Just Listed: Exceptional Estate Home in Prestigious Starwood Community

With mortgage interest rates at historic lows, there has truly never been a better time to keep an eye on fresh listings. And today s edition of Fresh Listing Friday takes us to a stellar example of just why that s so true.

The four-bedroom, 4 ½-bath Peckham-built estate home at 4883 Orchard Park Drive is situated on a beautiful .64-acre site in the prestigious Starwood community of Frisco.

This residence features an exceptional finish out, a well-appointed kitchen, a media room, a game room with a built-in aquarium and expansive views of the property s pristine grounds.

The spacious master suite is in a private wing of the home and offers a cathedral-beamed ceiling and a stone fireplace.

The outdoor living area features a cathedral ceiling and a fireplace, and overlooks a negative-edge pool, a pond and extensive landscaping.

Just a few of this property s additional amenities include a porte-cochere and a motor court.

For more details and photos of 4883 Orchard Park Drive, click here.

To see all of the other homes that came onto the market this week (even if they aren t listed by Ebby Halliday), click here.

This is a great time to be in the market for a new home in North Texas and the ideal place to search for a home is the Web site voted one of the industry s best by the Web Marketing Association, ebby.com. Be sure to check back next Friday to find out where the next Fresh Listing Friday takes us!

Santa Claus is Coming to Ebby Halliday Offices!

Santa doesn t just hang out in crowded shopping malls when he comes to town. This year he is making personal appearances at several Ebby Halliday offices and think how much easier the parking will be!

This holiday tradition started four years ago at the Ebby Lakewood office and has grown in both number of visitors and number of offices ever since. Santa felt so at home at Ebby Halliday, Realtors, he’s visiting 5 of our offices this holiday season.

Below is a complete list of Santa s Ebby appearances, we encourage you to bring the whole family for photos with Santa – and, of course, to find out if you’ve been naughty or nice!

Ebby s Lakewood Office
6441 E. Mockingbird Lane
Dallas, TX 75214
Saturday, December 1 | 12:00pm 3:00pm

Ebby s 190 @ Jupiter Office
3621 Shire Blvd, Suite 100
Richardson, TX 75082
Saturday, December 8 | 1:00pm – 4:00pm

Ebby’s Rockwall Office
2604 Ridge Road
Rockwall, TX 75087
Saturday, December 8 | 4:30pm – 6:30pm

Ebby s White Rock Lake Highlands Office
10233 E. Northwest Hwy #438
Dallas, TX 75238
Saturday, December 15 | 9:00am 11:00am

Ebby s Little White House
5999 West Northwest Highway
Dallas, TX 75225
Sunday, December 16 | 2:00pm 4:00pm
This location will be accepting unwrapped toy donations for the patients of Children’s Medical Center

So come find out if you ve been naughty or nice and get an updated photo with Santa we hope to see you there!

Dallas-area Home Prices See Biggest Gain Since 2007

Sheryl Jean and Steve Brown of The Dallas Morning News report that Dallas-area home prices logged their biggest gain in more than five years in September. In addition to this positive local news, Jean and Brown report that most major U.S. cities saw home-price increases, signaling that a nationwide housing rebound is well on its way.

Prices of pre-owned single-family homes in the Dallas area rose 4.4 percent from a year earlier, ranking ninth among 20 cities included in the just-released Standard & Poor s/Case-Shiller Home Price Index. September marked the seventh month in which Dallas-area home prices have increased from a year earlier.

Nationally, the closely watched index rose 3 percent in September from the same month last year.

The entire nation is on the rebound, said David Blitzer, managing director of S&P Dow Jones Indices. We have six months of good numbers, which we haven t had for some time, Blitzer said. Housing overall not just home prices and construction is improving. This recovery is for real and will be maintained going forward.

Phoenix saw the largest percentage increase in September, up 20.4 percent from a year earlier. Only two of the 20 cities New York and Chicago saw declines.

Locally and nationwide, many housing indicators have improved significantly in the past few months and point to a strengthening housing market in Dallas and across the country.

This latest welcome news mirrors what we have been hearing from Ebby Associates for some time now. Back in May, Kathy Lakatta, a longtime companywide top-producing agent who is based in the Mansfield Office of Ebby Halliday, REALTORS®, told The Dallas Morning News, Buyers are feeling much more comfortable. I am seeing a lot more people out and about who are ready to buy. I ve had multiple offers on three newly listed properties in the past two weeks alone. It s going to be an amazing year.

