4248 Armstrong ext

4248 Armstrong Parkway

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.

4908 Lakeside Drive ext

4908 Lakeside

6748 Lakewood ext

6748 Lakewood Blvd.

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…)

3116 Beverly Drive extOh my, look what I found. 3116 Beverly Drive, as in the most desirable street in all of Highland Park. On a corner lot, to boot. More than a quarter of an acre with a back yard, a pool, and a 6136 square foot home that was custom built to a discriminating woman’s specifications. The house was custom designed by Peggy Pollock, and Dallas starchitect Will Snyder with Boerder-Snyder was the architect. The home was built by Pat McKinley of Epix Properties.

This was also the home of a woman with a heart bigger than the state of Texas: the late, great Nancy Underwood. Though she was the second owner of this home, built in 1998, Nancy personalized it beautifully to her specifications. She entertained many guests elegantly in the three first-level entertainment areas. She used a sitting room off her master bedroom as a reading and meditation room, which also has a balcony with streaming sunlight. There are four bedrooms total, all with ensuite baths, four full baths and one powder. The master features an enormous spa bathroom gleaming with marble and two of everything — two commodes, two showers, two vanities. There is ONE soaking tub but TWO oversized walk-in closets. The upstairs foyer is large enough to become a sitting area. Throughout the entire home is a tasteful French subtlety with a lick of French design. And it begins right at the arched, delicately scroll iron-milled front door.3116 Beverly Drive foyer (more…)

Several homes on Beverly Drive in Highland Park were targeted by a gunman in a drive-by shooting. More details regarding the damage have emerged.

Several homes on Beverly Drive in Highland Park were targeted by a gunman in a drive-by shooting. More details regarding the damage have emerged.

We have a few more details regarding the Jan. 9 drive-by shooting on Beverly Drive in Highland Park. They don’t pertain to a suspect or a motive, but they are details.

When police returned to the scene of the crime on Jan. 10, they found bullet holes at two homes in the 3300 block of Beverly Drive. At one of them, the bullet entered the house through a front window and came to rest in a bookcase. The owner told police that he assumed the noises he’d heard the previous evening were related to Irving’s spate of earthquakes.

At the other house, police noticed a hole on the exterior wall behind the fireplace. It was about a half-inch in diameter and approximately 4 inches off the ground. An interior investigation was not possible because the owners were out of town. But they returned home on Jan. 13 and found no interior damage, so it appears the bullet is lodged between the wall and the fireplace.

Most of the crimes reported in the Park Cities last week involved shoplifting or identity theft. Only a few incidents happened on residential streets:

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3500 Beverly

Beverly Drive is home to some of the most distinctive — and expensive — real estate in Dallas. It’s one of the last places you’d expect a drive-by shooting to happen.

If someone were to ask you which street in Dallas County would be the least likely site of a drive-by shooting, Highland Park’s Beverly Drive would be near the top of the list. Strait Lane in Preston Hollow might be the only street that could nudge it from the No. 1 position.

Nonetheless, random gunfire was reported on Highland Park’s toniest thoroughfare last Friday night. At about 9:25 p.m., multiple residents near the intersection of Beverly and Hillcrest Avenue heard anywhere from four to nine shots. Officers responded to the area, but they didn’t hear any shooting, nor did they locate any suspects.

While searching the area, officers found out that a resident of the 3300 block of Beverly, who had been woken by a loud noise, discovered that a large storm window on the front of her house had been shattered. Officers located a bullet-size hole in the window and determined that the projectile passed through a interior window, a curtain, and two sides of a lamp shade before coming to rest in the binding of a Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory. The book was booked as evidence.

Further investigation revealed another bullet hole in a second window at the same house. Officers were able to trace that bullet’s path through a curtain and across the keys of a Gulbransen piano before finding it lodged in the musical instrument. Given the piano’s size, the officers decided to leave it at the scene of the crime.

A neighbor told police he not only heard the gunshots, he saw “muzzle flashes from a gun” coming from an eastbound vehicle. But he was not able to see the make or model of the moving car. The resident of the bullet-riddled house, a woman in her 80s, told police she knows of no one who is upset with her at this time — at least, no one upset enough to use her home for target practice.

