Fresh Listing Friday: Modern French


Fresh Listing Friday
Happy Friday, everyone! This week’s Fresh Listing Friday takes us to us to a fabulous traditional home in The Meadows neighborhood of Dallas. With a modernized and open floor plan, this residence allows its buyer to create the ideal home, featuring an exquisite kitchen, charming enclaves and manicured gardens.

 

Need to know details:

– Traditional home with modernized floor plan, listed for $579,000
– 3 bedrooms and 3 baths – 2,452 square feet
– Open floor plan, crown molding, hardwood flooring, quartzite marble countertops
– Manicured gardens, covered patio, updated finishes

 

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Front Exterior

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Entryway

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Kitchen

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Dining Area

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Reading Area

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Study

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Master Suite

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Powder Room

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Outdoor Sitting Area

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Rear Exterior

 

 

 

 

Want to Live Near Light-Rail?


 

Want to Live Near Light-Rail?

 

The use of mass-transit in Dallas-Fort Worth is growing and we’re happy to be the first North Texas real estate company to offer you the benefits of Rail Station Proximity Home Search. With this innovative search feature on the award-winning ebby.com you can easily find your next Dallas-area home based on its proximity to light-rail service.

 

Whether it’s frequent trips to the airport, commuting to your job downtown, shopping at Mockingbird Station, or enjoying concerts at the American Airlines Center in Victory Park, with Rail Station Proximity Home Search you’ll be the first to know about homes for sale – and for lease – near the DART rail station of your choice.

 

Click here to give Rail Station Proximity Home Search a try. We think you’re going to love it!

DFW Weekend Round Up – Halloween 2015


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From trick-or-treating to pumpkin patches, fall is in the air and we couldn’t be more thrilled. This Halloween weekend, Dallas has no shortage of hair-raising fun to get into.

 

Thursday, October 29

Pumpkinville: Located in McKinney’s Tucker Hill community, this event features food trucks and concession stands, hay mazes, pumpkin decorating and more fall activities to enjoy. FREE. 10 a.m. Every day – October 31.

 

​​Come-As-You-Are Wine Dinner: Travel over to lower Greenville and visit the Grape for a taste of fine wines. Chef de cuisine Sarah Snow will create a three-course bistro menu to compliment the hand-selected wines of the evening. $52/person. Dinner begins at 5:30 p.m. For reservations, call 214-828-1981.

 

Decks in the Park Halloween Bash: Bring your costumes to the last Decks in the Park of the season! With ghoulish beats and tasty treats, this event promises an unforgettable and spooky evening. FREE. 6 p.m.

 

Craft Beer Tasting: Join the Dallas Arboretum & Botanical Garden for pre-concert tasting with Martin House Brewing Company. Tasting includes four samples of hand-crafted brews, a brewery tasting glass and a full beer to enjoy at the end of the tasting. Light bites will also be provided. Admission to Emerald City (Dallas’ Favorite Variety Band) concert included. $50/adult; $45/member. 6:15 p.m. Purchase tickets here.

 

Friday, October 30

Scare on the Square: The shops in downtown McKinney and McKinney Main Street invite you to come out and enjoy the sights of hundreds of ghosts and goblins, young and old, in the historic downtown area. Enjoy interactive activities, costume contests and a ghost hunt! FREE. 4 p.m.

 

Saturday, October 31

Spooky Pooch Festival: Visit Main Street Garden in downtown Dallas for a canine-centric Halloween festival. There will be a contest for best dog costume, a kids zone, vendors, food and drink, plus more! $13/person. For tickets, click here.

 

Trick or Treat the Square: Rain or shine, Frisco Square will host their fifth annual halloween event featuring face paintings, a petting zoo, wagon rides, and a costume contest. FREE. 1 p.m.

 

Treat Street: Head over to the historic Fort Worth Stockyards for costume contests, pumpkin decorating, games, hayrides, and trick-or-treating at Stockyards Station shops. FREE. 6 p.m.

 

Sunday, November 1

Music on the Southwest Porch: Grab a seat on the Southwest Porch at Klyde Warren Park and enjoy the soulful country tunes of Grace Tyler and Haley Rynn. FREE. 2 p.m.

 

Light the Night Walk: The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society will host a fundraising campaign, consisting of community participants who walk with an illuminated lantern to bring awareness and raise funds for treatments and cures. The North cities and Dallas walk have joined forces and will be held at Trinity Groves in West Dallas. To register, click here. 5 p.m.

Celebrity Estates: Privacy and Prestige


 

Celebrities and luxury real estate have long resided hand in hand. But being in the public eye comes with a loss of privacy that makes it all the more important to have a home where one can kick back and escape the world. The new fall/winter 2015 edition of Grand Vie: Luxury in Living, North Texas’ premier luxury home magazine, highlights three of our favorite celeb-worthy homes that provide an ultraluxe lifestyle with the utmost privacy.

