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.

Food + Wine Fest Benefits Texas Scottish Rite for Children in Frisco


Food + Wine Fest Benefits Texas Scottish Rite for Children in Frisco

 

Ebby’s Frisco Office invites you to its inaugural EBBY FRISCO Food + Wine Fest at The Chapel at Ana Villa on Thursday, October 10. One-hundred percent of the proceeds from the event will benefit Texas Scottish Rite for Children in Frisco.

 

“One of the founding principles of the Ebby Halliday Companies is service to the community,” says President and CEO Chris Kelly. “Our agents and employees take pride in serving their neighbors across North Texas, and I couldn’t be more excited about our Frisco Office’s new Food + Wine Fest benefitting Texas Scottish Rite for Children.”

 

Says Bill Tucker, sales manager of Ebby’s Frisco Office, “Ebby Frisco is proud to partner with Texas Scottish Rite for Children, which cares for children with orthopedic conditions, as well as certain related neurological and learning disorders, regardless of the family’s ability to pay.”

 

The EBBY FRISCO Food + Wine Fest’s VIP Experience includes a Riedel Glass Seminar hosted by a Riedel expert. Each participant will receive a Riedel Tasting Set, a $140 value, and taste four extraordinary wines. Afterward, participants are invited to join the EBBY FRISCO Food + Wine Fest walkabout featuring world-class wines and local restaurants offering specially curated appetizers. The VIP Experience is $175.

 

The Ebby Frisco Food + Wine Fest’s Signature Event featuresa wine glass and general admission to a walkabout featuring world-class wines and local restaurants’ specially curated appetizers. The Signature Event is $50.

 

“Participants in our inaugural Food + Wine Fest will enjoy an exceptional evening, all benefitting Texas Scottish Rite for Children, one of the nation’s leading pediatric centers,” Tucker says. “Texas Scottish Rite expanded to Frisco in 2018 with the opening of Scottish Rite for Children Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Center and we’re thrilled to once again support such a widely respected, local organization.”

 

The EBBY FRISCO Food + Wine Fest will also feature a silent auction with great prizes, including a wine enthusiast refrigerator filled with 36 bottles of wine; a 5-day/4-night stay at a Mustang Beach home in Port Aransas; a 7-day/6-night stay at a Lake Arrowhead, Calif., home with $400 airfare card; a Dallas Cowboys game-day suite; a Dallas Stars or Mavericks VIP suite; Texas Rangers game packages and memorabilia; an entertainment suite for 20 plus dinner and Dr Pepper products at a Frisco RoughRiders game; a Pizzeria Testa 40-person pizza party; rounds of golf at Stonebriar Country Club, Old American Golf Club and The Tribute; signed Hall of Fame jersey, balls, bats and books; and additional one-of-a-kind sports memorabilia.

 

“Even if you’re not a wine enthusiast you’re invited to the inaugural EBBY FRISCO Food + Wine Fest,” says Tucker. “It’s sure to be a fun time benefitting a great cause.”

 

To learn more about the EBBY FRISCO Food + Wine Fest and to purchase your tickets, visit ebbyfriscofoodandwinefest.org.

Curt Kastan Named Sales Leader of Preston Plano Parkway Office


Curt Kastan Named Sales Leader of Ebby’s Preston Plano Parkway Office

 

Ebby Halliday Realtors has appointed Curt Kastan sales leader of its Preston Plano Parkway Office. Chris Kelly, president and chief executive officer, recently made the announcement.

 

“Curt, who most recently served as sales director at another area brokerage, brings a thorough understanding of all aspects of real estate, from marketing and lead generation to working effectively with clients through closing and beyond,” Kelly says. “Curt truly appreciates the wide-ranging educational opportunities and the industry-leading technology available to agents at Ebby Halliday Realtors.”

 

A third-generation real estate sales professional, Kastan literally grew up in the business. His grandparents owned a boutique brokerage on the beach in Ventura, Calif., and his mother was a top-producing luxury agent. Kastan followed in their footsteps, becoming licensed in 2000 and, by building on his family’s knowledge and experience, enjoyed early and sustained success.

