Grand Vie Spotlights Luxury Home Market


Market Update GV 2018 Spring

 

The spring/summer 2018 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 Fort Worth-based Williams Trew Real Estate, an Ebby Halliday brand.

 

As the magazine’s market update feature, “Luxury Home Market Spotlight: The Trend,” points out, the North Texas region’s substantial economic growth has brought an increase in luxury home sales. In the past year, 18.8 percent more homes priced at $800,000 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 19.9 percent in Dallas County, 16.3 percent in Collin County, and 18.5 percent in Tarrant County.

 

In addition to featuring some of Dallas-Fort Worth’s premier luxury properties, the 25th edition of Grand Vie offers a plethora of interesting editorial content, including “Rosewood Mansion,” profiling the Texas gem on Turtle Creek; “Celebrity Homes,” a peek at the spectacular properties of notable owners like singer Kelly Clarkson; “The Scoop,” highlighting fresh retailers and restaurants budding around town; a special section for lake and ranch properties; and partner and designer of IBB Design Fine Furnishings, Shay Geyer, shares tips for getting your home in shape this season.

 

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

The Latest in Luxury Living


 

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 spring 2017 edition of Grand Vie: Luxury in Living magazine includes a collection of trends from Luxury Portfolio International in the areas of Innovation, Exploration and Relaxation to add luxury to your life and inspire your own ideas.

 

The Latest in Luxury Living

Snapchat Spectacles

Snapchat, the increasingly popular social media platform, has developed specs designed to make sharable memories taken from your perspective, literally. These wearable sunglasses take 10-second videos which get shared to your Snapchat memories over Wi-Fi and make it possible for your Snapchat friends to literally see the world from your point of view. Available in black, teal and coral, they are an exciting new gadget, keeping you connected to your sphere. spectacles.com

 

The Latest in Luxury Living

Oombrella Smart Umbrella

Oombrella is a smart umbrella connected to the app on your phone that alerts you before it rains, ensuring you never leave the house without it. Oombrella also shares live weather data within its community of users so you’re never caught in the rain. And for those who tend to lose their umbrellas frequently, it has a “forget-me-not” feature to alert you when you’ve left it behind. Available in black, white and a shiny color, as well as bag-sized or the classic large size. No more bad-hair days on the horizon. wezzoo.com

 

Ametis Shower System

Ametis Shower System

The award-winning Ametis Shower System by GRAFF will make your en suite bathroom feel like a spa. Designed to create a truly exceptional showering experience, it offers a soothing halo effect using LED chromotherapy lighting. This shower system will leave you feeling refreshed and rejuvenated, not to mention your bathroom will look modern and newly updated. graff-faucets.com

 

To see more LuxeTrends and some of the most-extraordinary homes currently for sale in Dallas-Fort Worth, visit grandviemagazine.com.

 

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.

 

Greater Outdoors: Space Insight with Robert Hopson


In today’s market, homeowners want to maximize their living space, which often includes the outdoors. Creating an ideal outdoor living area is an art that makes lounging by the pool, hosting friends and family or dining alfresco more of a treat than a chore. But designing an exquisite outdoor space is best left to the professionals, which is why we sat down with Robert Hopson, general contractor and owner of Robert Hopson Construction Group, to learn about outdoor living trends and designing a comfortable, relaxing space.

Greater Outdoors: Space Insight with Robert Hopson

What trends are the hottest in outdoor living?

RH: We’re doing a lot of outdoor kitchens where clients want the full-on kitchen — refrigerator, range, dishwasher, the whole thing. These are people who want to cook, serve and eat outside. We’re even seeing some outdoor kitchens that have glassware and serving utensils dedicated to the outdoors. Another trend we’re seeing are pools with a sun shelf, an approximately 10-by-10 area of the pool with 3 to 4 inches of water. A sun shelf is perfect for enjoying with babies, putting folding chairs in to sit at water level, or just lying down since it’s so shallow.

 

 

Greater Outdoors: Space Insight with Robert Hopson

When planning an outdoor living space, what are best practices?

RH: Determining how the space will be used is the most important factor. We do custom homes, so the client is coming to us with plans or bringing us in on the process with their architect, and the first thing we do is establish what’s important to them for their outdoor space. Do they have kids, is there a pool, are they using the space to entertain large groups? We ask questions that help us understand how the space will be utilized.

 

Greater Outdoors: Space Insight with Robert Hopson

Are there any ‘impossible’ outdoor amenities?

RH: When someone says they want their space to be 60 degrees in 100-degree weather, that’s pretty much impossible. But we can close off the space with screens or retractable coverings and install an A/C system that takes it from 80 degrees to 70. We can pretty much get anything a client wants now for their outdoor space, so if they tell us how they plan to use it, we can adapt it to meet their needs.

