Of The Day: Mad For Media Rooms

Well here we are, we ve all (almost) made it through another week! Whether you’re working, in school, or just out in the summer heat, everyone deserves a good break this weekend. How about something inside that involves relaxing in style and comfort, hours of entertainment, and, best of all, popcorn? What if you could do all of this without even leaving home? Sounds pretty great to us!

Well, these houses, now on the market, could mean that that is possible for you. Today, we re going to look at five media rooms that are irresistable. From tiered rows of seats to sectionals, there s a way to sit back and enjoy the show for everyone.

Our first media room can be found at 6520 Northaven Road in Dallas. It features seven brown, leather recliners on two rows. Ornate carpeting underfoot, framed movie posters, and a huge screen that can be covered with red drapes make this media room a mini, in-home movie theater. To get a look for yourself, contact Marsha Finney at 214-641-7328 or marshafinneygroup@ebby.com.

At 5323 Swiss Avenue in Dallas, our second home has two- you read that right- two media rooms. You know the saying, one for you, one for me? It s all too true in this home, with one media room in the main house and one in the guesthouse. The pictured guesthouse mini theater has stadium seating for twenty. The in-wall screen is flanked by two statues and sits above a black stage. For more information, contact Hillary Dean at 214-417-5887 or hillarydean@ebby.com or Kay Weeks at 214-676-8230 or kayweeks@ebby.com.

Complete with a movie-red backdrop and a wet bar, the media room at 6306 Royalton Drive in Dallas is ready for immediate use. This room has mounted movie posters, theater-like lighting and six brown, leather reclining chairs. Grab some popcorn and a drink and you ve got a great weekend ahead. Contact Kay Weeks at 214-676-8230 or kayweeks@ebby.com to learn more about this great room and the rest of the property.

Fourth on the list is a media room at 8252 Treemont Place in Frisco. This room has an oversized, leather sectional will tons of seats, and each one individually reclines. Add that to an additional recliner and large, moveable cushions, and this room is ready for a movie marathon party. A huge screen is wall-mounted in the center of the room so you won t miss a moment. You won t miss a sound either with the room s surround system. To find out more, contact Debi Leavitt at 972-567-9107 or debileavitt@ebby.com

Our final media room takes us to Irving, to a house at 1508 Nelson Drive. Comfortable, leather seating for five surrounds a large wall-mounted screen. This room is the perfect way to take a break from the busy week and just enjoy some time with family and friends. Contact Bill Brantley at 972-443-1488 or billbrantley@ebby.com for more information.

For more homes with media rooms, even if they aren t listed by Ebby Halliday, click here.

We hope you had fun seeing some of what the housing market has to offer. See y all Monday for the next edition of our Of The Day series. Have a great weekend!

Fresh Listing Friday: Classic Traditional Home, Open This Sunday

It s Friday! You know what that means here on the Ebby Blog: Fresh Listing Friday! This week s feature is found at 4317 Caruth Boulevard in Dallas. And aren t we lucky, this home is having an open house on Sunday, June 30th. You ve got to go check it out in person between 2 and 4 p.m!

Traditionally styled, this four-bedroom, 4 ½-bath home has convenient access to the Dallas North Tollway and I-75, and is in the Highland Park Independent School District.

The first floor has a wonderful open floor plan that capitalizes on natural light and creates optimum flow from one room to another. Down here we find rooms like the dining room, living room with fireplace, and eat-in kitchen, among others. The kitchen has granite countertops, beautiful white cabinets, stainless-steel appliances, a center island with seating for three, and a separate eating area.

Head up the stairs and there is a great landing, which leads you to all four bedrooms. The master suite has dual, basin sinks, a great soaker tub, a large, glass-enclosed shower, and dual closets.

Outside, there is a beautifully covered living space with a large fire pit. The back of the house is also home to the 2-car garage.

This gorgeous home is brick and engineered to be highly efficient environmentally.

Make sure you stop by Sunday and get a look at this one for yourself!

For more 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 the website voted one of the industry s best by the Web Marketing Association, ebby.com.

