Weekend Getaways: Austin



Home to the Texas State Capitol, The University of Texas, iconic Sixth Street and keeping things weird, Austin has established a vibe all its own — think California-cool meets classic Texas charm. Every street, shop and local hotspot is buzzing with a vibrant elegance, yet offers a cool and eclectic flair.


Here are some of our favorite recommendations for the perfect weekend road trip to Texas’ most Instagram-able city.


Where to Stay


Hotel Saint Cecilia@hotelsaintcecilia

A secluded property that embodies the elegance of old-world luxury and the irreverence of artistic spirits and revolutionary idols alike. Visit the lobby shop for exclusive finds, like fragrances crafted with flowers from the hotel’s own garden.


Where to Dine

rose charccuterie

The Knotty Deck & Bar | @knottydeck

Cap off an eventful day with Texas-themed cocktails, farm-to-table scratch fare and arguably one of the best patios in town.


Where to Play


Unbarlievable | @unbarlievable

Toast delightful libations in an incredibly fun atmosphere with a carnival theme.


Read the full story in our spring/summer issue of Grand Vie: Luxury in Living.

Lakefront Living Awaits This Summer

Warm weather is here and the time is right to take advantage of the lake lifestyle we’re privileged to enjoy in North Texas. And, it’s true that nothing brings family together like a lake home.


Long, relaxing weekends await at these lake properties listed with Ebby Halliday Realtors.



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



114 Nautical Point | Mabank | $1,439,500



8124 Castlebridge | The Colony | $1,230,000


4_2944 LYNN DELL

2944 Lynn Dell Drive | Tool | $1,100,000


5_516 KIOWA

516 Kiowa Drive E. | Lake Kiowa$919,000



222 Saint Andrews Drive | Mabank | $779,000



6103 Woodlake Drive | Arlington | $775,000


8_6502 WARWICK

6502 Warwick Drive | Rowlett$635,000


9_7065 LAYMAN

7065 Layman Drive | Eustace$605,000


10_113 OAK CREEK

113 Oak Creek Drive | Tool$549,111



105 Causeway Court | Gun Barrel City$379,900



126 Maples Trail | Mabank$365,000


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

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.



5300 Deloache Avenue | Old Preston Hollow | $3,750,000


2_3245 AMHERST

3245 Amherst Avenue | University Park | $1,950,000



5128 Horseshoe Trail | Dallas | $1,499,999



8402 Ridgelea Street | Dallas |$949,000



5817 Dove Creek Lane | Plano | $935,000


6_17531 WOODS EDGE

17531 Woods Edge Drive | Far North Dallas | $899,000


7_5400 WIDGEON

5400 Widgeon Way | Frisco | $739,000



2805 Riverbrook Way | Southlake | $679,000


9_7140 BELTEAU

7140 Belteau Lane | Dallas | $414,500


10_1484 CORRARA

1484 Corrara Drive | Mclendon Chisholm | $384,900


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

HomeServices CEO Visits Ebby Halliday Companies


HomeServices CEO Visits Ebby Halliday Companies


This week it was our honor at the Ebby Halliday Companies to host HomeServices of America CEO Gino Blefari. Gino met with Top Producers, leaders and employees from throughout the company during his Texas visit. He also shared words of wisdom gained during his remarkable career and his excitement about all the extraordinary things happening at HomeServices of America and the Ebby Halliday Companies.


Blefari has been CEO of HomeServices of America since January 2019. Prior to that he served as chief executive officer of HSF Affiliates. He is the founder of Intero Real Estate Services, based in California’s Silicon Valley, and served as its president and chief executive officer.


Blefari began his real estate career in 1982 and for the next 14 years was a top-producing agent averaging 61 homes sold per year. During this time, he not only excelled as a salesperson, but also as a manager and then chief operating officer of Intero. By 2000, he had the top five offices and seven of the top 11 offices within Century 21’s 6,300 worldwide offices.


In 2001, he became a senior vice president of NRT, where he began working on a national level. He has more than 25 years of experience in real estate sales, development and management, from local to national operations.


In 2014, Blefari was inducted into the Mike Ferry Organization’s Hall of Fame. Out of 5,000 mentors across the country, he was presented with the Mentor of the Year Award in 2012 by The Buffini Company. Additionally, he was honored with RISMedia’s National Homeownership Award for “outstanding achievements among residential real estate’s most influential and charismatic leaders.”


At the Ebby Halliday Companies and HomeServices of America we are blessed with extraordinary servant leaders. Thank you, Gino, for your visit to the Ebby Halliday Companies this week – we share in your excitement about our future together!


Click here to read Gino’s blog about his visit to the Ebby Halliday Companies and the power of “thinking small.”


PHOTO: Ebby Halliday Companies President & CEO Chris Kelly and HomeServices of America CEO Gino Blefari





Backyard Barbecue Essentials

Food on a picnic table


Grilling season is upon us! As summer approaches and vacations begin, so does the peak time for entertaining outside.


Whether you’re enjoying a casual get together with family or an extraordinary backyard soiree, here are a few must-haves for hosting an amazing barbecue.


