7 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 Fairfax

5641 Fairfax Drive | Frisco | $1,039,000

 

2 Risborough

5629 Risborough Drive | Plano$650,000

 

3 Highlander

4424 Highlander Drive | Bent Tree West | $582,000

 

4 Colvin

3750 Colvin Court | Oak Lawn | $569,000

 

5 N Garrett

2617 N. Garrett Avenue | Knox Park | $509,000

 

6 Mockingbird

1512 Mockingbird Drive | Plano$474,000

 

7 Black Hills

3030 Black Hills Boulevard | Heath$322,500

 

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

5 Kitchen Countertops Worth the Hype


Considering a kitchen remodel? Not all countertops are created equally.

 

With so many options on the market, it can be hard to decide what countertop material is right for your kitchen. While it may be tempting to choose a countertop based on aesthetic alone, it’s important to consider the durability, cost and maintenance before making a decision.

 

Here are some popular options and need-to-know details about each.

 

Granite

beautiful kitchen with lights off in new luxury home with island, pendant lights, and glass fronted cabinets, and view of dining room

Once only found in high-end kitchens, granite has made its way to the heart of more and more homes. This durable, natural stone comes in a vast array of colors such as beige, black, brown, red, white and green. Because of its porous nature, granite must be sealed on a yearly basis. Even when properly sealed, it’s important to wipe up oils, wines, acids and sodas immediately, as well as use a stone cleaner for routine cleaning.

Cost varies depending on color and complexity, but has become more affordable with granite’s increase in popularity.

 

Quartz

beautiful kitchen in new luxury home with island, pendant lights, and hardwood floors

Quartz, often resembling granite or marble, is an engineered mix of mineral and resin. This extremely durable, low-maintenance material is a great alternative for busy kitchens. Quartz is harder and less porous than granite, so it doesn’t require sealing or polishing. It comes in a variety of colors and patterns, and looks great in both traditional and contemporary kitchens. Quartz is scratch, stain, heat and acid-resistant.

Because quartz is manufactured, it doesn’t have natural color variations and vein. When shopping, looking at a small sample rather than a big slab will suffice.

 

Marble

Luxury industrial kitchen with a marble island

Marble is a timeless and stunning option for a traditional or contemporary kitchen and is usually the most expensive. Carrara and Calacatta marble are synonymous with luxury, and instantly give your kitchen an elegant look. However, marble is very porous and has a high probability of becoming stained. If you choose marble, it’s important to seal it frequently and properly. Also, be wary as chips and scratches may occur.

 

Wood

Modern Kitchen

Those opting for a warm, traditional cottage kitchen may gravitate toward butcher block-style wood countertops. These countertops require regular maintenance in order to maintain the wood’s natural beauty, so it’s recommended that you oil the surface with a mineral oil every four to six weeks. If not properly cared for, wood countertops will warp and crack.

On the plus side, properly sealed wood countertops are sanitary and you can cut directly on the surface without damaging knives. Wood is also heat-resistant, which means you can place hot pots and pans directly on the surface.

 

Laminate

Modern Kitchen

Laminate is perhaps the most cost-effective option available. Not only is it durable, it’s also low-maintenance. Laminate is a great selection for those on a budget, and it comes in far more options than the familiar wood copycat – both neutral and bright colors are available. Laminate countertops are water-resistant but susceptible to scratches and heat damage, so be sure to use cutting boards and trivets when preparing and serving food.

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_Silver Table

2321 Silver Table Drive | Lewisville | $1,999,900

 

2_Woodview

941 Woodview Drive | Prosper | $1,200,000

 

3_Baltusrol

8608 Baltusrol Drive | Flower Mound | $975,000

 

4_Bowser

4212 Bowser Avenue D | Oak Lawn | $625,000

 

5_Moody

6992 Moody Avenue | Frisco | $579,000

 

6_Tuckers

6409 Tuckers Place | Rowlett | $469,900

 

7_Cape Charles

4523 Cape Charles Drive | Plano | $445,000

 

8_Kirkwood

2900 Kirkwood Drive | McKinney | $394,900

 

9_Cortona

6890 Cortona Lane | Frisco | $335,000

 

10_Manassas

9224 Manassas Ridge | McKinney | $324,900

 

11_Newkirk

3425 Newkirk Drive | Plano | $315,000

 

12_Niagara

1632 Niagara Boulevard | Lewisville | $285,000

 

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

Market Snapshot: December 2019


Curious how the North Texas housing market is performing? Take a look at the latest stats.

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Based on data from NTREIS for Nov. 2019 – avg. sales price: Nov. 2019 vs. Nov. 2018

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 Dewberry

837 Dewberry Lane | Fairview | $1,650,000

 

2 Edgewater

5204 Edgewater Court | Parker | $925,000

 

3 Meadowdale

4221 Meadowdale Lane | North Dallas | $845,000

 

4 Cypress

4833 Cypress Point | Frisco | $775,000

 

5 Westside

4354 Westside Drive | Highland Park | $624,900

 

6 Mesa

4331 Mesa Drive | Prosper | $595,000

 

7 Riveredge

6553 Riveredge Drive | Plano | $550,000

 

8 Wind Hill

1740 Wind Hill Road | Rockwall | $499,900

 

9 Watch Hill

5117 Watch Hill Circle | Plano | $499,000

 

10 Cochran

9142 Cochran Heights Drive | Dallas | $449,900

 

11 Winchester

6949 Winchester Street | Northeast Dallas | $425,000

 

12 Emerson

4408 Emerson Drive | Plano | $385,000

 

13 Amesbury

4816 Amesbury Drive, No. 227 | Northeast Dallas | $242,000

 

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

Happy Hill Farm Choir Spreads Holiday Cheer


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Members of the Ebby Halliday Companies Home Office recently enjoyed a visit from the Happy Hill Farm Choir. Each year during December, the choir makes the rounds to spread holiday cheer to the farm’s corporate supporters. The multi-talented choir treated the Home Office audience to spirited renditions of holiday songs.

