Southlake Oktoberfest This Weekend


 

 

Dreaming of the weekend already? You’re in luck: Ebby’s Southlake Office is a proud sponsor of Southlake Oktoberfest, which takes place this weekend, October 3-5, at beautiful Southlake Town Square.

 

The 13th-annual festival features an extensive slate of live entertainment, “weiner-dog” races – an annual fan favorite, authentic German food and drinks, a sports zone, and a children’s play area. To top it off, admission and parking are free!

 

For all the details and a festival map, click here.

 

This Week in Food & Beverage News


This Week in Food & Beverage News

Take some amazing cooking, wine, and beer classes and don’t miss out on all the fun celebrations taking place in the D-FW food and beverage world this week. Also, be sure to check out the new restaurant openings, closings, and upcoming opportunities below.

 

Events:

Wine Class Wednesday: Now through December, join Max’s Wine Dive on the first Wednesday of each month for a wine class with food pairings. Tomorrow, October 1, the first class will walk you through wines from Napa and Sonoma during an American-themed night. Bites include New England clam chowder, pizza, smoked meats, short ribs and more.

 

Beer & Cheese Class: Scardello is famous for great classes that almost always sell out. Grab your ticket now for Thursday, Oct. 1, when you can learn about the many wonderful combinations of beer and cheese.

 

6th Annual Burgers & Burgundy: DIFFA/Dallas is hosting its annual event at the home of Karen and Bill Seanor with top local chefs on Friday, Oct. 3. Chef John Tesar and others will present sliders paired with their choice of Burgundy wines. This event benefits North Texas residents affected by HIV and AIDS.

 

Smoked Dallas: This deliciously curated BBQ and music fest will take place at Main Street Garden Park on Saturday, Oct. 4. It features an all-star lineup of Texas’ best music, like Bob Schneider and Sarah Jaffe, pit masters, like Lockhart Smokehouse and Cousin’s Bar-B-Q, and chefs, like Kent Rathbun. Funds benefit Café Momentum, whose students will prepare side dishes at the event.

 

Double Wide’s 11 Twisted Years Celebration: Saturday, join Double Wide in celebrating 11 years in Deep Ellum with a two-block music festival featuring High on Fire, Riverboat Gamblers, and The Derailers. Lakewood Brewery will provide an outdoor stage as well and food and drink will be provided by Easy Slider, Cold Beer Company, and Eat Jo Dawgs.

 

Taste of Fall Cooking Class: Second Floor Bistro and chefs Scott Gottlich and Andrea Marichich are hosting a cooking class all about fall on Saturday. The menu includes roasted butternut squash soup, grilled pork loin roulade, homemade doughnuts, and more. Mixologist Seth Brammer will demonstrate favorite fall cocktails and share wine pairing tips to conclude the class.

 

Parigi 20th Anniversary Soiree: Celebrate Parigi’s 30 years as one of Dallas’ favorite bistros on Sunday, Oct. 5. There will be champagne and cocktails from Veuve Clicquot and Belvedere Vodka as well as hors d’oeuvres presented by chef Janice Provost.

 

News:

The Capitol Grille: Their Wagyu and Wine program is back now through November 23 during which guests can experience one of three featured American Wagyu beefs burgers paired with a glass of wine for $25.

 

The Common Table: The Uptown spot recently hired a new executive chef. Rodman Shields hopes to continue showcasing beer and food pairings with a renewed emphasis on quality, contemporary, approachable dishes.

 

Dallas Grilled Cheese Co.: Cheese and bread lovers rejoice, a brand new restaurant is opening in Bishop Arts by the end of 2014. The Oak Cliff Advocate reports “expected offerings include American cheese on Texas toast or brie with pears and walnuts on French baguette.”

 

Front Room Tavern: The revamped Front Room at Hotel Lumen is now open with a new chef and an updated menu. Exciting additions include Texas pea fritters, lobster cavatelli made in-house, a croque madame, and a peach skillet pie with oatmeal streusel. They’re open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, plus brunch on the weekends.

 

Genaro’s: The East Dallas seafood/Tex Mex restaurant located on E. Mockingbird closed its doors yesterday.

