Lakewood’s Home Tour Takes a Village


Lakewood’s Home Tour Takes a Village
Photo by Jenifer McNeil Baker


Satiate your curiosities and take part in a decades-long tradition of giving back to local East Dallas schools during this year’s Lakewood Home Festival from Nov. 9 to Nov. 11.


The fall tradition, now in its 42nd year, spans nearly 4 miles of Lakewood’s best tree-lined neighborhoods, highlighting the various architectural styles and designs of seven homes.


Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate is a proud sponsor of the event, commencing with the auction party at 7 p.m. Nov. 9, with this year’s theme, “Lakewood Takes a Bite Out of the Big Apple.” The party will feature live and silent auctions. Tickets for the auction start at $150.



The following evening, Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate is also sponsoring the Candlelight Tour from 7 to 9 p.m. Nov. 10. Guests will enjoy sipping wine with the owners and architects of a selection of the homes. Tickets for the Candlelight Tour start at $30.30.


The Lakewood Home Festival is hosted by the Lakewood Early Childhood PTA and funds the purchase of school materials, computers and enrichment programs at Lakewood Elementary School, J.L. Long Middle School and Woodrow Wilson High School. Last year’s festival raised over $200,000 for the three schools.


Lakewood’s Home Tour Takes a Village


“It was truly our best year so far and not just because of the toal amount raised, “ Ana Whitcomb, 2018-19 LECPTA president said in Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate’s fall/winter 2018 Fine Home Collection magazine.


“For the first time, we were able to give every single penny back to the schools,” Whitcomb continued. “Our phenomenal sponsors helped make this possible — we couldn’t do it without them.”


In addition to Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate’s sponsorship, two teams from the brand’s Lakewood officeJackson Sells and the Heather Guild Group — sponsor two of the homes in the tour.


Take a glimpse of the homes the teams are sponsoring below and see the rest of the homes in November.


Lakewood’s Home Tour Takes a Village
Photo by Jenifer McNeil Baker


The Jackson Sells team is sponsoring 6726 Lakewood Blvd., one of Lakewood’s “Dilbeck Triplets.”


The home, built by one of Dallas’ most notable architects, Charles Dilbeck, offers an oasis of a backyard. Lush and manicured landscaping surround a former log cabin-turned-pool house, once dubbed “Lakewood City Hall” for its use as a site to host neighborhood association meetings.


Lakewood’s Home Tour Takes a Village
Photo by Jenifer McNeil Baker


The Heather Guild Group is sponsoring 6927 Pasadena, a 2016 modern home built with entertaining at the top of mind. The home features breathtaking and unique living spaces for indoor and outdoor entertaining.


Tickets to the home tour are $20 and are available online at or at Lakewood Comerica Bank, Talulah & HESS and Snowbaby. Tickets will be available at the door at any of the homes on tour. The homes will be open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Children 12 and younger are free.


See a preview of all the featured homes and purchase tickets at Lakewood Early Childhood PTA.


Learn more about the LECPTA’s history in Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate’s fall/winter 2018 Fine Home Collection, available online at


Read more about the Fine Home Collection on our blog:

Fall/Winter 2018 Fine Home Collection Now Available

Sarah Todd Has the Midas Touch

Sack Brings M-Streets Expertise to Heather Guild Group

Extensive market knowledge, impeccable customer service and skilled negotiating… the Heather Guild Group at Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate (Lakewood Office) takes pride in advocating for their clients using these advantages, which has shaped the team into a dominant force in East Dallas Real Estate. And with the addition of Amy Sack (formerly of the firm’s Preston Center Office) this month, the Heather Guild Group is poised to grow even stronger.

From left to right, Haley Wagstaff, Heather Guild, Skylar Champion and newest Heather Guild Group member, Amy Sack.
From left to right, Haley Wagstaff, Heather Guild, Skylar Champion and newest Heather Guild Group member, Amy Sack.

