6 Billion

You can rely on Ebby Halliday Realtors to bring home the bacon, that’s for sure, as the 68-year-old North Texas real estate powerhouse landed a record $6.4 billion in sales for 2013. As you soak in that huge number, consider that many economic forecasts show at least 9 percent growth in sales for the region in 2014, too.

Ebby Halliday Companies, which includes luxury brokerage Dave Perry-Miller and Associates, is the 12th-largest real estate firm in the nation with 1,500 agents. So this landmark sales level is testament to hard work and tenacity, as well as the Dallas/Fort Worth area’s strong economy, said Ebby CEO Mary Frances Burleson.

“Sales records of this magnitude reflect the exceptional performance of our more than 1,500 associates,” Burleson said. “We are so pleased to recognize their professional accomplishment and success – they are the reason the Ebby Halliday Companies lead the North Texas real estate market.”

Ron Burgert, Ebby CFO, credits the North Texas economy for the incredible rebound our area has experienced saying, “2013 sales at the Ebby Halliday Companies are a testament to the growing strength of the North Texas economy, our company’s conservative, yet pro-active management approach during both positive and negative economic cycles, and to our industry-leading Associates who are known far and wide for serving our clients with the upmost professionalism.”

Congratulations Ebby and Dave Perry-Miller agents! Here’s to even more shattered records in 2014!

McCommas Front

The M Streets is such a fabulous neighborhood. It has an urban feel and a great elementary school in Stonewall Jackson and feeds into Woodrow Wilson High School. It’s close to great restaurants and entertainment on Greenville Avenue, super close to mass transit at Mockingbird Station, and it’s not far from SMU and the Park Cities.

McCommas Living

And one of the best reasons you’ll love the M Streets is the great assemblage of renovated cottages. This is definitely one of them, at 5311 McCommas. This adorable two-bedroom, one-bath home has 1,288 square feet and is — get this — only $324,900. That’s right! You can buy a home in the M Streets for less than $325K!

McCommas Den

Marketed by Frada Sandler of Dave Perry-Miller and Associates, this cute little house is updated, but has tons of potential, too. Frada says this home could easily add another 122 square feet to become your half bath or laundry room. There’s also a detached two-car garage in the backyard.

McCommas Dining McCommas Kitchen

You’ll just adore the kitchen, which has an attached dining room with a bay window and cozy window seat. The kitchen has great cabinetry and stainless steel appliances, too. Yes, there’s only one bathroom, but that’s pretty common for homes built in the 1930s, of which you’ll find tons in this neighborhood.

McCommas Bedroom McCommas Nursery McCommas Bath

What you won’t find is a home with these touches in this price range. This is an absolute deal, folks!

What do you think?

McCommas Backyard

Luxury Yard Signs
How exciting! The Dallas Business Journal took a close look at the total number and value of all North Texas residential real estate brokerages and declared Ebby Halliday Companies, which includes Dave Perry-Miller and Associates, head and shoulders above the competition!

Of all North Texas brokerages, Ebby companies closed 15,916 transactions — 45 percent more than any other brokerage, and 20 percent more than Ebby’s numbers last year.

“Congratulations to all of the dedicated, hard-working Associates and staff members who made these phenomenal sales numbers possible,” says Mary Frances Burleson, president and CEO of the Ebby Halliday Companies, according to a press release. “While 2012 was truly an exceptional year, we are already looking forward to what the record books will say about the Ebby Halliday Companies in 2013.”

So what does 15,916 transactions translate to in real money? More than $4.8 billion. Unreal. Can you believe that a multi billion-dollar brokerage that has a sales volume 58 percent higher than its competitors started with one determined woman? When it comes to Ebby, I can!

“At the Ebby Halliday Companies, we’re proud of our undisputed role as the dominant real estate firm in North Texas,” Burleson says. “Our clients benefit from many advantages that are a direct result of our status as the market-share leader.”

Congrats Ebby Halliday Companies!

4936 Victor Front

I’ve lived in a 1921 Craftsman home in Junius Heights, and while I loved all of the cool details, such as the hardwood trim around the windows, the expansive front porch, and the window seat in the master bedroom that overlooked the garden, I hated how drafty it was and the awful water pressure.

4936 Victor Living

Still, living in a historic district is amazing. The homeowners tend to care more about their neighborhood and their community, and they work hard to maintain the standards. I miss that part of living in a historic conservation district, but I do not miss living in a historic home. If only you could have a new home in a historic district that blends in with its surroundings pretty much seamlessly …

4936 Victor Kitchen

If that’s what you want, you’re in luck. Marketed by Borman and Zahn team at Dave Perry-Miller and Associates for $485,000, 4936 Victor is a prairie style two-story built in 2008 that looks like it belongs in a whole ‘nother era. It has four bedrooms, two-and-a-half baths, and 3,184 square feet, and that’s not including the huge front porch where you’ll spend spring evenings waving at neighbors as they walk past.

