Fourth of July Fun


Fourth of July Fun
Fourth of July is just around the corner. Can you believe it? No matter where you’re planning to be for Independence Day in DFW, there’s no shortage of ways to celebrate our nation’s birth.  Get the details below:

 

Thursday, July 2

Fort Worth

Fireworks Shows & Movies — Coyote Drive-In

Old-Fashioned Family Fireworks Picnic — Fort Worth Botanic Garden

 

 

Friday, July 3

Addison

Kaboom Town

Because it is one of the most popular fireworks show in DFW, surrounding businesses will host parking lots parties so you won’t miss a single light show — TGI Fridays, Chopshop Sports Garage and Whole Foods (Addison).

Arlington

Light up Arlington: Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Bluegrass Band/Brad Thompson — Levitt Pavilion

Coppell

Spirit of Coppell Celebration & Fireworks

Farmers Branch

Independence Day Celebration

Fort Worth

Billy Bob’s 4th of July Music Festival & Picnic

Fireworks Shows & Movies — Coyote Drive-In

Frisco

Frisco Freedom Fest

Grapevine

Grapevine SummerBlast Friday Fireworks — Gaylord Texan

Park Cities

Festival Americana — Park Cities Presbyterian Church

Sachse

Red, White and Blue Blast

 

 

Saturday, July 4

Arlington

Fourth of July Parade — Arlington City Hall

Bedford

Bedford 4thFest

Dallas

Blues and Brews at Texas Ale Project

Lake Highlands Fourth of July Parade & Carnival — Lake Highlands

Lakewood Fourth of July Parade — Lakewood Country Club

Old-Fashioned Fourth — Dallas Heritage Village at Old City Park

Denton

Lake Cities Fourth of July — Lake Dallas City Park

Liberty by the Lake — The Colony

Ennis

Ennis Freedom Fest

Fair Park

Fair Park Fourth

Fort Worth

Arborlawn’s 26th Annual Salute to America — Arborlawn United Methodist Church

Billy Bob’s 4th of July Music Festival & Picnic

Fort Worth’s Fourth — Panther Island Pavilion

Frisco

Frisco Freedom Fest

Garland

Star Spangled Spectacular — Firewheel Town Center

Grand Prairie

Lone Stars & Stripes Celebration — Lone Star Park

Irving

Independence Day Celebration & Fireworks Show — Lake Carolyn

Irving Independence Day Parade

Lewisville

4th of July Parade & Freedom Festival — Castle Hills Village Shops Plaza

Mansfield

Mansfield Rockin’ 4th of July

McKinney

Red, White & Boom: Parade and Car Show — McKinney Downtown Square

Murphy

Patriotic Pooch Parade at Murphy City Hall — Murphy

Oak Cliff

Fourth of July Party by the Pool — BarBelmont

Singapore Slingers Celebrate America — Kessler Theater

Park Cities

Park Cities 4th of July Parade

Plano

Plano’s All American Fourth

Plano Lions Independence Day Parade — PISD Administration Building

Plano Symphony Orchestra: Patriotic Pops — St. Andrew United Methodist Church

Rockwall

Rockwall July 4th Fireworks Show — Rockwall

 

 

 

 

 

 

We’re Ebby and We’re Social


Ebby is Social

It’s no secret that Ebby Halliday Realtors is social. Yeah, that’s right — we Pin, Tweet, Like and Follow just like everyone else. By doing so, we further connect with our clients, groups and communities, offering fun engagement and providing industry-related news right at their fingertips.

 

If you haven’t already, be sure to check out the various platforms we currently utilize, and don’t forget to connect with us!

 

Blog

The Ebby Blog acts as a top resource for real estate news, home decor, luxury properties, D-FW news and so much more. Features such as Fresh Listing Friday, DFW Daily and Market Matters is what awarded us the People’s Choice Best Real Estate Blog Award. If you haven’t already, subscribe to our award-winning blog here.

 

Facebook

The corporate Facebook page features several fun and engaging opportunities for its followers, including our Want It Wednesday, Facebook House of the Day and Throwback Thursday campaigns. Also, find Ebby-related news and stories from the Ebby Blog.

 

Google+

For Google lovers, Google+ is an easy way to connect with friends and family, and allows users to share just about anything. That’s exactly what you’ll find on our Google+ page: just about anything Ebby related.

 

Instagram

It’s true: a picture is worth a thousand words, especially ours. Each day, a hand-selected, just listed property is featured on our Instagram page and tagged with the hashtag #JustListed. View beautiful property photos and discover what area and price point they fall under.

