The Latest in Luxury Home Trends

Posted: 17 Dec 2014 09:27 AM PST

In the realms of home decor and design, trends are constantly changing. Here on the Ebby Blog, we’re dedicated to keeping up with the latest trends and then sharing them with you. In a recent post, CNN Money reported on the most luxurious trends that wealthy homeowners are looking for in their next purchase. Some you may have heard of, but others may surprise you.

The Latest in Luxury Home Trends

1. Dine-in Wine Cellar: You’ve seen wine cellars, but now they’re being taken to the next level. Now, buyers want to be able to entertain guests right next to their immaculate collections of wine. (Pictured property: 3629 Wooded Creek Circle, Dalworthington Gardens)

The Latest in Luxury Home Trends

2. Parking: Common collectors items of affluent homeowners are rare and expensive cars. These high-end toys deserve spaces of their own, like designated underground parking or systems that park and organize cars themselves. (Pictured property: 9226 Hathaway St., Dallas)

The Latest in Luxury Home Trends

3. Air Purification: Whether it’s a mansion on a hill or a hi-rise above the city, the wealthy desire only the highest quality of air. Super savvy filtration systems featuring UV lights, energy-efficient fans, and humidifiers are more and more common. Water purification systems can also be found in homes like these. (Pictured property: 2555 N. Pearl St. #1402, Dallas)

The Latest in Luxury Home Trends

4. Drawn Out Driveways: It’s a common theory- the longer the driveway, the grander the house. Lengthy driveways add wow-factor and an element of suspense when pulling up to a home. (Pictured property: 2304 Lafayette Drive, Heath)

The Latest in Luxury Home Trends

5. Hobby Rooms: Love movies? Golf? Basketball? Music? All of these things can be incorporated into the interior of your home for a price. Indoor theaters, putting greens, sport courts, music stages, and more are all on the rise. (Pictured property: 5480 Buena Vista Drive, Frisco)

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Happy Hill Choir Spreads Holiday Cheer

Posted: 16 Dec 2014 01:22 PM PST

Happy Hill Choir Spreads Holiday Cheer

The holiday season kicked into full gear at the Ebby Halliday Corporate Office recently as we enjoyed the sounds of the Happy Hill Farm Choir. Each year about this time, Happy Hill Founder Ed Shipman and the choir make their rounds to spread cheer to corporate supporters of the farm.

Happy Hill Farm is a 500-acre farm that’s home to North Central Texas Academy, an independent, accredited, coeducational, interdenominational college-preparatory, day, boarding and international school near Granbury. Boys and girls ages 5 to 18 live, work and study at Happy Hill Farm, which accepts no federal or state funding, nor United Way money.

For many years Happy Hill Farm Academy has been near and dear to Ebby Halliday Realtors. The Ebby Halliday Library is located at Happy Hill’s academic complex.

To learn more about Happy Hill Farm, click here.

To support the kids at this special and deserving place, click here.

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Feature We Love: Walk-In Closet

Posted: 16 Dec 2014 12:11 PM PST

If you’ve ever watched a TV show about home buyers, sellers, or renovators, you know that a walk-in closet is high one the list of must-haves for homes these days. Whatever the reason behind it, a walk-in closet has become a very desirable amenity, especially in homes of a higher price range.

In an effort to please this need, we’ve rounded up 9 of the most fabulous walk-in closets that are currently on the market for the taking. From designated shoe storage to built-in jewelry organization, these spaces truly have it all.

Feature We Love: Walk-In Closet

^732 Lexington Ave., CoppellFeature We Love: Walk-In Closet

^5279 Spanish Oaks, FriscoFeature We Love: Walk-In Closet

^1 Champions Court, FriscoFeature We Love: Walk-In Closet

^5415 Vista Meadow Drive, DallasFeature We Love: Walk-In Closet

^3508 Villanova St., University ParkFeature We Love: Walk-In Closet

^12541 Renoir Lane, DallasFeature We Love: Walk-In Closet

^12105 Elysian Court, DallasFeature We Love: Walk-In Closet

^7147 Brookshire Circle, DallasFeature We Love: Walk-In Closet^2208 Longwood Drive, Carrollton

What $2 Million Gets You in DFW

Posted: 15 Dec 2014 10:47 AM PST

We’re always curious about what you can get for the money in different areas around D-FW. So, today we’re exploring 9 homes that can all be yours for a cool $2,000,000.

Take a look at these beautiful listings in Dallas, Dalworthington Gardens, Mabank, Pottsboro, Addison, Celina and Fort Worth.