“We’ve found that our clients appreciate the local connections and resources we bring to each transaction,” Guild says. “By living in the neighborhoods we serve, we’re able to provide the market knowledge that sets us apart.  As an M-Streets resident and Stonewall Jackson Elementary parent, Amy rounds out that unique perspective for the team.”  

With a corporate background in digital marketing, most recently for Yahoo, Sack has a solid understanding of the tools available to promote a home, along with an incredible work ethic. That ethic also extends to her personal undertakings, as she spends a considerable amount of time volunteering at her kids’ school.  

“Teaming up with the Heather Guild Group was a natural fit for me,” Sack says. “We have shared values, a commitment to local schools, a focus on customer service and a  love of Lakewood and all of East Dallas, that bond us together. Aligning with them gives me an edge, and I believe my unique skills and experience give the team one, too.”

The members of the  Heather Guild Group, which includes Heather Guild, Skylar Sutton Champion and Haley Wagstaff, have most recently been named among the Top 25 Producers in East Dallas by the Lakewood Advocate and the Lake Highlands Advocate, and a Top Producer/D Best Real Estate Agent by D Magazine.  

For more information on the Heather Guild Group, please email or visit

Heather Guild Group’s Listing Is Site of First SCHOOL + HOUSE Event


Way back when I first started writing for, the idea was that I give everyone enough information (or the ability to find that information) to make an educated decision about both public schools and neighborhoods they’d like to live in.

And for about the last six months, I’ve been noodling around with a concept that I’m thrilled to say is finally launching next week — SCHOOL + HOUSE. Part traditional open house for prospective buyers, part meet-and-greet with local school officials and parents, SCHOOL + HOUSE is designed to bring everyone you’d ever want to talk to about the Dallas Independent School District in one place, with the added bonus of getting a Realtor who is a fountain of knowledge about the neighborhoods that feed those schools.

Heather Guild Group's listing at 6125 Vivian will be the site of the first SCHOOL + HOUSE
Heather Guild Group’s listing at 6125 Vivian will be the site of the first SCHOOL + HOUSE

Because some of the best knowledge about schools comes from the parents who are there every day. They’re informed, involved and ready to give anyone the ins and outs of sending your child to the schools in the neighborhood.

A few months ago, sitting around a fireplace with my friend Heather Guild, who also happens to be both a Realtor and a Lakewood neighborhood expert, I told her about what I was thinking. I knew we might not get to work together soon because of the crazy fast way inventory seems to turn around in Lakewood, but I also had several other potential neighborhoods I was eyeballing for this experiment.

But then earlier this week Heather sent me a smoke signal and said the Heather Guild Group had a GREAT listing — an adorable Tudor in Lakewood that was less than $500,000. Would I be interested in launching my cockamamie (my words, not hers) idea with an open house at this spot?

Heck. Yes.

6815 Vivian Avenue in Lakewood is offered by the Heather Guild Group
6815 Vivian Avenue in Lakewood is offered by the Heather Guild Group

So here I sit, inviting you all to drop by to 6815 Vivian Avenue next Tuesday, June 28. We’ll be there from 6 to 7:30 p.m., ready to talk Dallas ISD and show you a great home. Between the great parents we’re inviting and the school officials, you’ll have lots of brains to pick. Newly-elected District 2 trustee Dustin Marshall has also graciously agreed to drop by and talk to everyone as well.

And then, of course, you’ll have the great team of Heather Guild Group to tell you about both the house and the neighborhood as well. With a combined 33 years of real estate and five children between them, these women have East Dallas real estate (and the neighborhood school scene) covered — seriously. The Heather Guild Group, made up of Heather Guild, Skylar Champion, and Haley Wagstaff of Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate, is consistently ranked among the top realtors in Dallas by all of the people that rank such things — D Magazine, The Advocate, you name it — and for good reason. You’ll not find three people who work harder to exceed their clients’ expectations.

