek due east of City Hall, so an estimated 20,000 cubic feet of silt can be removed.

The Texas Department of Parks and Wildlife has an “aquatic resource relocation plan” that governs how fish must be moved before any such drainage can happen. That’s why the City Council on Tuesday approved a $9,500 contract with Integrated Environmental Solutions to relocate the fish to the Curtis Park pond. They should be all settled in by July 6, when the draining is set to begin.

Anybody have an idea for a nice pondwarming gift?

Troy Aikman’s House in Highland Park Sold to Ashley & Malcolm Ross’ Clients


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A recent sale in Highland Park is making headlines because the seller was none other than Troy Aikman. But the deal for the five-bedroom home on Normandy Avenue could not have been completed without Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate agents Ashley McRae Ross and Malcolm Ross, who represented the buyers.

Malcolm said there were several aspects of the 10,728-square-foot house, which was named one of the 10 Most Beautiful Homes in Dallas by D Magazine, that were attractive to their clients, including the architecture, the custom finishes, and — of course — location, location, location.

“They like to entertain,” Malcolm said, “and the house has a great flow, with a large gourmet kitchen that opens to the family room, wet bar, and walk-in wine cellar, plus the outdoor entertainment area overlooking the pool.”

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Another factor in the Rosses’ clients’ decisions was the scale of the room sizes, as illustrated in these pictures of the master suite and adjoining sitting room.

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Ashley and Malcolm’s clients are sure to be happy in their new home. If you’re looking for a property of distinction in Dallas and would like the Rosses to represent you, give Malcolm a call at 214-207-8200.