 

Hopdoddy Addison: The burger and shake joint opened its newest spot in Addison on Monday, Sept. 29 in Village on the Parkway.

 

Meat Fight: Tickets go on sale Wednesday, Oct. 1 for the annual event that donates 100% of ticket proceeds to the National MS Society. This beer-and-meat-centric competition pits Dallas chefs against each other in four categories- brisket, pulled pork, sausage, and Wild Card. It takes place Sunday, November 16 in Trinity Groves.

 

Pearl Cup: They have officially served their last cup of joe at their St. Paul Place location.

 

Project Pie: The first of three Dallas-area locations opened yesterday in Preston Center. This spot is known for its “everyday artisan,” build-your-own pizza that is ready for you in less than five minutes.  The next two locations are set to open in November in Lower Greenville and SMU/Highland Park.

 

Image via The Capitol Grille Facebook

YW Prepares to Swing Hammers


 

 

In October, the YWCA of Metropolitan Dallas will officially kickoff the transformation of a 20,000-square-foot building near Dallas Love Field into the state-of-the-art YW Women’s Center at Ebby’s Place. Designed to help women lift themselves and their families out of poverty, the center will be home to programs focused on helping women become strong mothers, advocates for their own breast health, and financially secure.

 

Over the course of the next five months, we look forward to sharing updates with you on the progress toward opening the YW Women’s Center at Ebby’s Place.  More importantly, we look forward to your engagement with YW’s important work – as a donor, volunteer, and advocate.

 

At Ebby Halliday Realtors, we’re proud of our association with YW and its fantastic team. We join in saluting Catherine Z. Manning, former president of the YW’s board and a current board member, who was recently named an Outstanding Director by the Dallas Business Journal.

 

Catherine Z. Manning and Ebby Halliday

 

Call 214-584-2312 or visit ywcadallas.org to learn more about YW Women’s Center at Ebby’s Place ­– a place where women come to change their lives.

Feature We Love: Glass Tile Backsplash


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One of the hottest trends in kitchen design today is an amazing backsplash. Gone are the days of boring paint and plaster. There are plenty of options out there, but one of our favorites is glass tile.

 

Many of our listings have taken to this designer trend in their kitchens. From basic white to a myriad of colors, glass tile brings a luminescence and shine to an otherwise forgotten space. These backsplashes don’t just look great, they’re easy to clean, too!

Feature We Love: Glass Tile Backsplash^1512 Pembroke Court, Keller

Feature We Love: Glass Tile Backsplash^5418 Deer Brook Road, Garland

Feature We Love: Glass Tile Backsplash^4818 Irvin Simmons Drive, Dallas

Feature We Love: Glass Tile Backsplash^7955 Enclave Drive, Dallas

Feature We Love: Glass Tile Backsplash^1131 Clermont St., Dallas

20 D-FW Billionaires Make Richest Americans List


Fort Worth’s Alice Walton is the top North Texan on Forbes’ 2014 list of wealthiest Americans.

 

Forbes just released its annual list of richest Americans, and once again Alice Walton, the daughter of Walmart founder Sam Walton, tops the list of wealthiest North Texans. Alice ranks 8th nationwide, with a fortune estimated at $35.2 billion. Who else in Dallas-Fort Worth makes this year’s list?

 

No. 38: Andy Beal, $11.9 billion

No. 81: Kelcy Warren, $6.2 billion

No. 82: Robert Rowling, $6.1 billion

No. 84: Ray Hunt, $6 billion
No. 92: Trevor Rees-Jones, $5.4 billion
No. 119: Jerry Jones, $4.2 billion
No. 133: H. Ross Perot Sr., $3.9 billion
No. 187: Ray Davis, $3.1 billion
No. 191: Robert Bass, $3.1 billion
No. 224: Richard Rainwater, $2.8 billion
No. 226: Tim Headington, $2.7 billion
No. 227: Mark Cuban, $2.7 billion
No. 234: W. Herbert Hunt, $2.7 billion
No. 253: David Bonderman, $2.6 billion
No. 281: Edward Bass, $2.3 billion
No. 281: Lee Bass, $2.3 billion
No. 314: Gerald Ford, $2.1 billion
No. 328: Sid Bass, $2 billion
No. 345: H. Ross Perot Jr., $1.9 billion

 

The richest American? Bill Gates at $81.2 billion. To see the full Forbes list of the wealthiest Americans, click here.