Turns out Kathy’s prediction was right on target. It has been an absolutely amazing year for North Texas real estate and The Ebby Halliday Companies, which includes Ebby Halliday, REALTORS® and Dave Perry-Miller & Associates. Sales volume at The Ebby Halliday Companies in October was up an astounding 36 percent over the same period in 2011, setting an all-time record for the month and marking 10 consecutive months of sales increases when compared to the previous year.
Says Mary Frances Burleson, president and CEO of Ebby Halliday Real Estate Inc., That’s real growth, and a strong indication of increasing stability and improvement in the local real estate market for 2013 and beyond.

Clearly, now truly is an ideal time to buy or sell a home in North Texas. To get started today, visit the Web site voted one of the industry s best by the Web Marketing Association, ebby.com

DallasNews.com subscribers may click here to see the full article from Sheryl Jean and Steve Brown.

Join Us Saturday for the Children s Medical Center Holiday Parade

The Ebby Halliday Companies are proud to once again serve as a sponsor of the annual Children s Medical Center Holiday Parade, which takes place this Saturday, December 1, at 10 a.m. through the streets of downtown Dallas! Everyone is invited to come out and enjoy one of Dallas’ most-treasured holiday events. The parade, which historically draws a crowd of more than 350,000 people, is free and promises a great time for all.

The 2012 parade marks this fun-filled event’s 25th year and features a new route that starts at City Hall and ends just past the Adolphus Hotel (see route map). Highlights include crowd favorites like Wonder Woman, Classic Batman, Smurfette, Raggedy Ann and Andy and the Hardin-Simmons University World Famous Cowboy Band, as well as new additions such as the Grambling State University Tiger Marching Band and a special appearance by Nickelodeon star Liz Gillies. The parade also offers an array of inflatable balloons, marching bands, costumed characters and performing groups.

Be sure to watch out for the giant inflatable Mr. Potato Head, which will be carried by Sales Associates and staff members from throughout the 30 offices of the Ebby Halliday Companies.

Children’s Medical Center is one of the largest pediatric healthcare providers in the nation. The Holiday Parade benefits a department of Child Life experts who provide age-appropriate therapies to help children cope with their hospital stay through diagnosis-specific education, therapeutic and bedside activities, and medical play. Specialists work extensively with parents and family members to provide support as well as prepare patients for surgical procedures. Services like Child Life are not covered by insurance and are funded by philanthropy.

To purchase reserved bleacher seating for the Children’s Medical Center Holiday Parade, click here.

If you can t make it out to see the parade in person, be sure to watch it live on WFAA-TV (Channel 8).

Happy Hallidays, everyone!

World-Class Entertainment Comes to Mansfield Sunday, December 2

The Ebby Halliday Companies are proud to sponsor the first full season of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra s new performance series, DSO on the GO. This Sunday, December 2, this exciting series brings the DSO to the Mansfield ISD Performing Arts Center in Mansfield.

DSO on the GO performances feature the full Dallas Symphony Orchestra playing familiar classical pieces and popular light classics. Sunday’s concert will showcase the orchestra playing popular Christmas music. Tickets for the performance, which takes place at 2:30 p.m. at 1110 W. Debbie Lane in Mansfield, are priced at just $25. They may be purchased here. Proceeds benefit the Mansfield Education Foundation.

DSO on the GO brings the excitement of a world-class orchestra directly to the communities where many of our clients, Associates and employees live and work, says Randall Graham, vice president and director of marketing for The Ebby Halliday Companies. Community involvement is part of The Ebby Halliday Companies 67-year tradition of service, and we are honored to support the Dallas Symphony Orchestra s newest community enrichment efforts.

Click here for the full schedule of DSO on the GO performances.


Real Estate Editor Steve Brown recently featured Ebby’s iconic Little White House on the front page of the Business section of The Dallas Morning News. The fascinating story of this Dallas landmark is below.

The next time you re stuck in traffic at Preston Road and Northwest Highway, take a long look at a Dallas landmark of sorts. The little white house on the northwest corner has been an office for Ebby Halliday Realtors since the 1960s.

But the colonial-style cottage was already a landmark when Ebby moved in.

The familiar structure dates to the 1920s and is the oldest building for miles around.

Originally a field office for developers turning farmland north of Dallas into neighborhoods, the building was also a town hall in the early 1940s.

