Fresh Listing Friday: Impeccable in Plano


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Happy Friday y’all! This week’s Fresh Listing Friday is an impeccable home in the Woodlands of Plano neighborhood. 5608 Sabetha Way features an open floor plan, custom lighting, shiplap accent walls and custom upgrades. Take a virtual tour below to see all of the details and charm throughout.
 

Need-to-know Details:

• Priced at $349,900
• 2,716 square feet: 4 bedrooms, 2.1 baths
• Kitchen with a butcher-block island and granite countertops
• Spacious backyard with a covered patio and fence
 

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To view this listing, contact Chelsey Moore at 214-516-5923 or ChelseyMoore@Ebby.com.

Ebby’s Home for the Holidays: NorthPark Center


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Each holiday season, Dallas’ NorthPark Center transforms into a magical place for the entire family. We got an exclusive look into what makes the shopping center so festive, from the 26 Michigan-grown Blue Spruce trees to the 3,000 brightly colored poinsettias. Watch the video below to see all the beautiful decorations that pop up at NorthPark Center for the holidays.

Once you see all the beautiful holiday foliage and décor throughout, check the following NorthPark Center holiday attractions off your to-do list:
 
Trains at NorthPark™
 
This popular exhibit returns for its 30th holiday season and features elaborate miniature toy trains. Enjoy the sights of 1,800 feet of track journeying through some of America’s most-famous cityscapes including Times Square, the White House, the Golden Gate Bridge, and of course, Dallas’ own Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge, the State Fair of Texas, the Cotton Bowl, the Perot Museum, Southern Methodist University and more. All proceeds from ticket sales go to helping families at Ronald McDonald House of Dallas. To view the schedule, click here.
 
Scrooge Puppet Theatre
 
Experience the magic of puppetry with this whimsical holiday tradition put on by Le Theatre de Marionette. Head over to the Eastcourt near Dillards to enjoy a funny improvisational performance of Charles Dickens’ famous character Scrooge, and be sure to see the final show on Christmas Eve when he finally feels the spirit of the holidays. The show starts at the bottom of every hour during these times:
 
Monday – Saturday
11:30 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.
 
Sunday
12:30 – 6:30 p.m.
 
Christmas Eve
10:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
 
Visits and Portraits with Santa Claus

Capture the essence of the holidays with one-on-one visits and portraits with Santa Claus. Take a tour through his cozy abode and take your own photos, or purchase professional portraits.
 
Monday – Saturday
11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
2:30 – 5 p.m.
5:30 – 7 p.m.
 
Sunday
12:30 – 3 p.m.
3:30 – 5 p.m.
 
Christmas Eve
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
 
For more holiday activities and corresponding times, locations and ticket prices, visit NorthParkCenter.com.

 

Little White House Lights Up for the Holidays


 

Ebby's Little White House Lights Up for the Holidays

 

Ebby’s Little White House Associates and staff, clients, children and grandchildren, as well as members of Ebby’s Corporate Office, recently joined in a Dallas tradition: the annual lighting of the iconic office at Northwest Highway and Preston Road for the holidays.

 

Jolly Old Saint Nick arrived just in time for the celebration on the back of a beautiful Bentley GT convertible driven by Simon Crossley, brand manager of Bentley Dallas.

 

Santa even led the crowd in counting down to the much-anticipated lighting of Ebby’s beautiful Little White House.

 

Below are just a few of the excited faces we saw in the crowd:

 

 

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Ebby's Little White House Lights Up for the Holidays

 

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Ebby's Little White House Lights Up for the Holidays

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Ebby's Little White House Lights Up for the Holidays

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Ebby's Little White House Lights Up for the Holidays

Ebby's Little White House Lights Up for the Holidays

Ebby's Little White House Lights Up for the Holidays

Ebby's Little White House Lights Up for the Holidays

Ebby's Little White House Lights Up for the Holidays

Ebby's Little White House Lights Up for the Holidays

Ebby's Little White House Lights Up for the Holidays

Ebby's Little White House Lights Up for the Holidays

Ebby's Little White House Lights Up for the Holidays

Ebby's Little White House Lights Up for the Holidays

Ebby's Little White House Lights Up for the Holidays

Ebby's Little White House Lights Up for the Holidays

Ebby's Little White House Lights Up for the Holidays

Ebby's Little White House Lights Up for the Holidays

 

Happy Holidays everyone!

