As Seen in Grand Vie Fall/Winter 2012: Basketball Legend Michael Jordan s Home


Fascination with famous personalities saturates the perpetual news cycle. From movie stars to sports heroes, superstar chefs and designers and anyone in the public eye, we are captivated by their talents and lifestyles. Certainly part of the allure are the luxury homes owned by our favorite figures. The recent Fall/Winter 2012 issue of Grand Vie magazine explores several celebrity homes currently for sale through Luxury Portfolio International, the exclusive luxury property network of the Ebby Halliday Companies, including the home of basketball legend Michael Jordan.

Michael Jordan | Highland Park, IL

Elegance and utmost privacy abound at NBA legend Michael Jordan s perfectly situated, privately gated estate nestled on over seven acres. The secluded compound offers over 56,000 square feet on three levels, including nine bedrooms, 15 baths and five fireplaces.

Originally constructed between 1993 and 1995 in the wake of the Chicago Bulls first championship three-peat, the residence underwent an extensive renovation in 2009 and has been designed to Mr. Jordan s exacting specifications.

In addition to the main residence, there is also an attached three bedroom guesthouse, three separate, heated multi-car garages, a tennis court, a putting green, an infinity edge pool and an outdoor kitchen. One standout and fitting feature is a full-size indoor regulation basketball court, complete with a custom sound system, lounge and observation area, and full locker room facilities.

The attractively appointed and furnished residence along with grounds and magnificent facilities will afford a new owner the ultimate in privacy, security and amenities first cultivated for one of the world s most recognizable figures.

To tour Michael Jordan’s home online, visit luxuryportfolio.com.

Grand Vie magazine is the exclusive luxury property magazine of the Ebby Halliday Companies. Celebrating its third Anniversary with the Fall/Winter 2012 issue, Grand Vie is direct mailed three times per year to almost 30,000 luxury homes across the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. In addition, the magazine is distributed at numerous charity and social events such as the John Staub Awards Gala, the Preservation Dallas 2012 Fall Architectural Tour, Crystal Charity Ball luncheons and the 13th annual Armstrong Bradfield Preschool Association Homes for the Holidays Home Tour. To learn more about Grand Vie, visit grandviemagazine.com.

Grand Vie Fall/Winter 2012 Has Arrived


It’s hard to believe, but the ninth edition of Grand Vie: Luxury in Living has arrived! Over the past three years, this luxury magazine has garnered a reputation for featuring some of the area s most beautiful, architecturally significant and prestigious addresses in our area and across the world. Each edition has been chockfull of homes proudly represented by topnotch sales associates who know how to discreetly and adeptly represent their client s best interest.

And this edition charges on with the tradition!

In addition to direct mailing to almost 30,000 luxury homes across the Metroplex, this edition will be distributed at numerous charity and social events such as the John Staub Awards Gala, the Preservation Dallas 2012 Fall Architectural Tour, Crystal Charity Ball luncheons and the 13th annual Armstrong Bradfield Preschool Association Homes for the Holidays Home Tour.

We’re also proud to introduce some exciting new additions in this issue. We take you inside the homes of some of your favorite celebrities which are currently offered for sale through Luxury Portfolio International, our exclusive luxury property network. Just in time for holiday gift giving, note our LuxeTrends section featuring relaxing getaways, innovative gadgets, and luxury home must-haves like refrigerated beauty drawers for your master bath. Speaking of the holidays, imagine spending yours with the ones you love at a family getaway right here in the Lone Star State. In this section you ll find a treasure trove of one of Texas best traditions ranches and lake houses. Guest columnist and real estate blogger Candy Evans explores many options, from large to small. She even found a modern day Southfork – complete with a baseball field.

Our exquisite cover home, a French country estate in Old Preston Hollow, is designed by the incomparable Robbie Fusch. This stunning property presents the perfect combination of elegant and comfortable living. Once inside, this family home features enviable details that will be the backdrop for years of memories with family and friends.

