Endless Summer: 10 Luxury Lake Homes


With a few weeks left to savor the sweetness of summer, many North Texans are drawn to pools and lakes alike.

 

These amazing waterfront properties will have you wishing for one last lake trip before heading back to school. Better yet, make yourself at home and enjoy an endless summer.

 

1_Palm Drive

4370 Palm Drive | Caney City | $7,580,000

 

2_Island Drive

6 Island Drive | Mabank$2,999,000

 

3_Waterside Drive

13300 Waterside Drive | Malakoff$1,995,000

 

4_Blackfoot Trail

123 Blackfoot Trail | Lake Kiowa$1,595,000

 

5_Nautical Point

114 Nautical Point | Mabank$1,399,999

 

6_Pleasantview Road

488 Pleasantview Road | Winnsboro | $1,399,000

 

7_Hide A Way Lane

530 Hide A Way Lane E. | Hideaway$995,000

 

8_Lynn Dell Drive

2944 Lynn Dell Drive | Tool | $995,000

 

9_Jackson Circle

265 Jackson Circle | Kerens$969,000

 

10_Medina Court

1217 Medina Court | Whitney$880,000

 

To view all the extraordinary lake homes for sale in North Texas, visit Ebby.com and enter ‘lake’ in the advanced search keyword field.

14 Must-See Open Houses This Weekend


If you’re in the market for a home in North Texas, you’ve come to the right place. Enjoy your weekend with Ebby Halliday Realtors at these exceptional properties.

 

1_Glade Road

2404 Glade Road | Colleyville | $2,950,000

 

2_Forest Lane

6243 Forest Lane | North Dallas | $2,349,000

 

3_Stichter Ave

6709 Stichter Avenue | Preston Hollow | $1,885,000

 

4_Kingsbarns

7201 Kingsbarns | The Colony | $1,750,000

 

5_Melshire Drive

5512 Melshire Drive | North Dallas | $1,460,000

 

6_Sarah Nash

14 Sarah Nash Court | University Park | $1,150,000

 

7_Venice Court

12023 Venice Court | Frisco | $1,100,000

 

8_Princess Caroline

4579 Princess Caroline Court | Frisco | $929,000

 

9_Balbirnie Court

3512 Balbirnie Court | The Colony | $749,000

 

10_Steinbeck Street

5021 Steinbeck Street | Carrollton | $699,900

 

11_Northshore Drive

5352 Northshore Drive | Frisco | $675,000

 

12_Riverbrook Way

2805 Riverbrook Way | Southlake | $669,000

 

13_Bentley Drive

4436 Bentley Drive | Plano | $429,000

 

14_Watersedge Drive

1717 Watersedge Drive | McKinney | $418,500

 

To view all the wonderful homes open this weekend and discover dates and times, visit EbbyOpenHouses.com.

Tips for Selecting the Best Produce


Beautiful woman buying kale at a farmers market

 

If you have ever purchased produce only to have it turn moldy or mushy a few days later, the fruits or vegetables you selected may not have been in the best shape to begin with. By selecting the right produce at the grocery store or farmers market, you avoid wasting money while also maximizing the shelf life of your food.

 

As a general rule of thumb, it’s best to stay away from pre-bagged or pre-cut produce. Pre-packaged produce is often smaller and pre-cut varieties simply won’t last as long. Picking your produce individually will result in better flavors and textures.

 

Follow these tips for picking your fruits and vegetables.

 

Fruits

Apples: Fruits should be firm, colorful, shiny and free of bruises or punctures.

 

Apricots: Select aromatic fruits with no green spots and slight give with gentle pressure.


Bananas:
 Select fruit that is yellow all over with no green or brown spots.

Berries:
 Look out for mold and mushy berries.
     Blackberries & Raspberries: Full and juicy, but not leaking.
     Blueberries: Select firm ones and avoid berries with red or green areas.
     Strawberries: Select colorful strawberries with green stems. Fruit should be fragrant and shiny, as well.

Cantaloupe:
 Select aromatic fruit that is heavy for its size.

Cherries:
 Select plump, firm cherries that look dark and glossy with green stems.

Figs:
 Avoid selecting dirty, bumpy or broken fruits.

