Fresh Listing Friday: Custom Estate

Fresh Listing Friday: Tuscan Villa

Happy Friday, all! This week’s Fresh Listing Friday was a no-brainer. Located in the heart of McKinney, this custom estate at 5409 Twin Cities Lane comes with every amenity imaginable. The surrounding lush landscaping, alone, leaves the mind to wonder what the inside holds. Have a peek below.




Need to know details:

– Custom estate on a golf course lot, listed for $1,975,000
– 5 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms, 3 half-baths — 7,421 square feet
– Guest suite, storm shelter, kid’s wing, basketball court
– Epicurean-style kitchen, hidden prep kitchen, large wine fridge, stainless-steel appliances
– Mature, lush landscaping, serene outdoor living area with a fireplace and kitchen


Fresh Listing Friday: Custom Estate
^ Front exterior showing the exquisite landscaping and grand entryway.
Fresh Listing Friday: Custom Estate
^ Upon entry and directly to the left, sits the formal dining room, featuring hardwood flooring, custom wallpaper and a hanging chandelier. Fresh Listing Friday: Custom Estate
^ Travel to the Epicurean-style kitchen and you’ll find stainless-steel appliances, decorative light fixtures and a wooden island with a breakfast bar.Fresh Listing Friday: Custom Estate
^ Just behind the main kitchen lies a hidden prep kitchen, equipped with an extra sink, additional dishwasher, two Sub-Zero fridges, and a large wine fridge. Fresh Listing Friday: Custom Estate
^ The family room features high beamed ceilings, an abundance of windows and a fireplace.Fresh Listing Friday: Custom EstateFresh Listing Friday: Custom EstateFresh Listing Friday: Custom Estate
^ The luxurious, first-floor master suite features natural light, a sitting area, high beamed ceilings, hardwood flooring, a garden tub, separate shower, dual sinks and separate vanities. Fresh Listing Friday: Custom EstateFresh Listing Friday: Custom EstateFresh Listing Friday: Custom EstateFresh Listing Friday: Custom Estate
^ Travel outdoors and you will find a paradise that features two covered living areas, built-in grills, golf course views, a pool, basketball court and play area.



Simply pristine. If you fell in love with the pictures, you’ll really enjoy seeing it in person during the open house this weekend. Pop in on Sunday, May 31, between 2 and 4 p.m.

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







Fresh Take On The Garden

When it stops raining in Dallas-Fort Worth – and it will – many area homeowners’ thoughts will turn to their gardens.


Gardens promote both healthy and sustainable living. Whether growing fresh produce or rare flowers, if you’re the type who enjoys getting your hands a little dirty in the backyard, our friends at Luxury Portfolio International have put together a few essentials for your gardening pleasure.


Fresh Take On The Garden

Parrot Flower Power

Catering to the “Eco-Geek” movement, the Parrot Flower Power monitors the needs of your plants, so you don’t have to. Place the standalone sensor in the pot or in the ground and connect to your smartphone via BlueTooth to keep track of the fertilizer, temperature, sunlight and moisture.



Fresh Take On The Garden

Torremato Outbox

One of the many rewards of the garden is the aesthetics, and with Torremato Outbox lighting you can admire your work night and day. A decidedly modern, cube shape, these stylish lights complement the visual appeal of the garden by combining form and function.


Fresh Take On The Garden

Japanese Hand-Forged Garden Clippers

Hand-forged with a spring-loaded handle and leather sheath, these Garden Clippers from Kaufmann Mercantile may sound like something out of the Wild West, but the Japanese-made tool will give you complete control to preside over your garden and slice through those stems and branches like butter.



Fresh Take On The Garden

Hartley Botanic Greenhouse

For ideal growing conditions, the Victorian Manor Greenhouse from Hartley Botanic allows you to create your very own gardening paradise. The spacious structure has ample room, so you can get creative and grow anything from vibrant tiger lilies to hardy hibiscus.


