Fresh Listing Friday: Regal in Richardson


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Happy Friday, everyone! This week on Fresh Listing Friday, we’re taking a look at the magnificent home at  1 Kildonan in Richardson. It’s elegant and opulent but still maintains a comfortable, home-y feel.

 

Here are the important details you need to know:

-Traditional-style home overlooking Breckinridge Park

-4 bedrooms, 4 1/2-baths, 5,840 sq. ft. and a 3-car garage

-Beautiful landscaping, a fountain, and a grand driveway

-Hardwood and French limestone tile flooring

-High ceiling, dual front staircase, formal dining and living rooms, and 4 fireplaces

-A balcony, a diving pool and attached spa, and an outdoor kitchen

 

Now to the fun part- the pictures!

Fresh Listing Friday: Regal in Richardson

^Front exterior showing the stunning construction of this home and front yardFresh Listing Friday: Regal in Richardson

^Grand, two-story entrance with a dual staircase, iron double front doors, a gorgeous chandelier, and limestone floorsFresh Listing Friday: Regal in Richardson

^Formal dining room with ample natural light. Wonderful walls of windows are found throughout the homeFresh Listing Friday: Regal in Richardson

^Huge, open kitchen with two islands, a breakfast bar, granite countertops, stainless-steel appliances, hardwood flooring, two sinks, and a butler’s pantry. This space is open to the breakfast area and the main living room- see belowFresh Listing Friday: Regal in Richardson

^The breakfast area is a continuation of the kitchen and has its own fireplace, large windows, and has great flow into the main living roomFresh Listing Friday: Regal in Richardson

^The main living room has views of the backyard, more large windows, another fireplace, and a tray ceilingFresh Listing Friday: Regal in Richardson

^The first-floor master suite is simply incredible with a wall of windows showing off backyard views, a tray ceiling, a sitting area, walk-in closet, a see-though fireplace, and a fabulous bathFresh Listing Friday: Regal in Richardson

^The master bath with see-through fireplace, dual vanities, a soaker tub, a walk-in shower, and tile flooringFresh Listing Friday: Regal in Richardson

^A tiered media room is located on the second floor along with the remaining bedrooms and a game roomFresh Listing Friday: Regal in Richardson

^The grandeur continues in the backyard. Tall cypress trees are well-appointed next to the diving pool, spa, covered and open patio space, and the outdoor kitchen. This view also shows the large balcony off the second floor of the home

 

The only thing we have left to say is WOW. Get the full tour of this home by clicking on any of the photos above.

 

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

 

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DFW Weekend Round Up (2/26-3/1)


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Warm up the chilly weekend ahead with live music, theater, stand-up and more.

Thursday, Feb. 26:

Diana Ross: The queen of The Supremes will be at Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie performing solo songs like “Endless Love” and other fan favorites.

 

Fashion Group International: Rising Stars: The ice rink at the Galleria is being transformed into a walkway and stage for the annual awards ceremony and runway show celebrating Dallas designers and fashionistas.

 

The International Exhibition of Sherlock Holmes: Through May 10, the Perot Museum will host an exhibit that asks you to tap into your inner detective. See how Sherlock Holmes used science to solve mysteries- then try it yourself.

 

Kinky Boots: Dallas Summer Musicals presents this Tony award-winning musical about thigh-high boots with music by Cyndi Lauper at Music Hall at Fair Park through March 8.

 

Winter Dreams: Tchaikovsky’s early work delightfully blends East and West with enchanting accents of Russian folk music presented by the Dallas Symphony Orchestra.

 

Friday, Feb. 27:

5th-Annual Bonne Santé: The annual food and wine showcase benefitting the Nation Kidney Foundation will take place at The Westin Galleria. The event features top chefs from D-FW and around the country, each preparing signature dishes paired with fine wines.

 

The Avett Brothers: The alternative country band will play shows on Friday and Saturday at South Side Ballroom.

 

Meghan Trainor: The pop star who has risen to fame thanks to songs like “All About That Bass” and “Lips Are Movin'” will be at Granada Theater.