The next day, officers returned to the 3300 block of Beverly and noticed bullet holes on two other houses. They were able to make contact with only one home’s owner. He told police he was home and awake at the time of the shooting, but he assumed the noises were related to another earthquake.

By comparison, last week’s other residential crimes in the Park Cities were positively tame:

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3821 Beverlt extUpdate 7:38 p.m: Whoa Nelly. Obviously I am asleep at the wheel. Did a little google research and found that Tenet Healthcare, under Mr. Fetter’s reign, paid the United States $42.75 million to settle allegations that it violated the False Claims Act by overbilling the federal Medicare program, this in 2012. You know the drift: pay the money, admit no wrongdoing. Then, D Healthcare reports that Tenet Healthcare and Florida-based Health Management Associates have been charged with paying kickbacks to clinics that lured pregnant, non-English speaking women living in the United States illegally to their hospitals, and then filed fraudulent Medicaid claims for those patients. None of the hospitals, says D Healthcare, were in Texas. This suit was just filed August 1 and first reported by The Associated Press. Of course, we just care about the HOUSE!

I seriously doubt it: Trevor Fetter is president and CEO of Dallas-based Tenet Healthcare. He makes a salary well into eight figures. According to a proxy disclosure, his total compensation in fiscal year 2012 exceeded $11.24 million. So a house on Beverly Drive listed at $8 million is peanuts.

The Fetter’s were in no way affected by the economic downturn, and are a perfect example of the way the truly rich are driving the market. Mr. Fetter’s compensation last year rose 4.7 percent, and it exceeded $10.74 million. That included a base salary increase to $1.1 million, with most of his compensation in the form of stock awards, option awards and deferred earnings… ironically, about a whopping 8 million worth.

Mr. Fetter also chalked up more than $1.61 million in bonuses and incentives and recorded almost $161,000 for personal use of a Tenet’s private jets.

Enough about him, we get it, he’s wicked rich, let’s get to the house! I feel like a pop-quiz is in order: look at 3821 Beverly, does it look familiar? Who used to own it?

Answer: John and Lyn Muse lived at 3821 Beverly before they built their masterpiece of an estate on Preston Road. In January of 2005, the Fetters bought the home for about $5,750,000. At the time, Ralph Randall was the listing agent.

This classic, soft Mediterranean home is one of the most beautiful homes in Dallas, toppers on my list. And the Fetters have exquisite taste. The location is A plus plus plus on a more than half acre lot on the street that just moves high end mountains when you say you live there: Beverly Drive. Heck, did you know that an Addison-based magazine, GrandLuxe, has even adopted the street name to attain more panosh? We love Addison, sure, but I would pitch a tent on Beverly Drive just to name drop that as my street, wouldn’t you?

3821 Beverly foyer 3821 Beverly DR 3821 Beverly LR 3821 Beverly den 3821 Beverly FRThe home is 10,057 square feet of goodness with lush front grounds, the most manicured gardens on a block that never, ever has a hangnail, and charmingly inviting walkways. The home was built in 1992,  I cannot recall if Lyn and John custom built it or not. Very traditional floor plan: spacious foyer leads to formal living and dining rooms, beautiful wood paneled library with fireplace, and spacious family room with French doors leading to the outdoor living area. Because the lot is so hefty, you get a downstairs guest suite, complete with a private patio overlooking the rear grounds. This could totally become a downstairs master. Kitchen and morning room are located off the family room, as this was one of the first homes in Dallas to embrace the concept of a “morning room”. (I am obsessed with morning rooms and must have one!) I believe the kitchen has been upgraded from when Lyn Muse had it, but I am sure it was over the top then as well as now: Wolf 8 burner range with griddle, SubZero refrigerator and freezer, dual dishwashers, center island, marble countertops, and architectural window that lets in abundant light. The breakfast room has a fireplace, one of five in the home.

Upstairs, four bedrooms, including the master suite. The master is huge at 19 by 17 feet, covered with Gracie wall coverings — the company started in 1898, costs a fortune per square inch — tall windows, and an adjacent sitting room with yet another fireplace and views of the rear grounds and pool. His and her closets, of course, separate oversized shower and tub, separate vanities, an exercise room, and very large extra closet for good luck finish off this space. Of the other three bedrooms, one has a private bath for the kid with the highest GPA, the others share a bath. Also up here: an office for the mistress of the mansion,  large utility room and craft room.