When Halliday bought the property in 1964 for about $100,000, the building was falling down.

The place was a mess, said Halliday, who will soon be 102. There was no foundation. It was just sitting on the ground.

It took almost $50,000 in repairs and remodeling before Halliday could locate her office in the building. But it was worth it, she said.

Getting that building was a dream come true for me, Halliday said. Who wouldn t want this?

Indeed, the little white house, with its wooden script signs on the roof and white rail fence, is now synonymous with the Dallas real estate sales firm.

We are good about maintaining it, said Mary Frances Burleson, Halliday Realtors CEO. I can t tell you how many times we have had to rebuild that fence after cars ran through it.

We ve replaced the exterior, the windows and the roof. The brick floor in the east room is original. I remember because it s cold.

More than a dozen Ebby Halliday agents and staff now work in the building, but these days it s just one of the company s 35 sales offices.

1920s land boom

The little building was never supposed to last as long as it has. It was built on the cheap and in a hurry to take advantage of a 1920s land boom.

An enterprising, flamboyant Dallas developer named Ira Pleasant DeLoache began marketing the rolling farmland north of Northwest Highway for rural home sites in the early 1920s.

DeLoache had already made a name for himself constructing buildings in downtown Dallas and some of the first retail structures along Knox Street. But his new Preston Hollow development north of Dallas would be his grandest deal.

Of course, a lot of Dallas folks thought he was crazy.

Back then, Preston and Northwest Highway were just two-lane country roads. There were no utilities to most of the area. When DeLoache built his little real estate office in 1926 on the northwest corner, fields surrounded it.

As it turned out, Preston Hollow was a hit with residents who wanted to live out past the city lights. By 1939, enough people resided in the district almost 800 that the area incorporated as the Town of Preston Hollow.

DeLoache s real estate office doubled as the town hall. Preston Hollow was a separate town for just six years before it decided to throw in with Dallas. During the same election, Highland Park and University Park narrowly voted to remain independent.

Changing hands in 1955

In 1955, DeLoache finally sold his building to another realty firm, one of several that occupied the little white house before Ebby Halliday moved in.

Over the years the building s interior has been remodeled several times. It was set on fire in the 1970s and, but for some quick work, would have burned down.

If they hadn t spotted the fire, it would have been gone, Burleson said.

While the Halliday headquarters is now near the Dallas Galleria, the old building is still the company s touchstone.

People still think it s our corporate office, she said.

Crews are busy this week decorating the outside for the holidays.

It s a plum to be the manager of the Northwest Highway office, Burleson said. In past years, the little white house saw lots of walk-in business, but not so much now.

Although it still looks pretty much like the 1920s on the exterior, just inside the front door are big flat-screen displays with neighborhood properties for sale.

Everything s changed now with the Internet, Burleson said.

Just Listed: Exceptional Custom Residence on 1.5 Acres in Prosper

This week s edition of Fresh Listing Friday features a beautiful custom home on 1.5 acres in Prosper. Located at 3031 Cedar Trail, this just-listed residence offers an open floor plan, a media room with a bar, a study with built-ins and extensive handscraped hardwoods.

The island kitchen features stainless-steel appliances, including a six-burner gas cooktop, double ovens and a built-in refrigerator.

The well-appointed master suite has a large bath with dual vanities, a jet tub and a separate glass-enclosed shower.

Outside, the backyard oasis is ideal for entertaining with a covered patio, a beautiful pool, a spa, a covered pergola, a fireplace and a grill.

Visit 3031Cedar.ebby.com today for more information on this exceptional opportunity in Prosper.

We hope you are enjoying the long holiday weekend. With interest rates at historic lows and great properties such as 3031 Cedar Trail available for purchase, now is truly an ideal time to be in the market for a home in North Texas. To get started, visit the Web site voted one of the industry s best by the Web Marketing Association, ebby.com.

Black Friday Real Estate Style: Search Price Reduced Homes at Ebby.com

In the spirit of Black Friday sales, don’t forget you can search price reduced homes anytime at Ebby.com. And, best of all, this search functionality applies to all homes across the North Texas MLS, not just those listed by Ebby Halliday, Realtors.

To start your price reduced search, visit Ebby.com and click the “Reduced” tab in the blue property search hub on the left column of the home page. Input your home criteria such as price range, beds, baths, etc, and click search. All of your search results will be price reduced properties that match your other specified criteria.