 

 

Fresh Listing Friday: Spacious Stunner


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Happy Friday, ya’ll! This week’s edition of Fresh Listing Friday takes us to the gorgeous home at 2900 Corkwood Circle in Flower Mound.

 

It’s located on a 1.1-acre, cul-de-sac, creek lot in River Oaks Estates and has been updated with designer touches. Our favorite feature of this home, though, is the high ceilings that can be found in nearly every room. The floor plan is flowing, the windows are plentiful and the high ceilings further maximize the 5,348 square feet in this home.

 

Here are the other important specs:

-4 bedrooms, 4 1/2 baths, three-car garage, listed for $850,000

-Formal dining and living rooms

-3 fireplaces, dual staircases, plantation shutters, and hardwood flooring

-Upstairs game room, bonus room, and wet bar with fridge

-Wooded, private backyard with pool and covered & open patios

 

Sounds pretty fabulous, right? Well, that’s because it is. See for yourself…

Fresh Listing Friday: Spacious StunnerFront exterior with beautiful brick, arched windows and openings, and covered front door

Fresh Listing Friday: Spacious StunnerTwo-story entry with curved staircase, hardwood flooring, and view of formal dining and living rooms

Fresh Listing Friday: Spacious StunnerFormal living room with two-story windows and ceilings and fireplace with granite surround

Fresh Listing Friday: Spacious StunnerFamily room with wall of windows, high ceiling, stone fireplace, and open to kitchen and breakfast room with access to the backyard

Fresh Listing Friday: Spacious StunnerKitchen with granite countertops, island, breakfast bar with seating, stainless-steel appliances, white cabinetry, and walk-in pantry

Fresh Listing Friday: Spacious StunnerBreakfast area with bay window and window seat, plantation shutters, built-ins, and backyard access

Fresh Listing Friday: Spacious StunnerMaster bedroom with vaulted ceiling, sitting area, bay window, and see-through glass fireplace

Fresh Listing Friday: Spacious StunnerMaster bathroom with dual vanities with granite countertops, large shower, jetted tub next to glass fireplace, and walk-in closet with built-ins

Fresh Listing Friday: Spacious StunnerUpstairs wet bar with bar seating, built-in fridge, wine storage, and open to two bonus rooms.

Fresh Listing Friday: Spacious StunnerView of two upstairs bonus spaces and full bath

Fresh Listing Friday: Spacious StunnerFenced-in, pool and patio section of the backyard

Fresh Listing Friday: Spacious StunnerOpen, wooded backyard on the 1.1-acre lot

 

We absolutely adore this property. It’s filled with amenities, and the high ceilings and windows are simply fantastic. To see more information and pictures, click any of the photos above.

 

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

Photos via Ebby.com and Shoot2Sell

Business Journal Ranks Ebby No. 1


 

Ebby Halliday Real Estate Inc. has again topped the Dallas Business Journal’s annual list of the Largest North Texas Residential Real Estate Brokerages.

 

The journal’s most-recent list ranked North Texas real estate firms based on closed transactions in 2013. The Ebby Halliday Companies, which includes Ebby Halliday Realtors and Dave Perry-Miller & Associates, closed 19,523 transactions, an almost 20 percent increase over 2012, and approximately 42 percent more transactions than our nearest competitor.

 

The Ebby Halliday Companies’ approximately $6.4 billion in sales volume in 2013 was 25 percent higher than 2012, which also places the Dallas-based firm No. 1 in sales volume in North Texas.

 

A sincere thank-you to our valued clients and our dedicated, hard-working Associates and staff. It’s clear that North Texas is the best place to be in business, and that Ebby Halliday is the best place to be in real estate!

