Agents Help Prepare CitySquare Cottages for New Residents


Ask any real estate agent — preferably one from Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate — what they enjoy most about their job, and they’ll tell you: it’s helping people find a place to call home.  A place to retreat after a long day, to regroup and relax, to dream big dreams for themselves and their family, to offer security and safety, to lay their head at night.

No matter who we are or what we do, we all need the stability that comes with having a home base to keep getting up every day and giving life another shot. Ask any homeless person what happens when that is taken away from you, and they’ll tell you it starts a downward spiral that’s difficult to recover from. At least on your own.

No one understands this hard truth better than CitySquare. This compassionate community neighbor, headquartered in the shadows of the I-30/I-45 interchange along Malcolm X Blvd, has been a lifelong friend to Dallas’ homeless. They started 29 years ago as Central Dallas Ministries, with the mission to fight the causes and effects of poverty through service, advocacy and friendship.  On January 3, twenty-six Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate agents showed up to their highly anticipated new Cottages at Hickory Crossing, ready to join that fight.

Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate agents started off the new year by extending a helping hand to some fellow citizens trying to get back on their feet. Photography by Jason Riley Hoss Photography
Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate agents started off the new year by extending a helping hand to some fellow citizens trying to get back on their feet. Photography by Jason Riley Hoss Photography

The Cottages comprise 50 homes, each 400 square feet, with enough room for a bedroom, bathroom, kitchen, living area and a front porch. A public registry at Target provided furnishings and basics to stock each cottage, and the agents assisted in setting up and staging 12 of the new homes.

The Cottages at Hickory Crossing are made up of fifty 400 square foot "mini homes" like those pictured here.
The Cottages at Hickory Crossing are made up of fifty 400 square foot “mini homes” like those pictured here.
A resident of The Cottages at Hickory Crossing returns to her new permanent home.
A resident of The Cottages at Hickory Crossing returns to her new permanent home.
The Cottages at Hickory Crossing are just southeast of Downtown.
The Cottages at Hickory Crossing are just southeast of Downtown.
In the spring, residents of The Cottages at Hickory Crossing will be able to plant and grow their own food and herbs in these troughs.
In the spring, residents of The Cottages at Hickory Crossing will be able to plant and grow their own food and herbs in these troughs.

In addition to lending a hand, agents got a first-hand look at CitySquare’s pioneering approach to easing chronic homelessness, one based on a concept called “Housing First.” The model prioritizes providing the homeless with permanent housing as quickly as possible – and then providing voluntary supportive services as needed, such as mental health and medical services, job training and more. Studies show that when potential loss of housing is taken out of the equation, recovery and rehabilitation is more likely to be successful.

Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate agents joined CitySquare in their fight to alleviate poverty and homelessness by setting up and staging 12 of the new Cottages at Hickory Crossing.
Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate agents joined CitySquare in their fight to alleviate poverty and homelessness by setting up and staging 12 of the new Cottages at Hickory Crossing.
Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate agents joined CitySquare in their fight to alleviate poverty and homelessness by setting up and staging 12 of the new Cottages at Hickory Crossing.
Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate agents joined CitySquare in their fight to alleviate poverty and homelessness by setting up and staging 12 of the new Cottages at Hickory Crossing.

Scott Kaserman had this to say about his experience at CitySquare: “I learned something new. That it costs the city $40,000 annually for each of their most susceptible homeless persons, while it only costs them $15,000 to build one of these beautiful homes! The cottages have really taken a serious problem and come up with a serious solution. I think this community would help anyone to be better and to do more good in life.”

“What a wonderful project our city has invested in to help people down on their luck,” said Frada Sandler. “The houses are darling and will give them such a sense of pride, in addition to being part of a community that understands and helps their situation. Very rewarding!”

Ged Dipprey summed up the afternoon nicely when he said: “It was an amazing opportunity to finally see that as a city we aren’t apathetic to helping the “least of these.”  CitySquare’s development restores the dignity, hopes and dreams of those fortunate to call one of these cottages “home.”  It was a sweet reminder of the value associated with having a home to call our own and the special privilege it is to help others achieve their own dream of home ownership!”