Fresh Take On The Garden

French Glass Garden Cloche

On a much smaller scale, the French Glass Garden Cloche from One Kings Lane will similarly protect your plants from the harmful effects of the elements. With this hand-blown antique you can add a vintage touch to your modern garden and keep your plants thriving.



Fresh Take On The Garden

Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds

Of course, the most important part is the finished product, and if you don’t want to put just anything in the ground, check out the Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Collections. You’ll find seeds for all climates and garden types that are non-hybrid, non-GMO and non-treated to yield only the healthiest of produce.


Fresh Take On The Garden

Frederik Roije Chicken Coop

If you haven’t heard, raising chickens, from urban to suburban, has become “all the rage” and if you want your own farm-fresh eggs, the Breed Retreat, designed by Frederik Roijé, is cool enough for even the funkiest chickens. How often do you come across a hen house with this kind of feng shui?


Alas, with drier weather in next week’s Dallas-Fort Worth forecast it will soon be time to get to out there and put your green thumb to the test, and we hope with this list you can take your garden to the next level.

DFW Weekend Round Up (5/29 – 5/31)

DFW Weekend Round Up
Music, festival celebrations and competitions are the highlights in this edition of the Weekend Round Up.


Friday, May 29

AT&T Byron Nelson: Now in its 33rd year, the annual golf tournament kicked off on Tuesday, but promises more fun this weekend. The Pavilion After Dark, presented by Michelob Ultra, provides live entertainment during the evening. Spectators with a Championship ticket enjoy all the fun for free! For more info, visit here.


Fan Expo Dallas: Visit the largest comic, sci-fi, horror, anime, and gaming event in Texas. Presented by Dallas Comic Con, the three-day event includes family-friendly activities and celebrity guests. For tickets and more info, visit here.


Dallas International Guitar Festival: Witness everything guitar this weekend! Held at Fair Park in Dallas, this festival will feature celebrities, guitar manufacturers, dealers, collector’s items, live music, and food. For tickets and more info, visit here.


Five Course Coffee Dinner: How about a private five-course dinner, where all the food is paired with coffee? Method Coffee and Spirited Cooking are joining forces to bring you the best food and coffee pairing Dallas has to offer. For tickets and more info, visit here.


Saturday, May 30

Rockwall Country Fair: Enjoy music, dancing, vendors, food, and games, all benefitting programs that help women and children. Consider it a family fun day — country style. Free entry and parking; 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.


Dallas Ultimate Women’s Expo: Indulge in shopping, fashion, food, entertainment, cosmetics and travel at this year’s Women’s Expo, held at the Irving Convention Center. Keynote speakers include Melissa Gilbert, Nancy Grace, Nene Leakes and Tabatha Coffey. For tickets and more info, visit here.


Art Uncorked: The Arlington Museum of Art is hosting a painting party. Engage in some relaxing fun and create your own masterpiece, while sipping on a glass or two of wine. $35/person; 6-9 p.m.


Front Porch Showdown: Visit Dallas Heritage Village at Old City Park and watch several bluegrass bands compete for cash prizes. Kids will also be able to join in on the fun by creating musical instruments to play in their own jam session. For tickets and more info, visit here.


Sunday, May 31

Jazz Under the Stars: Labyrinth Walk Coffee House presents an evening of jazz. Bring a lawn chair, blanket, food and drink (including beer and wine) and listen to the soulful tunes of Shoot Low Sheriff, Lady Diamond, Freddie Jones and the E-Flat Porch Band. For tickets and more info, visit here.


Feature image courtesy of AT&T Byron Nelson

This Week in Food & Beverage News


This Week in Food & Beverage News

Expect lots of beer-themed events this week in DFW. From beer dinners to beer school and block parties to lawn parties, find it all here in this week’s Food & Beverage News.



Food Truck Schedule: Check out where your favorite meals are in Dallas this week!


