Wouldn’t it be Great to Walk to School From One of These Park Cities Homes?


How was that drive to school on the first day of classes? Kind of rough? Imagine how much easier life would be if your children lived within walking distance of their school. Each of these homes for sale in the Park Cities fits the bill.

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3420 Saint Johns Drive is six minutes from Armstrong Elementary on foot.

The exceptional Mediterranean home at 3420 Saint Johns Drive offers a level of sophistication that is evident as soon as you see the intricate wrought-iron patterns in the front door, the exterior balconies, and the breathtaking grand staircase in the two-story foyer. Floor-to-ceiling windows provide views of the front yard from the formal dining room and formal living room, which features one of the home’s three fireplaces. These distinctive areas are unified by their beautifully stained hardwood floors and enormous arched entryways. Kevin Laszlo is offering the property for $2,950,000.

BRADFIELD ELEMENTARY

4425 Southern Avenue

4425 Southern Avenue is five minutes from Bradfield Elementary on foot.

Newly built by Danes Custom Homes, the gorgeous contemporary house at 4425 Southern Avenue has five bedrooms, five full bathrooms plus two half-baths, and more than 5,000 square feet of living space. This home combines a clean-lined design with the finest materials and finish-out, including metal and glass doors that provide an abundance of natural light. Alex Roostaei is offering the property for $2,575,000.

HYER ELEMENTARY

3637 Southwestern

3637 Southwestern Boulevard is nine minutes from Hyer Elementary on foot.

This stunning new construction by Jeff Gilbert at 3637 Southwestern Boulevard is absolute perfection. The home features a downstairs master suite, is elevator ready, and rests on an incredible 70 by 160 lot. The open floor plan is truly unique and highlights the home’s clean lines and warm feel. The Rhodes Group is offering the property for $3,249,900.

UNIVERSITY PARK ELEMENTARY

3421 Purdue

3421 Purdue Avenue is six minutes from University Park Elementary on foot.

The fantastically light and bright home at 3421 Purdue Avenue offers a white kitchen with a La Cornue en France commercial stove, a Miele dishwasher, a Sub-Zero refrigerator and wine cooler, and an island. The kitchen is open to the den with a fireplace and a wet bar. Upstairs is a large master suite with a sitting area and a luxurious bath with two closets, plus three other bedrooms, a game room, and a utility room. Molly Malone is offering the property for $1,449,000.

Bring Your Appetite for Watermelon to The Park Cities Fourth of July Parade


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Photos by Ben Marshall

Anyone who’s tuned in to ESPN on Independence Day knows the hot-dog-eating contest on New York’s Coney Island has become a national tradition. Just as beloved — and much less stomach-turning — are the watermelon-eating contests that happen each July 4 in University Park.

Just as they have for the past seven years, The Rhodes Group will bring dozens of watermelons to Goar Park on Saturday morning so patrons of the Park Cities Fourth of July Parade can demonstrate their abilities to chow down.

While many companies give away branded products at the Goar Park festival, the Rhodes Group — a top-producing team of Realtors that includes Tom Rhodes Jr., Dan Rhodes, Burton Rhodes, Thomas Rhodes, and Neil Broussard — prefers to offer something more interactive and fun.

Their watermelon-eating contests must be fun, because they lure plenty of repeat competitors, Burton Rhodes said, with some kids bellying up to the table as many as five times. Unfortunately, practice doesn’t make perfect.

“They tend to get slower and slower as time goes on,” Burton said.

Win one of their contests, and you’ll be able to proudly walk away with a foam hat that brands you a Watermelon Eating Champion. And don’t be surprised to see those hats worn proudly by competitors of all ages.

“I’ve seen small kids beat the pants off of much bigger kids,” Burton Rhode said. “Size doesn’t make a difference.”

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If You’ve Ever Dreamed of Operating a Bed & Breakfast, Here’s Your Chance


If you’ve ever fallen in love with a bed and breakfast and thought “I could just live here,” you should see the unique property The Rhodes Group is marketing in Uptown. The six-bedroom home at 2505 Worthington Street, which is listed for $1,500,000, is known for hosting plenty of guests; two sisters operate it as a bed and breakfast.

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Sitting just steps from the McKinney Avenue Trolley tracks, the hotel is conveniently located near the Arts District’s entertainment, the West Village’s shopping, and plenty of restaurants. Guests who prefer to drive need not worry. Completed in 2002, the building features four covered parking spaces in the rear.

The first floor includes a large kitchen, adjoining living and dining rooms, and two bedrooms. There are fireplaces in the living room and in two of the bedroom suites.

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The other four bedrooms are on the second floor, as is a utility room. As you would expect given its status as a hotel, each of the home’s six bedrooms is a suite with a full bathroom.

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The property is also available for lease, either as a residence or as office space. For more information, contact Dan Rhodes at 214-415-4642 or dan@daveperrymiller.com.

Rhodes Group Featured in Story About Families Full of Highland Park Alumni


Tom and Suzy Rhodes graduated from Highland Park High School, and so did their five children. A third generation of Rhodeses is expected to follow suit. (Photo by Chris McGathey for Park Cities People)
Tom and Suzy Rhodes graduated from Highland Park High School, and so did their five children. A third generation of Rhodeses is expected to follow suit. (Photo by Chris McGathey for Park Cities People)

The September issue of Park Cities People features a story about families that include multiple generations of Highland Park ISD students. The photo illustrating that story shows three generations of the Rhodes family. Tom and Suzy Rhodes graduated from Highland Park High School, as did their five children, and two granddaughters are students at Bradfield Elementary. Tom Rhodes and three of his sons — Dan, Burton, and Thomas — sell real estate together as The Rhodes Group.

Dave Perry-Miller & Associates Cools Off Parade Patrons With Free Lemonade


Cindy Bruner and Julie Boren encourage Scots cheerleader Kathleen Gamso to help herself to some lemonade. (Photos by Ben Marshall)
Cindy Bruner and Julie Boren encourage Scots cheerleader Kathleen Gamso to help herself to some lemonade. (Photos by Ben Marshall)

Keeping up an annual tradition, volunteers from Dave Perry-Miller & Associates gave out 500 gallons of lemonade to thirsty patriots after the Park Cities Fourth of July Parade. Among the VIPs who quenched their thirst at our booth were Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins and Texas Senate candidate Don Huffines.

Lemonade wasn’t the only sweet way to beat the heat. On the other side of Goar Park, Dave Perry-Miller & Associates’ Rhodes Group once again mounted a series of watermelon-eating contests, with winners proudly sporting foam crowns signifying their championship status.

Each year, the Fourth of July Parade is the most-beloved community event in the Park Cities. Dave Perry-Miller & Associates is honored to be a part of the festivities.

Burton Rhodes and Thomas Rhodes officiate of several watermelon-eating contests.
Burton Rhodes and Thomas Rhodes officiate one of several watermelon-eating contests they hosted.
Debbie Williams, C C Allen, Michelle Appelbaum, and Rhonda Needham were among the Dave Perry-Miller associates who volunteered to serve lemonade on Independence Day.
Debbie Williams, C C Allen, Michelle Appelbaum, and Ronda Needham were among the Dave Perry-Miller associates who volunteered to serve lemonade on Independence Day.
James Martin and Alicia Schroeder of Dave Perry-Miller's InTown officer take a moment to take a selfie.
James Martin and Alicia Schroeder of Dave Perry-Miller’s InTown office take a moment to snap a selfie.