Defining Your Luxury Lifestyle


Staying current with the latest and greatest modernisms, experiencing destinations of distinction, and knowing how to pamper one’s self have long been major elements in defining the luxury lifestyle. Our fall/winter 2014 issue of Grand Vie: Luxury in Living magazine includes an innovative collection of trends to add luxury to your life.

 

MEKONG CRUISING

Luxury river cruise specialists Aqua Expeditions will introduce an exciting new itinerary this year, ferrying guests along the Mekong River through Cambodia and Vietnam. Traveling through an area rich in culture and history, you’ll experience the exotic appeal of Southeast Asia with such destinations as the ancient Khmer temples of Angkor Wat, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the restful beaches of Sihanoukville, the equally languid hills around Dalat in the Vietnamese highlands and the fast-paced city streets of Ho Chi Minh City, also known as Saigon.  AquaExpeditions.com

 

 

 

LEATHER BATHTUB

It’s indulgent, decadent and the ultimate in personal well-being. The Dionisio bathtub from Visionnaire delivers a tranquil escape from everyday stress with an ideal shape that cradles the body and polyurethane padding upholstered in water-repellent leather for a most luxurious experience. Slip into the Dionisio and you’ll immediately feel a sense of self-rejuvenation wash over you in this superior bathtub.  IPE.it

 

 

 

SKIN RECHARGER

Designed to optimize the skin’s electrical potential while gently massaging facial muscles and stimulating the deep layers of the skin, the Lancer Microcurrent Power Boost is the most advanced mechanism in skincare today. By activating the skin and underlying muscles with an electrical charge, the wand improves circulation and produces oxygen and nutrients to rejuvenate while removing toxins. Emblazoned with pure gold plating, the Microcurrent Power Boost is as lavish as it is effective.  LancerSkincare.com

 

 

 

ELEVATED LIVING

The champions of first-class air, Etihad Airways (voted “Best First Class Airline” by the World Travel Awards six years in a row) takes luxury travel to new heights with on-board Residences. Designed for up to two guests travelling together, the Residences feature a living room, en suite bathroom with a shower and a bedroom for the most refined flying experience available. The VIP Travel Concierge will take care of all your pre-flight arrangements and once onboard the Etihad Butler handles all in-flight and après-flight needs. The in-flight chef is a nice touch, as well! Etihad.com

 

Grand Vie is the exclusive luxury property magazine of the Ebby Halliday Companies. The summer 2014 issue was recently direct-mailed to almost 30,000 luxury homes across the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

 

Visit grandviemagazine.com to learn more about the latest trends in luxury and to discover many of the most spectacular homes currently for sale in Dallas-Fort Worth and beyond.

 

 

 

Now Arriving: Grand Vie Luxury in Living


 

The fall/winter 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 Hill Country-style cover home in Dallas’ prestigious Preston Hollow, to an iconic Highland Park estate on beautiful Lakeside Drive.

 

In addition to highlighting the Ebby Halliday Companies luxury listings, this 15th edition of Grand Vie offers interesting editorial content, including a feature story on the latest trends in high-end kitchens; an enlightening story about second homes in the Texas Hill Country by Dallas’ ultimate real estate insider Candy Evans; an interview with luxury linen-maker Federico Pratesi; a look at the season’s hottest color; and a spotlight on the D-FW luxury market.

 

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

Global Market Pulse


All real estate is local. True, but chances are you, like us, are intrigued by luxury real estate around the world. Below is a snapshot from Luxury Portfolio International’s latest Market Pulse report.

 

 

Beverly Hills

Highest sale in past 12 months: $120 million

Buyers who want it all want: a bowling alley, beauty salon, a knock-out media room and hammam (Turkish bath)

Compared to last year, prices are: up

Top 10% of inventory across the market: $30 million and above

Bottom line: More $20 million-plus homes are being sold than ever before

 

Geneva

Highest sale in past 12 months: $64 million

The market is currently: a buyer’s market

Most international buyers are coming from: France and the Ukraine

Top 10% of inventory across the market: above $17 million

It’s worth it because: Economic and political stability, as well as a sense of security and excellent quality of life

 

Hong Kong

Highest sale in past 12 months: $67.9 million

Market is currently: a buyer’s market

Most international buyers are coming from: Mainland China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, and the Philippines

Luxury buyers are looking for homes with: Clubhouse facilities and convenience to high-end shopping

 

The Ebby Halliday Companies is the exclusive member of Luxury Portfolio International in North Texas. Luxury Portfolio membership is by invitation only and is limited to the very best residential real estate companies worldwide. When buying or selling property outside of Dallas-Fort Worth, Ebby Halliday’s  world-class connections can help with real estate needs across North America and to points around the globe. To learn more about Luxury Portfolio International and to discover extraordinary properties for sale worldwide, visit luxuryportfolio.com.

