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

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?

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


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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.

Click here to see all of our properties of distinction that will be open Sunday

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 jennifer@daveperrymiller.com.

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


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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.

Click here to see all of our properties of distinction that will be open Sunday

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 laura@daveperrymiller.com.

Photos by Shoot2Sell

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


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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.