Bloomberg Declares That ‘It’s Almost Impossible to Buy a House in Dallas’


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The Hewitt & Habgood Realty Group is offering 1022 N. Montclair Avenue for $897,500.

When Bloomberg wrote that it’s almost impossible to buy a house in Dallas, the news organization turned to our own Steve Habgood for some expert analysis.

Habgood, president of the MetroTex Association of Realtors, told Bloomberg that new listings get multiple offers in mere days. “People are saying, ‘Great, I can get a premium on the price I paid, but where am I going to live once I sell?’” he’s quoted as saying. “The options are pretty limited.”

Case in point: As I type this, the Hewitt & Habgood Realty Group has 24 properties listed, and 14 of those are under contract.

If you’re looking for a home in one of Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate’s key neighborhoods, check out these newly created Pinterest boards:

 

Luxury Vehicles and Furry Animals Headline Our Weekend To-Do List


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The DFW Auto Show has rolled into the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center.

Downtown: If you’re a fan of our properties of distinction, then you probably appreciate vehicles of distinction. Dozens of luxury cars and trucks will be on display this weekend at the DFW Auto Show.

Park Cities: D Magazine’s editors and readers have named Critterman the city’s best children’s entertainer several times over. He will bring a few “extra furry” animals to the University Park Public Library at 2 p.m. on Saturday. This event is part of the library’s monthly Family Time series presented by Christine McKenny and Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate.

Preston Hollow: The spring musical at the Jewish Community Center of Dallas is always a treat, but we’re especially interested in this year’s production of Guys and Dolls Jr., because the cast list includes Claire Borman — daughter of our own Beth Borman — in the role of Mimi. Break a leg, Claire!

For more things to do this weekend, check in with our friends at The Dallas Morning News, who have recently relaunched GuideLive.com.

Open Floor Plan? This Custom Home in The Park Cities Has an Open Wall Plan


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Entertaining is a breeze at 3536 Villanova Street. Thanks to a stackable door system, the kitchen and the patio at this custom Park Cities home can easily become one unified space. Jonathan Thayer of Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate is offering the property for $2,675,000; it will be open from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday.

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Those stackable doors enhance what is already an extremely open floor plan. The kitchen, dining room, and living room occupy one large space that features stone tile flooring and a vaulted ceiling accented by dark wood beams. That wood matches the finish on the cabinetry in the kitchen and in the dining area’s wet bar. The kitchen’s expansive island provides seating for five.

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When you open the aforementioned doors, your guests can flow to the covered patio that features a two-sided fireplace, spaces for two televisions, and an outdoor kitchen. Just beyond the wooden deck are the pool and spa. There’s also an exterior spiral staircase to a deck lined in slate tiles.

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Unlike most Park Cities home, this one offers a downstairs master suite. It features a two-sided fireplace that can be enjoyed from the bedroom or the bathtub. The master bath includes double vanities with granite countertops. The master suite also offers direct access to the pool area.

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Three large bedrooms with separate baths are on the second floor, as are two more living areas. The front study includes a separate spiral staircase to the man cave, which features a fireplace and wet bar.

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A third-floor media room, a guest suite with private entry, and a three-car garage complete this property that is less than a block from Coffee Park and within the acclaimed Hyer Elementary School’s attendance zone, making it the perfect place to raise a family. Northwest Highway, the Dallas North Tollway, and Central Expressway are all just minutes away, so the property is conveniently located, no matter your destination.

To schedule a private showing, contact Jonathan Thayer at 214-215-3426 or jonathan@daveperrymiller.com.

Kessler Theater’s Fifth Anniversary Headlines Our Weekend To-Do List


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These are the folks whose blood, sweat, and tears have made all those shows possible. (Photo via Facebook)

North Oak Cliff was known for being one of the artsier parts of Dallas before the Kessler Theater opened its doors in 2010. The live-music venue, which is celebrating its fifth anniversary on Friday night with Marshall Crenshaw and the Hillbenders, has taken the neighborhood’s reputation as a destination to another level.

Park Cities residents can do a home-run trot over to the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum at SMU, where a new exhibit called “Baseball: America’s Presidents, America’s Pastime” opens Saturday.

One of the most-beloved community events in Preston Hollow is the annual Dallas Kosher Chili Cook-Off. The 22nd annual edition is scheduled to begin at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday at Tiferet Israel.

