Fresh Listing Friday: Must-Have Marble


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Happy Friday, everyone! We hope you’re all planning a fun weekend ahead, but if you’ve got a minute on Sunday, you have to stop by this week’s Fresh Listing Friday. This property has been renovated and has gorgeous details that pretty much speak for themselves.

 

The home at 7201 Dye Drive has beautiful finishes like hardwoods and marble surfaces just about everywhere, so you can’t blame us if go a little overboard on photos this week.

 

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This home is a cute one-story with a brick and gray exterior, amazing, red, French front doors, a slate path, and many tall, mature trees.

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Inside, rich hardwoods cover the majority of the flooring in the home. The living room, above, is just one great example of this, as well as the abundance of natural light that fills this property. A lovely white brick fireplace and walls outfitted with molding, built-ins, and storage make this room the perfect place for family and friends.

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Remember the marble we were talking about? Take a look at the master bathroom above. It has dual sinks and all the counter space and storage one could need.  Were you disappointed when we said hardwoods covered most of the flooring, but not all of it? You’re probably not having that thought anymore looking at this gorgeous tile floor. And how about that shower? That looks like the perfect place to wash away any care in the world.

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If you’re craving more delicious finishes, you won’t be disappointed by the kitchen. Gray cabinets, which are all the rage right now, marble countertops, stainless-steel appliances, sleek cabinet pulls, stunning glass light fixtures, a breakfast bar, a full breakfast room, and tons of natural light make this kitchen essentially flawless. This space has cabinetry and storage for days and a great view of the backyard. Plus, it has a great open feel thanks to the expanded doorways between it and the living room.

Fresh Listing Friday: Must-Have Marble

A study, a dining room, and a sunroom are also worth noting in this home. We can so easily picture spending time on the sunporch year-round with that wall of windows seen above. Outside, also seen above, there’s a covered patio and a spacious, fenced in backyard.

 

Like we said, there will be an open house Sunday, June 1, from 2 to 4 p.m. so stop by and scoop this one up before it’s too late!

 

To see all the homes that were new to the market this week, click here.

Feature We Love: Saltwater Pools


Warm weather is here and the time is right to do some poolside lounging. While recently looking through our active listings for properties with pools we noticed an increasing number of homes with saltwater pools.

 

Curious, we did a little research and here’s a little of what we found. This type of pool system maintains a small amount of salt in your pool’s water, which allows for easier regulation of chlorine levels. Saltwater pools are also said to have less damaging effects on on swimmers’ hair and skin than standard chlorine pools. That sounds like a trend we can definitely get on board with! Another plus? You can find saltwater pools all over D-FW!

 

Check out a sample of our many listings with this beautiful and beneficial feature below:

Feature We Love: Saltwater Pools^2304 Lafayatte Drive, Heath

Feature We Love: Saltwater Pools^1217 Castle Cove Lane, Keller

Feature We Love: Saltwater Pools^5207 Goodwin Ave., Dallas

Feature We Love: Saltwater Pools^800 Bentbrook Lane, Sherman

Feature We Love: Saltwater Pools^5601 Muirfield Court, Flower Mound

Feature We Love: Saltwater Pools^2 Green Park Drive, Dallas

Feature We Love: Saltwater Pools^1541 Asbury Lane, Lucas

Feature We Love: Saltwater Pools^6436 Sudbury Lane, Plano

 

Five Offices Gather for Regional Networking


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Members of five Ebby offices, 190@Jupiter, Campbell/Coit, Plano/Willow Bend, Preston Plano Parkway, and Rockwall/Heath/Lake Ray Hubbard, gathered at the Canyon Creek Country Club to learn about the latest highlights of Richardson’s booming development.

 

The “Fab 5” regional networking event was the third such meeting of the five offices, each held in different locations around the metroplex. The get-togethers are all part of an effort to better serve residential real estate clients through extensive knowledge of what’s happening now in D-FW.

 

For example, did you know that Richardson is one of only six cities in Texas to hold Triple A ratings from both the Moody’s and Standard & Poor’s credit rating agencies?

