Interior Designer Ashley Bell's Lakewood Austin Stone Home is what renovation dreams are made of.

Interior Designer Ashley Bell’s Lakewood Austin Stone Home is what renovation dreams are made of.

Get ready to say the words, “Is it available fully furnished?”

You know what they say about the devil being in the details? Well, every detail of interior designer Ashley Bell’s Lakewood home feels like a guilty pleasure. Though the house itself features meticulous updates, we guarantee you’ll be just as taken with all of the trappings as you are with the home’s beautiful bones.

One of the stars of last year’s Lakewood Home Festival Tour, 6934 Meadow Lake Avenue is 2,770 square feet of serendipity.

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Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate is a long-time sponsor at the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens. Photo courtesy of the Dallas Arboretum.

Something I’ve seen time and again in my years in Dallas real estate is what good community players most Realtors and brokerages are, bringing support to a multitude of nonprofits and other worthy causes.

Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate always impresses me with their charitable activities and sponsorships around DFW. One of their longest-tenured relationships is with the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens in East Dallas. What a difference they make!

“We are so honored to have Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate support the Dallas Arboretum,” said Mary Brinegar, President and CEO of the Dallas Arboretum. “The firm’s continued generosity has allowed us to offer so many seasonal opportunities for those who visit us.”

The relationship is many years strong, said Marketing Director Catherine Chastain, who heads up sponsorship opportunities for Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate.

“We’ve been working with them a long time — it’s probably one of the nicest family places in Dallas, where people can spend time outdoors enjoying nature,” said Chastain. “I grew up in that area and I can see how much it’s grown and the Arboretum has been a steady presence for many years in East Dallas.”

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Julie Provenzano, left, Dallas Stars player Tyler Seguin, and Rebecca Bruant at the Dallas Stars casino night. All photos: Julie Provenzano

Real estate is a business of relationships, and no one knows that better than Julie Provenzano, a Realtor with Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate and founder of The Provenzano Group. She’s the official Realtor for the Dallas Stars, handling real estate transactions for all players and management.

“Our business philosophy centers on the relationship more so than the individual transaction,” she said. “Long after the deal closes, we continue on a resource for our clients, whether they need contractor recommendations or resale opinions on remodeling projects. We want to create long-term value with them.”

In addition to The Provenzano Group serving as agents for the players and their families, Dave Perry-Miller is a sponsor of the Dallas Stars, and the official real estate firm of the team. The luxury service that the brand embodies is a perfect fit for the partnership.

“We strive to offer concierge services for the team just as we do for other relocating clients,” Provenzano said. “A move can mean a major upheaval for a family and we try to smooth that transition as much as possible. We take that responsibility seriously and many of our clients become personal friends through the process.”

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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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