Highland Park Village’s Grocery Gap Will be Filled by Austin’s Royal Blue

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There was much wailing and gnashing of teeth last year when Tom Thumb announced it would be leaving Highland Park Village. Consequently, many people who own homes in Highland Park were overjoyed when they learned that Royal Blue Grocery’s first Dallas location is scheduled to open in July.

The Royal Blue website describes the Austin-based chain as a “compact urban market,” with “compact” being the key word. The Highland Park Village store, which will face Preston Road just south of Anthropologie, is supposed to be 5,500 square feet. That’s less than a third of the size of the Village’s Tom Thumb.

Royal Blue’s site also says “each store is different from the next, tailored to the neighborhood it serves and the people who frequent it every day.” That should be good news for Village patrons such as Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate agent Jane Gordon, who has already told investors which groceries she hopes to see in the store.

“Those of us Highland Park residents who used the Tom Thumb are still in withdrawal,” Gordon said, “and we’re anxiously awaiting the opening of Royal Blue.”

Mark Your Calendars: Germany Park to Host Summer Camp For 3 Days in June

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People who buy homes in University Park enjoy access to the six-lane track at Germany Park, but they know that it will be reserved for Highland Park High School athletes at set hours during the school year. Well, the adults who use it regularly should mark their calendars for June 15-17. That’s when the high school’s track and field coaches will host their first summer camp, which is scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m. on those dates.

Because the camp hasn’t happened yet, this reservation is obviously not spelled out in the usage agreement between City Hall and Highland Park ISD. So the municipal staff sought direction from the University Park City Council this month on how to proceed.

“We may get a little kickback from the residents,” parks director Gerry Bradley told the council, “because they feel they should be able to use the track at any time.”

Councilman Bob Begert responded with a chuckle: “You may get a little? You will get a little.”

The council ended up approving the reservation, after Mayor Olin Lane added the stipulation that at least one outside lane be held open for public use during the camp. The track coaches said that shouldn’t be a problem, as the camp will primarily focus on field events.

The coaches’ best “guesstimate” was that the camp would draw 40 to 60 participants. Begert asked Bradley to monitor the registration process to ensure that the numbers don’t get out of hand.

One-Owner House in University Park Would be Perfect for Growing Family

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Custom built by Hawkins-Wellwood Homes in 1999, the five-bedroom French Classic home at 3800 Wentwood Drive is elegant yet unique. Located in University Park, the home is being marketed by Angela McCants and Dave Perry-Miller for $2,199,000. It will be open from 1 to 3 on Sunday afternoon.

The combination of dark-stained floors, Venetian plaster walls, and exposed wooden beams in the ceilings gives the formal living room at the front of the house a distinct museum quality. The elegance continues in the formal dining room, where the floor-to-ceiling windows bring in plenty of natural light.

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Just as in the formal living room, the family room features built-in shelving on either side of the fireplace. Beyond the wall of windows is a covered patio with an outdoor kitchen leading to a pergola and lovely lap pool. Meanwhile, a picture window connects the family room to all of the activity in the main kitchen.

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The dark cabinets on the kitchen’s perimeter and in the island provide plenty of storage; the island also includes a separate cooler. The hardwoods match the rest of the first floor’s common rooms, and the countertops are immaculate. A double oven and range makes it easy to cook for plenty of guests.

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In addition to its five bedrooms, seven full bathrooms, and two half-baths, the home boasts an assortment of rooms that present multiple options. On the first floor, there’s a room with dark wood paneling, built-ins on either side of a bench seat, and an en-suite bath. It could be a guest room or a mother-in-law suite. The upper levels feature two rooms with so much storage and counter space that they could be employed as craft rooms, studios, or offices. The one lined in cherry wood, which has a separate entry, was designed so the owners’ children could study together.

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The master bedroom features a tray ceiling and is spacious enough to accommodate a seating area. Its two walk-in closets are filled with shelves. The master bathroom, with a separate tub and shower, is as bright and airy as can be.

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This corner lot is just two blocks south of Northwest Highway, providing easy access to both Central Expressway and the Dallas North Tollway. The acclaimed Hyer Elementary School, Coffee Park, and The Plaza at Preston Center are all within bike-riding distance.

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To schedule a private showing, contact Angela McCants at angela@daveperrymiller.com or 214-207-4218.

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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.

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.

