Fresh Listing Friday: Claremont Flair

Fresh Listing Friday
It’s Friday, and we’re in love with this week’s Fresh Listing Friday. The Mid-Century modern home at 2536 Dorrington Drive is situated in the Claremont neighborhood of Dallas – a quaint and charming White Rock community that offers proximity to recreational, shopping and entertainment destinations. Renovated from top to bottom, this home provides comfort and style in every single room, while the open floor plan allows for plenty of creativity.


Need-to-Know Details:

• Renovated Mid-Century modern priced at $375,000
• 2,236 square feet: 4 bedrooms, 3 baths
• Open floor plan, oak flooring, custom cabinetry, mosaic, gas-log fireplace,
• Private backyard


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To view this listing, contact Edwina Dye at 214-674-3937 or

It’s That Time Again: DFW Restaurant Week 2016

DFW Restaurant Week will be back in action in less than a month. From Monday, Aug. 15 to Sunday, Aug. 21 (many restaurants will extend through Aug. 28 or Sept. 4), more than 100 North Texas restaurants will feature special menus, some including paired drinks, for a darn-good deal (and cause).


As in years past, you’ll be able to delight in a three-course, prix fixe dinner for $35 or $45 at one of the participating DFW restaurants. A number of restaurants will also offer a $20 lunch option.


It’s the perfect opportunity to try a new spot, save on a meal that would normally be a splurge and indulge in some of the best food that local chefs and restaurants have to offer.


Click here to view the full list of participating restaurants, their menus, prices, and instructions on how to make a reservation.


DFW Restaurant Week supports the North Texas Food Bank in the Dallas area and Lena Pope in Tarrant County, with proceeds from each meal benefiting the charities’ work to help local children and families in need.

Farmers Market: Go Local, Get Fresh

FmBigSummer is in full swing, and so are local farmers markets. Whether you’re in the market for fresh and locally grown veggies, sweet treats, specialty foods or homemade goodies, these North Texas farmers markets have it all.



Coppell Farmers Market
768 W. Main Street
Saturdays; 8 a.m. to noon
March-November; December (Winter Market)

Highlights: Fresh-rolled oats made to order



Dallas Farmers Market
1010 S. Pearl Expressway
Monday-Sunday; 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Highlights: The Market – a fully renovated indoor space featuring local merchants, artisanal food vendors and restaurants


White Rock Local Market
9150 Garland Road
Saturdays; 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Highlights: Wine samples, JJ&B jams and butters, local craft artists


Fort Worth

Cowtown Farmers Market
3821 Southwest Boulevard
Saturdays; 8 a.m. to noon

Highlights: Fiddle-and-guitar jam sessions, pastured chicken



Frisco Farmers Market
8821 4th Street
Saturdays; 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Highlights: Sweet dessert tamales from family-owned Along Came Tamale


Grand Prairie

Grand Prairie Farmer’s Market
120 W. Main Street
Saturdays; 8 a.m. to noon

Highlights: Plethora of crafts, Christmas in July



Grapevine Farmers Market
325 S. Main Street
Thursdays-Saturdays; 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Highlights: Specialty olive oil, Farmland cheeses, organic white plums



315 S. Chestnut Street
Saturdays; 8 a.m. to noon
April to October


6851 Virginia Parkway
Thursdays; 3 to 7 p.m.

Highlights: Farm-to-table dinners, winter markets, cookie samples



Four Seasons Market
677 W. Campbell Road
Sundays; 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. (summer hours)

Highlights: European-style market that mimics the popular village markets throughout Europe



Rockwall Farmers Market
101 Rusk Street
Saturdays; 8 a.m. to noon

Highlights: Just Pie’s award-winning, buttermilk Pap’s Texas Pecan



Sherman Farmers Market
115 N. Travis Street
Saturdays; 9 a.m. to noon

Highlights: Pasture-raised meats, kombucha, handmade soaps

Fresh Listing Friday: North Dallas Knockout

Fresh Listing Friday
TGIF, everyone! This week’s Fresh Listing Friday is situated in the sought-after Midway Hills neighborhood of North Dallas, which features tree-lined streets and spacious lots. The home at 3930 Northaven Road offers a light-and-bright interior with sophisticated finishes and the latest updates.