Don’t forget to check back next week to see where the next edition of Fresh Listing Friday takes us!

Of The Day: Eat-In Kitchens

They say, the kitchen is the heart of the home, and the family who eats together, stays together. What better way to take advantage of these two mantras than to combine them, with an eat-in kitchen? Eat-in kitchens come in all shapes and sizes, from breakfast nooks to large islands with pull up counters. Whether you re a fabulous chef or a take-out fiend, it s always great to have a place to sit and enjoy company in the kitchen.

Because eat-in kitchens can vary so much, we ve chosen to put the spotlight on four different homes and feature two pictures for each one. Anyway, who doesn’t like more pictures? But, if you d like to see even more or other homes with eat-ins, just follow the links below.

Our first eat-in, found at 909 Stone Cottage Lane in McKinney, is a double whammy. It features a pull up island with seating for three and a separate, larger table with seating for four. Both of these areas are lit by fabulous chandeliers and instantly make this kitchen feel comforting and inviting. If you d like to know more, contact Stacy Solomon at 214-207-1236 or stacysolomon@ebby.com.

At 9925 Jourdan Way in Dallas, the second eat-in kitchen also has two places for dining and socializing with the chef. The center island features a raised counter for seating with stools, and close by is a unique banquette with booth and chair seating for six. This banquette creates a divide between this amazing kitchen and a computer nook, making this space one of a kind. To learn more, contact The Morguloff Team at 214-354-5266 or morguloffteam@ebby.com.

The next eat-in is customized and upgraded to the nines. At 611 Dove Creek Road in Bartonville, this kitchen features a large, wooden table with seating for six. Lit by a charming chandelier and with views of the outdoors, this eat-in space is elegant and welcoming among all the kitchen s amenities. To get more information, contact Donna Robichaux and Associates at 972-355-5639 or robichaux@ebby.com.

Our final featured eat-in, at 5169 Monterey Drive in Frisco, is another with two dining options. The second of two island features a raised bar with seating for three, and a separate round table provides seating for five. Both of these are part of a gorgeous kitchen with high-end appliances and finishes. Contact the Paulette Green Group at 972-733-5277 or pg@paulettegreene.com for more information.

How amazing were all of those kitchens? We could move in to any one in a heartbeat!

If these weren t just right for you, or if you just want to keep looking around, click here, and contact your Ebby agent today for a full tour!

We hope you enjoyed today’s Of The Day feature, and we so appreciate your readership. Is it time for lunch yet??

Juliette Fowler Communities and Ebby Halliday Announce New Transitional Home For Young Women


This morning, a press conference was held to announce the construction of a new home, to open in 2014, for young women who age out of foster care. The “Ebby House” will be named after our own Ebby Halliday. Located in the Juliette Fowler Communities, It will serve as a transitional boarding home and educational environment for girls ages 18-22.

“I have always enjoyed being a part of new and exciting projects- and here I am today right in the middle of something new and very exciting!” said Ebby. “I am honored to have my name associated with this important service project. Knowing that ‘The Ebby House’ will be a place for young girls to reach their potential, is just wonderful. Maurice and I followed a saying, ‘do something good for someone every day,’ and now with this special place we will continue to do just that and it makes me very happy!”

In attendance were many Ebby Halliday top executives, managers, and associates. Also there were news channels 4 (Fox), 5 (NBC), 8 (ABC) and 11 (CBS), and The Dallas Morning News.

We couldn’t be more proud or excited to support this wonderful cause.

For more information on the project and for the whole story, please click here.

Open House: Ebby Meets Tony (and Charlie)

Yesterday, Ebby associate Beth Douglas held an open house in Starwood. At first it was just like any other open house, cookies, cheese and a tour of the home, but you’re missing some background information. This house wasn’t any other house, it was the home of NFL Hall of Famer and Hesiman Trophy winner Tony Dorsett. AND, as a surprise, Ebby Halliday was on the way to see the house herself. Ebby walked in to greeted by an overjoyed and surprised group of visitors and immediately walked up to Tony.

“The queen of real estate, in my house,” said Tony, “it is so nice to meet you.”