What $2 Million Gets You in DFW

^$1,999,999: 17711 Cedar Creek Canyon Drive, Dallas

What $2 Million Gets You in DFW

^1,999,000: 3629 Wooded Creek Circle, Dalworthington Gardens

What $2 Million Gets You in DFW

^$1,949,000: 9029 Broken Arrow Lane, Dallas

What $2 Million Gets You in DFW

^$1,899,000: 10 Island Drive, Mabank

What $2 Million Gets You in DFW

^$1,875,000: 2555 N. Pearl St., #1402, Dallas

What $2 Million Gets You in DFW

^$1,850,000: 624 Lukehaven Drive, Pottsboro

What $2 Million Gets You in DFW

^$1,750,000: 14901 Lake Forest Drive, Addison

What $2 Million Gets You in DFW

^$1,695,000: 6600 W. FM 455, Celina

What $2 Million Gets You in DFW^$1,680,000: 3616 Middlewood Drive, Fort Worth

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Ebby Halliday Acquires Williams Trew

Posted: 15 Dec 2014 10:16 AM PST

Ebby Halliday Acquires Williams TrewExecutive Vice President & Director of Sales Offices Betty Misko, Williams Trew Co-Founder Joan Trew, Chief Financial Officer Ron Burgert, Williams Trew Co-Founder Martha Williams, and President & CEO Mary Frances Burleson.

We are very excited to announce that Williams Trew Real Estate is now part of the Ebby Halliday Family of Companies. Williams Trew, Fort Worth’s leading residential real estate brokerage, was previously a Sotheby’s company. Below is the text of today’s full press release:

Dallas-based residential real estate brokerage Ebby Halliday Real Estate, Inc. announced today it has purchased Fort Worth-based luxury real estate boutique Williams Trew Real Estate. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Williams Trew, which was founded in 2000 by Martha Williams, Joan Trew and Marshall Boyd, will continue to be branded and conduct business under the name Williams Trew, an Ebby Halliday Real Estate Company and will continue to operate out of its current locations in Fort Worth. Ms. Williams and Ms. Trew will continue leadership roles with the company. Mr. Boyd will guide the transition and then pursue other existing business opportunities outside the company.

“Timing is everything, and the timing of this move meets current market needs and positions our company to better serve current and future residents of Fort Worth,” says President & CEO of the Ebby Halliday Companies Mary Frances Burleson. “This acquisition brings together two like-minded companies with many years of residential real estate experience.”

Ron Burgert, chief financial officer of the Ebby Halliday Companies, adds, “We have built our company on several strategic moves in our almost 70 years in business and we believe this acquisition will help ensure our market position for many years to come. From a business standpoint, we are able to combine budgets, marketing and advertising in a more strategic and cost-effective manner.”

“We are pleased to join Ebby Halliday and believe this move significantly strengthens our leading position in the Fort Worth marketplace,” says Martha Williams of Williams Trew Real Estate. “As part of Ebby Halliday, our agents and sellers will have more resources without losing our company culture. Both our companies are privately held and customer-focused.”

Adds Joan Trew, “Their team has a proven record of integrity, service and client satisfaction. They also have a record of integrating acquisitions smoothly and without employee or market interruption. We like and respect their approach to the business of people.”

The acquisition is effective immediately. “We are already working on the transition,” says Williams Trew co-founder Marshall Boyd. “It will be seamless to our clients and our agents and sellers will not be impacted. We will increase our marketing and advertising strength and realize targeted cost efficiencies.”

With this transaction, Williams Trew becomes an Ebby Halliday Company and will no longer be affiliated with Sotheby’s International Realty.

As an Ebby Halliday Company, Williams Trew and its Associates will benefit from the firm’s longtime affiliation with Leading Real Estate Companies of the World, a global network of more than 500 premier real estate brokers, and its luxury division, Luxury Portfolio International. LeadingRE affiliates produce more annual home sales than any other real estate network, according to Ebby Halliday Companies Corporate Real Estate Services Director Karen Greene.

“Membership in Leading Real Estate Companies of the World is by invitation only and is limited to the very best residential real estate companies worldwide,” says Greene, “We take pride in offering our clients knowledgeable Associates who provide exceptional service. Simply put, Williams Trew and its Associates are a perfect fit for the Ebby Halliday Companies.”

The Ebby Halliday Companies includes Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate, affiliated mortgage, insurance and title companies, and approximately 1,600 associates covering over 12,000 square miles of North Texas. It participated in more than 19,500 real estate transactions in 2013 with a sales volume of more than $6.4 billion. The Ebby Halliday Companies’ 13.5 percent share of the North Texas real estate market led all competitors, the nearest of which garnered 4.03 percent.

Independently owned and operated Ebby Halliday Realtors will celebrate its 70th anniversary in 2015. Having grown from a one-woman office to the largest independent real estate company in Texas, the company has consistently maintained a focus on service to the community. In addition to its support of many North Texas charitable organizations, the Ebby Halliday Companies belong to 27 local chambers of commerce.

“At Ebby Halliday, we’re proud of our undisputed role as the dominant real estate firm in North Texas,” Burleson says. “While 2014 has certainly been an exceptional year for our company, what remains most important to us is service to our clients, service to our industry and service to our community. We welcome – and appreciate – the opportunity to partner with Fort Worth’s most respected real estate brokerage.”

