Fifty Years of Style


Fifty Years of Style

 

NorthPark Center turns 50 on Wednesday. At a time when many malls are struggling, this Dallas icon is at the top of its game.

 

NorthPark is among the top dozen malls in the U.S. Its sales are trending at $1.3 billion this year, or almost $1,100 a square foot, according to a recent Dallas Morning News story. That’s more than twice as productive as the average U.S. regional mall.

 

Known for its artwork, NorthPark has an art director on staff and more than 50 original pieces on display. Landscaping is another major differentiator for NorthPark, which spends two to three times what a typical mall might spend on landscaping.

 

The finest retail, restaurants and entertainment, world-class art and a one-of-a-kind cultural experience in a truly unique setting – the difference is evident to all who visit this Mid-Century treasure in the heart of Dallas.

 

Happy Birthday to NorthPark. We’re already looking forward to the next 50 years.

 

Photos courtesy of NorthParkCenter.com

 

This Week in Food & Beverage News


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Please your palate with beer, cheese and whiskey, then celebrate Texas at Gilley’s! Details for those events and more below:

 

Tuesday, August 18

Whole Foods Cooking Class: Interested in seeing how easy it is to cook grain-free meals? Whole Foods in Plano will host a grain-free cooking class, featuring seared tuna, ucchini noodles, caper chicken and more! $35/person. Cooking begins at 6:30 p.m.

 

Beer & Cheese Pairing: Travel to Little Elm Crafthouse and indulge in a flight of select beers and an assortment of cheeses, guaranteed to excite your palate. $25/person. 7 p.m.

 

Thursday, August 20

Evening in the Shed: Occurring every Thursday evening in the month of August, 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.

 

Friday, August 21

Salado Whiskey Dinner: Texas Spice at Omni Dallas Hotel will host another whiskey dinner, part of the Third Friday event. This dinner features Texas shrimp, pork belly and a mini State Fair funnel cake, all paired with Salado Neat. $55/person. 6:30 p.m. For reservations, call 214-979-4529.

 

Saturday, August 22

Brew HaHa: The 2nd annual event, benefiting Genesis Women’s Shelter, features a fitness workout incorporating martial arts moves and the daily physical challenges of a brew master. The one-hour workout is open to the public, but attendees are encouraged to bring a donation of cash or gift cards for groceries, fast food or everyday items. $20/person — includes t-shirt and entry into the OHB Saturday Tap Room, which will offer a live band, food trucks and bar games. 12:30 p.m.

 

Lone Star Beer Texas Heritage Festival: Happening all around the state of Texas, Gilley’s Dallas will host the festival that celebrates Texas food, Texas music and Texas beer. The music lineup includes the Old 97’s, The Black Angels, Grupo Fantasma and more! Enjoy food from Gilley’s, Easy Slider, El Come Taco and What’s da Scoop. FREE — attendance is first come, first serve. 1 p.m.

 

Sunday, August 23

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.

 

NEWS

Frisco: According to NerdWallet, Frisco is one of the 10 best cities in the country to start a restaurant. The proof is in the pudding, too — in just five years, the beloved suburb has added 100 new restaurants.

 

State Fair of Texas: Out of all the quirky fried foods to be served this year, fried lobster and a bacon margarita take the trophy. It’s the first year for fried lobster, along with fried alligator and fried buffalo. See the list of finalists for the State Fair Food Awards.

 

Uptown Pawn: Nope, not a pawn shop — a bar in Uptown. The new bar-restaurant concept consists of the “fun, whimsical nature of a pawn shop with the hospitality of a bar and restaurant.”

 

Urban Acres: Sadly, after a year, the local and organic retail spot has closed its doors. However, the company will continue its organic CSA produce share program and will still serve as a produce pickup location on Fridays and Saturdays.

 

Photos courtesy of Lone Star Beer and Gilley’s Dallas.

