From Staff Reports

On Thursday, Nov. 15, members of the Dallas Pacesetters – a select group of 30 Dallas-area Realtors from various brokerages – gathered over boxed lunches at 3504 Marquette Street in University Park to listen to nationally acclaimed local architect, Richard Drummond Davis. Davis, who trained at Princeton University under renowned post-modernist Michael Graves, spoke on “Trends and Residential Design.” Though he has a reputation for authentic period architecture, his early career focused on eclectic designs, blending classical forms with contemporary use of space.

Richard Drummond Davis

One such example of an eclectic Davis project was, not coincidentally, the meeting site on Marquette, which is also a current listing of Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate agents and Pacesetters, Paige and Curt Elliott. Davis explained the thought process behind the 1984 home’s 5,184-square-foot “meandering” floor plan. Conversations can be had across multiple rooms, including from the lofted game room down to the main living/dining space.

“We consciously tried to make it flow from room to room,” said Davis. “The open plan was intended to be that way. Back then, everyone in Dallas was still doing discrete rooms in houses and pretty much doing only American Colonial architecture, classical Georgian and Greek Revival architecture.”

In that respect, the four-bedroom, five-bath home somewhat defied the norms of the time.

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Pacesetters 2016

On June 20 — tonight — from 6 to 8 pm, the first Dallas Commission on Homelessness Community Engagement committee meeting gathers to “educate, engage and gather feedback from the community to overcome challenges with homelessness in Dallas.”  It’s at Dallas City Hall, 1500 Marilla St. L1FN Auditorium (free parking after 6 in City Hall parking lot) and I hope to be there. Panelists include:

Bob Sweeney, Executive Director, Dallas Life
Daniel Roby, Executive Director, Austin Street Center
Wayne Walker, Executive Director, OurCalling
Blake Fetterman, Executive Director, Salvation Army
Moderator: Eric Nicholson, Staff Reporter Extraordinaire, Dallas Observer and the guy who has walked Tent City

Now let me tell you about one of the city’s most progressive and elite real estate networking groups, the Pacesetters, and how they have made an extraordinary commitment to eradicate homelessness in Dallas. 35 dynamic top-producing agents from a myriad of brokerages — think Bonnie Bauer, Sue Krider, Chris Hickman, Bob Moran, Anne Stewart, Debbie Tolson. They created the group back in 2003. It is by invitation only and very difficult to break into. Patterned loosely after the Masters of Residential Real Estate, 25 of the oldest and highest volume agents in town, the Old Guard, if you will, the Pacesetters are the next generation of Masters. Clay Stapp is now a member. The best example I can give of their spirit was the fun branding photo they took a few years back mimicking Vanity Fair’s famous Hollywood covers, guys in tuxes, ladies in evening gowns. The Masters of Real Estate were very upset, thought the photo was too show biz-y. But the Pacesetters, as the name implies, is the shake ’em up club. It’s innovative, tech-minded, an eye on the future of real estate, not always what’s been done in the past. Their newest branding photo, seen here, is taken at a Clay Stapp listing with what is, I swear, the biggest balcony in North Texas. (more…)