Grapefruit:
 Select a deeply colored fruit with a slightly reddish hue and a heavy, plump feel.

Grapes:
 Search for grapes that are firmly attached to flexible stems. Grapes should be deeply colored, firm and plump.

Kiwi:
 Select fragrant, plump fruit. If you want ripe fruit, select the ones that yield to gentle pressure, or pick firm ones and ripen at home for a few days.

Lemons & Limes:
 The best citrus will be bright and feel heavy for its size. Avoid discoloration and overly thick peels.

Mangoes:
 Selecting mangoes is best done by feel rather than color. The softer the mango, the riper it is. The stem end should be lightly scented.

Oranges: 
Fruit should be heavy for its size. Also look for smooth, firm and thin peels.

Peaches: 
Select aromatic fruit that is soft, but not mushy.

Pears: 
Ripe pears should give a little when pressed gently at the top.

Persimmons: 
Select smooth and plump fruit. The skin should be bright and glossy.

Pineapples:
 Search for large fruit with bright green leaves. The outside should be firm.

Plums: 
Select plums that are firm and heavy for their size.

Pomegranates: 
Darker colored pomegranates will be sweeter than those that are pink, which will taste tart. Fruit should be heavy and firm.

Watermelon:
 Select heavy, firm watermelon. When tapped, the inside should sound hollow.

 

Vegetables

Asparagus: Choose asparagus with firm, green stalks and tightly closed tips with no signs of flowering.

Avocados:
 If you’re looking for an unripe avocado, select a firm one that doesn’t give to gentle pressure. If you want to purchase a ripe avocado, choose a bumpy dark-green one.

Corn: 
Keep an eye out for plump corn with sticky, brown tassels.

Cucumber:
 Bright, firm cucumbers with even color are the best to take home. Keep an eye out for dullness, soft spots and bruises.

Eggplant: 
Select smooth, shiny eggplants with deep, uniform color. The vegetables should be heavy for their size, and the smaller eggplants are generally sweeter.

Garlic: 
Choose garlic that is plump and heavy without broken skin or soft spots.

Herbs: 
Select fresh herbs that are fragrant and do not appear wilted.

Lettuce: 
The outer leaves of a lettuce head should be intact and firm, and the whole head should be somewhat heavy.

 

Okra: The best okra will be bright green with no bruises or dark spots.

Onions:
 Select firm onions with papery skins that are still intact. Store at room temperature.

Peppers: 
Select shiny, firm, wrinkle-free peppers.

Potatoes:
 Select firm potatoes with no sprouts, slits, green tinge or wrinkles. Store at room temperature.

Rhubarb: 
The stalks of the rhubarb should be stiff and not limp. There should be no cracks or blemishes, and leaves should be small. Be sure to remove the leaves before you store rhubarb as they are toxic.

Sugar Snap Peas: 
The pods of sugar snap peas should be medium to dark green in color and feel firm and plump.

Tomatoes: 
Avoid fruit that is bruised, cracked or wrinkled. The leaves should be bright green, and the tomatoes should be heavy and smooth.

Yellow Squash:
 Select firm, small to medium squash, as the large ones contain too much water or fiber.

Zucchini:
 Be on the lookout for firm, shiny vegetables free of cuts and bruises. Pick out the ones that aren’t too big.

 

For a list of North Texas farmers markets to shop fresh, local fruits and veggies, visit Farmers Markets Offer Fresh Local Fare.

Farmers Markets Offer Fresh Local Fare


Vegetable stall in farmer market, including celery, parsnips and broccoli.

 

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

 

Carrollton

Carrollton Farmers Market
2722 N. Josey Lane
Sundays; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Year-round

Highlights: Handmade crafts and homegrown produce

 

Coppell

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

Highlights: Fresh berry custard pie, pickled jalapeños, fresh ginger beer

 

Dallas

Dallas Farmers Market
1010 S. Pearl Expressway
Saturdays; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sundays; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Mondays, Thursdays & Fridays; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Hours vary by season)
Year-round

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.
March through December

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

 

Denton

Denton Community Market
317 W. Mulberry Street
Saturdays; 8 a.m. to noon (summer hours)
April through November

Highlights: Live music, local farms and artists, food trucks

 

Fort Worth

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

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

 