Wednesday, May 27

Pegasus Block Party: As stated in a previous blog, the original Dallas Pegasus has made its way back and the Omni Hotel will be celebrating its return. Mayor Mike Rawlings will light the Dallas icon, while you enjoy free samples from local restaurants. This FREE event is from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.


Craft Beer & Cheese Pairing: Once again, Community Beer Co. is pairing up with Rare Edibles for a craft beer and cheese pairing. Participants will each receive four craft beers and eight cheeses. $30/person; 6-9 p.m. Purchase tickets here.


Thursday, May 28

Farm to Table Dinner: McKinney’s Farmers Market is partnering up with the Seed Project Foundation to create a one of a kind six-course meal. Diners will have the chance to learn about the source of the meal, as well as view items available at the McKinney’s Farmers Market. $100/person; 6 p.m. Purchase tickets here.


Friday, May 29

Beer Dinner: The folks at Cook Hall will be hosting an exclusive beer dinner, courtesy of Franconia Brewing Company. Enjoy a four-course dinner, paired with a fine beverage. $55/person; 7 p.m. Reservations: 214.397.4100


Saturday, May 30

Beer School: Community Beer Co. will be hosting a “beer school” where you can learn everything you need to know about craft beer: ingredients, styles, tasting techniques, the whole brewing process and more! $25/person; 2-5 p.m. Purchase tickets here.


Reunion Lawn Party: Enjoy gourmet food trucks, live music, lawn games, and a beer garden at Reunion Tower’s monthly hangout. FREE admission; 5-10 p.m.

Sunday, May 31

Aaron Franklin: The man behind Austin’s famous Franklin Barbecue in Austin, will be hosting at a “meat and greet” at the Wild Detectives Book Store in Oak Cliff, where he’ll also be signing copies of his fairly new cookbook — Franklin Barbecue – A Meat Smoking Manifesto.



Snookie’s Bar & Grill, the longtime Oak Lawn restaurant, will soon be closing its doors. After 26 years, the Oak Lawn staple lost its lease and has no future plans of reopening.


The Katy Trail Ice House, Uptown’s most popular backyard patio, has opened a casual eatery in Highland Park Village, called K.T. Burger. The menu features similar items to those of the Katy Trail Ice House.

Image courtesy of Dallas’ Reunion Tower.

Dallas-area Home Prices Rising

Dallas-area Home Prices Rising


Dallas-area home prices were up 9.3% in March from a year earlier in the latest Standard & Poor’s/Case-Shiller Home Price Index.


The Dallas-area increase was more than twice the national average of 4.1%. And March’s year-over-year price gain rose from 8.6 percent in February.


Dallas had the third-highest home price increase in the country, behind San Francisco, 10.3%, and Denver, 10%.


Experts agree that North Texas home prices are rising thanks to strong growth in the region and a shortage of homes for sale.


To find out what your North Texas home is worth, contact an Ebby Associate today. It’s easy to find the right agent for your residential real estate needs at the award-winning

Tackle Summer Bugs

Tackle Summer Bugs

Recent showers and flooding have created the perfect habitat for those pesky summer bugs. Below are some sure-fire ways to prevent the common bites, stings and nuisances.



Unfortunately, Texas’ number one culprit is here to stay. Aside from the traditional insect repellants and home remedies, it’s best to treat this problem at its source — water.

Turn over empty pottery to prevent from collecting water, drain plant saucers and fix any leaking outdoor faucets. Mosquitoes often lay their eggs in stagnant water so, the less, the better.


Although relatively harmless, these small creatures create quite the inconvenience with their constant swarming. Plus, you never know what germs they may be carrying as they travel from place to place.

If you garden, you want to make sure your fruits and veggies are staying fresh outside. If you happen to notice rotting or mold, act fast and pluck them out, then turn your soil or mulch to allow any moldy layers to dry out. As with mosquitoes, be diligent in draining any standing water and drying out any moisture. With Texas humidity, the drying process may take a while. In this case, sprinkle a bit of sand on top of your soil, something very discouraging to gnats.