 

Saturday, Feb. 28:

Dallas Blooms: Deep in the Hearts of Texans: Nothing says spring like the start of a new exhibit at the Dallas Arboretum. We may still be shaking off the frost, but this 44-day event lasts through April 12 and boasts more than a half-million blooming bulbs.

 

George Lopez: Funny man George Lopez will be at Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie treating fans to his ever popular stand up comedy.

 

Sunday, Mar. 1:

The American Rodeo: Cowboy competitors, not the football playing kind, will be at AT&T Stadium giving it their all to win their share of a $2 million cash payout.

 

The Goonies: Granada Theater has become a great place to watch your favorite cult-classic movies. Head over for comfortable seats, concert sound, and admission that will only set you back $3.

 

Image via Kinky Boots Oficial Website

Dallas-area Home Prices Up


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Dallas-area home prices ended 2014 with a 7.5 percent increase from a year earlier, according to the latest Standard & Poor’s/Case-Shiller Home Price Index.

 

December’s gain was down slightly from the 7.7 percent annual increase in November.

 

But the Dallas-area price rise was well above the 4.6 percent nationwide rate.

 

Dallas had the fourth-highest increase among the 20 major markets Case-Shiller surveys for its monthly report. Dallas-area home prices are now almost 13 percent higher than they were before the recession.

 

If you’re considering offering your home for sale, contact an Ebby Associate to find out what your home is worth in today’s market. To find the right agent for your residential real estate needs, visit the award-winning ebby.com.

7 Ways to Stay Warmer This Winter


7 Ways to Stay Warmer This Winter

In light of the icy weather we’re having this week, we thought it was a great time to remind you of these 7 tips.

 

This time of year can be hard on efficiency and bills because cooler temperatures force the thermostat up and foggy days have us closing the blinds. Instead of giving in to higher bills, try out some of these techniques for a warmer winter at home.

 

1. Your Thermostat: If you have the funds and the ability, call an expert if the latter is not true, install a programmable thermostat. Programming your thermostat to let the temperature drop a bit while no one’s home and heat up when you return is an easy way to save a lot on heating bills. Also, remember that studies show that cooler temperatures make for a better night’s sleep.

 

2. Let the Light Shine: Draw back curtains and blinds during the day to allow the sun to come in. A sunny day, even a cold one, will heat up rooms a few degrees. At night, and in rooms that don’t get sunlight, keep curtains closed to keep more heat inside. If you’re home is particularly susceptible to heat loss, consider investing in insulated window dressings.

 

3. Fireplace Rules: While a fireplace may feel like a great way to keep warm, they are actually notoriously inefficient. Gas fireplaces can add significantly to your bills and both they and woodburning fires allow cold air to come in in other areas of your house. It is especially important that you keep the flue closed when the fireplace is not in use, otherwise it’s like opening a window.

 

4. Fan Flip: Ceiling fans don’t necessarily have or need to go off during colder months. If you flip the directional switch on your fan and turn it on a low speed it will push the hot air in your home, which naturally rises, back down. This trick is most beneficial in room with high or vaulted ceilings.

 

5. Mind the Gaps: Check your windows and doors for cracks, gaps and openings. Simply holding your hand up to the base of a window can reveal a strong current of air exchange. Replace any broken glass, framing, and caulk where necessary.

 

6. Close It Up: If you find yourself spending more time in some rooms than others, simply close doors to trap the heat. Additionally, if there are some rooms you never use, shut the door and vent to direct the heat where it needs to go and save on heating bills.

 

7. Add Layers: This means to your floors and to yourself. Rugs keep heat from escaping through the floors and will keep your feet warmer. If you’re really looking to save, stop worrying about heating the house and throw on a pair of fuzzy socks and a warm sweatshirt. Add blankets to your bed and bundle up instead of heating your entire home.

Feature We Love: Natural Light


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We’re all about natural light, and lots of it! It can help you save on energy bills and it brings the warmth and happiness of sunlight into your home. The best way to take advantage of natural light is with windows, of course. There are many ways to design windows in order to capitalize on natural light. Take a look at a few of your options below.