 

What changes are you seeing in the realm of outdoor living spaces?

RH: Custom outdoor features are a huge segment of the market. For example, 10 years ago home shows had a couple of outdoor displays and a few hot tubs. Now, the outdoor section is a good portion of the show, where they have windows that fold into themselves and $50,000 grill stations that are just unbelievable. There’s more and more growth in the customized segment.

Greater Outdoors: Space Insight with Robert Hopson

What is the most unique request you’ve had for an outdoor space?

RH: For one house we made a pit so they could lie on the grass and watch movies projected on the side of their casita. We constructed a sloped hill that sort of cut into the yard, where one side was level and the other side was 4 or 5 feet deep, then we added a fireplace at the bottom. They wanted it to be like lying in the park, so we put down some great zoysia grass, which is soft and super comfortable.

 

How does a professionally designed outdoor living space add value to a home?


RH: I’m not a REALTOR®, so I can’t give it a dollar value. But I can tell you that most of the houses I’m doing are upscale, and at that price point, not having an outdoor space would almost be like not having a garage. People enter million-dollar homes and expect some sort of outdoor space, even if it’s just a covered portion of the patio with a grill station. I know there’s an intrinsic value and it would certainly be a negative for buyers if a home didn’t have any kind of outdoor living area.

 

Greater Outdoors: Space Insight with Robert Hopson

What is your favorite thing to see in outdoor living?


RH: I really think it looks good when you have a relatively flat area to walkout onto, so you can walk out from your floor level onto the patio then onto the grass; it’s a seamless transition from inside to outside, almost like walking into another room. Or when the grass runs right up to the edge of the pool, almost like a zero edge, so it’s a more natural feel, not as contrived. We see more modern, clean lines in architecture and I like to see those same clean-line features outdoors with a really simplistic palette, so grass and maybe your solid surface is concrete or a decomposed granite — not four or five different materials like we used to see.

 

This article appeared in the Summer 2016 edition of Grand Vie: Luxury in Living magazine. To view the magazine, click here.

 

For a personal consultation with Robert Hopson, call 214-327-0600 or visit roberthopsongroup.com.

 

 

 

 

A Few of Our Favorite Spring Things


As everything outside turns a bit greener, it’s time to spruce up indoors as well. Spread spring fever inside your home by adding bright pops of color. From vases to throw pillows, here are a few of our favorite spring items that will transition beautifully to summer.

 

A Few of Our Favorite Spring Things

Makoto Ottoman

IBB Design Fine Furnishings

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A Few of Our Favorite Spring Things

Waiting to Fallow

Diptych Original Art

Mecox

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A Few of Our Favorite Spring Things

Bicycling Bunnies Bookends

Wrare

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A Few of our Favorite Spring Things

Turquoise Beaded Hemp Chandelier

Mecox

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A Few of Our Favorite Spring Things

Coral Rhino Chairs

Brumbaugh’s Fine Home Furnishings

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A Few of Our Favorite Spring Things

Skating Dog Sculpture

BoConcept

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A Few of Our Favorite Spring Things

The Missoni Kew Pillow

Nest

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To see more of our favorite spring things for your home, visit North Texas’ premier luxury-home magazine at grandviemagazine.com.

 

Game On: Add Luxury to Your Game Room


Everyone loves a good game room for taking in the sights and sounds of fall football. Just because your room is sporty, doesn’t mean it should be without luxury. Add these products to your game-watching space to score style points.

 

Add Luxury to Your Game Room

Bar Cabinet

IBB Design Fine Furnishings

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mortetenonleatherlounge

James Chaise Lounge

Mortise & Tenon Handmade Furniture

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Add Luxury to Your Game Room

Acacia Rectangle Tray

Mark and Graham

MarkAndGraham.com

 

Add Luxury to Your Game Room

Buffalo Check Throw

Faribault Woolen Mill Co.

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Add Luxury to Your Game Room

Sven Oxford Blue Chair

Bryght

Bryght.com

 

For more luxurious game room ideas, check out the brand-new Fall/Winter edition of Grand Vie: Luxury in Living, North Texas’ premier luxury home publication.

D-FW Luxury Market: Solving the Puzzle


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The spring 2015 edition of Grand Vie: Luxury in Living magazine recently mailed to homes across the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

 

As the magazine’s market-update feature, Spotlight On the D-FW Luxury Market, points out, now is truly an extraordinary time to sell a luxury home in North Texas.

 

In the past year, 2,355 single-family homes priced at $750,000 and up have been sold by real estate agents. That’s approximately 12 percent more luxury home sales than during the prior 12 months.

