Southlake Office Celebrates Grand Opening


 

We’re excited to announce that Ebby Southlake Associates and staff, corporate executives, clients and guests, including Southlake Mayor Pro-Tem Laura Hill, members of the Southlake City Council and representatives from the Southlake Chamber of Commerce, celebrated the grand opening of Ebby’s brand-new Southlake Office this morning! The celebration included an official ribbon-cutting for our beautiful new, more than 12,000-square-foot office at 1575 E. Southlake Blvd., across from Southlake Town Square.

 

“This beautiful new office is built for the future,” says Ron Burgert, chief financial officer of the Ebby Halliday Companies. “Built from the ground up, it offers a superior location in the heart of Southlake and is a statement of our commitment to serving Tarrant County for many years to come.”

 

The exquisitely finished-out office replaces our longtime, approximately 8,000-square-foot Southlake Office. Ebby Halliday has served Southlake-area homebuyers and sellers since 1985.

 

“We are extremely happy with the way our new Southlake Office turned out,” says Southlake Sales Manager Carolyn Rosson. “I want to express my heartfelt thanks to everyone who helped bring this extraordinary new office to reality. Ebby Halliday has been part of the Southlake community for nearly 30 years and has distinguished itself as a valued partner for our clients and a leader in luxury real estate. We are so excited about the future of this great city.”

 

Adds Mary Frances Burleson, president and CEO of the Ebby Halliday Companies, “We’re proud of our commitment to this beautiful part of the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. We look forward to serving current and future residents in the manner they deserve for many years to come.”

 

A few of the photos from today’s celebration …

 

 

 

 

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It is indeed a sweet time to be a part of the excitement in Southlake. For more information on Ebby’s Southlake Office, its Associates and listings, call 817-481-5882 or visit southlake.ebby.com.

Beautiful Beds: 8 Defining Styles


In the bedroom the key piece of furniture is, of course, the bed. So, it should come as no shock that this design decision necessitates careful consideration of all of your options. While it may be easy for some, the range of choices out there for beds and headboards can be a little overwhelming, especially when you can’t see what the bed looks like in an actual room.

 

In an effort to make your choice a little easier, we’ve compiled photos of some of the hottest styles from rooms that are part of homes currently on the market in DFW.
Beautiful Beds: 8 Defining Styles

^Wood Slats: 1705 Quarry Lane, McKinneyBeautiful Beds: 8 Defining Styles

^Solid Wood: 1812 Foxborough Trail, Flower MoundBeautiful Beds: 8 Defining Styles

^Wingback: 3804 Furman Court, Fort WorthBeautiful Beds: 8 Defining Styles

^Tufted: 4136 Prescott Ave., DallasBeautiful Beds: 8 Defining Styles

^Upholstered and Studded with Wood Trim: 6820 Southridge Drive, DallasBeautiful Beds: 8 Defining Styles

^Double Upholstered: 3508 Villanova St., University ParkBeautiful Beds: 8 Defining Styles

^Wall Mounted Fabric: 2001 Misty Creek Drive, ArlingtonBeautiful Beds: 8 Defining Styles^No Headboard: 10164 Timber Trail Drive, Dallas

DFW Weekend Round Up (11/13-11/16)


DFW Weekend Round Up (11/13-11/16)

 

Stand-up comedy, art, and fashion highlight this edition of Weekend Round Up. Check out this list of the best things to do in DFW during the chilly weekend ahead.

 

Thursday, Nov. 13:

Encore for Advocacy with Patty Griffin and Mavis Staples: Grammy Award-winner Patty Griffin and Rock & Roll Hall-of-Famer Mavis Staples will headline the annual concert that benefits the Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center. The event will take place at the Majestic Theatre.

 

The Second City 55th Anniversary Tour: Thursday through Sunday, laugh the night away at Dallas City Performance Hall with improv, sketch comedy and signature forms of hilarity brought to you by the great minds of Chicago’s The Second City.

 

Friday, Nov. 14:

Lakewood Home Festival: Friday to Sunday, six distinctive homes in this premier East Dallas neighborhood will be featured in the popular annual festival, now in its 38th year.

 

Night of Stars Gala: Fashion Group International’s annual event will uphold its reputation this year with an appearance by designer Zac Posen. Posen is a internationally-acclaimed designer known for his clothing and accessories. He will receive a Career Achievement in Fashion award presented by Neiman Marcus Fashion Director Ken Downing.

