North Texas Food Bank Says ‘Thanks’


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Representatives of the North Texas Food Bank recently paid a special visit to Founder and Chairman of the Board Ebby Halliday to say “happy birthday” and to express their appreciation for Ebby Halliday Realtors’ support of the food bank at a particularly critical time. Jasmin Holmstrup, director of corporate engagement, and Laura Hoagland, corporate engagement manager, presented Ebby with a framed thank-you note from the food bank and a child’s drawing expressing gratitude, and some home-baked cookies!

 

Last fall, at about the same time Ebby Halliday Realtors was highlighting its “The Kitchen is the Heart of the Home” promotion, the North Texas Food Bank issued a call to action to area businesses to increase their support. We’re proud to say each of Ebby’s 25 North Texas offices, as well as the company’s corporate office, enthusiastically responded by donating and collecting thousands of pounds of non-perishable food items.

 

During the NTFB representatives’ visit with Ebby, Ms. Holmstrup reported that Ebby Halliday Realtors had helped provide approximately 24,000 meals for hungry North Texans. Adding fun to the visit, Ms. Holmstrup brought her daughter, Kyra, to meet Ebby and the two immediately hit it off, discussing hats, school, and more.

 

The North Texas Food Bank is a critical lifeline to many in our community. To learn more about how you can positively impact our neighbors in need, visit ntfb.org.

Restaurant News You Need to Know


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Have you noticed that a lot of highly specialized restaurants have started popping up all over Dallas? If you like gluten-free, paleo, vegetarian, or restaurants that focus on meat, your possibilities are endless in D-FW. Take a look at this guide to make sure you get the food that meets your needs.

 

LYFE Kitchen, a gluten-free restaurant that promotes sustainability and wants you to “Love Your Food Everyday” will open a Plano location and two other North Texas locations this summer.

 

Did you know there’s such a thing as healthy fast food? Start, “real fast food,” serves clean, from-scratch food with environmentally-friendly packaging that you can eat on the go. They use local and organic ingredients to make sure that your healthy food is also tasty food. You’ll find them on Greenville Ave. in Dallas.

 

Greenville Ave. has become a hotspot for concepts like this. Down the way from Start is HG Sply Co., a hunter/gather restaurant that lends its skills to the paleo diet. They use only food that comes from wildlife and natural farming in order to fill you with “food your body was built to eat.”

 

Again on Greenville Ave. is The Blind Butcher, a “beer and meat mecca.” They do great beer, cured meats, and “assorted green things.” If you’re looking to get your meat on, look no further.

 

Add one more to the count for Greenville Ave, and one for Katy Trail. Both Company Cafe locations are serving up a natural, organic, fresh food menu that has many gluten-free options as well as meats that are grass-fed.

 

The menu at Kozy on Mckinney Ave. is almost entirely gluten-free, and offers comfort foods and bakery items for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Here it’s also about grass-fed meat, wild-caught seafood, and organic and locally grown produce.

 

Have any other recommendations for specialty restaurants in D-FW? Comment below and let us know!

 

Photo via LYFE Kitchen

VIP Excellence in Service Winners Announced


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Shown, from left, are Rockwall Manager Sylvia Sotelo Kidd, Rockwall Associate Dee Evans, President and CEO Mary Frances Burleson, Jupiter@190 Manager Malinda Howell, Preston Keller Associate Sue Nelms, and Preston Keller Manager Vivian Black. 

 

 

Ebby Halliday Realtors was founded on three points of service: service to the client, service to the industry and service to the communities we serve. That emphasis on service is as apparent today as it was in 1945 when Ebby Halliday Realtors was a one-woman, one-office operation.

 

“As we celebrate 69 years of service this year, we would like to announce, as we do each year, the Companywide winners of our VIP Excellence in Service Award,” says Mary Frances Burleson, president and CEO of Ebby Halliday Realtors. “This award recognizes a level of excellence that is truly above and beyond.”

 

The Ebby Halliday Realtors’ Companywide VIP Excellence in Service winners for 2013 are:

*  Top Companywide Office – 190@Jupiter Office
*  Top Companywide Winner – Dee Evans of the Rockwall Office
*  Top Companywide Runner-Up – Sue Nelms of the Preston Keller Office

 

VIP Excellence in Customer Service Award winners are determined by the total number of points received from questions pertaining specifically to service in buyer/seller surveys sent to Ebby clients. In 2013, 99.6 percent of respondents ranked Ebby Halliday Realtors and their sales associate as “Good” or “Excellent.”