Need-to-know details:

• Light-and-bright traditional, priced at $749,900
• 3,401 square feet: 4 bedrooms, 3 baths and 1 half-bath
• Open floor plan, hardwood flooring, stainless-steel appliances
• Game and sun room, open patios


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To view this listing, contact Jill Wiese of The Lori Vaden Group at 214-405-3299 or

12 Pools to Beat the Heat

There’s no doubt that summer is here. Temperatures are beginning to spare no mercy — a 101-degree-day is just around the corner! If you don’t want to endure another Texas summer without a pool, consider some of the fabulous options we have on the market. From lap pools to diving pools, we have refreshing features for everyone’s needs, all across the North Texas region.


1750 Trace Bella Court | Westlake | $6,298,880


66 Braewood Place | Dallas – Glen Abbey | $3,940,000


6323 Meadow Road | Dallas – Preston Hollow | $2,325,000


1900 Little Bluestem Court | Westlake – Vaquero | $2,050,000


4012 Wood Lake Drive | Plano – Lakeside on Preston | $1,700,000


1829 Broken Bend Drive | Westlake – Glenwyck Farms | $1,575,000


8529 Meadowbrook Drive | Fort Worth – Stair Woods | $1,499,000


2171 Hogan Drive | Irving – Cottonwood Valley | $897,500


1601 Bowie Court | Allen – Twin Creeks | $824,900


1508 Arizona Drive | Allen – Suncreek | $785,000


411 Pennell Road | Sherman | $785,000


3405 Millbank | The Colony – The Tribute | $645,000


Click here to see all the Ebby homes on the market that feature a summer-ready pool.

Merry Shuck Named Talent Recruitment Director

Merry Shuck Named Talent Recruitment Director


Ebby Halliday Realtors has appointed Merry Shuck Talent Recruitment Director. Mary Frances Burleson, president and chief executive officer, recently made the announcement.


“Merry brings extensive real estate experience, as well as a strong desire to assist new and experienced agents in taking their careers to the next level,” Burleson says. “Intensely focused on helping real estate professionals attain their career goals, Merry truly appreciates the wide-ranging opportunities available to agents at the Ebby Halliday Companies.”


Merry, who has been with Ebby Halliday since 1996, has been a licensed real estate agent for 20 years. She started out as a sales professional in the firm’s Irving/Las Colinas/Coppell Office and joined the Corporate Office in 2001 as Outgoing Referral Coordinator. In 2008, Merry was promoted to Broker-to-Broker Referral Manager. In that position, she handled both incoming and outgoing broker-to-broker referrals generated through Ebby’s longtime affiliation with the Leading Real Estate Companies of the World network.


“Having served in several capacities, at both the field office and corporate levels, I have developed a very strong appreciation of the challenges and opportunities agents face every day in the competitive North Texas market,” Merry says. “Agents who have chosen Ebby as their broker benefit from the many advantages that are inherent to working with the Dallas-Fort Worth market leader.


“As the No. 1 independent broker in Texas, locally owned Ebby Halliday offers new and seasoned agents the ideal place to grow their business,” Merry says. “Ebby has served North Texas for 70 years, yet we are intensely focused on the future. Our company is blessed with extraordinary agents; industry-leading marketing, technology and educational support; the region’s largest in-house relocation division; and an executive team with experience, integrity and vision.”


As the Talent Recruitment Director for the Ebby Halliday Companies, which in addition to Ebby Halliday Realtors includes Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate and Williams Trew Real Estate, Merry will provide recruitment support to branch office sales managers across North Texas and serve as the point of contact for individuals considering a career in real estate and those already licensed.


