Posted by: Hewitt & Habgood Realty Group | October 19, 2017

Explore Oak Cliff This Weekend

Explore Oak Cliff This Weekend

Once its own city, Oak Cliff is one of Dallas’ oldest established neighborhoods, comprising 34 smaller neighborhoods that each have their own distinct characteristics.

Just south of the Trinity River, Oak Cliff is fast becoming known for its trendy areas, such as the Bishop Arts District. Its residents also take pride in maintaining and restoring the historic homes and buildings that have made the area so beloved now.

This weekend, experience the history and the brand new at the 2017 Oak Cliff Fall Home Tour, hosted by Heritage Oak Cliff (formerly called Old Oak Cliff Conservation League). This year’s tour spans well-known areas, such as Kessler Park and Cedar Oaks, and travels into never-before featured neighborhoods, such as Forest Highlands.

Tickets are $15 for seniors, $20 for adults and can be purchased online at the Heritage Oak Cliff website. Additional ticket locations can be found at the website.

Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate teams Hewitt and Habgood Group and The Foster Team are returning sponsors of the home tour, which funds neighborhood improvement projects in Oak Cliff.

“I do a lot of my business in Oak Cliff, and it’s my way of giving back — by supporting an organization that showcases the good people are doing to houses in Oak Cliff,” says Anne Foster of The Foster Team. Foster is also the 2017 executive vice president for Heritage Oak Cliff.


Explore Oak Cliff This Weekend

Foster is sponsoring the tour’s first home at 806 S. Storey St. in Forest Highlands.

Explore Oak Cliff This Weekend

Sitting on a 2-acre lot, the 1,850-square-foot home designed by modern architect Lukas Petrash sits adjacent to the Dallas Zoo. From the home’s spacious rear deck, Foster says you can see the zoo’s new Simmons Hippo Outpost habitat. The roar of lions across the creek can also be heard from the home, she says.

The owners helped build the home, wanting to show that modern, sleek design can be accomplished on more affordable terms, Foster says.

The Hewitt Habgood Group sponsor the tour’s eighth home at 1011 Kessler Pkwy. in East Kessler Park.

Explore Oak Cliff This Weekend

Contrasting Foster’s South Storey house, 1011 Kessler is a remodeled, 80-year-old Austin-stone home built in 1938. Its 1930s charm welcomes you the moment you step foot onto the porch with its copper roof and stained-glass windows leading into the inlaid stone entryway.

 The four-bedroom home sits among an estate surrounded by lush greenery and rolling hills, making it feel like an oasis in the city, says Steve Habgood of the Hewitt Habgood Group.

 “This home is less than a mile from downtown Dallas, but you’d think you’re 50 miles outside of the city,” Habgood says. “East Kessler Park has some of the city’s only rolling hills and meandering boulevards. The estate has larger lots, so you don’t feel like you’re on top of your neighbors. And the backyard is a really beautiful escape.”

Explore Oak Cliff This Weekend

Learn more about the tour and see the rest of the featured homes at Heritage Oak Cliff.

Posted by: Hewitt & Habgood Realty Group | October 5, 2017

Celebrate Fall at the Dallas Arboretum

Take a journey to the Land of Oz at the Dallas Arboretum’s 12th annual Autumn at the Arboretum fall festival.

This year’s theme, “Pumpkins, Squash and Gourds, Oh My!” highlights The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, complete with a real yellow brick road spiraling through the Arboretum’s Pecan Grove. Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate is excited to be a returning sponsor of Autumn at the Arboretum, which runs until Nov. 22.

Celebrate Fall at the Dallas Arboretum

More than 90,000 pumpkins, gourds and squash, along with hay bales and cornstalks, were used to fill the Pumpkin Village and build Auntie Em’s house and the Wicked Witch’s castle. Other stops along the yellow brick road include Emerald City, the Scarecrow’s Garden and Munchkinland, where you can purchase pumpkins and participate in family-friendly activities.

Along the way, you can also see the Tin Man, the Cowardly Lion and the Horses of a Different Color — all artistically recreated by the Arboretum’s horticulturalists.

