IHOTW Contemporary

Our Inwood House of the Week sponsored by Inwood National Bank at 4216 San Carlos Street is a University Park new contemporary build by the Robert Raymond Group. Listed for $2.35 million with Laura Michelle and Ryan Strieff of Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate, it’s a beauty inside and out. (more…)

3908 Euclid ext

Property previews begin Friday through Monday, 1 to 5 p.m.

When Dallas architect Joe McCall starts talking about 3908 Euclid, you can see the proud papa gleam in his eyes. It was almost 26 years ago that he met Dana Nearburg and her husband, Charlie, with the commission to improve their family home on Lindenwood Avenue off Abbott. Dana was an architect by training and trade; Charlie was an engineer who had majored in art at Dartmouth College. Any other architect might have thrown in the T-square rather than work with two such precise and detailed homeowners, who soon decided NOT to build on their existing homestead, but step it up a bit by buying a lot on Euclid.

And then the real challenge began!

“We had three challenges, actually” says Joe. “First of all, the lot was 70 by 225, well-sized, but the trees were smack dab in the center of the lot. Great trees, too.”

And the Nearburgs wanted to save every one. Not only did you have a lot with trees in the prime building footprint, you had a deep neighborhood setback: 61 feet. Unfathomable.

Add to that the homeowner’s desire for two separate garages, one of which would be a car collector’s dream garage with spray paint bay and full auto shop, with all the bells and whistles.

A tough assignment, but when the design challenge gets tough, Joe McCall just gets going. He also got to work with one of the best builders in town, Randy Clowdus, Randy Clowdus Construction Company. Randy also did significant work on the $39 million estate of John and Debbie Tolleson, where the George W. Bush library was conceived, in Volk Estates.

“I’ll never forget the first time I met Randy, ” says Joe. “He was in the living room with a plumb bob. He was making sure the studs were perfectly straight before the sheetrock and dry wall. Any studs that were not perfectly aligned were shaved or shimmed.”

Thus begins the opus of 3908 Euclid, which goes to auction next week with Heritage Auction Luxury Real Estate. Which was the scene of a lovely party benefitting Jubilee Park in Fair Park last week, as potential buyers kicked the tires of the imaginary collectible cars that could be housed in the incredibly tricked-out garage.

3908 Euclid is not like any other home that has been to auction in Dallas. Frankly, it has no flaws. The home was timelessly built to the most exacting standards by the owners, architect and builder, high tier overachievers all. Though the brick appears to be NorthPark brick, it is not, but matches the color exactly. The home has an undisclosed but easily attainable reserve, because it has to. (Listing price is $6,400,000.) Come Tuesday, December 13, a savvy buyer is going to get the deal of the century.

On the market with veteran Dave Perry-Miller agent Martha Tiner and her daughter, McKamy,  The owners now simply wish to move on. With homes of this calibre being “soft” in the current market, residual effect of the calendar and election, they want to cut as wide a marketing swath as possible to ensure their dream home is passed to the perfect buyer and next lineage of proud ownership.

Let me ask you this: is there any home in Dallas with a waterproof mailbox?

3908 Euclid stone wall (more…)


Lake Circle IHOTW

Lakewood just keeps getting better.

Not only is it filled with iconic and historic homes, but the new construction we are seeing is simply some of the best in Dallas. Notably, our collective jaws dropped when we spotted 6726 Lake Circle Drive in the very heart of Lakewood. (more…)

Hicks Walnut Place

UPDATE 10:35 am: I heard from Thomas, who explains he was picked by Marketwatch as one of 21 representatives for 21 cities across the U.S. to write about their city’s real estate market. He is the Dallas representative and just got a crash course in SEO:

“My last article had about 6,400 views total and I started to think, what do people want to read about? Ultra-expensive, celebrity type homes of course! This article has 67,000 views in 18 hours.

 The ground rules are simply that they want us to write about the city’s real estate market: whether that be an interesting property or a change in prices, etc. I am on a warpath to become a top Dallas realtor, so this was a perfect opportunity! “

That would be Dave Perry-Miller agent Thomas Randall, who wrote a piece for the online Dow Jones’ product MarketWatch: (more…)


One of the best kept secrets of why Dallas is such a home-lover’s paradise is that we can have a totally country-suburban feel right in the heart of town. I should really have made you guess the location of this fabulous home before I spilled the beans: Oak Lawn Heights.

