Grand Vie Puts Spotlight on Luxury Home Market


 Grand Vie Puts Spotlight on Luxury Home Market

 

The spring 2017 edition of Grand Vie: Luxury in Living magazine recently mailed to homes across the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Grand Vie is the luxury-home publication of Ebby Halliday Realtors and the newest member of the Ebby Halliday Companies, Fort Worth-based Williams Trew Real Estate.

 

The perfect-bound publication is direct-mailed to approximately 60,000 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 homebuying audience.

 

As the magazine’s market update feature, “Spotlight on the Dallas-Fort Worth Luxury Market,” points out, the North Texas region’s substantial economic growth has brought growth in luxury home sales. In the past year, 9 percent more homes priced at $750,000 and above have been purchased than during the prior 12 months, according to North Texas Real Estate Information Systems, Inc. MLS statistics. Luxury home sales are up 4.3 percent in Dallas County, 17.3 percent in Collin County, and 8.2 percent in Tarrant County.

 

In addition to featuring some of Dallas-Fort Worth’s premier luxury properties, the 22nd edition of Grand Vie offers a plethora of interesting editorial content, including a conversation with Dallas-born and raised fine-art photographer Gray Malin; advice on how to bring spring looks into your home from partner and designer of IBB Design Fine Furnishings Shay Geyer; “Houses of Art,” highlighting some of the area’s top cultural events of the season; LuxeTrends, showcasing a collection of the latest luxury lifestyle must-haves; and real estate insider Candy Evans’ take on the Cultural Capital of Florida: Sarasota.

 

To view the digital version of Grand Vie, visit grandviemagazine.com.

 

Now Arriving: Grand Vie Luxury in Living


 

The spring 2017 issue of Dallas-Fort Worth’s premier luxury home magazine, Grand Vie: Luxury in Living, is out and is now being direct-mailed to more than 60,000 luxury homes across Dallas-Fort Worth.

 

Grand Vie is the luxury home publication of Ebby Halliday Realtors and the newest member of the Ebby Halliday Companies, Fort Worth-based Williams Trew Real Estate. It’s the only magazine that covers the full breadth of the luxury home market in North Texas and includes two beautiful versions: East and West, depending upon which side of the Trinity River you reside.

 

In addition to featuring some of Dallas-Fort Worth’s premier luxury properties, the 22nd edition of Grand Vie offers a wealth of interesting editorial content, including “Bon Voyage,” a conversation with fine-art photographer and best-selling author Gray Malin and “Spring Renewal,” offering advice on how to bring spring looks into your home from partner and designer of IBB Design Fine Furnishings Shay Geyer. Also included are “Houses of Art,” highlighting some of the area’s top cultural events of the season; LuxeTrends, showcasing a collection of the latest luxury lifestyle must-haves; and real estate insider Candy Evans’ take on the ideal vacation home environment of Sarasota, Florida.

 

We believe you’re going to love the spring 2017 edition of Grand Vie as much as we loved putting it together for you. See it all now at grandviemagazine.com.

 

Ginger Gill Shares Luxury Expertise


 

Ginger Gill Shares Luxury Expertise

 

Ginger Gill, sales manager of Ebby’s Preston Center Office, was recently invited by Luxury Portfolio International, our partner in marketing luxury properties, to host a roundtable discussion during the 2017 Luxury Portfolio Summit, held in Miami Beach.

 

Part of the Best Practices Salon: Growing Your Luxury Business series, Gill’s roundtable and the ensuing discussion centered on the topic “Competing and Winning Against Franchise Brands.”

 

Gill shared her extensive knowledge and insight into how a top luxury brokerage and its agents approach the world of luxury real estate. Roundtable participants included agents from a broad spectrum of markets, including Italy, Switzerland, New Zealand, Beverly Hills, Colorado, Florida and New York.

 

“Unlike many of our competitors, Luxury Portfolio International is truly a luxury network of the best of the best,” Gill says. “Member firms are leaders in luxury sales in their market and are vetted each and every year. Simply, put you can’t buy your way into our network; you must earn membership.”

