Weekend Getaways: Waco


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Known for the Baylor Bears, the Mammoth National Monument and far more than Magnolia, Waco is packed with friendly folks and the allure of farmhouse chic aesthetics. Only a short hour-and-a-half drive from Dallas-Fort Worth, the city packs small-town charm with a vibrant community of local businesses, a delightfully accessible downtown and no shortage of delicious fare and fun things to do.

 

Dine

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When you’re ready for lunch (or brunch!), look no further than Milo All Day, inspired Southern fare featuring seasonal ingredients from farms across Texas. The amazing patio makes for the perfect meal al fresco, and the laid-back atmosphere inside is as enticing as the flavorful farm-to-table dishes. This will be one of those meals you want to document for Instagram before taking your first bite.

 

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Another must on the list is Wildland Supply Co., a fun-yet-sophisticated clothing and lifestyle shop offering a modern, hand-selected collection of apparel and objects from independent designers and small-biz artisans. You’ll love the products and the aesthetic, almost as much as the stylish owner and friendly staff.

 

Stay

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While there is no shortage of private rental options available in Waco, some properties offer a more unique stay than most. Whether you want to explore container living (shipping containers reimagined into tiny homes) or rent an entire home for the family (like a popular lakefront farmhouse 10 minutes from everything), vacation rentals provide the comforts of home with the adventure of exploring a new city.

 

Read the full story in our fall/winter issue of Grand Vie: Luxury in Living.

Grand Vie: Celebrate the Season


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It’s a wonderful time for entertaining guests. Liven up your gatherings with this inspired libation from bartender Christopher Smith of R+D Kitchen in the Park Cities.

Cheers to sipping spirits with family and friends! See the recipe in our fall/winter issue of Grand Vie.

Now Arriving: Grand Vie Luxury in Living


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The fall/winter 2019 edition of Grand Vie: Luxury in Living magazine, the luxury-home publication of Ebby Halliday Realtors, recently mailed to homes across North Texas.

 

The 28th edition of Grand Vie features some of D-FW’s premier luxury properties for sale and inspiring editorial content, including “The Art of Table Setting,” featuring ideas to elevate your tablescapes and entertain in style; “Weekend Getaways: Waco,” offering tips for a visit to the Central Texas city with small-town charm and vibrant local businesses; “Arts & Events,” highlighting some of the top cultural events of the season; and special sections for lake, farm, ranch and recreation properties. Also, in the fall/winter edition: “All About That Paper: Not Your Grandmother’s Style,” features wallpapering advice from local designers Shay Geyer and Tiffany McKinzie.

 

To view the digital version of Grand Vie, visit grandviemagazine.com. To learn more about Ebby Halliday Realtors, its Associates and all of the homes available for purchase in North Texas, visit ebby.com.

Add Beauty & Value to Your Home


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25 Braewood Place | $6,750,000 | The O’Gorman Group

 

Trees don’t ask for much — dirt, water, sunlight. Yet they provide many benefits for you and your home: They add beauty and value to your property, cut your energy bills with the shade they provide, serve as a home to wildlife, and improve the air you breathe.

 

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10121 Waller Drive | $5,950,000 | Mary Poss

 

To get the full benefits from your trees, choose the right one and plant it in the right location. Planting a tree that sheds its leaves annually on the west side of your house provides cooling shade in the summer. In winter, after it loses its leaves, the same tree will let in sunlight that cuts heating bills.

 

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1901 Point De Vue Drive | $2,900,000 | The O’Toole LeVan Group

 

If you’re planting a new tree, think about its fully grown size and shape before you dig. Roots too close to your home could damage the foundation or block sewer lines. The wrong tree in the wrong place could actually lower your home’s appraised value.

 

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2022 Valencia Cove | $2,695,000 | The Marcontell & Gilchrest Group

 

To learn more about trees and how you can improve the environment while improving your property value, visit arborday.org, where you’ll find a wealth of useful information about trees. To learn more about the beautiful homes featured in this post, as well as all of the homes currently available for purchase in North Texas, visit the award-winning ebby.com.

Vote Your Faves in HGTV’s Ultimate House Hunt


HGTV’s Ultimate House Hunt 2019 is underway. And if you’re like us, you can’t wait to see inside these extraordinary properties and click the ‘VOTE’ button for your favorites. After you vote, be sure to enter the sweepstakes for a chance to win $10,000!

 

As always, Ebby Halliday Realtors listings are prominently featured in the Ultimate House Hunt:

 

Modern Backyard Made for Entertaining

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2221 King Fisher DriveWestlake – Listed with Trisha Hoelscher, this transitional home features broad sliding doors that open the home’s interior to its exterior living spaces. Sage green trim pops against the white stone exterior and ties in with the surrounding Texas landscape.

 

Mansion With Manicured Grounds

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10121 Waller Drive | Preston Hollow – Listed with Mary Poss, this luxurious slice of heaven has five bedrooms, eight bathrooms, an acre of land and over 10,000 square feet of living space in which to make yourself comfortable.

 

Enchanting Sunken Garden

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25 Braewood Place | Dallas – Listed with The O’Gorman Group, this cozy patio includes a fire pit and rocking chairs, where family and guests may enjoy temperate Dallas nights. The patio is trimmed by a koi pond and terraced flower beds and is accessible by a slate bridge, lending to its intimate feel.

