13 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 Kenshire

7406 Kenshire Lane | North Dallas | $2,385,000

 

2 Melissa

4550 Melissa Lane | North Dallas | $2,297,000

 

3 Forest

6243 Forest Lane | North Dallas | $2,199,000

 

4 Stichter

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

 

5 Boca Raton

6034 Boca Raton Drive | North Dallas | $1,675,000

 

6 Hill Forest

7135 Hill Forest Drive | North Dallas | $1,399,000

 

7 Shadywood

8 Shadywood Lane | Melissa | $1,300,000

 

8 Armstrong

49 Armstrong Drive | Frisco | $1,195,000

 

9 Willis

1600 Willis Lane | Keller | $899,000

 

10 Cottonwood

1221 Cottonwood Valley Drive | Irving | $625,000

 

11 Concho

1220 Concho Drive | Allen | $594,900

 

12 Pinon

6216 Pinon Trail | Royse City | $530,000

 

13 Wyatt

10512 Wyatt StreetLochwood | $524,900

 

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

Save Big at the State Fair


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The State Fair of Texas kicks off this weekend! For those planning a trip (or a few trips), these money-saving opportunities are available Friday, September 27 to Sunday, October 20.

 

State Fair Savings

Online Tickets
Save time and money by purchasing tickets online. Online tickets are $1.50 less than tickets purchased in person.

Season Passes
Going to the State Fair of Texas for one day is definitely not enough time to get the full experience. Get a season pass, enjoy all the attractions and save money. Season passes are now available for $45, which includes 24-day admission and a variety of special VIP benefits.

Discounted Group Tickets
Going to the fair with a group of friends or coworkers? Well you’re in luck! Groups as small as 20 can get through the gates for as low as $10 per person (a savings of more than 55%).

 

Any Day Discounts

Dart GoPass
Through the Dart GoPass app, you can buy discounted tickets to the State Fair of Texas. General admission tickets are $16, while child and senior tickets are $12.

Kroger
Get your tickets in advance at your local Kroger. General admission is $16.50 and season passes are $39.95. Tickets can be purchased at the checkout counter or service desk up until October 20, 2019.

Dr Pepper
Bring an empty Dr Pepper can to the State Fair gates after 5 p.m. any day of the week and get general admission for half price.

McDonald’s
Discount coupons are available at participating McDonald’s locations throughout North Texas. Bring your coupon to the State Fair gate any day and save $5 off general admission or half off a children’s ticket (with purchase of general admission).

 

Opening Day – Friday, September 27

Military Appreciation Day
All active military, retired military, and veterans receive free admission when they present valid documentation of military service. Spouses of service men and women with a valid Military Spouse ID, as well as children under the age of 18, also receive free admission.

Dasani
Bring a full 20 oz. bottle of Dasani water (or any 20 oz. Coca-Cola product) for donation to the North Texas Food Bank and get in for $9 on Opening Day.

 

Every Tuesday – October 1, 8 & 15

Dr Pepper
Bring an empty Dr Pepper can any Tuesday and receive $9 admission.

Thrilling Tuesdays
Discounts extended to the Midway with most rides offered at a reduced price on Tuesdays.

 

Every Wednesday – October 2, 9 & 16

North Texas Food Bank
Bring four cans of food as a donation to the North Texas Food Bank and receive $4 admission.

 

Every Thursday – October 3, 10 & 17

Senior Days
Senior citizens 60 years and better get into the fair for free.

Coca-Cola Half-Price
Bring an empty 20 oz. bottle of any Coca-Cola product and receive $9 admission.

Coca-Cola Thrifty Thursdays
Every Thursday of the fair you can save while snacking with participating food vendors offering one of their signature menu items at a reduced price.

 

Friday, October 11

First Responders Day
All first responders, including active and retired public law enforcement, firefighters, paramedics and other emergency service agencies, will receive free admission when they present a valid badge or ID from their department or organization. In addition, up to three admission tickets will be available for their family members.

 

For more information on this year’s State Fair of Texas, visit bigtex.com.