Experience the Magic: North Texas Nutcracker Ballets


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A trip to see The Nutcracker ballet during the holidays is a time-honored tradition across the globe. Luckily, you don’t have to travel far to experience the magic of this classic holiday ballet. Below are some of the North Texas ballet companies ready to enchant you with the story of Clara and her nutcracker prince’s journey through the Kingdom of Sweets.
 
Who: Colleyville Ballet
Where: Irving Arts Center
When: Dec. 16 at 2 p.m. or 7 p.m.
 
Who: Collin County Ballet Theater
Where: Centennial High School Theater (Frisco)
When: Dec. 16 at 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
 
Who: Contemporary Ballet of Dallas; “Holiday at the Ballet”
Where: Bank of America Theater at the Charles W. Eismann Center for Performing Arts
When: Dec. 8 & 9 at 8 p.m.
*This isn’t a full-length Nutcracker ballet, but offers fan-favorite excerpts as well as a re-staging of former Martha Graham Dance Company dancer Robert Beard’s Ceremony of Carols.
 
Who: Dallas Ballet Company
Where: Granville Arts Center (Garland)
When: Dec. 8 & 9 at 7:30 p.m., Dec. 10 at 2 p.m.
 
Who: Dallas Repertoire Ballet
Where: Hill Performance Hall at the Charles W. Eismann Center for Performing Arts
When: Dec. 8 & 9 at 7:30 p.m., Dec. 10 at 2 p.m.
 
Who: Texas Ballet Theater
Where: Bass Performance Hall (Fort Worth)
When: Dec. 8-10, Dec. 14-17, Dec. 20-24; Matinee and evening options
 
Who: Tuzer Ballet
Where: Hill Performance Hall at the Charles W. Eismann Center for Performing Arts
When: Dec. 16 at 11 a.m. or 6 p.m., Dec. 17 at 2 p.m.

A Guide to Celebrating the Season


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Celebrate the holiday season in North Texas at one of these family-friendly holiday events. Happy holidays!

Christmas in the Square at Frisco Square
 
Until December 31
Take a walk through the Frisco Square and enjoy the largest choreographed holiday lights and music show in North Texas. The light show runs daily from 6 to 10 p.m., and snow flurries occur every 15 minutes on Fridays and Saturdays. There’s even an outdoor ice skating rink where you can skate until your heart is content.
 
Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens’ The 12 Days of Christmas  Until January 7
Celebrate the holidays like never before at the Dallas Arboretum’s extraordinary Christmas display. From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and 6 to 9 p.m. on select evenings, the Dallas Arboretum lights up with 12 elaborate Victorian-style gazebos inspired by the beloved Christmas carol. Each display is 25-feet tall and filled with beautifully detailed characters and animals.
 
Dallas Symphony Orchestra’s Christmas Pops Concerts Until December 17
Complete your holiday bucket list at the DSO’s annual Christmas pops concerts featuring the Dallas Symphony Chorus. Head to the Meyerson Symphony Center to enjoy live renditions of your favorite holiday tunes.
 
Dallas Zoo Lights Until January 2
This new event at the Dallas Zoo has quickly become a must-see this season. After the animals head in for the evening, the zoo is illuminated with nearly 1 million twinkling lights wrapping trees, hanging overhead or woven through decorations. Enjoy a stroll on a path covering 25 acres throughout the zoo and get a glimpse at various lighted vignettes along the way. You’ll also enjoy entertainment by local performers, crafts and tasty winter treats including s’mores, hot chocolate and gourmet donuts.
 
Holiday Carriage Rides Until December 31
Take a tour of the Deerfield and Highland Park neighborhoods with a festive carriage ride. Whether it’s date night or fun for the whole family, a leisurely stroll to look at Christmas lights is a lovely holiday tradition. Different carriages are available, so check out the Northstar Carriage website to see which one is best for your party or budget.
 
