Fresh Listing Friday: Fantastic Frisco Find


Happy Friday, everyone! This week on Fresh Listing Friday we’re taking a closer look at the new listing at 2 Innisbrook Court in Frisco. It’s a custom home that has only had one owner and it sits on a cul-de-sac lot in the the gated and guarded Stonebriar community with golf-course views.


Here are the other specs you need to know:

-4 bedrooms, 4 1/2 baths, 5,190 square feet, 3 car-garage on the 8th fairway listed for $850,000

-Crown molding, high ceilings, hardwood floors

-Study, formal living room, formal dining room

-Wet bar, media room, game room

-First floor master suite and guest suite

-Open and covered patio areas, pool, spa, and mature trees and landscaping


Fresh Listing Friday: Fantastic Frisco FindFront exterior showing off the wonderful landscaping, circular driveway, and beautiful brick

Fresh Listing Friday: Fantastic Frisco FindTwo story entry with French front doors, curved staircase and formal living room with fireplace

Fresh Listing Friday: Fantastic Frisco FindTwo story formal dining room with views of the backyard

Fresh Listing Friday: Fantastic Frisco FindOne view of the main living area showing vaulted ceiling, abundant windows, breakfast area, and overall open floor plan (Wet bar, built-ins and fireplace not pictured)

Fresh Listing Friday: Fantastic Frisco FindUpdated kitchen with granite countertops, stainless-steel appliances, black island, white surrounding cabinetry, and breakfast bar

Fresh Listing Friday: Fantastic Frisco FindFresh Listing Friday: Fantastic Frisco FindTwo views of the master bathroom with large dual vanities, granite countertops, oversized mirrors, an incredible shower and a jetted soaking tub. (Sitting area in master and walk-in closet not pictured)

Fresh Listing Friday: Fantastic Frisco FindBackyard view showing mature trees, pool and spa, balcony, fire pit, and covered and open patio areas

Photos via and Shoot2Sell

Special Function Rooms Make a Comeback

Special Function Rooms Make a Comeback

According to the most recent AIA Home Design Trends Survey published by the American Institute of Architects, special function rooms are back in demand! This survey covers activity during the second quarter of 2014 and the results show a resurgence of interest and investment in these types of rooms.


Specifically, the survey revealed that outdoor living rooms, home offices, mud rooms, and au pair/in-law suites, all considered to be “special function rooms,” are all on the rise. Media rooms and home theaters seem to be experiencing a general decline, but still hold strong in some markets. Even if you’re not a fan of rooms like these, the upward trend shows a renewed confidence in homebuilding and the housing market.


“Special function rooms, which often disappeared from homes during the downturn in an effort to manage housing costs and add flexibility to how households used their homes, are now reappearing,” the article reports. “This resurgence of interest in home design has helped revive business conditions at residential architecture firms nationally.”


Sounds like great news to us. Don’t forget, you can search any time for the rooms you desire most using our keyword and advanced search!


Pictured property: 6797 Reims Court, Frisco

Open Houses Galore This Weekend

With fall-like weather in the forecast, this weekend offers a great opportunity to get out and tour homes for sale across North Texas. From urban to suburban, large to small, a wide variety of homes will be held open by our hard-working Associates.

Below is a small taste of what’s available for touring this weekend, but remember, it’s always easy to plan your open-house tour at, where you’ll find all of the open houses in the North Texas Multiple Listing Service — and you can easily create a convenient step-by-step driving tour.

4707 Chapel Hill, Dallas, Open Nov. 2, 2-4, $3,499,500

6230 Prestonshire, Dallas, Open Nov. 2, 2-4, $2,299,000

6239 Wooded Creek, Dalworthington Gardens, Open Nov. 2, 2-4, $1,999,000

 5843 Prospect, Dallas, Open Nov. 2, 1-3, $765,000

5405 Bent Tree, Dallas, Open Nov. 2, 1-3, $750,000

 1708 Lockspur, Flower Mound, Open Nov. 2, 2-4, $665,000

5119 Bradford, Dallas, Open Nov. 1, 2-4, $469,900

902 Beechwood, Richardson, Open Nov. 2, 3-5, $465,000

6012 Winton, Dallas, Open Nov. 2, 2-4, $399,900

9903 Coppedge Lane, Dallas, Open Nov. 1, 1-3, $390,000

4733 Ricky Ranch, Benbrook, Open Nov. 2, 2-4, $354,900

1123 Melrose

1123 Melrose, Richardson, Open Nov. 2, 3-5, $329,000

601 Everglade, Mansfield, Open Nov. 2, 2-4, $209,900

Get started planning your weekend tour at

DFW Weekend Round Up (10/30-11/2)

