Texas Metros Lead U.S.

Growth Trends


The new Census population estimates are out, and only two U.S. metros added more than 100,000 people between July 2013 and July 2014. Dallas and Houston — both located in Texas.


Only one U.S. metro with a population greater than 1 million people grew by 3 percent last year. It’s Austin— also in Texas.


And you can probably guess which state had the most entries in the list of 50 counties with the greatest population gains. Again, it’s Texas.


National news media stories often give the impression that everyone is moving to the city centers of New York, Chicago, San Jose, and Boston. In fact, all of those metro areas have seen more Americans leaving than coming in the past five years. The cities with the highest levels of net domestic migration since 2010 are Houston, Dallas, Austin, Phoenix, Denver, and San Antonio.


At Ebby Halliday we’re proud of our Texas roots and we love sharing our great lifestyle with others. Whether you’re considering a move to North Texas or a move within the Dallas-Fort Worth area, we would be honored to assist you.


To find just the right real estate agent to help with your needs, visit the award-winning ebby.com.


Population Growth: Texas Metros Lead U.S.


This Week in Food & Beverage News

This Week in Food & Beverage News

Before you indulge in Easter Brunch on Sunday, get full on grand openings, wine dinners, a beer breakfast and more this week in DFW.


Tuesday, March 31:

Dallas Food Truck Schedule: Click to find out where your favorite meals-on-wheels will be this week.


Kibble & Cocktails: Food, libations, live music, and puppies for adoption- does it get better than tonight’s event at 3015 at Trinity Groves. Barking Hound Village invites you to enjoy yourself and give to a good cause that will give all proceeds to DFW Rescue Me’s Justice Program.


Ten Ramen: The chef and owner of Tei-An held the soft opening of his new ramen restaurant in the Sylvan Thirty development on Friday. The grand opening is today, with hours from 11:30am to 2pm and 6pm to 10:30pm.


Wednesday, April 1:

Agave Azul Mexican Kitchen-Tequila Sanctuary: A new tequila house and Mexican restaurant will open in the Harwood District on Wednesday. The restaurant currently operates locations in Carrollton and Flower Mound.


Hirsch Vineyards Wine Dinner: The California winery will pair up with Pappas Bros. Streakhouse for a five-course, wine-paired dinner featuring seared tuna, pheasant consommé, five-spice short rib, roasted rack of lamb, and rosemary pound cake.


Progression of Sangiovese: This week’s Women and Wine at Grace features three wines served with light bites for $10.


ZaLat: The pizza spot officially opened last month, but the grand opening will be at 5pm. It also marks the start of their full hours and delivery program, meaning you can get pizza from 4pm to 4am.


Thursday, April 2:

Flavors of Morocco: Learn how to create food from the exotic country of Morocco at Central Market Lovers Lane. The menu includes seafood b’stila with tomato-chermoula sauce; tagine of chicken with preserved lemons and artichoke hearts and more.


Friday, April 3:

Gin Mill Easter Roast: Friday through Sunday, the Hederson Ave. spot will bring back their Herb Roasted Leg of Lamb with house-made mint sauce, petit pois, roasted potatoes, and salad for $18…while it lasts.


Saturday, April 4:

Easter Pop-Up: Celebrate Easter a day early with a delicious, dessert-filled pop-up shop taking place at 3001 Gaston Ave. from 10am to 3 pm. Decadent treats will be offered by Bark Chocolate, Dallas Caramel Company, Miss Naughty Brownie, and Sucre Sucre by LuciaVal’s Cheesecakes. Proceeds will go to the companies’ charities of choice.


Elegant Spring Dinner: The Lovers Ln. location of Central Market invites you to try your hand at spring recipes like artichoke and butter lettuce salad with tarragon vinaigrette; rack of lamb; strawberry lemon tartlets and more.


Jester King Beer Breakfast: Meddlesome Moth joins up with brewery founder Jeff Stuffings for a four-course, five-beer breakfast that promises to be as unique as this idea sounds.