Holidays at the Heard  December 15 & 16
Enjoy the beauty of the holiday season in nature at McKinney’s Heard Natural Science Museum and Wildlife Sanctuary. From 6:30 to 9 p.m., enjoy lights and holiday décor along a half-mile nature trail, or stop for a photo with Father Christmas and Mother Nature. Grab a holiday treat and enjoy live entertainment at this family-friendly holiday event.
 
Manheim Steamroller Concert December 28
Mark your calendars for a few days after Christmas when the widely celebrated new-age music group Manheim Steamroller takes the stage at the Toyota Music Factory in Irving. Tickets start at $39.95, but you won’t want to miss the one-night opportunity to hear your favorite modern renditions of classic Christmas tunes.
 
Panther Island Ice Skating Until January 15
Take a trip to Fort Worth’s only outdoor skating rink, Panther Island, to join in on some “cool” holiday excitement. The rink operates seven days a week including all holidays, and a $12 ticket includes skate rental and tax. Click here for hours and available discounts.
 
Six Flags Holiday in the Park Until January 7
Experience the magic of the holidays at Six Flags Over Texas during this year’s Holiday in the Park. Enjoy fun for the whole family with rides, story time with Mrs. Claus, live entertainment and visits with Santa.
 
Texas Ballet Theater’s The Nutcracker  Select dates in December
Take part in a beloved holiday tradition and enjoy a live performance of Texas Ballet Theater’s The Nutcracker. This age-old ballet will delight you with a story of Clara and a dreamland filled with heroic battles and sweet treats. Performances take place Dec. 20-23 at Fort Worth’s beautiful Bass Performance Hall.

Special Ways to Make Your Guests Feel at Home


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The holiday season is well underway, and that means there’s a good chance you might be hosting family or friends in the coming weeks. Here are some quick tips to will make your guests feel extra special during their stay.
 
1. Info cheat sheet
Create a home cheat sheet that provides your guests with the Wifi code, instructions to turn on the television, garage code and anything else they may need. Be sure to include your address, landline number and any emergency contact information.
 
2. Spare samples
Have tons of hotel freebies and sample products lying around the house? Put them all in a jar in the guest bathroom. Your guests will like the availability of extra products, especially if they may have forgotten something.
 
3. Lovely florals
Placing fresh flowers or plants in the guest room adds brightness and freshness that anyone will appreciate. Bonus points if your foliage is festive!
 
4. Cozy essentials
To create the ultimate retreat for your guests, put a basket in the corner with items that will make them extra comfortable. Think soft throw blankets, magazines, bottled water, snacks and a reading light.
 
5. Freshening up
Be sure to leave extra towels and washcloths in the bathroom so guests will always have dry ones. An extra toothbrush is always a nice touch, too.
 
6. Clean scents
Adding a candle or diffuser to the guest suite is always a good idea to make the area warm and inviting. Be careful, however – not all guests love the smell of warm vanilla. It’s best to steer clear and find neutral scents – think fresh linen or clean cotton. If you’re feeling extra fresh, a small bottle of room or linen spray is a great addition to the room.
 
7. Sweet treats
A jar of candy canes is a festive and decorative way to offer your guests a midnight snack.

Fresh Listing Friday: Swiss Avenue Stunner


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Happy Friday y’all! This week’s Fresh Listing Friday is a stunning High Prairie-style home in Dallas’ Swiss Avenue Historic District. Designed by architect Charles P. Sites, 4937 Swiss Ave. features cast-stone work on the front porch, leaded-glass windows and a grand foyer with bifurcated stairs. Take a virtual tour below to see all of the details and glorious finishes throughout.


Need-to-know Details:

• Priced at $1,450,000
• 5,728 square feet: 4 bedrooms, 3.1 baths
• Kitchen with a butcher-block island and granite countertops
• Backyard with a pool, cabana and fireplace
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To view this listing, contact Mary Rinne at 214-552-6735 or maryrinne@ebby.com.

Ebby’s Home for the Holidays: Holiday Décor Tips with IBB Design


You don’t need to change your entire home’s décor to inject the holidays into your space this season. Get in the spirit and transform your space with these quick decorating tips from Shay Geyer, designer at IBB Design Fine Furnishings.

