Karen Fry Offers Idyllic Preston Hollow Home on 11134 Lawnhaven


Beautiful gardens and grounds designed by acclaimed landscape architect David Rolston create a lush backdrop for this 2005 two story in the Preston Hollow area.  Offered for $1,585,000 by top-producer Karen Fry with Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate, 11134 Lawnhaven Road features 5,823 square feet (per appraisal) with elegant formals, large family room, five bedrooms, four full bathrooms, powder bath, study, game room, media room, and 27-foot screened porch.

11134 Lawnhaven is listed by Karen Fry of Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate for $1,585,000.
11134 Lawnhaven is listed by Karen Fry of Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate for $1,585,000.
11134 Lawnhaven, listed by Karen Fry of Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate, boasts gorgeous entertaining spaces, inside and out.
11134 Lawnhaven, listed by Karen Fry of Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate, boasts gorgeous entertaining spaces, inside and out.
11134 Lawnhaven, listed by Karen Fry of Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate, boasts gorgeous entertaining spaces, inside and out.
11134 Lawnhaven, listed by Karen Fry of Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate, boasts gorgeous entertaining spaces, inside and out.

“This home features beautiful interior and exterior spaces,” Fry says. “While the open floor plan is designed for comfortable living and entertaining, there are distinctive zones for relaxing and entertaining outdoors, as well.”

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The entry sets the tone with a soaring ceiling, scrolled-iron staircase and stone flooring. It is flanked by formal living and dining rooms with hand-glazed walls, custom millwork, and large windows overlooking the front lawn. A richly paneled study with an idyllic view of the garden offers a refined workspace.

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Just beyond, an archway opens to the heart of the home—a two-story family room with a vaulted, beamed ceiling, fireplace, hand-scraped hardwood floors, and expansive windows that overlook the backyard oasis.

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It connects seamlessly with the casual dining room and updated gourmet kitchen with an island, breakfast bar, granite countertops, stone backsplash, stainless steel appliances and walk-in pantry. The adjacent wine center makes entertaining easy with wet bar, icemaker, wine cooler and beverage center.

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The first-floor master suite features a large sitting area, windows overlooking the back yard, and spacious master bathroom with dual sinks, granite surfaces, jetted tub and large walk-in closet. An additional en-suite bedroom completes the first floor.

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Upstairs, three bedrooms—along with separate game, media and exercise rooms—provide plenty of space for everyone.

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Outdoors, the screened porch opens to the grassy lawn and gardens. Tucked beneath a pergola, the outdoor entertaining center features a seated bar, built-in grilling station, sink, refrigerator and beverage center. A separate open-air lounge area with fire pit is perfect for sunning or stargazing.

For more information, please contact Karen Fry at 214-288-1391 or kfry@daveperrymiller.com.

Fry, Hayes Treat Actors to an Afternoon at the Arboretum


Both Karen Fry and Meridith Hayes grew up going to musicals. So when the Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate team found out “Beautiful: The Carol King Musical” was coming to Dallas in June,  they sensed a natural opportunity to reach out to the cast and staff, and show them around the vibrant city they love and serve. After all, Karen knows both the lead, Abby Mueller, and the understudy, Sarah Bockel, through her position on the Board of Trustees at Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre in Grand Lake, Colorado, where both are alumnae. This theatre is considered a huge stepping stone for the actors to Broadway, with many currently on Broadway and national tours.

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Meridith Hayes and Karen Fry of Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate with “Carole King” understudy Sarah Bockel.

In keeping with the theme of “beautiful,” the busy real estate agents decided to take a trip to Dallas’ own shining star, the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens. Why not show one of the most gorgeous gardens in the world to the talented ensemble of “Beautiful?”

Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate — a longtime sponsor of Arboretum events — and the Arboretum extended the invitation to the traveling cast and staff. It was well received. The group spent the morning touring the gardens, and afterward Meridith and Karen hosted a luncheon for them.

Surprise Ending to the Day

Perhaps as a cosmic token of gratitude, that evening as Karen arrived to the theatre, she received a text from Sarah about a surprise.

Karen recalled, “It was a “Beautiful” moment when I realized that my surprise was seeing my friend walk out on stage as the lead instead of the understudy! I have watched her talent blossom, so it was a teary-eyed moment to see her get to go on as Carole King, whom I grew up listening to.”