 

“The Ebby Home Office team always looks forward to its annual visit from the Happy Hill Choir,” says Chris Kelly, president and CEO of Ebby Halliday Companies. “Over the years, the farm has helped so many young people grow into happy, productive adults. We are thrilled to be a part of that effort.”

 

Happy Hill Farm is a 500-acre farm that is home to North Central Texas Academy, an independent, accredited, coeducational and interdenominational college-preparatory day, boarding and international school near Granbury. Boys and girls ages 5 to 18 live, work and study at Happy Hill Farm, which accepts no federal or state funding.

 

Traditionally, more than 90% of North Central Texas Academy’s budget has come from donations within the private community from caring individuals, corporations and foundations. The Academy seeks out underserved students and provides scholarships in order that these highly motivated boys and girls receive the opportunity to learn, commit, grow, and eventually assume positions of responsibility and leadership in society.

 

For many years Happy Hill Farm has been near and dear to the Ebby Halliday Companies. The Ebby Halliday Library is located at Happy Hill’s academic complex.

 

To learn more about Happy Hill Farm or to donate, visit happyhillfarm.org.

Make Your Guests Feel at Home


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The holiday season is just beginning, and there’s a good chance you may be hosting family or friends. Here are some quick tips that will make your guests feel extra special during their stay.

 

Cheat Sheet

Create a home cheat sheet that provides your guests with the Wi-Fi 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.

 

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.

 

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!

 

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.

 

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.

 

Clean Scents

Adding a candle or diffuser to the guest suite is always a good idea to make the area warm and inviting. It’s best to find neutral scents – think fresh linen or clean cotton. If you’re feeling extra fresh, a small bottle of room or linen spray is another great addition to the room.

 

Sweet Treats

A jar of candy canes is a festive and decorative way to offer your guests a midnight snack.

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_6034 Boca

6034 Boca Raton Drive | North Dallas | $1,599,000

 

2_4215 Gloster

4215 Gloster Road | Preston Hollow | $1,100,000

 

3_Hill Forest

7332 Hill Forest Drive | North Dallas | $884,900

 

4_4221 Meadowdale

4221 Meadowdale Lane | North Dallas | $845,000

 

5_3809 Fox Glen

3809 Fox Glen Drive | Irving | $675,000

 

6_2292 Windham

2292 Windham Lane | Allen | $674,000

 

7_6820 Casa Loma

6820 Casa Loma Avenue | Lakewood | $585,000

 

8_7145 Copperleaf

7145 Copperleaf Drive | Lake Highlands | $495,000

 

9_Dartmouth

1202 Dartmouth Circle | Murphy | $480,000

 

10_305 Murray

305 Murray Lane | Richardson | $389,000

 

11_1530 Carnation

1530 Carnation Drive | Lewisville | $249,900

 

12_4710 Bradford

4710 Bradford Drive C | Oak Lawn | $215,000

 

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

Brighten Your Winter Landscape


As temperatures drop, so often do our hopes of having full flowerbeds. But winter doesn’t have to be dull and bleak. When updating your landscape for wintertime, there are a variety of plants that enjoy cooler temps.

 

Whether using native Texas or non-native plants, here are five plants for adding color and texture to your winter garden.

 

Christmas Fern

Christmas Fern

This robust, glossy fern is a great option for a border or accent plant. Although it won’t flower, ferns are easy to grow and stable in the right conditions. The evergreen fronds grow in clusters that will increase in size over time.

 

Lonicera pericylmenum Latin name Honeysuckle

Coral Honeysuckle

Great for a fence or trellis, this high-climbing vine can often bloom sporadically in January and beyond, especially in a warm spot or on a south-facing wall. The beautiful clusters of red or coral flowers will attract hummingbirds and large butterflies, and it has glossy evergreen foliage.

 

Ornamental Winter Cabbage

Ornamental Cabbage and Kale

These low-maintenance fall and winter plants become more vibrant as temperatures drop. They provide unique texture to a landscape or flowerbed with their colorful foliage. Cabbage leaves are broad and flat while kale leaves are ruffled, and the plants cover a lot of space. Leaves can be cream, lavender, purple and bicolor green/white, and can survive several frosts.

 

Pansies

Pansies and Violas

A popular bedding choice for cooler temperatures, pansies and violas bloom continuously through fall and spring. The plants come in a variety of colors, such as yellow, purple, red, white and lavender, and also look great as a border or in containers.

 

Christmas holly bush

Winterberry

Also known as possum haw, winterberry is an iconic plant in the holly family with bright red or orange berries. When it loses its leaves, the berries are left behind and will last until spring. However, be cautious when planting this one: the berries are poisonous and should be kept away from children and pets. This holly is great for homemade wreaths during the holiday season.