Staying current with the latest and greatest modernisms, experiencing destinations of distinction and knowing how to pamper yourself have long been major elements of the luxury lifestyle. The following collection of trends offers some of our favorites in the areas of innovation, exploration and relaxation to add to your life and inspire your own ideas.
Inspired by the work of French architect and designer Charlotte Perriand, Cassina and Louis Vuitton have collaborated to create the limited edition LC4 CP Chaise Lounger. The self-supporting mattress is covered in natural, untreated Louis Vuitton saddle leather and attached to a polished chrome frame, lending a modern aesthetic to classic Parisian elegance. Cassina.it
Four Seasons Excursion
For an unforgettable experience of luxury and adventure, escape to the Four Seasons Tented Camp Golden Triangle in Northern Thailand. After trekking elephants through lush jungle and spectacular mountain trails, you can unwind in deluxe tented accommodations with unbeatable views and handcrafted furnishings. The epic mountain scenery of the Laos Mountains, Burmese Plains and Ruak River make this once-in-a-lifetime excursion a must-do for every explorer. FourSeasons.com
The D12 Vario Onsen bath from KLAFS is the pinnacle of personal well-being. A form of bathing that originated in Japan, the Onsen bath allows you to soak in hot water while simultaneously being wreathed in clouds of steam. The system also incorporates a horizontal shower, allowing bathers to lay down under cascading water, as well as a separate standing shower, so you can pamper yourself to no end without ever leaving home. Klafs.de
A modern table that brilliantly merges work and eating spaces, the Poggenpohl Dining Desk uses a whisper-quiet motor to open up along its longitudinal centerline and make room for a number of functional inserts, such as a cutting board or grill plate. A stylish solution for urban dwellers whose space is at a premium or for those with a tendency to bring their work home, the Dining Desk provides a multifaceted environment of unmatched flexibility. Poggenpohl.com
To see more of today’s most-fascinating luxury innovations and destinations, visit the spring 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.
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.
When marketing a luxury home such as the beautiful residence at 21 Robledo Drive in Dallas’ gated Los Arboles Estates neighborhood, Ebby agents tap the network of Luxury Portfolio International members and utilize its website, LuxuryPortfolio.com, to expose listings to buyers across the globe.
By showcasing luxury listings on LuxuryPortfolio.com, Ebby agents leverage 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.
The magnificent estate at 21 Robledo Drive is one of many Ebby listings that receive extensive marketing exposure through Luxury Portfolio International. This extraordinary property, offered for $3,850,000 and open Sunday, March 22, from 2 to 4 p.m., is listed with The Harvey Team. Let’s take a closer look.
The latest issue of Luxury Portfolio Magazine is now online. With over 140 pages of the hottest trends in luxury real estate, travel, design and more, we’re thrilled to share this new edition with you. Featured properties waiting to be explored include Ebby Associate Joe Kobell’s stunning Strait Lane Circle listing, the inimitable Villa Solenzana in Sardinia, Italy, the historic Locksley Hall of Belvedere Island, California, and a designer penthouse in the heart of Berlin, just to name a few.
Additionally, the newest Luxury Portfolio Magazine brings you an interview with award-winning interior designer Laura Kirar, delivers a rundown of the latest activity in the world’s most-exclusive resort markets in Market Pulse, samples the best “foodcations” around the globe and much more.
Dallas rounded out the nation’s top three fastest-growing cities on the new Forbes new list. With so many jobs being created in Texas, it’s no wonder that the Top 3 also included Houston at No. 1, and Austin at No. 2.
Amazingly, Texas held five of the Top 10 spots on the list, with Fort Worth at No. 8 and San Antonio at No. 10.
Cities on the list are categorized by Metropolitan Statistical Areas, or as Forbes says, “cities and their surrounding suburbs.” Dallas’ ranking also included Plano and Irving, while Fort Worth’s included Arlington.
2014 population growth rate: 1.98%
2015 (Projected) population growth rate: 2.04%
Job growth rate: 4.1%
2014 Gross Metro Product Growth: 2.46%
Median pay: $67,500
To see the complete list of America’s top 20 fastest-growing cities according to Forbes, click here.