 

Prep Your Home for Fall


Home Exterior

Cool breezes and colder months call for necessary upkeep. Now is a good time to be proactive about protecting your home against cooler temperatures. Follow these steps to prepare your home for fall.

 

Exterior

Roof – Inspect for missing, loose or damaged shingles. Make necessary repairs to keep cold air and precipitation out.

Gutters and Downspouts – Clear leaves and debris. Check alignment to ensure water can flow through and drains away from your home and foundation.

Plumbing – If you’ve noticed issues or leaks, get them checked. Winterize pipes that are exposed outdoors.

Trees – Inspect your property for damaged branches, and trim limbs at least 2 feet from your roofline.

 

Interior

Heat – Inspect furnace, water heater and air ducts. Fix any issues and replace air filters.

Windows – Check for cracks, gaps, damaged trim and broken glass. Caulk, weather strip and repair as needed; the same goes for doors.

Detectors – Test and replace batteries in the smoke and carbon monoxide detectors that keep you safe.

Fire Extinguisher – Test your fire extinguisher and replace or recharge if necessary.

Backup – Have working flashlights and spare batteries for potential outages.

Attic – Check for moisture or leaks and repair immediately; same for basements, where necessary.

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 Southwestern

4220 Southwestern Blvd. | University Park | $1,599,000

 

2 Gateridge

6706 Gateridge Drive | Far North Dallas | $1,450,000

 

3 Woods Edge

17511 Woods Edge Drive | Far North Dallas | $1,099,000

 

4 McFarlin

3613 McFarlin Blvd. | University Park | $995,000

 

5 Forefront

6476 Forefront Ave. | Frisco | $899,900

 

6 Via Italia

6617 Via Italia Drive | Flower Mound | $849,000

 

7 San Juan

1112 San Juan Court | Arlington | $729,000

 

8 Mesa

4331 Mesa Drive | Prosper | $625,000

 

9 Canyon

1825 Canyon Court | Allen | $535,000

 

10 Alejandra

11651 Alejandra Lane | Frisco | $474,950

 

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

Meet the Designers of IBB Design


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Designer Michael Reese with Shay Geyer, designer and owner of IBB Designs

It’s that time of year when IBB Design Fine Furnishings hosts their annual Meet the Designers Open House. Join Shay Geyer and her award-winning team for an evening packed with design inspiration and fun. Several designers will be showcasing their personally curated vignettes featuring in-stock furnishings and accessories.

 

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Enjoy wine, beer and hors d’oeuvres while browsing beautiful inventory and elevated designs. Beyond all of the eye candy, it’s a chance to mingle with the designers, ask all of your style questions, and even get to know the experts who may lead your next design project.

 

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When: 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19

Where: 5798 Genesis Court, Frisco

RSVP: rsvp@ibbdesign.com

 

Plus, the first 100 guests will receive one of IBB Design’s signature swag bags! View more details about the open house event at ibbdesign.com/meetthedesigners2019. For more design trends and inspo, follow IBB Design on Instagram @ibbdesign.

13 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 Brookshire

6614 Brookshire Drive | Preston Hollow | $2,199,000

 

2 Rosedale

2717 Rosedale Avenue | University Park | $1,550,000

 

3 Lavendale

6339 Lavendale Avenue | North Dallas | $1,525,000

 

4 Mashpee

3893 Mashpee Street | Frisco | $899,000

 

5 Clayton

7012 Clayton Avenue | Lakewood | $630,000

 

6 Annapolis

6144 Annapolis Lane | Dallas | $625,000

 

7 Gentle Wind

901 Gentle Wind Drive | Keller | $619,900

 

8 Luckenbach

1406 Luckenbach Drive | Allen | $599,900

 

9 Fairmount

3310 Fairmount Street, 15E | Uptown | $585,000

 

10 Wycliff

3715 Wycliff Avenue | Oak Lawn | $475,000

 

11 Balmoral

5349 Balmoral Drive | Frisco | $425,000

 

12 Prairie Creek

2705 Prairie Creek Court | Plano | $405,000

 

13 N Plano

770 N. Plano Road, No. 103 | Richardson | $398,000

 

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

Tips for Enhancing Your Master Retreat


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6614 Brookshire Drive | Preston Hollow

 

A home is an ever-evolving project. As our styles change and years go by, it’s easy to get the itch to update your home. Buyers and sellers alike often pay more attention to kitchens, master bathrooms, closets and outdoor spaces than they do to the vital space where they will usually spend more than a third of their 24 hours each day. If you’re looking for a change or wanting to fall back in love with your master bedroom, follow these tips.