Kessler Park Eating House: A new restaurant has joined the ranks in North Oak Cliff. Feast your eyes on their Facebook page, which is filled with close ups of their various menu items. It’s all brought to you by the owners of Jonathon’s Oak Cliff.


Primo’s: The Tex-Mex joint has relocated from Uptown to the Design District and is open now.


Sushi Bayashi: Those looking for a new sushi spot in Trinity Groves are in luck. The former chef at Kenichi has opened the restaurant’s doors for lunch and dinner.


Image via ZaLat Pizza Facebook Page

Spruce Up Your Home for Spring

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After spring cleaning is done, many people get the itch to change things up. Flowers are blooming, birds are singing and the time is right to implement a fresh, new look in your home. There are a lot of ways to go about this, but we have found that the simplest changes can make the biggest impact without costing a fortune. Here are our favorite ideas for breathing new life into your home this season.


Spruce Up Your Home for Spring

1. Pillows: Decorative pillows on couches, chairs, or beds add pops of color, texture, and layered interest. Try purchasing pillows that allow you to change their covers throughout the year. (Featured property: 4005 Rosa Road, Dallas)


Spruce Up Your Home for Spring

2. Accessories: If you’re someone who likes decorative details, change them out. Spray paint some ordinary bookends for a pop of color, pick up some fun new coasters, or switch up the books you have on display. Simply exchanging items between rooms can have a big impact visually. (Featured property: 2615 Brookside Court, McKinney)


 Spruce Up Your Home for Spring

3. Art and photos: Switch out old photos, paint or buy new pictures frames, rearrange art from one room to the other- all of this will enliven your home. (Featured property: 10106 Caribou Trail, Dallas)


Spruce Up Your Home for Spring

4. Plants: Bring new plants into the house and change up the ones outside. A small pot of basil in the kitchen or new planters on the front porch add color and interest. (Featured Property: 4708 Crooked Lane, Dallas)


Spruce Up Your Home for Spring

5. Outdoor: Freshen up your front door mat, address numbers, patio cushions, or add a floral wreath to the front door. All of these will brighten your curb appeal and make coming home feel like a new experience. (Featured property: 211 Rio Grande Drive, Irving)


Spruce Up Your Home for Spring

6. Paint: If you want to stick to a budget, keep it simple. Paint the front door a bright color, put some chalkboard paint on a small section of one wall, spray paint a lamp or a few bar stools. Paint is a moderately cheap way to update that can be changed with your mood. (Featured property: 4161 Shady Valley Drive, Arlington)

D-FW Luxury Market: Solving the Puzzle

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The spring 2015 edition of Grand Vie: Luxury in Living magazine recently mailed to homes across the Dallas-Fort Worth area.


As the magazine’s market-update feature, Spotlight On the D-FW Luxury Market, points out, now is truly an extraordinary time to sell a luxury home in North Texas.


In the past year, 2,355 single-family homes priced at $750,000 and up have been sold by real estate agents. That’s approximately 12 percent more luxury home sales than during the prior 12 months.


In addition to featuring many of Dallas-Fort Worth’s premier luxury properties currently for sale, the 16th edition of Grand Vie offers a plethora of interesting editorial content. Check it out now at grandviemagazine.com.


Fresh Listing Friday: Cheerful Traditional


Happy beautiful Friday, all! This week on Fresh Listing Friday, we’re taking a closer look at the bright, sunny, open home at 4005 Rosa Road in Dallas.


Here are the important details you need to know:

-Traditional, one-story, brick home on a corner lot listed for $387,500

-3 bedrooms, 2 baths, 1,598 sq. ft.

-Open floor plan, hardwood flooring, plantation shutters, French doors and crown molding

-Spacious backyard with a large deck, pergola, and tall trees


Now onto the photos!