DFW Weekend Round Up (10/30-11/2)

While Halloween is certainly the highlight of this weekend, we understand that not everyone indulges in this spooky holiday. So, we’re giving you options for all kinds of other activities as well as providing the best lists of Halloween events written up by other DFW experts.


If you’re looking for more food & drink centric activities, we have a full list here.


Thursday, Oct. 30:

AIA Dallas Tour Of Homes: If you didn’t get a ticket to the Preservation Dallas Fall Architectural Tour last weekend, now is your chance to get a look at more of the incredible homes Dallas has to offer. This year’s tour includes nine of the most architecturally significant homes in the area, including the Peavy home near White Rock Lake that was constructed using 14 shipping containers. The premiere party is Thursday and tours take place Friday and Saturday.


Decks in the Park: Tonight marks the last night of this fun series at Klyde Warren Park. DJ’s Paradise, Souljah, Nick Van House, Willie Trimmer, and Colly T will all take the stage.


An Evening with Garrison Keillor: The NPR icon will be in Fort Worth for a rare solo performance at Bass Performance Hall.


Nick Swardson: You’ll recognize this actor/comedian from many of Adam Sandler’s films including “Grandma’s Boy” and “Just Go With It,” but he’s been a stand-up comedian for more than 20 years. Get in on the laughs at the Majestic Theatre.


Friday, Oct. 31:

Salt-n-Pepa: The Grammy Award-winning artists will perform live at The Rustic. You’ll remember them for 90’s classic hits like “Shoop,” “Push It,”Whatta Man” and more.


Slipknot: If you’re not into Halloween but you are into heavy metal, you’re in luck. They’ll take the stage for this season’s final concert at Gexa along with Korn and King 810.


Saturday, Nov. 1:

Chive Fest 2014: Country star Jake Owen is the headliner of this year’s event held at Southfork Ranch. From 1 to 11pm, jam out with the largest gathering in Dallas to date.


Hal Holbrook in Mark Twain Tonight: Each year, the Tony Award-winning actor adds and edits material in the famous show that he’s been performing across the country since 1954. Join him for a night of “funny stuff” and “serious matters” at Bass Performance Hall.


TEDxSMU: Great minds are coming to Dallas City Performance Hall for this year’s Ted lectures. The theme is “Strangely Familiar” and features music and dance, robots and big data that take you from prisons in Africa to the super-bugs in our own backyard.


All Weekend:

Autumn at the Arboretum: Pumpkins, gourds, squash, and fall flowers will cover the grounds of the Dallas Arboretum through November 26. There will also be a hay bale maze, scavenger hunts, Cinderella’s Carriage and more.


Halloween Events:

Costumer Parties: Check out this list for where to be for the best costume parties in D-FW.


Haunted Houses: This list gives you the scoop on all kinds of haunted houses happening around town.


Other Fun: Here’s a list filled with more options including movies, concerts, kid-friendly fun, pet-friendly fun and more.


Image via Klyde Warren Park Facebook

Frisco Gets First Luxury Hotel


Omni Hotels & Resorts and the Dallas Cowboys are partnering to bring a luxury hotel to the team’s project in Frisco.


The 300-room Omni Frisco Hotel — the city’s first luxury hotel — will be a cornerstone for the development surrounding the Cowboys new headquarters and a training facility that will be shared with the city of Frisco and Frisco ISD. It will be built adjacent to a 12,000-seat multi-use event center and include a rooftop pool overlooking a plaza area that will be a focal point for the Cowboys development.


The multi-use event center will be used not only for Cowboys practices but also for high school football games and other school and city events, meetings and conventions. The agreement among the Dallas Cowboys, the city of Frisco and Frisco ISD has been hailed as a unique pairing between an NFL franchise and a school district that will benefit students for years to come.