“Our 50-member horticultural team goes to great lengths to create that ‘wow’ factor,” said Dave Forehand, vice president of gardens at the Arboretum. “Last year, a quarter of a million people came to Autumn at the Arboretum, and we hope even more people will come see this amazing display.”

Celebrate Fall at the Dallas Arboretum

Beyond the pumpkin patch, Autumn at the Arboretum has special events throughout October and November. Some weekly activities include Cool Thursdays Concerts, the Oktoberfest Garden, Harvest Tea and Zumba in the Gardens.

Here are a few more events that captured our attention:

1 to 3 p.m. Every weekend through November 19 — Snap a selfie with the Wicked Witch of the West | Pumpkin Village

Find the Wicked Witch roaming throughout Pumpkin Village, snap a selfie with her and post it to your social media account with the hashtag #OzAtTheArboretum to prove you have found her.

9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays — Garden Sized Games | Pecan Grove

A new feature at Autumn at the Arboretum, play giant-sized games including Connect Four, Yardzee, Corn-Hole and Jenga.

Celebrate Fall at the Dallas Arboretum

10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 21 and 22 — Pumpkin Carver Weekend | Martin Rutchik Concert Stage and Lawn

Master Piece Pumpkins’ Gene Granata carves pumpkins through live demonstrations.

6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 18 — Ghoul’s Night Out | Crape Myrtle Allee

The inaugural Ghoul’s Night Out features fun activities including palm readings, handwriting analysis and caricature drawing.

6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 28 to 30 — Evening Trick or Treating | Children’s Adventure Garden

Dress in costume and tour the spooky maze. $10 general admission.

6 to 8 p.m. Nov. 1 — Dia de los Muertos

This new celebration features activities and food trucks throughout the garden, as well as a face painting competition. Paint your face at home. Judges will assess all competitors by 6:30 p.m. The winner will be announced at 7:30 p.m.

Visit Autumn at the Arboretum for more information and a full list of events.

Posted by: Hewitt & Habgood Realty Group | September 29, 2017

Kidd Springs Shoreline Improvements to Begin Next Month

by Rachel Stone – Oak Cliff Advocate

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City Council on Wednesday approved a $726,578 contract to improve the dam and shoreline at Kidd Springs Park.

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality identified the Kidd Springs Park dam as needing improvements.

The project includes lengthening the dam and creating an emergency spillway, installing protective armor and replacing the sidewalk across the dam. Besides that, the natural spring will be uncovered so that it flows into the lake. The city also is adding new landscaping, a picnic area, a fishing pier and shoreline protection.

Funding for the project comes from 2003 and 2006 bond funds.

Work on the project could begin as soon as next month, and it could be finished in May.

Posted by: Hewitt & Habgood Realty Group | September 29, 2017

Kessler Steps Could Open Early Next Year

By Rachel Stone – Oak Cliff Advocate


City Council on Wednesday approved spending $298,962 to restore the controversial Kessler steps passageway and make water utilities improvements there.

Neighbors raised $71,000 to restore the steps, which were built in 1927 and connect Edgefield Avenue to Canterbury Court.

Adjacent homeowners fought the restoration arguing that they are on private property, but their lawsuit settled in March.

The city also is spending $30,911 from current funds and $197,051 from water utilities capital construction funds.

The work could be finished as soon as January.

Posted by: Hewitt & Habgood Realty Group | September 11, 2017

Prep Your Kitchen for Back to School


Kids will be returning to school soon – August 28, for most. And, with school days fast-approaching, it’s time to kick your kitchen back into gear. Follow these eight tips to make sure you start the school year on the right foot.

Snack Station

Long days at school mean hungry tummies. Clear out a low pantry shelf, kitchen cabinet or fridge drawer for quick-grab snack options. Organize with clear boxes or open bins for easy selection.

Leave It Out

Out of sight, out of mind, right? Leave out fresh fruits and veggies for your kids to grab when they get home from school (they’re more likely to choose what’s readily available).


Lunch Load Up

Stock up on plastic baggies, tupperware, lunch bags, napkins, and anything else you’ll need to make lunches during the school year. For faster preparation, keep all of these items in nearby drawers and/or cabinets.

