GetMediaThere are homes that defy time. They last generations because they’re designed with classic architectural features that don’t go out of style, and are easily updated with little more than a coat of paint and some new tile. We have a stunning example of this for you today, an architecturally timeless Highland Park custom home at 4308 Arcady. Co-listed by Meridith Hayes and Karen Fry of Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate for $3.39 million, it’s 5,787 square feet of perfection.

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I want to introduce you to the best little secret street in Preston Forest: Caladium Drive. It’s not quite visible from Preston Road, if you hunt for the “flower power” streets that criss-cross Preston like a finely tuned grid. The reason is that Caladium dead ends at the Preston Forest shopping center, southwest corner. Which means that if your dog has to go to the vet, you can pop on a leash and walk them over. Or if you want food, you can walk. Out of cotton balls and Q-Tips? Jog on over to Ulta — done. Be brave and cross Preston at the light and the delicacies of the southeast shopping center are at your toes, including Whole Foods.

In other words, flower-power street Caladium may well be the most walkable street in North Dallas.

“I think this neighborhood is still in discovery phase, with the lots just being discovered,” says Lance Hancock of Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate’s Hewitt & Habgood Group. “There are new homes and serious remodels everywhere, but this home stands as one of the last true mid-centuries, and in more than mint condition.”

It has not even come on the market yet: 5824 Caladium.

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Every once in a while, a truly extraordinary home comes on the market. Something that makes even Realtors do a double take. And this home will make you never want to leave the house!

The resort-like estate at 7122 Royal Ln. defines exquisite taste and outdoor living, and it’s got our complete attention. The home offers three bedrooms, three full bathrooms, a half bathroom, and 4,661 square feet sitting on over three quarters of an acre in the heart of Preston Hollow. The back yard beats the Four Seasons. There is even a massage room! There is nothing else on the market quite like it, and I’d venture to say this is the best entertainment home on the market in Dallas right now. Yep, a Midcentury party house!

The home has been meticulously renovated with no expense spared. It is truly upscale living, from the mahogany soffits and copper gutters, to video-monitored surveillance system and stainless steel Thermador appliances in the chef’s kitchen that has absolutely everything.

This is also some of the finest outdoor living space we’ve seen, on a lot that measures 96-by-365 feet. You’ll find a sparkling pool, private lake with fountains, numerous outdoor seating and relaxation areas, fireplace, and gazebo. Like I said, the Four Seaons. Two guest suites each offer private outdoor sitting areas. (Oh, the Airbnb possibilities!) You have to see the drone video after the jump to begin to appreciate how exceptional the outdoor space is in this home.

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Photo courtesy Dallas ISD Foster Elementary School will host a open house for parents and community members interested in Spanish language immersion tonight from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.

There are many neighborhoods that are home to “hidden gems” of Dallas ISD – schools that don’t get the attention of their more popular siblings, but have the same programs and successes. (Photo: courtesy Dallas ISD)

I just spent two days fielding queries about neighborhood schools from folks that just moved into my neighborhood. I’m about to tell our readers the same thing I’ve told them: You always hear about the same schools because they’re great schools, and you may feel like you must buy a home in the attendance zones for those schools, despite the low inventory. But often, there are great schools with the same programs (who just haven’t had those programs as long) sitting right under your nose. In fact, there’s still some time to get into your family’s next home near one of these great undiscovered or under-discussed schools before the school year starts.

So I’m thrilled that Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate asked me to write about the schools that are just as awesome, but are less well-known. Keep in mind, this is just a small sampling — there are schools all over the Dallas Independent School District that have amazing programs that are not the usual suspects. (more…)

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We have a new Hot Property, a $39 million estate that is the newest luxury listing in town. It is certainly the most expensive property on the market in the Park Cities, and the sale will set soaring new records. There are guest and green houses, a pool, two spas, tennis and volleyball courts, a putting green and a Party Pavilion where a Presidential Library was essentially funded. The home is NOT listed in MLS. But it is one of the most timelessly classic homes you will ever experience.

It is better than any mansion I have seen in North Texas. Any. It takes your breath away, changes your life, really, with the incredible attention to detail and the evolution of the house over one of the largest lots in the Park Cities. For as beautiful, spacious, and gracious as 6767 Hunters Glen Drive is, it casts a unique warmth, vibrance, even a whimsy seldom seen in homes of this size and stature. The home is being marketed by Dave Perry-Miller and Ryan Streiff.

The home is sited splendidly: the current owners, John and Debbie Tolleson, bought the original property in 1991 from the the ex-wife of Dallas entrepreneur and philanthropist Mike Myers, chairman and CEO of the Dallas-based Myers Financial Corporation and president of Myers Development Corporation. In 1993 they bought the property next door, incorporating the acreage into the extensive five-year remodel of the original, circa 1946 home on the first lot. The estate that resulted from the marriage of the two lots follows the winding contour of Hunters Glen Drive.

There is architectural history, old and new, technology — two retractable roof covers! — surprises, nooks, and crannies. There is a door off the master closet — hers, of course — that leads to the balcony overlooking the great room,which features an antique hand-forged chandelier that actor Errol Flynn swung from in the 1935 movie The Three Musketeers!