To learn more about residential real estate in the fast-growing D-FW region, click here.
Fantastic news today for the North Texas economy: residential real estate sales at the Ebby Halliday Companies topped $6.64 billion in 2014. That’s a record in our 70-year history, and an approximately 4% increase over our record-setting sales in 2013.
“We are so grateful to our valued clients – both home buyers and sellers – who have entrusted us with one of the largest financial transactions of their lifetime,” says President & CEO Mary Frances Burleson. “Sales records of this magnitude reflect the extraordinary performance of our sales associates. We are so pleased to recognize their professional accomplishment and success – they are the reason Ebby Halliday leads the North Texas real estate market.”
The Ebby Halliday Companies participated in 19,189 transactions in 2014 and led all North Texas brokerages with 12.2% market share. The nearest competitor had 5.6% market share.
Locally owned Ebby Halliday Realtors was founded in 1945 on three principles: service to the client, service to the industry and service to the community. The company has consistently maintained a focus on service to the community. In addition to its support of many North Texas charitable organizations, the Ebby Halliday Companies belongs to 27 local chambers of commerce, actively promoting the North Texas economy both near and far.
All signs point to a great year for Luxury Portfolio members, who continue to distinguish themselves as the best in the business when it comes to results. It’s worth mentioning that among the many significant sales of 2014, the year was capped off with the highest-recorded sale in the history of Beverly Hills (Hilton & Hyland).
If you’re in the market for a luxury home, the good news is that you can find 20,000 of the most extraordinary properties around the globe on luxuryportfolio.com.
PHOTO: The just-listed Ebby Halliday Luxury Portfolio International property at 4519 Cherokee Trail in Bluffview is offered for $4,899,000.
We are very excited to announce that Williams Trew Real Estate is now part of the Ebby Halliday Family of Companies. Williams Trew, Fort Worth’s leading residential real estate brokerage, was previously a Sotheby’s company. Below is the text of today’s full press release:
Dallas-based residential real estate brokerage Ebby Halliday Real Estate, Inc. announced today it has purchased Fort Worth-based luxury real estate boutique Williams Trew Real Estate. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
Williams Trew, which was founded in 2000 by Martha Williams, Joan Trew and Marshall Boyd, will continue to be branded and conduct business under the name Williams Trew, an Ebby Halliday Real Estate Company and will continue to operate out of its current locations in Fort Worth. Ms. Williams and Ms. Trew will continue leadership roles with the company. Mr. Boyd will guide the transition and then pursue other existing business opportunities outside the company.
“Timing is everything, and the timing of this move meets current market needs and positions our company to better serve current and future residents of Fort Worth,” says President & CEO of the Ebby Halliday Companies Mary Frances Burleson. “This acquisition brings together two like-minded companies with many years of residential real estate experience.”
Ron Burgert, chief financial officer of the Ebby Halliday Companies, adds, “We have built our company on several strategic moves in our almost 70 years in business and we believe this acquisition will help ensure our market position for many years to come. From a business standpoint, we are able to combine budgets, marketing and advertising in a more strategic and cost-effective manner.”
“We are pleased to join Ebby Halliday and believe this move significantly strengthens our leading position in the Fort Worth marketplace,” says Martha Williams of Williams Trew Real Estate. “As part of Ebby Halliday, our agents and sellers will have more resources without losing our company culture. Both our companies are privately held and customer-focused.”
Adds Joan Trew, “Their team has a proven record of integrity, service and client satisfaction. They also have a record of integrating acquisitions smoothly and without employee or market interruption. We like and respect their approach to the business of people.”
The acquisition is effective immediately. “We are already working on the transition,” says Williams Trew co-founder Marshall Boyd. “It will be seamless to our clients and our agents and sellers will not be impacted. We will increase our marketing and advertising strength and realize targeted cost efficiencies.”
With this transaction, Williams Trew becomes an Ebby Halliday Company and will no longer be affiliated with Sotheby’s International Realty.