There is a third floor as well: sitting area and two more bedrooms, two full baths, storage and a giant cedar closet.

There is a covered porch off the family and breakfast rooms with yet another fireplace, large yard and pool. The three car garage can be assessed from the rear or front, and there is a comfortable quarters area above,  two spacious apartments with full baths.

The quarters! I think I’ve just found my very own address on Beverly Drive.  Joan Eleazer, of The Eleazer Group, agents to quite a few high net worth folks, has the listing and let me just spell it out right now. Asking $8 million. Carve out a spot in that quarters for me as a fractional, and you’ve got a deal!3821 Beverly kit 3821 Beverly bfast 3821 Beverly pool 3821 Beverly master 3821 Beverly porch

 

`I LOVE Kelli and Gerald Ford’s Turkish Bath in the basement over there on Turtle Creek. But on Beverly, you can get 6550 feet with everything, and I do mean everything PLUS wine in the basement for way less than the cost of a tree-house on Turtle Creek: $2,950,000. This circa 1929 bambino was completely, lavishly remodeled and rebuilt in 2010 with huge formals, gorgeous sweeping staircase, study, family, gourmet kitchen, enormous master suite with spa bath extraordinaire, all en suite baths in each of the five bedrooms, plus media room up on the third floor with kitchenette. The yard is huge for Highland Park — .29 of an acre — and the oversized two car garage is covered with a two-bedroom, 962 square foot guest house. Best of all, on days like today in Dallas, you don’t need water, you need wine: go down to the 159 square foot wine cellar where it is nice and cool, pop open a bottle of Prosecco, and that’s the way to beat the heat.

(Either that or join me in Maine!)

This property is on a quiet stretch of Beverly Drive very near the Katy Trail. Now being marketed by the Trusler-Seale team at Briggs-Freeman-Sothebys — that’s Alex and Karla Trusler and Will Seale, good business associates and friends of Nancy Guerriero and her hubby Gerald Soloman, who own the property. Nancy just left Briggs for Dallas City Center. When she was trying to tell me that these three were MARKETING her home, I got a bit confused. But they are, says Nancy, the best. The home has been wonderfully leased by a great family for more than a year, and the sellers are also giving buyers a full pool and hardscape plan… and some very fine vino in that wine cellar for the right price. Like I said: who needs water?

Of course you know her, who doesn’t? Her face is everywhere, her signs are omnipresent, she is one of the grand dames of Dallas real estate. In fact, today she’s on the cover of Grand Luxe Magazine. And when you think of the quintessential Dallas real estate agent, don’t you just think Doris Jacobs? Well, guess what folks. She wasn’t even BORN here. Ha, we are both re-born Texans. And get this: she’s sold FORTY-FIVE (45) homes on Beverly Drive. I think Doris Jacobs could sell a house on Beverly Drive blindfolded… in fact, maybe she does: Doris is known for putting her clients in homes even before they come on the market.

CD: Doris, are you a Dallas gal?

DJ: I was born in Charleston, West Virginia, the capital of West Virginia. Our home place has been in the family since the late 1800’s and I still own it.

CD: Why does that not surprise me? Where do you live? House or Condo? House style?

DJ: We live on Beverly Drive in a historical landmark home designed by Fooshee & Cheek around 1922. They are the architectural firm of record of Highland Park Village and many landmark properties along Lakeside Drive, Alice Circle and Greenway Parks.

CD: The girl loves tradition. How much would you sell it for?

DJ: (“Shudder”)… We would not sell it.

CD: Well, that’s one that’s safe! And you drive a… let me guess, Mercedes Benz? No, a Bentley!

DJ: Black Mercedes.

CD: What’s you favorite ‘hood in Dallas and why?

 DJ: Well, we live in Highland Park, and lived previously in Volk Estates, and before that, Old Preston Hollow….so we really love all parts of Dallas. The topography of Bluffview and Kessler Park are unique to other neighborhoods and I love them. I love the parkways in Greenway Parks, the dynamics of Uptown and the charm of the M Streets.

 CD: You lived in Preston Hollow! We were neighbors! If you could move in Dallas, where else might you live — what other neighborhood?

DJ:  (Planting feet firmly.) I wouldn’t move. I love the convenience, the small town atmosphere and the wonderful schools in the Park Cities. My daughters have long-term friendships here from their school days.