Frisco

Frisco Farmers Market
8821 4th Street
Saturdays; 8 a.m. to noon
April through October

Highlights: Homemade traditional Greek desserts and meals from Greek Mama’s Bites

 

Grand Prairie

Grand Prairie Farmers Market
120 W. Main Street
Saturdays; 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
March through December

Highlights: Plethora of crafts, Christmas in July

 

Grapevine

Grapevine Farmers Market
520 South Main Street, No. 203
Mondays-Saturdays; 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Sundays; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
April through October

Highlights: Homemade fried pies, cajun cheddar kettle popcorn, gourmet tamales

 

Mansfield

Mansfield Farmers Market
703 E. Broad Street
Saturdays; 8 a.m. to noon
April through October

Highlights: Homemade fudge, refreshing lemonade, allergy-free baked goods

 

McKinney

McKinney Farmers Market at Chestnut Square
315 S. Chestnut Street
Saturdays; 8 a.m. to noon
April through November

Highlights: Baked goods, craft items, artisanal and speciality foods

 

Mesquite

The Marketplace DFW
150 W. Main Street
Second and fourth Saturdays; 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
April through October

Highlights: Locally grown honey, mustard pickles, handcrafted goods

 

Richardson

Richardson Farmers Market
101 S. Coit Road
Saturdays; 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (summer hours)
Year-round

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

 

Rockwall

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

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

 

Sherman

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

Highlights: Pasture-raised meats, kombucha, handmade soaps

12 Must-See Open Houses This Weekend


If you’re in the market for a home in North Texas, you’ve come to the right place. Enjoy your weekend with Ebby Halliday Realtors at these exceptional properties.

 

1_ DAVID FORT

9121 David Fort Road | Argyle | $5,500,000

 

2_ MIRAMAR

4012 Miramar Avenue | Highland Park | $4,500,000

 

3_AMHERST

4068 Amherst Avenue | University Park | $1,299,500

 

4_WESTVIEW

2540 Westview Court | Prosper | $1,250,000

 

5_ PRESTWICK

5735 Prestwick Lane | North Dallas | $998,000

 

6_ MASHPEE

3893 Mashpee Street | Frisco | $939,900

 

7_ NEWGATE

5916 Newgate Lane | Plano | $899,975

 

8_Edgefield

1042 N. Edgefield Avenue | Kessler | $720,000

 

9_LES JARDINS

10740 Les Jardins DrivePreston Hollow | $679,000

 

10_ PECAN POINT

1512 Pecan Point Drive | McKinney | $665,000

 

11_Santa Clara

9035 Santa Clara Drive | Little Forest Hills | $627,000

 

12_AUDUBON POND

1800 Audubon Pond Way | Allen | $515,000

 

To view all the wonderful homes open this weekend and discover dates and times, visit EbbyOpenHouses.com.

6 Tips for North Texas Home Buyers and Sellers


Finally a home of our own!

 

Homes selling above asking price, numerous offers for the same property, hip-pocket listings shared only by word of mouth — it’s no secret that the North Texas housing market is booming.

 

To help you navigate these unprecedented home-buying and selling waters, we polled Ebby Halliday Associates and collected their top tips for today’s buyers and sellers.

 

Buyer’s Tips

Be qualified
Pre-plan financing by meeting with a mortgage lender ahead of time and receive a pre-approval letter that may be submitted when you make a written offer. “Less paperwork and more personal attention” is more than a saying at Home Team Mortgage Company, Ebby Halliday’s affiliated mortgage source. Contact Home Team Mortgage Company for a frustration-free experience from loan application to decision.

 

Act quickly
In a hot market, acting slowly or sleeping on it may cost you the opportunity to buy the home of your dreams. If you’ve found a home you’d be thrilled with, don’t wait to submit an offer — other buyers will likely be doing the same.

 

Offer a compelling price
Sellers often price their homes based on historical sold data or appraisals, and in a strong market where prices are rising rapidly, homes may sell for the listing price or higher. Study the sold comps, but also compare the house you want to other homes on the market, and ask yourself, “What price am I willing to pay, and at what price am I willing to lose this house?”