For more weekend events, visit the recently revamped GuideLive.com presented by our partners at The Dallas Morning News.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Projected Cost of Natatorium Starts at $16.7M, According to Feasibility Study


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Building a natatorium in the Park Cites would cost at least $16.7 million, according to a feasibility study that will be presented to University Park officials Tuesday.

The actual number in the study prepared by Ballard*King & Associates is $16,728,703.33. But that general estimate “will need to escalate,” the study says, because it reflects 2014 pricing, and no ground is going to be broken for this project anytime soon. The dollar amount will also rise because the estimate does not include the cost of a parking structure, which will almost certainly be necessary, given the dearth of available real estate in the Highland Park Independent School District.

The bursting-at-the-seams district and the City of University Park are exploring the idea of building an indoor aquatics center to replace the existing natatorium at Highland Park High School. The space it occupies could be filled with more than two dozen much-needed classrooms.

The city and the district originally planned to build a natatorium at Curtis Park, adjacent to the Holmes Aquatic Center. But in the face of organized opposition from neighbors, officials asked Ballard*King to study the feasibility of constructing a natatorium anywhere within the city.

A site that’s between 2.5 and 3 acres would be ideal, the study says. But conditions are less than ideal: “Due to the lack of available open land areas in the Primary Service Area, adapting the aquatic center to limited space will likely be required.”

Representatives from Ballard*King will formally present the study at Tuesday’s meeting of the University Park City Council. If you’d like to read it yourself before then, here you go:

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Imagine What You Could Get Cooking in These Four Good-Looking Kitchens


If your home is the designated holiday hot spot, then you know exactly what to expect: at some point, everyone will congregate in the kitchen. As the busiest space in the house, modern kitchens call for plenty of room, copious counter space, and lighting that perfectly spotlights those gorgeous dishes and desserts. Just in time for the holidays, Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate presents four kitchens made for entertaining.

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The classic home at 4428 Lorraine Avenue in Highland Park has a kitchen with gorgeous French doors and hardwoods. The home is located on a treed corner lot and was remodeled in 2008. The details can be seen throughout, and particularly in the kitchen, which features a neutral palate, granite countertops, top appliances, and an oversized island with abundant storage.

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This kitchen in the modern Mediterranean home at 2202 Cambria Boulevard stuns with its muted color palette. Black-and-white granite countertops, brushed nickel accents, glass lighting, stainless-steel appliances, and white flooring give the space a chic, minimalist look. The home is near the Lakewood Country Club’s golf course and affords beautiful views.

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The Kessler Park home at 915 W. Colorado Boulevard features a modern kitchen with a natural color palette made predominately of brown and gray hues. The space features abundant cabinets, top appliances, glass-and-steel lighting fixtures, and granite countertops.

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The kitchen in 2917 Fondren Drive in University Park features white cabinetry, green glass-tile accents, a large island with gray and white hues, and hardwood floors. The open floor plan allows for abundant natural light, and the kitchen includes Sub-Zero appliances and a butler’s pantry with two wine coolers.

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

If Your Budget is $1.2 Million, Then You Have a Wide Variety of Options


If your budget is $1,200,000, the kind of property you can purchase varies widely depending on where you want to live.

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In University Park, Carolyn Scofield is marketing a three-bedroom, three-bathroom home at 2904 Southwestern Boulevard. The 2,256-square-foot house will likely need updates, as it was built in 1952, but your kids will be able to attend Highland Park ISD schools, and you’ll enjoy easy access to Central Expressway for your morning commute. List price: $1,195,000

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Conor Riley is marketing a Preston Hollow home that includes five bedrooms and four full bathrooms in 4,340 square feet. Although 4246 Northview Lane was built in 1963, it’s been exceptionally reconstructed. You’d be in DISD, but the home is a short drive from both Hockaday and ESD, and the Town North YMCA is literally around the corner. List price: $1,199,000

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If you don’t mind living in the suburbs, your dollars could buy you plenty of space to spread out. Patricia Massey is marketing 901 Barbara Lane, which is basically an 8-acre ranch that happens to lie within the Keller city limits. The four-bedroom house will need some updating, but the property includes plenty of mature trees and a barn. List price: $1,200,000

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If you’re willing to leave the Metroplex, and you’re willing to fork over a bit more than we’ve previously discussed, you could get quite a spread in Maypearl, a town 12 miles southwest of Waxahachie. Brian Smith is marketing a ranch at 11755 Farm to Market Road 157 that boasts more than 150 acres anchored by a gorgeous three-bedroom home. List price: $1,250,000

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.