To prevent bees from establishing a colony in or around your house, it’s important to remember these three things: food, water and shelter — bees’ keys to life.

Again, with any other summer bug, stagnant water must be kept to a minimum. Drain pots and repair any faulty irrigation systems. And if you have bird baths or pet bowls outside, mixing in 2 tablespoons of vinegar per gallon of water will discourage any bees from setting up shop near your house.

Plan an exterior inspection and eliminate any potential nesting sites. Cover holes, chimneys and animal burrows. Make sure windows and screens are tightly fitted and sealed. If you have any debris in your yard, such as old tires, cardboard boxes or old appliances, throw them out. Bees seek out such items for nesting sites.

Removing flowers as a source of food is not recommended. In fact, it’s very important for bees to pollinate many plants, including crops. If you have a colorful garden, not to worry. As long as you have their other two resources tamed to a minimum, you’re in tip-top shape for the summer.


Like humans, slugs seek out shade on sunny days. And like many other bugs, they love moist areas.

To prevent slugs from damaging your plants and leaving their slimy evidence, get rid of any hiding places. Think cool, dark and moist. Try irrigating your lawn in the morning, instead of the evening. By doing so, you’ll allow plenty of time for plants and soil to dry before the sun sets.

To protect plants, spray surrounding areas with soap and water. You can also create barriers around your plants, such as rocks, wire or anything rough and abrasive to slow them down.

Lastly, slugs have no bones. Therefore, they can fit in any crack or crevice they set their eyes on. Seal any cracks and cover any holes you notice throughout your house. By doing so, you not only eliminate the potential for slugs, but for other bugs as well.

Dallas: America’s Most Business-Friendly City

Dallas: America's Most Business-Friendly City


Dallas is the most business-friendly city in the United States, according to a just released annual ranking by


From MarketWatch’s story accompanying the just-released list of America’s Most Business Friendly Cities:


“The D-FW area has become a promised land of sorts to which businesses are flocking — and, once there, thriving. Think of just about any U.S. company, and there’s a good chance it’s got operations of some kind in the area.


Some companies seek a geographic advantage by locating facilities in the middle of the country, whether a distribution hub or an entire headquarters. It may be that executives are hankering to save money on taxes or real estate or other business costs. Or perhaps they’re just weary of regulatory trappings elsewhere and long for a meaningful relationship with a business-friendly local government.


It doesn’t matter. They’re getting all that and more. And it’s what led MarketWatch to declare that Dallas-Fort Worth is America’s most business-friendly metro area for 2014.”


MarketWatch’s Top 10


San Francisco


Des Moines


San Jose



Oklahoma City



Fresh Listing Friday: Contemporary Roots


Happy Friday, all! This week’s Fresh Listing Friday listing is nothing short of stylish. Constructing its roots in the classic Belmont neighborhood of East Dallas, this modern contemporary home at 5833 Prospect Avenue offers an updated look to the Lower Greenville area.


Need to know details:

– Newly constructed contemporary home on a 50 x 185 lot, listed for $865,000
– 5 bedrooms, 4 baths — 3,527 square feet
– Open floor plan, hardwood flooring, lots of natural light
– Decorative light fixtures, stainless steel appliances, quartz counter tops
– Spacious bedrooms, dual vanities, over-sized garage


^ Front exterior showing the two-car garage, manicured lawn, and right entrance.

^ A walk through the entrance will lead to you an open floor plan, featuring a metal-frame staircase and hardwood flooring.

^ The living room features an open floor plan, hardwood flooring, white walls, and plenty of windows for natural light

^ The spacious kitchen offers hardwood flooring, quartz countertops, stainless steel appliances, an abundance of cabinet space, and an island

^ Travel upstairs and you will discover the large master suite with its own balcony, overlooking the roomy backyard.