Fresh Listing Friday: Cheerful Traditional

^Adorable front exterior showing the light brick, white trim, black shutters and front door, and simple green landscapingFresh Listing Friday: Cheerful Traditional

^To the left of the front door is this chic living room with pops of color, a large window, hardwoods, and a fireplaceFresh Listing Friday: Cheerful Traditional

^The living room is open to the dining room, all of which is surrounded with on-trend light gray walls and natural lightFresh Listing Friday: Cheerful Traditional

^The dining room features French doors that open to the backyard and bask the room in natural light. To the left is a home office/studyFresh Listing Friday: Cheerful Traditional

^The kitchen includes white cabinetry, granite tile countertops, slate floors, stainless-steel appliances, and space for a freestanding island. It is situated off the doing room and there is an additional sink and cabinetry on the opposite wall. Fresh Listing Friday: Cheerful Traditional

^ The master bedroom features beautiful hardwoods, crown molding, natural light from two windows, and a serene color schemeFresh Listing Friday: Cheerful Traditional

^One of the two bathrooms featuring intricate white tile floors, a tub/shower combination and a chic pink, gold and white color schemeFresh Listing Friday: Cheerful Traditional

^A view of the backyard from the tiered deck showing the pergola, dining area, and gorgeous, tall treesFresh Listing Friday: Cheerful Traditional ^Even with the large deck and pergola dining space, the backyard still has a roomy yard for play and gardening


Is it any wonder we chose this home to feature this week? It emits charm and personality.


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

Farms, Ranches and Rural Retreats



If a Texas ranch, horse farm or rural retreat is in your future, the spring 2015 edition of Grand Vie: Luxury in Living is tailor-made for you.


In addition to showcasing luxury listings of Ebby Halliday Realtors and Fort Worth’s Williams Trew Real Estate – the newest member of the Ebby Halliday Family of Companies – our beautiful new magazine features exceptional ranches, horse farms and rural retreats available for purchase across North Texas.


The properties are part of a special Farm & Ranch section that highlights the diversity of rural offerings in our region. From 10-acre lots priced from $145,000 to a $15.9 million world-class equestrian facility, the newest issue of Grand Vie offers something for everyone interested in rural living in North Texas.


To explore some of the premier farm & ranch properties on the market today, click here.


PHOTO: Among the farm & ranch properties featured in the spring edition of Grand Vie: Luxury in Living is this home with a mare motel on 30 acres in Whitesboro. This prime property is offered for $1,175,000 by Ebby’s Patty Campbell.



DFW Weekend Round Up (3/26-3/29)

DFW Weekend Round Up (3/26-3/29)

Get your fill of live music, comedy, and automobiles this weekend in DFW. You’ll also find options for art, opera, and Disney on Ice.


If you’re looking for food and drink events, click here.


Thursday, Mar. 26:

Bomb Factory Grand Opening with Erykah Badu featuring Sarah Jaffe: The Dallas natives are the perfect duo to celebrate the re-opening of the Bomb Factory.


Dallas Comedy Festival: Four days of funny began Tuesday and last through Saturday. Pros and amateurs will take the stage for standup and improv at Dallas Comedy House.


2015 DFW Auto Show: The annual show shines the light on more than half a million sq. ft. of cars, trucks and SUVs. If you’re in the market for a new ride, head over the the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas through Sunday.


Disney on Ice: Frozen: The latest Disney craze takes the ice at American Airlines Center through Sunday.


La Bohème: The Dallas Opera will put on six performances of Giacomo Puccini’s classic opera until Sunday at Winspear Opera House.


Music Thursday: This week’s Klyde Warren Park series features Kelsey Lewis, a Texas singer/songwriter from Dallas/Fort Worth.


Friday, Mar. 27:

Diavolo: Described as “architecture in motion”, this exciting show is known for interactive, shifting sets and acrobatics. It is presented by TITAS and will be held at Dallas City Performance Hall.