 

 

 

2013 VIP Excellence in Service individual awards by Ebby office:

190@Jupiter

Karen Hallman

Susan Kassen – Runner-up

 

Allen

Terry Benner

Stacy Solomon – Runner-up

 

Arlington

Jane Haynes

Suzanne McCabe – Runner-up

 

Campbell/Coit

Jessica McMurtrey

David Frank – Runner-up

 

Denton

Everett Jensen

Patrice Easley – Runner-up

 

Ebby’s Lakewood

George Haynes

Hillary Dean – Runner-up

 

Ebby’s Little White House

Laura Crowl

Laura Lyon – Runner-up

 

Flower Mound/Lewisville

Karen Sefcik

Alicia Jackson – Runner-up

 

Frisco

Danna Fason

Jan Chavoya – Runner-up

 

Irving/Las Colinas/Coppell

Dianne Cartwright

Rick Akin – Runner-up

 

Mansfield

Kathy Lakatta

Jana Jackson Hurta – Runner-up

 

McKinney

Kay Carlson

Katherine Niesman – Runner-up

 

Plano

Helen Curry

Cindy Oldham – Runner-up

 

Plano/Willow Bend

Cindy Solice

Pam Boronski – Runner-up

 

Preston Center

Mary Poss

Ralph VanDuzee – Runner-up

 

Preston Keller

Sue Nelms

Elissa Sabel – Runner-up

 

Preston Plano Parkway

Linda Dabold

Stacy Zimmerman – Runner-up

 

Rockwall

Dee Evans

Charlie Pratt – Runner-up

 

Sherman

Annie Kremer

Rachael Robison – Runner-up

 

Southlake

Suzanne Maisto

Darrah Adamcik – Runner-up

 

Southwest Dallas/Ellis Counties

Greg Hutchinson

Jan Davis – Runner-up

 

White Rock/Lake Highlands

Jan Stell

Perry Flowers III – Runner-up

 

Whitesboro

Lisa Moden

Carrie Chown – Runner-up

 

To learn more about these exceptional Ebby Associates, visit the award-winning ebby.com.

 

 

 

 

Of The Day: Lake House Luxury


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Now’s the time to start thinking about where you’re going to get away to on those hot summer days that will inevitably come to D-FW in just a few short months. If you’re looking for a second home on the lake, we have an abundance of great properties for you! Take a look at these eight gorgeous, lakefront properties and the breathtaking views they offer year-round. If you want to start your own search for a lakefront property, click here and select “Water/Lake Front” under Land & Lot/Lot Description. Happy hunting!

Luxury lake houses

1. 817 N Shore Drive, Highland Village      2. 115 Luther Lane, Heath      3. 4002 Lake Powell Drive, Arlington

4. 4004 Lake Powell Drive, Arlington      5. 2304 Lafayette Drive, Heath      6. 1418 S Lakeshore Drive, Rockwall

7. 175 Esquire Estate Road, Mabank      8. 533 Sea Side Lane, McKinney

New Southlake Office Scheduled to Open in Late Spring


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What a difference a few weeks makes! Construction on Ebby Halliday Realtors’ new Southlake Office is benefitting from North Texas’ much-improved weather and longer days.

 

This new photo from Ebby Southlake Manager Carolyn Rosson provides a great visual of our significant investment in Southlake and the surrounding area. Scheduled to open in late spring, Ebby’s new Southlake office will feature almost 13,000 square feet of space with the latest technology.

 

We’re proud to have a growing presence in Tarrant County and can’t wait to open our new state-of-the-art office at 1575 E. Southlake Blvd., just across from Southlake Town Square. As the big day nears, you’re invited to keep up with construction progress here on the Ebby Blog.

Fabulous Estate Overlooking White Rock Lake


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The just-listed, enchanting architectural jewel at 4707 Chapel Hill in The Cloisters neighborhood offers more than 10,000 square feet of extraordinarily luxurious living space.

 

Situated on .99 acres, the five-bedroom, five-bath and three half-bath home features  antique slate and handscraped hardwood flooring, cast-stone fireplaces, temperature-controlled wine storage and adjoining sitting room with fireplace, leaded and beveled glass, a gym, library, playroom, theater room with bar, master suite with fireplace, a pool, spa, and a three-car garage.

 

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To learn more about this spectacular buying opportunity overlooking beautiful White Rock Lake, click here . To stay current with the latest luxury homes to hit the market in Dallas-Fort Worth, check back here often.

 

 

Southwest/DAL: 2 new gates, 12 new destinations


Southwest/DAL: 2 new gates, 12 new destinations

Airlines said Monday that it wants to add 12 additional nonstop cities out of Dallas Love Field to its already growing arsenal of nonstop destinations that it has planned for 2014.

 

Early last month, we reported on the breaking news that Southwest had a deal to add 15 new nonstop flights from Love Field that would begin starting in October 2014. But this Monday, March 10, Southwest announced its interest in the two gates that American Airlines must give up at the airport. This would allow Southwest to add an additional 20 flights with service to 12 new nonstop cities in 2014.