Williams Trew Real Estate is Fort Worth’s leading residential real estate brokerage firm. With over 80 experienced agents the company provides home buyers and sellers with unparalleled experience in residential, farm & ranch, lake or urban properties in the greater Fort Worth area.

For more information, visit williamstrew.com.

For more information on Ebby Halliday Realtors, visit the website voted one of the industry’s best by the Web Marketing Association, ebby.com.

DFW Weekend Round Up (12/11-12/14)

Posted: 11 Dec 2014 08:58 AM PST

It’s a star-filled weekend as Andrea Bocelli, Amy Grant, the Old 97’s, the hosts of Mythbusters, Fleetwood Mac, and Dave Chappelle all take stages around DFW. We’re also reminding you that now is the time to take advantage of all of the wonderful holiday events going on before the season has come and gone.

Thursday, Dec. 11:

Andrea Bocelli: The Italian tenor will be at American Airlines Center mesmerizing fans with his world-renowned voice.

Doyle Bramhall II: The Austin-native, blues and rock singer will be at the Granada Theater with opener The TonTons.

Friday, Dec. 12:

2014 Dallas City Scape: Ever wonder what all of your favorite local landmarks would look like made of Legos? Head to the Galleria now through January 4th to find out. The annual event benefits Education Opens Doors.

Michael W. Smith & Amy Grant with Dallas POPs: Multi-platinum, Grammy-winning Christian musicians Smith and Grant will join Dallas POPs at American Airlines Center for a night that is sure to get you in the holiday spirit.

Saturday, Dec. 13:

Brian Setzer Orchestra Christmas Rock Extravaganza: The Winspear Opera House will host Setzer and his orchestra as they play some of their biggest hits alongside holiday classics.

Old 97’s with Matt Hillyer: Matt Hillyer will open for the Dallas band as they throwback to their debut album, Hitchhike to Rhome, among their other hits. Enjoy both acts at the Majestic Theater.

Mavs: The Mavs play the Golden State Warriors at 1pm. Get to American Airlines Center to cheer them on.

Mythbusters: The Behind the Myths Tour of the Discovery Channel show will be in town with its hosts Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman. Their live performance at Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie will feature onstage experiments, audience participation, and stories of how things work behind the scenes.

Stars: The Dallas Stars take on the New Jersey Devils at 7:30pm at American Airlines Center. Get out there and support our guys.

Sunday, Dec. 14:

Cowboys at Eagles: In week 15, the ‘boys will play away against the Philadelphia Eagles at 7:30pm. We’re 9 and 4 this season thus far, so grab your friends, your jersey, and a seat around the nearest TV.

Fleetwood Mac: Christine McVie has rejoined the acclaimed group for the first time in 16 years. Hear all of their classics in their purest form at American Airlines Center. If you have to miss out, they’ll be back in March.

MetroPCS Dallas Marathon: The annual races begin at 8am in downtown Dallas. If you’re not participating, there will be viewing points all over from which to watch the runners and cheer them on to the finish line. The primary beneficiary of the race will be Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children.

Monday, Dec. 15:

Dave Chappelle: In a last minute addition to the weekend, the comedian has scheduled two days of hilarity at House of Blues Dallas on Monday and Tuesday.

Ongoing Holiday Events:

A Christmas Carol: Be enchanted by the Dallas Theater Center’s version of the Dickens classic story featuring the infamous Ebenezer Scrooge, now through December 27 at Wyly Theater.

A Christmas Story, The Musical: Laugh along with this holiday classic presented by Dallas Summer Musicals, now through December 14 at Music Hall at Fair Park.

Dallas Arboretum 12 Days of Christmas: Celebrate the holidays like never before with an exhibit featuring a collection of 25-foot Victorian gazebos each telling the story of one of the 12 days from the beloved Christmas carol. The exhibit runs through January 4.

DSO Christmas Pops: Join the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and a choir for a night of holiday songs. You can sing along to all of your favorites through December 21.

The Trains at NorthPark: The holiday favorite is back for its 27th year and its 16th at NorthPark. This wonderful tradition features model trains and famous U.S. landmarks on more than 1,600 feet of tracks. You can get in on the fun of this display through January 4.

Image via Fleetwood Mac Facebook

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America’s Fastest-Growing Suburb is …

Posted: 10 Dec 2014 12:27 PM PST

Pop quiz: Name five of the fastest-growing suburban cities in the country.

Give yourself a point if you came up with Frisco, Texas. Add another if you named Carmel, Ind. Ditto for Sugar Land, Texas, South Jordan, Utah, and Franklin, Tenn.

Frisco, about 25 minutes north of Dallas, has been named one of the country’s best cities in which to live by both CNN and Forbes in the past five years. Many people — 136,000, at last count — agree, pushing the city’s growth rate from 2012-2013 to 6.5 percent, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Before then — from 2000-2010 — Frisco’s growth was an amazing 247 percent, taking the city from 33,714 residents to 116,989.