As it turned out, Karen had dropped off Sarah at her hotel at 2:00, and Sarah found out she was going on as lead at 6:00. (Abby had taken ill earlier in the day, and was actually unable to attend the Arboretum excursion.)

After the Beautiful day, Meridith was able to draw some parallels between what she and Karen do every day and what their Arboretum guests do.

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Karen Fry (far left) and Meridith Hayes (far right) with the cast and crew of “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical.”

“Having an appreciation for the arts really does go hand in hand with selling real estate when you consider that it engrains in us an understanding for the finer talents of others,” Meridith said. “We see that every day from the architects, builders, designers, etc. who create the homes we sell.”

Karen added, “And if you are anywhere near Grand Lake, Colorado, this summer, go see the productions at Rocky Mountain Rep. The actor you see this summer could easily be on the stage in New York or Dallas next.”

Karen Fry, Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate agent, and Sarah Bockel, "Carole King" understudy, enjoy the scenery with Mark Twain.
Karen Fry, Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate agent, and Sarah Bockel, “Carole King” understudy, enjoy the scenery with Mark Twain.

Agents Represent Firm as Dallas Arboretum Hosts Corporate Sponsor Dinner in the Gardens


It’s no longer a secret: Dallas has become one of the hottest places in the country to live. And raise a family, do business, get cultured, enjoy good food… The list goes on. It also has primo latitude/longitude and average temperature going for it. This makes it an ideal locale for a year-round outdoor gathering place for folks from all walks of life. One like, say… the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens.

We are fortunate, as a city, to have this horticultural heaven along the southeastern shoreline of White Rock Lake, overlooking downtown Dallas. And we are honored, as a company, to financially support the Dallas Arboretum as they provide us with incredible beauty throughout the seasons.

Last night, the Arboretum feted its corporate sponsors at a special evening on the grounds, amidst the breathtaking display that is Dallas Blooms. And we dispatched 10 agents there to receive the appreciation on our behalf.

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Dave Perry-Miller agents attending the dinner included (clockwise from top left): Weston Pugh, Meridith Hayes, Karen Fry, Curt and Paige Elliott, Lynn Beaurline, Christopher Miller, Katherene Hough, Amanda Davidson, and, not pictured, Betsy Weber Hurst.

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As corporate sponsors, we’re grateful to have the opportunity to help produce and promote the following special events throughout the year:

DALLAS BLOOMS BRONZE EXHIBIT: Bringing the intricate, lifelike bronze-works of Gary Lee Price to the gardens, is one of our favorite sponsored events this spring. A fellow of the National Sculpture Society, Price has been recognized worldwide for his work uplifting the human spirit. This year during Dallas Blooms — the largest floral festival in the Southwest — his exhibit called “The Great Contributors” complements the overall annual theme, ”The Artistry in Nature.” Nine bronze statues, including such notable thinkers as Abraham Lincoln, Claude Monet and The Wright Brothers, are on display throughout the garden. All around them the grounds explode with 100 kinds of spring bulbs, totaling 500,000 blooms. The exhibit is on display now through November 27, 2016.

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MEMBER EASTER EGG HUNTS: Families appreciate the four opportunities on two consecutive weekends in March (March 18-19 & 25-26) to fill baskets and make memories. It makes us very proud to provide the consummate spring backdrop for photos of the little ones in their Easter best!

AUTUMN AT THE ARBORETUM: September 17 heralds that long-awaited time of year when we transition from longer, hotter summer days to shorter, cooler fall ones, complete with a pumpkin patch and the inimitable Pumpkin Village.

For more information on these Arboretum events and others, please visit the Arboretum’s website.

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Building Healthy Agent Camaraderie One Festive Gathering at a Time


When you work in an industry of smart, confident, self-motivated independent contractors, it would be easy – understandable even — for genuine camaraderie to be… well, lacking. At Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate, however, that’s just not the case. And we have photographic evidence to support this claim.

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Take, for example, the recent week-night chili party that was attended by just about every agent in the Preston Center office. The evening was hosted by the office’s Advisory Board – Gayl Braymer, Karen Fry, Dawn Rejebian, Chad Schulin, and Gene Taylor — and held at Karen’s Preston Hollow home.

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The Advisory Board comprises five Associates elected by their fellow office-mates (2-year term) to attend monthly meetings with Dave and company management, and help shape the path and success of the Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate brand. These ambassadors for the company offer support to fellow Associates, and serve as a voice of opinion in all aspects of the company’s operations. All five of the Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate offices have their own Advisory Boards, and each one by design helps foster a culture of collaboration and encouragement among associates.

