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 | heatherguildgroup.com

~ 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




Four-Bedroom Beauty in East Dallas Has Everything You’re Looking For

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The stunning showplace at 5501 Willis Avenue is perfect for entertaining and has all of the amenities a discerning buyer wants, including rich hardwoods, handcrafted cabinetry, and a well-designed floor plan that features a game room and a media room. Wayne Garcia is offering the property for $799,000, and he invites prospective buyers to tour it between 1 and 3 p.m. on Sunday.

The spacious front porch has a swing and a ceiling fan, making it the perfect place to take in the sights and sounds of this friendly East Dallas neighborhood. Once you enter the 3,861-square-foot home, the formal dining room will be on your right and the study will be to your left. Each room has large windows providing plenty of natural light plus views of the front yard.




The well-appointed kitchen would make any chef jealous. It features double ovens, an island with a commercial-grade gas range, and a full-size refrigerator/freezer complemented by a wine fridge. There’s also a breakfast area with a charming window seat.




The kitchen is open to the centerpiece of the first floor, the two-story family room. This room is bathed in sunlight thanks to the wall of windows overlooking the deck in the backyard. The tiled fireplace with a wood mantel is flanked by two recessed areas; one for shelving, the other for a television. Thanks to the second-floor balconies, this room will draw the members of your family together from throughout the home.




The master suite is downstairs; its bathroom features a soaking tub and a separate glass-enclosed shower. The other three bedroom suites are upstairs, as are the game room and media room.







The owners of this home can enjoy evenings in their lush, landscaped backyard, where the expansive deck comes complete with a built-in spa and a pergola. The home sits on a corner lot, with an attached two-car garage accessible from the alley.




To schedule a showing of this outstanding property, contact the Wayne Garcia Group at 214-506-3535 or wayne@daveperrymiller.com.

Photos by Shoot2Sell

Another Shopping Center Proposed at Northwest Highway and Abrams Road

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This rendering supplied by Ainbinder Co. shows what High Point Center will look like when viewed from the southeast, with Medallion Center to the south and Timber Creek Crossing to the west.

Residents of East Dallas — including Lakewood and Lake Highlands — will be interested to know that changes are coming to the former Steakley Chevrolet lot on Northwest Highway. As The Dallas Morning News recently reported, a Houston developer called Ainbinder Co. is planning a shopping strip called High Point Center that will include between 160,000 and 170,000 square feet of store space.

To put those numbers in perspective, the Target and Kohl’s in Medallion Center across Northwest Highway account for more than 200,000 square feet of combined space. At Timber Creek Crossing, which is just across Skillman Street from the Steakley site, the JC Penney occupies about 104,000 square feet, while the Walmart/Sam’s Club weighs in at nearly 315,000.

We can safely assume that none of the aforementioned retailers will be High Point Center tenants, and the Morning News reported that Costco has passed on the land before. So which stores would you like to see there?

3 City Councilmen Offer Constituents Free Dallas Zoo Admission on Saturday

We’re not lyin’ about this offer to see lions.

If you live in North Oak Cliff, Downtown, Uptown, or East Dallas, you can enjoy free admission to the Dallas Zoo on Saturday morning, courtesy of your city councilman.

Scott Griggs, Adam Medrano, and Philip Kingston have teamed up to offer this sweet deal to their constituents in District 1, District 2, and District 14, respectively. If you live in one of those districts, you just have to show proof of residency — such as a driver’s license or utility bill — to get into the zoo for free.

Parking will still run you $8, but you could always take DART’s Red Line train to Dallas Zoo Station.

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

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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.

Masterpiece of a Tudor in East Dallas Offers Tons of Space, Inside and Out


Enjoy the character and charm of East Dallas by touring the Tudor masterpiece at 5943 Palo Pinto Avenue, which sits atop a large corner lot. Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate’s Wayne Garcia, who is offering the property for $929,000, will hold it open from 1 to 3 on Sunday afternoon.

With 4,404 square feet, this spacious home boasts five bedrooms, three full bathrooms plus one half-bath, and three living areas. The designer color palette, rich hardwoods, and restored woodwork unify the residence, giving it a harmonious flow from room to room.





Thanks to the open floor plan, you can see the living room to your left and the dining room to your right as soon as you enter the front door. Both rooms are flooded with natural light. The dining room features a brick fireplace with a mosaic-tile hearth. There is also an office and reading room downstairs.





The gourmet kitchen, which features high-end appliances and a Viking range, has an open butler’s pantry at one end and a breakfast room on the other, creating an easeful flow when entertaining guests. The granite countertops, marble flooring, and abundant custom cabinets provide a beautiful space for crafting delicious meals.





You can’t help but relax in the luxurious master suite, which has its own living area, two separate and spacious walk-in closets, an elegant bathroom, and a covered porch with custom balustrades. There are three other bedrooms on the second level.





Because the lot measures 75 feet by 175 feet, the backyard is perfect for entertaining. It features an expansive deck, a sunny patio and plenty of green space. Tall wooden fences provide privacy after you enter the two-car detached garage, which can be accessed from Concho Street.



