Tom Trigg Named Lone Finalist to be Superintendent of Highland Park ISD

Highland Park ISD announced this morning that Tom Trigg is the lone finalist to be the distric’s next superintendent. After a 21-day waiting period mandated by state law, the job will officially be his.

dr_tom_triggSince 2004, Trigg has been the superintendent of the Blue Valley School District in Overland Park, Kan. He was named the Kansas Superintendent of the Year in 2011, the same year he was one of four finalists for the National Superintendent of the Year award.

“Dr. Trigg is an educational leader and team-builder of the highest caliber,” said Joe Taylor, president of the HPISD Board of Trustees. “He has an impressive track record of working within a high-performing district to build on existing excellence while developing innovative educational programs to inspire students to both academic success and personal growth.”

Trigg graduated from Ottawa University in 1974 with a B.A. in mathematics and physical education teaching. He went on to receive his master’s degree in educational administration from Emporia State University in 1977 and his doctorate in education from the University of Kansas in 1986.

A lifelong Kansan and career educator, he is the son of two math teachers and the husband of a Spanish teacher. He has three grown children, one of whom lives in Amarillo.

Trigg will replace Dawson Orr, who is leaving Highland Park ISD after six years to become a professor at SMU.

Must-See Property in University Park Tops Our List of Sunday Open Houses


Spectacular quality and fine architecture are the anchors of the beautiful five- bedroom home at 3532 Milton Avenue. Its idyllic location among towering trees is just blocks from University Park Elementary School, Highland Park Middle School, Snider Plaza and Curtis Park, site of tennis courts, a fishing pond, and a waterslide. Jennifer Miller, who is offering the property for $2,500,000, will hold it open from 1 to 3 p.m. on Sunday.

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When you enter the foyer, the formal living room is straight ahead, and the grand staircase is to your left. Tucked beneath those stairs is a study with a fireplace, built-in shelves, and a coffered ceiling. The foyer includes an arched opening trimmed in brick that provides a peek into the wine room. That same brick pattern frames the wrought-iron gate between the wine room and the dining room.





The chef’s kitchen features double ranges, two full-sized ovens, and eight burners. The doors to the refrigerator and freezer are chalkboards, which comes in handy when planning meals or assigning chores. There’s a small office off the kitchen, and a rear staircase from the breakfast area.





There are fireplaces in the formal living room and the family room. The latter room’s ceiling features wood beams, and the same type of wood is used over the large doorways to the breakfast room and hallway. An arched pass-through window connects the family room to the kitchen. The opposite wall features a fireplace and a built-in television cabinet. Just beyond a set of French doors is the backyard patio, which comes complete with a fourth fireplace, ceiling fans, and wiring for a television and speakers.





The spacious master suite has vaulted ceilings, his and hers bathrooms connected by a coffee bar with a beverage fridge, and a pair of walk-in closets. There are three more bedroom suites on the second floor, plus a game room. The fifth and final bedroom suite is on the third floor.





Recognized as one of Dallas’ “Best Real Estate Agents” by D Magazine since 2004, Jennifer Miller has been one of the highest producing agents in the Park Cities market for the last 15 years. To schedule a private showing of 3532 Milton Avenue, contact her at 214-701-7717 or

Scramble to See This Chicken-Friendly Home Before Someone Else Poaches It


You and your chickens could all come home to roost at 7906 Purdue Avenue, a charming three-bedroom cottage in Highland Park ISD that features a chicken coop in the backyard. Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate’s Elliott & Elliott Group is offering the property at $899,000.


There are four distinct outdoor seating areas, including a fire pit near the aforementioned coop, accompanied by a shed that’s reminiscent of a barn. The fire pit is just beyond the shaded rear patio, which can be accessed from the master suite as well as the den via two sets of French doors. A secondary side patio is accessible from the kitchen and the utility room. The fourth outdoor space is the lovely covered front porch that comfortably seats four.




The renovated kitchen is just to the left of the foyer, with an exterior door that simplifies unloading groceries from the driveway. The kitchen décor includes hardwood floors, white cabinetry, and granite countertops. A breakfast bar at the end of the counter provides extra seating in the dining room.




To the right of the foyer is the living room, which features a custom tile fireplace and dark beams in the ceiling. It transitions seamlessly to the den, which features a wet bar, and flows well outside for entertaining.




The downstairs master bedroom suite overlooks the rear patio and features a lovely master bath with dual sinks and a jetted tub. There are two bedroom suites upstairs, and each has a full bath and a walk-in closet.