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“It’s a pleasure to work with this leadership group,” says Gaynelle Henger, Office Manager of the Preston Center location. “They bring fun, professional perspectives and vision to our office community.”

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Preston Hollow Home Featured on Recent Webisode of ModernDallas.tv


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6337 Orchid now.

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Wow, right? In case you’re wondering, yes, this 1951 ranch-style was taken down to the foundation. So while the footprint and the view are the basically the same, little else is.

Karen Fry, the Dave Perry-Miller agent representing this 5,210 square-foot Preston Hollow beauty, says this about the renovation: “Chris Cole engaged me throughout the entire design process of 6337 Orchid Lane.  It was a fascinating process, watching his artistic vision transform a 1950’s ranch into a modern soft contemporary home. Because of my 25 years in the Preston Hollow area, I was able to help him give potential buyers what they were looking for.” The property is being listed at $1,925,000.

Just look at it today! An open and flexible floor plan, clean lines, neutral palette, expansive wall spaces perfect for art and an abundance of natural light blend to create a home perfect for entertaining as well as comfortable family living.

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The custom glass and iron entry door open to the light-filled foyer, which is flanked by a formal dining room with handsome fireplace and a formal living area.

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The great or family room is anchored by an inviting fireplace and offers additional views and access to the backyard and entertaining courtyard through the wall of floor to ceiling windows and doors.

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The conveniently located wet bar is equipped with a stainless wine refrigerator while the nearby butler’s pantry that doubles as a catering kitchen with an additional oversized walk-in pantry round out the kitchen.

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A gourmet kitchen appointed with custom rift-cut white oak cabinetry, waterfall island with sink, Thermador Professional Series appliances, quartzite surfaces, and Ann Sacks tile backsplash opens onto the sun-filled breakfast/morning room with walls of windows and doors leading to the entertaining patio.

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The master suite is a true escape with an adjacent sitting room/office, doors with access and views of the patio.

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A luxurious spa-inspired master bath features free standing tub, walk-in shower and stone surfaces.

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The master also offers dual master closets, one complimented by a center packing island with built-in storage and Danby countertop.

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The second closet offers access to an additional and separate cedar closet.

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The southeast wing of the house offers three bedrooms; one with an ensuite bath and walk-in shower and two additional bedrooms with separate vanities and shared shower and bath.

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The second story media room with full bath could easily be purposed into a fifth bedroom or guest quarters.

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6337 Orchid is in close proximity to the best private and public schools in Dallas, shopping, dining and all that Dallas has to offer. It’s a home of the highest quality, sophistication and comfort, and sets the stage for today’s modern living.

For more information or to schedule a private showing, contact Karen Fry at kfry@daveperrymiller.com or call 214-288-1391.

Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate Honors Top Producers of an Outstanding Year


Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate agents and staff gathered at Dallas Country Club on March 5 to honor the top producers of 2014, a record-breaking year for the firm that represents the leading brand for properties of distinction in Dallas’ established neighborhoods. The managers of five offices gave out awards to individuals, groups, and teams based on production, income, and homes sold.

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Standing: Ralph Randall, Forrest Gregg, Chris Pyle, Susie Thompson, Shirley Cohn, Greg Iker, Stephen Pryor, John Weber, Chris Hickman, Sonia Villareal, Susan Schweidel, Dan Rhodes, and Thomas Rhodes; Seated: Madeline Jobst, Shannon Blount, Sharon Palmer, Kate Walters, Robb Puckett, Ashley Beane, Brady Moore, Burton Rhodes, and Christine McKenny

The Highland Park Office at 5500 Preston Road is managed by Robb Puckett. Its top producers were:

1. The Rhodes Group
2. The Haven Group
3. Hickman+Weber Group
4. Ralph Randall
5. Brady Moore
6. Christine McKenny
7. Gianna Cerullo
8. Madeline Jobst
9. Stephen Pryor
10. Shannon Blount

Ralph Randall was the top individual per income. Brady Moore was the top individual per homes sold. The Rhodes Group was the top group per income. The Haven Group was the top group per homes sold.