Feature We Love: Natural Light

^6728 Aberdeen Ave., DallasFeature We Love: Natural Light

^6865 Lorna Lane, DallasFeature We Love: Natural Light

^621 Pelican Hills, FairviewFeature We Love: Natural Light

^6019 Lakehurst Ave., DallasFeature We Love: Natural Light

^6838 Stefani Drive, DallasFeature We Love: Natural Light

^9250 Meadowbrooke Drive, DallasFeature We Love: Natural Light

^2305 Worthington St.. #312, DallasFeature We Love: Natural Light

^6708 Glenhurst Drive, DallasFeature We Love: Natural Light^4 Mission Hills Drive, Frisco

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Fresh Listing Friday: Lakewood Luxury


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Happy Friday, All! This week’s Fresh Listing Friday takes us to a new construction home at 6919 La Vista Drive in the gorgeous neighborhood of Lakewood Hills. The style, attention to detail, and open floor plan in this listing make it one of a kind.

 

Here are the important details you need to know:

-Two-story, Tudor-style home in proximity to White Rock Lake offered for $965,000

-4 bedrooms, 3 1/2 baths and 4,136 sq. ft.

-High ceilings, crown molding, hardwood flooring

-Media room, study, and separate laundry room

-Covered front porch and back porches and a two-car garage

Fresh Listing Friday: Lakewood Luxury

^Front exterior with beautiful architectural elements, covered front porch, retaining wall, and a solid wood, covered front doorFresh Listing Friday: Lakewood Luxury

^The formal living room with a fireplace and built-ins is off the home’s entry along with the dining room and the main stairway. The hall on the right of the photo leads to the rest of the first floor. The rich hardwoods you see flow throughout the homeFresh Listing Friday: Lakewood Luxury

^The open concept living room and kitchen are bathed in natural light thanks to walls of windows and doors. There is a work space here and the living room has a fireplace and access to the covered back porchFresh Listing Friday: Lakewood Luxury

^The kitchen is beautifully finished with light granite countertops, white cabinetry, subway tile, nickel pendant lights, an island with a breakfast bar, and fabulous stainless-steel appliancesFresh Listing Friday: Lakewood Luxury

^A spacious butler’s pantry with a large wine fridge is ideally located between the kitchen and dining room. The walk-in pantry is oppositeFresh Listing Friday: Lakewood Luxury

^The master suite features a balcony and a vaulted ceiling Fresh Listing Friday: Lakewood Luxury

^The master bathroom features dual vanities, a rain shower, a soaker tub, and marble floors. Not pictures is the white custom closet Fresh Listing Friday: Lakewood Luxury

^The study is located on the second floor with the remaining bedrooms and a media room. This space is great as a study space or a home officeFresh Listing Friday: Lakewood Luxury^The backyard is fenced in and has a great covered porch

To see all of the listings that were new to the DFW residential real estate market this week, click here

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TREPAC Protects Texas Property Rights


TREPAC Protects Texas Property Rights

 

On Thursday, February 19, a “flock of flamingos” arrived at Ebby’s Corporate office, insisting on a monetary investment in TREPAC before they would depart for another location.

 

TREPAC, short for Texas Association of Realtors Political Action Committee, backs local, state, and national candidates and elected officials who have a proven track record of protecting private-property rights, preserving the dream of homeownership, and supporting the vitality of the real estate industry.

 

A strong TREPAC benefits Texas Realtors and protects the rights of Texas property owners, according to President & CEO of the Ebby Halliday Companies Mary Frances Burleson, who recently issued a challenge to each of the company’s offices to support TREPAC in a significant manner.

 

To schedule a flocking at your office, contact Kimberly Addison Kramer at Lawyer’s Title, 214-458-8824.

