A Life Well Lived – Indeed

A Life Well Lived – Indeed


Ebby Halliday, the founder of Ebby Halliday Realtors who passed away last year at 104, has been named the 5th Greatest Dallasite of All Time by D Magazine. In a city that is passionate about sports, Ebby was the top-rated non-athlete in the recently released list of 100 notable Dallasites.


D began the task of determining the greatest Dallasites of All Time by compiling a list of hundreds of nominees and sought the assistance of experts, including the Dallas Historical Society, to cull and curate. Ultimately, the magazine nominated over 300 of the city’s most intriguing and influential people. Each of the nominees has had a significant impact on the Dallas area or has lived in the Dallas area and made a notable impact on the greater world.


In Ebby’s case, her impact on her beloved Dallas and the world beyond cannot be overstated. Born Vera Lucille Koch in the small town of Leslie, Ark., in 1911, the woman who would later take the professional name “Ebby Halliday” was admired worldwide for her ability to combine leadership with femininity and business acumen. Her impact on the residential real estate industry was unmatched. Over the years, Ebby opened the doors to successful careers for thousands of people; in particular for women at a time when opportunities were limited.


Throughout her life, Ebby’s dedication to her profession and her fellow man remained constant. This dedication is clearly evidenced in the many honors she received as a result of her civic and professional endeavors. They include the Distinguished Service Award from the National Association of REALTORS® and the International Real Estate Federation, induction into the Texas Business Hall of Fame and the Dallas Business Hall of Fame, the Regional Entrepreneur of the Year Award from Ernst & Young, the YWCA’s 100 Women 100 Years award, and the Linz Award, which is presented annually to a Dallas County resident whose civic or humanitarian efforts benefit the city of Dallas. In addition, Ebby was the first recipient of Executive Women International’s Executive Excellence Award.


Ebby was a member of The Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans, perhaps the crowning achievement of her legendary life. The Association bears the name of the renowned author Horatio Alger, Jr., whose tales of overcoming adversity through unyielding perseverance and basic moral principles captivated the public in the late 19th century. Dedicated to the simple but powerful belief that hard work, honesty and determination can conquer all obstacles, the Association honors the achievements of outstanding individuals who have succeeded in spite of adversity and who are committed to supporting young people in pursuit of increased opportunities through higher education.


But for Ebby, a successful life was about so much more than awards and the extraordinary sales figures of the residential real estate firm she founded in 1945. She often said her most successful sale was when she “sold” Maurice Acers on marrying her on April 18, 1965. Ebby and Maurice met in a chance encounter while both were on business trips to Beaumont, Texas. A former FBI agent and successful lawyer, Maurice was truly the love of Ebby’s life and her eyes would twinkle whenever she spoke of him.


All of us at Ebby Halliday Realtors congratulate each of the recipients of the Greatest Dallasites of All Time honor. In a city of greatness – and one that continues its steady march to international prominence – we’re prouder than ever of our firm’s deep Dallas roots and more committed than ever to honor our founder’s extraordinary legacy through exemplary service to our clients, industry and community.






One of The Most Beautiful Houses in Dallas

The latest issue of D Home to hit the stands features their 7th annual list of the 10 Most Beautiful Houses in Dallas, and guess whose listing made the cut? One of ours, of course. Driving the streets of Dallas, judging based on curb appeal alone- which we all know is a huge factor in buying and selling real estate- the magazine’s editors selected their favorite houses. And, drum roll please, on the second page of the article you’ll find 8200 Forest Hills Blvd.


You may recognize it from our recent feature “What $1.5 Million Buys You in D-FW,” but the editors did not take into account price when compiling this list. Instead, they describe the home as follows: “Isn’t it so wholesome and traditional? It looks to be the kind of place where every problem takes around 20 minutes to solve and all signs of strife and tumult melt with a hug. It’s so all-American, we trust that only apple pie is served at meal times.”


10 Most Beautiful Houses in Dallas- 8200 Forest Hills Blvd.

We couldn’t have said it better ourselves, but we want to fill you in on the specifics and allow you to get a look inside one of the 10 Most Beautiful Houses in Dallas.


8200 Forest Hilld Blvd. is a five-bedroom, four-bath, two half-bath home with 5,769 square feet, two garage spaces, a meticulously landscaped front yard, and a spacious backyard with a pool and a cabana. Heard enough from us? Just take a look for yourself. This one is beautiful inside an out.


10 Most Beautiful Houses in Dallas- 8200 Forest Hills Blvd.

10 Most Beautiful Houses in Dallas- 8200 Forest Hills Blvd.

10 Most Beautiful Houses in Dallas- 8200 Forest Hills Blvd.

10 Most Beautiful Houses in Dallas- 8200 Forest Hills Blvd.

10 Most Beautiful Houses in Dallas- 8200 Forest Hills Blvd.

10 Most Beautiful Houses in Dallas- 8200 Forest Hills Blvd.

10 Most Beautiful Houses in Dallas- 8200 Forest Hills Blvd.

10 Most Beautiful Houses in Dallas- 8200 Forest Hills Blvd.


Photos via ebby.com & Shoot2Sell

D-FW Weekend Round Up (7/24-7/27)

It’s going to be another hot weekend in D-FW! While there’s no shortage of ways to take advantage of summertime, allow us to suggest a few that you should do while you can!