Paige and Curt Elliott are top producers in Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate’s Park Cities office, and they have been repeatedly listed among the “Best Real Estate Agents in Dallas” by D Magazine. To schedule a private showing of 7906 Purdue Avenue or any of their other listings, call Paige Elliott at 214-478-9544 or Curt Elliott at 214-675-8353, or email

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Expert on Traditional Architecture to Discuss ‘Radical Classicism’ on Tuesday

Maplewood Front
3843 Maplewood Avenue will be the site of Tuesday’s event.

Christine Franck, director of the Center for Advanced Research in Traditional Architecture at the University of Colorado Denver, will be in Highland Park on Tuesday evening to discuss “Radical Classicism: The Classical Tradition Today.” Hosted by the Dallas-Fort Worth chapter of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art, her lecture is being sponsored by Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate and the Dallas Opera, which is providing music for the vent.

Tickets are $15 for Institute of Classical Architecture & Art and $25 for the general public. Hors d’oeuvres and wine will be served, and attendees will enjoy a tour of 3843 Maplewood Avenue. Click here to register for this event, which is scheduled from 5:30 to 8 p.m.

Six-Bedroom Home in University Park Offers Ideal Floor Plan on Corner Lot

Come home to this exceptional property on a sought after 70-by-160-foot corner lot in University Park. Top-producing agent Laura Michelle with Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate is marketing 3141 Greenbrier Drive for $2,175,000, and it will be held open today from 2 to 4 p.m.

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Built circa 1998 by Jerry Stark with a gorgeous brick and stone facade and circular front drive, this home offers an ideal floor plan with approximately 6,000 square feet including six bedrooms, 8.5 baths, formal living and dining rooms, a library, a den, a game room, and additional flexible living areas.




The two-story foyer offers abundant natural light and an elegant staircase with an ornate wrought-iron balustrade. Flanking the foyer on either side are the gracious formal dining and living rooms with hardwood flooring and exquisite molding.




Just beyond the formal living room is a wood-paneled library with built-in bookshelves, a fireplace and French doors opening to a courtyard with a fire pit.




Positioned between the formal dining room and kitchen is a wet bar with granite counters, ample storage, and a built-in wine keeper. The center-island kitchen is well-appointed with custom wood cabinetry, granite counters, a tumbled marble backsplash, and stainless-steel appliances, including a built-in Sub-Zero refrigerator and commercial-grade gas range, triple ovens, and a warming drawer.




Open to the kitchen is an adjoining breakfast room and an oversized den centered on a custom fireplace and a built-in media cabinet. The den provides a wall of windows and French doors overlooking the backyard and pool area. The sparkling pool is complemented by a beautifully landscaped yard with privacy hedges and a covered patio.




The spacious master suite features a sitting area with a fireplace and a luxurious marble bath with dual vanities, a jetted tub, a separate shower, and two walk-in closets. There are four other large bedrooms located on the second floor, each en-suite with private baths and walk-in closets.




Completing the second floor is a large game room with a full bath. A generously sized third floor houses an additional living area with a private guest suite and full bath. Other convenient amenities include a computer niche and a utility room with storage. This property is located in the Highland Park Independent School District.




Laura Michelle was recognized as the Preston Center Office’s top individual producing agent in number of properties sold in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014, and she has been consistently honored as a Top Producer and Best Agent by a local publication.

For more information or to schedule a showing, contact Laura Michelle at 214-228-3854 or

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Average Sales Prices Per Square Foot Rose Last Month in Highland Park ISD

3710 Armstrong Avenue is one of our newest listings in the Highland Park Independent School District.

These are exciting times for the Highland Park Independent School District. Trustees have been interviewing superintendent candidates behind closed doors at the Park Cities Hilton. Meanwhile, a reception to honor Dawson Orr, the outgoing superintendent, is scheduled from 4 to 5:30 p.m. on Thursday in the Highland Park High School cafeteria.

Despite concerns about crowded facilities, Highland Park ISD remains a great place to live and work, and to own property. As these statistics from the North Texas Real Estate Information Systems show, the price per square foot for homes sold in April was up when compared to a year earlier, even though the average and median sales prices dipped.

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

Median Sales Prices in Park Cities Increased by 18 Percent in March

4009 Stanford Avenue in University Park will be open from 1 to 3 p.m. on Sunday.

The median sales price for homes in the Park Cities area rose more than 18 percent in March when compared to the same month a year ago. The following statistics were recently released by the Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University. Supplied by North Texas Real Estate Information Systems, they represent single-family sales in Area 25, which is generally bounded by Northwest Highway, Central Expressway, Wycliff Avenue, and Lemmon Avenue.