“Hi, Tony!” Ebby said, with wide eyes and a huge smile.

Everyone toured the beautiful home and became fast friends with Tony’s dog, Charlie. At most eight inches in height, Charlie stole Ebby’s heart from the beginning. Once she picked him up she never wanted to put him down…just don’t tell Ebby’s cat, Lucy.

By the end of the afternoon, Ebby and Tony were hugging and chatting. He even gave her a signed ball from the 2004 Thanksgiving Classics game for which he made the coin toss. Needless to say, Ebby was thrilled and, on the way home, was making plans to have the football placed in a special display case for her permanent collection.

To see more of Tony’s wonderful home, click here.

For more listings by The Beth Douglas Group, click here.

Top Producer’s Luncheon at the Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek: 6 Associates, 604 Homes Sold, and $310 Million in Sales

Tuesday, June 12th, Ebby Halliday held a luncheon for the Top Producers of 2012. We know this may sound like a delayed celebration, but our agents are busy, busy (in the best way) and it was a great excuse to get together for a mid-year update.

This 2012 Companywide Top Producers were:

Top Group: Cindy O Gorman, from our Preston Keller Office

Top Group Runner Up: Paulette Greene, from our Frisco Office

Top Individual: Dee Evans, from out Rockwall Office

Top Individual Runner Up- Pam Boronski, from our Plano/Willow Bend Office

Top Team: Martha Morguloff & Danna Morguloff-Hayden, from our Preston Keller Office

Together, these six Top Producers sold 604 homes for a total sales volume of almost $310 million.

The Top Producers were joined by their managers and a few key leaders at Ebby Halliday; Mary Frances Burleson, Betty Misko, Ron Burgert, Randall Graham, and, of course, Ebby herself. Stephanie Pfeffer, Executive Vice President of Luxury Portfolio International, was a special guest.

Pam Boronski commented on the recent status of Dallas real estate market saying, sales have been phenomenal as we see buyers re-evaluating their investment dollars and investing in a real estate portfolio, which means purchasing secondary homes as investments and rental properties.

The luncheon was held at the Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek, which was the perfect way to thank our associates for all their hard work. To be a Top Producer really says something about the character and loyalty of these agents, and all of us at Ebby Halliday say a big congratulations to them all! We can t wait to see what our associates do in 2013!

(Picture 1: Ebby Halliday and Mary Frances Burleson with the Top Producers of 2012; Picture 2- The table set beautifully at the Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek for the luncheon)

Of The Day: McKinney Is A Must-Visit

In 2012, Money Magazine ranked a Texas city as No. 2 on their list of Best Places to Live in America. Can you guess what that city was? If you read the title of this post, it should be pretty easy. McKinney! Just a 35 minute drive from Dallas, the city of McKinney has received multiple accolades over the years from Forbes, Best Life Magazine, CNN Money and more.

With a population of more than 141,000 [McKinney] is one of the fastest-growing cities in America, according to the city s website.

The spirit of community and friendship is alive and well in McKinney, which is also home to a host of fun events coming up this summer.

If you are looking for plans for the 4th of July, which, can you believe, is just a week away, consider a visit to McKinney for their Red, White and Boom event. Presented by City of McKinney and Craig Ranch, events will take place all day long on the 4th in two locations. A parade, family festival and car show will be held in Historic Downtown McKinney during the day. Later that night, at the McKinney Soccer Complex at Craig Ranch, there will be family activities and food, live entertainment, and a firework show.

If you already have plans for the 4th, or you just love live music, head to Towne Lake Park for Jammin in June Music in the Park. This Thursday marks the last show of this June series and will feature The King Rocks. If you re an Elvis fan, get ready to party because this band is a bona fide Elvis tribute band, starring Carleton Hurdle as Elvis. The band will play from 7:30 to 9 p.m. and it s free!

Not a party animal but still want to get involved with the McKinney community? The McKinney Public Library is hosting a 2013 Summer Reading Program for preschool, school-age, families, and teens. Reading lists are provided for a range of ages, and the library also has story time kits. These kits come with a variety of puzzles, DVDs, books and more, and fall under a range of categories from dinosaurs to potty time. All of this is available at two library locations and promises to keep your family active, even if it s indoors, during these hot summer months.