D-FW Weekend Round Up (9/25-9/28)


There’s no doubt, the return of the State Fair of Texas and the Sunday night game between the Cowboys and the Saints are the major highlights this weekend in DFW. But, when you have time to squeeze in some more fun, check out the live music, theater, and social events that are also taking place during this beautiful fall weekend.

 

Samurai Collection Happy Hour: If you’ve ever ventured up the stairs at Saint Ann, you’ve noticed the mini museum and samurai collection. If you’ve ever wanted a look beyond the glass, tonight’s your lucky night. The restaurant is hosting a guided tour and happy hour from 6 to 7pm.

 

Music Thursday: This week Klyde Warren Park continues to feature emerging stars in Jazz, with Spenser Lizst & Sky Window. Catch them tonight live on the lawn.

 

Rocky Horror Show: Four decades after its Broadway premiere, this hilarious show has taken the city by storm at Wyly Theater. The production promises to be wickedly wayward and will run through October 19.

 

Rapunzel Rapunzel: Dallas Children’s Theater is putting a country-pop spin on the classic tale that will delight guests of all ages. Check out the production, which has afternoon and night shows, until October 26.

 

Index Fest: If you’re a fan of Indie music, Deep Ellum is the place to be from Friday, Sept. 26 to Sunday, Sept. 28. More than 90 bands will perform over the weekend on indoor and outdoor stages. There will be a mix of well-known and up-and-coming bands like Local Natives, Ryan Bingham, Mutemath, Dawes and more.

 

State Fair of Texas: It’s back tomorrow! Take on signature corn dogs, this year’s fried foods, and everything else amazing that comes along with the State Fair experience from Sept. 26 to Oct. 19. Click here to see how to get all the best deals on tickets.

 

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers: These rock legends are nearing their 40th anniversary as a band! They’ll be at American Airlines Center on Friday to treat you to all of the classic favorites including “Free Fallin'” and “Mary Jane’s Last Dance.” Special guest Steve Winwood will also be there.

 

Sara Evans: The Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra presents one of country’s most popular singers in a special concert at Bass Performance Hall on Saturday, Sept. 27. She’s made her mark over the past 20 years with hits like “Born to Fly” and “Suds in the Bucket.”

 

Fort Worth Day in the District: On Saturday, nine cultural destinations will offer free admission and many of Fort Worth’s cultural organizations will offer free performances in and around each destination. This is the 9th annual Day in the District and it will run from 10am to 5pm with free transportation provided.

 

Fall Light Farms: Celebrate the beginning of fall with a day of family fun at Celina’s Light Farms on Saturday. Beginning at 4pm, there will be lawn games, burgers, and live music. You can even tour the model homes in the community.

 

Good Morning, Vietnam: In honor of the recent passing of comedian/actor/star Robert Williams, there will be a free Sunset Screening of Good Morning, Vietnam, arguably one of his greatest performances, at Annette Strauss Square on Sunday.

 

Cowboys vs. Saints: In week four, the ‘boys will take on the New Orleans Saints in a Sunday night game at home at 7:30pm. Grab your friends, your jersey, and a seat around the nearest TV. If you have tickets, bring the noise!

 

Oscar de la Renta: Five Decades of Style: Fashion fans will love the newest exhibit at the George W. Bush Presidential Center. Through October 5, attendees can gaze upon the memorable clothes made for first ladies Laura Bush, Hillary Clinton, and Nancy Reagan by one of fashion’s biggest names.

 

Farmers Markets: Get your taste of local produce at one of the many farmer’s markets over the long weekend.

 

If you’re looking for food & beverage events to fill your weekend, click here

D/FW to Beijing Service Announced


 

American Airlines plans to begin nonstop service next year from Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport to Beijing. The route would be the third DFW-China route that American has launched within 12 months.

 

The pending addition of Beijing and the recent additions of Shanghai and Hong Kong elevate D/FW to one of the primary connecting hubs between Asia and destinations within the U.S. as well as Mexico, Central and South America.

 

When the DFW-Beijing route starts, D/FW will have five routes to Asia. The Fort Worth-based carrier’s routes also include Tokyo and Seoul, South Korea.