 

Here’s a few more of the highlights Ebby Associates learned about in detail:

*  The $1.5 billion CityLine mixed-use, transit-oriented development at the corner of U.S. Highway 75 and the George Bush Turnpike will ultimately include 5 million square feet of office space, an integrated healthcare facility, nearly 4,000 multi-family units, two hotels, and 300,000 square feet of retail and restaurants. CityLine includes 2 million square feet in four office buildings for State Farm Insurance. Raytheon has also announced it will move into an almost 500,0000-square-foot facility at the development.

 

*  Methodist Health System’s new $120 million regional hospital at its Renner Road campus near the George Bush Turnpike opened in April with 125 beds. That’s in addition to the cancer center, outpatient hospital and medical offices already on site.

 

*  UT Dallas at Richardson is experiencing record enrollment. The university has approximately 20,000 students. And, a recent freshman class included more National Merit Scholars than the rest of the University of Texas System combined.

 

These are just a very few of the exciting things going on in Richardson. At Ebby Halliday Realtors, we’re proud to serve Richardson and all of North Texas. To learn more about North Texas, our Associates and listings, visit the award-winning ebby.com.

D-FW Weekend Round Up


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This weekend in D-FW is dominated by great art in all forms, from rock music and the symphony to improv and gallery openings. Check out where you can get your fix of great entertainment below:

 

Patio Sessions: Tonight, Thursday, May 29, is one of the last nights to enjoy an evening in the Dallas Arts District listening to live music from 5:30-7:30 p.m. brought to you by the AT&T Performing Arts Center.

 

Music Thursdays at Klyde Warren Park: Enjoy this week’s performance by The Quebe Sisters and The Dallas Symphony Orchestra tonight at 8 p.m.

 

New Works Festival: Presented by Kitchen Dog Theater, you can expect this festival to include kitschy art, rowdy partying, and raw talent. Plays, readings, and other events vary by day and go on through June 21.

 

Swan Lake: The Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra will bring Tchaikovsky’s beloved ballet to life alongside the Texas Ballet Theater at Bass Performance Hall from Friday, May 30, to Sunday, June 1.

 

Improv: Get your share of laughs every Friday and Saturday night from 7 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. through July 18 at the Dallas Comedy House in Deep Ellum.

 

Classics at Klyde Warren Park: This Saturday, May 31, grab your blanket for the last installment of the park’s latest film series, Hollywood classics.

 

Home Coffee Brewing Classes: The first Sunday of every month, including this Sunday, June 1, you’re invited to a free class from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. to learn how to become a bro barista at home.

 

Art Gallery Openings and Events: Click to see the latest gallery openings and art events going on around town this weekend.

 

Rob Schneider: Friday, May 30, through Sunday, June 1, Improv Addison will host the former Saturday Night Live cast member with shows starting at 8 p.m.

 

Front Porch Showdown: There’s no better place to listen to bluegrass music than this Saturday, May 31, at Dallas Heritage Village. There will be ten bands as well as food trucks and arts and crafts.

 

BFD 2014: If you love rock and roll and lots of it, head to Gexa Energy Pavilion on Sunday, June 1, for headliner Five Finger Death Punch along with Steel Panther, The Pretty Reckless, Theory of a Deadman, and more.

The Ultimate List: DFW’s Pet-Friendly Spots


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Warmer weather is the perfect time to enjoy the outdoors with your favorite furry friends, and lucky for you there are tons of D-FW spots to accommodate you and your companion. From bars and pizza joints to parks and music venues, click here for the definitive list of pet-friendly spots all over the Metroplex, according to The Dallas Morning News. Below are just a few of our favorites.

 

Nora Restaurant and Bar, Lower Greenville

Big Shucks, Dallas and Richardson

Mutts, Uptown Dallas

Union Bear, Uptown Dallas

Chicken Scratch, Dallas

3 Stacks Smoke & Tap House, Frisco

Dream Cafe, Dallas and Addison

Fireside Pies, Dallas and Plano

Katy Trail Icehouse, Dallas

Klyde Warren Park, Dallas

Truck Yard, Lower Greenville

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President’s Luncheon Celebrates Top Achievers


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The photos are just in from this past Thursday’s President’s Luncheon honoring Ebby Halliday Realtors’ Top-Producing Associates for 2013. The annual mid-year event, also attended by key company executives, is a time to celebrate the past year’s achievements and share insights into the current real estate market.