Maher Maso, the city’s mayor, says it’s all been part of a plan. “When I moved here in 1992, we had 6,000 people and one blinking yellow light — and not much else,” he remembers. “Our growth hasn’t been an overnight thing. We’ve planned for it.”

Tony Felker, president/CEO of the Frisco Chamber of Commerce agrees, “We’re aware and proud of the growth, but there’s a concerted effort to ensure the growth by itself isn’t the thing we’re most focused on. We want to make sure it’s smart, sustainable, and quality growth.” At Ebby Halliday Realtors, we’re appreciative of these very qualities. Simply put, we’re bullish on Frisco and all of North Texas.

If you’d like to learn more about why Frisco is so attractive (hint: education, location, small-town values and a wide variety of great homes), Associates from our Frisco Office would love to fill in the blanks. To get started, visit frisco.ebby.com.

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Garfield Santa Delights at Children’s Parade

Posted: 09 Dec 2014 09:48 AM PST

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Volunteers from throughout the Ebby Halliday Companies manned a giant inflatable Garfield Santa Balloon at the Dallas Children’s Health Holiday Parade this past Saturday in downtown Dallas.

Ebby Halliday Realtors has been sponsoring the holiday event for 10 years, with the parade becoming a family holiday tradition over the course of its 27-year history.

One of the city’s most-treasured holiday events, the Children’s Health Holiday Parade is syndicated nationally on television throughout the holiday season. Dallas-Fort Worth residents can catch it this Saturday, December 13, at10 a.m. on WFAA-Channel 8.

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This Week in Food & Beverage News

Posted: 09 Dec 2014 09:13 AM PST

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Anniversaries, beer and wine-paired dinners, and a slew of new restaurant openings highlight this edition of Food & Beverage News. Find out where to eat and drink this week plus get the scoop on DFW’s hottest new spots.

Tuesday, Dec. 9:

The Grape & Community Beer Co. Dinner: This is The Grape’s last event of the year. The restaurant promises a fun night and a four-course, beer-paired dinner featuring Community Beer Company.

Thursday, Dec. 11:

Capitol Pub Anniversary Party: Join the Henderson Ave. pub in celebrating 7 years of business with half-priced draughts, $5 cocktails, complimentary Capitol Punch and half-priced pizza. There will also be a photo booth and music from DJ Mike Roos beginning at 9pm.

A Chanukah & 18th Birthday Party for Shmaltz Brewing CompanyGoodfriend beer garden and burger house will host a celebration including live music and flights featuring Schmalts ales.

Pyramid Champagne Dinner: Savor a four-course menu including pork belly, monkfish, manchego cheesecake and more paired with decadent champagnes like Ruinart Rose and Veuve Cliquot Vintage.

Friday, Dec. 12:

Penfolds Wine Dinner at Ser Steak + Spirits: A six-course dinner will feature ahi tuna toro, venison loin, charred New York Strip and more paired with wines from Penfolds, named Australian Wine Producer of the Year at the International Wine and Spirit Competition.

Saturday, Dec. 13:

Cheesy Sweater, Free Burrito: Chipotle chains across Texas invite you to stop by in your cheesiest holiday sweater and in return they’ll give you a buy on get one free deal on burritos, burrito bowls, salads, and tacos.

Lakewood Brewing Company BBT14 Release Party & Tour: The brewery’s popular imperial milk stout, Bourbon Barrel Temptress, which has been aged in oak bourbon barrels is back for a limited time. Head to the brewery to celebrate its return with samplings, live music, and food by KB’s Brats.

Rabbit Hole Brewing “Hole New Year” Anniversary Party: Celebrate a year of great beer with the whole Rabbit Hole team at their brewery in Justin, TX. The party includes the release of their limited-edition New Year’s beer, Hole Lang Syne, as well as a sampling of other limited edition and regular beers, brisket sandwiches, and live music.

Truck Yard’s Annual Ugly Christmas Sweater Competition: An ugly sweater contest, warm winter cocktails, and Little Santa are just a few of the things you can expect at this unique holiday celebration in Lower Greenville.

Sunday, Dec. 14

Lakewood Brewing Company’s BBT Week: After the release party, the brewery will continue celebrating their Bourbon Barrel Temptress with a week of parties beginning Sunday at Goodfriend beer garden and burger house. Each day will feature the new BBT alongside a vintage Temptress from the past.

News:

Boom Juice: The first permanent location of the cold-pressed juice bar will open this month at Sylvan | Thirty.

El Bolero: The minds behind Oak and Pakpoa are planing a new restaurant in the Design District to open in early 2015. It will serve up Mexican food with authentic, regional flavors brought to you by chef Hugo Galvan and promises and authentic atmosphere as well.

Henderson Ave. Country Club: Think cowboy boots and guitars, not golf clubs and violins. When this honky-tonk joint opens in January it will offer smoked meats, cornmeal-crusted catfish and more alongside your favorite country tunes.