4936 Victor Den

This neighborhood, Munger Heights, is an absolute gem, featuring a pretty extensive collection of prairie and Craftsman architecture. It’s just across Gaston Avenue from the Swiss Avenue Historic District, and it’s about 10 minutes from downtown. It’s perfect for someone looking to simplify, maybe ditch a car and go on two wheels. And it’s close to Baylor University Medical Center, too.

The kitchen in this home was just updated and it shows. Featuring a Carrera marble backsplash, custom cabinets and stainless steel appliances, you might just eschew the many takeout options around you for cooking at home.

4936 Victor Master

The rest of the home has hand-scraped hardwood floors and an open floorplan that will be great for family gatherings or get togethers. The real treat is upstairs, where the master suite is located. There you’ll find vaulted ceilings, a five-piece bath, and a sitting area with a fireplace. The paint color is a little loud for me. But to each his own, you know?

4936 Victor Master Bath

The backyard is huge, and it has a great little back porch, just the spot where you’ll want to sip coffee. There’s plenty of room for a playset, a pool, or pretty much anything else you can imagine.

4936 Victor Back Porch


5135 Vanderbilt FrontSome homes are beautiful, and some homes are charming. The homes that are my favorites, though, are the cute ones. They are the ones that somehow manage to be both beautiful and charming at the same time. They have little details that make you gasp in delight. They are they homes you picture your furniture in.

5135 Vanderbilt Sunroom

Marketed by Nancy Johnson of Dave Perry-Miller and Associates, this Greenland Hills Tudor at 5135 Vanderbilt is so cute, and I am imagining my furniture inside this house as I type this. I’m thinking that I’ll put some bright Adirondack chairs with some cozy cushions and foot rests in the sunroom, perhaps with a chaise lounge, so I can soak up some warm sunshine while I read a good book, or catch up on a few real estate blogs.

5135 Vanderbilt Living

I know that this two-bedroom, two-bath home will accomodate most of my things. It has an ample 1,416 square feet — enough room if we toss out half of my husband’s baseball memorabilia and most of his Star Wars action figures. It wouldn’t be hard to do considering how often I fantasize about it (kidding, dear!). It’s listed for $349,900.

5135 Vanderbilt Dining

There’s plenty of room for a family of three, or perhaps even newlyweds who want to be close to shopping, restaurants, and within 10 minutes of downtown. Greenland Hills is adjacent to the M Streets, which is a well-established neighborhood where well-maintained homes hold their value.

5135 Vanderbilt Kitchen

Now there’s really only one thing I would change about this house, and that’s the tile in the kitchen and breakfast area. When you’re renovating a space, you have to be careful about making your choices too personal. Now, if you don’t plan on being buried somewhere on the property, I would say that green 12-inch tile would be a less-than-stellar choice. Still, it doesn’t put me off from the house as a whole.

5135 Vanderbilt Master

I do like the size of the bedrooms, and I can definitely appreciate the windows and the renovated bathrooms. Tudors tend to have non-existent storage, so I am glad to hear that there is some solid closet space in this home. Bathrooms also tend to be small in Tudors, but at least the master bath has a large shower to make those mornings feel a little less cramped.

5135 Vanderbilt Master Bath

The backyard is a great spot for entertaining. Tons of lush grass that leads to a fabulous deck will have your guests asking for another Guiness, because there’s no way they’re leaving your backyard for Greenville Avenue this St. Patrick’s Day — it’s where the party’s at!

5135 Vanderbilt Backyard

It’s address is the only real negative I can come up with for 926 Peavy Road, and even that isn’t such a bad thing. Peavy, which is what Mockingbird Lane turns into as you head east from White Rock Lake, is a busy thoroughfare, but this house won’t suffer from headlights shining through the front windows or blocked driveways thanks to an expertly placed privacy wall.

The wall, which creates a great little courtyard, makes this home feel a lot safer. Marketed by Peggy Millheiser of Dave Perry-Miller and Associates, this three-bedroom, two-bath, 1,841-square-foot home is priced at a reasonable $229,900.

This house, which feeds into Blue Ribbon Hexter Elementary, is in a neighborhood that is in the midst of revitalization thanks in part to small business owners. Just down Peavy Road are two restaurants — Good 2 Go Tacos and Goodfriend — that have garnered acclaim from all over the city, and this house is within walking distance. Also less than a brief jaunt away is a great park and playing fields, as well as Dallas’ crown jewel — White Rock Lake — itself.