 

The 12 newest destinations would include:

-Charlotte, NC

-Charleston, SC

-Detroit, MI

-Indianapolis, IN

-Memphis, TN

-Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN

-Newark, NJ

-Philadelphia, PA

-Raleigh/Durham, NC

-Sacramento, CA

-San Francisco, CA

-Seattle/Tacoma, WA

 

If Southwest wins over these two additional gates it will control 18 of the 20 gates at Dallas Love Field. And, if this happens, Southwest announced that it will add 5 more nonstop destinations in 2015 including:

-Boston, MA

-Oakland, CA

-Panama City Beach, FL

-Portland, OR

-San Jose, CA

 

A study claims that giving these two gates to Southwest would bring many positive things, like:

-A reduction in airfares of nearly $100 per roundtrip to new DAL markets

-1.4 million more passengers per year flying to and from Dallas

-$120 million in fare savings annually to Dallas residents and visitors

-365,000 new visitors to the Dallas area annually who will spend money in the local economy and therefore generate 4,700 new jobs, $214 million in annual earnings to local workers, and $559 million in local sales per year.

 

 

It sounds like this is a deal that’s worth considerable thought for the Dallas Love Field Airport and for anyone who lives in or visits the Dallas area or the proposed additional nonstop destinations. What do you think? Comment below and let us know.

 

Photo via dallasnews.com

Save vs. Splurge: Coffee Tables


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On today’s Of The Day we’re showing you how you can get beautiful coffee tables that look like designer pieces but cost comparatively less. Many of us love the luxurious look and feel of high-quality furniture and decor, but the high price tag that comes with it is not so lovable. To remedy this little dilemma, we’re showing off some high-end coffee tables you can splurge on and their more cost-efficient counterparts that will save you some money.

Save vs. splurge: coffee tables

1a: Target, 1b: West Elm, 2a: Wild Orchid, 2b: Restoration Hardware, 3a: High Fashion Home, 3b: Zinc Door, 4a: Overstock, 4b: Restoration Hardware, 5a: Wayfair, 5b: Pottery Barn

Inspiration from copycatchic.com

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in D-FW


Celebrate St. Patrick's Day in D-FW

 

Since St. Patrick’s Day is on a Monday this year, next Monday, March 17, to be specific, many D-FW restaurants and venues have decided to celebrate early. We’ve found a few links that will lead you to the best food, best drinks, best events, and the best of all things St. Patrick’s Day all over D-FW.

 

Article: 12 Ways to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Dallas

Highlight: Cook Hall‘s traditional five-course Irish Dinner on Friday, March 14

 

Article: Where to Party for St. Patrick’s Day in Dallas

Highlight: St. Patrick’s Parade on Greenville Avenue on Saturday, March 15

 

Article: Where to Drink for St. Patrick’s Day in Dallas: A Neighborhood Guide

Highlights: Black Friar Pub and The Idle Rich Pub two-day party

 

Article: St Patrick’s Day Dining Specials

Highlight: Old Monk’s St. Patrick’s Day Weekend, which includes traditional corned beef & cabbage, fish & chips, shepherd’s pie, and corned beef reubens

 

St. Patrick’s Day Triathlon: The official kick-off to D-FW’s triathlon season begins in Keller on Sunday, March 16.

 

J. Gilligan’s 35th Annual Block Party: Taking place in Arlington, the event includes tons of live music and green beer

 

Dallas Observer’s St. Patrick’s Day Concert: This year’s concert features Ludacris and will take place after the Dallas St. Patrick’s Day Parade at Energy Square on the corner of Greenville Ave. & University Blvd.

 

Photo via dmagazine.com

Hottest Outdoor Design Trends 2014


The American Society of Landscape Architects recently surveyed landscape architects who specialize in residential design across the U.S. to predict the most popular trends for outdoor design in 2014. Here’s the breakdown:

 

94.2% believed gardens and landscaped spaces were somewhat or very popular, 92% believed outdoor living spaces– i.e. outdoor kitchens and entertaining areas- were somewhat or very popular, and, finally, spaces for outdoor recreation were seen as popular by 75.8%.

 

Across all categories, lighting was thought to be somewhat or very in-demand by 98.3% of respondents. In second place were seating/dining areas, at 97.7%. Fire pits/fireplaces came in third with 95.4% of the votes, and grills took fourth overall with 94.3%.

 

“Homeowners know that designed landscapes add value to their lives as well as their property values,” said ASLA Executive Vice President and CEO Nancy Somerville, Hon. ASLA. “They’re interested in livable, open spaces that are both stylish and earth friendly.”

 

Terraces, patios, and decks were also high on people’s lists, voted popular by 97.7% of respondents.

 

Lucky for you,we’ve got homes that fit the criteria of all of these trends! To search them, click here and choose the fabulous exterior features you’d like to have outside your home.

 

To see all the results of this survey, click here.

 

Photos (top to bottom): 1804 Driskill Drive, Irving, 6416 Deloache Ave, Dallas, 5808 Falls Road, Dallas4004 Lake Powell Drive, Arlington, 4316 Lively Lane, Dallas, 9925 Jourdan Way, Dallas, 811 N Shore Drive, Highland Village12269 Pecan Forest Drive, Dallas