 

Choice Spot

The bed should be set away from the room’s entrance to keep it out of the main circulation path. Place it in a spot so occupants can enjoy the best view — whether that’s inside (maybe toward a fireplace or favorite piece of art) or outdoors (with views of trees or water where possible). Personalize it by pairing the bed with a headboard and dressing it up with decorative pillows, a duvet and a throw.

 

Window Treatments

Minimal is the design mantra when it comes to much of the standard room décor today. But while no coverings in some rooms, such as kitchens and living rooms, allows for more light and views, some amount of treatment in a bedroom is needed to block outside light and provide privacy – think shutters, electric shades or curtains.

 

Right Lighting

Installing recessed cans is discouraged. They tend to chop up a ceiling and aren’t too attractive to look at while in bed. Task lighting from lamps on night tables or wall-mounted sconces are preferred.

 

Conceal or Banish Electronics

For years, scientists and health professionals have known about the danger of the blue light that comes from certain electronic equipment and how it adversely affects melatonin production. Homeowners might consider making the master bedroom an electronics-free zone, without TVs and other technology to help train the brain that the bedroom is primarily a place to sleep rather than stay awake.

 

Soothing Palette

Colors that are less bold are more restful. A palette of pale blues, greens, beiges, grays and whites create a calming environment. In addition, bedding in white and light creams make for a soothing sight to the eye.

 

Creature Comforts

If the room’s size allows, consider adding a chaise, chair and ottoman, and night tables. Also, a large area rug or wall-to-wall carpeting can help deaden noise and provide warmth underfoot. If the room is located so it opens directly to the outdoors, play this up. Real access to idyllic scenery can contribute to a sense of tranquility.

Fresh, Welcoming Curb Appeal


You know what they say, there’s only one chance to make a good first impression. Curb appeal is all about making your home look fresh and welcoming — the ideal introduction.

 

These eight homes make curb appeal look simple. They may inspire you to refresh your home’s first impression.

 

1 Miramar

4012 Miramar Avenue | Highland Park

 

2 Watson

5706 Watson Circle | Preston Hollow

 

3 Kingsbarns

7201 Kingsbarns | The Colony

 

3 Catamaran

5321 Catamaran Drive | Plano

 

4 Woods Edge

17503 Woods Edge Drive | Dallas

 

6 Ridgelea

8402 Ridgelea Street | Bluffview

 

7 Casa Grande

11894 Casa Grande Trail | Frisco

 

8 Saint Michael

6316 Saint Michael Drive | McKinney

 

To see more spectacular curb appeal and view all of the North Texas homes currently on the market, visit the mobile-friendly ebby.com.

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 Miramar

4012 Miramar Avenue | Highland Park | $3,950,000

 

2 Glade

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

 

3 Fairway

4538 Fairway Avenue | Highland Park | $1,685,000

 

4 Meadow

6538 Meadow Road | Preston Hollow | $1,525,000

 

5 Gateridge

6706 Gateridge Drive | Far North Dallas | $1,450,000

 

6 Blanch

6403 Blanch Circle | Lakewood | $1,075,000

 

7 Wimberley

23 Wimberley Court | North Dallas | $779,000

 

8 Fox Glen

3809 Fox Glen Drive | Irving | $775,000

 

9 Beaver

2010 Beaver Trail | Prosper | $739,000

 

10 Rio Vista

5008 Rio Vista Drive | Granbury | $640,000

 

11 Pristine

41 Pristine Pond Drive | Frisco | $567,900

 

12 Bentley

 4436 Bentley Drive | Plano | $410,000

 

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