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


Way back when I first started writing for CandysDirt.com, 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 CandysDirt.com SCHOOL + HOUSE
Heather Guild Group’s listing at 6125 Vivian will be the site of the first CandysDirt.com 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

Prices Continue to Rise For Houses Near Lakewood Elementary School

3406 Oakhurst Street

3406 Oakhurst Street is one of our newest listings near Lakewood Elementary.

July’s average sales price and median sales price for homes in the Lakewood Elementary School attendance zone increased by 13 percent and 10 percent, respectively, when compared to a year prior.

These statistics from North Texas Real Estate Information Systems show that for-sale properties remain scarce in Lakewood. There was only two months’ worth of inventory in July, which means if no other homes came on the market, it would take only 60 days for all of the current inventory to sell. A healthy market has about six months’ worth of inventory.

[table]Month,Sales,Average sales price[attr style=”width:90px”],Median sales price[attr style=”width:90px”],Price per square foot,Sold to list price,Active listings,New listings,Months of inventory
7/14,31,”$641,708″[attr style=”width:90px”],”$492,500″[attr style=”width:90px”],$221,96.8%,93,55,3
6/15,64,”$581,077″[attr style=”width:90px”],”$479,250″[attr style=”width:90px”],$253,100.0%,85,60,1
7/15,61,”$723,237″[attr style=”width:90px”],”$540,000″[attr style=”width:90px”],$253,98.2%,93,56,2[/table]

Lakewood Elementary is know for its high level of parent involvement, which certainly contributed to the school earning distinctions in all available categories, according to the latest report from the Texas Education Association. Advocacy from the community’s parents also means extensive campus improvements will be part of a $1.6 billion bond package that could go before DISD voters in November.

If you’d like to buy a house near Lakewood Elementary, we have a few available.

Remodeled Home Sits on Corner Lot in Lakewood’s Prestigious Cloisters Area


The four-bedroom home at 7506 Benedict Drive, which was taken to the studs during a recent remodel, sits on an oversized lot in Lakewood’s prestigious Cloisters. Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate’s Nancy Johnson is offering the property for $1,150,000.

Check out our Pinterest board of homes for sale in Lakewood

The corner lot, which is nearly half an acre, is ringed by mature trees providing plenty of shade. Lush grass surrounds the one-story home, and there is space to add a pool in the rear yard, which is surrounded by a stained board-on-board fence with an automated gate accessed via Chapel Hill Road.




When guests enter the glass front door featuring an ornate wrought-iron design, they’ll be struck by the hand-scraped hardwoods, tray ceilings, and intricate crown molding in the foyer and front formals. The formal living room features recessed lighting, and it leads to the formal dining room, which is lit by a chandelier. Both of the formals get plenty of natural light via large windows decorated with plantation shutters.




The hardwood floors match the dark beams in the family room’s vaulted ceiling. The wood-burning fireplace sits opposite the large open doorway to the breakfast room and kitchen. Between them is a wall of windows overlooking the rear covered patio.




Amenities in the kitchen include a built-in Viking refrigerator, a Viking six-burner gas stove complemented by a pot-filler, and double ovens. The oversized island, topped with granite counters, features a copper prep sink. The primary sink faces bar seating along the serving counter.




The master bedroom suite includes spacious his-and-hers baths with granite counters, walk-in closets, jetted tubs, and separate showers. The other three bedrooms are spacious, and all of the bathrooms are updated.




Other features too numerous to fully mention include a wall safe, automatic shades, a wine nook, a butler’s pantry, built-in speakers, a security system with cameras, and an air-conditioned attic above the attached two-car garage.

The top-producing individual agent in Lakewood, Nancy Johnson is annually named one of Dallas’ Best Real Estate Agents by D Magazine. To schedule a private showing of 7506 Benedict Drive, contact her at 214-674-3840 or nancyj@daveperrymiller.com.

Photos by Shoot2Sell

All of Lakewood’s Leading Attractions Could be Steps From Your Front Door


Located on one of Lakewood’s most beautiful streets, the gorgeous ivy-covered Tudor at 618 N. Brookside Drive sits atop a large tree-lined lot. Nancy Johnson of Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate is offering the home for $1,075,000.

Check out our Pinterest board devoted to homes for sale in Lakewood

Upon entering, you’ll be struck by the gleaming hardwood floors, high ceilings, and gracious arches. The large formal living room, which includes a fireplace and transitions seamlessly to the formal dining room, is complemented by a sunroom that features marble floors and bench seats with arched windows providing tons of natural light.




The updated kitchen boasts a large center island that features a wine refrigerator, two Sub-Zero freezer drawers, and an ice maker. The stainless-steel appliances include a 36-inch Sub-Zero refrigerator with two fridge drawers. The tasteful décor of white custom cabinets and Silestone counters extends to the breakfast area, which leads to the covered rear patio.