Old Chicago: Stop in Mockingbird Station‘s newest restaurant, which officially opened on Monday, for delicious pizzas, fresh salads and more.

The Market Hall: This California-based grocery store/specialty food concept plans to open in Addison by spring 2015. Expect prepared foods, fresh meats and seafood, locally sourced produce, spirits, and its own restaurant.

Uchi: This Austin-based Japanese restaurant is set to open in early 2015 on Maple Ave. in Uptown.

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2015 Color of the Year: Marsala

Posted: 08 Dec 2014 02:23 PM PST

The color experts at Pantone recently revealed their Color of the Year for 2015, Marsala. As with every color honored with this recognition, you can expect to see Marsala pop up just about everywhere in the coming year. Here’s how the people at Pantone see the color working its way into your home…

“Add elegance to any room by incorporating this rich and welcoming hue in accent pieces, accessories and paint. Marsala’s plush characteristics are enhanced when the color is applied to textured surfaces, making it an ideal choice for rugs and upholstered living room furniture.”

It looks like some of our sellers are ahead of the curve this year! Check out the spaces in which this beautiful color is already being utilized.

2015 Color of the Year: Marsala

^8048 Sunscape Lane, Fort Worth2015 Color of the Year: Marsala

^6711 Northwood Road, Dallas2015 Color of the Year: Marsala

^264 SW Brushy Mound Road, Burleson2015 Color of the Year: Marsala

^12183 W FM 455, Celina2015 Color of the Year: Marsala^5480 Buena Vista Drive, Frisco

Fresh Listing Friday: Tasteful Traditional

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Happy Friday, everyone! This week on Fresh Listing Friday we’re taking a closer look at the beautiful, Traditional-style home at 400 Mordred in Lewisville.

Here are the details you need to know before we get to the photos:

-4 bedrooms, 4 baths, 3,445 square feet listed for $424,900

-Handscraped hardwood flooring, crown molding, plantation shutters

-3 living areas and 2 dining areas

-Stone fireplace

-Covered patio and fenced-in backyard

Fresh Listing Friday: Tasteful Traditional

^Front exterior with landscaping and covered front entryFresh Listing Friday: Tasteful Traditional

^Bonus room off the home’s entry currently being used as an officeFresh Listing Friday: Tasteful Traditional

^Spacious dining room with access to the kitchenFresh Listing Friday: Tasteful Traditional

^Well-lit (and festive!) main living room with stone, gas fireplace and access to the backyardFresh Listing Friday: Tasteful Traditional

^Kitchen with rich cabinetry, light granite countertops, large island with seating, and stainless-steelappliances (Not pictured: breakfast area, butler’s pantry, and walk-in pantry) Fresh Listing Friday: Tasteful Traditional

^First floor master suite with a recessed window and sitting area (Not pictured: dual vanities and a walk-in closet)Fresh Listing Friday: Tasteful Traditional

^Second story living areaFresh Listing Friday: Tasteful Traditional

^Covered patio with an arbor looking into the fenced-in backyard

Dallas-Area Home Prices Up

Posted: 25 Nov 2014 09:48 AM PST

Dallas-Area Home Prices Up

Dallas-area home prices were up 7.4 percent in the just-released Standard & Poor’s/Case-Shiller Home Price Index.

The gain from a year ago was the fourth highest in the country and significantly ahead of the 4.9 percent nationwide gain.

The biggest increases were in Miami, up 10.3 percent, and Las Vegas, up 9.1 percent. Charlotte and Dallas were the only two cities to see their annual price gains increase from the previous month. Dallas home prices were up 7.3 percent in August.

Dallas-area home prices are now more than 12 percent higher than they were before the recession and at a record level in the Case-Shiller index.

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Feature We Love: Plantation Shutters

Posted: 25 Nov 2014 09:36 AM PST

What’s not to love about plantation shutters? They’re versatile, beautiful, and they work well with almost any design style. These shutters are well-loved by owners and designers alike because they can fit any window or door size and they allow for maximum control of light and privacy.

Plantation shutters can be found all over DFW, from massive mansions to one-story cottages. Check out the images below to see the myriad of ways that this feature is being used in homes today.

Feature We Love: Plantation Shutters

^5508 Cavendish Court, PlanoFeature We Love: Plantation Shutters

^1724 Wisteria Way, WestlakeFeature We Love: Plantation Shutters

^12541 Renoir Lane, DallasFeature We Love: Plantation Shutters

^4167 Lomita Lane, Dallas
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^2209 Stanford Court, McKinney Feature We Love: Plantation Shutters

^1866 Sunset Court, AllenFeature We Love: Plantation Shutters

^421 Wyndemere Blvd., Heath  Feature We Love: Plantation Shutters

^6922 Forest Glen Drive, DallasFeature We Love: Plantation Shutters

^2212 Forest Creek, McKinney

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Want to Live Near Light-Rail?