Saturday, Mar. 28:

Betty Buckley: The Tony Award-winning singer and Fort Worth native is in town for two shows at McDavid Studio at Bass Performance Hall.


Domingo Zapata: LAB ART, the satellite location of L.A.’s Lab Art, in the Design District will host a solo show for Zapata from 7 to 10pm. You may recognize his name in conjunction with Lindsay Lohan. RSVP required.


Mary Chapin Carpenter: The Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter, who wrote a song for Betty Buckley’s new album, will be at Bass Hall playing an acoustic performance.


The Toadies: The celebration of the return of the Bomb Factory continues with this concert featuring openers Brutal Juice and Baboon.


Sunday, Mar. 29:

Sir Mix-A-Lot: If you don’t know his name, you probably know his signature song. He will be at Trees in Deep Ellum.


Image via American Airlines Center

DSO on the GO Visits UNT

DSO on the GO Visits UNT


Next week offers another prime opportunity to enjoy the Dallas Symphony Orchestra’s DSO on the GO concert series. You’re invited to experience the DSO Thursday, April 2, at 8 p.m. at the Murchison Performing Arts Center at the University of North Texas in Denton.


This year is the third in a row that the Ebby Halliday Companies are sponsoring the full season of the DSO on the GO performance series, which brings the orchestra to concert halls and churches across North Texas.


Tickets are $29 for the public and $9 for UNT students. They are available through the UNT Box Office at music.UNT.edu or by calling 940-369-7802.

How to Appeal to Millennial House Hunters

How to Appeal to Millennial House Hunters

Trying to get into the mind of Millennial home buyers? Curious what the latest wave of house hunters is looking for in a home? The National Association of Home Builders recently released a report with telling statistics about this generation. It reveals interesting information about what members of Generation Y really want.


What they’re willing to accept to make a home affordable (From most acceptable to less so):

1. Unfinished space

2. Farther away from shopping, entertainment

3. Longer commute to work

4. Smaller lot

5. Fewer amenities

6. Smaller house

7. Less expensive materials


What else do Gen. Y’ers want?:

-75% want a single-family home

-66% want to live in the suburbs, with only 10% preferring a central city location

-78% want a kitchen that is completely open to the family room or only separated by a half wall

-52% want a two-story home

-35% want 3 bedrooms, 46% want 4 bedrooms

-64% want either 2 or 2 1/2 bathrooms

-55% want a separate laundry room, with a total of 90% saying it was essential or desirable

-An elevator is unwanted by 64% of respondents

-84% said they would pay more for a highly energy-efficient home with lower utility bills over the home’s life


Major influencers for moving to a certain community:

-58% said park area

-55% said walking/jogging trails

-54% said playgrounds

-51% said outdoor swimming pool


NAHB Assistant VP of Research Rose Quint predicted that the growing numbers of first-time buyers will drive down home size in 2015. Three million new jobs were created in 2014, 700,000 more than the previous year “and the most since 1999,” Quint said. At the same time, regulators have reduced downpayment requirements for first-time buyers from 5% to 3% and home prices have seen only moderate growth.


“All these events lead me to believe that more people will come into the market, and as younger, first-time buyers, they will demand smaller, more affordable homes,” Quint said. “Builders will build whatever demand calls out for.” (Source)

This Week in Food & Beverage News

This Week in Food & Beverage News

The Fort Worth Food & Wine Festival takes over this week, but, never fear, there are plenty of other opportunities to indulge your gluttonous side all over DFW.


Wednesday, Mar. 25:

Bishop Cider Co. Sale: Now through Friday, get 80% off an amber growler in 32oz. or 64oz. Limit 1 per person.


Local TX Beer Dinner: Join Libertine Bar for 5 beers from 5 local breweries paired with courses created by their chef, Ashley Yancey. The menu includes a duo of couscous salad and eggplant bruschetta, tuna tartare, pancetta stuffed quail, bison with split pea risotto, and chocolate beer ice cream.