Matthew Sontheimer: The Talley Dunn Gallery is featuring works by Sontheimer, which include collages of text, drawing, sketches, and photographs. They will be on display until August 27.


National Tequila Day: Today’s the day, everyone. Get your limes and salt ready because restaurants all over DFW are offering specials. Blue Mesa GrillEl Fenix, On The Border, Cantina Loredo, Urban Taco, and Wild Salsa are all getting in on the fun.


Richard Phillips’ Negation of the Universe: The famous bunny installation on the road to Marfa has been relocated to the Dallas Contemporary along with an indoor exhibit of Phillips’ pop culture inspired paintings, short films, and other mixed media work. This will all be on display through August 10.


Milk & Honey Girl’s Night Out: This beloved Dallas boutique is throwing a ladies night Thursday, July 24 with champagne, tutorials, and a 20% off discount.


CultureMap Summer Social: Celebrate the weekend a night early with the brains behind CultureMap Dallas. Thursday, head to Winston’s Supperclub in Uptown for tequila tastings, good from Urban Taco, live music by DJ Adam Cleland and more. Take an Uber there and get 20% off your ride using a special promo code.


Decks in the Park: Every fourth Thursday of the month head to Klyde Warren Park for live music, food trucks, and dancing. This week you’ll hear Red Eye, Rob Vaughan, DJ Love, EZ Eddie D, and Zach Witness.


Rangers vs. Oakland A’s: Friday, July 25, through Sunday, July 27, our Rangers will take on the Athletics at Globe Life Park.


Deep Ellum Brewing Co. Launch Party: Celebrate the launch of this local brewery’s newest beer, Weizenbock, at The Rustic on Friday with musical guest Shane Smith & The Saints.


Salsa Class: Head to Klyde Warren Park’s Muse family Performance Pavilion to shake your stuff and learn some salsa with Studio 22.  Friday classes run from 6 to 7pm and take place through August 1.


Cirque du Soleil: Michael Jackson The Immortal World Tour: A riveting fusion of visuals, dance, and music, this tour is an electrifying production presented in a rock concert format that combines the excitement and innovation of Michael Jackson’s music and choreography with Cirque du Soleil unparalleled creativity. Catch the show Friday and Saturday at American Airlines Center.


The Best Movie Fest Ever: The Cinemark in West Plano presents three classic films on Saturday, July 26. “Hello Dolly!” plays at 11:15am, “Moulin Rouge” at 2:20pm, and “Oklahoma!” at 5pm. Don’t miss this opportunity to catch three great films for one great price.


Cooking Classes at the Dallas Farmer’s Market: The third installation of Saturday chef demonstrations is hosted by Chef Patton Robertson of Five Sixty by Wolf Gang Puck (the restaurant at the top of Reunion Tower). This week’s theme is Korean Style Summer Grilling.


National Dance Day: Get your boogie on in celebration of National Dance Day at Klyde Warren Park. The fun begins Saturday with African Dance at 1:30pm.


Alpha Rev: Saturday night, this Austin-based band will play at the Granada Theater following the Rocketboys, Dovetail, and Levi Weaver. If you’re a fan of Coldplay and/or Imagine Dragons you should check out the show. Doors open at 7pm.


Austin Mahone: Named one of MTV’s Artists to Watch, this 18-year-old San Antonio native is climbing his way up the music charts. Austin Mahone has opened for Taylor Swift in the past and now he’ll headline a concert on Sunday, July 27, that will also include The Vamps, Fifth Harmony, and Shawn Mendes.


WWE Live: WWE returns to Dallas with a special Sunday afternoon matinee at American Airlines Center.


Find Your Excuse: If you’re just looking to get out and try a Dallas favorite, check out this list of great places and reasons to celebrate in Dallas.


Image via Klyde Warren Park Facebook

Need a Local Spa Getaway?

The Best Spas

If you’re in the need for some relaxation and you-time, look no further than D Magazine’s Dallas Spa Guide. This list, which is part of their March 2014 magazine issue, walks you through all of your options.


The categories include “Hotel Spas,” “Zen Escapes,” “Freestanding Spas,” Med Spas,” and “Spa Food.” Some of these fabulous places are right in our backyard, while others require a short drive and one requires a short plane ride.


No matter what you’re in the mood for, you can find a retreat that will fit your needs and have you feeling pampered from head to toe.


Photo from dmagazine.com

Dallas’ Newest Exercise Trend

Buzz Bike Dallas



Ok, full discretion, this post might not be everyone’s thing, but we think the idea is pretty creative. If you’re a little adventurous, like to be outside, and enjoy a drink or two, you might just love this post. The Buzz Bike, already established in Houston, Austin, and Fort Worth, is a 16-person, pedal-powered, boozy, mobile pub vehicle that’s now roaming the streets of  Dallas. We first heard about it via this D Magazine post.


The concept is pretty simple and sounds great for a beautiful weekend day. You can either charter a private route with the Buzz Bike or join in on the fun with other local bike and booze enthusiasts. There are 10 pedal seats on the exterior and six bench spots on the interior of this crazy new vehicle, with one seat reserved for the bartender. You’re invited to bring your own beer and wine, and there’s a keg tap as well. You can booze and bike your way through Dallas on one of four routes- Uptown, Victory Plaza, the Arts District, and Downtown.


To sum it up in the words of Buzz Bike,”The Buzz Bike provides an eco-friendly way for groups of adults to ride through town, while enjoying the beverage of their choice.” For all the details, click here.