When the Margritzes moved to their Oak Cliff home, they thought it would be forever.

When Sandy Margritz left Little Rock, Arkansas, to move to Fort Worth to join her soon-to-be husband, Josh, she left a world behind. Not just the Ozarks and canopied treetops and mountains, she left an entire profession, too. She was an environmental scientist that traveled around after natural disasters to test water and soil and make sure it was safe for the locals and relief workers. She said, “I don’t know if this is interesting or not…” Hello? Of course, it is and what came next was just as fascinating.

She and her husband realized they both couldn’t travel like crazy – someone needed to call Texas home – so Sandy raised her hand. “I was a little burned out on travel, but I didn’t really have a clue what I wanted to do.” Then she told her husband, “Well, I really liked getting married, maybe I’ll do something with weddings?” She got a job with Boxwood Hospitality and that was that. Until it wasn’t.

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Driving around Inwood Road Estates, the one thing you’ll notice of the homes that line the streets of this neighborhood is how great they all look from the curb. It’s like lot upon lot of pageant winners, with groomed hedges and lawns and beautiful facades that front the meandering streets. It’s also close to the Dallas North Tollway and Forest Lane without feeling like it’s right on top of a major roadway. And while there are so many great homes in this neighborhood, this listing from Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate agent Chris Hickman stands out.

Located on Del Roy Drive, our Inwood National Bank Home of the Week is a looker from the curb. But it’s also surprisingly fully featured and versatile inside. 

“This home is great for today’s buyers and has a great open floorplan with the master bedroom downstairs, plus a large additional guest suite down which is great for multi-generational families,” Hickman noted of this French Country custom build at 5614 Del Roy Drive. It’s solid to the core and has so much more inside, too!

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In North Oak Cliff, location is everything. And when a home has an excellent location like this Kessler Park traditional, it’s worth a mention.

Any Realtor worth their salt will impress upon a potential buyer that the one thing that you cannot change about a property is its location. Paint, interiors, landscaping — all of those things that make a house feel like home — are easily changed. Picking up a house and moving it? Not so easy. 

“I love the location of this house,” notes Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate’s Cynthia Paine-Drennan. “I can just zip on Interstate 30 going either way. We can get to Six Flags, a Rangers or Cowboy game in 16 minutes one way or an FC Dallas game in Frisco in 23. We can get to our office in Preston Center in 8 minutes and Lake Ray Hubbard in 24 minutes, Northpark Centre in 12 minutes,  and 3 minutes from the new Central Market they are building.”
 
That’s just one of the selling points for our High Caliber Home of the Week presented by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans. This Kessler Park home has such a stellar location that you might almost forget how adorable it is.
 
 
“Since the homeowners changed the exterior paint from cream to dark gray with black shutters and doors and white dentil moulding, the property has just popped and brought out the gas lanterns,” Paine-Drennan said of her listing at 1323 N. Edgefield.

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Check out these two fabulous listings in Hollywood Heights on the best blocks in the neighborhood! Each home offers stylish interiors, historic details, and outdoor areas to entertain all summer long. But which is more you, the Tudor Splurge or the Cottage Steal? Let us know in the comments.

Splurge: Hollywood Heights Tudor On Desirable Block For $599K

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John Jones is enjoying his new home at Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate. He joined the firm in February, forming a new team.

“I’m really happy to be part of the Dave Perry-Miller team and I’m really excited about some of the changes going on over here under the new CEO,” he said. 

Jones has teamed up with Sam Bullard to form the Bullard/Jones group. The two are longtime friends and have both been active in the East Dallas neighborhood where they reside.

This will mark the 20th year that Jones has been involved with real estate. He began on the mortgage side where founded Homewood Mortgage.  For the past decade, he’s been selling homes, which he says he enjoys because he gets to help people. The job requires him to rely upon his analytical skills and utilize his finance and accounting background, two things that he thoroughly enjoys.

“This is a good job for people who like to be involved in the community,” he said. “I just like being on the go and helping make what for many of them is their largest purchase.”

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As more and more Baby Boomers are struggling to downsize from larger, family-oriented properties, the appeal of “aging in place” has grown. In AARP’s “Survey of Home and Community Preferences,” 76 percent of Americans aged 50 and older said that they wanted to remain in their current home as long as possible. So, if you’re already planning to make a move, choosing a home that will work into your retirement is key. 

A home that works well for Baby Boomers looking to “age in place” will have plenty of security, a first-floor master suite, an elevator to access the upper floors, a low-maintenance landscape, and plenty of room for visiting family and friends. Of course, many Baby Boomers don’t want to waste precious time redecorating or remodeling, so finding a home that is move-in ready is absolutely key.

Today’s High Caliber Home of the Week presented by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans is all of those things and stylish, to boot! It’s a gorgeous brick traditional listed by Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate’s Stewart Lee and it’s perfect for all of those beautiful Easter brunches with your loved ones! We’re also in love with the neighborhood — Glen Lakes

“Glen Lakes is a fantastic gated community conveniently located and close to major shopping,” Lee said. “It has friendly neighbors and wonderful recreational facilities including a spectacular 2.5-mile trail for walking in a park setting with private lakes and fountains. It also includes a pool, heated spa, and two tennis courts.”

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A very familiar face in Dallas, an icon of residential Dallas real estate, buzzed back into town before March blew away to check out his properties here, including the company with his name on the door, Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate. 

Then, for a couple of hours, he spoke with a small group of advisory board agents and his own team at the Luther Lane office, providing Dave’s view on the Dallas residential scene on both the sales and business side: a macro view of the market. And he’s coming back again, to teach some classes to DPM agents. This man really LOVES, KNOWS, and OWNS houses! No wonder he set so many records SELLING them!  

I caught up with Dave just as he was leaving town…

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Kerry Walton with Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate has listed 3314 Hawthorne Avenue for $435,000. Open House, Sunday, April 7 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Feast your eyes on the former private residence of presidential portrait painter, Alexander B. Clayton. This refined Park Place townhome is now on the market and listed by Kerry Walton with Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate for $435,000. And there is more than one reason to fall head over heels for this Perry Heights gem.

Presidential Panache

“For anyone who appreciates presidential trivia,” Walton says, “Clayton once used the full-floor master suite as his artist studio. The giveaway is the wall of windows he added that now offer treetop views. His portrait of Richard M. Nixon was installed rather unceremoniously in the White House in 1981, according to an article written by the iconic White House news reporter Helen Thomas.”

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