With Holiday Season Coming Up, Here Are Houses With Spaces to Get Crafty

When the holiday season inches into view, we tend to turn up the creativity with arts and crafts projects: completing a gorgeous holiday wreath, building festive centerpieces, or creating window displays that showcase a wintery scene. Wouldn’t it be nice to have a room in the house dedicated to storing craft supplies so all of the glue guns and fabric have a safe place to call their own? Dave Perry-Miller & Associates present three gorgeous estates with impressive craft rooms tailor-made for organized creativity.

The French-influenced estate at 5800 Armstrong Parkway features a galley-style craft room with wall-to-wall bin storage to keep everything from buttons to brushes in working order. The checkered flooring provides a whimsical touch, too. This five-bedroom Park Cities home features high-end finishes throughout, and includes a chef’s kitchen with soapstone countertops, an outdoor wood-burning pizza oven, a second-floor lounge, hand-pillowed limestone walls in the sunroom, an elevator, an art gallery, and even an exterior apartment.



The six-bedroom estate at 5037 Radbrook Place offers a craft room with floor-to-ceiling shelving and hanging rods. Built for the serious crafter, the room also has an island with storage cabinets. This Spanish-inspired property sits on a treed 1-acre lot and has four living areas, two dining areas, a media room, and an exercise room. Outdoors, you’ll find a pool and a cabana.



4013 Southwestern Boulevard is a five-bedroom traditional estate with an all-white craft room neatly tucked behind the mudroom. Crafting is easy to accomplish here because the large room offers plenty of counter and cabinet space and natural light. This home also features high-end finishes such as 5-inch oak herringbone-pattern plank hardwoods, Calcutta marble tiling, onyx countertops, and custom lighting throughout.



A version of this story also appeared on Culture Map Dallas.

Libby Barnes to Hold Open Exquisite Five-Bedroom Home in University Park


Quality craftsmanship and attention to detail are apparent from the moment you enter 4520 Potomac Avenue. Libby Barnes with Dave Perry-Miller & Associates’ Lakewood office is marketing the 2008 well-built, 5,100-square-foot home, situated on a terrific block in University Park, for $1,700,000. The property will be open from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday afternoon.

An open floor plan is enhanced with freshly painted walls, beautiful rounded archways, rich crown molding and casings, and hardwood floors. At the front of home are the lovely formal dining room and a large study or den with a handsome coffered ceiling and a wall of built-ins.




The kitchen is a cook’s dream featuring a center island with Calcutta marble and a vegetable sink, ideal for food prep, along with commercial-grade appliances, including a built-in Sub-Zero refrigerator/freezer, a six-burner gas cooktop, Dacor double ovens, and dual Asko dishwashers. There are gorgeous custom cabinets, subway-tile backsplash, granite countertops, a butler’s pantry, a breakfast bar, and a light-filled breakfast room with floor-to-ceiling windows.




An expansive open archway connects the kitchen to the stunning family room. The family room is complemented by a spectacular coffered ceiling, a masonry gas-log fireplace surrounded by built-ins, and a well-equipped wet bar with an ice maker, a beverage refrigerator, and a separate, walk-in, climate-controlled wine room. Completing this inviting space are two sets of French doors opening to a covered outdoor living area with a fireplace and television wiring, and grassy backyard with a towering live oak.




Front and rear staircases provide access to the second floor comprised of four bedrooms, four full baths, and a full-sized utility room. The master suite offers a tray ceiling and a bath with dual vanities, a jetted tub, a separate shower, and a walk-in closet. A hidden door leads to the third floor with an oversize guest suite and a full bath.




Additional amenities include a high-end a Savant home system that controls audio, video, and lighting; four air conditioning units; a tankless water heater; and a two-car garage.

“This home, in a great location and in move-in condition, will appeal to the most discerning home buyer,” says Barnes.

For more information or to schedule a private showing, contact Libby Barnes at 214-802-0210 or rlbarnes@sbcglobal.net.

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Highland Park ISD Leaders Discuss Potential Purchase of Church’s Land

The new school would sit within the current attendance zone for Hyer Elementary. (Photo by Cynthia Smoot, via Flickr's Creative Commons)
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Last spring, when I was the editor of Park Cities People, I suggested that Highland Park ISD should try to acquire land from a church to build a new campus. This week, school district officials publicly acknowledged for the first time that they are in negotiations with Northway Christian Church. The Dallas Morning NewsMelissa Repko reports that the district would buy about a third of the church’s land along Northwest Highway.

A potential sale would require a zoning change at Dallas City Hall. Although the church’s property lies within Highland Park ISD, it’s also in Dallas, not University Park.

Meredith Ridgway, a Highland Park ISD mother who lives near the church, told Repko that a new elementary school could increase nearby property values. If you agree, you may want to buy a house in the neighborhood sooner than later.

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’

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.