Inside the home you’ll find several updates, such as hardwood floors and double-pane windows. The best thing about this house, hands down, is the brand-spanking new kitchen. I love the stainless fridge and double-drawer dishwasher, as well as granite counters and gleaming maple cabinets.

The master bedroom is a good size — certainly nothing to sneeze at — and comes equipped with a skylight. As much as I love skylights, I don’t like them waking me up before I have to be, so if it doesn’t come with a shade I am sure you can negotiate one.

The master bath is sparkling. I love the glass vanity top — very chic! The large tile in an off-set pattern makes the room feel longer and larger than it really is.

The backyard, which, thanks to a privacy fence and a creek nextdoor, feels exceptionally quiet. There’s tons of room back there, which is great for kids. The deck is great, too — a good spot for summer barbecues.

All in all, I think this home is an exceptional value. What do you think?

I really did dream this and not in my Maidenform Bra: I was living in some vague house and I opened up the computer to see that a fabulous newer home with old world charm, class and character was ready and waiting for me for me with open angel arms (and THREE master suites!) for less than four million dollars. Because, let’s face it, you say Preston Hollow and you might as well say “five million dolla!”

But then I saw that the folks at Dave Perry-Miller and Associates have DROPPED THE PRICE on this primo primo primo listing at 9507 Meadowbrook. Are my eyes failing me? Need new Chanels? This home was once listed at $4,500,000!

Talk about location, I don’t think Pooh Bear could have found a better spot in the Honeypot. This home has been value priced to $3,995,000 — oh what what a value!. First of all, hello, location! Corner of Ravine and Meadowbrook — hell Roger Staubach is right up the street!

Designed by Robbie Fusch, built by Jerry Brinkerhoff, this private paradise of color offers basically everything. Double front doors open to a stunning entry with herringbone-patterned flooring. There’s a wall of glassy French doors in the living room with views of the pool and mature landscaping, we have our 1.04 leafy acres. A step down, sunken living room has my coveted hand-scraped hardwoods and a large fireplace — one of six fireplaces in the home, I might add. The dining room features floor-to-ceiling windows, a beamed ceiling, hardwoods and yet another fireplace. The study/library actually has built-ins, a beamed ceiling, hardwoods and you guessed it — another fireplace. I could let the kids move in: there are three master suites, two on the first level and one on the second. (Or maybe my mother-in-law could take one, just musing.) The largest first floor master features access to the peaceful grounds, (another) fireplace and a vaulted ceiling — we’ll take this one. The  bath is the cat’s meow with dual vanities, my jetted tub, a separate shower, two walk-in closets with built-ins, plus access to the outdoor entertaining area and a private zen meditation garden. The other first-floor master suite has a beamed and vaulted ceiling and includes a large study area with a built-in desk. Hubby would love that…

Now here’s an idea: what a great way to escape your spouses’ snoring! If he gets too loud, you just bed-hop to the other master. Genius! This IS the house of my dreams!

The kitchen has been showcased in so many national magazines it has an agent: glass-front cabinetry and beautiful tile work,  high-end appliances, Traulsen four-door refrigerator, a commercial-grade Wolf six-burner gas range with grill and double Thermador ovens. Upstairs, that third master suite has yet another fireplace and a large master bath, perfect for an in-law or boomerang child. There is another bedroom suite upstairs and an additional room for exercise, nanny, pooches, etc. Of course there is a large covered outdoor entertaining area with seven ceiling fans overlooking the grounds with plenty of play space, a beautiful pool and a guest house. 8125 square feet, built in 1989, four bedrooms plus, four and a half baths, guest house or quarters. At this price you almost get half of the square footage free and clear — $3,995,000. Let me tell you a home right behind this one on Park Lane Dave Perry-Miller just sold for $7,995,000 that was not that much larger. I think this home is sized just right, and the price is not just amazing, it’s a steal.

Now if this has too much yard, hold the presses because I am NOT supposed to tell you this, but TOMORROW a gorgeous 7500 square footer with a pool and everything you might want including Sandy, the most precious Golden Retriever in the world, pops onto the MLS market and gives you a great smaller yard option. It’s at 5814 Falls Road, listed by Dave and Ryan Streiff. Fresh on the market and I am not sure if photos have been shot yet, so stay tuned. It’s also a great location, just a little less dirt in case you love to lock it and leave, get the heck out of Dodge sometimes to a little place in, say, Vail..