If all, or any of this, sounds like something you d be interested in, maybe you d like to see some possible future homes! If you can see yourself in any of these, and let s be honest who couldn t, just click the address links below or contact the corresponding Ebby associate!

We ll start out at 8504 Ponderosa Drive, which is a 4-bedroom, 2 ½-bath traditional home. This house features a dining room with a lovely, large archway, a great kitchen with granite countertops and stainless appliances, and a fireplace with a special wood mantle in the living room. For more about this home, contact the Davis & Skirvin Team at 972-658-5800 or davisskirvinteam@ebby.com

Next on the list is a house found at 304 Riviera Drive. With golf course views and a Tuscan-inspired pool and outdoor living area, this 5-bedroom, 4 ¼-bath home is full of beautiful architectural finishes. The house also features a large gourmet kitchen with granite countertops, ornate oven hood, stainless-steel appliances, and a butler’s pantry. To learn more about this listing, contact Katherine Niesman at 469-734-7977 or katherine@ebby.com.

Our third home is a 4-bedroom, 4-bath, 3-car garage home at 1724 Pembroke Lane. This house is on a creek lot and also has a pool and spa. The kitchen features granite countertops, a center island, stainless, commercial appliances, built-in fridge, and a butler s pantry. There is also a bricked wine cellar and a balcony with a view of the shady backyard. If you d like to know more, contact Tonya Riggs at 972-381-6010 or tonyariggs@ebby.com.

At 6103 Autumn Point Drive, the fourth home featured today is a 4-bedroom, 2 ½-bath. This home was recently updated and features a heated pool, spa, new carpeting, new master bath flooring, and a new roof. The master bedroom is downstairs along with a family room with gas fireplace, and spacious kitchen. This house is also a listing of Katherine Niesman, who can be contacted for more information at 469-734-7977 or katherine@ebby.com.

Our final home today is a 4-bedroom, 2 ½-bath on 8305 Hitching Trail. This is a pristine home with a great, open layout. The kitchen, with a roomy eat-in area, and the living room all flow seamlessly together and create a wonderful entertaining area. Also on the first floor is the master suite with dual sinks and a separate tub and shower in the bath. To get more information, contact Sherry Renfroe at 214-215-4145 or sherryrenfroe@ebby.com.

For more homes in McKinney, even if they aren’t Ebby listings, click here.

Thanks for stopping by to catch up with our “Of The Day” series, we’re exciting to see you again tomorrow!

Of The Day: Glorious Gardens

There are so many things one can do to the inside of their home to make it feel comfortable and well kept, but there’s a lot that can be done to make your home welcoming on the outside too. Tall tress and lush, beautiful lawns and gardens don t just pop up over night. These take time, dedication, and hard work to grow and maintain, which is why we thought we d pay homage to a few today.

When selling a home, curb appeal and a backyard lined with soaring trees can make a huge difference. It can draw buyers in and catch the eye of passerby s. Having large trees in your yard can also help save on energy costs, by keeping your home in the shade during hot summer months, among other things.

So, today we ve picked five properties that have gardens and yards we think are full of inspiration and are fabulous accents to their homes.

The first home is found at 811 N Shore Drive. There is beautiful landscaping in the front and back of this home. Lined with trimmed hedges, large trees, and oversized planters, the front entrance of this home immediately draws you in. The backyard is an urban oasis. There are multiple pools surrounded by shrubbery of all sizes, giving the yard depth and creating an amazing foreground for the home. If you d like to know more, contact Lee Conte-Vaughn at 972-355-5686 or leecontevaughn@ebby.com.

On 1712 Riviera Drive, our second home also features trimmed hedges and trees that add color and interest, which amps up its curb appeal. The backyard features two covered arbors, one in vibrant yellow and the other in bright purple. The second of these is a walk-through lined with lush hedges and tall shrubbery. All of this surrounds an excellently kept lawn, pool, and putting green. For more on this home, contact The O Gorman Group at 972-715-0190 or theogormangroup@ebby.com.

