Nothings says you love your neighborhood quite like agreeing to co-chair one of its largest, most anticipated events. Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate Agent Skylar Sutton Champion is overseeing this year’s Lakewood Home Festival, and it promises to be one of the best yet. (She has also bravely signed on for next year!)
The theme for the 40th Annual home tour is “Explore Lakewood.” Champion says the six houses on tour will be ready come the weekend of November 12. She has been working tirelessly on the home tour, in addition to her jobs as mother and top-producing real estate agent.
“Typically home tours tend to focus on interiors, and we certainly will,” Champion said. “The theme we chose this year is a nod to Lakewood’s unique setting in this city – the mature trees, the rolling hills, the creeks and lake views — so we’re highlighting several houses that have seamlessly incorporated these natural surroundings into their aesthetic.”
Among her many responsibilities, Champion helped select the homes on this year’s tour. She previewed several contenders, and along with her committee, decided which met the general theme and pre-determined criteria. Finalists run the gamut from a 1927 Dutch Colonial Revival to a 2016 Southern Luxe Farmhouse.
“It’s been so much fun being on the inside the last couple of years, working towards a common goal to raise money for local schools and organize something our whole community loves and looks forward to year after year.,” Champion said.
As an 8-year resident of Lakewood, Champion wholeheartedly believes in all it has to offer today’s residents and families.
“We consistently have some of the best schools in Dallas,” she said. “It’s my honor to help raise money for the schools my own children will soon attend: Lakewood Elementary, JL Long Middle School and Woodrow Wilson High School. Last year, the event raised $187,000, and had around 2,000 people tour the various homes.. This year, we plan to top that, and I’m confident we will!”
“Incidentally, I love that my worlds are colliding in this event,” Champion continued. “My company has an office here in Lakewood, and has been involved in the home tour’s success for the last few years. Once again, they will sponsor the Auction Party on Friday night and the Candlelight Tour on Saturday night.”
Champion is a member of the Heather Guild Group of Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate, and has recently been named among the Top 25 Producers in East Dallas by the Lakewood Advocate, and a Top Producer/D Best Real Estate Agent by D Magazine.
On Tour This Year
Home tour photography by Jenifer McNeil Baker