 

LinkedIn

Serving as a dedicated page to all aspects of the Ebby company, our LinkedIn profile offers industry news, market statistics, rankings and employee news.

 

Pinterest

If you are ever stuck in a design rut or are in search for a bit of inspiration, look no further than our Pinterest page, which offers design ideas, tips and tricks, and plenty more.

 

Twitter

Tweet Tweet! We interact on our Twitter page by Tweeting the same material posted on our other social platforms. Why? Because interaction is key. Find the #JustListed homes, Facebook House of the Day and other campaigns on our page.

 

YouTube

Our YouTube channel serves as a multimedia presentation to our agents. Their videos discuss what brought them to the industry, what makes them unique and what they offer to their clients. You’ll also find a series of videos titled The Property Perspective — a one-minute presentation that highlights the extraordinary variety of homes for sale in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

Spotlight on the D-FW Luxury Market


 

Spotlight on the D-FW Luxury Market

 

The Dallas-Fort Worth luxury market continues to see significant growth and is fueling home sales across the Metroplex.

 

Just how significant is the luxury home sales growth in North Texas?

 

In the past year, 12.4% more homes priced at $750,000 and above have been purchased than during the prior 12 months, according to Grand Vie: Luxury in Living magazine’s Spotlight On the Luxury Market feature. Breaking it down further: Luxury home sales are up 11.2% in Dallas County, 17.2% in Tarrant County, and 13.4% in Collin County.

 

In addition to offering luxury market insight and featuring many of Dallas-Fort Worth’s premier luxury properties, the 17th edition of Grand Vie offers a plethora of interesting editorial content, everything from recipes and grilling tips from local celebrity chefs Tim Byres and Jon Bonnell; to LuxeTrends, showcasing a collection of the latest luxury lifestyle must-haves; to “Houses of Art,” showcasing some of the area’s top cultural events of the season. Also in the summer issue: special sections for lake homes and farm & ranch properties, and real estate blogger Candy Evans’ take on the vacation-home paradise that is Cape Cod.

 

Luxury is a lifestyle, and Grand Vie celebrates the way we live, love, learn, eat, host, play and work. Pamper yourself at grandviemagazine.com.

 

PHOTO: The estate home at 3660 Ranchero Road on 2.63 acres is offered by Cindy O’Gorman for $7,000,000.

Fresh Listing Friday: Unmatched Design in Dallas


Fresh Listing Friday
Happy Friday, all! We are loving this week’s Fresh Listing Friday, as it’s a rare gem in both design and decor. Following is a quick tour of the home at 4723 Stonehollow Way in North Dallas, completely renovated with top-end finishes.

 

Need to know details:
– Contemporary, mediterranean-esque two-story home, listed for $1,299,000
– Four bedrooms, four baths and two half-baths — 4,755 square-feet
– Open-floor plan, high ceilings, hardwood flooring, floor-to-ceiling windows that provide an abundance of natural light
– Lake views, game room, study, large pool, clean-lined design throughout

 

Fresh Listing Friday: Unmatched Design in Dallas
Front exterior displaying circular driveway and mature landscapingFresh Listing Friday: Unmatched Design in Dallas
Fresh Listing Friday: Unmatched Design in Dallas
Fresh Listing Friday: Unmatched Design in Dallas
Fresh Listing Friday: Unmatched Design in Dallas
Upon entrance, discover the very open-floor plan, which features high ceilings, hardwood flooring and crown molding. The formal dining and living area are housed in this area, too.
Fresh Listing Friday: Unmatched Design in Dallas
Fresh Listing Friday: Unmatched Design in Dallas
Fresh Listing Friday: Unmatched Design in Dallas
Beautiful and modern kitchen with light-toned wood cabinetry, stylish nickel hardware, light-toned granite countertops, a quaint breakfast bar and stainless-steel appliances.
Fresh Listing Friday: Unmatched Design in DallasFresh Listing Friday: Unmatched Design in Dallas
Just a bit beyond the kitchen, you’ll find the informal dining and sitting area, equipped with a fireplace and built-in cabinetry.
Fresh Listing Friday: Unmatched Design in Dallas
Fresh Listing Friday: Unmatched Design in Dallas
Fresh Listing Friday: Unmatched Design in Dallas
Fresh Listing Friday: Unmatched Design in Dallas
Fresh Listing Friday: Unmatched Design in Dallas
The spacious master suite features high ceilings, a fireplace, a sitting area and plenty of windows. Find dual vanities in the master bath, along with light-toned wooden cabinetry, a separate tub and see-through shower. Also in the master suite, double doors that lead out to a large patio, overlooking the various lake vistas.
Fresh Listing Friday: Unmatched Design in Dallas
Exterior oasis, equipped with a sitting area, spacious pool and lake views.