5403 Willow Wood Lane

Our third property, at 5403 Willow Wood Lane, has beautiful, thriving trees in the front yard. These are immediately noticeable upon seeing the property. They perfectly frame the front walkway that leads to double front doors. This, paired with the flowers and low, green hedges, make this front yard the perfect invitation to come inside. For additional information, contact Sophia Tolk at 972-333-8855 or sophiatolk@aol.com.

The front and back yards of our fourth home, at 1352 Estella Way, are both pristinely manicured. The front yard features landscaping that guides you along the entrance path to the double front doors, which are flanked by large potted plants and small trees. Make your way through the house to the outside, and it just gets better. This backyard has two major structures that are dripping in lights, and a variety of shrubs, with a lush line of trees as a backdrop. To learn more, contact The Cindy Ruppert Team at 817-410-5469 or cindyruppert@ebby.com.

At 2216 Forest Creek, our final property today also has front landscaping to die for. Trees of all sizes and colors fill this yard and bring the eye right to the centerpiece, a wonderful tall fountain. Stone walls and a charming path also give this front yard definition and instant appeal. The backyard is home to another fountain, more accent shrubs and flowers, a pool, and a multitude of tall green trees for privacy. For more information, contact Carol Collins at 214-533-9685 or carolcollins@ebby.com.

To see more pictures of these homes, simply clock the link attached to the home’s address.

For more homes with great gardens and landscaping, even if they aren’t listed by Ebby associates, click here.

Thanks for learning more about some of our homes with amazing landscapes and gardens, we feel inspired to grow a green thumb! Come back tomorrow to see what our “Of The Day” series has in store.

President & CEO Mary Frances Burleson to Receive National Association of REALTORS® Distinguished Service Award

Mary Frances Burleson, president and CEO of The Ebby Halliday Companies, will receive the National Association of REALTORS® 2013 Distinguished Service Award at the association’s annual meeting in San Francisco in November. The announcement was made at the Midyear National Association of REALTORS® Board of Directors meeting held recently in Washington, D.C.

Ms. Burleson is the third member of The Ebby Halliday Companies to receive the coveted National Association of REALTORS® Distinguished Service Award. Past winners are Founder and Chairman of the Board Ebby Halliday, the first woman to receive the award, and the late Posie Willess, who like Ebby was a trailblazer for women in the residential real estate industry. Of the thousands of residential real estate companies in the United States, The Ebby Halliday Companies is the only one to have been honored with three NAR Distinguished Service Awards.

The award recognizes members of the National Association of REALTORS® who have shown exceptional meritorious service for at least 25 years. Out of approximately 1 million REALTORS®, no more than two are recognized with the award each year.

NAR established the Distinguished Service Award in 1979 to honor REALTORS® who have made outstanding contributions to the real estate industry and are recognized as leaders in their local communities. The award is considered the highest honor an NAR member may receive; recipients must be active at the local, state and national association levels.

“I am honored to be recognized with the Distinguished Service Award,” says Ms. Burleson. “I have been fortunate to serve a company founded by the legendary Ebby Halliday, whose impact on the residential real estate industry is unmatched. Our Associates, who seek every day to follow Ebby’s example of service, are the basis of our company’s success.”

Ms. Burleson started with Ebby Halliday, REALTORS® in 1958 as a temporary receptionist.

“My husband said that I had looked over the garden wall when I started working for Ebby Halliday and that I was never the same again,” says Ms. Burleson. “Ebby has mentored and helped many, many people to find their career path . . . and I was one of the fortunate ones.”

Today, Ms. Burleson is president and CEO of the Ebby Halliday Companies, which includes 30 offices, two real estate brands, three service companies, and approximately 1,500 Associates covering more than 12,000 square miles of North Texas. TheDallas-based firm is the largest independently owned residential real estate company in Texas and ranks 12th in the nation. The 68-year-old company participated in approximately 16,000 property transactions in 2012 with a sales volume of $4.8 billion.

