Park Cities People, September 5, 2002  pp.1,12

Christmas coming early?
Nope, but decorations are

Famous yard displays for sale this weekend

By Dena Hill
Staff Writer


Dallas area residents who make their yearly pilgrimage up Armstrong Parkway in Highland Park to "ooh" and "ahhh" at holiday decorations should take note. The owners of a home that traditionally sports one of the street's most festive outdoor Christmas extravaganzas is selling its well-known decorations and much of the home's contents. Even the house itself is for sale.

According to Ronda Ross Hooks, whose company "Help Me Ronda," manages estate sales, the 8,5Oo-square-foot house, located at 4237 Armstrong Parkway, is for sale for $4.8 million. (The home was built in 1934 by the Olmsted family, owners of the Olmsted Kirk paper company.) Hooks' company is handling the estate sale for the current owners of the house, whom Hooks said are downsizing and dividing their time between two homes.



Residents who drive by the home this week will recognize the huge train and giant teddy bear on display outside, signatures of the estate sale that will open to the public from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday and Saturday, Sept. 6 and 7. "It's going to take literally all day to assemble them (all the decorations)," Hooks said.

Hooks' mother, Edna Ross, who works with her daughter, said also there will be a two-car garage filled with holiday decorations. Other items for sale will include furniture and collectibles, rugs, antiques, china, crystal, silver, clothes and art, Ross said. More information is available at