Posted: 25 Nov 2014 07:46 AM PST

Want to Live Near Light-Rail?

We’re happy to witness the growth of mass-transit in North Texas and equally happy to offer homebuyers and sellers the benefits of Rail Station Proximity Home Search on our award-winning ebby.com. This innovative search feature allows you to easily find your next Dallas-area home based on its proximity to light-rail.

Whether it’s frequent trips to the airport, commuting to your job downtown, shopping at Mockingbird Station, or enjoying concerts at the American Airlines Center in Victory Park, with Rail Station Proximity Home Search you’ll be the first to know about homes for sale – and for lease – near the rail station of your choice.

Click here to give Rail Station Proximity Home Search a try. We think you’re going to love it!

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Post-Thanksgiving Relaxation Rooms

Posted: 24 Nov 2014 01:19 PM PST

We’re just a few short days away from Thanksgiving! This holiday is all about bringing your loved ones together under one roof to give thanks and get full, but what happens after?

Wouldn’t you like a cozy spot to be a couch potato after eating too many potatoes? Whether you’re watching the big game or the big parade, if you can find a room like these you’ll be in the perfect spot to reminisce on a great day and maybe even work in a cat nap.

Post-Thanksgiving Relaxation Rooms

^4167 Lomita Lane, DallasPost-Thanksgiving Relaxation Rooms

^3831 Turtle Creek Blvd. 12E, DallasPost-Thanksgiving Relaxation Rooms

^7013 Da Vinci, Colleyville

Post-Thanksgiving Relaxation Rooms

^101 Summer Place Drive, Coppell

Post-Thanksgiving Relaxation Rooms

^2108 Grayson Road, McKinneyPost-Thanksgiving Relaxation Rooms

^7013 Da Vinci, Colleyville

Post-Thanksgiving Relaxation Rooms

^6109 Misty Trail, Dallas

Post-Thanksgiving Relaxation Rooms

^5480 Buena Vista Drive, Frisco

Post-Thanksgiving Relaxation Rooms

^6313 Biltmore Lane, McKinney

Eat Pizza, Make a Difference for Deserving Young Women

Posted: 24 Nov 2014 09:50 AM PST

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Tomorrow, November 25, offers a fantastic opportunity to help out our friends at The Ebby House at Juliette Fowler Communities. From 4 to 9 p.m., 50 percent of your dining tab at Project Pie Pizza will be donated to The Ebby House, an innovative new transitional community for young women who have aged out of foster care.

Every year, thousands of young women age out of the foster care system. Many of them face severe outcomes due to lack of family and adult connections. The Ebby House program seeks to reverse negative trends and outcomes by offering young women a home to live in and mentors to love them while they learn to become self-reliant and entrepreneurial — volunteers and mentors themselves — which is reflective of the values and life of Ebby Halliday.

Project Pie Pizza is located in Preston Center. Present the yellow flyer at the time of order, either via paper or online. Thanks for supporting the Ebby House and enjoy your pie!

Fresh Listing Friday: Gorgeous Gray One-Story

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Happy Friday, everyone! This week’s Fresh Listing Friday is a perfectly eclectic mix of French Traditional style with hints of vintage and a touch of industrial chic. The property underwent extensive renovations in 2014 and the results are fabulous. From the gray brick exterior to the saltwater pool out back, we’re hard-pressed to find anything wrong with the one-story home at 6152 Ellsworth Ave. in Dallas.

Here are the important details you need to know:

-2 beds, 2 baths, 1,784 square feet and a two-car garage listed for $465,000

-Located just a few blocks south of Mockingbird and a couple miles north of the ever-poular Lower Greenville area

-Hardwood flooring, 5-inch crown molding, and a flowing floor plan with oversized doorways

-Mature trees and landscaping, a covered front porch, and a saltwater pool

The most exciting news? There’s an open house this Sunday, Nov. 23, from 2 to 4 p.m. so you can stop by and see it for yourself!

Fresh Listing Friday: Gorgeous Gray One-Story

^Front Exterior showing the beautiful gray brick, covered front porch, charming windows, and wonderful landscapingFresh Listing Friday: Gorgeous Gray One-Story

^Formal living areaFresh Listing Friday: Gorgeous Gray One-Story

^Main living room with gray brick fireplace, crown molding, and large windows Fresh Listing Friday: Gorgeous Gray One-Story

^Open kitchen spacious enough for a large dining area, white cabinetry, open shelving, granite countertops, and stainless-steel appliancesFresh Listing Friday: Gorgeous Gray One-Story

^Entertainment space and secondary living area off of the kitchen showing beautiful rolling barn doors and access to the backyard and poolFresh Listing Friday: Gorgeous Gray One-Story

^Master bedroom with large windows, crown molding, and hardwood flooring (Not shown: En suite master bathroom with a cast iron sink, large tub, and shower)
Fresh Listing Friday: Gorgeous Gray One-Story

^Spacious second bedroom with two twin beds, a large window, and a sitting areaFresh Listing Friday: Gorgeous Gray One-Story

^Sparkling saltwater pool with enough patio space for outdoor lounging and entertaining Fresh Listing Friday: Gorgeous Gray One-Story

^Patio space outside one of the home’s backdoors with pool access provides great flow for large gatherings

DFW Weekend Round Up (11/20-11/23)

DFW Weekend Round Up

Holiday celebrations are in full swing in DFW this weekend! From Christmas musicals to holiday exhibits, there’s are plenty of ways to get in the spirit.