 

In addition to featuring many of Dallas-Fort Worth’s premier luxury properties currently for sale, the 16th edition of Grand Vie offers a plethora of interesting editorial content. Check it out now at grandviemagazine.com.

 

Spring is Here!


Spring is Here!

 

It’s the first day of spring, and if you haven’t done so already, now is definitely the time to give your yard the respect it deserves. As homeowners everywhere know, nothing can bring you down from the weather high that March brings quite like a backyard that’s still caught in winter.

 

In the brand-new spring 2015 edition of Grand Vie: Luxury in Living magazine, the only luxury-home publication to bring you the very best of Dallas and Fort Worth, we chatted with two renowned local landscape architects, Harold Leidner and Angelynn Harvey, about their top tips for getting your yard ready for the season.

 

Grand Vie: Yard trends change just like home décor trends. What’s a new fad you are seeing in residential yards this year?

 

Harold Leidner: A more modern style and feel. We have always
loved a more modern style, but clients traditionally are more reserved in the style of homes they build, which often dictates the surrounding gardens. Thankfully, more modern architecture in the market means our clients are receptive to a cleaner and more sophisticated design style.

 

GV: What is the most extreme thing a client has asked you to do?

 

HL: We had a great client who asked us to create a movie projection water screen as a part of his pool design. This way he could sit in his pool and watch a movie projected on a sheet of water. It started as a wild idea but we turned it into reality. The result was amazing.

 

For the full Q&A with Harold Leidner and Angelynn Harvey in the spectacular new spring 2015 edition of Grand Vie: Luxury in Living, click here.

 

Spring is Here!

Spring is Here!

Innovations to Improve Your Life


Staying current with the latest and greatest modernisms can be a very time-consuming task. Lucky for you – and us – Luxury Portfolio International has just released the newest edition of its magazine, making it easy to catch up on trend-setting innovations while also gazing at some of the world’s most-spectacular homes currently for sale. Below are a few of our favorites. 

 

ELECTRIC BEAMER

 

BMW continues to demonstrate its commitment to quality and sustainability with the new C Evolution electric scooter. Conceived as a modern solution to the next generation of urban mobility, the battery can be completely charged, either at a regular household socket or a charging station in less than three hours. If you like struggling to find a parking spot, pouring money down your gas tank or sitting in traffic, this is not the vehicle for you.  BMW-Motorrad.de

 

 

SUN TIME

 

While sunbathing can be quite pleasurable and give you a healthy glow, too much of it is detrimental to the skin. With the JUNE bracelet from Netatmo, you can be sure to always get just the right amount of vitamin D without overexposing yourself to harmful UV rays. This fashionable bracelet measures your sun exposure throughout the day and communicates with your smartphone, letting you know when it’s time to get in the shade.  Netatmo.com  

 

PHONE PHOTOGRAPHY

 

For the many smartphone photographers out there who have felt limited by their handheld device, the Sony DSC-QX100 Smartphone Attachable Lens-Style Camera is the answer. The world’s first pro-grade lens and sensor combo easily attaches to you iOS or Android smartphone to capture DSLR-quality pics and HD video with the utmost convenience.  Sony.com

 

To see more innovative products highlighted in the newest edition of Luxury Portfolio Magazine, click here.

 

The Ebby Halliday Companies is the exclusive member of Luxury Portfolio International in North Texas. Membership is by invitation only and is limited to the very best residential real estate companies worldwide. When buying or selling property outside of our local market, the Ebby Halliday Companies’ world-class connections can help with real estate needs throughout our continent and to points around the globe.

 

 

Now Arriving: Grand Vie Luxury in Living


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The summer 2014 issue of Grand Vie: Luxury in Living magazine is out and is now being direct-mailed to approximately 30,000 luxury homes across Dallas-Fort Worth. The new issue is filled with some of the most luxurious homes on the market, from the spectacular Mediterranean resort-style cover home in Dallas’ beautiful Bluffview, to an exquisite estate atop a cliff along scenic Turtle Creek.

 

In addition to highlighting the Ebby Halliday Companies luxury listings, this 14th edition of Grand Vie offers interesting editorial content, including a feature story on celebrity homes; an enlightening story about the second-home destinations of Santa Barbara and Montecito by Dallas’ ultimate real estate insider Candy Evans; an interview with noted landscape architect Harold Leidner; and summer “must-haves” from the experts at Nicholson-Hardie.

 

We’re quite confident you’ll enjoy the newest issue of Grand Vie: Luxury in Living. To view the digital version, as well as previous issues of North Texas’ leading luxury home publication, visit grandviemagazine.com.