 

Seller’s Tips

Market to everyone near and far
You have the best chance of selling your home for the highest price by exposing it to the largest number of potential buyers. When you list your home with Ebby Halliday Realtors, it will enjoy worldwide exposure on ebby.com, the gold standard in residential real estate websites. Ebby.com is one of the most-visited residential real estate sites in the nation, far outpacing the competition.

 

Respond and keep momentum
There is an old adage that time kills deals. A buyer’s interest is at a peak level at the time he or she submits an offer, so keep the momentum going, choose the best offer, and respond promptly in writing.

 

Don’t be greedy
If a buyer offers an acceptable price and terms, sign the offer and your Ebby Halliday Associate will schedule a closing appointment and expertly guide you through the home-inspection and closing process.

 

Have a buying or selling question not addressed in this post? Contact one of Ebby Halliday Realtor’s North Texas offices and we’ll be happy to help in any way we can.

10 Must-See Open Houses This Weekend


If you’re in the market for a home in North Texas, you’ve come to the right place. Enjoy your weekend with Ebby Halliday Realtors at these exceptional properties.

 

1

6515 Pemberton Drive |Preston Hollow | $1,850,000

 

2

488 Pleasantview RoadWinnsboro | $1,399,000

 

3

1351 Hamilton GreenAllen$979,000

 

4

3893 Mashpee StreetFrisco$939,900

 

5

3133 Seneca DriveFrisco | $925,000

 

6

5400 Widgeon Way | Frisco | $734,000

 

7

704 Wilford WayHeath$617,500

 

8

4310 Buena Vista Street, No. 9Knox Park$579,000

 

9

104 Enchanted Isles CircleMabank$539,000

 

10

1925 Lewis Crossing DriveKeller$475,000

 

To view all the wonderful homes open this weekend and discover dates and times, visit EbbyOpenHouses.com.

Refreshing Summer Recipes


Water

 

It can be tough to beat the Texas heat, but ice-cold beverages and tasty treats definitely help. Here are some easy and delicious recipes perfect for relaxing on the patio or hanging by the pool.

 

Sips

Cold refreshing summer drink with lemon and mint on wooden background.

Classic Lemonade

Ingredients:
*6 lemons, enough to make 1 cup of juice
*1 cup white sugar
*6 cups cold water

Directions:
1. Juice the lemons via your preferred method of juicing.
2. Stir together lemon juice, sugar and water.
3. Serve over ice.

 

Watermelon Green Tea

Ingredients:
*3 cups green tea
*8 cups watermelon, cubed
*1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
*1/2 cup seltzer
*Springs of mint, for garnish

Directions:
1. Combine green tea, watermelon and lemon juice in a blender; blend until smooth.
2. Strain through a mesh sieve.
3. Refrigerate until cool.
4. Add seltzer.

 

Blackberry Sweet Tea

Ingredients:
*1 pinch of baking soda
*4 cups boiling water
*4 tea bags
*2 1/2 cups cold water
*3 cups blackberries, fresh or frozen/thawed
*1 1/4 cups sugar
*1 tablespoon fresh mint, chopped

Directions:
1. Crush blackberries and sugar together in a large container.
2. Add mint and baking soda; set aside.
3. Drape tea bags over the side of a pitcher; pour boiling water into the pitcher.
4. Steep for 3 minutes; remove and discard tea bags.
5. Combine tea and blackberry mixture; rest for 1 hour.
6. Strain through a mesh sieve.
7. Add cold water and stir.
8. Refrigerate before serving.

 

Snacks

Delicious Italian dessert Panna Cotta

Sweet Ricotta and Strawberry Parfaits

Ingredients:
* 1 pound fresh strawberries, trimmed and halved or quartered
*1 teaspoon sugar
*1 tablespoon snipped fresh mint
* 1 15-ounce carton part-skim ricotta cheese
*3 tablespoons light agave nectar
* 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
* 1/4 teaspoon finely shredded lemon peel
* Fresh mint

Directions:
1. In a medium bowl combine strawberries, sugar and the 1 tablespoon snipped mint; gently stir to combine. Let stand about 10 minutes or until berries soften and start to release their juices.
2. In another medium bowl combine ricotta, agave nectar, vanilla and lemon peel. Beat with an electric mixer on medium speed for 2 minutes.
3. To assemble, scoop 1 tablespoon of the ricotta mixture into each of six parfait glasses. Top ricotta mixture in each glass with a large spoonful of the strawberry mixture. Repeat layers with the remaining ricotta mixture and strawberry mixture. Garnish with additional fresh mint.
4. Serve immediately or cover and chill for up to 4 hours.

