Get Your Fireplace Ready For Winter

Colder days are here to stay and it’s time to get your fireplace roaring again. Before you fill your home with the warmth and smell of a cracking fire, though, there are some precautions you should take.


1. Check the Chimney: Have you called a chimney sweep recently? Experts recommend you have your chimney cleaned once a year. A fireplace is only as good as its chimney, so make sure you have it cleaned and inspect the exterior structure to make sure there are no obvious issues there as well.


2. Open the Flue: Ever started a fire and had the room fill with smoke? If you’re new to fireplaces, you may not realize that this happens when the flue is closed. Many people close them in order to keep out small animals when their fireplaces aren’t in use. Simply look up and reach for a chain or lever to open it back up.


3. Vacuum: A quick vacuuming of the flue, smoke shelf, and the surrounding hearth is the last step to preparing for fabulous fires for many months to come.


If you’re about to be without a fireplace in the upcoming winter months, we have plenty of homes that could have you curling up by the fire in no time!


Get Your Fireplace Ready For Winter

^6313 Biltmore Lane, McKinneyGet Your Fireplace Ready For Winter

^6650 Aintree Circle, DallasGet Your Fireplace Ready For Winter

^3923 Ridgecrest Drive, Flower MoundGet Your Fireplace Ready For Winter

^2108 Grayson Road, McKinneyGet Your Fireplace Ready For Winter

^1258 CR 132, Whitesboro

Get Your Fireplace Ready For Winter

^4508 Oxbow Drive, McKinneyGet Your Fireplace Ready For Winter

^9034 Maple Glen Drive, Dallas
Get Your Fireplace Ready For Winter

^1229 Homer Johnson Lane, GarlandGet Your Fireplace Ready For Winter

^2108 Meridian Way, RichardsonGet Your Fireplace Ready For Winter

^1027 Countryside Drive, Cedar Hill 

Premier Preston Hollow Estate Open Sunday

Premier Preston Hollow Estate Open Sunday


The custom European-style estate home at 4406 Woodfin Drive is ideally situated on an approximately three-quarter acre lot in prestigious Old Preston Hollow. This classic and timeless residence will be open for touring on Sunday, November 23, and Sunday, December 7, from 2 to 4 p.m.


“Just a few of this exquisite property’s highlights include arches, detailed stonework and meticulous workmanship throughout,” says listing agent Clarke Landry of Ebby’s Preston Center Office. “It offers a clean, refined style and design while reflecting the owners authentic finds on their many trips to Europe.”


Amenities include pecan flooring, triple black walnut island, custom-designed imported travertine fireplaces, and two gated motor court entrances.


To learn more about this premier opportunity in a platinum Old Preston Hollow location, click on any of the photos or contact Ms. Landry at 214-316-7416 or


Premier Preston Hollow Estate Open Sunday

Premier Preston Hollow Estate Open Sunday

Premier Preston Hollow Estate Open Sunday

Premier Preston Hollow Estate Open Sunday

Premier Preston Hollow Estate Open Sunday

Premier Preston Hollow Estate Open Sunday

Premier Preston Hollow Estate Open Sunday

Premier Preston Hollow Estate Open Sunday

Premier Preston Hollow Estate Open Sunday

Premier Preston Hollow Estate Open Sunday

Premier Preston Hollow Estate Open Sunday

Premier Preston Hollow Estate Open Sunday

Premier Preston Hollow Estate Open Sunday

Premier Preston Hollow Estate Open Sunday

Premier Preston Hollow Estate Open Sunday

Premier Preston Hollow Estate Open Sunday

Premier Preston Hollow Estate Open Sunday

Mark your calendar now for Sunday, November 23, or Sunday, December 7, from 2 to 4 p.m. for your tour of this stunning Preston Hollow home.

15 Thanksgiving-Ready Dining Rooms

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It’s almost time to fill your house with the smells of Thanksgiving and the noise of family and loved ones. In the spirit of the upcoming feast, we’ve found some of the most fabulous dining rooms that we have on the market. No matter what your style or the size of your gathering, we have the perfect space for you.