“Ebby Halliday, REALTORS® was founded on three principles of service: service to the client, service to the industry and service to the community,” Ms. Burleson says. “I am extremely proud to be a part of an organization that places service to others at the forefront of everything we do.”

The National Association of REALTORS®, “The Voice for Real Estate,” is America’s largest trade association, representing 1 million members involved in all aspects of the residential and commercial real estate industries. For more information, visit realtor.org.

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

Of The Day: Eyes on Allen

Just twenty-four miles north of Dallas in Collin County, the city of Allen is a growing, family-oriented community of approximately 85,000 residents. Allen may be described as family-oriented, but don t think that means they don t have their fun. With a median age of 33, this community has plenty going on to keep its residents and visitors out and about.

This week is full of reasons to visit Allen, starting tonight. From 7 to 9 p.m., tonight marks the last week of Allen s 16th Annual Summer Sounds Concert Series. Every Monday since May 20th, Allen has been host to different concerts that ranged from contemporary pop hits to Celtic to a Journey tribute act and more. On top of that, all of the concerts are free to the public! People have been grabbing their blankets and enjoying free music for all ages. If you re in the mood for some free music and a way to spend a nice summer night, look no further.

If you can t make it to tonight s event, maybe a weekend activity is more your thing. This Saturday, the 29th, is the Market Street Allen USA Celebration. Complete with festival foods, local talent, live music, and a huge firework display, this event sounds like the place to be in Allen this weekend. Join the Allen community from 4-10:30 p.m. to celebrate this wonderful event and bring your friends and family because, guess what, it s free!

Want to support your fellow Texans and meet some ladies well known for their beauty and poise? Well, grab your camera because all 93 contestants in the 2013 Miss Texas and Miss Outstanding Teen Texas, and Miss Texas 2012 will be in Allen this Sunday! On the 30th, the girls will be walking the streets of Allen signing autographs, taking pictures, and handing out coupons for local businesses. If you use these coupons to purchase items adding up to $100 or more, you could win a $300 gift card, VIP tickets to the pageant in Allen on July 6th, and other prizes. Support Texas and local businesses and meet some pageant girls, what could be more fun?

If you re still not convinced of what a great place Allen is, take a look at these four homes that just hit the market this week. Each has its own unique character and is just one more reason to love Allen.

Located at 1705 Monaco Drive, our first home is a five-bedroom, 4 1/2-bath with a three-car garage. Located in the Lovejoy schools area, this house is updated to the nines. It features a kitchen with stainless-steel appliances and granite counter tops, indoor and outdoor fireplaces, and a theater room complete with seven lounge chairs and a projector. For more information, about this home contact Susanne Anson at 972-697-3106 or susanne@ansonteam.com.

Our second featured home in Allen, at 2033 Burnside Drive, is a four-bedroom, 3 ½-bath. With a saltwater pool/spa, soaring 2-story fireplace, and large family room with built-ins, this home could be your forever home. The house also features a kitchen with granite counter tops, a prewired media room, and it s near parks and hiking trails. To learn more about this house, contact Stephanie Fontenot at 972-489-4887 or stephaniefontenot@ebby.com.

Another amazing home that was just listed in Allen can be found at 1907 Nueces Drive. This house is a three-bedroom, 3 ½-bath with hardwood floors and plantation shutters throughout. The eat-in kitchen has plenty of cabinets, granite counter tops, stainless-steel appliances, and drop pendent lighting over a large island. On top of this, the home has a large, fenced-in backyard with a patio for all you re outdoor eating and entertaining needs. To get more information, contact Gina Reinert at 972-783-6917 or ginareinert@ebby.com

Our final home is located at 1311 Neches Drive. This four-bedroom, four-bath home features a large living room with a fireplace, a kitchen with granite counter tops and a gas stove, and a large master suite with dual sinks, a bath, and separate shower. The house also has a large patio and a pool/spa in its fenced-in backyard. To get additional information, contact the McCrory Team at 972-733-9654 or mccroryteam@ebby.com

For more homes available in Allen, even if they aren t listed with Ebby, click here.

Thanks for stopping by to catch up with our “Of The Day” series. See you again tomorrow!