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See PC Holiday Décor – ABPA’s ‘Homes for the Holidays’ Tour

November 21st, 2013 | by The Update

Walk through the front doors at 3507 Crescent and find a grand two-story foyer with beautiful Monticello parquet floors of plain sawn oak and split finger walnut.  The home is listed for $6,249,000. Photos / Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty

Experience the spirit of the festive season and the beauty of fabulous homes in the Park Cities. The Armstrong-Bradfield Preschool Association kicks off its 15th annual “Homes for the Holidays” home tour on Dec. 6.

Each year, the featured homes offer a first glimpse at beautiful holiday decorations in distinct homes throughout the neighborhood. This year unique design styles range from Old World charm to Mid-Century Modern glamour.

A new addition to the tour is a small market at the home on 3500 Beverly, which will offer special gift items for sale by local artists and vendors with price points set at $100 or less. A watercolor artist will offer note cards commemorating Highland Park’s 100th year. Each vendor will give a percentage of their sales to the schools.

“We really were looking for ways to maximize what we give to the schools,” Tracy Wallingford, ABPA president, said about the market. “And we wanted to keep the tour exciting and fresh.”

Ms. Wallingford has a second grader and an incoming kindergartener at Bradfield. She started as a docent for the tours 15 years ago and said the event has become a tradition for local family members of all generations.

“I’m passionate about this community – this community is amazing. We support each other and events like this one help bring us together,” she said. “This takes all of our members and volunteers. And we appreciate our sponsors that make all the difference. It is a unique partnership of parents, community members and businesses that make this happen.”

Tickets to the event, which Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Reality is sponsoring, are on sale for $20 at nearby Tom Thumb stores and through ABPA members.  Or attendees can pay $25 on the day of the tour.  Ticket holders can enjoy browsing four beautiful homes on the tour from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Approximately 97 percent of all money raised from the tour go to provide educational support materials, field trips and enrichment programs for the kindergarten and first grade classes at Armstrong and Bradfield elementary schools.  The ABPA “Homes for the Holidays” home tour has raised more than $400,000 in the past 14 years.

For more information, go to armstrongbradfield.com/hometour.

Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty is Dallas’ luxury real estate leader, with more than 200 agents in five offices located throughout Dallas-Fort Worth and access to the global Sotheby’s network, including more than 11,000 agents in 600 offices worldwide. CEO Robbie Briggs independently owns and operates Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty. For more information on escapes and second homesranch and land, and luxury homes in the Dallas-Fort Worth region and beyond, go to briggsfreeman.com.

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