 

Stay Connected to North Texas Real Estate


Stay Connected to North Texas Real Estate

Let’s face it, if you’re not connected to a smartphone chances are you’re a little behind on the latest news.

 

You rely on your mobile device to keep you in the loop for everything from business to updates from friends and family. At Ebby Halliday, we appreciate the enormous benefits mobile technology has brought to the home-search process.

 

Stay connected to North Texas real estate and Ebby Halliday Realtors on your smartphone via Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest,  Twitter, Google Plus and YouTube.

 

And of course, to view all of the properties available for purchase in North Texas and to enjoy easy-to-use, innovative home-search options, download the Ebby Halliday Realtors App today. You’ll be glad you did.

Fresh Listing Friday: Light & Bright


Fresh Listing Friday
Happy Friday, all! This week on Fresh Listing Friday, we’re taking a closer look at the beautiful custom home at 5902 Kenswick Court, nestled in Dallas’ highly coveted Briar Ridge Estates. Providing a fresh perspective on casual living with its stunning features, this residence is anything but traditional.

 

Need to know details:

– Freshly renovated custom home in Briar Ridge Estates, listed for $549,500
– Four bedrooms, three baths — 3,736 square feet
– Hardwood flooring, contemporary light fixtures and hardware
– Pool, spa, terrace and large backyard

 

Fresh Listing Friday: Light & BrightFront Exterior

Fresh Listing Friday: Light & Bright
Fresh Listing Friday: Light & Bright
Living Area

Fresh Listing Friday: Light & Bright
Second Living Area

Fresh Listing Friday: Light & Bright
Additional Sitting Area

Fresh Listing Friday: Light & Bright
Gourmet Kitchen

Fresh Listing Friday: Light & Bright
Fresh Listing Friday: Light & Bright
Dining Area

Fresh Listing Friday: Light & Bright
Fresh Listing Friday: Light & Bright
Fresh Listing Friday: Light & Bright
Master Suite

Fresh Listing Friday: Light & Bright
Study

Fresh Listing Friday: Light & Bright
Outdoor Sitting Area

Fresh Listing Friday: Light & Bright
Rear Exterior with Pool

 

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

 

DFW Weekend Round Up (8/13-8/16)


DFW Weekend Round Up
Chalk, fireworks, tubing and a balloon festival top this weekend’s events in DFW. Get the details below:

 

 

Thursday, August 13

Evening in the Shed: Occurring every Thursday evening in the month of August, 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.

 

Friday, August 14

Friday Night Fireworks: Travel over to Grapevine and watch the skies light up with colorful sparks. This FREE 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.

 

Highland Village Balloon Festival: The 28th annual festival will feature tons of family fun the entire weekend! Aside from the hot air balloons, musical performances, food, arts and crafts, vision screenings and other festival fun are also on the agenda. 5-10 p.m. For a detailed schedule of events, click here.

 

Saturday, August 15

Dog-A-Poolooza Unleashed: Hosted by Garland Pawsibilities, the 10th annual festival of dog fun will feature a number of on-site services at Holford Pool, including dog washing, nail trimming, low-cost vaccinations and microchipping. Ever wonder what your furry friend is thinking? There’s a pet psychic for that. Guests will also have the chance to visit with rescue groups and pet supply vendors. 8 a.m.-2 p.m.

 

Architecture Walking Tour: The Dallas Arts District and Dallas Center for Architecture are hosting a 90-minute walking tour of Dallas’ urban arts district. Led by a trained tour guide, guests will examine Dallas buildings from the 1890s to the present day, including the detail, institutions and visionaries who played a roll in their creation. 10 a.m. Tickets start at $10. Register here.

 

Chalk Art Festival: View elaborate chalk art designs by talented professional street painting artists on West 7th in Fort Worth. These works will be judged, with an award ceremony set to take place later in the evening. Be sure to check out the children’s coloring area and live music, too! 12-8 p.m.

