Lake Highlands WHITEROCKELEMENTARY SITE PLAN After a round of norovirus bludgeoned our house, I am finally able to come back to my original story about White Rock Trail Elementary – or rather, the proposed site for it.

In my previous two stories, I talked to a representative of “We Have a Voice,”  Lake Highlands neighbors who are heading the opposition to the site, and to a representative from Richardson Independent Schools. You can read the first story here. The follow up is here.

Next, I reached out to Nathan Jacks, of “We Need a School,” the Lake Highlands neighbors that are for the proposed site, for his take on the situation.

I emailed Jacks questions, and he responded. In the interest of complete transparency, my questions and his responses verbatim are below.


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Six years ago, Vickie Parker set her sights on changing the residential real estate landscape in North Texas.

With a professional background in hospitality and home building, Parker was an unlikely figure to blaze a trail in the industry, but she has done just that as President of Nathan Grace Real Estate.

“What I bring to the table is a different way of looking at the business,” Parker said.

Her fresh perspective has helped make Nathan Grace one of the fastest-growing brokerages in DFW. In April alone, agents representing $100 million in volume joined Nathan Grace.

“We are very quick and nimble and can open an office very quickly, and we doubled our number of agents in 2014,” Parker said. “That growth is great, but retention is more important—when people choose to join us, we take their business very seriously. Every single agent who has joined us, their business has increased.”

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The lobby of the new Frisco office of Nathan Grace Real Estate. All photos: Nathan Grace

“Our business model is the traditional brokerage turned upside down—we are service providers.” Parker said.

“The agents are small business owners and we are a business services provider—we provide what they need to be successful, from branding and consulting, to brokerage services and business planning,” Parker said. “If this were a clothing boutique, we would be their personal shoppers.”

“Boutique” is a key concept for Nathan Grace. While doing business studies before opening shop, she looked at what was missing from the residential real estate market in North Texas and found there was a lack of these kinds of brokerages.

“Boutique to us means offering high-touch and high service to clients,” she said. “The common thread is that all our people have the heart of a servant—we look for agents who love to serve others, be it their community, peers, or clients.”



Y’all remember Rucker Hill, right? He’s the son of dynamo Nathan Grace agent Peggy Hill (no, not that Peggy Hill!) who has an eye for properties with remodeling in mind. His company, Rucker Design Build, has done some amazing work!

We love what he’s done with some of his projects, especially 10726 Meadowcliff, a 1970s contemporary he brought back to life. So, we were pleased as punch to hear he bought that gorgeous Lochwood Midcentury Modern we wrote about last week.


His mom, Peggy, is even more happy. You see, Rucker had planned to run off to Colorado, but after seeing 10815 Sinclair here on, he snapped it up and decided to stay put!

I think both Peggy and Rucker can consider themselves lucky, since listing agent Brandon Stewart says that amazing little Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired home sparked a feeding frenzy that ended with five bids all above asking!

Congrats, Rucker! And do keep us in the loop as you remodel this fabulous property!

There is this young man named Rucker Hill. His mother is Nathan Grace Real Estate dynamo Peggy Hill. Now Rucker is apparently remodeling homes with Rucker Design & Build, and we are so very glad — look at this baby! This is a 1973 era home, and those years are very hot with young buyers, I hear. You get over 2000 square feet and the necessities of three bedrooms, two and a half baths, two living areas. You get a creek lot (almost 1/3rd acre) in Lake Highlands and you get style, baby. Tri level: we were discussing tri-levels just this week. Two-thirds of the homes on Long Island are tri-levels. I think we ought to have a national Tri-Level Day! The living/den here is on the second level, with walls of glass, and that coveted open kitchen-dining. Rucker has given this Brady Bunch design 21st century updates like baby-butt smooth walls, sleek gourmet kitchen, great white baths with vessels, hardwoods, walk-in pantry, & much more. I will be eagerly awaiting his next move… this angel can be found at 10726 Meadowcliff at a mere, a MERE $425,000.