^ Work your way to the crisp, white master bath and you’ll find dual sinks, a separate, glass shower, and ceramic tile floors

^ The backyard features a spacious, manicured lawn, a covered patio and private fencing. The creative possibilities are endless.


The location, alone, will ensure a fast sale. If you’re interested, click here for more information.


To see the full inventory of homes that are new to the DFW market, click here.


DFW Weekend Round Up (5/21-5/24)


DFW Weekend Round Up (5/21-5/24)

From concerts to sand sculptures, see where to get your fill of fun this Memorial Day weekend.


Thursday, May 21:

Cool Thursday Spring Concert Series: Visit the Dallas Arboretum and listen to a performance by Dallas’ Eagles Tribute Band, Fast Lane. Don’t forget to bring blankets or chairs! 7:30 – 9:30 p.m; tickets from $17.


Thursday Twilight Tunes: Grab a meal from one of Denton’s many eateries and catch Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass Tribute Band performing at Dan’s Silverleaf, east of Denton Square, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Admission is free.


Market After Dark: Visit Dallas Farmer’s Market this evening to hear live tunes, sample wine and beer, and purchase food from some of Dallas’ best food trucks. This free event begins at 6 p.m.


Frost Park Concert Series: If you’re attending this weekend’s Colonial, select stages will be hosting free concerts Thursday to Sunday. Be sure to pack your blankets and folding chairs for the outdoor seating. See the concert schedule here.


Friday, May 22:

Meadows Museum: To commemorate its 50th anniversary, Meadows Museum is offering free admission this Memorial Day weekend. Friday and Saturday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Sunday: 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.


Friday Night Fireworks: Head over to Grapevine to watch the skies light up with colorful sparks.  This 12-minute show is accompanied by exciting music, which is available for download here. Try to set up shop on the rooftop of the Gaylord Texan’s parking garage — it will give you the best view.


Fantasy in Sand: You’re off to see the wizard in this attraction held at Globe Life Park in Arlington. Texas-sized sand sculptures will be on display, featuring characters from the Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Children will also get a chance to create their own sculptures in the 2,000-sq-ft play area. Tickets begin at $16.


Saturday, May 23:

Thai Culture & Food Festival: Don’t miss out on two full days of Thai festivities! Held at the Buddhist Center of Dallas, the festival will feature foods from all four regions of Thailand, music, food, shopping, dances and more!


Urban Bazaar: Shop local this weekend! Community Beer Co. plays host to flea market Urban Bazaar, where you can find pet products, natural skincare, local art and handcrafted wares. Shopping begins at noon and ends at 6 p.m.; admission is free.


Summer in Wonderland: Rabbit Hole Brewing will be hosting a family-friendly brewing tour, featuring live music, crafts, hot dog carts and more. Festivities begin at 11 a.m.


Sunday, May 24:

SOLUNA: Salute to the Armed Forces: In honor of our fallen veterans, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra will be presenting a FREE concert at Klyde Warren Park. The program will feature patriotic favorites and a video collaboration, courtesy of artist Monte Laster and Booker T. Washington students.


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


Image courtesy of Dallas Symphony Orchestra.

Goodbye Letterman: Ebby’s Top 10

Goodbye Letterman: Ebby's Top 10

In commemoration of the final episode of the Late Show with David Lettermanand Letterman’s famous Top 10 lists, we’re featuring Ebby’s Top Ten. Ebby has taught us a lot over the years, but these ten lessons stand out.


10. Don’t smoke, don’t drink, and never retire!


9. Act like a lady, work like a dog


8. Express gratitude by thanking people. “I am grateful” and “thank you” are two very important phrases.


7. A hat is a woman’s best accessory


6. Contribute to your community and do so often


5. Never stop learning.


4. The secret to success is to make people feel special. Make it real


3. If there’s a plane or a train coming to Dallas, I hope you’re on it


2. There’s never been a better time to buy or sell in D-FW


1. Trust me, I’m 104