 

Celebrity Estates: Privacy and Prestige

PAULA DEEN | GEORGIA

Set along the Wilmington River, Paula Deen’s aptly named “Riverbend” estate is a picture-perfect retreat in Savannah, Georgia. Essentially its own private resort set on 5 1/2 acres, the French Caribbean-style main house boasts 14,500 square feet with a stunning gourmet kitchen fit for any celebrity chef (whether you love butter or not), but it’s the property’s outdoor kitchen that really takes the prize. For more on Paula Deen’s Savannah estate, click here.

 

Celebrity Estates: Privacy and Prestige

NICOLE RICHIE | CALIFORNIA

Fashion designer, actress and daughter of legendary singer Lionel Richie, Nicole Richie’s gated compound in the Hollywood Hills is an architectural gem with all the fixings. Whether you’re an A-lister in need of a getaway or just looking for an accommodating family property, this SoCal compound fits the bill with five spacious bedrooms, a children’s play area and a fully equipped barbecue station. For more on Nicole Richie’s Hollywood Hills home, click here.

 

Celebrity Estates: Privacy and Prestige

STEVE MARTIN | FRENCH WEST INDIES

When you’re one of Hollywood’s most enduring and charismatic stars, you need a Caribbean hideaway to get off the grid. For funnyman Steve Martin, that comes in the form of Villa Au Soleil, a stunning Saint Barthélemy property with a low-key, island vibe evidenced in the brightly colored walls, beautiful stonework and mesmerizing views over St. Jean Bay and the Caribbean Sea. For more on Steve Martin’s Caribbean compound, click here.

 

Celebrity homes, fall recipes and decor, luxury trends, insight into the luxury market, and spectacular homes in Dallas-Fort Worth and beyond — they’re all part of the new fall/winter edition of Grand Vie: Luxury in Living. See it now at grandviemagazine.com.

 

10 Home Offices Worthy of Working From


If you work from home, you know the importance of having your own space. No matter what your job is, you need an area to escape from the noise and distractions. Where you can focus and work diligently at your craft, even if that means being in your pajamas all day.

 

Following are ten amazing home offices from around D-FW that will have you organized, excited to get to work and ready to conquer.

 

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6357 Chamberlyne Drive | Frisco – Starwood | $2,350,000

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4428 Greenbrier Drive | Dallas | $1,798,000

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5833 Portsmouth Lane | Dallas – Cambridge Place at Preston Trail | $1,095,000

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12101 Madeleine Circle | Dallas – Preston Forest | $949,000

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11720 Forest Court | Dallas | $935,500

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7022 Pasadena Avenue | Dallas – Lakewood | $839,500

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2211 Stanford Court | McKinney – Forest Ridge | $625,000

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18007 Old Preston Court | Dallas | $599,000

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7351 Glendora Avenue | Dallas – The Meadows | $579,000

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2133 Kessler Court | Dallas | $319,000

Dallas Home Prices Rise 8.9 Percent


 

Dallas home prices rise 8.9 percent

 

Home prices for the Dallas area were up 8.9 percent over a year ago in the just-released Standard & Poor’s/Case-Shiller Home Price Index. Dallas had the fourth-highest price appreciation among the nation’s 20-largest metro areas.

 

The year-over-year increase in Dallas in August was the highest in almost six months. Nationwide, prices were up 4.7 percent from August 2014 levels.

 

The largest annual increases were in San Francisco, 10.7 percent, Denver, 10.7 percent and Portland, 9.4 percent.

 

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 ebby.com.

Fresh Listing Friday: High-Rise Living


Fresh Listing Friday
Happy Friday, all! This week’s Fresh Listing Friday takes us to a 31-story, high-rise condominium tower in the heart of Uptown Dallas. The contemporary home at 2900 Mckinnon Street, No. 1001 provides floor-to-ceiling windows, offering some of the most breathtaking views of the Dallas skyline. And, with an open floor plan, beautiful terraces and endless concierge services, there’s no doubt you’ll be living in the epitome of luxury.

 

Need to know details:

– Contemporary condominium, listed for $825,000
– 2 bedrooms, 2 baths and 1 half-bath – 1,726 square feet
– Open floor plan, floor-to-ceiling windows, wood cabinetry, stainless-steel appliances, granite countertops
– Terraces, outdoor fireplace, custom closets

 

 

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Terraces

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Terrace View

 

Home Amenities Likely to Grow in Demand


Home Amenities Likely to Grow in Demand

 

Some amenities that homebuyers now consider “nice-to-have” may soon move into the “must-have” category. Below are three that experts say are likely to grow in demand among home shoppers:

 

Smart homes – More homes will be controlled via a smart phone or tablet in the coming years. Appliances and home systems can be turned on, off, or programmed via mobile devices. Smart refrigerators are emerging that have built-in apps that can even create grocery shopping lists and smart ovens can be remotely controlled to start dinner or check on the status of what’s cooking.