Thanksgiving-Ready Dining Rooms

^330 Las Colinas Blvd. #1508, IrvingThanksgiving-Ready Dining Rooms

^732 Lexington Ave., CoppellThanksgiving-Ready Dining Rooms

^4305 Livingston Ave., Highland ParkThanksgiving-Ready Dining Rooms

^3831 Turtle Creek Blvd. 12E, DallasThanksgiving-Ready Dining Rooms

^10856 Strait Lane Circle, Dallas

Thanksgiving-Ready Dining Rooms

^301 Creekside Drive, McKinney

Thanksgiving-Ready Dining Rooms

^5410 Royal Crest Drive, DallasThanksgiving-Ready Dining Rooms

^5711 Chamberlyne Drive, FriscoThanksgiving-Ready Dining Rooms

^3508 Villanova St., University ParkThanksgiving-Ready Dining Rooms

^2933 Shenandoah Drive, FriscoThanksgiving-Ready Dining Rooms

^9029 Broken Arrow Lane, Dallas   Thanksgiving-Ready Dining Rooms

^5279 Spanish Oaks, Frisco  Thanksgiving-Ready Dining Rooms

^9226 Hathaway St., DallasThanksgiving-Ready Dining Rooms

 ^1724 Wistera Way, Westlake

Thanksgiving-Ready Dining Rooms

^4818 Irving Simmons Drive, Dallas

This Week in Food & Beverage News

This Week in Food & Beverage News

This week in DFW is all about anniversary celebrations and fabulous beer and wine-paired dinners. Plus, check out new restaurant openings and closings.


Tuesday, Nov. 18:

Chipotle Benefit for Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children: Grab any meal at a Dallas-area Chipotle today and 50% of the proceeds will be donated to the hospital.


Rahr & Sons Beer Dinner at AF+B: A four-course, beer-paired dinner will be served at the Fort Worth restaurant beginning at 6:30. Courses include crispy pork rillete with a brussels sprout chow chow, wood-grilled cobia with clams, braised beef cheeks with farro and a pumpkin cake with haute goat cheese.


Wednesday, Nov. 19:

Eat Meat, Drink Buffalo: Kent Rathbun, Buffulo Trace Distillery and Eddie “Lucky” Campbell are joining forces to bring you a four-course, bourbon-paired dinner. It will be held at the Filter Building on White Rock Lake from 6:30 to 10pm. Email for reservations.


Thursday, Nov. 20:

Deep Ellum Wine Walk: What could be better than a night of wine and shopping in Deep Ellum? The Deep Ellum Community Association and Deep Ellum merchants invite you to enjoy wine samplings and explore neighborhood shops. It costs $5 and takes place every third Thursday of the month from 5 to 8pm.


Grapevine Craft Brewery Year of Beer: Help this local brewery celebrate their 1-year anniversary with 10 different beers, live music, door prizes, food pairings, and more.


Oysters and Champagne Thursday at Proof+Pantry: This is the second-to-last Thursday to enjoy oysters and French champagne at very special prices. Get in on the fun with Ruinart champagne and East Coast oysters.


Three Sticks Wine Dinner at Grace: A five-course meal paired with wines out of Sonoma County will be served beginning with a reception at 6:30pm. Dinner begins at 7 and includes veal tortellini, pork short rib, pear and smoked blue crostada and more.


Friday, Nov. 21:

Beaujolais & Beyond Wine Festival: The 31st-annual, French-inspired event will be held at the Irving Convention Center this weekend. Your ticket includes a commemorative wine glass, food tastings, French and American wine and craft beer tastings, live entertainment, a silent auction and more.


Rahr & Sons 10th Anniversary VIP Progressive Beer Dinner: Head to the brewery for a VIP night featuring rare beer and pairing stations including artisan cheeses, hot appetizers, and whole roast hog. There will also be live music performed by High School Caesar throughout the evening.


Saturday, Nov. 22:

Chefs at the Market Cooking Class: This week’s class will be held by Chef Joanne Bondy of Stocks & Bondy under the theme of Maple Syrup: The Grading Truth– Sweet and Savory.