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Standing: Jarrad Barnes, Frances Jacobs, Joseph Gullutto, Nadine Meyer, Melanie Till, Brittani Frankowiak, Macy Riley, Henry Barber, Emily Ray-Porter, Eloise Eriksson Martin, and Brandon Fleeman; Seated: Patty Brooks, Brian Bleeker, Stephene Tolocko, Melissa O’Brien, Kathy Hewitt, Steve Habgood, Jim Berrong, Jessica Hill, James Martin, and Andy Steingasser

The InTown Office at 2828 Routh Street is managed by Becky Connatser. Its top producers were:

1. The Hewitt & Habgood Realty Group
2. The Emily Ray-Porter Group
3. The Gullutto-Barnes Group
4. Brandon Fleeman
5. Patty Brooks
6. The Martin Group
7. Jim Berrong
8. The Meyer Group
9. Brian Davis
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T10. Brittani Frankowiak

Brandon Fleeman was the top individual per income and homes sold. The Hewitt & Habgood Realty Group was the top group in both categories.

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Meg Skinner, Nancy Johnson, Ashley Rasmussen, Lauren Moore, and Scott Jackson

The Lakewood Office at 2311 Abrams Road is managed by Lee Thomas. Its top producers were:

1. Nancy Johnson
2. The Jackson Team
3. Meg Skinner
4. Heather Guild
5. Marissa Fontanez

Nancy Johnson was the top individual per income and homes sold. The Jackson Team was the top group in both categories. The Johnson Holmes Group was the top team in both categories.

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Standing: Sissy Pardue, Stewart Lee, Brian Smith, Curt Elliott, and Sharon Quist; Seated: Carolyn Vandagriff, Phyllis Glover, Julie Boren, Stephen Collins, Paige Elliott, and Henda Salmeron

The Park Cities Office at 6025 Luther Lane is also managed by Lee Thomas. Its top producers were:

1. Sharon Quist
2. Julie Provenzano
3. Brian Smith
4. The Phyllis Glover Team
5. Paige and Curt Elliott
6. Stephen Collins
7. Julie Boren
8. Henda Salmeron
9. Debbie Sherrington
10. Stewart Lee

Sharon Quist was the top individual per income. Julie Provenzano was the top individual per homes sold. The Phyllis Glover Team was the top group in both categories. Paige and Curt Elliott were the top team in both categories.

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Standing: Jill Rasansky, McKamy Tiner, Laura Michelle, Mark Cain, Karen Fry, Weston Pugh, and Jeff Updike; Seated: Ginger Levine, Gayl Braymer, Jennifer Miller, Diane Gruber, and Martha Tiner

The Preston Center Office at 5950 Berkshire Lane is managed by Gaynelle Henger. Its top producers were:

1. Jennifer Miller
2. Mark Cain
3. Ginger Levine and Jill Rasansky
4. Laura Michelle
5. Gayl Braymer and Jonathan Thayer
6. Karen Fry
7. Diane Gruber
8. Justin Easterling
9. Martha and McKamy Tiner
10. Updike│Pugh

Jennifer Miller was the top individual per income. Laura Michelle was the top individual per homes sold. Ginger Levine and Jill Rasansky were the top group in both categories. Gayl Braymer and Jonathan Thayer were the top team per income. Updike│Pugh was the top team per homes sold.

Premier Property in Lake Forest Offers Luxury and Security to Qualified Buyer


Buyers looking for both luxury and privacy will fall in love with 12269 Pecan Forest Drive, a 10,000-square-foot mansion on the premier lot in Lake Forest, an exclusive gated community that is guarded 24 hours a day. Not only does it occupy two-thirds of an acre, the property also provides access to the expansive greenbelt adjacent to White Rock Creek. Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate’s Karen Fry is marketing the property for $3,750,000.

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Built by Sharif & Munir Custom Homes in 2006, this palace boasts a beautiful open floor plan that makes entertaining on any scale a breeze. The stunning two-story foyer features a sparkling marble floor and a grand staircase, and is open to the dining room and great room. Your eyes will naturally be drawn to the slightly coved ceiling in the dining room and the coffered ceiling in the great room, which features a wall of built-in shelves anchored by a cast-stone fireplace.

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Both of those rooms lead to the kitchen, which is a chef’s dream, featuring an oversized granite island, stainless-steel appliances, and side-by-side refrigerator and freezer.

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The kitchen’s breakfast room provides beautiful views of the backyard, which offers a pool, a private putting green for improving your golf game, and a patio with a fireplace and a built-in grill.

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The downstairs master suite is luxurious, with built-in shelves, a fireplace, a sitting area, his and her baths, and spacious walk-in closets with dressing areas. Just off the man’s bathroom is a covered outdoor hot tub.