 

Stainless-steel alternatives – Stainless-steel appliances have long dominated but some homebuyers are seeking alternatives. White ice and slate are increasingly popular. Slate is being touted as an easy choice to blend in with other black, white, or stainless steel finishes. It can resist fingerprints and washes easily too.

 

Energy efficiency Many buyers place a premium on finding a home with energy-efficient, cost-effective appliances. Energy Star-qualified appliances use up to 50% less energy than older counterparts. Also gaining popularity are smarter appliances, including dishwashers that can determine the appropriate cycle length and water temperature as well as washers that extract more water from laundry during the spin cycle so the dryer has less to do.

 

9 Ways to Rework Your Kitchen for the Holidays


Expecting family over for the holidays? According to a recent survey by Orbitz, 71 percent of Americans are expected to travel this holiday season, with Dallas ranking No. 9 on the list of top Thanksgiving destinations.

 

Whether your family books a room at your place or pops in throughout the length of their trip, you want to make sure your kitchen is spot-on, and now is the perfect time to get started. Following are nine fixes for an impressive refresh.

 

1. New Cabinets

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Dated cabinets can serve as the biggest eyesore. Liven yours up by sanding them down, adding fresh paint and then installing snazzy hardware.

3513 Springhouse Way | Celina – Light Farms | $599,999

 

2. Change Countertops and Sink

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Newer countertops prove a stunning look. If those change, consider changing your sink as well. And, if there’s still wiggle room in the budget, look at changing your faucet – it can really complete the new look.

4403 Rawlins Street | Dallas – Perry Heights | $959,500

 

3. Replace Equipment

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If appliances aren’t working properly, it’s obvious they need to be replaced or fixed before family visits. However, if upgrades are on the mind, it’s best to change out the refrigerator first – an appliance that is used daily. Then, match the replacement to existing equipment.

201 Sir Brine Drive | Lewisville – Castle Hills | $408,000

 

4. Update Backsplash

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Subway tile backsplash adds an updated yet classic look. Going for neutral colors adds brightness and leaves room for more versatility.

7306 Mimosa Lane | Dallas – The Meadows | $679,500

 

5. Improve Lighting

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Who wants a dark kitchen? Not your family. Consider purchasing and installing recessed ceiling cans. Although small, they highlight, brighten and add a modern touch.

18007 Old Preston Court | Dallas | $599,000

 

6. Paint

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Probably one of the easiest and least expensive ways to spruce up a room. Neutral shades allow for brightness and more versatility, but soft greens and blues add a nice twist.

520 Laredo Circle | Allen – Twin Creeks | $510,000

 

7. Flooring

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Dated linoleum or vinyl isn’t the most attractive. Opt for real-wood planks, which add a classic addition to any kitchen.

4312 Hyer Street | University Park | $1,195,000

 

8. Statement Piece

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Similar to what it does for fashion, a statement piece serves as an interesting, attractive and relatively eye-catching item that reflects your style. A pot rack can easily be installed by homeowners, adding a big impact for a small price.

 

5833 Portsmouth Lane | Dallas – Cambridge Place at Preston Trail | $1,095,000

 

9. Openness

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With good reason, the open floor plan trend continues to grow. Overcrowding in the kitchen is the last thing you want. Opt for knocking down a wall, allowing the central hub of your home to be a part of your living and dining areas.

1037 Brigham Drive | Forney – Devonshire | $310,000

Local Chefs Reveal Fall Favorites


 

Dallas-Fort Worth is blessed by extraordinary culinary talent. Two of our favorite North Texas chefs are Kirstyn Brewer and Blaine Staniford. Both are featured in the brand-new fall/winter edition of Grand Vie: Luxury in Living magazine.

 GV Chefs

 

Brewer is the executive chef of Victor Tangos, a much-loved restaurant in the heart of Dallas. The young chef signed up for culinary school on a whim before falling in love with cooking and rising through the ranks in some of the most highly acclaimed kitchens in Los Angeles and Dallas, including The Bazaar by José Andrés and Hibiscus. Her playful and imaginative ideas have been satisfying customers for the past 10 years.

 

A Dallas native, Staniford is the executive chef of Grace Restaurant in downtown Fort Worth. He graduated from the Culinary Institute of America at the young age of 19 before studying under award-winning chefs in New York, San Francisco and Dallas. In August 2015, Staniford was invited to cook at the renowned James Beard House where he wowed diners with his inventive takes on American classics.

 

In the new fall/winter edition of Grand Vie: Luxury in Living, these two local chefs share their favorite way to add a dose of delicious luxury to your next game-watching party with fall-inspired mouth-watering appetizers.