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




Dave Perry-Miller Fine Home Collection Magazine Showcases Fine Homes For Sale in Dallas

Whether you  first noticed the plethora of For Sale signs in your area, the pods on your neighbors’ driveways, or the copy of the most recent Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate Fine Home Collection magazine in your mailbox, one thing has become abundantly clear in the last few weeks: Spring Housing Market 2016 is in full swing.

Dave Perry-Miller Fine Home Collection Magazine, Spring 2016 - Homes for Sale in Dallas
Dave Perry-Miller Fine Home Collection Magazine, Spring 2016

The third edition of this twice-yearly magazine recently mailed and includes some of Dallas’s most spectacular luxury real estate listings including 3908 Euclid, 4248 Armstrong Parkway, 5414 Falls Road, 2525 N. Pearl Street #9051717 Arts Plaza #2303 and more. This glossy, high-end direct mail piece helps agents ensure the right people see the right home at the right time, and complements their use of traditional advertising methods, such as web, email, social and word-of-mouth. The Fine Home Collection Spring 2016 magazine is also available online.

Firm founder Dave Perry-Miller says, “We averaged selling a million/multi-million-dollar property almost every day this past year. I attribute many of these luxury real estate sales in Dallas to the level of  quality our marketing team has established, working to create a marketing strategy for each one of the properties we list.”



Wouldn’t it be Great to Walk to School From One of These Lakewood Homes?

How was that drive to school on the first day of classes? Kind of rough? Imagine how much easier life would be if you and your children lived within walking distance of their school. Each of these homes for sale in Lakewood fits the bill.

Lakewood Elementary School


6914 Westlake Avenue is 10 minutes from Lakewood Elementary on foot.

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 four-bedroom home boasts a romantic courtyard that will transport you and your guests to New Orleans. Henda Salmeron is offering the home for $950,000.

St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic School

6301 McCommas

6301 McCommas Boulevard is six minutes from St. Thomas Aquinas on foot.

The one-owner home at 6301 McCommas Boulevard occupies the largest lot on the block, presenting an exceptional opportunity to renovate. The home has four bedrooms, two baths, formals, a climate-controlled sun porch, and a two-car garage with a shop area. The Jackson Team is offering the home for $595,000.

Lakehill Preparatory School

6612 Lakeshore

6612 Lakeshore Drive is seven minutes from Lakehill Prep on foot.

The four-bedroom home at 6612 Lakeshore Drive boasts an updated kitchen with granite counters and stainless-steel appliances. The gorgeous master bath has Carrera marble counters, an oversized shower with dual heads, and a large walk-in closet with built-ins. Nancy Johnson is offering the home for $824,9000.

Work at Beloved Lakewood Theater Stokes Online Rumors of Its Demise

Lakewood Theater 2
The Lakewood Theater’s owners told the Morning News that rumors of it being razed are “ludicrous.”

Residents of Lakewood have been burning up social media lately over the work that’s being done at the Lakewood Theater. The Dallas Morning NewsRobert Wilonsky has been keeping tabs on the situation while trying to calm down everyone on the Internet (never an easy task).

If you’re interested in homes for sale in Lakewood, we have dozens available.

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.

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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.

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.

Superb Home on Lakewood Boulevard Deservedly Labeled as ‘Hot Property’

6748 Lakewood
6748 Lakewood Boulevard is being offered for $2,450,000.

Our friends at D Magazine have an eye for beautiful homes. Need evidence? They put the magnificent five-bedroom residence at 6748 Lakewood Boulevard in the spotlight as this week’s Hot Property. Located within cycling distance of White Rock Lake, Lakewood Elementary School, and the Lakewood Shopping Center, the half-acre property is being offered for $2,450,000 by the Nelson Wheeler Group.

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

This 1.5-Acre Bluffview Estate Offers Resort-Style Living in Heart of Dallas


Set on an expansive and heavily landscaped 1.5-acre lot, the exceptional gated estate at 8603 Inwood Road has been renovated and expanded to perfection. Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate’s Ryan Streiff is offering the property for $2,895,000.

The 6,100-square-foot main house has four bedrooms, three full bathrooms, and two half-baths. Attached to the main house through a private staircase is another bedroom suite. Formal areas offer excellent entertaining opportunities, with rooms that spill out to terraces and a climate-controlled pool and spa.




Informal entertaining areas are created by a recently constructed back house that overlooks the pool and grounds, and includes approximately 2,000 square foot consisting of an exercise room, a sauna, a game room, a media room, an office, one full bathroom, and one half-bath.




The recently updated gourmet kitchen boasts a Sub-Zero refrigerator, a Viking commercial range with an oven and a half, separate double ovens, a warming drawer, and an adjoining bar area with a Sub-Zero wine fridge. A huge walk-in pantry opens to a breakfast room, which overlooks the pool and rear grounds.




The four-car garage opens to the pool area through multiple sets of French doors and offers approximately 1,300 square feet, including exceptional work and storage space. A hard surface play area is created on the back side of the garage with a separate gate to secure the area. Built-in storage facilities with full electricity are extremely functional for a property of this size.




Technological amenities include a state-of-the-art surveillance system with multiple cameras, a security gate with a programmable call box and keypad, five new zoned Trane 16 SEER heating and air-conditioning units with programmable thermostats, and a surround-sound system featuring speakers throughout the property

This resort-style living on a large estate lot creates a rare opportunity for families who want a close-in location for private schools. It will be equally attractive to buyers who want a private and quiet setting to entertain and enjoy the nearby shops and restaurants.

To schedule a private showing, contact Ryan Streiff at 469-371-3008 or ryan@daveperrymiller.com.

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