As an Ebby Halliday Company, Williams Trew and its Associates will benefit from the firm’s longtime affiliation with Leading Real Estate Companies of the World, a global network of more than 500 premier real estate brokers, and its luxury division, Luxury Portfolio International. LeadingRE affiliates produce more annual home sales than any other real estate network, according to Ebby Halliday Companies Corporate Real Estate Services Director Karen Greene.
“Membership in Leading Real Estate Companies of the World is by invitation only and is limited to the very best residential real estate companies worldwide,” says Greene, “We take pride in offering our clients knowledgeable Associates who provide exceptional service. Simply put, Williams Trew and its Associates are a perfect fit for the Ebby Halliday Companies.”
The Ebby Halliday Companies includes Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate, affiliated mortgage, insurance and title companies, and approximately 1,600 associates covering over 12,000 square miles of North Texas. It participated in more than 19,500 real estate transactions in 2013 with a sales volume of more than $6.4 billion. The Ebby Halliday Companies’ 13.5 percent share of the North Texas real estate market led all competitors, the nearest of which garnered 4.03 percent.
Independently owned and operated Ebby Halliday Realtors will celebrate its 70th anniversary in 2015. Having grown from a one-woman office to the largest independent real estate company in Texas, the company has consistently maintained a focus on service to the community. In addition to its support of many North Texas charitable organizations, the Ebby Halliday Companies belong to 27 local chambers of commerce.
“At Ebby Halliday, we’re proud of our undisputed role as the dominant real estate firm in North Texas,” Burleson says. “While 2014 has certainly been an exceptional year for our company, what remains most important to us is service to our clients, service to our industry and service to our community. We welcome – and appreciate – the opportunity to partner with Fort Worth’s most respected real estate brokerage.”
Williams Trew Real Estate is Fort Worth’s leading residential real estate brokerage firm. With over 80 experienced agents the company provides home buyers and sellers with unparalleled experience in residential, farm & ranch, lake or urban properties in the greater Fort Worth area.
Luxury real estate is in high demand. That’s the only conclusion one can draw from a quick look at D-FW luxury home sales in the past year:
Luxury Home Sales
* $1 to $2 million: up 11.2%
* $2 to $3 million: up 5.7%
* $3 to $5 million: up 24.1%
* Above $5 million: up 33.3%
While sales are up in all luxury price points, they are up sharply in the $3 million-and-up segment of the North Texas market.
While most North Texans may never own such a property, this is good news for all of us who call D-FW home. It’s a sure sign that we’re feeling better about our economy and are willing to spend on the things we value.
Just what will $3 million buy in Dallas-Fort Worth? In short, a lot. Below are a few of the exceptional luxury homes proudly represented by Ebby Halliday’s talented Associates.
The Ebby Halliday Companies is the exclusive North Texas member of Luxury Portfolio International. The approximately 200 firms that comprise Luxury Portfolio are some of the most powerful independent 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. At Ebby Halliday, we’re ideally positioned to assist with your next luxury home sale or purchase.
To learn more about Luxury Portfolio International and to see some of the most spectacular homes listed across the globe, visit luxuryportfolio.com.
To learn more about Ebby Halliday Realtors, its listings and Associates, visit the award-winning ebby.com.
The custom European-style estate home at 4406 Woodfin Drive is ideally situated on an approximately three-quarter acre lot in prestigious Old Preston Hollow. This classic and timeless residence will be open for touring on Sunday, November 23, and Sunday, December 7, from 2 to 4 p.m.
“Just a few of this exquisite property’s highlights include arches, detailed stonework and meticulous workmanship throughout,” says listing agent Clarke Landry of Ebby’s Preston Center Office. “It offers a clean, refined style and design while reflecting the owners authentic finds on their many trips to Europe.”
Amenities include pecan flooring, triple black walnut island, custom-designed imported travertine fireplaces, and two gated motor court entrances.
To learn more about this premier opportunity in a platinum Old Preston Hollow location, click on any of the photos or contact Ms. Landry at 214-316-7416 or email@example.com.
Mark your calendar now for Sunday, November 23, or Sunday, December 7, from 2 to 4 p.m. for your tour of this stunning Preston Hollow home.