 

Luxury Portfolio International is the luxury face of Leading Real Estate Companies of the World, the largest global network of premier locally branded companies dominated by many of the world’s most powerful independent luxury brokerages. The network markets over 50,000 of the world’s most remarkable homes each year and attracts over 3 million high-net-worth visitors by presenting a gallery of the finest luxury properties and brokerages worldwide.

 

Luxury Portfolio is unmatched in the global arena, with properties in over 55 countries, website visitors from over 200 countries/territories every month, site translation in nine languages, conversion to multiple currencies and a total inventory of available properties totaling over $54 billion with an average price over $2.6 million dollars.

 

The 200-plus selected luxury affiliates represent the luxury component of an organization which encompasses over 550 companies, 4,000 offices and 128,000 Associates producing $351 billion in sales last year.

 

Based in the United States, Luxury Portfolio International is backed by the experience of the most well-respected and well-known experts in luxury real estate in markets worldwide. This group collectively has decades of experience in the high-end luxury real estate market.

 

“At Ebby Halliday, we’re proud to be a part of the world’s foremost luxury home network,” Gill says. “Our promise to you is to represent, and present, your home in the manner it deserves. Always.”

 

 

 

A Quick Guide to Wine and Cheese Pairings


 

Wine Pairings

Valentine’s Day presents the perfect opportunity to indulge in life’s simple pleasures. But, pairing wine and cheese like the pros can be anything but simple. Whether you’re enjoying wine and cheese pairings today or any other day, being educated before heading to the grocery store can help your taste buds tremendously. Here are some quick tips on perfect pairings:

* Follow your taste preferences: If you don’t like a certain cheese or a certain wine, pairing it with something won’t change your opinion on the flavor.

* Try to match flavor profiles evenly: Avoid pairing mild cheeses with strong wines.

* The bolder the cheese, the bolder the wine should be: Cheese that has been aged for a long time needs to be paired with a full-bodied wine.


 

Cheese Pairings

Fresh/Soft & Bloomy Cheeses: Burrata, Ricotta, Mozzarella, Feta, Brie, Boursin
Pairs well with…
Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio, Riesling, Moscato, Champagne

Cheese Pairings

Semi-Soft Cheeses: Havarti, Gruyère, Manchego
Pairs well with…
Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Viognier, Pinot Noir, Zinfandel

Cheese Pairings

Semi-Hard Cheeses: Cheddar, Gouda, Baby Swiss
Pairs well with…
Pinot Grigio, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir, Côtes du Rhône, Shiraz/Syrah, Merlot

Cheese Pairings

Hard Cheeses: Parmigiano Reggiano, Pecorino, Aged Manchego
Pairs well with…Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Zinfandel, Chianti

Cheese Pairings

Goat Cheeses: Chèvre, Pavé, Rave de Provence
Pairs well with…Pino Grigio, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Rosé, Champagne

Cheese Pairing

Blue Cheese: Gorgonzola, Roquefort, Stilton
Pairs well with…Chardonnay, Riesling, Cabernet Sauvignon, Bordeaux, Zinfandel, Nebbiolo, Port

For more tips on the perfect wine and cheese pairings, visit HEB.com.

 

Valentine’s Day Gift Guide for the Home


Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching, and we can feel the love in the air. To spread the love, we’re publishing a blog post each day until Feb. 14 on a different Valentine’s Day-themed topic. To start the series, here’s our Valentine’s Day gift guide for the home. Stay tuned!

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Drawing a blank on what to get your friends or family this Valentine’s Day? Here are a few gift ideas that are perfect for the homebody. Plus, you can expedite shipping to make sure everything is here in time for the special day.