“I am truly excited about the opportunity to serve as Talent Recruitment Director for one of America’s most-admired real estate firms,” Merry says. “Ebby set the bar high. In 1945, she founded her namesake company on three principles of service. Today, we’re more committed than ever to honor her legacy through exemplary service to our clients, industry and community. If you are considering a career in real estate – or are a new or experienced agent –  and are interested in being a part of something very special, I would welcome the opportunity to visit with you about the many ways associating with Ebby Halliday will help make your career goals reality.”


To discuss sales career opportunities at the Ebby Halliday Companies, call Ms. Shuck at 972-980-6699 or e-mail

We’re Ebby and We’re Social

We're Social Post

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!



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 FridayDFW 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.



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



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.



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.



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



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.



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.



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.

Designing and Furnishing Your Backyard Oasis

Outdoor living is huge in Dallas-Fort Worth. Taking the time to design a thoughtful and beautiful space will pay off when it comes time to sell your home.


Designing and Furnishing Your Backyard Oasis


Color Palette

In North Texas, outdoor living areas are extensions of our homes. To create flow from the interior of your home to its exterior, tie the color palette together. You can opt to use one color from inside your home or continue the entire scheme.


Designing and Furnishing Your Backyard Oasis


If you love color, punch those hues up a bit in your backyard for brighter contrast with the natural elements and landscaping. If you prefer that your pool or landscaping take center stage, use a more neutral palette for your home’s outdoor furnishings.


Furniture layout

Many backyards are segmented into areas. Yours may have a cabana or lounging area, an outdoor kitchen and dining space, and seating near the pool. When designing your layout, think about how you will utilize each of these spaces.


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Do you want chairs to swivel, providing multiple views of the yard, or change direction depending on TV viewing or conversation? Either way, be sure to provide plenty of space to maneuver around your furnishings so you and your guests may easily transition from one area to another.




Ask your landscape architect or pool builder for a set of plans in ¼-inch scale so your designer can help you properly place the furnishings for your backyard resort. If possible, complete your furniture-space planning prior to construction so your designer can offer suggestions for tweaking your decking or sitting areas to accommodate the furnishings you want to include.


Form and Function

In addition to assisting with colors and layout, a designer can help you work through decisions and recommend brands that will withstand the Texas summer heat. It’s imperative that you use outdoor fabrics and cushions. Woven fabrics are typically the most durable and will have less fading from the sun.


Designing and Furnishing Your Backyard Oasis


Your outdoor furnishings should not only look fabulous, but feel fabulous, too. Since you’ll most likely be spending many hours on weekends and evenings sitting in these spaces, comfort should be a top priority.


This article appeared in the Summer 2016 edition of Grand Vie: Luxury in Living magazine. To view the magazine, click here.


Shay Geyer, partner and designer of IBB Design Fine Furnishings, has passion for interiors and interior products that makes creating beautiful spaces for clients a true dream job. Her vibrant personality and personal approach to design often land her high-profile and lifelong clients who trust her not only with their primary homes but also vacation homes across the country. Shay has served as the design expert for WFAA’s “Good Morning Texas” since 2006. Her design segments may be seen on the show every Friday morning. To contact Shay, e-mail


Pool, cabana and landscape design by AquaTerra Outdoors


Outdoor furnishings and design by Shay Geyer. @designershay, IBB Design Fine Furnishings,


Photography by Dan Piassick

Fresh Listing Friday: White Rock Stunner

Fresh Listing Friday

Happy Friday! This week’s Fresh Listing Friday is situated in the sought-after White Rock North neighborhood. The beautifully updated home at 9669 Covemeadow Drive offers exceptional attention to detail in a prime East Dallas location.