 

Wanda Sykes: The stand-up comedian ranks among Entertainment Weekly’s “25 Funniest people in America.” She’ll have you crying with laughter when she brings her act to the Majestic Theatre.

 

Saturday, Nov. 15:

Art Con X: Three live auctions, live music and performances by four different artists, food trucks, and a full bar mean the annual Art Con event will be bigger than ever this year. The live auctions contain works by more than 150 artists.

 

2014 Etsy Jingle Bash: Get some holiday shopping done at Gilley’s Dallas from 11am-5pm when vendors will be selling all kinds of handmade jewelry, clothing, housewares, decor and more. There will also be live music and a bar, making this event much more interesting than a day at the mall.

 

Mavs: The Mavs play the Minnesota Timberwolves at 7:30pm. Get to American Airlines Center to cheer them on.

 

Sunday, Nov. 16: 

The Black Keys: The popular rock duo will take the stage at American Airlines Center with opener Jake Bugg.

 

Dallas Arboretum 12 Days of Christmas: Celebrate the holidays like never before with an exhibit featuring a collection of 25-foot Victorian gazebos each telling the story of one of the 12 days from the beloved Christmas carol. The exhibit begins Sunday and runs through January 4.

 

All Weekend:

Bouquets: French Still-Life Painting from Chardin to Matisse: The first major American exhibition to consider the French floral still life across the 19th century will be at the Dallas Museum of Art through February 8.

Frisco Office Raises $72,000 for City House


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Ebby’s Frisco Office recently hosted its Sixth-Annual Charity Golf Tournament. One-hundred percent of the proceeds, which totaled more than $72,000, will benefit City House and its expansion into Frisco. City House provides emergency shelter and transitional residential services to children and young adults who are in need due to abuse, neglect or homelessness.

 

This year’s charity tournament and after-party were held at Frisco’s prestigious Stonebriar Country Club. The event has grown over the years, from 50 golfers to this year’s 144 golfers and more than 250 attendees at the award dinner and silent auction.

 

Stonebriar is one of the finest private country clubs in Texas and we were thrilled they once again hosted our charity tournament. Everyone had a great time benefitting a great cause. Their efforts remind us all of what’s truly important.

 

On November 19, at the Frisco Office’s annual Thanksgiving luncheon, Macaluso and our wonderful Frisco Associates presented City House Director Teresa Keenan with a check for $72,440. Congratulations to everyone involved in this amazing effort!

 

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To learn more about City House, visit cityhouse.org.

 

Ebby’s Frisco Office is at 1415 Legacy Drive, Suite 100 in Frisco. For more information about the office, its Associates and listings, visit frisco.ebby.com.

 

 

 

What Buyers Want: New-Home Design Trends


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If you’re trying to figure out what buyers are in the market for when it comes to a new home, look no further than the list recently published by Builder Online. Nick Lehnert, executive director at an architecture and planning firm, and Mollie Carmichael, principal at a real estate consulting company, have drawn up a list of design trends that are at the top of this year’s buyers’ wish list.

 

Here are some of the top trends they’ve discovered for buyers in the new-home market:

What Buyers Want: New-Home Design Trends1. Outdoor Space: Buyers are looking for private, low maintenance, outdoor space that has a high level of connectivity to the inside of the home. Likewise, because of this connectivity, many desire covered and protected spaces that flow seamlessly from the rooms inside.

What Buyers Want: New-Home Design Trends2. Super Kitchens: We always say the kitchen is the heart of the home, but this trend has now taken on a life of its own. Buyers expect the kitchen to be a center for entertaining and easy conversation that is open to the other rooms around it. Large islands with seating and pantries that hide clutter both play major roles in combining function, practicality, and style.

What Buyers Want: New-Home Design Trends3. Media Centric: More spacious media areas where buyers can make use of large screen TV’s or projectors are on the rise. In addition to more wall space, larger media rooms mean more seating and entertaining.

What Buyers Want: New-Home Design Trends4. Home Office: We’ve reached the age of the return of the home office. However, proximity to the main living area and kitchen have become more important than the previously desired location near the front of the home.

What Buyers Want: New-Home Design Trends5. Magnificent Master Baths: A soaker tub, a glass shower, and luxurious finishes continue to rank high on the list of buyers.