If you’re looking for more food & drink centric activities, we have a full list here.

Thursday, Nov. 20:

Amy Schumer: She’ll be at Verizon Theater Grand Prairie performing stand-up comedy as pat of her latest tour, the Back Door tour.

Dallas Arboretum 12 Days of Christmas: Celebrate the holidays like never before with an exhibit featuring a collection of 25-foot Victorian gazebos each telling the story of one of the 12 days from the beloved Christmas carol. The exhibit runs through January 4.

Bouquets: French Still-Life Painting from Chardin to Matisse: The first major American exhibition to consider the French floral still life across the 19th century will be at the Dallas Museum of Art through February 8.

Elf the Musical: This musical, based on the Christmas film starring Will Ferrell, has shows through Sunday at Bass Performance Hall. This is the first time it’s been in the metroplex since its Broadway debut in 2010.

The Mary Baskett Collection of Japanese Fashion: Get transported through time and space with a collection of fashion by some of the most avant-garde contemporary Japanese printmakers. Baskett’s personal collection will be on display through February 22.

Friday, Nov. 21:

Leon Russell: The singer/songwriter will be at the Granada Theater promoting his latest album, Life Journey. The Zack King Band will serve as his opening act.

Mavs: The Mavs play the Los Angeles Lakers at 7:30pm. Get to American Airlines Center to cheer them on.

Saturday, Nov. 22:

Dallas City Lights: Kick off the holiday season with the spectacular lighting of downtown Dallas in Main Street Garden and Pegasus Plaza. In conjunction with the lighting of the Christmas tree, there will also be art performances, crafts like ornament making and, of course, Santa Claus.

Rhett Miller: The Granada Theater and Old 97’s frontman Miller are hosting the Cystic Fibrosis Concert Series. In addition to Miller’s great tunes, you’ll also get to hear ,music by The Wind & The Wave, The O’s, and Prophets and Outlaws.

The Trains at NorthPark: The holiday favorite is back for its 27th year and its 16th and NorthPark. This wonderful tradition features model trains and famous U.S. landmarks on more than 1,600 feet of tracks. You can get in on the fun of this display now through January 4.

Sunday, Nov. 23:

Cowboys at Giants: In week 12, the ‘boys will take on the New York Giants away on Sunday at 7:30. We’re 7 and 3 this season thus far, so grab your friends, your jersey, and a seat around the nearest TV.

Panther Island Ice: Colder temperatures mean it’s time to lace up your skates and hit the ice. Trinity River Vision Authority presents the opening of Fort Worth’s only outdoor ice skating rink, which is located at Coyote Drive-In and open daily through January 19.

Image via The Trains at NorthPark

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Get Your Fireplace Ready For Winter

Posted: 19 Nov 2014 01:32 PM PST

Colder days are here to stay and it’s time to get your fireplace roaring again. Before you fill you home with the warmth and smell of a cracking fire, though, there are some precautions you should take.

1. Check the Chimney: Have you called a chimney sweep recently? Experts recommend you have your chimney cleaned once a year. A fireplace is only as good as it’s chimney, so make sure you have it cleaned and inspect the exterior structure to make sure there are no obvious issues there as well.

2. Open the Flue: Ever started a fire and had the room fill up with smoke? If you’re new to fireplaces, you may not realize that this happens when the flue is closed. Many people close them in order to keep out small animals when their fireplaces aren’t in use. Simply look up and reach for a chain or lever to open it back up.

3. Vacuum: A quick vacuuming of the flue, smoke shelf, and the surrounding hearth is the last step to preparing for fabulous fires for many months to come.

If you’re about to be without a fireplace in the upcoming winter months, we have plenty of homes that could have you curling up by the fire in no time!

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DFW Weekend Round Up (11/13-11/16)

DFW Weekend Round Up (11/13-11/16)

Stand-up comedy, art, and fashion highlight this edition of Weekend Round Up. Check out this list of the best things to do in DFW during the chilly weekend ahead.

Thursday, Nov. 13:

Encore for Advocacy with Patty Griffin and Mavis Staples: Grammy Award-winner Patty Griffin and Rock & Roll Hall-of-Famer Mavis Staples will headline the annual concert that benefits the Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center. The event will take place at the Majestic Theatre.