Valentine's Day Gift Guide1. Faux Hydrangeas – $49.99
While fresh flowers are always a good idea, faux flowers aren’t a bad alternative. The more you spend, the more realistic they will look, too. These hydrangeas add a pop of pink to any room.
2. Velvet Pillow – $29
Much to our pleasure, velvet is no longer just a winter fabric. Now, you can find this fuzzy fabric year-round in a variety of colors. This soft pink adds a hint of Valentine’s spirit to any home décor.
3. Diptyque Candle – $68
This limited-edition candle not only comes in beautiful packaging, but also releases the scent of two roses: Damascena and Centifolia. These roses offer rich scents, while currant and bergamot provide freshness on top. Other notes include lychee and geranium.
4. Amazon Echo – $179.99
Know someone hoping to make his or her home smarter? Amazon’s Echo is a hands-free, voice-controlled speaker that allows you to play music, control smart home devices, set alarms, and more.
5. Pink Wine Glasses – $7.95
These light pink glasses are a fresh twist on a classic glass.
6. Tassel Blanket – $250
This delightful black and white-striped tassel blanket is 100 percent wool and the perfect complement to year-round décor.
7. Apple Watch – From $299
While technically not a gift for the home, Apple watches give you the ability to turn smart lightbulbs on or off all from your wrist.
8. Cheese Knives – $35
There’s something romantic about wine and cheese, and these twig cheese knives are perfect for any pairing.

Luxury Portfolio’s Pfeffer Anton Presents Update


Luxury Portfolio’s Pfeffer Anton Presents Luxury Update

 

Stephanie Pfeffer Anton, executive vice president of Luxury Portfolio International, the Ebby Halliday Companies’ partner in marketing luxury properties, presented an informative update on the global luxury market and new marketing tools to approximately 200 Associates of Dallas-based Ebby Halliday Realtors and Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate today. The event was the first at the brand-new, state-of-the-art Ebby Halliday Education and Marketing Center, located next to Ebby’s North Dallas corporate headquarters.

 

Tomorrow, Pfeffer Anton will speak to Associates of Fort Worth-based Williams Trew Real Estate, also an Ebby Halliday Company, at River Crest Country Club in Fort Worth. Pfeffer Anton was recently named to Luxury Daily’s new Luxury Women to Watch list, which honors smart women executives who are set to make a difference in the luxury business, particularly in marketing, retail, media and digital in 2017.

 

The firms that make up Luxury Portfolio are some of the world’s most powerful independent brokerage firms and members of Leading Real Estate Companies of the World. Of the 550 firms in LeadingRE, over 200 participate in this network. Sixty of these firms are from outside of the United States.

 

When marketing a luxury home, the Ebby Halliday Companies tap the network of Luxury Portfolio International members and utilize its website, LuxuryPortfolio.com, to expose listings to buyers across the globe.

 

By showcasing high-end listings on LuxuryPortfolio.com, Ebby Halliday leverages the strength of a website that consistently ranks at the top of Google search results and has more $1 million-plus properties than any other luxury real estate network. Ebby clients also benefit from LuxeAnalytics, an exclusive reporting system that allows sellers to see how much traffic their listing is receiving and the origin of that traffic.

 

Learn more about Luxury Portfolio International and explore luxury properties from around the world at LuxuryPortfolio.com.

 

 

7 Wine Cellars for the Wine Enthusiast


Tis’ the season for holiday festivities and warm gatherings with friends and family. If you’re a wine enthusiast, you may even be thinking about opening that special bottle you’ve been saving for ages. No matter how big or small your collection may be, here are seven gorgeous wine cellars currently on the market. Who knows, maybe you will be inspired to start your own collection…

 

Wine Cellar
5947 Park Lane | Dallas | $2,250,000
Wine Cellar
5206 Monterey Drive | Frisco | $2,495,000
Wine Cellars
6524 Old Gate Road | Plano | $2,495,000
Wine Cellars
17615 Cedar Creek Canyon Drive | Dallas | $1,849,000
Wine Cellars
2222 King Fisher Drive | Westlake | $6,200,000
Wine Cellars
5816 Versailles Ave | Frisco |$1,100,000
Wine Cellars
4429 Lena Lane | Irving | $1,249,000

Holiday Entertaining Made Easy


The holiday season is here and we’re turning our thoughts to entertaining in style. We’ve teamed up with our friends at IBB Design Fine Furnishings to bring you a few fun ideas for holiday entertaining at home. Let the festivities commence!



Interested in recreating the cocktail in the video? Click here for a printable Mistletoe Cocktail recipe card!

