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

Photos by Shoot2Sell

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)
The new school would sit within the current attendance zone for Hyer Elementary. (Photo by Cynthia Smoot, via Flickr)

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

Former Highland Park ISD  Superintendent Cathy Bryce, Ebby Halliday Companies CEO Mary Frances Burleson, and Leslie Melson, president of the Highland Park ISD Board of Trustees
Former Highland Park ISD Superintendent Cathy Bryce, Ebby Halliday Companies CEO Mary Frances Burleson, and Leslie Melson, president of the Highland Park ISD Board of Trustees

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.

Dave Perry-Miller associates Michael Wong and Melissa Rountree

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.

Community Input Sought on Land Use Near Preston and Northwest Highway

Preston Center

The intersection of Preston Road and Northwest Highway is a crossroads at a crossroads. With its proximity to University Park and Preston Hollow, the commercial district is a stone’s throw from many of Dallas’ finest homes. The clout of the homeowners in those neighborhoods is one big reason why two projects that would have brought more density to the area have been put on hold. (Meanwhile, there’s the question of what Mark Cuban plans to do with all of his nearby properties.)

In the wake of all this hubbub, officials with the City of Dallas and the North Central Texas Council of Government are going to put together the “Preston Road and Northwest Highway Land Use Study.” (Dallas has a long history of such studies.) Jennifer Staubach Gates, who represents the nearby Dallas neighborhoods on the City Council, has invited her constituents to a community meeting from 6 to 8 p.m. on Oct. 30 at University Park United Methodist Church.

According to said invitation, the study will have three components:

1. The appropriate land-use intensity and mix

2. The appropriate content-sensitive design for the transportation system

3. The necessary transportation operational improvements involving pedestrians, bicycles, and automobiles.

Gates’ invitation says a presentation will be followed by a discussion of ways for you to participate in the study. See you there?

Buyers Willing to Pay Top Dollar Will Want to Take a Look at These Estates

When it comes to homebuying, price occupies the top spot on the priority list for almost everyone. However, in one quiet circle, there exists a group of home seekers for whom money isn’t the defining factor in the buy-or-not-to-buy equation. For this elite group, we present three available estates with list prices greater than $10 million.


The estate at 6810 Turtle Creek Boulevard, located in Volk Estates of University Park, features 8,544 square feet of breathtaking splendor. This six-bedroom, five-bath classic Mediterranean home occupies nearly an acre on Turtle Creek. Inside, you’ll find wide plank flooring, exposed beams, Pecky Cypress paneled study, all-white gourmet kitchen and wine cellar. If you’d entertain the idea of co-ownership, there’s even a split bedroom suite. List price: $13,500,000





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3828 Turtle Creek Drive is also a must-see Mediterranean estate, boasting five separate lots for a total of 2.17 acres of beautifully landscaped grounds. The home was built in the 1920s and features 6,717 perfectly renovated and restored square feet. The estate offers three bedrooms, dining room/library combination, solarium, gym, 15,000-bottle wine room, and a grand backyard with resort-style pool and large entertaining area. Nature aficionados will love the rose, herb and hydrangea gardens. List price: $12,900,000





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If you’d like to live in Highland Park, consider the 9,027-square-foot home at 4412 Lakeside Drive. This home was built in 1918 but has been updated and restored to perfection. Here you’ll find five living areas, pergola, loggia, porte-cochère, resort-style pool and spa, guest quarters, two-story game room, and three-car garage. List price: $12,995,000





A version of this story also appears on CultureMap Dallas.

Check Out What Properties You Can Buy For $750,000 in Different Areas

If anything could ever prove the old adage about “location, location, location,” it’s the results we got when we looked through our current listings to see what you can get for $750,000.



The four-bedroom house at 6519 Gaston Avenue includes more than 3,300 square feet of living space on a large lot overlooking the golf course at Lakewood Country Club. The home was built in 1940, but it’s been beautifully updated, with custom cabinets in the kitchen and a renovated marble bath in the downstairs master suite. The owner can walk to Whole Foods Market and numerous restaurants in the Lakewood Shopping Center. Emily Ray-Porter & Associates has the house listed for $749,000.



The two-bedroom condo on the 12th floor of 3111 Welborn Street, aka the Centrum Tower, includes more than 2,220 square feet of living space with panoramic views of Downtown, the Trinity River, and the Park Cities. The sleek unit has been updated with the finest finishes, and the spacious open floor plan provides plenty of natural light and extraordinary sunsets. Amenities include valet service, security, and a fitness center. The owner will get two assigned spaces in the parking garage, but she’ll be able to walk to numerous shops and restaurants as well as Lee Park and the Katy Trail. The Gullotto-Barnes Group has the condo listed for $750,000.

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The four-bedroom townhome at 4133 Hyer Street includes more than 2,700 square feet of living space, not to mention an attached three-car garage with a private elevator. There are hardwood floors throughout, and the eat-in kitchen, which opens to the living and dining rooms, features granite counters and stainless-steel appliances. The owner can walk to Highland Park High School, which is just half a block away. The Layne-Rothwell Group has the home listed for $749,900.

You’re Invited to Envision Yourself Hosting Parties in University Park


During a recent sales meeting, Dave Perry-Miller associate Bo Parker stood up and touted 4420 Windsor Parkway as the “ultimate party house.” That intrigued me enough to stop by for a tour.

Despite the sellers having New Orleans roots just like Bo’s, she didn’t mean “party” in the French Quarter/Mardi Gras sense. She was thinking more along the lines of having friends over to watch a football game. (Saints? Cowboys? Maybe both, with the NFL Sunday Ticket.)

There are three sets of double doors in the den that open right to the deck, where there’s plenty of seating and accommodations for another television. Just beyond the deck is a gorgeous pool. In the right weather conditions, I could definitely envision guests flowing seamlessly between the house’s interior and exterior.





I was really struck by the spacious master suite, which is separated from the other three bedrooms by a short hallway and a set of steps. The master bedroom and bathroom seem so much more modern than the rest of the second floor that I assumed those rooms were added on. But Bo assures me they were merely the result of a quality renovation.




The four-bedroom home is halfway between Highland Park High School and Highland Park Village. The track, playground, and tennis courts of Germany Park are just half a block away.

If you’d like to see this property for yourself, call Bo Parker at 214-924-6445 or email her at