And about that home. Built in 1930, the three-bedroom, two-bath, 1,750-square-foot home features multiple porches outside (a party host’s dream), an updated kitchen with stainless steel appliances and double ovens, wood floors throughout and lots of windows with plantation shutters. The master has a walk-in closet, and although some might say the bathroom is a schoosh too small for a master, but these ladies have thought of everything, including snagging an architect to draw up some plans for enlarging that bathroom, if the buyer should desire.

6815 Vivian Avenue in Lakewood is offered by the Heather Guild Group
6815 Vivian Avenue in Lakewood is offered by the Heather Guild Group

Oh, and the price — $475,000, a great price for a home with such tremendous curb appeal.

6815 Vivian Avenue in Lakewood is offered by the Heather Guild Group
6815 Vivian Avenue in Lakewood is offered by the Heather Guild Group

And even if you’re already a Lakewood resident and are just interested in finding out more about your school options, head over! If you’re a Realtor who would like to be able to answer buyer questions about the district and want to access that knowledge, you’re invited, too. And if Lakewood isn’t your bag (what?) keep your eye out for more locations over the next year (Midway Hollow, I’m looking at you in August).

A big, big, big thanks to the Heather Guild Group for hosting, and to additional sponsors Rooted Dallas (a Lakewood company, natch) for providing gorgeous succulents throughout the property for the evening, and Bill Ajello of The Lending Partners for providing refreshments.

~ Written by Bethany Erickson, Candy’s Dirt

Heather Guild Spotlights Up-and-Coming East Dallas Elementary School Dan D. Rogers in Guest Post

Do you have a child nearing school age?  Are you trying to sort through all of the information about the differences between Dallas ISD, Richardson ISD and the private schools in the area?  The good news is that now, more than ever, you have so many good choices.  As advocates for the neighborhoods we serve, we consider it our responsibility to know every East Dallas elementary school.  Over the next few months we’ll be focusing on what makes some of the private and public elementary schools in East Dallas unique.  Have a school or program you think deserves a spotlight? Let us know!

Dan D. Rogers East Dallas Elementary School

Located at the Northeast corner of Abrams and Lovers, Dan D. Rogers has undergone two significant changes in the past year. First, it was named as one of only six schools within Dallas Independent School District (DISD) to launch a personalized learning curriculum paid for by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.  The personalized learning model is one of several “Choice School” curriculums designed to pair children with learning styles and content that best fit their personality and educational needs in order to help more children reach their highest academic potential.

Dan D. Rogers, an East Dallas elementary school at 5314 Abrams Road, is a DISD Choice School
Dan D. Rogers, an East Dallas elementary school at 5314 Abrams Road, is a DISD Choice School

[Side note:  if you are considering sending your children to DISD, Choice Schools are THE hot topic among parents and educators. DISD plans to open 35 Choice Schools in the next five years.]

Personalized Learning Curriculum

The personalized learning curriculum is particularly appealing at Dan D. Rogers, which has 125 transfer students from refugee-populated Vickery Meadows.  By charting a course for each child, educators are able to catch up children who are behind while simultaneously challenging the 13% of the student body that qualifies for talented and gifted (which, for reference, is slightly higher than the number of students that qualify at Lakewood Elementary).

In each classroom, students rotate through stations where the instruction they receive will be based on their particular needs. Through blended learning, students receive instruction via adaptive, e-learning technology and other digital resources as well as in small group or one-on-one instruction with the teacher. In the classroom, students are also engaged in independent or collaborative learning activities that support their particular needs. In the project-based learning lab, students are challenged to collaborate and communicate while using their critical thinking and creativity to solve real-world problems.

