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Ellen Grasso


Ellen graduated from The Hockaday School, and then continued on to graduate with a degree in business from Trinity University in San Antonio. She has remodeled houses for 32 years and built houses for 14 years, most recently as the Principal of Ellen Grasso Inc. Her experience with extensively remodeling old houses gives her a broad perspective of the business and makes her a better builder. Ellen's experiences raising her children as she remodeled houses helped develop her acute sense of what is necessary in the home. She values the relationships she creates with her clients, taking business to a more personal level.

Ellen grew up in Highland Park and now resides in University Park. She has a passion for cooking, and enjoys testing new ketogenic recipes for some of her favorite dishes. She also enjoys reading and spending time with her children and grandchildren. 


Clay Grasso

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Clay graduated from the University of Kansas in 2006 and quickly began work in the custom home business. He started working part time with the company in high school and by his junior year of college he was managing jobs on his own. Now Clay is a managing member with Ellen Grasso & Sons, and takes charge in organization and problem solving.

Clay and his wife, Lauren, live in University Park. In his free time he enjoys golfing, hunting and spending time with his two sons. 


Rob Grasso

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Rob graduated in 2008 from the University of North Texas with a focus in Entrepreneurship and Real Estate. As a creative member at Ellen Grasso & Sons, Rob has an excellent eye for design and a knack for finding clever solutions to problems.

Rob and his wife Mary live in University Park and welcomed their first child, a baby girl, last August.  He plays a myriad of instruments, including the guitar and drums, and writes music in his free time.


Charles Isreal


Charles has been commissioned to design houses in Dallas since 1971 and has also designed houses all over the United States, including Hawaii, and in Barbados and Belgium. He graduated with an architecture degree from the University of Colorado in 1970. Charles has designed houses as big as 38,000 SF and as small as 1900 SF in styles ranging from traditional to contemporary. Since the beginning, Charles has maintained an unlisted phone number and works by referral only. Here's the number: 972-333-5153 (We can be your referral). He considers architecture an art form, with his job being to reflect the homeowner's taste while maintaining architectural integrity. This is a little different from some architects who only draw what they draw, not what the client wants. My clients who choose to use Charles are usually amazed at how well he listens and captures the essence of their desires on the first try.

Charles' strength is in utilizing every square inch of house. His sense of space, including traffic flow, furniture placement, views from room entrances, and view out of windows, etc. is unparalleled. His philosophy is to show the clients the first sketch only when he is happy with it. It's common during construction for me to hear comments like, "Are you sure the square footage is correct? It seems so much bigger."

In the October 2010 issue, D-Home honored Charles by naming one of his designs the "The number one WOW! house in Dallas". All of Charles' clients will tell you that their house is the number one "wow" house!

Greg Pape


Greg has been a realtor in the Park Cities/Preston Hollow area for 32 years. He can help in the search for the perfect lot because, not only does he know the market inside and out, but he has a list of people who are going to be in the market to sell. Greg is very professional and willing to help in any way. Greg's number is 214-546-4066