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The finished product!
The finished product!
Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate agents joined CitySquare in their fight to alleviate poverty and homelessness by setting up and staging 12 of the new Cottages at Hickory Crossing.
Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate agents joined CitySquare in their fight to alleviate poverty and homelessness by setting up and staging 12 of the new Cottages at Hickory Crossing.

PHOTOGRAPHY CREDITS: JASON RILEY HOSS PHOTOGRAPHY, FORT WORTH, TX  817-676-5778

Elaine B. Agather of JP Morgan Chase Celebrates Great Year with Agents at Q3 Breakfast Meeting


Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate agents with keynote speaker (L-R): McKamy Tiner, Madline Jobst, Elaine Agather, Judith Lifson, Susan Nelson Wheeler
Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate agents with keynote speaker (L-R): McKamy Tiner, Madline Jobst, Elaine Agather, Judith Lifson, Susan Nelson Wheeler

That pretty lady in pink hugging on the Dave Perry-Miller agents is none other than Elaine B. Agather, chairwoman of the Dallas region for JPMorgan Chase Bank, one of the most powerful women not just in Dallas but in the U.S banking and private investment world. Elaine stopped in to keynote DPM’s 3rd quarter breakfast meeting at the Dallas Country Club Thursday morning and got a standing ovation! She was also duly impressed by the number crunching that had the room floating with a lot of “B’s”. For BILLIONS!

“I’m a numbers girl,” she said, ” and I’m impressed.”

Read more about the morning over at Candy’s Dirt

Superb Home on Lakewood Boulevard Deservedly Labeled as ‘Hot Property’


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6748 Lakewood Boulevard is being offered for $2,450,000.

Our friends at D Magazine have an eye for beautiful homes. Need evidence? They put the magnificent five-bedroom residence at 6748 Lakewood Boulevard in the spotlight as this week’s Hot Property. Located within cycling distance of White Rock Lake, Lakewood Elementary School, and the Lakewood Shopping Center, the half-acre property is being offered for $2,450,000 by the Nelson Wheeler Group.

Guest House in Lakewood Would be Perfect For Retiree or Recent Grad


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Because it has a guest house with separate entrances, the Lakewood property at 6301 Mercedes Avenue is perfect for multi-generational living. Whether you have a senior parent who’s ready to move in or a recent graduate who’s not quite ready to move out, this home provides plenty of space for extended family. Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate’s Nelson Wheeler Group is offering the corner-lot property for $1,200,000.

The two-story addition has its own front door off the driveway. Its first level includes a full kitchen — with a set of French doors leading to the home’s oasis of a backyard — plus a bedroom suite.

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Upstairs, you’ll find a second bedroom with a vaulted ceiling and a kitchenette, a walk-in closet in the hallway, a full bathroom with a jetted tub and rain shower head, and a wood-paneled office accessorized by a refrigerator with an icemaker.

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Between the guest house and the main house is a two-car garage that includes an enclosed area for wine storage. The backyard, which is shaded by mature trees, includes a putting green, a covered deck augmented by a fireplace and a ceiling fan, and a pristine pool and spa.

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The pool can be accessed via a set of French doors from the main house’s family room or the half-bath in the utility room. The family room is open to the gourmet kitchen, where the amenities include a six-burner Viking range, a Sub-Zero refrigerator with a freezer drawer, and a Miele dishwasher. The island features a second sink plus a Viking warming drawer.

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The dining room sits between the formal living room and a first-floor bedroom suite. Each of these rooms features gleaming, blond, hardwood floors and white wooden blinds, just as the kitchen and family room do.

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The second floor houses two generously sized bedrooms connected by a Jack and Jill bathroom. Although much of the 1948 main house has been graciously renovated, this bathroom features a few choice vintage aspects, including the radiator and original tub finished in mint green.

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To schedule a private showing of this unique property, contact Susan Nelson Wheeler at 469-878-8522 or susan@daveperrymiller.com.