Rahr & Sons 10th Anniversary Celebration: Round out the weekend’s celebrations with the brewery with an extended tour and tasting event featuring more than 30 rare beers for tasting. Your ticket gets you a collectible glass, live music from Big Mike’s Box of Rock, and the opportunity to customize a commemorative t-shirt and eat from some of your favorite local food trucks.



EZ Dude and Cepage 2820: EZ Dude BBQ in Deep Ellum has closed and will be replaced by a French Bistro called Cepage 2820. Expect French staples like rabbit, French onion soup and croque madam. Cepage is scheduled to open by Spring 2015.


Mesero Miguel: The Henderson Ave. spot owned by Mico Rodriguez will reopen on Thursday, Nov. 20 under a new name, Mesero. Rodriguez currently owns Mr. Mesero on Mckinney Ave. and the original Mesero in Inwood Village.


Olivella’s Updated Menu: New additions include a cheese dip with house-made bread; a sausage, gorgonzola and tomato sauce antipasta plate; a prosciutto and blue cheese pizza roll antipasta plate; a chicken piccata pasta; and a peanut butter and Nutella panini.


Reverie Bakeshop: The Richardson bakery has debuted a vegan and gluten-free take on the popular Samoa Girl Scout cookie.


Underground Indian: Downtown Dallas now has a new Indian food option located in the 1700 Pacific building’s food court.


Image via Grapevine Brewery Facebook Event

Great Women of Texas Event Honors Ebby

Great Women of Texas Honors Ebby


This Wednesday, November 19, our founder and favorite philanthropist Ebby Halliday Acers will be honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2014 Great Women of Texas Awards Ceremony at the Omni Fort Worth.


The annual event, hosted by the Fort Worth Business Press, celebrates outstanding women in Texas who are recognized for their significant accomplishments in business, civic and social contributions.


Congratulations Ebby!

Characteristics of Home Buyers, Sellers

Characteristics of Home Buyers, Sellers


The National Association of Realtors recently released its 2014 Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers. While all real estate is definitely local, the nationwide survey of recent buyers and sellers reveals some interesting findings.


Home Buyers

*  33% of recent home buyers were first-time buyers, which is still suppressed from the historical norm of 40%


*  The typical first-time buyer was 31 years old, while the typical repeat buyer was 53


*  Buyers expect to live in their home for 12 years after buying


*  For 43% of buyers, their first step was to look online for properties


*  Real estate agents were viewed as a useful information source by 98% of buyers who used an agent while searching for a home


*  88% of buyers purchased their home through a real estate agent – a share that has steadily increased from 69% in 2001


*  The typical home buyer searched for 10 weeks and viewed 10 homes – this is two weeks shorter than last year’s report


Home Sellers

*  The typical tenure in home was only six years



* 40% of sellers traded up to a larger sized home



*  47% purchased a more expensive home



*  88% of sellers were assisted by a real estate agent when selling their home



*  38% of sellers who used a real estate agent found their agent through a referral by friends or family



*  22% used the agent they worked with previously to buy or sell a home



*  The typical agent-assisted home sale had a 13% higher sales price than the typical For Sale By Owner sale



To find just the right agent for your residential real estate needs, visit the award-winning

Feature We Love: Farmhouse Sink

The farmhouse sink came onto the interior design scene a few years ago and it seems like it is here to stay. We are seeing them pop up in our listings’ kitchens more and more these days and we have to say, we are big fans.


Also referred to as an apron sink, this style is characterized by an exposed basin on the front, meaning it is not dropped into the counter like other sinks. This hot trend is most commonly seen in traditional white porcelain or modern stainless steel.


Take a look at the great ways in which these sinks add character and style to the kitchens currently on the market in DFW.


Feature We Love: Farmhouse Sink

^2224 Gatsby Way, CarrolltonFeature We Love: Farmhouse Sink

^5055 Addison Circle #705, AddisonFeature We Love: Farmhouse Sink

^9903 Coppedge Lane, DallasFeature We Love: Farmhouse Sink

^601 Isleworth Lane, McKinneyFeature We Love: Farmhouse Sink

^4432 N. Hall St., DallasFeature We Love: Farmhouse Sink

^2 Green Park Drive, DallasFeature We Love: Farmhouse Sink

^3508 Villanova St., University Park

Jonas Brothers Home Hits Market


The Jonas Brothers’ home in Westlake’s prestigious gated and guarded Vaquero Club is officially on the market. Listed with The Lott Group of Ebby’s Southlake Office, the six-bedroom home is the second Jonas property to be represented by an affiliate of Luxury Portfolio International, our partner in marketing luxury properties. Kevin Jonas listed his New Jersey home, which was the backdrop for the E! reality series Married to Jonas, with fellow Luxury Portfolio member Terrie O’Connor Realtors.