 

Guests of Honor at the luncheon at the Sendero Room at Fearing’s at The Ritz-Carlton were Cindy O’Gorman, Top Group; Paulette Greene, Top Group Runner-Up; Pam Boronski, Top Individual; Dee Evans, Top Individual Runner-Up; and Martha Morguloff and Danna Morguloff-Hayden, Top Team; and their office managers.

 

The President’s Luncheon was hosted by company President & CEO Mary Frances Burleson along with Founder & Chairman of the Board Ebby Halliday, Chief Financial Officer Ron Burgert and Executive Vice President & Director of Sales Offices Betty Misko.

 

The overriding theme of the conversation at this year’s luncheon was the increasing strength of the North Texas business climate and the local housing market.

 

Congratulations to all of our honorees, and a heartfelt thank-you for all that you do to go above and beyond for your clients and Ebby Halliday Realtors.

 

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TOP PHOTO: Shown, from left, are Danna Morguloff-Hayden, Top Team; Martha Morguloff, Top Team; Pam Boronski,  Top Individual;  Paulette Greene, Top Group Runner-Up; Cindy O’Gorman, Top Group;  Founder and Chairman of the Board Ebby Halliday Acers, and Dee Evans, Top Individual Runner-Up.

 

BOTTOM PHOTO: Shown, front row, from left, are Martha Morguloff, Pam Boronski, Paulette Greene, and Ebby Halliday Acers. Second row, from left, are Preston Keller Manager Vivian Black, Danna Morguloff-Hayden, Plano/Willow Bend Manager Keith Newman, Rockwall Manager Sylvia Sotelo-Kidd, Frisco Manager Terri Macaluso, Executive Vice President and Director of Sales Offices Betty Misko, Cindy O’Gorman, Dee Evans and President & CEO Mary Frances Burleson. Back row, from left, are President of Home Team Mortgage Tom Parker, President of Texas Premier Title Martin Ripoll, Chief Financial Officer Ron Burgert, Vice President & Director of Marketing Randall Graham, and Vice President & Director of Corporate Real Estate Services Karen Greene.

 

Prepare Your Home for Warmer Weather


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Just like in the colder months when you winterize your home, the summer months require additional attention to your home. The rising temperatures and seasonal storms that come during this time of the year can take a toll, even though this may not be visible immediately. Check this list, originally posted by the National Association of Realtors, to make sure your home is ready to take the heat.

 

1. Inspect the roof. Roofs should be checked for any loose, warped, or missing shingles. Also, check that the chimney flashing and skylight seals are intact.

2. Clean and repair gutters. Clear winter storm debris from gutters and downspouts. Also, doublecheck that they are still securely attached to the house. Blocked or loose gutters can allow water to seep into your home and damage the trim.

3. Check for any leaks. The most common culprits for “hidden” leaks: Attics, crawl spaces, and washing machine hoses. Also, look under sinks for damage from frozen pipes, and check your water heater for signs of corrosion.

4. Clear exterior drains. Remove any leaves from underground or exterior drains to prevent any backups from rain and storms.

5. Inspect siding. Inspect siding for pieces that may have come loose during winter storms.

6. Check window and door seals. Examine the exterior caulking on door and window seals to ensure it remains watertight.

7. Patch cracks. Patch cracks in concrete driveways, sidewalks, and steps to keep water out and prevent further expansion.

8. Paint the exterior. This is a good time to paint or touch up the paint on the exterior to help protect it from the weather.

9. Inspect the HVAC. Hire a qualified technician to service the home’s HVAC system to make sure it is running properly. Also, this is a good time to replace their HVAC filters.

10. Check the home’s grading. Ensure the grading of the yard slopes away from the home’s foundation to keep excess moisture at bay.

Prepare Your Home for Warmer Weather

 

Photo: 6207 Ravendale Lane, Dallas

Dallas-Area Home Prices Hit Record High


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Dallas-area home prices hit a record high in the latest Standard & Poor’s/Case-Shiller Home Price Index.

 

According to the report released today, local home prices were up 10 percent in March from a year earlier. March marks the fourth-consecutive month that Dallas-area home prices increased at a double-digit rate from the previous year. Prices were up 1.2 percent over February.

