10 Superb Outdoor Spaces


As summer continues with more sunny days and warm evenings, it’s only natural to spend time outdoors. Especially when the backdrop is your own backyard paradise.

From lush landscaping and sparkling pools to incredible patios and outdoor kitchens, these stunning backyards may cause outdoor-space envy.

Beautiful covered patio and outdoor space overlooking backyard pool and landscaping at 4738 San Gabriel Drive, Preston Hollow

4738 San Gabriel Drive | Preston Hollow | $3,250,000

Peaceful covered patio with views of landscaped backyard, sparkling pool and greenspace at 414 Lakeway Drive, Allen

414 Lakeway Drive | Allen | $2,850,000

780 Sundance Court | Prosper | $1,329,000

6032 Richmond Avenue | Belmont | $1,100,000

1706 Woodsboro Court | Allen | $950,000

175 Pronghorn Drive | Gordonville | $899,900

7106 Covewood Drive | Garland | $849,999

1520 Aberdeen Drive | Lucas | $625,000

3702 Old Orchard Court | Carrollton | $459,900

13738 Spring Grove Avenue | North Dallas | $375,000

To view all the homes with incredible outdoor spaces available across North Texas, visit the mobile-friendly Ebby.com.

15 Pools to Beat the Heat


Ready to make a splash? Summer is here and there’s no better way to refresh than by taking a dip in your own backyard pool.

Whether you’re swimming laps or low-key lounging, these homes feature some of the most incredible pools in North Texas.

1750 Trace Bella Court | Westlake | $4,995,000

2906 W. Shadow Drive | Arlington | $2,950,000

1705 Bison Meadow Lane | Heath | $2,299,000

7513 Beacon Hill Road | Prosper | $2,250,000

11040 Lawnhaven Road | Dallas | $1,999,999

310 Harvard Court | Plano | $1,895,000

1322 Featherwood Drive | Plano | $1,290,000

4808 Hughes Circle | Flower Mound | $1,250,000

702 Manor Drive | Argyle | $1,125,000

5819 Flintshire Lane | Far North Dallas | $839,000

7613 Ivey | The Colony | $809,900

6505 Shoreline Drive | Little Elm | $749,950

3307 Windcrest Court | Highland Village | $635,000

410 Willowview Drive | Prosper | $569,000

120 Love Bird Lane | Murphy | $439,990

To view all the homes with sparkling pools available across North Texas, visit the mobile-friendly Ebby.com.

Beautiful Backyards for Summer Soirées


Planning your next barbecue? There’s no better backdrop than your own gorgeous backyard.

 

From lush landscaping and sparkling pools to incredible patios and outdoor kitchens, these stunning backyards will have you ready to host weekly summer fêtes.

 

1_5540 N 40

5540 N. 40 PlaceFar North Dallas$6,999,000

 

2_10121 Waller

10121 Waller DrivePreston Hollow$5,950,000

 

3_6326 Carrington

6326 Carrington DriveFar North Dallas$2,249,000

 

4_696 Garden

696 Garden CourtSouthlake$1,624,900

 

5_11340 Strait

11340 Strait LaneNorth Dallas$1,599,999

 

6_1739 Bison

1739 Bison Meadow LaneHeath$1,590,000

 

7_7020 Eudora

7020 Eudora DriveNorth Dallas$1,575,000

 

8_11219 Shelterwood

11219 Shelterwood LaneNorth Dallas | $1,280,000

 

9_5710 Bent

5710 Bent TrailFar North Dallas$1,090,000 

 

10_7704 Masters

7704 Masters CourtMcKinney$929,900

 

11_1005 Navarro

1005 Navarro DriveAllen$783,000

 

18_611 Colt

611 Colt Trail | Lucas$775,000

 

12_501 Saint Gabriel

501 Saint Gabriel WayMcKinney | $750,000

 

13_5914 Flintshire

5914 Flintshire LaneFar North Dallas | $749,000

 

14_230 Twin

230 Twin Lakes CourtDouble Oak$677,000

 

15_205 E Chapel

205 E. Chapel Downs DriveSouthlake$649,000

 

16_7128 Underwood

7128 Underwood Drive | Plano$644,900

 

17_2983 Bainbridge

2983 Bainbridge Lane | Frisco$575,000

 

To view all the homes with incredible backyards available across North Texas, visit the mobile-friendly Ebby.com.

Tips for Flawless Outdoor Entertaining


Candle and string lights outdoor dinner

 

Summer will be here before we know it, which means longer nights and warmer weather. What better way to spend a summer day with family and friends than at an outdoor gathering? If you’re hoping to host a backyard soirée, here are some tips that will help things run smoothly.

 

Prepare your yard

Tidy up your yard before hosting guests. Mow the grass and pick up any tools, hoses or toys.

 

Choose the right seating

Patio furniture with thick, comfy cushions are the best option for homeowners who frequent their outdoor space. When hosting a gathering, make sure you have enough seating. Benches and tree stumps are a casual, rustic way to add seating to your outdoor space. Make sure all the seating is clean of debris before your guests arrive.

 

Keep guests comfortable

Guests will be more inclined to stay for the duration of the party if they are comfortable. Have ample shade coverage and consider running a fan near the dining area to keep guests cool. You may also want to set out a basket with warm-weather essentials for guests to grab — think sunscreen, insect repellent, handheld fans and iced spray bottles.

 

Plan a simple menu

Opt for recipes that can be prepared in advance and will withstand crowds and heat. Fresh grilled vegetables, pasta salads and guacamole are all popular (and colorful!) choices.

 

Add lighting

Outdoor globe lights, lanterns and LED candles are all great options for setting a relaxed summer atmosphere. Setting out candles with an open flame is a bit riskier — instead, use hurricane lanterns or jars to shield the flames.

 

Play relaxed tunes

Set the right tone with a playlist that is easy and laid-back. You don’t want to overpower any conversations among guests. Create a long enough playlist to avoid repeating songs too many times while guests are there.

 

Display fresh cuts

Use flowers and foliage from your own yard as centerpieces. Arrange your fresh cuts in jars or buckets and set them out to brighten up your display.

 

Offer activities

Providing lawn games like cornhole or croquet will keep your guests occupied and happy. Use butcher paper as a tablecloth and set out crayons for creative people of all ages.

 

Keep pests away

Be sure to protect food with mesh food coverings and light citronella candles to keep bugs away. Eliminate any standing water in gutters or the bottom of flowerpots to keep mosquitoes from breeding there. Offer guests bug wipes and insect repellent.

 

Create a beverage station

Make sure your guests are hydrated by preparing a beverage bar or cart stocked with the essentials. Include straws and plenty of ice.

 

Opt for melamine

Melamine is an affordable and durable option for outdoor dinnerware. Using the break-resistant plastic will help you reduce waste and also keep the area clear of lingering paper cups and plates.

 

Visit ebby.com to view all of the extraordinary outdoor patios on the market that are begging to have you as a host.

Love Where You Live: Backyard


It’s day five of our Love Where You Live series countdown! Be sure to check the blog one last time tomorrow for our final heart-throbbing space.
 
Today, we’re adoring the backyard paradise at 2112 Cheyenne Park Lane in Southlake. It’s lushly landscaped and features a beautiful pool, diving board, water slide and covered loggia with a fireplace and deluxe grill. We predict some awesome backyard barbecues in your future (once it warms up, of course).
 
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