When you think about what makes a house a home, what are some details that come to mind? Homes are so much more than four walls and a roof, especially when it comes to the everyday life of a family. Thoughtful touches, grand spaces, and awe-inspiring rooms are the backdrop to our memories, and smart, creative design can make or break them. So when we ran across this inspiring Preston Hollow transitional, we couldn’t contain ourselves.

Not only is this beautiful Preston Hollow transitional — our Inwood National Bank Home of the Week — a brand new build, but its stunning spaces feature the deft hand of award-winning designer Traci Connell, notes Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate’s Lisa Marcus Schlachter. Reason enough to fall in love at first sight, and we know you (and your future guests) will!

We love Traci Connell because she took an unusual path to a successful career in interior design and has made a name for herself in a very competitive industry.

Plus, she has an eye for pattern and color that creates unusual, eye-catching spaces that offer so many “wow” moments!

The foyer in this Preston Hollow transitional has designer touches from the ceiling to the floor thanks to Traci Connell.

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“This is definitely the gem of Sondra Drive that is nestled in the heart of Lakewood!” gushed Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate’s Matthew Edwards when I asked him about his brand new listing. The home is not only a newer build in one of Dallas’ most sought-after neighborhoods, but it the location is beyond enviable, making it a shoo-in for our High Caliber Home of the Week presented by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans

Of course, Lakewood is teeming with stellar homes of all ages and sizes, but homes on Sondra Drive are particularly sought after because of the private feel of the narrow, tree-lined streets. Plus, you’re so close to everything.

“This property lives wonderfully and has so many great amenities,” Edwards added. “It’s within walking distance to Lakewood Elementary and White Rock Lake!”

It’s true. Sondra Drive has twice the appeal of other Lakewood locations thanks to its proximity to Lakewood Elementary and its distance from the main thoroughfares that traverse the neighborhood. But if you’re a homebody like me, what you’ll really love the backyard, which has a great pool, spa, outdoor kitchen, fireplace, and a tidy lawn that will mean you’ll have plenty of room outside to keep both kids and parents happy no matter the season. No need for KayCee Pool memberships here!

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Can you believe that July Fourth is tomorrow? It feels like summer is just racing by us, and Dallas is kicking the holiday weekend off with tonight’s Red, White, and Boom on the Bridge festivities on the Ron Kirk Bridge (Continental Ave. for those of us who aren’t recent transplants). The event concludes with a fantastic fireworks display over the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge, which will be easily visible from this 23rd-floor perch at Bleu Ciel.

“This Bleu Ceil New Modern in the sky captures the best, most sensational views of the downtown Dallas Skyline,” says Matthew Edwards of Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate. He’s the listing agent for this week’s High Caliber Home of the Week presented by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans. With all of the stellar amenities of this building, it’s definitely the place to be for fireworks this Fourth of July, with short breaks on the resort-style pool deck!

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Staff Reports

Ebby Halliday Companies has entered a marketing partnership with Curbio Inc., the fast-growing real estate technology company that specializes exclusively in pre-sale home renovations. Under the agreement between Curbio and Ebby Halliday, which includes Dallas-based Ebby Halliday Realtors, Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate, and Fort Worth-based Williams Trew, Curbio will provide agents with an array of print, digital, and live content with which they will educate their seller clients on the benefits of renovating before selling their homes.

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North Oak Cliff’s Winnetka Heights is one of Dallas’ most popular front-porch communities, with street after street filled with Craftsman-style and Prairie-style homes that offer a friendly, shaded spot facing the tree-lined avenues. These porches are the perfect place to while away a warm afternoon with neighbors over conversation and cold beverages. 

Though some structures in the Winnetka Heights Historic District still require some significant help, this new listing from Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate’s Cynthia Paine-Drennan is a gorgeous, move-in ready Prairie-style home with a fabulous front porch, gracious interiors, and a backyard for everyone. It’s beyond worthy of the High Caliber Home of the Week title presented by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans.

The spacious front porch of 326 S. Edgefield Ave. is just begging for a cold glass of whatever whets your whistle and a conversation with neighbors. I’m sure the sellers got their mileage out of it when the power went out in Dallas recently, as it’s the perfect spot for catching up with neighbors and catching a cool breeze between dragging limbs from neighbors yards to the curbs. And it’s also a great bit of foreshadowing, as the attention to detail continues inside this Winnetka Heights home.

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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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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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