Pantry Restock

The weeknight-dinner routine is on its way, so get your pantry ready by making sure you have all the essentials. Think grains, condiments, baking staples, and soup. Stocking up on frozen items is a good idea, too.

Refresh the Fridge

Take the time to clean out food items that have been pushed to the back over the summer. This way, you’ll know exactly what you need for school days and you’ll have the space to accommodate it.

Prep Your Kitchen for Back to School

Color Code

If you’re known for calling your children by their sibling’s names, make things easier on everyone with color-coded lunchboxes, Tupperware, backpacks, etc. By doing so, you keep yourself and them organized.

Wish List

If you need inspiration for lunch or dinner, place a whiteboard or notepad in the kitchen and invite your family to add their ideas. You can use the same technique in between grocery trips.


Get in the Groove

Set aside a time to get the next day’s lunches and dinners ready the night before. A schedule is the best way to ease stress and keep things running smoothly. Plus, that leaves more time for more organization.

Posted by: Hewitt & Habgood Realty Group | August 28, 2017

Hurricane Harvey: How You Can Help Now

Hurricane Harvey: How You Can Help Now

After making landfall Friday night, Hurricane Harvey has settled over the Texas Gulf coast where it is dropping an unprecedented and catastrophic amount of rainfall. Tens of thousands of our fellow Texans have been impacted by the storm, whether by the initial landfall or the deluge of rain that has fallen in the days afterward.

Watching all of this may make you feel helpless, but there are ways to get involved and help the victims of this massive storm.


American Red Cross To donate, visit, call 1- 800-RED CROSS or text the word HARVEY to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

The Salvation Army is accepting financial donations. To donate, visit or call 1-800-725-2769.

The Dallas Foundation has started a Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund. Donate at


For people interested in helping set up the mega shelter at the Dallas Convention Center, Dallas County Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster member Trusted World is accepting new underwear, new socks, new warmups for men, women, children and infants, toiletries/hygiene products, baby formula and baby wipes, bottles, diapers and the Graco Pac n’ Plays for babies to sleep in. Drop off is at 15660 N. Dallas Parkway, just north of Arapaho on the north side of the Parkway. The donations center is open daily from 3 to 8 p.m. daily.


Carter BloodCare will send blood donations to its partners affected by Hurricane Harvey. 1-877-571-1000. Text DONATE4LIFE to 444-999.


SPCA of Texas is expecting 300 cats and dogs to come to North Texas. The agency is asking for donations of cat litter, litter boxes, towels, blankets, treats, toys and newspaper. Donations can be dropped off at SPCA of Texas Jan Rees-Jones Animal Care Center at 2400 Lone Star Drive in Dallas and the SPCA of Texas at 8411 Stacy Road in McKinney. Monetary donations can be made online at


Volunteer your rental home or room at through rental site, which is connecting evacuees in the path of the storm with free, short-term lodging. Airbnb hosts are able to volunteer their rentals through a sign-up program at


The Red Cross and Salvation Army will be involved with disaster relief efforts, providing shelter, fresh drinking water, food, toiletries, clothes, bedding and other necessities. They also are involved with rebuilding efforts once the storm has passed and will send trained volunteers to help with the recovery. The Red Cross and Salvation Army also need volunteers to help at the shelters set up to house people who fled the coast.

Red Cross

Salvation Army


Catholic Charities USA Visit to donate.

GlobalGiving Visit Donors can also text HARVEY to 80100 to donate $10 to GlobalGiving’s Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund.

Save the Children Save the Children’s emergency response team is on the ground in San Antonio, Texas, working to meet children and families’ immediate needs.

Apple The multimedia giant has set up a donation link directly on iTunes and App Store. Visit for more information. Donations will go directly to the American Red Cross.

Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner established this fund administered by the Greater Houston Community Foundation to accept tax-deductible flood-relief donations. Donations can be made at

These are just a few of the ways you can help our fellow Texans. Please act now to help our neighbors in need.

Posted by: Hewitt & Habgood Realty Group | August 21, 2017

How to Make Art Work in Your Home

How to make art work in your home

When you’re faced with blank walls in your home, filling them with the right art can be a daunting task – especially if you’re attempting the feat alone.