 

Pretty fabulous, right? To see all the homes that were new to the DFW housing market, click here.

 

 

 

 

O’Gorman, Greene Among Tops in U.S.


O'Gorman, Greene Among Tops in U.S.
Longtime real estate industry leaders Cindy O’Gorman and Paulette Greene

 

The O’Gorman Group and the Paulette Greene Group were named today to the 2015 REAL Trends Top Thousand. Compiled by The Wall Street Journal and REAL Trends Inc., the “Thousand” is comprised of four annual nationwide Top 250 rankings. The new rankings are  based on 2014 sales.

 

The O’Gorman Group, led by Preston Keller Associate Cindy O’Gorman, ranked No. 66 on the Teams by Sales Volume List with $147,324,106 in residential real estate sales in 2014.

 

The Paulette Greene Group, led by Frisco Associate Paulette Greene, ranked No. 210 on the Teams by Sales Volume list with $86,435,838 in residential real estate sales in 2014.

 

“Congratulations to both Cindy O’Gorman and Paulette Greene for their truly outstanding performance,” says Mary Frances Burleson, president and CEO of Ebby Halliday Realtors. “Both of these professionals are widely admired by clients and peers alike. We are so proud to have them as members of the Ebby Halliday Family.”

How to Choose a Realtor


Handshake for new buying house

 

There’s something about warmer weather and sunnier days that really gets the real estate market buzzing. If you want to join in on the fun as a buyer or a seller, now might be a good time to start looking for a Realtor.

 

This process is different for everyone, but here are a few things to keep in mind:

 

*  Experience: Look to agents who have put time into their career and the neighborhoods in which they work. This can mean different things, like trusting someone who has spent years in the business or someone who grew up in the area.

 

*  Personality and Interests: Try to do some background work on a potential agent. Many have bio pages, LinkedIn accounts, social media pages, and online reviews. All of these can be helpful, but do remember that not having one or the other doesn’t have a direct correlation to how “good” a Realtor is. If you can find out some background, you can play matchmaker for yourself.

 

*  Career type: Is being a Realtor the person’s full-time career? If you’re on a time schedule, you’ll want to pick someone who’s in the industry full-time.

 

*  The numbers: If you’re a buyer, don’t choose an agent just because their commission is lower. If you’re a seller, don’t choose them just because they agree with you on how much your home should be listed for. We’ll say two things to justify these points – you get what you pay for, and, in real estate, there’s no telling how much your home will really and truly sell for at the end of the day.

 

*  Age: Don’t dismiss an agent based on their age, young or old. What makes an agent the right fit for you is not often their age, but their love of their profession, dedication to you, and the other points listed above.

 

Need a good place to start looking? Check out our office locations and search all of our wonderful Realtors.

DFW Weekend Round Up (6/25-6/28)


DFW Weekend Round Up

From live music to culinary events and baseball to fireworks, DFW is serving up something for everyone this weekend. Get the details for those events and more below.

 

 

Thursday, June 25

Evening in the Shed: Occurring every Thursday evening in the month of June, Dallas Farmer’s Market will host an Evening in the Shed. Guests will have the opportunity to shop the market for everything local, including arts and crafts, fresh produce and artisan food. Beer, wine and live music will also be in attendance. Visit the calendar to get the scoop on who’s performing every Thursday. 4-9 p.m.

 

Twilight Tunes: Kick off the weekend early and visit downtown Denton to hear live music by local bands. This Thursday, hear the country tunes of the Bonnie & Nick Norris Band. The concert is held on the Denton County Courthouse-on-the-Square lawn, so remember to bring a blanket, chairs and bug spray. 6:30-8 p.m. FREE.

 

Cool Thursday Spring Concert Series: Visit the Dallas Arboretum and listen to a performance by the Buddy Holly Revue — a tribute to Buddy Holly. The concert will feature Buddy’s hits, as well as hit songs he recorded by Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry and Bo Diddley. Don’t forget to bring blankets, chairs and bug spray! 7:30-9:30 p.m. Purchase tickets here.

 

Friday, June 26

Savor Mexico — Puebla: Sample the wonderful flavors of Puebla, Mexico in the annual culinary event, hosted by Desperados Mexican Restaurant, which celebrates the tastes and culture of a particular region of Mexico. The menu, designed by visiting chef Rodrigo Pineda, will be accompanied with imported wine, beers and specialty cocktails. $50/person. 7 p.m. Purchase tickets here.