Need-to-know details:

• Updated traditional, priced at $689,000
• 2,968 square feet: 5 bedrooms, 2 baths, 1 half-bath
• Handscraped hardwood flooring, beamed ceiling, custom built-ins, plantation shutters
• Subway-tile backsplash, quartz countertops
• Landscaped yards, patio, dog run


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To view this listing, contact Shelly Seltzer of the Shelly Seltzer Group at 214-507-0581 or

Greater Outdoors: Space Insight with Robert Hopson

In today’s market, homeowners want to maximize their living space, which often includes the outdoors. Creating an ideal outdoor living area is an art that makes lounging by the pool, hosting friends and family or dining alfresco more of a treat than a chore. But designing an exquisite outdoor space is best left to the professionals, which is why we sat down with Robert Hopson, general contractor and owner of Robert Hopson Construction Group, to learn about outdoor living trends and designing a comfortable, relaxing space.

Greater Outdoors: Space Insight with Robert Hopson

What trends are the hottest in outdoor living?

RH: We’re doing a lot of outdoor kitchens where clients want the full-on kitchen — refrigerator, range, dishwasher, the whole thing. These are people who want to cook, serve and eat outside. We’re even seeing some outdoor kitchens that have glassware and serving utensils dedicated to the outdoors. Another trend we’re seeing are pools with a sun shelf, an approximately 10-by-10 area of the pool with 3 to 4 inches of water. A sun shelf is perfect for enjoying with babies, putting folding chairs in to sit at water level, or just lying down since it’s so shallow.



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When planning an outdoor living space, what are best practices?

RH: Determining how the space will be used is the most important factor. We do custom homes, so the client is coming to us with plans or bringing us in on the process with their architect, and the first thing we do is establish what’s important to them for their outdoor space. Do they have kids, is there a pool, are they using the space to entertain large groups? We ask questions that help us understand how the space will be utilized.


Greater Outdoors: Space Insight with Robert Hopson

Are there any ‘impossible’ outdoor amenities?

RH: When someone says they want their space to be 60 degrees in 100-degree weather, that’s pretty much impossible. But we can close off the space with screens or retractable coverings and install an A/C system that takes it from 80 degrees to 70. We can pretty much get anything a client wants now for their outdoor space, so if they tell us how they plan to use it, we can adapt it to meet their needs.


What changes are you seeing in the realm of outdoor living spaces?

RH: Custom outdoor features are a huge segment of the market. For example, 10 years ago home shows had a couple of outdoor displays and a few hot tubs. Now, the outdoor section is a good portion of the show, where they have windows that fold into themselves and $50,000 grill stations that are just unbelievable. There’s more and more growth in the customized segment.

Greater Outdoors: Space Insight with Robert Hopson

What is the most unique request you’ve had for an outdoor space?

RH: For one house we made a pit so they could lie on the grass and watch movies projected on the side of their casita. We constructed a sloped hill that sort of cut into the yard, where one side was level and the other side was 4 or 5 feet deep, then we added a fireplace at the bottom. They wanted it to be like lying in the park, so we put down some great zoysia grass, which is soft and super comfortable.


How does a professionally designed outdoor living space add value to a home?

RH: I’m not a REALTOR®, so I can’t give it a dollar value. But I can tell you that most of the houses I’m doing are upscale, and at that price point, not having an outdoor space would almost be like not having a garage. People enter million-dollar homes and expect some sort of outdoor space, even if it’s just a covered portion of the patio with a grill station. I know there’s an intrinsic value and it would certainly be a negative for buyers if a home didn’t have any kind of outdoor living area.


Greater Outdoors: Space Insight with Robert Hopson

What is your favorite thing to see in outdoor living?

RH: I really think it looks good when you have a relatively flat area to walkout onto, so you can walk out from your floor level onto the patio then onto the grass; it’s a seamless transition from inside to outside, almost like walking into another room. Or when the grass runs right up to the edge of the pool, almost like a zero edge, so it’s a more natural feel, not as contrived. We see more modern, clean lines in architecture and I like to see those same clean-line features outdoors with a really simplistic palette, so grass and maybe your solid surface is concrete or a decomposed granite — not four or five different materials like we used to see.


This article appeared in the Summer 2016 edition of Grand Vie: Luxury in Living magazine. To view the magazine, click here.


For a personal consultation with Robert Hopson, call 214-327-0600 or visit