Dan D. Rogers Principal Lisa Lovato (left) received the Superintendent's Award for her leadership of the East Dallas elementary school
Dan D. Rogers Principal Lisa Lovato (left) received the Superintendent’s Award for her leadership of the East Dallas elementary school

REAL School Gardens

In addition to the personalized learning curriculum at this East Dallas elementary school, Dan D. Rogers recently received a new learning garden, designed and installed by REAL School Gardens.  School gardens have been popular for several years as schools try to provide outdoor learning spaces to students, in particular those who don’t have regular access to outdoor spaces because they live in a multi-family setting. REAL School Gardens takes this concept several steps further.  In addition to the typical flowers, herbs and vegetables, Real School Gardens are also designed with various types of teaching tools.  These include seating, white boards, counting and measuring tools, language arts & math manipulatives, weather monitoring stations and more. In addition to the garden, REAL School Gardens provides a teaching curriculum that corresponds with the outdoor learning environment.  Results from schools with these gardens have been outstanding, with 94% of teachers reporting more engaged students and an increase in passing test scores of 12-15%; with the biggest increase in scores in Science and STEM-related subjects. Watch this spring’s Dan D. Rogers REAL School Garden Installation video below.

From a community support perspective, parents in the neighborhood have also recently started a Dan D. Rogers Early Childhood PTA (ECPTA) to encourage nearby families to consider returning to the East Dallas elementary school, which has historically not enjoyed much local participation.

Homes for Sale Zoned to Dan D. Rogers

From a real estate perspective, neighborhoods that feed into Dan D. Rogers are a bargain! The median home price for a single family home feeding into Dan D. Rogers (among most recent sales) is $393,500.  Compare this to homes in Stonewall Jackson Elementary with a median price of $497,500 and Lakewood Elementary with a $525,000 according to the most recent MLS data.

Here are a few homes for sale in East Dallas, currently zoned to Dan D. Rogers.  If you like what you see or want to know more about the neighborhoods in East Dallas? We hope you will give us a call!  972.755.9085 |

~ Authored by Heather Guild

Haley Wagstaff, Heather Guild and Skylar Champion of the Heather Guild Group, all live, love and list in Lakewood and East Dallas
Haley Wagstaff, Heather Guild and Skylar Champion of the Heather Guild Group, all live, love and list in Lakewood and East Dallas




Wagstaff Brings Lake Highlands Expertise to Heather Guild Group

Haley Wagstaff is coming home. Effective January 1, 2016, Wagstaff joins Heather Guild and Skylar Champion in the Heather Guild Group at Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate’s Lakewood office. It’s a reunion of sorts for Guild and Wagstaff who first met at the firm’s InTown office early in their careers.

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“We couldn’t be more pleased about how well Haley complements our East Dallas focus with her strong background in both Lake Highlands and Lakewood real estate,” Guild says. “She fits right in with what we’re doing.”

During their time at InTown, the women bonded over the challenges of running a real estate business and a family at the same time. Now they look forward to creating a powerful synergy that will guide buyers and sellers to a positive, memorable real estate experience. Guild recently cast new vision for the group, explaining the role Wagstaff will play.

“We’ve found that many of our first time buyers like to explore all of East Dallas,” Guild says. “That means they inevitably want to see homes in the M-Streets, Lakewood, Lake Highlands and elsewhere. Because Haley is a resident of Lake Highlands and familiar with the schools, subdivisions, new developments, etc., and because she has worked extensively in this part of town, she will be a terrific resource for our clients, giving them a strategic advantage when it comes time to buy/sell.”

Adds Wagstaff, “I was already “living, loving, listing” Lake Highlands – this move just makes it official!”

In 2014, Wagstaff was named one of the Top 25 Realtors in Lake Highlands by the Lake Highlands Advocate. She also already ascribes to the Group’s philosophy that clients have a choice when it comes to selecting a real estate agent.

“Extensive market knowledge, impeccable customer service and skilled negotiating is why Heather Guild Group clients choose us,” Wagstaff says. “And why they come back again and again. I’m excited to give them one more reason to.”

Lakewood Auction Party is Part of Heather Guild’s Well-Designed Life


Heather Guild

Heather Guild was recently featured on the Day Designer blog, specifically in its Well-Designed Life Series, and we can see why. The busy wife and mom has multiple reasons to stay organized. Not only is she one of Lakewood’s leading Realtors, she’s also chairing the Lakewood Home Festival Auction Party. If you have an item, experience, or service you’d like to donate to the auction, which benefits the Lakewood Early Childhood PTA, then click here.