 

Sunday, August 16

Sunday Funday: The new laid back and family-friendly summer series will take place on the banks of, and in, the Trinity River at Panther Island Pavilion. It will feature tubing, craft beer from Panther Island Brewing, paddle sports, Stand Up Paddleboard yoga, disc golf and more. FREE admission. $5 tube rentals. 12-6 p.m.

 

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.

 

August Happenings

August Dollar Days: Presented by Time Warner Cable, the Dallas Arboretum offers $1 general admission and $2 Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden admission to all guests for the month of August. There will also be $1 and $2 food and drink items, including hot dogs, juice boxes, root beer floats and more. Purchase tickets at gate only.

 

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus: It’s that time of year! The highly anticipated circus is back with its Legends production, featuring highflying action and focus on mythical creatures. For tickets and times, click here.

Luxury Portfolio International Magazine Delivers


Luxury Portfolio International Magazine Delivers

 

Ebby Halliday’s partner in marketing luxury properties, Luxury Portfolio International, has just released the newest edition of its homes and lifestyle magazine. Among the homes featured within the magazine’s 160 beautiful pages is our very own Lake-Gamso Team’s stunning 4626 Dorset Road listing.

 

Produced biannually by the luxury real estate network, the magazine offers an inside look into 100  exceptional homes across the globe, including a world-class country estate in England, an ultra-chic townhouse in Manhattan, a stunning contemporary in South Africa and three magnificent celebrity estates.

 

Luxury Portfolio International is a global real estate network comprised of the most powerful independent luxury brokerages. The program markets over 35,000 luxury homes to over 3 million high-net-worth visitors annually on its award-winning website, LuxuryPortfolio.com.

 

See the latest edition of the Luxury Portfolio International Magazine and learn more about the network at LuxuryPortfolio.com.

D-FW Home Prices Up 12.5%


D-FW Home Prices Up 12.5%

 

Dallas-Fort Worth was among the top markets in the country for home price gains in the second-quarter.

 

D-FW prices were up 12.5% in the National Association of Realtors’ latest quarterly survey of U.S. metropolitan areas. Prices were higher in 163 of the 176 of cities in the report.

 

Nationwide, median home sales prices rose 8.2% to $229,400.

 

In the D-FW area at the end of June, the median price was $215,200, a new high for North Texas.

 

In Texas, D-FW had the greatest home price increases at midyear. Second-quarter prices were up 9.9% in Austin, 8.4% in Houston and 8.3% in San Antonio.

 

Mortgage Insight: Renting vs. Buying


HTMOn average, U.S. homebuyers pay an estimated 15 percent of their income on mortgages. According to a Zillow survey, renters pay nearly double that.

 

Buying a home is one of the biggest financial decisions a person can make. See below on why it could also be the best decision:

Mortgage Insight

For 19 years, Home Team Mortgage Company has been committed to building long lasting relationships by providing exceptional service with competitive rates. With an office located in each Ebby Halliday Real Estate branch, Home Team Mortgage loan officers offer the convenience of one-stop shopping, coupled with expertise to ensure peace of mind for borrowers and agents alike.

 

For all your mortgage questions and needs, contact Home Team Mortgage Company, an Ebby Halliday affiliate.

This Week in Food & Beverage News


Food & Beverage News
Indulge in fine wine and spirits this weekend, along with palate pleasing chocolate treats and cheeses! Get the details below:

 

Tuesday, August 11

La Madeleine: “Joyeux Anniversaire, Julia Child!” — that’s all you have to say to receive a FREE mini chocolate-almond tart today, in celebration of the late Julia Child’s birthday. Visit any DFW La Madeleine cafe (except airport locations), say the phrase and bon appétit!

 

Summer Wine Chats: Taste 4-5 different glasses of chard, pinot and cab in this Summer Wine Chat at Crú Food & Wine Bar in West Village. Also indulge in small bites from Chef Freddy. 6 p.m. $20/person. For reservations, call 214-526-9463.