Taste of Italy Wine Dinner: Chef Ying, of Next Wood Fired Bistro & Vino Bar in Colleyville, will prepare an Italian five-course, wine-paired dinner. The menu features burrata & prosciutto, lobster risotto, lamb osso buco, pappardelle veal in porcini ragu, and Ying’s Italian cream cake.


Thursday, Mar. 26:

Craft Beer and Artisan Cheese: Community Beer Company will welcome cheesemonger Ali Morgan, from Rare Edibles, at the brewery for a night highlighting this classic combination.


Fort Worth Food & Wine Festival: BBQ Bash: Billy Bob’s Texas will host a dozen of the best pit-masters in the state as well as live music by Wade Bowen.


Friday, Mar. 27:

Brew Brains: Gluten-Free Beer Tasting: Ever had a taste of gluten-free beer? Now’s your chance to explore these unique brews, with a special tasting and pairing at Whole Foods Market at Forest and Preston Rd. from 6:45 to 8pm.


Fort Worth Food & Wine Festival: Grand Tasting: Enjoy an evening that features more than 100 exceptional wines, craft beers and spirits from near and far as well as food from the best North Texas chefs, restaurateurs and artisan producers. It will be held at The Worthington Renaissance Fort Worth Hotel.


Fort Worth Food & Wine Festival: #latenight Desserts After Dark: 8 local pastry chefs and 8 local mixologists will craft special eats and drinks inspired by Texas whiskey. There will also be live music, dancing, and an excellent selection of wine and beer from 9pm to midnight.


Saturday, Mar. 28:

Coffee Dinner: The new wave in paired dinners is here. Method Coffee and Spirited Cooking will come together for a five-course, coffee-paired dinner that marks the start of a new monthly series.


Fort Worth Food & Wine Festival: Burgers, Brews & Blues: Have an all-American night on ranch land lining the Trinity River and fill up on mini burgers, craft beers, and live blues music.


Fort Worth Food & Wine Festival: Rise + Dine: Saturday brunch was never more tasty or diverse. Indulge in brunch specialties from noted area restaurants and a selection of craft beer, specialty wines and spirits, plus a mimosa and bloody mary bar. The event will be held at The Worthington Renaissance Fort Worth Hotel.


3rd-Annual Mudbug Bash: Downtown Dallas Inc., 105.3 The Fan and Jack FM invite you and the family to head to Main Street Garden for their annual crawfish boil. There will be 3,500 pounds of crawfish, live music, games, libations, armadillo racing and more.


Uptown Farmer’s Market at West Village: The newest Dallas farmers market will kick off Saturday from 8am to 12pm and every Saturday following.


Sunday, Mar. 29:

Fort Worth Food & Wine Festival: Family Sunday Funday: Get your taste of North Texas food trucks at this family-friendly event at the Coyote Drive-In. There will also be live music and libations.


Martin House Brewing 2nd Anniversary Party: The Fort Worth brewery is back at Flying Saucer, the site of their first keg sale, in Downtown Fort Worth to celebrate two years in business. Beginning at 10am, enjoy breakfast and a tap takeover that includes seasonal and never-before-tasted beers.



Aw Shucks: The seafood spot, now with locations on Greenville Ave. and Mockingbird Lane., will open in Plano this spring and Frisco as soon as June.


Deep Ellum & Expo Park: RealtyTrac recently ranked the 75226 zip code as the No. 18 best zip code in the country for pub crawling in terms of bars per capita.


El Bolero: The owners of Oak and Pakpao will open a third concept this spring in the Design District that offers regional and authentic Mexican with a twist.


TEXSOM International Wine Awards: Check out Texas wines took home the gold at this year’s Texas Monthly-sponsored event.


Yucatan Taco Stand: The newest addition to Lower Greenville will open in the next couple of weeks. The restaurant, out of Fort Worth, will offer a fast-casual set up with a full bar.


Images via Fort Worth Food & Wine Festival Facebook page