 

“The trans-Pacific market is critical for business across the state of Texas and this new service is a direct conduit to open new opportunities for trade and tourism in our region,” Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings says. “This new route represents a huge opportunity for significant economic impact for our region by connecting D/FW directly to Beijing.”

 

14 Ways to Add Value to Your Home


Whether you’re selling now, planning to sell in the future, or just want peace of mind, there are always things you can do to improve the value of your home.

 

Check out this list of 15 items that will attract buyers and make the place you call home that much more special.

14 Ways to Add Value to Your Home

^Home Office: Technology has made it possible for more and more people to work out of their homes. By updating your home office or designating a space to a new one, you show your homes full potential.

(Pictured: 9226 Hathaway St., Dallas)

14 Ways to Add Value to Your Home

^Master Suite: A master bedroom with its own bathroom has become an expected amenity these days. If you don’t have one, try to find the budget and space to create a master suite. If you do, focus on amplifying storage space.

(Pictured: 3210 Carlisle St. 51H, Dallas)

14 Ways to Add Value to Your Home

^Family Room: Everyone’s looking for a comfortable, open space to fill with family and friends. Make sure your room looks this way by drawing attention to windows and natural light. A fireplace is almost always a plus.

(Pictured: 9029 Broken Arrow Lane, Dallas)

14 Ways to Add Value to Your Home

^Kitchen: This space can make or break your home. As long as you stay reasonable with materials and design, you’re going to get your money back and then some on a kitchen remodel.

(Pictured: 6601 La Cosa Drive, Dallas)

14 Ways to Add Value to Your Home

^Bathroom: Have you ever heard of a home having too many bathrooms? How about too few? If your home has fewer bathrooms than bedrooms or no bathroom on the main floor, think about adding another full or half-bath. Additionally, if you have an old, dingy bathroom, consider an update that is simple and clean.

(Pictured: 5418 Deer Brook Road, Garland)

14 Ways to Add Value to Your Home

^Windows: Did you know that, on average, 30% of your home’s energy is lost through its windows? If your windows are in bad shape or you’re looking to impress buyers, upgrade to energy efficient windows that will last and save the future owners money for years to come.

(Pictured: 9836 Gooding Drive, Dallas)

14 Ways to Add Value to Your Home

^Basement: Though it’s not the most common feature in DFW, a basement can add a major value to your home. If the ceilings aren’t too low a basement can be the ideal space for an office, playroom, media room, or spare bedroom.

(Pictured: 12541 Renoir Lane, Dallas)

14 Ways to Add Value to Your Home

^Deck: Outdoor space is at a premium these days. On average, the addition of a deck brings a 76% return on investment. Typically, they’re not too expensive to build and they create an entirely new living space.

(Pictured: 11120 FM 678, Whitesboro)

14 Ways to Add Value to Your Home

^Landscaping: An overgrown and poorly maintained yard isn’t appealing to anyone. Liven things up with some color, height, and possibly a designated seating and/or entertaining space.

(Pictured: 3612 Villanova St., University Park)

14 Ways to Add Value to Your Home

^Paint: A few coats of paint is one of the easiest and cheapest ways to update your home. If you’re selling, keep things light and neutral so that buyers can easily image their things in your space.

(Pictured: 1314 Cardinal Creek Drive, Duncanville)

14 Ways to Add Value to Your Home

^Flexibility: Your house is yours to make your own, but if you think you may sell in the future try not to over-customize. Again, buyers need to be able to see themselves and their things working in your home, so try not to pigeonhole your spaces.

(Pictured: 9629 Whitehurst Drive, Dallas)

14 Ways to Add Value to Your Home

^Blending: When adding an addition, choose materials that blend well with the existing house. Carry over design elements from the original house in order to create a flawless transition.

(Pictured: 9610 El Patio Drive, Dallas)

14 Ways to Add Value to Your Home

^Exterior: Though we’ve been told to do otherwise, people do judge homes based on curb appeal and first impressions. Put the best foot forward by sprucing up your home’s roof, exterior paint, siding, and garage doors.

(Pictured: 5715 Wortham Lane, Dallas)