 
1. Use colors that complement the space
 
Think outside of the traditional red-and-green box when injecting holiday colors into your space. Add metallics for a bit of sparkle, as well as white or muted blues. Mixing and matching different textures and patterns is always a great idea.
 
2. Utilize things you already have
 
Use lamps, candle holders, and even winter fruit (hint: pomegranates, oranges) to layer in with garland, ornaments, flowers, pinecones and other holiday elements.
 
3. Always have enough seating for your guests
 
With the holidays comes entertaining friends and family, so be sure to have enough seating in your space. Benches, ottomans and decorative pull-up chairs are the perfect way to add additional seating for your guests.
 
4. Hang a wreath in an unexpected place
 
Get creative with your holiday wreaths this season and place them in unexpected spots throughout your home. Utilize suction-cup hooks to hang wreaths on bookcases and other glass surfaces. If opting for lit wreaths, be sure to find battery-powered ones to avoid visible cords!
 
For more tips and tricks, visit IBBDesign.com.

Keep Away Germs During Cold and Flu Season


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With flu season ramping up, it’s important to keep you and your family healthy. Protection begins at home so here are six ways to give those pesky germs the boot.

 

Get your flu shot  Many experts say that getting vaccinated is the single most important thing you can do to prevent the flu. Click here to find flu clinics near you. Pro tip: If you opt for the flu mist, bring juice or a lollipop to mask the taste.

 

Stop dragging germs around  When you notice your mop or dish towels start to smell or appear dirty, it’s time to ditch them. Swap out these items for fresh, clean ones to get optimal cleaning results.

 

Don’t forget about the sponge  Bacteria thrive in damp environments so a sponge is a dream home for germs. Place your sponge in the dishwasher or put it in the microwave for a couple of minutes to sanitize.

 

Be aware of germ hiding spots  Did you know that phones are one of the filthiest things in our lives? Remotes, door handles, light switches, cutting boards and children’s toys are just a few of the other unexpected places germs hide. Cleaning your home regularly will help maintain a germ-free environment. Use an anti-bacterial wipe to wipe down these surfaces and erase the chance of spreading germs.

 

Wash your hands often – And we mean often. It takes about 30 seconds for antibacterial soap to do its job, so teach children to sing the Happy Birthday song or the ABCs for the duration of the wash. If soap and water aren’t readily available, keep an alcohol-based sanitizer near you. You might consider storing additional hand sanitizers in your car, purse or gym bag.

 

Throw it in the wash  Try to wash your bedsheets in hot water once a week, especially after someone is sick. And don’t forget pillows, blankets and duvet covers.

 

Santa Cops Toy Drive Under Way


Santa Cops Toy Drive Under Way

At Ebby Halliday Realtors, we’re proud to serve as a drop-off location for the 2017 Santa Cops toy drive. The drive continues through December 13.

 

In 1984, Dallas Police officers created and developed Santa Cops, a program designed to assist members of the community who have been victims of crime.

 

The Santa Cops program has assisted over 10,000 families throughout the years. In recent years, the program has been able to help more than 600 families annually.

  

The Santa Cops project typically delivers the fruits of its efforts on the Saturday before Christmas to the citizens of Dallas. The best part? Watching children’s faces when officers bring toys to their home.

 

Items needed:

*  new, unwrapped toys for children of all ages

*  new or lightly used books

*  diapers

*  new blankets, robes, slippers

 

Santa Cops often needs gifts for older kids. Suggested items:

*  sports items (basketballs, footballs, soccer balls, bean bag toss sets, etc.)

*  bath gift sets

*  arts & crafts items

*  board games

*  age-appropriate books

*  skateboards

*  bicycles

*  bicycle helmets

 

You’re encouraged to drop by the corporate office of Ebby Halliday Realtors at 4445 Sigma Road near the Galleria between the hours of 9 to 5, Monday through Friday, through December 13, to donate items to the 2017 Santa Cops toy drive. This simple act of kindness is sure to make your holiday season brighter!