1_west elm table

Portside Expandable Dining Table + Chair Set | $2,673


2_ws grill

Caliber Thermashell Charcoal Grill | $2,475


3_room and board umbrella

Pacifica Square Patio Umbrella | $2,399


4_RH bocce

MVP Leather Bocce Ball Set | $415


5_yeti cooler

Yeti Tank 85 | $249.99


6_frontgate lanterns

Solano Lanterns | $229 to $329


7_pottery barn dispenser

Bleecker Bar Drink Dispenser | $149


8_cb2 tiki 2

Brass Tiki Torch | $49.95


9_home depot grill set

Mr. Bar-B-Q 18-Piece Grilling Set | $49.66


10_amazon eco ware

Eco-Friendly Compostable Palm Leaf and Wood Dinnerware Set | $47.99


11_crate and barrel lights

Vintage Edison Bulb Outdoor String Lights | $44.95


12_slt garlic roaster

Cast-Iron Garlic Roaster | $24.95

Remembering the Meaning of Memorial Day

Patriotic House


Many people equate Memorial Day with backyard barbecues, trips to the lake or lounging around the pool, but if you ask a veteran what this day means, you will get a very different answer. They know the heart-wrenching realities behind this special day.


Memorial Day is a day of remembrance for those who have died serving in America’s armed forces. Originally known as Decoration Day, it started after the Civil War to honor those who lost their lives. It wasn’t until after World War II that the holiday gained a strong following and national identity, and it wasn’t officially named Memorial Day until 1967.


On this Memorial Day, we encourage you to contemplate the cost of our freedoms – the freedom to vote, to live where we choose, to travel, to be ourselves, and to speak our mind – and to honor those who have given their all.

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_4370 PALM

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


2_501 CARTER

501 Carter Drive | Coppell | $2,200,000



3117 Oak Hollow Drive | Plano | $2,148,000


5_5614 DEL ROY

5614 Del Roy Drive | North Dallas | $1,660,000



5668 Fairfax Drive | Frisco | $1,099,000


6_5106 OLD OAKjpg

5106 Old Oak Lane | Colleyville | $949,900



6858 Midcrest Drive | Dallas | $810,000



501 Saint Gabriel Way | McKinney | $750,000



2007 Burnside Drive | Allen | $549,900


10_2004 PEBBLE

2004 Pebble Beach Court | Richardson | $375,000


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

Protect Your Yard From Pests

Honey bee flying away

Recent showers combined with warmer weather will create the perfect habitat for pesky summer bugs. Here are some effective ways to prevent the common bites, stings and nuisances.



To prevent bees from establishing a colony in or around your house, it’s important to remember these three things: food, water and shelter — bees’ keys to life.

As with any other summer bug, stagnant water must be kept to a minimum. Drain pots and repair any faulty irrigation systems. And if you have bird baths or pet bowls outside, mixing in 2 tablespoons of vinegar per gallon of water will discourage any bees from setting up shop near your house.

Plan an exterior inspection and eliminate any potential nesting sites. Cover holes, chimneys and animal burrows. Make sure windows and screens are tightly fitted and sealed. If you have any debris in your yard, such as old tires, cardboard boxes or old appliances, throw them out. Bees seek out such items for nesting sites.

Removing flowers as a source of food is not recommended. In fact, it’s very important for bees to pollinate many plants, including crops. If you have a colorful garden, not to worry. As long as you have their other two resources tamed to a minimum, you’re in tip-top shape for the summer.



Although relatively harmless, these small creatures create quite the inconvenience with their constant swarming. Plus, you never know what germs they may be carrying as they travel from place to place.

If you garden, you want to make sure your fruits and veggies are staying fresh outside. If you happen to notice rotting or mold, act fast and pluck them out, then turn your soil or mulch to allow any moldy layers to dry out.

As with mosquitoes, be diligent in draining any standing water and drying out any moisture. With Texas humidity, the drying process may take a while. In this case, sprinkle a bit of sand on top of your soil, something very discouraging to gnats.



Unfortunately, Texas’ No. 1 culprit is here to stay. Aside from the traditional insect repellants and home remedies, it’s best to treat this problem at its source — water.

Turn over empty pottery to prevent from collecting water, drain plant saucers and fix any leaking outdoor faucets. Mosquitoes often lay their eggs in stagnant water, so the less the better.



Like humans, slugs seek out shade on sunny days. And like many other bugs, they love moist areas.

To prevent slugs from damaging your plants and leaving their slimy evidence, get rid of any hiding places. Think cool, dark and moist. Try irrigating your lawn in the morning instead of the evening, allowing plenty of time for plants and soil to dry before the sun sets.

To protect plants, spray surrounding areas with soap and water. You can also create barriers around your plants, such as rocks, wire or anything rough and abrasive to slow them down.

Lastly, slugs have no bones. Therefore, they can fit in any crack or crevice they set their eyes on. Seal any cracks and cover any holes you notice throughout your house. By doing so, you not only eliminate the potential for slugs, but for other bugs as well.


If you’re experiencing bug problems not addressed here, contact your local nursery for expert advice.

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.



4550 Melissa Lane | Dallas | $2,497,500



6034 Park Lane | Preston Hollow | $2,295,000



1808 Watermill Court | Plano | $1,849,900



4068 Amherst Avenue | University Park | $1,350,000



5504 Emerson Avenue | Dallas | $1,075,000



5424 Bent Tree Drive | Far North Dallas | $998,000



6103 Woodlake Drive | Arlington | $775,000



5689 Widgeon Way | Frisco | $719,000



6730 Backstretch Boulevard | Frisco | $685,000



7127 Joyce Way | Dallas | $639,500



5810 Limestone Lane | Midlothian | $510,800



1808 Krokus Drive | Keller | $449,000


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