To learn more about the community of Frisco, click here.


Finding the Perfect Gift Should be Fun!


The Collin County offices of Ebby Halliday Realtors are proud to again sponsor the Junior League of Collin County’s annual Neath the Wreath Holiday Gift Market, taking place November 5-9 at The Plano Centre.


From food to clothes to home decor, the market features over 100 merchants to find the perfect gift for everyone on your holiday list.


Enjoy a great day (or two, or three, or four) of shopping while making a difference in our community!


The Details

Thursday, November 6, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Friday, November 7, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Saturday, November 8, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Sunday, November 9, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.


Tickets are $10 in advance at area Tom Thumb stores and $13 online and at the door. Children under 12 are free. Tickets available at

What $750k Gets You in DFW

We’re always interested to see what you can get for the money in different areas around D-FW. So, today we’re exploring five homes that can all be yours for $750,000.


Whether you’re in the market or just curious, here are five amazing choices that meet the budget in Bent Tree, Plano, Irving, Prosper and Whitesboro. Click any of the collages below for a full tour!

What $750k Gets You in DFW^$750,000: 5405 Bent Tree Drive, Dallas

What $750k Gets You in DFW^$750,000: 3104 Royal Ashdown Court, Plano

What $750k Gets You in DFW^$730,000: 122 Santa Rosa Way, Irving

What $750k Gets You in DFW^$729,000: 2941 Lakeview Drive, Prosper

What $750k Gets You in DFW^$725,000: 11120 FM 678, Whitesboro


To see more homes listed below $750,000, click here. For any other price range, simply search here.


This Week in Food & Beverage News

This Week in Food & Beverage News

Beer, BBQ and Halloween festivities are in full swing on this week’s edition of Food & Beverage News. Check out all the boozy, meaty, and spooky events going on across DFW, plus the latest news.


Wednesday, Oct. 29:

America’s Test Kitchen Live!: Host Christopher Kimball brings live demos, tests, and fun from the PBS studio to a live audience at the Majestic Theatre.


Thursday, Oct. 30:

Scary Cheese and Wine: Scardello is putting on a special class featuring cheeses that look Halloween-inspired. Think brains, eyeballs, and fine wines.


The People’s Last Halloween: Put your costume on and head to People’s Last Stand in Mockingbird Station for a Halloween party that goes until midnight. Be one of the first 200 guests and you’ll get two free drinks.


Friday, Oct. 31:

Halloween Haunted Chocolate Tour: Chocolate and Halloween lovers will unite for this event hosted by Dallas by Chocolate featuring some of Dallas’ favorite chocolate spots including CocoAndre, Dude, Sweet ChocolateVillage Baking Company and more. A ticket gets you a tour on a private bus, food samples, tour guides and beverages.


Halloween Hoedown at Sissy’s Southern Kitchen: Beginning at 5pm, join in a costume contest (with a $200 prize), live music by Little Brother Big  Brother, and drink specials sponsored by Jim Beam.


North Texas Beer Week: Ten scrumtrulescent days of craft beer events all across North Texas run from Oct. 31st – Nov. 9th.


Saturday, Nov. 1:

Truffles + Bubbles: The Mansion Restaurant is putting on a dinner starting with caviar and then seven courses of champagne pairings with alba truffles. Eleven chefs will come together to prepare this special feast.


Scardello Sixth Anniversary: Celebrate this milestone with “Cheesemonger’s Choice” cheese plates for purchase and wines by the glass. Admission is free and no reservations are required!


TMBBQ Road Trip: Get to Pecan Lodge early for a day-long barbecue event featuring three of DFW’s finest BBQ spots. The bus will take you to breakfast at Hutchins BBQ, lunch at Lockhart Smokehouse, and second lunch back at Pecan Lodge. TM barbecue editor Daniel Vaughn will lead you through the day and provide you with a behind-the-scenes look.


Untapped Music and Beer Festival: This year’s fest at Gilley’s Dallas features Cake, Shovels & Rope, Jamestown Revival and more. As for beer, there will be more than 300 craft brews to sample from more than 80 breweries.