Prestigious Bluffview is the setting for the exceptional landmark estate property designed by Wilson Fuqua. Offering superior construction and classic design with interior modernist sensibility, you will not want to miss touring this home.

Our Spotlight On highlights the recent John Staub Awards Gala presented by the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art. This event recognizes the best in design and craftsmanship produced by Texas-based architects, landscape architects, interior designers and artisans all the while raising funds for the ICAA-Texas Chapter s programming and scholarships.

North Texas has enjoyed an invigorating real estate market over the last few months and we are honored to be a part of these special occasions in your life. As we celebrate another edition of Grand Vie, we also celebrate our clients who place their trust and confidence in us.

We think you will fall in love with this fall/winter edition of Grand Vie: Luxury in Living. We certainly loved creating it.

To see the full magazine online, visit grandviemagazine.com

Announcing Ebby s Top Associates Companywide Third Quarter 2012


If you saw the back cover of the main section in Sunday s Dallas Morning News, then you know which Ebby Associates made the Companywide Honor Roll for Third Quarter 2012!

You can also see the complete list at ebby.com.

The Ebby Halliday Companies salute these Associates for their tireless dedication to providing preeminent service to their clients.

Congratulations to you all!

Exceptional Taste, Ideal Location in Beautiful Preston Hollow


This week s edition of Fresh Listing Friday takes us to the spectacular home at 6505 Mimosa Lane in the heart of Preston Hollow.

Situated on a corner lot, this property offers stunning architectural elements coupled with manicured landscaping and outstanding entertaining capabilities, both indoors and out. Inside this prime property are an open floor plan, a luxurious finish out and designer paint finishes and lighting.

Featuring views of the garden and pool area, a two-story vaulted ceiling and a well-appointed bath, the downstairs master suite feels like a five-star hotel. Upstairs are three additional bedrooms, two baths, a sitting or game room plus a fabulous theater room. A balcony off the game room adds to the entertaining capabilities of the home.

The backyard living area has a wet bar, a fireplace, a half-bath, a covered patio, a beautiful pool, a cabana and exceptional landscaping.

This Preston Hollow gem truly offers resort-style living at its finest. To see full details and more photos of this fantastic new listing, visit 6505mimosa.ebby.com.

To see all the other homes that came on the market this week (even if they aren t listed by Ebby Halliday), click here. To start a home search of your own, visit ebby.com. Enjoy your weekend!

Preservation Dallas Symposium, Tour Highlight Greenway Parks


The Ebby Halliday Family of Companies, which includes Ebby Halliday Realtors and Dave Perry-Miller & Associates, is the symposium sponsor of the 2012 Preservation Dallas Fall Architectural Tour. The symposium and tour take place Saturday, Nov. 10, and will highlight Greenway Parks and an eclectic collection of eight architecturally significant homes.

The day begins at the Angelika Film Center in Mockingbird Station with a continental breakfast and the symposium, featuring renowned Dallas architect Frank Welch and award-winning author, historian and architect Willis Winters, who will discuss the development and significant architecture of Greenway Parks. Check-in begins at 8:30 a.m. and the symposium begins at 9 a.m. The tour starts immediately afterward. Reservations are required and all attendees must check in at the Angelika Theater.

Tickets for the general tour, $40 for members of Preservation Dallas and $50 for non-members, include admission to the symposium and access to six properties in the Greenway Parks neighborhood. Featured properties include the Stemmons House, the Kahn House and more.

Patron-level tickets, $85 for members of Preservation Dallas and $100 for non-members, include access to a seventh tour house.

Greenway Parks was plated in 1927 by architect and engineer David R. Williams. The neighborhood was designed following planning practices popularized by British and American designers such as Ebenezer Howard, Frederick Law Olmsted, Henry Wright and Clarence Stein. Known as a garden suburb, the neighborhood features landscaped boulevards, small parks and curving streets that follow the area s natural topography. A pre-eminent example of this concept, Greenway Parks is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and offers an exemplary and diverse collection of notable houses representing the evolution of American architectural styles over eight decades.