We’ve consulted with interior designer Bryan Yates, co-owner of Yates Desygn in Oak Lawn, to guide you through the process of incorporating more art into your space.


Collect some Pinspiration

When you’re unsure of where to start, Yates recommends collecting images of what you like to jumpstart your search. Start a Pinterest or Houzz account, and pin anything that provokes positive emotions.

“Everyone knows what they don’t like, but not necessarily what they do like. Just pin everything you like, and you start seeing recurring details or elements of design,” Yates says.


Stir up Emotions

Once you know what you like, hone your tastes further by choosing pieces that incite strong reactions. In doing so, you’ll own pieces that you can love for a lifetime.

“It really needs to captivate you,” Yates says. “There’s no sense in purchasing art if it doesn’t. It needs to be intentional and something you really enjoy.”


Take a Field Trip

When it comes to art, scanning rows upon rows of images on your computer does you a disservice. Yates recommends discovering pieces you want in person, so you get a better feel of the texture, colors and scale.

In Dallas, there are many galleries, and even art fairs, to visit and explore.

“There’s stuff you’re going to see at different price points,” Yates says. “Dallas is so great in the art community. You’re buying from local artists, and it’s always great to support them.”


Edit Thoughtfully

Try not to buy too many pieces all at once – you’ll acquire your best pieces if you’re patient and choose pieces you really love. Once yours, make sure the art has space to breathe and be the focus of the room.

“You want pieces to stand out for themselves. If you bring too many art pieces, no one knows where to look. It gets overwhelming,” Yates says.

For gallery walls, Yates says to have a clear concept instead of creating a hodgepodge collection. He recommends visiting galleries to get inspiration from the experts.


Hang at the Right Height

Pieces should be centered at the eye level of an average height, Yates says. If you’re slightly shorter or above average height, just make sure the center of your art is between 55 to 66 inches high for the correct proportions.

“You want art to be a little lower or right at eye level, because you want to be able to see the center and move around the piece. When you have to look up at it, you’re not engaged,” Yates says.


Go Neutral

Of course, you can make your space any color you wish to choose. But if you want your art to stand out, try making the rest of the space more neutral or monochromatic.

“Monochromatic has a really bad connotation, but I like my interiors to be monochromatic,” Yates says. “If it’s paired right, you can design a room around one color. And neutral can be anything now. It doesn’t have to be boring. It’s about texture and layering.”

Posted by: Hewitt & Habgood Realty Group | August 14, 2017

How to Make Your Home Smarter

How to Make Your Home Smart

We live in a digital age, and many new homes now include different forms of home automation. If you’re interested in automating certain aspects of your home, it’s easy to add these smart systems yourself. Simple devices you can find in stores come in the form of thermostats, light switches, vacuums, and speakers and will offer you a new level of comfortable living unlike anything you’ve experienced before.How to Make Your Home Smart

Amazon Echo Dot – $49.99
You’ve probably heard a lot of conversation about this Amazon device and its narrator, Alexa. The Echo Dot is a smaller version of the Echo, a hands-free, voice-controlled speaker that allows you to play music, control volume and smart home devices, ask questions, set alarms, follow recipes, and more.

How to Make Your Home Smart

Belkin WeMo® Mini Smart Plug – $34.99
The WeMo Mini Smart Plug is perhaps one of the easiest ways to automate your home. All you need to do is plug the switch into an outlet, download the WeMo app, connect to your home Wi-Fi, and start controlling your devices from anywhere. This plug allows you to schedule your devices on a timer, sync lights with sunrise or sunset, and turn on or off randomly to ward off potential intruders. You can also use it to turn control small appliances like space heaters or coffee makers.

How to Make Your Home Smart

iRobot Roomba® 960 – $699.99
The Roomba® 960 is an automatic vacuum on the cutting-edge of smart home technology. The device can navigate an entire level of your home, keeping track of its progress and recharging as needed until the job is done. The 960 allows you to use the iRobot HOME App to clean and schedule on the go.Ways to Make Your Home Smart

iRobot Braava 380t mopping robot – $299.99
Is mopping where your home cleaning falls short? The makers at iRobot have come up with a solution – the Braava mopping robot. This device has the ability to sweep up to 1,000 square feet or mop up to 350 square feet in a single cleaning cycle. For convenience, it’s even compatible with reusable cleaning cloths such as Swiffer® pads.