Six Dave Perry-Miller Agents Earn Slots On List of Lakewood’s Top 25 Realtors

White Rock Lake
If you’re looking for a home near White Rock Lake, you need a Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate agent.

Our friends at the Advocate have published their inaugural list of the Top 25 Realtors in Lakewood/East Dallas, and no broker has more agents on the list than Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate. Our honorees, presented in alphabetical order:

• Heather Guild of the Heather Guild Group
• Scott Jackson of the Jackson Team
• Nancy Johnson
• Tom Rhodes of the Rhodes Group
• Kate Walters of the Haven Group
• John Weber of the Hickman+Weber Group

The Top 25 list was based on sales statistics reported to the North Texas Real Estate Information Systems, a service of the MetroTex Association of Realtors. These statistics reflected 2014 sales in Area 12, which includes White Rock Lake and the surrounding neighborhoods. Realtors were not required to buy an ad to be placed on the list.

Congratulations to all of the honorees! If you’re looking for an agent who specializes in Lakewood, you know who to call.

Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate Honors Top Producers of an Outstanding Year

Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate agents and staff gathered at Dallas Country Club on March 5 to honor the top producers of 2014, a record-breaking year for the firm that represents the leading brand for properties of distinction in Dallas’ established neighborhoods. The managers of five offices gave out awards to individuals, groups, and teams based on production, income, and homes sold.


Standing: Ralph Randall, Forrest Gregg, Chris Pyle, Susie Thompson, Shirley Cohn, Greg Iker, Stephen Pryor, John Weber, Chris Hickman, Sonia Villareal, Susan Schweidel, Dan Rhodes, and Thomas Rhodes; Seated: Madeline Jobst, Shannon Blount, Sharon Palmer, Kate Walters, Robb Puckett, Ashley Beane, Brady Moore, Burton Rhodes, and Christine McKenny

The Highland Park Office at 5500 Preston Road is managed by Robb Puckett. Its top producers were:

1. The Rhodes Group
2. The Haven Group
3. Hickman+Weber Group
4. Ralph Randall
5. Brady Moore
6. Christine McKenny
7. Gianna Cerullo
8. Madeline Jobst
9. Stephen Pryor
10. Shannon Blount

Ralph Randall was the top individual per income. Brady Moore was the top individual per homes sold. The Rhodes Group was the top group per income. The Haven Group was the top group per homes sold.


Standing: Jarrad Barnes, Frances Jacobs, Joseph Gullutto, Nadine Meyer, Melanie Till, Brittani Frankowiak, Macy Riley, Henry Barber, Emily Ray-Porter, Eloise Eriksson Martin, and Brandon Fleeman; Seated: Patty Brooks, Brian Bleeker, Stephene Tolocko, Melissa O’Brien, Kathy Hewitt, Steve Habgood, Jim Berrong, Jessica Hill, James Martin, and Andy Steingasser

The InTown Office at 2828 Routh Street is managed by Becky Connatser. Its top producers were:

1. The Hewitt & Habgood Realty Group
2. The Emily Ray-Porter Group
3. The Gullutto-Barnes Group
4. Brandon Fleeman
5. Patty Brooks
6. The Martin Group
7. Jim Berrong
8. The Meyer Group
9. Brian Davis
T10. Premier Associates
T10. Brittani Frankowiak

Brandon Fleeman was the top individual per income and homes sold. The Hewitt & Habgood Realty Group was the top group in both categories.


Meg Skinner, Nancy Johnson, Ashley Rasmussen, Lauren Moore, and Scott Jackson

The Lakewood Office at 2311 Abrams Road is managed by Lee Thomas. Its top producers were:

1. Nancy Johnson
2. The Jackson Team
3. Meg Skinner
4. Heather Guild
5. Marissa Fontanez

Nancy Johnson was the top individual per income and homes sold. The Jackson Team was the top group in both categories. The Johnson Holmes Group was the top team in both categories.