For more information or to purchase tickets to the 2012 Preservation Dallas Fall Architectural Tour and Symposium, visit www.preservationdallas.org.

All photos by Steve Clicque.

Charm, Character and Updates in North Richland Hills


With mortgage interest rates at historic lows, savvy buyers (like you!) are keeping an eye on fresh listings like never before. And, today s edition of Fresh Listing Friday is sure to please.

Located in a master-planned community, the charming residence on a large lot at 8316 Euclid Ave. in North Richland Hills features a relaxing front porch, a pool and spa and an electric rear gate.

Ideal for entertaining inside and out, this updated property is move-in ready and a short distance from a new library, a recreation center, NRH2O waterpark, hike-and-bike trails, shopping and restaurants.

Take a tour this exceptional buying opportunity now at 8316euclid.ebby.com.

To see all the other homes that came on the market this week (even if they aren t listed by Ebby Halliday) click here. And, to learn more about North Texas’ most-productive sales force or to start a home search of your own, visit the website voted one of the industry’s best by the Web Marketing Association, ebby.com.

Associates Join Ebby in September


The Ebby Halliday Family of Companies proudly welcomes Associates who joined the company in September. The newest additions to North Texas best and most-productive residential real estate sales force are:

Heather Antoine, Irving/Las Colinas
Sheila Bryant, Dave Perry-Miller-InTown
Grace Farris, Irving/Las Colinas
Jeffrey Forman, Arlington
Kathy Goen, Arlington
Rosalynn Gray, Irving/Las Colinas
Frederick Hannum, Dave Perry-Miller-Park Cities
Kevin Harden, McKinney
Carolyn Hess, Plano Willow Bend
Tammy Huddleston, Denton
Jana Jackson-Hurta, Mansfield
Michelle Massi, Allen
Virginia Monico, Rockwall
Monica Otis, Frisco
Julie Owens, Arlington
Macy Riley, Dave Perry-Miller-InTown
Howard Roth, Ebby’s Little White House
Arian Archer, Frisco
Louann Storey, Campbell/Coit
Hillary Tipps, Plano Willow Bend
Lisa Tyree, Arlington
Michael Wong, Dave Perry-Miller-InTown

We re very excited to welcome each of these Associates to the Ebby Halliday Family of Companies! For more information, visit ebby.com or daveperrymiller.com.

As Seen on the TODAY Show : 4936 Victor in Historic Munger Place


This past Friday our beautiful Munger Place listing at 4936 Victor St. in Dallas was seen nationwide by the viewers of NBC s popular TODAY Show. The classic Prairie-style home, listed with Beth Borman and Michael Zahn of Dave Perry-Miller & Associates, an Ebby Halliday Company, was part of Barbara Corcoran s segment on great buys across America for under $500,000.

Barbara, founder of The Corcoran Group and one of America s foremost real estate commentators, chose 4936 Victor for its classic charm with modern efficiencies. A newer home that blends seamlessly with its historic Munger Place neighborhood, this exceptional property also offers a plethora of today s most-popular amenities.

Mature trees and extensive landscaping enhance the clean lines of the home s facade. A quaint, inviting front porch with a swing runs length of house, which is only minutes from downtown Dallas. Inside, the floor plan is ideal for everyday living and entertaining with its large rooms and open kitchen, living and dining areas.

Additional features include handscraped hardwoods and an impressive master suite with an attached den and a bath with a jetted tub, separate shower and dual sinks.

This classic home with modern amenities is offered for $485,000.

It s one of the many great properties listed below $500,000 by the Ebby Halliday Family of Companies. There truly has never been a better time to buy or sell a home in North Texas. And, you can rest assured, the Ebby Halliday Family of Companies will do everything we can to sell each and every one of our listings in a timely manner.

Here s hoping that your home is our next listing featured to the millions of viewers of the TODAY Show !

To see the Barbara Corcoran segment, click here.

