Feature We Love: Stone Fireplaces

Ok, we know it’s just about 100º outside and cozying up by the fire isn’t exactly on the top of everyone’s list of things to do right now, but we had to acknowledge the gorgeous stone fireplaces we’ve seen in our listings recently. It seems like every other new home that comes on the market has a stunning stone fireplace in it.


Whether it’s just the mantle or a towering two-story feature, stone around a fireplace has a certain soothing and, ironically, cooling feel about it. The smooth texture and variety of ornate designs that it can be made into puts stone in a category of its own.


Even though they’re not always in season, fireplaces of any kind are always a desirable feature in real estate. They create a focal point, an element around which to arrange your furniture, and warmth when it’s cold out. Take a look at the listings around D-FW where we’ve found this fabulous feature.

Feature We Love: Stone Fireplaces^6230 Prestonshire Lane, Dallas 

Feature We Love: Stone Fireplaces^2933 Shenandoah Drive, Frisco

Feature We Love: Stone Fireplaces^6353 Memorial Drive, Frisco

Feature We Love: Stone Fireplaces^1432 Cottonwood Valley Court, Irving

Feature We Love: Stone Fireplaces^6704 Frankford Road, Dallas

Feature We Love: Stone Fireplaces^5829 Red Wolf Lane, Plano

Property photos via ebby.com & Shoot2Sell

New Southlake Office Opens Late Summer



If you’re a regular follower of the Ebby Blog – and we really hope you are – you already know that Ebby is showing its commitment to serving Southlake and the surrounding area by building a new, nearly 13,000-square-foot office across from Southlake Town Square. What you may not know is that the office is scheduled to open to the public later this summer!


“Our excitement about the new Southlake Office has been building for months,” says Carolyn Rosson, sales manager of Ebby’s Southlake Office. “Our new office offers a high-visibility location, the latest in cutting-edge technology, and a beautiful setting for our valued Associates and clients – and the surrounding community.”


Ebby’s Southlake Office serves the residential real estate needs of Southlake, Westlake, Colleyville, Grapevine, Keller, Roanoke, HEB, Alliance Airport, and well beyond. The new office, located at 1575 E. Southlake Blvd., directly across from Southlake Town Square, will accommodate approximately 80 agents.


To learn more about Ebby’s Southlake Office, its agents and listings, visit southlake.ebby.com.

Where to Watch USA/Belgium in DFW

Where to Watch USA/Belgium in DFW

Just in case you’re living under a rock and haven’t already heard, the USA vs. Belgium World Cup match is tomorrow, Tuesday, at 3 p.m. Here are the best spots around D-FW to join up with other fans and cheer our team to a W!


AT&T Stadium: Cheer on the USA as they play on Cowboys Stadium’s four enormous screens. Admission and parking are free! Parking lots will open at 12:30 p.m. and doors will open at 1:30 p.m.


FC Dallas Watch Party: As with every US match so far, you can join Dallas’ MLS team and thousands of fans at AT&T Plaza outside American Airlines Center. It’s free and lasts from 2 to 5 p.m.


The Londoner: The Addison branch was just voted the No. 1 place in America to watch the World Cup by the Travel Channel, but all of the locations will be playing the match.


Idle Rich Pub: Idle Rich and its sister pubs, Old Monk and Blackfriar, will open at 1 p.m. and full menus will be offered.


Pour House: Both bars, in Fort Worth and Dallas, will be showing all the U.S. matches.


Trinity Hall: It’ll be standing-room only at this Mockingbird Station bar, so be ready to hydrate accordingly.


Fresh Listing Friday: Got Glam?


Happy Friday, all! If you’re into ornate, glam, and luxury, the home at 16525 Preston Trail Drive has your name all over it.  This is one of those Fresh Listing Friday listings that we can’t adequately describe with words. So, instead, we’re going to give you a quick rundown and then just let you to check out the pictures and allow this incredible home to wash over you.

-Overview: Mediterannean-style with 6 bedrooms, 6 full baths, 3 half-baths, 6 fireplaces, 9,570 square feet, 4-car garage, 1.25 acres, $3,295,000 list price

-Outside: Gated entrance, pool & spa, sport court, outdoor living, greenbelt views from multiple balconies and porches

-Inside: Grand two story entry, hardwood & marble flooring, 5 living areas, 2 dining areas, study, music room, media room, gym, sauna, two master suites with fireplaces and walk-in closets

-Kitchen: Granite countertops, stainless-steel & built-in appliances, island, breakfast bar, butler’s pantry, and walk-in pantry


Ok, now for the fun part. Feel free to take your time taking in all the amazing details…

Fresh Listing Friday: Got Glam?