 

Wednesday, August 12

Whole Foods Uptown: The wait is finally over! Celebrate the grand opening of the new Whole Foods in Uptown Dallas with free coffee, Ro Ro’s muffins and Good Pop popsicles. 7:30 a.m.

 

Wine & Cheese Pairing: Head to Grapevine every second Wednesday of the month for palate-pleasing tastes of wine and cheese at Messina Hof Winery, plus learn about new and exciting cheeses to compliment your favorites wines. 5 p.m. $20/person. For reservations, call 817-442-8463.

 

Thursday, August 13

Evening in the Shed: Occurring every Thursday evening in the month of July, 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.

 

Chocolate Tasting: Part of the Savor Dallas Toast of the Town Event Series, Katherine Clapner of Dude, Sweet Chocolate and Jameson Irish Whiskey brand ambassador Darren Mooney have planned one indulging night: a guided tasting of five signature confections paired with distinct notes of Jameson. 6:30 p.m. $25/person. Purchase tickets here.

 

Sunday, August 16

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.

 

NEWS

Coal Vines: The popular pizza, pasta and wine bistro will be setting up a new shop next to Dallas’ Omni Hotel in downtown later this fall. Also joining the popular development will be Herrera’s Tex-Mex, Biergarten on Lamar and Little Katana Signature Grill sushi bar.

 

Deep Ellum: Dallas’ most historical neighborhood is gaining a surplus of new tenants, all restaurants and bars. Check out the list here.

 

Tillman’s Roadhouse: Not to fret — the Oak Cliff staple is staying put. However, the Fort Worth location is transitioning into a healthier establishment, deemed Market + Table, which will offer light, healthy meals.

 

 

Goodbye, Summer


Goodbye, Summer

Technically, summer isn’t over until September 22, which is roughly a month and some change away. But, if you ask the kids, they’ll likely say it’s over the minute they find themselves back in the classroom, which is just around the corner, too.

If you haven’t gotten around to doing those things you always say you’ll do over the summer, maximize your time and take in all that DFW has to offer before it’s too late.

 

Aquariums and Zoos

Dallas

Children’s Aquarium at Fair Park

Dallas World Aquarium

Dallas Zoo

Fort Worth

Fort Worth Zoo

Gainsville

Frank Buck Zoo

Grapevine

Sea Life Aquarium

 

Bowling

Arlington

Alley Cats

Dallas

Bowl & Barrel

Fort Worth

Cowtown Bowling Palace

Plano

Plano Super Bowl

 

Mini Golf

Allen, Dallas and The Colony

Top Golf

Arlington and Fort Worth

Putt-Putt Fun Center

 

Museums and Libraries

Dallas

Dallas Contemporary

Dallas Firefighters Museum

Dallas Holocaust Museum

Dallas Museum of Art

Frontiers of Flight Museum

George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum

Meadows Museum

The Old Red Museum

Perot Museum of Nature and Science

The Sixth Floor Museum

Fort Worth

Amon Carter Museum of American Art

Fort Worth Museum of Science and History

Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth 

Kimbell Art Museum

Irving

National Scouting Museum

 

Theme and Water Attractions

Allen

Hydrous Wake Park

Arlington

Hurricane Harbor

Six Flags Over Texas

Dallas

Bahama Beach

Denton

Water Works Park

Fort Worth

Panther Island Pavilion

Stockyards Station

Frisco

Sci-Tech Discovery Center

Garland, Mansfield and the Colony

Hawaiian Falls

Glen Rose

Dinosaur World

Fossil Rim Wildlife Center

Grapevine

Great Wolf Lodge

LEGOLAND Discovery Center

Keene

North Texas Jellystone Park

North Richland Hills

NRH2O Family Water Park

Southlake and Flower Mound

Jump for Fun

 

Other Attractions

Dallas

Bishop Arts District

Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden

GeO-Deck

Texas Discovery Gardens

Trinity River Audubon Center

Fort Worth

Sundance Square

 

Photos courtesy of Six Flags Entertainment Corp.