Sunday, Nov. 2:

Hearts on The Trinity: The Volunteer Center of North Texas presents a night of bites, beverages, and good causes at 3015 at Trinity Groves. They’re spreading the word of volunteerism and the importance of community while you dine on and drink up some of the best DFW has to offer.


NC BBQ at Four Corners: TMBBQ editor Daniel Vaughn and BBQ king Samuel Jones of the Skylight Inn in Ayden, NC are hosting a celebration they’re calling Dia de los Puercos. Jones will feature signature pork dishes, Slow Bone will provide sides, and Swiss Pastry Shop will bring desserts. There will also be a Q&A session between Vaughn and Jones.


Monday, Nov. 3:

Beer Dinner at Knife: Grapevine Craft Brewery and Chef John Tesar will host a five-course, beer-paired dinner in honor of North Texas Beer Week. Highlights include 44 Farms pig in a blanket and the award-winning Sir Williams English Brown Ale.


HopChef Dallas Competition: 3015 at Trinity Groves and Brewery Ommegang are coming together to bring you a food and beer pairing competition. Dallas’ most beer-centric chefs will pair dishes with Ommegang’s brews in hopes of winning the title of Dallas HopChef 2014.



Dallas Chop House: After a fire that resulted in a 10-week renovation, the downtown Dallas steakhouse will reopen on Monday, Nov. 3.


Food & Wine Magazine’s 20 Best Dishes in Texas: The magazine’s November 2014 issue pays homage to the fabulous for found throughout Texas, and gives winning notations to four dishes in DFW. CBD Provisions’ whole pig’s head, Knife’s open-face beef cheek sandwich, Smoke’s The Big Rib, and Woodshed Smokehouse’s lamb brisket all made the list.


Loca Luna Mexican Cuisine: This Tex-Mex/Mexican restaurant will come to Addison by way of Arkansas. Owners Hector Gomez and Refugio Reyes already own 22 restaurants in Arkansas and Louisiana, but this will be their first in DFW. Set to open during the first week in November, Loca Luna will take over the space formerly occupied by Maximo.


Pera Kebab: Uptown Dallas will get a Turkish addition on McKinney Ave. by the end of the month. Turkish dishes will highlight the menu at this wine bar and bistro concept.


World Of Beer: Plano and Fort Worth are set to get the next two locations of this boozy chain. Branches will open at Preston Rd. and Park Blvd. in Plano and on W. Seventh St. in Fort Worth. You can expect both openings in mid-December.


Image via NTX Beer Week Facebook

Blake Shelton, Usher to Play United Way Gala


The United Way of Metropolitan Dallas is redefining the term power couple for its 90th anniversary celebration.


Musical powerhouses Blake Shelton and Usher will hit the stage February 6 at AT&T Stadium in the Unite Forever Gala concert sponsored by PepsiCo.


To celebrate, the United Way is giving away a limited number of free seats. Enter by following or liking the United Way of Metropolitan Dallas on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, and liking, retweeting or sharing the post about the Unite Forever Gala. Hurry, the contest ends tomorrow night, October 29, at 11:59 p.m. Winners will be announced this Friday, October 31.


Honorary chairs of the United Way Gala include our own Ebby Halliday Acers. To learn more, visit


Feature We Love: Bathroom Fireplace

Luxury homes typically have two things, chef-worthy kitchens and spa-like bathrooms. On this edition of Feature We Love we’re talking about the latter. Many amenities can make a bathroom feel luxurious, but a fireplace takes things to another level.


Just imagine a warm, beautiful fire in your bathroom as you relax in the tub or get ready for the day. In most cases, as you’ll see in the available properties below, this feature comes in the form of a see-through or double fireplace that is shared with the adjoining bedroom, making it that much more grand.

Feature We Love: Bathroom Fireplace^4305 Livingston Ave., Highland Park

Feature We Love: Bathroom Fireplace^3508 Villanova St., University Park

Feature We Love: Bathroom Fireplace^10 Windsor Ridge, Frisco

Feature We Love: Bathroom Fireplace^6838 Velasco Ave., Dallas

Feature We Love: Bathroom Fireplace^994 Craft Road, Bells