To start your own home search or to learn more about listing your home with North Texas top-producing sales force, visit the Web site voted one of the industry s best by the Web Marketing Association, ebby.com.

Dallas/Fort Worth Real Estate Market Update October 2012


The following was sent to all members of the Ebby Halliday Family of Companies by President & CEO Mary Frances Burleson:

NATIONAL

HOUSING MARKET SHOWS SIGNS OF LIFE

online.wsj.com – Home prices notched their strongest year-to-date gains since 2005, climbing 5.9% through July and signaling the housing market’s steady move toward recovery.

HOME PRICES BACK TO 2003 LEVELS

money.cnn.com – Case-Shiller index shows home prices improve across 20 major markets for third straight month, taking the index to levels not seen in nine years.

HOUSING MARKET RECOVERY HAS OFFICIALLY BEGUN

business.time.com Time Business: The double digit increases in US housing prices over the first half of the past decade proved unsustainable. But the freefall is over. The point has been reached where housing prices will start to climb, albeit at single digit rates in most markets over the next five years.

REGIONAL

DALLAS HOME PRICES UP 3.7% IN CASE-SHILLER INDEX THAT SIGNALS TURNAROUND FOR NATION

dallasnews.com/business “Absolutely, our view is that the market has turned”, said David Brown, who heads the Dallas office of housing consultant Metrostudy. “My expectation is that we’ll see increasing appreciation in the second half of the year [2012] locally”.

HOUSING STARTS HIT A 4-YEAR HIGH

Dallas Morning News 10/05/2012 “Home builders are digging out of darker days, now can’t keep up with demand despite price increases. [Housing starts] have jumped by more than 24% in the third quarter, with starts of more than 5,100 single family homes”.

NORTH TEXAS HOME FORECLOSURES DROP

Dallas Morning News – Home foreclosure filings in North Texas are down 14 percent from last October, according to data from Addison-based Foreclosure Listing Service. The biggest declines are in Tarrant and Collin counties, where October postings are down 19 percent from a year ago. Meanwhile, foreclosure filings are down 10 percent in Dallas County and 8 percent in Denton County. Just over 3,600 homes are posted for foreclosure sale this month. So far this year, lenders have made 41,916 foreclosure filings in the area. That’s 10 percent less than the first 10 months of last year.

EBBY HALLIDAY COMPANIES

EBBY HALLIDAY COMPANIES SETS SALES RECORD

Sales volume for September, 2012 was up 31% over September 2011, marking the 8th consecutive month of double-digit sales increases. Year-to-date sales through September are up 21% over 2011 and are nearing the levels seen at the peak of the real estate ‘bubble’ in 2006 and 2007.

Home Team Mortgage, an Ebby Halliday Companies affiliated business, is also enjoying a record year in 2012, with increases in their mortgage loan volume of approximately 44% over 2011.

Texas Premier Title Company, LP, another Ebby Halliday Companies affiliated business, now operates six offices in the DFW area and has plans for further expansion in 2013.

Mary Frances

McKinney Charmer With Plenty of Personality Open Sunday, Oct. 14, 2-4


With mortgage interest rates at historic lows, there has never been a better time to keep an eye on fresh listings.

Today s edition of Fresh Listing Friday takes us to the four-bedroom, two-bath charmer at 3528 Camino Trail in McKinney. Open Sunday, Oct. 14, from 2 to 4 p.m., this corner-lot home with plentiful personality features a large front porch with ceiling fans.

Inside, this home offers two living areas, a study with French doors and an island kitchen with stainless-steel appliances.

The backyard has ample green space and a covered porch with a ceiling fan.

This residence, which is in the Frisco Independent School District, also benefits from extensive community amenities. See more of this compelling property here but be sure to mark your calendar for this Sunday, Oct. 14, from 2 to 4 p.m., when you can tour this immaculate home in person.

To see all the other homes that came on the market this week (even if they aren t listed with Ebby Halliday), click here. And, to start a home search of your own, visit ebby.com.

Happy house hunting!