The second floor of this home has spacious bedrooms and updated bathrooms. The beautiful master suite has a study/private living area set off by French doors; a private bathroom with an oversized shower, a separate tub, and dual sinks; and a walk-in closet with built-ins.




The outdoor spaces provide a perfect oasis, with a large covered patio that has fans and speakers, a gorgeous pool with fountains, a built-in grill, a privacy fence, and beautiful landscaping. The detached garage is topped by an updated and spacious guest suite with plenty of closet space, a full bathroom, and a balcony with golf-course views.




Recent updates, which are too numerous to fully list, include an automatic gate, a commercial-grade HVAC system, and 2012 roofs on the house, apartment, and cabana.

This exquisite property is located just south of Lakewood Country Club. The shops and restaurants of the Lakewood Shopping Center are just steps away, and the home is zoned to the beloved Lakewood Elementary School.


The top-producing individual agent in Lakewood, Nancy Johnson is annually named one of Dallas’ Best Real Estate Agents by D Magazine. To schedule a private showing of 618 N. Brookside Drive, contact her at 214-674-3840 or nancyj@daveperrymiller.com.

Photos by Shoot2Sell

June Sales Prices Spiked as Inventory Dwindled Near Lakewood Elementary

6748 Lakewood
6748 Lakewood Boulevard is one of our newest listings in Lakewood.

June’s average sales price and median sales price for homes in the Lakewood Elementary School attendance zone increased by 15 percent and 20 percent, respectively, when compared to a year ago.

These statistics from North Texas Real Estate Information Systems show that for-sale properties remain scarce in Lakewood. There was only a month’s worth of inventory, which means if no other homes came on the market, it would take only 30 days for all of the current inventory to sell. A healthy market has about six months’ worth of inventory.

[table]Month,Sales,Average sales price[attr style=”width:90px”],Median sales price[attr style=”width:90px”],Price per square foot,Sold to list price,Active listings,New listings,Months of inventory
6/14,55,”$508,987″[attr style=”width:90px”],”$399,900″[attr style=”width:90px”],$213,99.9%,89,38,2
6/15,62,”$583,402″[attr style=”width:90px”],”$479,250″[attr style=”width:90px”],$254,100.0%,88,60,1[/table]

If you’d like to buy a house near Lakewood Elementary, we have a few available.

Courtyard Brings New Orleans Flavor to Dines and Kraft Tudor in Lakewood


The stunning Dines and Kraft Tudor at 6914 Westlake Avenue has plenty of curb appeal, but its crown jewel is at the rear of the property. In lieu of a backyard, this Lakewood home boasts a romantic courtyard that will transport you and your guests to New Orleans. Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate’s Henda Salmeron is offering the home for $999,000.

The courtyard features multiple seating areas on two levels, a centerpiece fountain, and a fireplace. The entire scene can also be taken in from above, thanks to the Big Easy-style balcony attached to the master suite. The courtyard provides a seamless transition between the house and the guest quarters, which are attached to a two-garage complemented by a car port.




This home, which dates to 1928 but has been expanded and remodeled, offers an additional outdoor entertaining area separate from the courtyard. At the front of the house is a screened-in porch with a ceiling fan. The porch has its own exterior door, but it can also be accessed from the formal living room and the den.




The formal living room is the first room your guests will see when they enter the front door. They’ll immediately get a sense of the home’s attractive details, including soaring ceilings and arched interior doorways. The living room features a wall of stained-glass windows and a fireplace framed by intricately designed tiles.




Beyond two of the aforementioned arched doorways are the den and the dining room. The latter room is connected to the kitchen by a breakfast room with a buffet counter and built-in shelves. The kitchen features stainless-steel appliances, glass-front white cabinets, and a backsplash of painted tiles.




There are two bedrooms downstairs, but the master suite is on the second level, along with a fourth bedroom and a third living area. The master suite boasts an exceptional walk-in closet and a claw-footed tub.




This home is in a premier location, with Lakewood Elementary School and the shores of White Rock Lake just blocks away. To schedule a showing, contact Henda Salmeron at 214-991-2237.

Photos by Shoot2Sell

Estate’s Classic Design Brings Tuscan Charm to Shores of White Rock Lake


Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate is proud to present a rare opportunity for waterfront living at White Rock Lake. The villa at 4636 Chapel Hill Road, which The Gromatzky Group is offering for $7,495,000, was inspired by a Tuscan farmhouse village concept with handcrafted design by architect Charles Travis.

A defined entry tower and bridge over a running brook anchor the courtyard, where entry to the great Room and gallery feels much like an ancient Italian village. The central court becomes a gathering place. But this is only half the story.