Standing: Sissy Pardue, Stewart Lee, Brian Smith, Curt Elliott, and Sharon Quist; Seated: Carolyn Vandagriff, Phyllis Glover, Julie Boren, Stephen Collins, Paige Elliott, and Henda Salmeron

The Park Cities Office at 6025 Luther Lane is also managed by Lee Thomas. Its top producers were:

1. Sharon Quist
2. Julie Provenzano
3. Brian Smith
4. The Phyllis Glover Team
5. Paige and Curt Elliott
6. Stephen Collins
7. Julie Boren
8. Henda Salmeron
9. Debbie Sherrington
10. Stewart Lee

Sharon Quist was the top individual per income. Julie Provenzano was the top individual per homes sold. The Phyllis Glover Team was the top group in both categories. Paige and Curt Elliott were the top team in both categories.


Standing: Jill Rasansky, McKamy Tiner, Laura Michelle, Mark Cain, Karen Fry, Weston Pugh, and Jeff Updike; Seated: Ginger Levine, Gayl Braymer, Jennifer Miller, Diane Gruber, and Martha Tiner

The Preston Center Office at 5950 Berkshire Lane is managed by Gaynelle Henger. Its top producers were:

1. Jennifer Miller
2. Mark Cain
3. Ginger Levine and Jill Rasansky
4. Laura Michelle
5. Gayl Braymer and Jonathan Thayer
6. Karen Fry
7. Diane Gruber
8. Justin Easterling
9. Martha and McKamy Tiner
10. Updike│Pugh

Jennifer Miller was the top individual per income. Laura Michelle was the top individual per homes sold. Ginger Levine and Jill Rasansky were the top group in both categories. Gayl Braymer and Jonathan Thayer were the top team per income. Updike│Pugh was the top team per homes sold.

Heather Guild and Skylar Champion United by Their Love For Lakewood

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Heather Guild and Skylar Champion have joined forces as the Heather Guild Group.

Heather Guild and Skylar Champion first met through a mutual friend and discovered a joint love for supporting local schools — Skylar previously taught at Bradfield Elementary, and both women were actively involved in this year’s Lakewood Home Festival and Auction Party, which generates funds for Lakewood Elementary School.

“One of my passions is public education,” Heather said. “As a mom and a real estate agent, I know how important it is for our community to give our children access to a quality education, and I want to do all that I can to help.”

But when Skylar and her husband asked Heather to help sell their M Streets home, the two quickly discovered a new shared interest — real estate.

Heather has an eye for quality and impeccable taste. Fortunately, Skylar does too.

“Their home sold within hours after listing it,” Heather said. “Skylar’s home was show-ready and immaculately decorated. She made my job easy.”

Skylar and her husband asked Heather to represent them again when they bought a new home near Lakewood Elementary. With her business setting a record in 2014, Heather faced a conundrum looking forward to 2015: How could she keep growing her business while continuing to provide the personal level of service and attention to detail that her clients have come to expect? Her dealings with Skylar provided the answer.

“I knew she would be amazing at it, just from working with her,” Heather said. “She has such a good eye. And when we were working together, she was so in touch with the market — even in terms of what had sold six months ago — that I knew she would be a fabulous asset to my team.”

Skylar’s mother was a Realtor, so she’d always had an interest in real estate. But was she interested enough to devote herself to it full-time?

“I thought about it briefly, and I couldn’t find a single reason to say no,” Skylar said. “I just knew this was going to be a perfect fit.”

So the two friends have joined forces as the Heather Guild Group, adopting the slogan Heather has long used as a solo Realtor: “Living, Loving, Listing Lakewood.”

“Heather and I are both fortunate to live in Lakewood,” Skylar said. “We know how truly special this community is, and we look forward to sharing that with our clients.”