The Gingerbread Stroll features the creation of Pastry Chef Randy Gehman (left) of the Four Seasons Resort and Club, shown with longtime Community Partners supporter Mrs. Laura Bush. Also pictured is Executive Chef Christof Syre (right) of the Four Seasons.

This is a home tour you can sink your teeth into! Dave Perry-Miller agent Christine McKenny sent us this great photo of longtime Community Partners supporter Laura Bush with one amazing gingerbread house at this year’s Gingerbread Stroll.

Intrigued? Then head over to Celebrity Cafe & Bakery in Highland Park Village before Nov. 30 and vote for your favorite gingerbread house created by some of the top pastry chefs in Dallas. These aren’t your ordinary amateur creations, folks. These are amazing miniature mansions and are completely edible!

When you vote, you’re entered to win a ton of great prizes, too:

– Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek Overnight Stay & Breakfast Certificate
– Holiday Carriage Ride Departing from Highland Park Village
– $150 SER Steak + Spirits Gift Card, Hilton Anatole
– Dinner for Two at Cafe on the Green, Four Seasons Resort and Club
– $100 Highland Park Village Gift Card
– $100 Celebrity Cafe & Bakery Gift Card
– $100 Tom Thumb Gift Card
– Carolina Herrera Candle

If you’re feeling a little hungry after voting in the Gingerbread Stroll, which benefits Community Partners of Dallas, get a gingerbread cookie to snack on. A portion of the proceeds from gingerbread cookie sales will go to Community Partners, too!

 

It’s the most delicious holiday home tour every year, and we look forward to the eye candy (and regular candy) on display in Highland Park Village every year in the form of the eighth annual Gingerbread Stroll. This unique edible home tour features elaborate gingerbread houses created by Dallas pastry chefs that you can view and bid on starting today, Nov. 16, through Nov. 30.

Christine McKenny

All proceeds of the stroll will help support Community Partners of Dallas’ new facility which opens in 2019. Specifically, the Gingerbread Stroll will fund one of their night response visitation rooms, which provides a warm and loving place for children taken into protective care by Child Protective Services as they await their transition to their safe placement. The visitation rooms will look like small houses, so it is fitting that one be named after The Gingerbread Stroll. 

“It is so incredible, thanks to the pastry chefs and community sponsors, that The Gingerbread Stroll has increased in annual giving from $3,000 the first year in 2011, to over $31,000 last year,” says Allie Beth Allman agent and Gingerbread Stroll founder Christine McKenny. “I am hopeful we raise over $35,000 this year for the children served by Community Partners of Dallas.”

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Eclectic PrairieOur Monday Morning Millionaire at 3649 Maplewood Avenue is a gorgeous eclectic prairie home in the heart of Old Highland Park.  You seldom see a house built in 1921 that has been updated this beautifully, and with such regard for the original charm. (more…)

splurge vs. stealHomes in the Highland Park ISD attendance zone are often sought after by families buying homes. But those homes can come with a hefty price tag, too.

Our Splurge vs Steal this week looks at two homes in the district’s attendance zone. Both have at least three bedrooms and are at least 2,200 square feet. Which one is your favorite?

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Modern Colonial There is an old saying, “Everything old is new again.” Our Monday Morning Millionaire is a Preston Hollow modern colonial that is a lovely example of the complete opposite of that saying. The owners of 6346 Desco Drive were intent on creating a home where everything new is old again. (more…)

What could turn Ralph Lauren green with envy and make him want a luxury home in Dallas? The answer is easy. It’s our Monday Morning Millionaire — a majestic mountain-style mansion retreat at 4656 Meadowood Road — in the honeypot of Old Preston Hollow.

mountain-style mansion

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From Klyde Warren Park and downtown to the Park Cities to Swiss Avenue to Addison and beyond, we have your must-see neighborhoods on a handy map (Photo courtesy Flickr/skys the limit 2).

If you’ve lived in Dallas-Fort Worth for any length of time, you know that shortly after Thanksgiving Day — whether it’s 80 degrees or 20 — it’s a time-honored tradition to check out the Christmas light displays in nearby neighborhoods.

But do you ever have FOMO on your expeditions? Perhaps you worry that as much as you love the regular haunts you cruise through during the holidays, there might be new displays to check out, too. Or maybe you’re pretty new to the area and have no idea where exactly to go.

Thanks to CandysDirt.com and sponsor Christine McKenny of Allie Beth Allman & Associates, you can FOMO no more – because we’ve created this handy map of key spots to check out Christmas lights. (more…)

holiday lights

(Photo courtesy Anthony Quintano/Flickr)

As Christmas approaches, so do the holiday parties — and chances are, there are some great neighborhood light displays to check out on your way to that ugly sweater party or that company dinner.

But how do you know for sure? Thanks to  Christine McKenny of Allie Beth Allman & Associates, and CandysDirt.com, you can check out our list of great cruising spots this holiday season. (more…)