 

“With over 20 years of experience, Curt brings real-world knowledge to the role of sales leader,” Kelly says. “He possesses keen marketing and transactional knowledge, luxury property expertise, a tireless work ethic, genuine integrity and a positive outlook. Most important, Curt is thrilled to be joining Ebby’s Preston Plano Parkway family.”

 

Says Kastan, “When I moved to North Texas several years ago it didn’t take long to realize what an iconic brand Ebby Halliday is, and how widely admired the company and its agents are in the real estate industry and beyond. I couldn’t be more excited to join the Ebby team.”

 

A longtime agent whose transition into management was an organic one, Kastan says he is, at heart, a servant leader. “I always try to place myself in others’ ‘shoes.’ I never ask people to do things I haven’t done or am not prepared to do myself.”

 

Kastan says Ebby’s focus on education and technology sets the company apart. “We offer our Associates extensive educational opportunities, including frequent classes on the latest software and social-media platforms,” he says.

 

Kastan adds that while technology is increasingly important, relationships remain paramount in residential real estate.

 

“Our clients are making one of the largest – if not the largest – purchases of their lifetime so it’s imperative that we get to know them and develop strong working relationships,” he says. “I want our clients and agents to know that they can rely on me at all times.”

 

When he is not working, Kastan enjoys spending time with his wife and four children. His oldest daughter, Taylor, is a sales associate in Ebby’s Frisco Office.

 

“I am truly energized by my move to Ebby’s Preston Plano Parkway Office,” Kastan says. “I’m looking forward to continuing to build on our extraordinary success and growing the Ebby brand as Ebby Halliday Realtors approaches 75 years of serving North Texas.”

 

For more information on Ebby’s Preston Plano Parkway Officer, visit PrestonPlanoParkway.Ebby.com.

Bill Tucker Named Sales Leader of Frisco Office


Bill Tucker Named Sales Leader of Frisco Office

 

Ebby Halliday Realtors has appointed Bill Tucker sales leader of its Frisco Office. Chris Kelly, president and chief executive officer of the Ebby Halliday Companies, recently made the announcement.

 

“Bill brings extensive sales and leadership experience, which includes having served as sales leader of our Preston Plano Parkway Office for the past 10 years,” Kelly says. “A recipient of Leading Real Estate Companies of the World’s prestigious Maestro Leadership certification, Bill is known for promoting a culture of professionalism, collaboration and high ethics.”

 

Says Tucker, “I am excited to use the leadership skills I have acquired to take our Frisco agents and office to even higher levels of performance. True leadership is helping others achieve beyond what they believe is possible.”

 

Tucker, who has been a resident of North Texas since 1996, says he is honored and humbled by the opportunity to lead Ebby’s Frisco Office. “As much as I have enjoyed being the sales leader of our Preston Plano Parkway Office, I am excited about the challenge of being at the helm of Ebby’s largest office.

 

“Having had the privilege of working for Ebby Halliday Realtors for 10 years now, I know many of our Frisco agents and have great respect for what they have achieved,” Tucker says. “I believe I have a firm understanding that it’s not about who is an office’s manager; rather, it’s about our agents. And, the bottom line is we have the right people in the right place, a remarkable group of agents who offer our valued clients an extraordinary level of service.”

 

Active in the North Texas community, Tucker is a member of the usher team at the Episcopal Church of the Incarnation and serves on the Board of Directors of the Plano Symphony Orchestra. In his spare time, he enjoys jogging and cycling, as well as spending time at his wife Arla’s parents’ ranch in northern Arkansas.

 

“I am genuinely excited about my new position as sales leader of Ebby’s Frisco Office,” Tucker says. “My door will always be open for our agents and our valued clients will reap the benefits.”

 

For more information on Ebby’s Frisco Office, visit Frisco.Ebby.com.

 

The Ebby Halliday Companies is the largest residential real estate company in Texas and ranked 12th in the United States by sales volume, according to the 2018 REAL Trends 500 report. Founded in 1945, the company has approximately 1,800 agents and staff in 33 offices spanning 12,000 square miles of North Texas. In 2018, Ebby Halliday was acquired by HomeServices of America, a Berkshire Hathaway affiliate. HomeServices of America is the country’s-largest residential real estate company based on transaction sides, according to the 2018 REAL Trends 500. Visit the award-winning ebby.com.