 

Defining Your Luxury Lifestyle


Staying current with the latest and greatest modernisms, experiencing destinations of distinction and knowing how to pamper yourself have long been major elements in defining your luxury lifestyle. The following collection of trends offers some of our favorites in the areas of Innovation, Exploration and Relaxation to add luxury to your life and inspire your own ideas.

 

Defining Your Luxury Lifestyle

HENRY DOG DESIGN DOG BED

Treat your dog to a designer bed inspired by Henry, a rescue dog. Begin with an elegant and sophisticated bedframe that will flawlessly match the design of your home. Choose from a variety of colors and styles with a stainless-steel base designed to withstand daily use for generations. Whether your pup is tuckered out from a busy day or simply lazing about the house, the Henry Dog Design bed will keep any hound happy and looking good, too. henrydogdesign.com

 

Defining Your Luxury Lifestyle

SAMSUNG LED TOUCHSCREEN FRIDGE

Named “The Family Hub™,” this revolutionary new refrigerator comes with a Wi-Fi-enabled touchscreen that lets you manage your groceries by making a list, connect with your family and entertain, all without leaving your kitchen. Never worry about forgetting an essential item — with three built-in cameras that can be seen from your phone you can always double check your stock and avoid that return trip to the store. samsung.com

 

Defining Your Luxury Lifestyle

POSEIDON UNDERSEA RESORTS

Enjoy all the luxuries of a five-star hotel in an undersea wonderland and sleep among tropical fish and bottlenose dolphins, just off a private island in Fiji. An unforgettable experience awaits 40 feet beneath the ocean’s surface. Take the elevator (really) or scuba dive to the resort. While there, take part in watersports, deep-reef excursions and learn about indigenous marine life. poseidonresorts.com

 

Defining Your Luxury Lifestyle

SMARTBE INTELLIGENT STROLLER

The first-ever of its kind, the Smartbe Intelligent Stroller is a self-propelled stroller that seamlessly synchronizes with the movement of the user without assistance or actual physical contact, allowing you to safely walk or jog hands-free directly behind the stroller and even manage its trajectory by Android, iOS smartphones and smartwatches. The user has direct control and the stroller has four big wheels that adapt easily to rough surfaces and paths. A climate-controlled carry cot, bottle warmer, automatic rocking chair and anti-theft sensor are just a few of the features that make this the ultimate stroller for both you and your little one. smartbe.co

 

To see more of today’s most-fascinating luxury innovations and destinations, visit the Fall/Winter edition of Ebby Halliday Realtors‘ luxury-home publication, Grand Vie, where you’ll also discover many of the most exceptional homes currently for sale in Dallas-Fort Worth and beyond.

 

How to Pamper Your Holiday Guests


How to Pamper Your Holiday Guests

 

In addition to showcasing the luxury listings of Ebby Halliday Realtors, the fall 2016 issue of Grand Vie: Luxury in Living magazine offers a plethora of interesting editorial content, including “Home Away from Home,” featuring advice on designing the ideal guest room from design and lifestyle expert Kathy Fielder.

 

How to Pamper Your Holiday Guests

 

“With the holiday season quickly approaching, now is the time to consider your home’s guest accommodations and what you can do to make your friends and family members feel at home — in your home,” Fielder says. “The first tip I always provide clients, family and friends about their guest rooms? ‘Spend the night there to see if you would enjoy it.’

 

How to Pamper Your Holiday Guests

 

Fielder says the key to the success of your guest bedroom design is in the planning. Each detail should be carefully considered so that you optimize the space available.

 

How to Pamper Your Holiday Guests

 

Fielder recommends creating a Pinterest board or making some sort of inspiration board. When you do, you will start to see a pattern.

 

“Once you have decided on modern or traditional, eclectic or transitional, you’ll be motivated to choose your color palette,” Fielder says.

 

Color defines and breathes life into our spaces. It appeals to our senses, and studies show that our bodies physically react to color. That being said, it makes sense to choose the colors you will use in your guest bedroom wisely.

 

To read the full article by Kathy Fielder in the fall/winter 2016 edition of Grand Vie: Luxury in Living, click here.