Fresh Listing Friday: Got Glam?

Fresh Listing Friday: Got Glam?

Fresh Listing Friday: Got Glam?

Fresh Listing Friday: Got Glam?

Fresh Listing Friday: Got Glam?

Fresh Listing Friday: Got Glam?

Fresh Listing Friday: Got Glam?

Fresh Listing Friday: Got Glam?

Fresh Listing Friday: Got Glam?


Pretty amazing right? To see more pictures or get more information, simply click any of the photos above.


Too see all the homes that went on the market this week, click here.


Photos via ebby.com & Shoot2Sell

Rosson Named to Southlake Chamber Board

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Carolyn Rosson, sales manager of the Southlake Office of Ebby Halliday Realtors, has been appointed to the Board of Directors of the Southlake Chamber of Commerce. Ms. Rosson, who has been at the helm of top-producing Ebby offices for 27 years, has led the company’s Southlake Office since 2008.


“I’m thrilled to join the board of the Southlake Chamber of Commerce,” Rosson says. “Ebby Halliday Realtors is a company built on service to the community, and I consider it an honor to serve Southlake and the surrounding area each and every day.”


The mission of the Southlake Chamber of Commerce is to serve the needs of business. Its vision is to be the preeminent resource to help businesses succeed. For more information, visit southlakechamber.com.


Ebby Halliday Realtors has served Southlake since 1985. Later this summer, its new, almost 13,000-square-foot office at 1575 E. Southlake Blvd., across from Southlake Town Square, will open. The office is a bold statement of Ebby Halliday Realtors’ commitment to serving Southlake and surrounding communities for many years to come. For more information on Ebby Halliday Realtors’ Southlake Office, visit southlake.ebby.com.


The Benefits of Twilight Photography

Today, the vast majority of buyers start their home search online, so your home’s online photos will, no doubt, be the first impression. In real estate, good photography can determine whether or not buyers think it’s worth their time to see a house in person. And, unless they’re buying site-unseen, getting them in the house is necessary.


Take a look at the photos below of the home at 7123 La Vista St. It’s an adorable three-bedroom, two-bath house located right near White Rock Lake and listed for $749,000. This information will draw in a certain group of buyers strictly because it fits their search criteria, so here’s when photography can make a big difference.


While both photo shoots pick up on the home’s flow, style, and overall allure, the photos on the right are taken at twilight, a time that tends to be the most flattering for real estate photography. As you look through the photos below keep in mind the time of day. You’ll notice that the most dramatic change is lighting. Photos taken at twilight allow for the a more natural and inviting representation of the home.


The Benefits of Twilight PhotographyIn this set, the photo on the left shows the house and cute and inviting, but doesn’t the one on the right draw you in just a little more?

The Benefits of Twilight PhotographyIn the living room, the twilight outside creates a more soothing lighting inside in the second photo. The room is lit by natural light and not as much by interior lights, which in turn displays the room most naturally. 

The Benefits of Twilight PhotographyNext, in the kitchen, twilight photography captures the true colors of the entire room. The photo on the right shows a more accurate depiction of the kitchen. This how it would look  if a buyer came to the house themselves.

The Benefits of Twilight PhotographyOutside, both pictures, again, are wonderful. But, when put side by side, the photo on the right picks up on the wonderful ambiance coming from the house and the outdoor lights. Again, this is simply due to the time of day at which the photos were taken.

Photos via Chateau Shooters


Dancing Frogs Return to Lower Greenville



Our friends at The Dallas Morning News broke the story, but we’re happy to share the good news that three of Bob “Daddy-O” Wade’s frogs that tangoed atop Tango on Lower Greenville during the 1980s are returning to their perch overlooking Greenville Avenue.


The Dallas landscape has changed a great deal in the past 30 years, but come tomorrow morning three things will be the same as the frogs are placed on top of a Taco Cabana that occupies the former address of Tango, the famous club whose slogan was “Shut up and dance.”


Ever wondered where the frogs went? Or, you may have even spotted them as you traveled up and down I-35 en route to Austin or San Antonio. The trio’s siblings are at a Nashville Chuy’s. Where else?


If you loved the ’80s, tomorrow will provide the perfect excuse to dance the night away while celebrating the return of three Dallas icons. Welcome home!


PHOTO CREDIT: DMN Staff Photographer Mona Reeder

The Londoner: Best Bar in U.S.