 

Nationwide, prices were up 10.3 percent from 2013.

 

“All cities were higher than a year ago and all but New York were higher in March than in February,” said S&P’s David Blitzer. “However, only Denver and Dallas have set new post-crisis highs and they experienced relatively lower peak levels than other cities.”

 

Dallas-area home prices are now 6 percent higher than they were at the previous peak of the market back in 2007. Nationwide, prices are still almost 20 percent below where they were before the recession.

 

To find out what your home is worth in today’s fast-moving market, contact an Ebby Associate today. To get started, visit the award-winning ebby.com.

 

This Week in D-FW Food & Beverage News


This Week in D-FW Food & Beverage News

In D-FW there’s always an excuse to get out and try new things. This week, fill your calendar by checking out Pecan Lodge’s new location in Deep Ellum, multi-course wine dinners, 1/2-price champagne, local produce and more.

 

Pecan Lodge: The well-known barbecue joint has officially opened its restaurant in Deep Ellum. Now you can get the fabulous flavors you love at the corner of Main and Pryor as well as listen to live music on their new back porch. Read more about this family’s incredible story here.

 

Calais Winery: The inability to secure a permit has this establishment moving out of Deep Ellum and relocating to Hye, Texas in the Hill Country. See more about the move here.

 

Food Truck Schedule: Looking to enjoy some food truck food this week? Here’s the schedule of where and when you can find your favorites.

 

Banshee Wine Dinner at The Grape: Thursday, May 29, enjoy a three-course bistro meal prepared by Jed Demler paired with various Sonoma Valley wines for just $48 per person.

 

Fresh Foods at South Side on Lamar: Also on Thursday, shop for fresh, local, organic produce during this collaboration with the Dallas Farmers Market. Admission is free and there will be music and “crafty local libations.”

 

Wine Dinner at Wine Poste: Chow down on a six-course dinner prepared by chef Justin Box while sipping on wine pairings. The event is $80 per person and dinner starts at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 29.

 

Cru Champagne Thursdays: Celebrate the weekend one day early with Cru Wine Bar’s 1/2-off champagne on Thursday nights from 4 p.m. to closing.

 

Four Corners Brewery Co. Beer Dinner: The local craft beer brewery is hosting a four-course dinner with beer pairings at Whole Foods Highland Park on Friday, May 30. The event will cost you $25 per person and dinner, which includes ground beef topped with cheddar, bacon, and grilled jalapeño with Cajun-duested fries, with will run from 7 to 9 p.m.

 

Sip ‘n’ Slide into Summer with Henderson Tap House: You’re invited to wear your sundress and boardshorts to a grill out on Sunday, May 31, to kick off summer with signature cocktails and live music.

 

J Black’s: Every Wednesday at 7:30 p.m., the Henderson Ave. bar hosts a trivia night with prizes and drink specials. Every Thursday is Throwback Thursday, which includes “the music you love, the drink you remember, and the prices you miss.”

 

Photo via Pecan Lodge

Linda Ronstadt’s Tucson Home For Sale


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Recent Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Linda Ronstadt has listed her Tucson home with Luxury Portfolio International affiliate Long Realty Co.

 

“Just One Look” is all it takes to fall in love with this sensational property built in 1929. The private-walled and gated residence set among 1.27 acres of verdant lawns, lush gardens, mature growth and citrus trees has been meticulously cared for and lovingly restored.

 

Featured in Architectural Digest, the estate is in the historically designated Colonia Solana in the heart of Tucson. It was designed by renowned Tucson architect Roy Place, designer of Tucson’s domed courthouse and Benedictine Monastery.

 

To see more of Linda Ronstadt’s Tucson residence, click here.

 

The Ebby Halliday Companies, which includes Ebby Halliday Realtors and Dave Perry-Miller & Associates, is the exclusive member of Luxury Portfolio International in North Texas. Membership in Luxury Portfolio International is by invitation only and is limited to the very best residential real estate companies worldwide. When buying or selling property outside of our local market, the Ebby Halliday Companies’ world-class connections can help with real estate needs throughout our continent and to points around the globe.

 

PHOTO COURTESY OF LONG REALTY COMPANY