Honestly, I had no idea these creekside one-half acre lots of heavenly glory existed in this little nook in-between Cedar Springs and Maple Avenue. They are all accessible to, oh my God, you name it: Parkland Hospital, UT Southwestern, the Hospital District, West Village, Knox Henderson, Oak Lawn, the Trinity Strand and Katy Trails, even Highland Park Village. You have no idea here that multi-family has even been invented much less found its way to Dallas a few blocks away. No sir, this little enclave is just as treed and peaceful and private as it was back in 1941 when the home was built. (more…)


That pretty lady in pink hugging on the Dave Perry-Miller agents is none other than Elaine B. Agather,  chairwoman of the Dallas region for JPMorgan Chase Bank, one of the most powerful women not just in Dallas but in the U.S banking and private investment world. Elaine stopped in to keynote DPM’s 3rd quarter breakfast meeting at the Dallas Country Club Thursday morning and got a standing ovation! She was also duly impressed by the number crunching that had the room floating with a lot of “B’s”. For BILLIONS!

“I’m a numbers girl,” she said, ” and I’m impressed.”

The Dave Perry-Miller luxury division of Ebby Halliday Realtors sold $2,210,304,000 of Dallas real estate fiscal 2015 which ended September 30. That’s a 25% increase over last year’s numbers and represents 3600 units of real estate traded. The one billion dollar mark was reached June 27. Ebby Halliday sold $7.7 billion by end of third quarter, and DPM’s sales are responsible for almost 30% of that $7.7 billion.  DPM is rocking it as # 1 in Preston Hollow, Lakewood and Uptown. The firm closed 254 houses that were prices over $1 million, just shy of $500 million in sales. They sold 60 houses over $2 million, and 19 houses over $3 million.

And lest you think it’s hard to move the “uber megas” priced at $10 million and over, well, it is but! Dave Perry-Miller moved a number of those, including Justin Leonard’s house in Highland Park (the most expensive sale in the Park Cities to date) and brought the buyer for Troy Aikman’s house. Boy do those DPM agents have mega-bucks buyers wanting to snap up athlete’s homes, which is not a bad thing with the market getting a bit tighter on the uber end. DPM is also number 1 in Lakewood/East Dallas, Preston Hollow/North Dallas, and Uptown/Turtle Creek.

“Not bad for a guy who came to Dallas with a nice watch, $167 in my pocket, and a good education.” says Dave, who became good friends with Elaine Agather and her husband, Neils, when he sold their M Streets home for $175,000.

Not bad for a luxury real estate brand that started with 22 agents 8 years ago! (more…)

Kristin Smith, left, and Leslie Smith.

Kristin Smith, left, and Leslie Rouda Smith are mother-daughter Realtors.

Since Mother’s Day, we’ve been talking to mother-daughter Realtors who share a passion for real estate. Today, we’re speaking with Leslie Rouda Smith, a Broker Associate with The Country Connection team at Dave Perry-Miller and Associates, and her daughter Kristin Smith, a Realtor at Dave Perry-Miller’s Park Cities offices.

The two are busy and well-connected! Leslie is the incoming chairman of the board of the Texas Association of Realtors and Kristin is active in the Young Professionals Network (YPN), an entry point for real estate professionals striving to become more successful in their careers and gain leadership experience.

We asked them a few questions about their experience, and what they love about being Realtors.

CandysDirt: How has working in the same career impacted your relationship?

Kristin Smith: As someone who grew up in the business, I’ll say it has impacted our relationship positively since the beginning. My parents made sure we comprehended the benefits of being a Realtor from day one. Be your own boss, create your own schedule, and there is no salary cap. This industry requires structure, discipline, and self-motivation, but I played every sport you can imagine and my parents never missed a game.

Leslie Rouda Smith: I get to talk to Kristin more than I would normally, but I don’t get to see enough of her. We communicate electronically most of the time. State and national conventions, as busy as we are, are our family reunions.


Oh dear, they must have a turkey hangover or something, but it is getting cheaper and cheaper all the time to live in the coveted Park Cities. Case in point: 3502 Armstrong Parkway, listed with Mary Lou Mercer over at DPM & Associates. This gorgeous little number has almost 3,000 square feet, two bedrooms, three and a half baths, and is just decorated to the hilt, so much that you could almost just move right in! (Check out the virtual tour.) Even better: she’s a charming, traditional single story home that gets you in the Highland Park Independent School District and close to the KATY Trail without scarificing high ceilings. Built in 1980, you get gorgeous hand-scraped wood floors in the formals, a gigantic family room, a nice gourmet kitchen overlooking a generous patio with swimming pool, master closets that deserve to say they are in Texas, and a guest room with bath. Oh yes, quarters and something else you don’t see much of in this neck of the woods: an attached three car garage. I’ll be honest: if you salivate over granite counters, well you will no longer be dehydrated. Those tile counters do require a lot of SoftScrub but hey, replace them! The home was priced at $1,475,000, but was price slashed just in time for Black Friday. I think the two bedroom status is what’s hurting it but come on, you are getting 2888 glorious, loaded square feet and at this price and location, how do you spell H-O-T-E-L?