And for all you die-hard bargain shoppers, each search result will display the original price and the percentage of the reduction. Watch the video below to see exactly how it’s done.

Happy shopping!

Ebby Halliday Acers: Thanksgiving in Tough Times Offers Blessings

The following op-ed piece written by Ebby first appeared in The Dallas Morning News on November 25, 2008. We thought it would be appropriate to repost today. Here s wishing you and yours a very Happy Thanksgiving from The Ebby Halliday Family of Companies.

Most of you who are reading this do not remember the Great Depression in the 1930s, but I am a product of it. It was a hard time that saw many good people flounder and fall, giving up because they could not find a job, a way to support their families or themselves.

However, many lifted themselves by trying and trying again, no matter how deep they fell. Those of us lucky enough to have jobs were not only grateful for them but learned the wisdom of thrift and the art of preserving things. It was a time when families were broken, but equally a time when families grew stronger bonds because they learned the beauty of sharing.

Many of us found that the person in rags on the corner was a former neighbor, and so we opened our rather empty pockets to help, often with uplifting words as well as material things. It was a time when children learned to play with little but their imagination.

Today, trying times are upon us again, hopefully not as deep and lasting as those of the Great Depression. But now is our time to test ourselves. Some will learn how to do with fewer comforts, and others will have even less. Many will not be able to travel this Thanksgiving.

Let s ask ourselves: Has our cup been half-full or half-empty? Are we ready for what comes next? Is our place in order? Our place may be a hut, a mansion or no dwelling at all. But how we feel about our presence our place in the world is very important.

Do we feel entitled to live carefree lives? Do we deserve to have things our way, always? Have we given enough to our communities to create an environment, a neighborhood of acceptance of our fellow human beings?

Dallas may have escaped the worst of the housing and economic storms thus far. But hidden inside our statistics are families who are in need, often not of their own making. They can be found in every neighborhood. Do we owe them any assistance?

Over 200 years ago, Albigence Waldo, a surgeon at Valley Forge, said, Mankind is never truly thankful for the benefits of life until they have experienced the want of them.

Yes, many will not travel this Thanksgiving. But did you know there are places right here that offer a meaningful way to spend your time? I suggest our own great treasure, Thanks-Giving Square, in downtown Dallas. The wise founders of this unique place chose thanksgiving as its core because it is a virtue and a tradition for people of all faiths and cultures.

Come learn about America s founders who, through thanksgiving, wrought victory out of defeat, forged unity out of diversity and healed the wounds of untold hurts while remaining true to their own beliefs. Discover how clergy in Dallas gave thanks together more than 100 years ago when others dared not even try.

Come with your family and your friends. Come, have your children and grandchildren jump and shout in the center of the Ring of Thanks. Walk up to the chapel and the breathtaking stained-glass window as it lifts you from the mundane to the sublime.

Answer challenging times with your own challenge. List all the reasons you have to be grateful and find a way to make someone else s life better. And, for those of you who can afford it, leave a token of thanks to the square, so that it will continue to bring access to a place of thought, joy, solace and gratitude all the days of the year.

As Seen in Grand Vie Fall/Winter 2012: Be Home on the Range for the Holidays

The following properties were featured in the Fall/Winter 2012 issue of Grand Vie magazine in a special section about second home opportunities in Texas. The section was written by Dallas real estate blogger Candy Evans.

A second home need not be far. In fact, more and more North Texans are finding their second home-escapes right here in the Lone Star State. And, not surprisingly, many of those are ranch and lake properties. Whether you re looking for a true home on the range or something a little smaller and closer to home, the latest issue of Grand Vie magazine offers an array of Texas second-home options that will suit every want and need. To learn more about buying a Texas ranch or lake property, click here. Below are some of the luxury second home opportunities featured in Grand Vie:

CAMP VERDE, TX | $16,500,000
Listed by our fellow Luxury Portfolio International member Phyllis Browning Company

Camel Ridge Ranch, in the heart of the best of the Texas Hill County, is less than an hour from San Antonio and only 15 minutes from Kerrville. High fenced for game, sporting Oryx, black buck and white-tail deer, this exceptional setting provides excellent hunting and wildlife habitat. This unique property features a luxurious, approximately 9,000-square-foot estate home with a hand-cut limestone facade and travertine columns. Additional amenities on the approximately 1,130-acre property include a foreman s house, a hunting cabin, a large barn and workshop area, a pecan orchard, two ponds, 80 cultivated acres with coastal and a large wet weather creek. Relax with family in the splendor of the Texas Hill Country!