 

Caprese Salad Pita Pockets

Ingredients:
*1 cup cherry or grape tomatoes, quartered
*4 ounces fresh mozzarella cheese, cubed
*1 cup coarsely chopped cucumber
*3/4 cup mixed spring salad greens
*1/4 cup fresh basil leaves
*2 tablespoons chopped green onion
*1 tablespoon red wine vinegar or cider vinegar
*1 tablespoon olive oil
*1/4 teaspoon salt
*1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
*4 large whole wheat pita bread rounds, halved crosswise
* Large soft lettuce leaves (such as butterhead, Boston or Bibb)

Directions:
1. In a medium bowl toss together tomatoes, cheese cubes, cucumber, salad greens, basil, green onion, vinegar, oil, salt and pepper.
2. Line insides of pita halves with lettuce leaves.
3. Spoon tomato mixture into pitas.

 

No-Cook Asian Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Ingredients:
*3 green onions
*1/2 6-ounce package refrigerated cooked chicken breast strips
*1/2 of a medium green sweet pepper, seeded and cut up
*3 tablespoons rice vinegar
*1 teaspoon sesame oil or olive oil
*1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon black pepper, as desired
*1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper (optional)
*1 cup shredded cabbage
*2 tablespoons water
*2 tablespoons reduced-sodium soy sauce
*8 leaves butterhead lettuce (Boston or Bibb), about 1 small head

Directions:
1. Trim and discard root ends of green onions. Cut off and slice green tops and set aside.
2. In a food processor combine white parts of the green onions, chicken breast, sweet pepper, 1 tablespoon of vinegar, oil, black pepper and, if desired, crushed red pepper. Cover and pulse until chicken mixture is finely chopped. Transfer to a medium bowl.
3. Add cabbage and toss to combine. Divide chicken mixture into four individual microwave safe containers; chill.
4. Spoon mixture into individual lettuce leaves and wrap.

For dipping sauce, in a small bowl combine sliced green onion tops, 2 tablespoons vinegar, water and soy sauce. Divide among 4 small containers.

Beautiful Backyards for Summer Soirées


Planning your next barbecue? There’s no better backdrop than your own gorgeous backyard.

 

From lush landscaping and sparkling pools to incredible patios and outdoor kitchens, these stunning backyards will have you ready to host weekly summer fêtes.

 

1_5540 N 40

5540 N. 40 PlaceFar North Dallas$6,999,000

 

2_10121 Waller

10121 Waller DrivePreston Hollow$5,950,000

 

3_6326 Carrington

6326 Carrington DriveFar North Dallas$2,249,000

 

4_696 Garden

696 Garden CourtSouthlake$1,624,900

 

5_11340 Strait

11340 Strait LaneNorth Dallas$1,599,999

 

6_1739 Bison

1739 Bison Meadow LaneHeath$1,590,000

 

7_7020 Eudora

7020 Eudora DriveNorth Dallas$1,575,000

 

8_11219 Shelterwood

11219 Shelterwood LaneNorth Dallas | $1,280,000

 

9_5710 Bent

5710 Bent TrailFar North Dallas$1,090,000 

 

10_7704 Masters

7704 Masters CourtMcKinney$929,900

 

11_1005 Navarro

1005 Navarro DriveAllen$783,000

 

18_611 Colt

611 Colt Trail | Lucas$775,000

 

12_501 Saint Gabriel

501 Saint Gabriel WayMcKinney | $750,000

 

13_5914 Flintshire

5914 Flintshire LaneFar North Dallas | $749,000

 

14_230 Twin

230 Twin Lakes CourtDouble Oak$677,000

 

15_205 E Chapel

205 E. Chapel Downs DriveSouthlake$649,000

 

16_7128 Underwood

7128 Underwood Drive | Plano$644,900

 

17_2983 Bainbridge

2983 Bainbridge Lane | Frisco$575,000

 

To view all the homes with incredible backyards available across North Texas, visit the mobile-friendly Ebby.com.