What Buyers Want: New-Home Design Trends6. Making an Entrance: Two-story entries and grand staircases with drama are the most ideal way to greet guests.

 

Read more about these home trends here.

 

Pictures properties: 1. 4247 Ridge Road, Dallas 2. 6831 Pemberton Drive, Dallas 3. 3808 Greenbrier Drive, Frisco 4. 6933 Vista Willow, Dallas 5. 12105 Elysian Court, Dallas 6. 17623 Cedar Creek Canyon Drive, Dallas

Photos via Ebby.com & Shoot2Sell

Lakewood Home Festival This Weekend


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The much-anticipated 2014 Lakewood Home Festival is almost here. This weekend, November 14-16, six distinctive homes in this premier East Dallas neighborhood will be featured in the popular annual festival, now in its 38th year.

 

Ebby’s Lakewood Office is again proudly sponsoring the festival’s Ebby Halliday Holiday Market and Café marketplace, which will transform Lakewood Elementary into a festive holiday bazaar guaranteed to delight any shopper — and just in time for holiday shopping season. There will also be kids’ activities such as bounce houses, cookie/cupcake decorating and photos with Santa.

 

Hosted by the Lakewood Early Childhood PTA, the Lakewood Home Festival is a communitywide event that raises funds for neighborhood schools. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit lakewoodhomefestival.com. Tickets are also available at area Tom Thumb stores.

 

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This Week in Food & Beverage News


This Week in Food & Beverage News

This week is filled with tours, tastings, and lots of exciting news about openings in the restaurant community.

 

Tuesday, Nov. 11:

Bolsa Rum Dinner: Enjoy a four-course dinner paired with Diplomatico Rum selections beginning at 6pm.

 

Scotch & Sausage First Ladies Day: Ladies can enjoy half price food and drinks all day and night at the Oak Lawn spot every Tuesday beginning today.

 

Wednesday, Nov. 12:

Caddy Run from the Cadillac Pizza Pub: Every Wednesday through Nov. 19, go for a 2-3 mile run through historic downtown McKinney that ends with beer specials and pizza.

 

Rahr & Sons Brewery Tour and Tasting: Head to the Fort Worth brewery for a tour and beer tasting. You’ll received a pint glass and three beer samples for the price of admission.

 

Wine Down Wednesday: Visit the Mokara Spa at the Omni Fort Worth for a cocktail and a 50-minute spa treatment of your choice.

 

Thursday, Nov. 13:

Pinot Noir Tasting: The Wine Poste is hosting a night focused on five varieties of Pinot Noir wines.

 

The Woolworth 1 Year Anniversary Celebration: Celebrate one of “Dallas’ 10 Best Cocktail Bars” with complimentary hors d’oeuvres, live music, and the unveiling of the plans for a 2nd story patio.

 

Friday, Nov. 14:

Holiday Tea at Taschen: The Joule is offering an additional champagne afternoon tea service in Taschen Library on Fridays and Saturdays throughout November and December.

 

Witherspoon Distillery Tours: Take a guided tour through the bourbon and rum distillery in Lewisville followed by a full tasting of their products.

 

Saturday, Nov. 15:

Chefs at the Market Cooking Class: This week’s class will be held by Chefs Braden at Yasmin Wages of Malai Kitchen. The theme is Into the Thai/Vietnamese Kitchen.

 

Dallas Whiskey & Fine Spirits Festival: Step back in time and take part in this traveling speakeasy show presented by Breitling Energy. This 3rd annual festival, held at Centennial Hall at Fair Park, will have live music and libations that will have you dancing the night away.

 

Deep Ellum Brewing Co. Tasting Tour: Every Saturday the Deep Ellum brewery hosts live music, food trucks and tours. Admissions includes 1 pint DEBC pint glass and three beer samples.

 

Gluten and Allergen Free Expo: Saturday and Sunday from 9am-3pm, partake in the premiere gluten and allergen free event in the US with vendors sampling and selling products at Dallas Market Center. There will be a dedicated peanut/nut-free section and free lifestyle classes.

 

Sunday, Nov. 16:

Meat Fight: Held in the old, green warehouse in Trinity Groves, this year’s fight will see four teams of chefs compete for the most important trophies in Texas BBQ history. 100% of ticket proceeds will be donated to the National MS Society.