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Adjacent to the master suite is the richly paneled study with a fireplace and a secret computer closet. The downstairs is completed with a guest suite, a pool bath, and a hobby room with a full bath that could become a fifth bedroom.

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At the top of the grand staircase, you’ll find a paneled game room with a wet bar and access to a balcony with gorgeous views. That leads to a media room that puts to shame any theater you could find at a multiplex. The second floor also includes two bedrooms with private baths, plus two storage areas.

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Lutron lighting, electric phantom screens on the patio, smart thermostats, an elevator, six zones of heat and air, and a four-car garage are just a few of the amenities you will find in this exceptional home.

To schedule a showing, contact Karen Fry at 288-1391 or kry@daveperrymiller.com.

Photos by Shoot2Sell

Preston Hollow Women’s Club Hosts Former Ambassador to Saudi Arabia


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Ambassador Robert W. Jordan’s audience included (from left) Jennifer Hirschbrich and Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate agents Markus Hirschbrich, C C Allen, Patsy Jones, and Karen Fry.

Robert W. Jordan, former U.S. Ambassador to Saudi Arabia, shared stories about his experiences overseas with the Preston Hollow Women’s Club last Thursday. His lecture was arranged by longtime friend Karen Fry, a Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate agent who is the club’s head of programs and its past president.

Jordan took charge of his mission in Saudi Arabia just a few weeks after the 9/11 attacks and worked closely with President George W. Bush, Colin Powell and other administration officials in engaging the Saudis on fighting terrorism and advancing human rights, women’s rights, and religious freedom. He was instrumental in promoting the economic reforms necessary for Saudi Arabia to join the World Trade Organization.

After his service as ambassador, he returned to the international law firm Baker Botts and headed the firm’s Middle East offices, residing in Dubai until his retirement from the firm. He is now Diplomat in Residence at the John Tower Center for Political Studies at Southern Methodist University. He frequently provides commentary on media outlets, including CNN, Fox, Bloomberg, CNBC, Al Jazeera, and MSNBC. His memoir, Desert Diplomat, will be published this summer.

Rebuilt 4-Bedroom in Preston Hollow Destined for Hosting Fabulous Parties


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Situated on a slightly rolling hill, the reconstructed four-bedroom home at 6821 Bradbury Lane is great for both family and entertainment needs. Karen Fry is marketing the property, which will be open from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, for $950,000.

The current homeowners meticulously reconfigured the floor plan and addition, creating a seamless transformation and flow. The foyer opens to the formal living room with a large picture window and intimate dining room. Imagine the great parties you could host in this house, which has incredible flow from the formals to the game room and wet bar, kitchen, breakfast room, and den.

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An archway in “Old Chicago” brick frames the breakfast room and recently renovated island kitchen, creating a warm and inviting area. The kitchen, which opens to the den, is beautifully appointed with antiqued Cambrian black granite counters, a large furniture-style island, and stainless-steel appliances. Walls of large floor-to-ceiling windows allow an abundance of natural light and look out to the backyard entertainment areas and pool.

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The master bedroom is downstairs, with raised coffered ceilings and custom Pella windows offering magnificent views of the backyard and a private garden. The master bath has a soft contemporary feel with a curved wall sheltering the oversized shower, a large soaking bathtub, custom stone and cherry cabinetry, and a large custom walk-in closet, all of which combine to offer a spa-like retreat. A second bedroom is downstairs with a renovated bath. Two bedrooms are upstairs with a third renovated bath.

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The large backyard is a private oasis, and is framed by an impressive masonry wall. The custom-built open-air cabana features cooking and seating areas, and it overlooks the pool and cascading waterfall. An outside half-bath is dedicated to the cabana and pool entertainment areas.

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Additional amenities include custom cedar garage doors, a hallway half-bath, an oversized utility room and a planning center with custom cabinets, granite counters and another half-bath. This exceptional home has an enchanting open feel with ample wall space for significant art.

To schedule a private showing, contact Karen Fry at 214-288-1391 or kfry@daveperrymiller.com.

D Magazine Hosts Party to Honor 2014 Best Real Estate Agents and Top Producers


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D Magazine has posted a gallery of photos from its party honoring the 2014 Best Real Estate Agents and Top Producers. Among the Dave Perry-Miller associates photographed were Karen Fry, Susie Germany, Frada Sandler, and Jeff Updike.