CD: OK, we get it. How the heck did you get started in Real Estate? Who’d you work for first?

DJ: I was always looking at homes for myself. Jennie Reeves was an agent with Erle Rawlins Jr. and suggested I get my license. I did, as a lark, and here I am!! Erle was a fabulous teacher. My first listing was on Gillon, which now would have a value of around $ 7 million.

CD: Erle has never told me that story! OK, so what’s your worst sales nightmare? Just worst transaction ever?

DJ: Really don’t have those…there’s always a way to work things out if you have a truly dedicated seller and a devoted buyer…and access to professionals, like architects and general contractors, who can satisfy all things.

 CD: Really, OK so what if the seller is not dedicated…

DJ: I’ve been in situations where we were a million dollars apart and made it work.

CD: Holy macaroni! So what’s your best/highest sale?

DJ: Best does not necessarily man highest…..highest probably was an estate in Old Preston Hollow. As far as “best” goes, they are all good when buyer and seller leave the title company happy. I work for satisfying life’s needs, to give the family what they collectively want so if they are pleased, then that’s a “best” deal. I’ve sold three homes on Lakeside and 45 on Beverly Drive.

CD: (Picking self up off floor) 45? That’s like almost every house on Beverly. OK, quickest sale?

DJ: My quickest sale was when the client gave me a check for full price when he signed the multi-million dollar contract.

CD: How quickly have you ever turned a house?

DJ: Often, since I know the homes and their provenances so well, we sell properties that were never on the market. We can be as fast as the buyer and seller allow us…. and the title company, of course.

CD: How much did you sell last year?

DJ: I was the top individual producer out of 300 agents in Allie Beth Allman & Associates last year, a position I’ve held now for nine years.

CD: Secrets to marketing a house?

DJ: Wisdom, which is difficult to define, as the younger agents are working to attain that, and, by the way, I love being a mentor. One must really know the neighborhood and keep up with the changes, as well as the (pluses and minuses) of the home. You must know your client and each member of the family well, along with their individual family dynamics, and one must be flexible and creative as to how the elements of the home can be used to accommodate the individual needs of the incoming family. A craft room to one family, for example,  would be a gameroom to another, or a guest house for one family would be a teenage retreat for another. Knowledge of the neighborhood and comparables, knowing the details of the provenance. Of course, advertising and open houses are part of the process as well.

CD: And your magic Rolodex. If you ever change careers for an encore you’ll…

DJ: Well, my college study was communication and design, which is one of the reasons I love real estate. Or……..Jack will love this……I would be a sales associate at Neiman Marcus!

CD: I am dialing Shelle Bagot right now! What is your favorite place for a second home and why?

DJ: Someplace near the ocean like Newport Beach, California or Naples, Florida.

CD: Love it! Let’s go look at some…

 

 

 

Let’s face it: there are only a handful of streets in Dallas that make people drop their jaw when they find out where you live: Strait Lane — I’ve decided to buy my next house on the tip top northernmost stretch of Strait just to get the reaction from people. Park Lane, to some extent. I lived on Park Lane for ten years and many times people asked me for an apartment number, as if! There is Lakeside Drive, Highland (hi Troy), and Euclid, and then there is the Grand Dame of Highland Park Streets: Beverly Drive. Who is Beverly Drive named after, anyhow?

This elegant 1930’s Georgian at 4641 Beverly brings you the best of old world Manor elegance with fabulous new interiors and knocked-out design by interior designer extraordinaire James McEnroe. Past owners include Shannon Murchison and Mark Serrao. The home is on a perfect lot — almost one quarter acre — 3534 square feet with three bedrooms, two and a half baths, elevator (yes, an elevator!) , screened in porch plus an outstanding pool in the back with fountains. It was built in 1940 and to say they do not build them like this anymore is an understatement. Plus, look at those bathrooms: the wals are lined with marble from base to ceiling! There are separate guest quarters and a two-car garage. You really get everything in here — large spaces, classic modern style infused with natural light and clean lines as only Mr. M can deliver.

And now, you get a deal. Or shall I say steal. 4641 has been reduced to $1,149,000 down from $1,225,000 from whence I last posted it. That was in September. This is a great house and with the reduction, you are getting a great deal on your Valentines gift. Enough, maybe, to even buy some flowers!