 

Prime Pair Sundays at Del Frisco’s: Every Sunday, at both DFW locations, enjoy your choice of salad, side and an 8oz. filet paired with the steakhouse’s signature crab cake, BBQ spiced shrimp or lemon garlic scallops.

 

All Week:

Food Truck Schedule: Here’s where to find you favorite meals on wheels in Dallas this week.

 

News:

Clark Food & Wine Co.: A couple of weeks ago the newest addition to the Lower Greenville restaurant scene opened its doors in the space formerly occupied by Billiard Bar. Expect shared plates, smoked meats, flatbreads, four rotating wines on tap and much more.

 

DFW International Airport: Two days ago DFW International was ranked the #1 airport in the US for food and drink by Thrillist.

 

Fresh Market: The North-Carolina based gourmet grocery store will open its doors in East Dallas on December 3. Expect a quaint, well-organized atmosphere, chef-prepared foods case, high-end cheeses and meats, and a hint of something sugary alongside many of your favorite brands. This is the first of four DFW locations. Southlake Park Village, Turtle Creek Village, and WestBend shopping center in Fort Worth also have stores coming soon.

 

Magnolia Cheese Co.: The Fort Worth cheese shop has closed its doors with plans to reopen as a neighborhood market in early 2015 under a new name, “Magnolia Market & Cheese Company.”

 

Neighborhood Services: The Lovers Lane-favorite now has a branch in Addison and Village on the Parkway.

 

Pat’s & Mike’s: Yesterday the original owner of Snuffer’s, Pat Snuffer, opened a new restaurant at Preston and Frankford. In addition to tasty burgers, you can also expect to find stone oven baked pizzas, roast brisket, stuffed baked potatoes and more.

 

Thanksgiving Pre-Order: Check this list for the best places from which to order your Thanksgiving meals. And, if you feel like dining out, there are options for that, too.

 

Image via The Joule

A Sincere Thank-You to our Veterans


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Today is Veterans Day, the day in which we honor those who have given us our freedom. To celebrate this important holiday, we’ve compiled some of the best quotes throughout history by veterans and for veterans:

 

“How important it is for us to recognize our heroes and she-roes!” – Maya Angelou

 

“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” – John F. Kennedy

 

“The bravest are surely those who have the clearest vision of what is before them, glory and danger alike, and yet notwithstanding, go out to meet it.” – Thucydides

 

“This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave.” – Elmer Davis

 

“The willingness of America’s veterans to sacrifice for our country has earned them our lasting gratitude.” – Jeff Miller

 

From all of us at the Ebby Halliday Companies, we offer a sincere thank-you to each of you who have served or are currently serving in the U.S. military.

 

 

Feature We Love: Home Theater


There’s something so special about a trip to the movies and a big bucket of popcorn, but what if the only trip you had to make was down the hall? More and more, we are seeing homes built with their own private theaters. Whether you’re a TV fanatic or a movie buff, a home theater is the ultimate way to escape and get lost in the magical world of Hollywood.

 

Take a look at six amazing home theaters now on the market in DFW.

Feature We Love: Home Theater^4707 Chapel Hill Road, Dallas

Feature We Love: Home Theater^10427 Lennox Lane, Dallas

Feature We Love: Home Theater^3808 Greenbriar Drive, Frisco

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Feature We Love: Home Theater^5149 Brandywine Lane, Frisco

Feature We Love: Home Theater^818 Bluff Ridge Drive, Cedar Hill

Dallas No. 1 for Small-Biz Job Growth


 

Dallas regained its spot as the nation’s No. 1 metropolitan statistical area for small-business job growth in October, according to the Dallas Business Journal.

 

Nationally, job growth remained steady, growing at 0.23 percent over the past 12 months, according to the study conducted by payroll services company Paychex and business analyst firm IHS.

 

Dallas has been the country’s star for several months, only missing the No. 1 spot as the top job creator in one month: September. Officials are attributing that to a random fluctuation in the market. In October, Dallas overtook Seattle.

 

That growth isn’t expected to stop. While index numbers can’t predict the future, Dallas is showing very positive small-business growth trends.

 

At Ebby Halliday Realtors, the strength of the Dallas economy is music to our ears. Simply put, we’re bullish on Dallas and the entire D-FW region.

 

Want to learn more about D-FW, our fantastic communities and the plethora of housing options available to North Texas residents? Visit the award-winning ebby.com.