Once you enter this home, you are greeted by a breathtaking view of an enchanting outdoor wonderland through a 43-foot wall of mahogany-clad, double glass doors. A carefully scaled architectural stone fireplace extends to the 23-foot ceiling and divides the living area from the dining area. Wide-plank, reclaimed pine floors add to the nurturing, warm environment. Art collectors will enjoy specialized lighting to showcase pieces.




All rooms are sensitively placed to emphasize the special relationship to the water. The kitchen, family room, and game room all open to the outdoor loggias, dining area, cooking area, and infinity pool/spa. Intricately landscaped and terraced garden retreats, cut stone steps, and walkways to the lake are among the details that create a sense of tranquility.




The kitchen — with its full complement of modern appliances, 24-foot center island that seats seven, adjacent butler’s pantry, and timber beams — opens to the family room, where a fireplace extends the length and height of the wall. The study just down the hall opens to a central courtyard.




A romantic guest villetta with a stone fireplace and brick floors opens via a separate entrance to the courtyard. The owner’s bedroom suite has views of the lake, pool, and grounds, plus an additional private courtyard off the master bath.




Upstairs, you will find three additional bedroom suites and a comfortable living room opening to a stone balcony. Another key feature is the watch tower, which leads to a balcony with sweeping views of the grounds, sailboats on the lake, and the marina.




A robust wine cellar with a tasting/dining room, a separate temperature-controlled storage room that holds 2,000 bottles, a relaxed media room with a wet bar, and an exercise room are located on the lower level.




The estate also includes four oversized garages, a guest apartment with two bedrooms and two baths, plus an efficiency quarters for staff. In summary, graceful modern living in the timeless warmth of traditional architecture defines this home.


To schedule a private tour, contact Kimberlee Gromatzky at kimg@daveperrymiller.com or 214-802-5025.

Photos by Shoot2Sell

Lakewood Elementary School Dads to Purchase Carbon Monoxide Detectors

Lakewood Elementary
Photo via Facebook

Schools across North Texas may be closed in the morning because of the wintry mix that is expected to blanket the region this evening, but students at Lakewood Elementary School are out of class today because of a carbon monoxide leak. While this is a scary situation, it demonstrates why Lakewood is such a great place to live. Instead of waiting for Dallas ISD officials to act, the school’s Dads Club plans to buy carbon monoxide detectors for each classroom and common area on campus.

Spacious House Near White Rock Lake Designed For Large Family Gatherings


If you’re the kind of hostess who likes to invite your extended family over for holiday gatherings, then you need to see 7221 Twin Tree Lane. The four-bedroom home near White Rock Lake has three indoor dining areas, plus a covered outdoor kitchen. As furnished by the current owners, there’s enough seating for 35 people. Forget the customary “kids table”; you could have one table for big kids, another table for little kids, and make the misbehaving kids eat outside.

The 4,758-square-foot home is listed for $1,150,000. Carol Nicoud invites prospective buyers to tour the property from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday afternoon.

Built in 1956, this spacious home is beautifully arranged for entertaining. But you may want to eschew tradition and begin your tour in the backyard, where you’ll be wowed by the fabulous 600-square-foot outdoor kitchen. It’s outfitted with a KitchenAid grill, two additional burners, a refrigerator, a disposal, and a flat-screen TV that will remain with the house. The entire area is covered, with heaters, fans, and sound equipment mounted in the ceiling.




Step inside the back door and you’ll be tempted to slide across the kitchen large-tile floor. There’s plenty of space for a breakfast table, plus bar seating along the counter. The cooking area is thoughtfully arranged, with the sink and dishwasher to the left of the stove and extended counter space to the right. A half-bathroom adds to the convenience, and skylights keep the room bright and cheerful.




That mood continues in the large dining room and den along the back of the house, thanks to 10 windows overlooking the backyard and five more skylights. The den is tucked into a cozy corner, while the dining room is connected to the family room via an oversized doorway.




The family room, which features floor-to-ceiling built-ins on either side of a fireplace, is the first room you’d come to if you walked straight through the foyer. To your left as you walk through the front door are the formal living room and formal dining room.




Each of the four bedrooms is a suite with a full bathroom. The master bedroom is spacious enough for a seating area, and the master bathroom features an abundance of lighting plus a separate shower and bath.




To schedule a private showing, contact Carol Nicoud at 214-912-1082 or carolnicoud@daveperrymiller.com.

Lakewood Elementary Parents Buy Car For School’s Longtime Crossing Guard

This story from Channel 8 illustrates why homes near Lakewood Elementary School are so in demand — the families who send their children to that campus really are a tight-knit community. So when longtime crossing guard Nathaniel Kendrick’s car was repossessed, a group of dads known as the Friends of Lakewood raised enough money to buy him a new set of wheels. Watch the video to see how they surprised him with this generous gift.