The Second City 55th Anniversary Tour: Thursday through Sunday, laugh the night away at Dallas City Performance Hall with improv, sketch comedy and signature forms of hilarity brought to you by the great minds of Chicago’s The Second City.

Friday, Nov. 14:

Lakewood Home Festival: Friday to Sunday, six distinctive homes in this premier East Dallas neighborhood will be featured in the popular annual festival, now in its 38th year.

Night of Stars Gala: Fashion Group International’s annual event will uphold its reputation this year with an appearance by designer Zac Posen. Posen is a internationally-acclaimed designer known for his clothing and accessories. He will receive a Career Achievement in Fashion award presented by Neiman Marcus Fashion Director Ken Downing.

Wanda Sykes: The stand-up comedian ranks among Entertainment Weekly’s “25 Funniest people in America.” She’ll have you crying with laughter when she brings her act to the Majestic Theatre.

Saturday, Nov. 15:

Art Con X: Three live auctions, live music and performances by four different artists, food trucks, and a full bar mean the annual Art Con event will be bigger than ever this year. The live auctions contain works by more than 150 artists.

2014 Etsy Jingle Bash: Get some holiday shopping done at Gilley’s Dallas from 11am-5pm when vendors will be selling all kinds of handmade jewelry, clothing, housewares, decor and more. There will also be live music and a bar, making this event much more interesting than a day at the mall.

Mavs: The Mavs play the Minnesota Timberwolves at 7:30pm. Get to American Airlines Center to cheer them on.

Sunday, Nov. 16

The Black Keys: The popular rock duo will take the stage at American Airlines Center with opener Jake Bugg.

Dallas Arboretum 12 Days of Christmas: Celebrate the holidays like never before with an exhibit featuring a collection of 25-foot Victorian gazebos each telling the story of one of the 12 days from the beloved Christmas carol. The exhibit begins Sunday and runs through January 4.

All Weekend:

Bouquets: French Still-Life Painting from Chardin to Matisse: The first major American exhibition to consider the French floral still life across the 19th century will be at the Dallas Museum of Art through February 8.

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Frisco Office Raises $71,000 for City House

Posted: 12 Nov 2014 01:29 PM PST

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Ebby’s Frisco Office recently hosted its Sixth-Annual Charity Golf Tournament. One-hundred percent of the proceeds, which totaled more than $71,000, will benefit City House and its expansion into Frisco. City House provides emergency shelter and transitional residential services to children and young adults who are in need due to abuse, neglect or homelessness.

This year’s charity tournament and after-party were held at Frisco’s prestigious Stonebriar Country Club. The event has grown over the years, from 50 golfers to this year’s 144 golfers and more than 250 attendees at the award dinner and silent auction.

“Stonebriar is one of the finest private country clubs in Texas and we were thrilled they once again hosted our charity tournament,” says Terri Macaluso, manager of Ebby Halliday’s Frisco Office. “Everyone had a great time benefitting a great cause. Their efforts remind us all of what’s truly important.”

To learn more about City House, visit cityhouse.org.

Ebby’s Frisco Office is at 1415 Legacy Drive, Suite 100 in Frisco. For more information about the office, its Associates and listings, visit frisco.ebby.com.

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What Buyers Want: New-Home Design Trends

Posted: 12 Nov 2014 01:12 PM PST

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If you’re trying to figure out what buyers are in the market for when it comes to a new home, look no further than the list recently published by Builder Online. Nick Lehnert, executive director at an architecture and planning firm, and Mollie Carmichael, principal at a real estate consulting company, have drawn up a list of design trends that are at the top of this year’s buyers’ wish list.

Here are some of the top trends they’ve discovered for buyers in the new-home market:

What Buyers Want: New-Home Design Trends1. Outdoor Space: Buyers are looking for private, low maintenance, outdoor space that has a high level of connectivity to the inside of the home. Likewise, because of this connectivity, many desire covered and protected spaces that flow seamlessly from the rooms inside.

What Buyers Want: New-Home Design Trends2. Super Kitchens: We always say the kitchen is the heart of the home, but this trend has now taken on a life of its own. Buyers expect the kitchen to be a center for entertaining and easy conversation that is open to the other rooms around it. Large islands with seating and pantries that hide clutter both play major roles in combining function, practicality, and style.

What Buyers Want: New-Home Design Trends3. Media Centric: More spacious media areas where buyers can make use of large screen TV’s or projectors are on the rise. In addition to more wall space, larger media rooms mean more seating and entertaining.

What Buyers Want: New-Home Design Trends4. Home Office: We’ve reached the age of the return of the home office. However, proximity to the main living area and kitchen have become more important than the previously desired location near the front of the home.

What Buyers Want: New-Home Design Trends5. Magnificent Master Baths: A soaker tub, a glass shower, and luxurious finishes continue to rank high on the list of buyers.

What Buyers Want: New-Home Design Trends6. Making an Entrance: Two-story entries and grand staircases with drama are the most ideal way to greet guests.