 

Concerts in the Garden: In this concert event, experience the sights and sounds of Star Wars at Fort Worth Botanic Garden. Have your picture taken with Star Wars characters, then catch the stunning laser light show! The spectacle begins at 8:15 p.m. Don’t forget to pack a picnic! Purchase tickets here.

 

Friday Night Fireworks: Travel over to Grapevine and 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 has the best view and features a DJ with plenty of music. 9:30 p.m.

 

Saturday, June 27

Organic Farmers Market: Visit the Design District’s first Farmers Market along Hi Line Drive. Held from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., this event will provide attendees the opportunity to purchase organic produce, order from local food trucks, enjoy live music and participate in on-site fitness demos. A few Design District shops will be featuring sample sales, too, so get there early!

 

Taco Libre!: Travel to downtown’s Main Street Garden and experience Dallas’ first taco and music festival. Sample an array of tacos from DFW’s best taquerias and enjoy live music from local acts. 2-10 p.m. View the schedule of events here. For ticket information, click here.

 

Heroes Celebrity Baseball Game: Once again, Dr. Pepper Ballpark in Frisco will be hosting Dirk Nowitzki’s Heroes Celebrity Baseball Game, presented by Baylor Medical Center. Benefiting the Dirk Nowitzki Foundation and the Heroes Foundation, this game will feature an a-list lineup, including Mavericks and Cowboys players, actors, singers, and local radio hosts. Arrive early for family-fun activities and stay late for post-game fireworks. 4:45 p.m. Purchase tickets here.

 

Sunday, June 28

Salsa & Sangria Sundays: Enjoy sangria and live salsa music on Saint Ann’s patio, located in the Harwood District of downtown Dallas. 7-10 p.m.

 

Concerts in the Garden: Texas native and NBC’s The Voice star Luke Wade will be performing at Fort Worth Botanic Garden. Witness his soulful voice at 8:15 p.m. Purchase tickets here.

 

Image courtesy of Heroes Celebrity Baseball

Toyota Unveils Plano Campus Plans


Toyota Unveils Plano Campus Plans

 

Seven mostly glass buildings – some up to five stories tall – will dominate Toyota’s new $300-plus million North American headquarters in west Plano.

 

The automaker unveiled architectural renderings of the 2-million-square-foot facilities yesterday that showed buildings of varying heights in glass and Texas limestone arranged around a large central plaza.

 

Included on the environmentally sensitive campus will be dining, fitness and conference facilities — as well as a pharmacy.

 

As many as 5,000 employees will work at the facility west of the Dallas North Tollway and south of State Highway 121.

 

The 100-acre campus is scheduled to be completed in the first quarter of 2017.

 

Toyota Unveils Plano Campus Plans

Toyota Unveils Plano Campus Plans

Toyota Unveils Plano Campus Plans

Defining Your Luxury Lifestyle


Staying current with the latest and greatest modernisms, experiencing destinations of distinction, and knowing how to pamper yourself have long been major elements in defining your luxury lifestyle. The Summer 2015 issue of Grand Vie: Luxury in Living magazine includes a collection of trends from Luxury Portfolio International in the areas of Innovation, Exploration and Relaxation to add luxury to your life and inspire your own ideas.

 

Defining Your Luxury Lifestyle

Sun Time

While sun bathing can be quite pleasurable and give you a healthy glow, too much of it is detrimental to the skin, With the JUNE bracelet, from Netatmo, you can be sure to always get just the right amount of vitamin D without overexposing yourself to harmful UV rays. Netatmo.com

 

Defining Your Luxury Lifestyle

Water Cycling

Take the ride of your life with the world’s most advanced water bike. The Schiller X1 combines an exhilarating and eco-friendly workout with the thrill of being on the open water.   SchillerBikes.com

 

Defining Your Luxury Lifestyle

Swing Lounge

When it comes to outdoor furniture, the Swingrest from Dedon is in a league of its own. A chic daybed with a state-of-the-art suspension system, the Swingrest can be hung from anywhere – be it over the water or the veranda. Dedon.de

 

Defining Your Luxury Lifestyle

Bag Tracker

Modern travel has been refined to a tee, yet lost luggage continues to have the potential to ruin a vacation – until now. Trakdot allows you to locate your checked bags anywhere in the world using a device that easily fits into your suitcase so you can enjoy peace of mind. TrakDot.com

 

Defining Your Luxury Lifestyle

Gourmet Grill

The K1000HS Hybrid Fire Freestanding Grill from Kalamazoo is the end-all be-all of grills. These revolutionary grills put every outdoor cooking technique at your disposal with three heat sources to choose from: Gas, charcoal and wood. A must-have for any true grillmaster. KalamazooGourmet.com.