How To Make Your Home Smart

Petzila Petzi Treat Cam – $169.95
You never have to wonder again what your pet does when you’re not home. With this device, you can see and speak to your pet, as well as launch a treat to keep your pet’s attention. Simply connect to the app to control the device remotely, and give your pet attention even when you’re not there.How to Make Your Home Smart

Nest – $249
The Nest smart thermostat is the ultimate smart home device that makes living more comfortable and saves money long-term. Not only does Nest learn the temperatures you like and programs itself to follow suit, but it will also automatically turn itself down to save energy when no one is home. And if you already own Amazon Alexa, you’re in luck. Nest can be voice-controlled with the Echo or Echo Dot.

How To Make Your Home SmartAmazon Dash (exclusive for Prime members) – $4.99
Amazon Dash buttons are perfect for those who are frequently on the go. If you notice you’re running low on a product, press the button to order a pre-set item to arrive in a few days. Dash buttons are available for a variety of products such as food, health, beauty, and pet items. This small button will save you an emergency trip to the store, and you’ll also get your $4.99 back when you place your first Dash order.

How To Make Your Home Smart

Crock-Pot® 6-Quart Smart Slow Cooker with WeMo® – $129.99
If you’re constantly on-the-go but prefer to eat home-cooked meals, a slow cooker can be a saving grace. Now, they’re becoming more and more high-tech and offer additional features making the process even easier. This slow cooker allows you to control the cook time and temperature from your smartphone. Arriving home later than expected? No problem. If your meal is done cooking, you can change the temperature to the warm setting until you get back.




Posted by: Hewitt & Habgood Realty Group | August 7, 2017

Special Ways to Make Your Guests Feel At Home

Morning in the bedroom,Breakfast.Here are some quick tips that will make your guests feel at home during their stay.

Cheat sheet

Create a home cheat sheet that provides your guests with the Wi-Fi code, instructions to turn on the television, garage code, and any other amenities they may need. Be sure to include your address, landline number, and emergency contact information.


Spare samples

Hotel toiletries and deluxe samples placed in a glass jar look elegant displayed in the guest bathroom. Your guests will like the availability of extra products, especially if they may have forgotten something.


Fresh flowers

Plants or well-crafted flower arrangements in the guest room add brightness and freshness that anyone will appreciate.


Cozy essentials

To create the ultimate retreat for your guests, place a basket in the corner with items that will make them comfortable. Think soft throw blankets, magazines, bottled water, snacks, and a reading light.

Freshen up

Make sure to leave extra towels and washcloths in the bathroom so guests can always use dry ones. An extra toothbrush is always a nice touch, too.


Sense of smell

Adding a candle or diffuser to the guest suite is always a good idea. Be careful, however – not all guests love the smell of warm vanilla. Eschew polarizing scents and use neutral fragrances, such as fresh linen. A small bottle of room or linen spray is a great addition to the room.

Posted by: Hewitt & Habgood Realty Group | August 1, 2017

Global Reach, Human Touch

By Steve Smith

Being part of the global economy goes far beyond technology; it requires the human touch. At Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate, we’re proud to belong to the global network whose name says it all — Leading Real Estate Companies of the World. Only the best of the best are part of this collection. Wherever you go, the LeadingRE logo is a symbol of the finest local real estate professionals.

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When you choose  Hewitt & Habgood Group at Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate to represent your property, you’ll benefit from a global — not just local — real estate company working on your behalf. In addition to the very strong local marketing for which Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate and its Associates are known for in North Texas, Leading Real Estate Companies of the World provides global marketing and resources, allowing us to provide the very best service to you.

The result? The Leading Real Estate Companies of the World network produced more home sales volume last year than any national franchise, over $368 billion, representing over 1.1 million transactions.

At Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate, we understand the importance of global reach — and the human touch. If you’re considering listing your North Texas home for sale, you’ll find just the right agent — with just the right connections.

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