The University Park home of Gina Bishop-Corwin and her family.

Real estate developer Gina Bishop-Corwin is a longtime Park Cities resident who, with her husband, Mike Corwin, has 10 children. The family lives in University Park, just south of Preston Center, in a 5,200-square-foot home.

Last week, CBS-11 reported in an exclusive story by J.D. Miles, that Gina had been arrested in a massive drug sting operation that netted 10 arrests plus several raids and searches on Park Cities homes.

Bishop-Corwin, age 51, was indicted on seven counts involving drug and weapons charges. She was arrested at her University Park home on Stanford last week. The home is owned by MKT General LLC out of Dripping Springs, Texas. It was sold to the LLC in 2015 by the Gina Diane Bishop Trust in August 2019. The mortgage is for $750,000 and the lender is a “private individual.” There is no record of it in MLS; it is appraised by DCAD at just over $1.5 million. But residents say Bishop-Corbin is a “trust fund” recipient whose parents would give her money for each child she had. The “Bishop” in her family name is that of the family for whom the Bishop Arts District is named.  

Additionally, Gary Collin Bussell, 50, and his girlfriend, were also arrested when the feds raided his townhome across from the Whole Foods on Lemmon Avenue — too close to home, say residents who shop there regularly.

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Jeremy Whiteker rejoined the Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate Park Cities office after spending the past year and a half at Compass.

“I feel like I have come back home,” Whiteker said. “I learned many lessons about what motivates me as a business owner and what components I need in place to keep that machine running. The Dave Perry-Miller staff is an extension of my business as they care just as much about my clients as I do. I was immediately reminded of that upon my return — at Dave Perry-Miller, the focus is on our clients.”

He added that he missed leadership and marketing support he’d had during his previous nearly seven-year tenure at Dave Perry-Miller. Some of his building partners actually encouraged him to return because, in their opinion, Dave Perry-Miller has a more organic focus on Dallas-Fort Worth.

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It’s not every day you come across a listing full of personality and impeccable style, which is what makes this residence unforgettable. The University Park home’s stone exterior and idyllic landscaping set a grand tone from the get-go, but you can’t even begin to imagine the fashion-forward spaces that await inside.

 

Bold designer wallpapers, coffered ceilings, and thoughtful paint choices make walking through this elegant abode a design adventure. Your jaw will be permanently on the floor, and if you’re lucky enough to live here, that will be your everyday experience. 

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Allie Beth Allman & Associates’ Susan Baldwin partnered with luxury builder Bob Thompson this year to develop two high-profile lots and they’re selling like hotcakes. The dynamite partnership has already sold one of these coveted lots and it’s only a matter of time until the other gets snapped up. Savvy Dallas homebuyers better hurry to get in on this rare opportunity to work with the best before it’s too late.

Two heads are better than one, and these are two professionals you definitely want on your team. Both Baldwin and Thompson have numerous connections in the industry that will make creating the home of your dreams a breeze. 

“What’s nice with a partnership is that you get to work directly with the builder on the job and he will build whatever you want, but you also know that the transaction will go smoothly because you still have a Realtor,” Baldwin said.

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History ran deep in Jack and Kate LaGere’s 1928 Park Cities Tudor. For Kate, an art history major, the home’s past ran even deeper.

Though the couple wasn’t purposely house hunting when they spotted the “For Sale” sign in the yard, they had discussed purchasing a historic home and knew exactly what they wanted. Aside from a nearby elementary school and park for their three young children, the LaGeres envisioned their historic dream home as a place they could preserve and restore to accommodate their art collection and family’s modern lifestyle.

Since the Tudor was across the street from Kate’s old elementary school, the location was ideal. After seeing the sprawling interior of the house and engaging their imaginations, they checked preservation and restoration off their wish list and embarked on their journey.

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Lakeside Drive
If you’re looking for a Dallas home like no other, one that has been publicly praised for its unparalleled beauty, this off-market listing is perfect for you. Perched on a coveted Lakeside Drive lot overlooking Turtle Creek, this magnificent house has been a statement of style for nearly a century.  Upon its completion in 1924, The J. T. Owens Home — as it was widely known — was described in the Dallas Morning News as, “One of the many reasons Dallas is known as the city of beautiful homes.”

Old-world charm is palpable as you step through the gracious front doors into the grand entrance, and details inside further prove that history and luxury go hand in hand here. Walk past discreet “service bells” and imagine them being delicately rung during glitzy parties as servers in white gloves descend with delectable bites and cocktails. The portrait of an early master of the manor still hangs above the library fireplace, reminding you that you are writing the next chapter of this Dallas treasure’s story, adding to the legacy.

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When it comes to festive landscape displays, there’s one landscape designer in Dallas that does it up better than anyone: Harold Leidner Landscape Architects. So when we heard that Leidner’s skillful arrangement was in the running for HGTV’s Ultimate Outdoor Awards in the “Curb Appeal” category, we were intrigued but not surprised.

Though Leidner’s work is sought after in the Park Cities and Preston Hollow, you’ll also be seeking him on the competition’s web page. Find out how to see more photos of this lavish European-style estate’s gardens, and the competition, after the jump:

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Jack and Kate LaGere found exactly what they wanted when they least expected it. The couple wasn’t intentionally house hunting when they drove by 3524 Saint Johns Drive and spotted the For Sale sign. But after several subsequent walk-throughs and exploring every nook and cranny, the LaGeres knew the 1928 Tudor was a perfect fit with their family and historic vision.

Since Jack and Kate had three small children, they wanted to live within a safe walking distance to an elementary school and playground. Armstrong Elementary is not only across the street from the historic home, the school is Kate’s old alma mater. The house is likewise located on a large corner lot at St. Johns and Byron, which contained plenty of yard space for the active kids to practice sports and play outdoors.

The LaGeres had envisioned finding a classic home they could redesign while preserving its history. The Tudor had endless possibilities.

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