Overlooking Vaquero’s spectacular Tom Fazio-designed golf course, the Westlake residence features a home theater, a saltwater pool, and, of course, a music room. With 7,360 square feet and plenty of outdoor living space, the extraordinary home at 1724 Wisteria Way is offered for $3,200,000.


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Wow! To learn more about this exceptional opportunity at Westlake’s beautiful Vaquero Club, contact The Lott Group at 817-946-6624 or


Photos by Shoot2Sell



Fresh Listing Friday: Custom with Character


On this week’s edition of Fresh Listing Friday we’re taking a closer look at the beautiful, custom home at 2224 Gatsby Way in Carrollton. Situated on more than a quarter-acre in Austin Waters, this home is a shining example of an open floor plan that flows well but still maintains some visual separation between rooms.


Here are the other details you need know before we get to the fun photography:

-4 bedrooms, 4 1/2 baths, 3 car-garage with an automatic gate listed for $799,000

-Roomy front porch and two-story entry

-Hardwood flooring, two fireplaces, formal and informal dining, and a home office

-Second story media room and game room

-Mudroom and laundry room

-Covered outdoor living room with a fireplace, pool and spa with a stone water feature


Fresh Listing Friday: Custom with Character

^ExteriorFresh Listing Friday: Custom with Character

^Two-story entry with winding staircase Fresh Listing Friday: Custom with Character

^Formal dining room at the front of the homeFresh Listing Friday: Custom with Character

^Main living room with beamed ceiling, open to informal dining and kitchen, and access to the outdoor living roomFresh Listing Friday: Custom with Character

^Informal dining/breakfast area with fireplace and open to the kitchenFresh Listing Friday: Custom with Character

^Kitchen with white granite, island with seating, stainless-steel appliances, butler’s pantry (connected to formal dining room), and walk-in pantry Fresh Listing Friday: Custom with Character

^Master bathroom with dual sinks, jetted soaker tub, and walk-in shower. (Not pictured: Walk-in closet and master bedroom with spacious sitting area)Fresh Listing Friday: Custom with Character

^Second floor game room with media room connected to the rightFresh Listing Friday: Custom with Character

^Covered outdoor living room with stone fireplaceFresh Listing Friday: Custom with Character

^Fenced in backyard with open patio space, pool and spa, rock water feature, and extensive landscaping


Gorgeous right? And that’s not even half of the pictures! To see them all, click on any of the photos above.


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

Mary Frances Burleson Honored

CEO of RISMedia John Featherston, President & CEO of the Ebby Halliday Companies Mary Frances Burleson, and Retail Sales Executive Tim Owens from Bank of America


At its annual Power Broker Dinner held in conjunction with the National Association of Realtors Conference & Expo, RISMedia honored Ebby Halliday Companies President & CEO Mary Frances Burleson with its National Homeownership Award. The award was presented by Tim Owens, retail sales executive for Bank of America Home Loans, the award’s sponsor, on November 7 in New Orleans.


The National Homeownership Award is given to a member of the real estate community who continuously demonstrates extraordinary contributions toward increasing homeownership and building better communities. Mary Frances Burleson embodies those qualities and more, Owens noted.


“Mary Frances is a true industry icon who has devoted decades of service to this industry,” Owens said while presenting her the award.


“I am honored to be recognized with RISMedia’s National Homeownership Award,” says Burleson. “I have been fortunate to serve a company founded by the legendary Ebby Halliday, whose impact on the residential real estate industry is unmatched. Our Associates, who seek every day to follow Ebby’s example of service, are the basis of our company’s success.”


Congratulations Mary Frances on a well-deserved honor. Your service to our industry makes all of us at the Ebby Halliday Companies very proud.