To learn more, click here.

AUSTIN, TX | $9,690,000
Listed by our fellow Luxury Portfolio International member Moreland Properties

This one-of-a-kind masterpiece on Lake Austin offers more than 550 feet of main-body waterfront on over 1.5 acres at the end of a secluded cul-de-sac in prestigious Waters Edge. Impeccably designed by Charlotte McFadin of Lyndon West, this property features umber-stained, rift-sawn white oak cabinetry and floors that complement the home s clean lines. Warm track lighting fixtures accent European barn ceilings, while intricate glass tiles splash color throughout. This gated estate has it all and captures luxury living at its finest indoors and out. Also included are a two-lift boathouse, beachfront area, infinity pool/spa, smart-home technology and a magical location on Lake Austin.

To learn more, click here.

SUGAR LAND, TX | $6,500,000
Listed by our fellow Luxury Portfolio International member Martha Turner Properties

This quintessential Texas Ranch House offers country living a short distance from Dallas and only minutes from downtown Houston. Situated on more than 6 acres of scenic grounds, this special property includes a baseball field, a three-stall barn with tack room and plenty of space to enjoy the great outdoors. Inside the main home are a game room, a media room, one-of-a-kind en suite bedrooms, third-floor flex space and an elevator. Outside, you ll enjoy beautiful views, relaxing in the outdoor entertaining area with a fireplace and a stunning pool and spa. Exceptional in every way!

To learn more, click here.

AUSTIN, TX | $3,500,000
Listed by our fellow Luxury Portfolio International member Amelia Bullock Realtors

Designed by renowned architect Jeffrey Berkus, this exceptional soft contemporary-style home offers graceful spaces framed by clean, modern lines. Nestled on a private, approximately 1.5-acre lot, this property features main-body water frontage and the privilege of a private cove. High ceilings allow for large windows that highlight the impressive view of beautiful Lake Austin. Enjoy the sparkling pool with spa complemented by abundant outdoor spaces. Created so three generations could live together but still have privacy, this residential masterpiece offers guest quarters along with a separate casita with Zen gardens, columns made out of sculptures, artistic light fixtures and extensive landscaping. This luxurious property also has a two-stall boat garage.

To learn more, click here.

TOMBALL, TX | $2,545,000
Listed by our fellow Luxury Portfolio International member Heritage Texas Properties

Tuscan style and Old World charm abound in this magnificent custom estate in the gated community of Saddlebrook Estates. Approximately 30 minutes from downtown Houston and even closer to public and private airports, this home features an impressive gated entry with a pavestone motor court and a fountain. Also featured are five bedrooms, each with en suite bath, plus a master suite with an exercise room, a sauna and a private courtyard. Additional features include travertine flooring downstairs and reclaimed Louisiana pine upstairs, a wine grotto and a gourmet kitchen with Wolf and Sub-Zero appliances. The property s spectacular, approximately 4-acre grounds include a covered lanai, an outdoor kitchen, a fireplace and a saltwater pool.

To learn more, click here.

LAKE CONROE, TX | $1,849,000
Listed by our fellow Luxury Portfolio International member John Daugherty, Realtors

Own your own private resort a short distance from Dallas, yet a world apart! This 3-plus-acre gated estate offers manicured grounds and gorgeous views of Lake Conroe. The six-bedroom, six-bath residence features an open floor plan with the well-appointed kitchen, breakfast room and living room overlooking the backyard pool and the lake beyond. Just a few of this home s features include a large downstairs master suite, two game rooms, a study and an elevator. Additional resort-style amenities include a tennis/basketball court, a pool and spa with rock surround and waterfalls, two boat slips, a boat lift, a jet-ski left and two generators. Cancel your trip, your own resort awaits.

To learn more, click here.

Longing for more? Check back here at the Ebby Blog in the next few days for other luxury second home opportunities – this time in North Texas.

Comprised of Ebby Halliday, Realtors and Dave Perry-Miller & Associates, the Ebby Halliday Companies are proud to be the exclusive North Texas affiliate of Luxury Portfolio International. The company is also the luxury market leader in North Texas, selling more homes priced at $1 million and above than any other broker.