Trees Add Beauty, Value to Your Home


Trees Add Beauty, Value to Your Home

Trees don’t ask for much — dirt, water, sunlight. Yet they provide many benefits for you and your home: They add beauty and value to your property, cut your energy bills with the shade they provide, provide a home to wildlife, and improve the air you breathe.

 

To get the full benefits from your trees, choose the right one and plant it in the right location. Planting a tree that sheds its leaves annually on the west side of your house provides cooling shade in the summer. In winter, after it loses its leaves, the same tree will let in sunlight that cuts heating bills.

 

If you’re planting a new tree, think about its fully grown size and shape before you dig. Roots too close to your home could damage the foundation or block sewer lines. The wrong tree in the wrong place could actually lower your home’s appraised value.

 

To learn more about trees and how you can improve the environment while improving your property value, visit arbordayfoundation.org, where you’ll find a wealth of useful information about trees.

 

PHOTO: Shown is  1204 Chatsworth in Colleyville, which is offered by Ebby’s Alice Bien for $679,000.

DFW Weekend Round Up (2/19-2/22)


 DFW Weekend Round Up (2/19-2/22)

This weekend’s events have no clear theme, but that just means there’s something for everyone! Take a look…

 

If you’re looking for things to do that are more food and drink centric, click here.

 

Thursday, Feb. 19:

The Book of Mormon: If you didn’t make last year’s show, now is the time to catch the Tony Award-winning musical created by the people behind South Park, Trey Parker and Matt Stone. This is the final weekend that it will be at Winspear Opera House.

 

The Last Two People on Earth: An Apocalyptic Vaudeville: This musical includes two major stars, Mandy Patinkin and Taylor Mac. On top of that, the show is directed by Tony-winner Susan Stroman. Follow the pair as the take on a post-apocalyptic world at the Eismann Center in Richardson through Sunday.

 

Medea: The Greek tragedy, presented by Dallas Theater Center, will take place in the basement of Kalita Humphrey’s Theater through March 29.

 

Thin Line Festival: The 8th-annual festival in Denton goes all weekend long. Thin Line will deliver an engaging program of high quality documentary films, world-class music, and (new in 2015) a diverse palette of photographic art.

 

Friday, Feb. 20:

Disney in Concert: The Dallas Symphony Orchestra presents classic songs from Disney movies that you’ll never forget, old and new. Friday through Sunday, the orchestra will play songs from Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast, Frozen, The Lion King, The Little Mermaid and more.

 

Ticketstock 2015: The annual sports talk event hosted by the crew from 1310 The Ticket is back at Irving Convention Center Friday and Saturday. Join them for free admission, autographs, and concerts.

 

Wynonna Judd: The country music singer will be at Arlington Music Hall for stories and song.

 

Saturday, Feb. 21:

Chinese New Year Celebration: The Crow Colleciton of Art celebrates the Year of the Ram with their 16th-annual free Chinese New Year Celebration.Head to the Hardwood District for crafts, fortune telling, a photo booth, family yoga, food trucks and more.

 

Sunday, Feb. 22:

Seryn: The sextet from Denton will be at Dan’s Silverleaf singing new-age folk songs you can’t help but love.

 

Image via The Ticket

10 Tubs We Love


Every day is the perfect day to go home, relax, and take a hot bath. The best part is, these days your bath tub choices are pretty much endless. From jetted to standalone to deep soaker tubs, there is no bad way to wash the stress away.

 

Take a look at how bathrooms across DFW are stepping up their game in the bath tub department.

10 Tubs We Love

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^3141 Brookhollow Circle, Prosper10 Tubs We Love

^4915 Cherokee Trail, Dallas10 Tubs We Love

^732 Lexington Ave., Coppell10 Tubs We Love

^12317 Montego Plaza, Dallas10 Tubs We Love

^6205 Del Norte Lane, Dallas10 Tubs We Love

^610 Madison St., Coppell10 Tubs We Love

^1326 Sandy Creek Drive, Allen10 Tubs We Love

^1315 Sunset Ridge Circle, Cedar Hill10 Tubs We Love^4021 Winsor Drive, Farmers Branch

 

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