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There was 4.4 months’ worth of inventory in Area 25 last month. That means if no other homes came on the market, it should take 4.4 months for the current inventory to sell. That statistic was up from a year ago, but the average number of days on the market was down.

Click here to see all of our current listings in the Park Cities.

Tour This Gorgeous Transitional Home With Clean Lines on Sunday Afternoon


Completed in 2014 by Danes Custom Homes, the gorgeous transitional home at 3215 Colgate Avenue in University Park has high ceilings, abundant natural light, clean lines, limestone and hardwood floors, and an open floor plan. Mark Cain and Susie Swanson of Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate are marketing the property for $2,989,000.

With 6,263 square feet of space, this home features five bedrooms, five full bathrooms and one half-bath, two living areas, a game room, and a two-car attached garage. It will be open to prospective buyers from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday.

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The gracious two-story entry is highlighted by a beautiful staircase and opens to the intimate formal living room with a fireplace and a desk area with pocket doors.  There is also a generously sized formal dining room with an adjacent butler’s pantry, including a wet bar with an ice maker, a wine cooler, lighted cabinets, and plenty of counter space.






The spacious island kitchen is fully equipped with custom cabinetry, granite counters, tile backsplash, high-end appliances, a built-in coffee maker, dual dishwashers, and a large breakfast bar. The kitchen opens to the light-filled breakfast room with a desk area and pocket doors, and the spacious family room with a fireplace, gorgeous wood-beamed ceilings, and walls of windows.






On the second floor, the master suite was designed on a grand-scale with high ceilings, a sitting area, a gorgeous fireplace, and a sumptuous bath with dual vanities, separate shower and tub, a private water closet, and a large walk-in closet. The second floor also features three additional bedrooms, three full baths, a large game room, and a laundry room. There is a generously sized guest suite with a full bath on the third floor.






Completing this exceptional home is a covered outdoor living area with a fireplace, skylights, and a grassy area. Perfect for everyday living or entertaining on a small or grand scale, this breathtaking home has it all!




To schedule a private showing, contact Susie Swanson at 214-533-4656 or

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Beautiful French Country Residence in Park Cities Faces Dallas Country Club


This beautiful country French residence is located on an impressive 100 by 150 corner lot across from the Dallas Country Club. 3648 McFarlin Boulevard is being marketed by Laura Michelle of Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate. The home is priced at $2,195,000 and offers approximately 4,700 square feet of living space with the potential to expand to more than 7,000 square feet.

Built circa 1993 in a highly respected collaborative effort by Richard Drummond Davis and George Lewis, the home offers an ideal floor plan with four bedrooms, four full baths, formal living and dining rooms, a study, a family room, and a wine cellar. Located in University Park, this property is within the Highland Park Independent School District.

The formal living and dining areas are located just beyond the elegant foyer with rich herringbone wood flooring. A hardwood staircase enhanced with a decorative wrought-iron balustrade is adjacent to the study and temperature-controlled wine room.







The main living room room features a stone fireplace and patterned brick flooring, and is open to the breakfast room and well-equipped kitchen. The chef’s kitchen includes travertine marble countertops, tumbled marble backsplash, rich wood cabinetry, a butler’s pantry, double ovens, and a center island with a gas cooktop.






The master suite has a vaulted wood-beamed ceiling, hand-scraped hardwoods, a cast-stone fireplace, and walls of windows with views overlooking the prestigious golf course. The luxurious master bath has dual sinks with marble countertops, a jetted tub, a separate shower, ample built-in storage, and two walk-in closets.




There are two generously sized bedrooms, each with private baths and walk-in closets, located upstairs, in addition to a private guest suite with a fireplace located on the first floor. Completing the home are a utility room with a sink and two half-baths. The property is situated on more than a third of an acre, allowing for an oversized backyard and a circular front drive.




To schedule a private showing, contact Laura Michelle at 214-228-3854 or Laura Michelle was recognized as the top individual producer in Dave Perry-Miller’s Preston Center Office by number of properties sold, and she has been consistently honored as a Top Producer and Best Real Estate Agent by a local publication.

Stylish Home by Highland Park Village Being Marketed by Fashionable Agent


If you’re going to be looking at open houses on Sunday, be sure to stop by 4437 Potomac Avenue, which will be open from 2 to 4 p.m. You would expect a home just two blocks from Highland Park Village to have a stylish flair, and the fact that the property is being marketed by Melissa Rountree ups the ante. Well, the seller — who works for Southern Living — has a photography and art collection that exceeds those expectations. The house has five bedrooms and four full bathrooms, and the asking price has recently been reduced to $1,385,000.












If you can’t make it to Sunday’s open house, schedule a private showing by contacting Melissa Rountree at 972-658-7363 or

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