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Back to that closet door: it has a hidden key pad, and only the house manager and Mrs. Tolleson have the code.

The detail is the most scrupulous I have seen, and I have seen it all! From the custom masonry crafted from imported, hand-selected stone on site by a gifted Russian artisan (who later tragically drowned in White Rock Lake), to the antique millwork above the great room fireplace created by an understudy protege of the great Grinling Gibbons, a 17th century Dutch-British sculptor and woodcarver, the home evokes classic design. Gibbons is best known for his work in England, including Windsor Castle and Hampton Court Palace, St. Paul’s Cathedral and other London churches, then Petworth House and many other English country houses. Every balustrade on the three main house staircases is custom. The ceiling in the study features criss-crossed beams centered with gold medallions. From the soaking tub in the master bath, mistress side, designed with padded shoulder rests on each end, to the HVAC vents in the floors custom designed by Cole Smith, it took not just one or two but an entire village of Type A, OCD designers and artisans to pore over every micro inch of the house and instill a branded design into every fiber. Jump for way more…

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Nadine Meyer loves real estate so much, she didn’t even wait to finish college to get started selling it.

During her senior year at the University of North Texas, Meyer initially was looking for a part-time marketing internship. As fate would have it, a family friend’s real estate business was looking for help.

“That started my love for the business,” says Meyer, principal at Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate’s The Meyer Group. She received her real estate license that same year and was hosting open houses before she’d even graduated.

Fast-forward to 2016, and Meyer is applying that same drive and initiative to power some of the hottest property deals in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. The latest: Larkspur Capital Partners’ Capitol Flats — a four-story, 38-unit condo development in the Fitzhugh corridor area which, provided the city of Dallas agrees to a slight zoning change, will offer urban homebuyers a calmer but still-hip alternative to the Uptown scene.

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Larkspur’s Capitol Flats development is the first of its kind for the area and exclusively offered by Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate’s Nadine Meyer. (Graphic: Larkspur Capital Partners)

For Meyer, who is the exclusive agent for this first-of-its kind condo development at 5209 Capitol Ave., Capitol Flats is a chance not only to build on her previous success in the area, but also provide valuable input to Larkspur. Having sold a neighboring project in 2009, Meyer spoke with her former clients about Larkspur’s plans for the area.

“I love to be involved in the process with them from the beginning,” she says. “Being involved and working with these buyers daily gives me first-hand insight into what is missing in the market and what buyers are looking for.”

For Meyer, selling in the Knox-Henderson corridor is equal parts passion and hard work.

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2252 King Fisher Dr extAs you know, I have an ongoing love affair with Vaquero Club for its  location, topography, greenery and privacy, among other reasons. Several others do as well, given that CEOs of major corporations, professional athletes and at least one famous television/radio personality all live within spitting distance of the most fabulous estate I have ever seen in these parts: 2252 King Fisher Drive.

I also love Vaquero for the schools. They draw buyers and keep property values tip top: parents have their choice of Keller ISD or the public charter school Westlake Academy, which serves K-12 and is an International Baccalaureate World School. Children who live in Westlake can attend Westlake Academy automatically — there are close to 2,000 students outside of the area on a waiting list to get into this highly coveted school.

2252 King Fisher Drive sits on a double lot of 3.83 acres, one of the largest in the guarded, stone-walled estate community that boasts 24 hour security, a Tom Fazio designed golf club, dining rooms, spa, tennis, fishing lakes, trails, trees, hills, and all a short drive to Southlake Town Center and DFW Airport.2252 king fisher drive 3

Vaquero is exactly 7 miles from DFW Airport. I know, because I dropped off my kids before I sank into this home.

To say that once I walked in, I did not want to leave, is a true statement because I didn’t. I stayed for dinner, like the architect, Aaron Angle, who literally lived with the owners to provide the perfect, most custom home possible.

But truth be told, the love affair began the moment I walked behind the French wooden gates that open automatically. Since the security at Vaquero is so tight, those gates are for show and to get you thinking about the grape vines and wildflowers and daffodils you will be finding beyond them.2252 king fisher dr aerial (more…)

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There are a lot of new homes going up in Dallas, we trip over them or the cement trucks constructing them almost every day.

But I prefer a home that has graciously stood the test of time. Plaster walls, beau d’arc woods, dentils, brick walkways as perfect now as they were then: these jewels are in better shape than the young whippersnappers! And these homes, like great Hollywood divas,  have stories to tell, secrets to share. They are like living in a Texas version of Downton Abbey with classical symmetry, ballrooms, huge windows, classic placement on their verdantly treed lots, and huge swaths of entertainment spaces like lawns, remember lawns? The areas that show their years the quickest — kitchens and baths — have been renovated by the best contractors in town. They are plumped, primed, and better than ever.

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Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate now has a smattering of classical stunners on the market that we just had to draw your eyes to. From the depths of Old Highland Park to the most sought after streets in Lakewood, these are the architectural jewels of Dallas. The best part of all? These museum-quality masterpieces are coming to us at great values. We present 4248 Armstrong Parkway, 4908 Lakeside Drive, and 6748 Lakewood Boulevard. (more…)