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.

ARMSTRONG ELEMENTARY

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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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Texas Discovery Gardens Will Present Flora Award to Tom and Suzy Rhodes


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Dan Rhodes, Tom Rhodes, Texas Discovery Gardens executive director Dick Davis, Suzy Rhodes, and Burton Rhodes

The Flora Award, one of Dallas’ most prestigious honors, has been presented in support of Texas Discovery Gardens since its inception in 1982. It serves to recognize outstanding citizens who have demonstrated a commitment to community service, education, and the advancement of the environment and quality of life.

Winners have included Jan Pickens, Ellen and John McStay, Ebby Halliday Acers, Peggy and Carl Sewell, Dee and Charles Wyly, Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, and Barbara Hunt Crow. As of tomorrow evening, that list will include Suzy and Tom Rhodes, leaders of The Rhodes Group at Dave Perry-Miller & Associates.

“Suzy and Tom have dedicated countless hours to so many community and charitable organizations over the years,” said Stacey Beck, the 2014 Flora Award chair. “Texas Discovery Gardens is just one of the many that has benefited from their generosity of time, spirit, and financial support. They are truly deserving of this award.”

Flora Award proceeds support Texas Discovery Gardens’ educational mission to help children and adults discover and learn to sustain their natural world. Thousands of visitors explore the gardens’ 7.5-acre organic “living museum” and Rosine Smith Sammons Butterfly House and Insectarium or attend one of the many educational programs offered.

“We are so honored to receive the Flora Award,” the Rhodeses said. “Texas Discovery Gardens is doing great things in our community. Not only do the gardens have the wonderful butterfly house for all ages to enjoy, but the staff is teaching kids as well as adults the importance of our environment. Teaching kids about gardening gives a child a chance to learn an important life skill — the satisfaction that comes from caring for something over time while experiencing its cycle of life.”

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.