The Londoner: Best Bar in the US to watch the World Cup

The FIFA World Cup is in full swing and there’s no better place to watch it than at a bar among other fans. Wait, we meant there’s no better place to watch the World Cup in the entire country than The Londoner in Addison, TX.


Yes, that’s right, The Londoner in Addison was just voted the No. 1 bar in the United States to watch the World Cup by the Travel Channel. That’s a pretty huge thing if you ask us.


Don’t go showing up there if you’re not a serious fan of the game, though. The criteria for the ranking of the top ten bars were: a lively atmosphere, authentic soccer fans, and good beer/cocktails and food.


Here’s what you can expect if you do plan to get in on the action: “Head to The Londoner if you’re looking for an authentic British pub experience. England fans usually frequent the Addison bar, which is also the flagship location for the Dallas-Fort Worth pub chain. All 4 locations will host kick-off parties on June 12 with drink specials like $5 caipirinhas, and plans are already underway to show 48 World Cup games live.”


Congrats to The Londoner! Even though the fans there are typically cheering on England, we know today everyone is all about Team USA!


Images via The Londoner Addison Facebook Page

Feature We Love: The Breakfast Bar

If you haven’t heard, popular opinion has it that the kitchen is the heart of the home. It’s a great place to gather throughout the year, whether it’s a school night or a big holiday. One feature that makes memorable gathering like these even better is a breakfast bar. The trend of having a breakfast bar built into a kitchen island has taken off nationwide, and D-FW is no different.


We have so many amazing properties with this wonderful feature, over 1,400 actually, that we had a hard time choosing which ones to share with you today! Click here to see them all, but first check out some of our newest listings that have breakfast bars below.

Feature We Love: Breakfast Bar^2943 Selma, Farmers Branch

Feature We Love: Breakfast Bar^1359 Francie Way, Allen

Feature We Love: Breakfast Bar^13133 Wexford Lane, Frisco

Feature We Love: Breakfast Bar^2035 Chatfield Lane, Lucas

Feature We Love: Breakfast Bar^2707 Katherine Court, Dalworthington Gardens

Feature We Love: Breakfast Bar^6920 Rainwood, Plano

D-FW Weekend Round Up

Your D-FW Weekend Round Up


This week and weekend are filled will all kinds of great things to do in D-FW, like great plays, live music, an early 4th of July celebration, an all pig dinner and more. Check out all of your fun-filled options below…


Flavors of Dallas: The Hyatt Regency Dallas is hosting some of D-FW’s finest chefs for a night of fabulous food and drink. Chefs will prepare five course meals paired with select wines tonight, Wednesday, June 25. The event takes place in 20 cities across the U.S. and benefits the American Liver Foundation.


Vegan Beer Dinner: The Libertine Bar is hosting a special vegan dinner tonight that includes craft beer paired with watermelon ancho gazpacho, jalapeño cornbread, strawberry balsamic ice cream and more.


The YardBirds: This London-based blues and rock band is coming to the Granada tonight.


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


Street Art Camp: Have a teen looking to express themselves creatively? How about through some good old fashioned graffiti? The Dallas Contemporary is holding a weeklong program with hands-on training and street art history lessons.


Swine & Wine Anniversary: The Wine Poste is turning one with a five course meal on Thursday, June 26. The meal will be all about the pig as interpreted by Chef Graham Dodds, of Hibiscus, and Chef Matt Ford, formerly of CBD and Craft.


Decks in the Park: Klyde Warren Park has invited local DJ’s to take over the park and get you dancing under the stars from 7 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Thursday night.


A Sampling of Spain: The Grape is hosting a “Come As You Are” three-course dinner with Spanish wines Thursday night.


Les Misérables: From Friday, June 27, to August 10, lose yourself in this play that has captured audiences worldwide. The shows will be performed at AT&T’s Wyly Theatre.


Stuart Little: This adorable show continues on Saturday, June 28, at the Dallas Children’s Theater. Shows are at 1:30 and 4:30 p.m.


Music on the Porch: Enjoy live music from local artists on the Southwest Porch at Klyde Warren Park on Saturday starting at 2:30 p.m.


Cane Rosso #GlamourDateNight: As a part of a nationwide campaign led by Glamour magazine, Cane Rosso is bringing back date night by offering a Neopolitan pizza, salad, and a mini-carafe of wine for $30 on Saturday.


Allen USA Celebration: Kick off the Fourth of July a little early this weekend. Saturday, head to Allen for music, food, and fireworks.


Image via Wine Poste