The home is located in heart of the M Streets, a diverse and friendly neighborhood that hosts several events throughout the year to foster community and to support Robert E. Lee Elementary School. Residents enjoy easy access to Lower Greenville Avenue, White Rock Lake, and Downtown Dallas.

To schedule a private showing of 5943 Palo Pinto Avenue, contact Wayne Garcia at 214-506-3535 or wayne@daveperrymiller.com.

East Dallas is … Where Our Firm Began

East Dallas
Photo via Facebook

If you live near White Rock Lake, then you’ve no doubt seen the phrase “East Dallas is …” a few times. Those signs and mentions on social media are all part of an effort to rally community pride.

East Dallas is a lot of things — a great place to raise a family, a tight-knit community, and a neighborhood rife with amenities. It’s also where Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate was born. It’s the part of town where our founder got his start, and we still sell far more homes in East Dallas than any of our competitors.

Contemporary Gem Provides a Glimpse Into East Dallas Neighborhood’s Future


Following in the footsteps of Uptown and Knox-Henderson, the area around Fitzhugh Avenue is in the midst of a makeover. Urban dirt is so valuable that all of the older properties will eventually be replaced by luxury homes. If you want a glimpse into this neighborhood’s future, then take a look at 2841 Lee Street, a contemporary home marketed by The Gullutto-Barnes Group for $724,000. It will be open from 1 to 3 p.m. on Sunday.

The exterior of this single-family attached is finished in white stucco, with a two-car garage facing the street. Once visitors get past the stylish security gate, they’ll find the “front” door on the house’s west side. That door opens to a two-story foyer, with museum-finish walls and sleek stone flooring. To your left are a half-bath and the garage. To your right is the large open space comprised of the dining room, kitchen, and living room.




This combination space has two sets of sliding doors that bring the outside in. One set runs parallel to the lengthy kitchen island; outside those doors is a wooden deck. The other set is on the rear wall, providing a view of the yard, which has room for a pool.




The kitchen features marble counters and riff-cut wood cabinets. The island includes a sink, a dishwasher, a microwave, and plenty of storage. The Viking oven, topped by a six-burner gas range, is adjacent to the Viking refrigerator.




The ceilings in the combination space are 14 feet tall. The walls are white, except for the gray stacked-stone accent wall around the gas fireplace. There is recessed lighting throughout the space, plus a stylish fan in the living room.




Ascend the glass-enclosed staircase, and you will find two bedroom suites plus a study. The study accesses the master bathroom, which is anchored by a gorgeous double shower with entrances on either end. The master closet is an interesting architectural detail; it stands a few feet into the room, doubling as a headboard, so your bed can face a wall of windows.




The flooring upstairs is predominantly white oak, aside from the marble tile in the bathrooms. The guest suite has a combination shower/tub. The second floor also includes a utility closet.

To schedule a private showing of this contemporary gem, which is within walking distance of the restaurants on Henderson, contact Jarrad Barnes at 214-797-1900 or jarrad@daveperrymiller.com.

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.”

Right Buyer Will Fall in Love With This Unique Property in Casa Linda Estates


If you’re looking for something a bit different, a home that will make it easy to forget you’re even in Dallas, you need to see the house at 1531 San Saba Drive. It’s being marketed for $675,000 by Scott Kaserman, who will hold it open from 2 to 4 on Sunday afternoon.

Although the property is in the heart of East Dallas, with the Casa Linda Shopping Center and White Rock Lake each just a short bike ride away, the home could not be more secluded. The first thing visitors see is a charming wooden bridge that leads to handful of outdoor seating areas.



Most people will naturally be drawn to the fire pit. But if you veer to the left, you’ll get to see a tiered garden from the ground up. The water-wise xeriscaped landscaping, featuring many native plants and more than 35 Japanese maples, makes the 0.57-acre parcel seem much larger. Because no chemicals have been used on the plants in a decade, the property has been deemed a Certified Wildlife Habitat by the National Wildlife Foundation.



The house is wrapped by more than 3,000 square feet of decks, featuring natural-gas torch lamps and an automated, organic mosquito-control system.



The house was built in 1951, but the interior was redone in 2007, with energy efficiency being the top property. The centerpiece of the first floor is the horseshoe kitchen counter, the top of which is made of poured concrete. Several under-counter cabinets were added during the renovation, as were a modern dishwasher and two stainless-steel sinks, providing an interesting contrast to the vintage Chambers stove. A refrigerator is tucked into a nearby alcove.



The dining room and den are both part of the same large room as the kitchen; the space connects to the second floor thanks to the balcony that leads to a skylight. A hearth stove in the den is powerful enough to heat the whole house. The first level, which features flooring made of reclaimed wood, also includes two bedrooms, two full bathrooms, and a half-bath.




Although the second floor is one large area — aside from a closet and a full bathroom — it could easily be divided to create two bedrooms with space left over for a den. The interior square footage tops 3,270, and that doesn’t include the 600-square-foot studio above the two-car garage.





The garage is accessible from Old Gate Lane, as is a carport with enough space for four vehicles. Between the two is the house’s back door, which leads to a vegetable garden.


To schedule a private showing, call Scott Kaserman at 214-240-0049 or email scottk@daveperrymiller.com.