Recharged, Refreshed, REVVING IT: Dave Perry-Miller is Saving Virginia Real Estate One Estate at a Time

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Dave Perry-Miller is back in Dallas doing what he loves to do the most, what he does the best: help clients buy and sell homes.

He’s been known to buy a few himself, too.

I’ve known Dave for years, and he never stops networking or selling real estate, not even in his sleep in the wilds of Costa Rica. Not even after we toured the beaches and second home properties at Peninsula Papagayo, then whisked away in the Perot’s private jet.

Over the years, Dave has worn so many different hats. In 2007, Ebby Halliday acquired Dave Perry-Miller Associates. Dave was both selling and leading the troops, which kept expanding, as his sole Preston Center office expanded to a Highland Park office in the Tolleson building framing the Dallas Country Club, and an Uptown office on Routh Street. Next came the Lakewood office right next to Dallas Affaires Bakery.

Now, Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate is all over town.

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In October of 2011, Ebby folded Ellen Terry Realtors into the Dave Perry-Miller brand, becoming a luxury division of the 70 year old firm, the largest independent brokerage in Texas and the seventh largest in the U.S. When winning agents produce volumes of business, everyone wants a part of them. Clients want them (and nobody else) to sell their homes. Agents want the leadership and training, plus help with the ten thousand problems that contracts sprout during a transaction. Brokers, well, they want to clone more mega producers.

So this summer, Dave did something very conventional for him: the man with four vacation homes added to his portfolio by purchasing an historic estate in Staunton, Virginia, not too far from where he went to college at Washington & Lee University. He locked the keys to his other homes into a safety deposit box to avoid temptation. Then he plopped himself in ONE house for three months, renovating and reconstructing.

“One cottage was rented out all summer,” Dave says, “So I had no choice but to stay put and work on the newest member of the Perry-Miller house family.”

That newest is called Waverley Hill. A look on the tax rolls says one and a half acres with lake views!

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Waverley Hill is an historic mansion designed by noted architect William Lawrence Bottomley, built in 1929. It is a two and a half story brick Georgian Revival with slate covered hipped roofs, and almost 5500 square feet of Virginia charm.

Waverley Hill was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1982.

The hill top estate was built with 1819-era brick from a local Augusta County home with a classic center-hall floor plan, expertly crafted moldings, an octagonal shaped dining room, seven bedrooms, soaring ceilings, and exquisite original details throughout. Besides the robust natural gardens, the 19 acre estate has a full view of the Blue Ridge mountains.

“The house was in one family for almost 100 years, and I feel like I am the next steward of the house,” says Dave. “I am also enjoying bringing the gardens back to life… they were designed by Arthur Shurelith, who the Rockefeller family engaged to do Colonial Williamsburg.”

Now that he’s back in Dallas, Dave says he looks forward to returning to Waverley Hill, which may well be the setting for the next Perry-Miller Streiff Team Sales Retreat… or even a Reality show!

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Candy Evans

A real estate muckraker, Candy Evans is one of the nation’s leading real estate reporters. She is also the North Texas real estate editor for, CultureMap Dallas, Modern Luxury Dallas, & the Katy Trail Weekly. Candy has written for Joel Kotkin’s The New Geography, Inman Real Estate News, plus a host of national sites. Constantly breaking celebrity real estate news, she scooped former president George W. Bush's Dallas home in 2008. She is the founder and publisher of her signature, and, devoted to the vacation home market. Her verticals have won many awards, including Best Blog by the venerable National Association of Real Estate Editors, one of the nation’s oldest and most prestigious journalism associations. Candy holds an active Texas real estate license but does not sell. She is on the Board of Directors of Braemar Hotels & Resorts (BHR).

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