 

To see more of today’s most-fascinating luxury innovations, visit the summer edition of Ebby Halliday Realtors and Williams Trew Real Estate’s luxury-home publication, Grand Vie, where you’ll also discover many of the most exceptional homes currently for sale in Dallas-Fort Worth and beyond.

 

This Week in Food & Beverage News


This Week in Food & Beverage News
Plenty of culture-packed foodie events this week. Don’t miss out on Flamenco dancing, sips and tastes of Mexico, a Texas-style picnic, plus more!

 

 

 

 

EVENTS

Wednesday, June 24

Flamenco Dance Performance: Sangria Mediterranean Tapas and Bar will host a special performance from Ida Y Vuelta Flamenco Dance Company, along with a special $40 menu that features mediterranean delights. 8-10 p.m. For reservations, call 214-520-4863.

 

Thursday, June 25

Evening in the Shed: Occurring every Thursday evening in the month of June, Dallas Farmer’s Market will host an Evening in the Shed. Guests will have the opportunity to shop the market for everything local, including arts and crafts, fresh produce and artisan food. Beer, wine and live music will also be in attendance. Visit the calendar to get the scoop on who’s performing every Thursday. 4-9 p.m.

 

Best of the West Party: Cowboys and Indians magazine will honor Texas’ top chefs Stephan Pyles, Tim Byres and Tom Perini in their Best of the West Party at Stampede 66. This Texas picnic will feature brisket by Stampede 66 and dishes from Byres and Perini. $60/person. 6-8 p.m. Purchase tickets here.

 

Pups on the Patio: Join Cane Rosso’s White Rock location for pizza and cocktails…and pooches! Operation Kindness will be in the house and will feature adoptable pups, raffles, pizza specials and more. All proceeds will benefit Operation Kindness. 6-8 p.m.

 

Sushi-Making Class: Whole Foods in Plano will host a sushi-making class, allowing participants to enjoy samples and learn the key factors to incorporate in the infamous roll. $35/person. 6:30 p.m. Purchase tickets here.

 

Friday, June 26

Wine Dinner: Whole Foods at Park Lane will feature their favorite summer wines in their Top Ten Wines of Summer Wine Dinner. Indulge in a delicious four-course menu, featuring oysters, steak, zucchini and more, all paired with hand-picked wines. $30/person. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Purchase tickets here.

 

Savor Mexico — Puebla: Sample the wonderful flavors of Puebla, Mexico in the annual culinary event, hosted by Desperados Mexican Restaurant, which celebrates the tastes and culture of a particular region of Mexico. The menu, designed by visiting Chef Rodrigo Pineda from the Culinary Arts at the University of the Americas Puebla, will be accompanied with imported wine, beers and specialty cocktails. $50/person. 7 p.m. Purchase tickets here.

 

Saturday, June 27

Organic Farmers Market: Visit the Design District’s first Farmers Market along Hi Line Drive. Held from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., this event will provide attendees the opportunity to purchase organic produce, order from local food trucks, enjoy live music and participate in on-site fitness demos. Some Design District shops will be featuring sample sales, too, so get there early!

 

Taco Libre!: Travel to downtown’s Main Street Garden and experience Dallas’ first taco and music festival. Sample an array of tacos from DFW’s best taquerias and enjoy live music from local acts. 2-10 p.m. View the schedule of events here. For ticket information, click here.

 

NEWS

Bravo! Cucina Italiana: The Fort Worth restaurant debuted its news doggie menu June 20th. Available every Saturday, your beloved canine can choose from salmon and veggies for lunch or peanut butter and banana ice cream for dessert.

 

Celebrity Cafe & Bakery: The Highland Park Village sweet spot is closing its doors after 25 years. Owner Brian Livingston is moving the bakery a mile away to the Shops of Highland Park, slated to open late this year.

 

Slim Chickens: A new addition to the Dallas chicken market, Slim Chickens — an Arkansas classic — will open shop in Fort Worth off Tarrant Parkway. Chicken lovers will get to choose from 10 house-made sauces and varieties of chicken classics, including tenders, salads and wraps.

 

Baskin-Robbins: Exclusive to Dallas, Baskin-Robbins will now serve a variety of smoothies, including strawberry, orange pineapple and strawberry daiquiri to its’ Dallas customers. Each 16-ounce serving contains 300 calories, a bit less than their traditional ice cream concoctions.

 

Photo courtesy of Taco Libre!