 

This is the sixth-consecutive year HGTV has partnered exclusively with Ebby Halliday’s global real estate network Leading Real Estate Companies of the World and its luxury marketing division Luxury Portfolio International to host the contest, which last year saw over 1 million votes cast, making it one of the most popular contests on HGTV.com.

 

View all the finalists and cast your vote here today!

Weekend Getaways: Austin


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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

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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

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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

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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.

A Pop of Coral


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Perfect for Your Wardrobe and Your Home

From fashion week runways to home décor and luxe lifestyle accessories, it’s no wonder Pantone’s Living Coral is the 2019 Color of the Year.

 

This dreamy hue, in shades of orange and pink, looks stunning anywhere and everywhere, so we’ve pulled together some of our favorite coral must-haves this season.

 

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Mask III + IV framed print

 

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Vienna sofa in velvet blossom

 

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The Shay Geyer Collection des fleurs pillow in Shay blue & coral

 

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Diptyque roses damascena scented candle

 

Floral Bouquet

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

Now Arriving: Grand Vie Luxury in Living


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The 27th edition of Grand Vie features some of D-FW’s premier luxury properties for sale and offers a plethora of inspiring editorial content, including “At Home with Cary Deuber,” a Q&A with Bravo’s The Real Housewives of Dallas star; “Weekend Getaways: Austin,” offering tips for a visit to Texas’ most-Instagram-able city; “Houses of Art,” highlighting some of the top cultural events of the season; and special sections for lake, farm, ranch and recreation properties. Also in the spring/summer edition: Partner and designer at IBB Design Fine Furnishings, Shay Geyer, shares advice for revitalizing your kids’ room this summer.

 

The luxe publication is direct-mailed to approximately 50,000 high-net-worth households in Dallas, Collin, Rockwall and Tarrant counties. Charity and event placement is also a significant part of the Grand Vie distribution strategy – placing luxury homes listed by Ebby Halliday and Williams Trew in front of North Texas’ luxury home-buying audience.

 

To view the digital version of Grand Vie, visit grandviemagazine.com. To learn more about Ebby Halliday Realtors, its Associates and all of the homes available for purchase in North Texas, visit the award-winning, mobile-friendly ebby.com.

At Home With Cary Deuber


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We caught up with Dallasite (and beloved cast member of Bravo’s The Real Housewives of Dallas) Cary Deuber to get the details about her favorite room at home: her closet.

 

That’s right, Ms. Bradshaw isn’t the only famous Carrie with a swoon-worthy closet. The stunning, impeccably lit space is both roomy and intimate, filled with gorgeous gowns, fabulous frocks, shelves of Birkins and, of course, walls of designer shoes.

 

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She gave us the scoop on her favorite features and a peek into her routine in this extraordinary spot of her home on Strait Lane.

Grand Vie: What was your previous closet space like in comparison?  

Cary Deuber: Tiny! The closet was really the only space in our home that was just not adequate. We added about 800 square feet to the closet itself.

 

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GV: We know from Instagram that you love your shoe shelves. Is that your favorite feature of the closet? What else can you not live without? 

CD:   I love my shoe shelves! They make my life easier because I can actually see all of my shoes, which is half the battle. Out of sight, out of mind! Also, the clear top drawers on the akume island let me see all my accessories.

 

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GV: Describe your daily routine in the space.  

CD: I typically hang what I am going to wear the next day on the valet pulls in my closet. I am not a morning person and prefer to pick out my outfits the night before, especially if it is going to be an early morning!

 

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

Kelly Marcontell Shares Expertise at Luxury Portfolio SUMMIT


Kelly Marcontell Shares Expertise at Luxury Portfolio SUMMIT

 

It’s an exciting time in luxury real estate, as evidenced by the lively discussion at the recent invitation-only Luxury Portfolio Agent SUMMIT in Las Vegas. A panel of some of the country’s top agents, including Kelly Marcontell of Ebby’s Southlake Office, delivered real-time insights from the field and explored the consumer trends that savvy professionals must understand to set themselves apart.

 

An accomplished luxury real estate professional with 25 years of experience and over $500 million in sales, Kelly has a passion for providing extraordinary service to her valued clients. A longtime top agent, Kelly joined Ebby Halliday Realtors in 2015 and has consistently been ranked among the 1,800-member firm’s Top Producers, including being named the No. 1 team of two lead agents companywide.

 

 Kelly Marcontell Shares Expertise at Luxury Portfolio SUMMIT

 

Luxury Portfolio International is the Ebby Halliday Companies’ partner in marketing luxury properties, offering each extensive national and international exposure. Its website, luxuryportfolio.com, is one of the most-visited luxury home sites in the world.

 

The more than 200 firms that comprise Luxury Portfolio International are some of the most powerful brokerages worldwide. This prestigious network represents more $1 million-plus properties than any other luxury real estate network and provides strong connections to well-respected firms worldwide. Simply put, at Ebby Halliday, we’re ideally positioned to assist with your next luxury home sale or purchase.

 

Learn more about Luxury Portfolio International and explore some of the world’s most-exceptional properties currently for sale at luxuryportfolio.com. Learn more about Ebby Halliday Realtors, its agents and all of the properties for sale in North Texas at the award-winning ebby.com.