Ebby Offers Multilingual Service


 

 

Regardless of your preferred language, at the award-winning ebby.com it’s easy to find an agent who is fluent in that language. Here’s how: Simply click on the Agents and Offices tab at the top of the home page, select Agent Directory and use the pull-down menu for Languages.

 

A few of the languages spoken by Ebby Associates include Arabic, Chinese Mandarin, Danish, Farsi/Persian, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Sign Language, Spanish, Swedish, Taiwanese, and Vietnamese.

 

Many Ebby Associates who speak a foreign language offer the ability to search the Multiple Listing Service in that language as part of their ebby.com Agent page. In addition, you’ll find a link to multilingual search capabilities at the bottom, left-hand side of the site.

 

Regardless of your preferred language, Ebby Halliday Realtors and ebby.com offer homebuyers and sellers considerable advantages. Long considered the gold standard in real estate websites – and adding innovative technology regularly,­ such as the only search by light-rail station capability in North Texas – ebby.com is the place to be to start your home search today.

 

 

 

Luxury Portfolio International Expands


 

Luxury Portfolio International, our partner in marketing luxury properties, recently welcomed seven new member firms in five countries, expanding its global coverage to encompass more than 200 firms in 30 countries.

 

In the U.S., the newest member firm is Greenwood King Properties, one of Houston’s most-respected real estate leaders. Other recent members include Resort Realty of the Outer Banks, a market leader throughout the coastal Outer Banks, and Silver Creek Real Estate Group, serving the mountain communities around Cashiers, N.C.

 

In Canada, Luxury Portfolio has added Bowes & Cocks Limited, Brokerage, a premier independent brokerage in Ontario.

 

Growth in Europe comes with the addition of Ayikcan Real Estate, a prestigious firm serving both the Asian and European sides of Bosporus in Istanbul, Turkey; Junot Investissements, specializing in the unique areas in and surrounding Paris; and Peikert Immobilien AG, which offers a wide range of services in Switzerland.

 

“We are delighted to expand our reach in key markets with these prestigious, market-leading firms,” says Stephanie Pfeffer-Anton, executive vice president of Luxury Portfolio. “These brokerages all share our focus on serving luxury clientele with highly specialized services to meet the diverse needs of today’s high-end consumers.”

 

Sellers who list their properties with Luxury Portfolio members benefit from strategic marketing that includes the award-winning website luxuryportfolio.com and targeted online and print advertising that reaches a global audience of affluent consumers. Luxuryportfolio.com markets more than 25,000 luxury listings every year and features more properties listed over $1 million than any competing site. It showcases those properties to more than 3 million high-net-worth consumers annually.

 

To learn more about Luxury Portfolio International and to view its extensive collection of extraordinary properties, visit luxuryportfolio.com.

Summer Essentials For Your Home


Summertime brings an array of occasions, opportunities and excuses to spruce up your home – both inside and out. Whether you’re hosting an alfresco fete under the stars, attending a Fourth of July pool party, or perfecting your landscaping, the home and garden experts at Nicholson-Hardie have the perfect must-have gifts and green-thumb tools. In the summer edition of Grand Vie: Luxury in Living, the luxury home magazine of the Ebby Halliday Companies, the nursery and garden center’s experts reveal some of their top choices.

 

Six-inch Pot of Mixed Succulents

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Featuring a rainbow of rich greens and unique textures, a potted succulent is an ideal contemporary centerpiece for an outdoor table.  $14.99

 

Dramm Pistol Grip Water Nozzle

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Gardening is a breeze with this nine-way adjustable water nozzle that enables green-thumbs to mist and spray to their hearts content.  $18.99

 

La Cadeaux Melamine Dinnerware

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Brings indoor elegance to your alfresco celebrations with gorgeous unbreakable Melamine dinnerware.  From $14.95

 

Campo de’ Fiori Moss Pot

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Authentic, naturally aged terra cotta planters represent the perfect accent to a living room or terrace.  $90 – $185

 

Visit grandviemagazine.com to discover more summer essentials as well as many of the most spectacular homes currently for sale in Dallas-Fort Worth and beyond.

 

 

Harold Leidner Talks Outdoor Living


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Stunning outdoor living areas create an ideal backyard spot for dining al fresco, lounging poolside, enjoying conversations and cocktails, or indulging in quiet time. The layout and features of an outdoor space are as unique as any home, however each one shares a common thread: they were created to be comfortable, functional, relaxing retreats that bring the indoors out.

 

In the brand-new summer edition of Grand Vie: Luxury in Living magazine, the luxury home publication of the Ebby Halliday Companies, we sat down with renowned landscape architect Harold Leidner to learn about current trends in outdoor living, and how to design the perfect space. Leidner’s comments offer insight into how landscaping and outdoor amenities will often distinguish a property from others and allow it to sell faster.

 

GV: In your opinion, what does the perfect outdoor living space include?

 

HL: Whether it is a simple patio for outdoor dining or an elaborate pool and cabana, if it attracts friends and family it will likely be considered a great space and will add value to your property. Sure bets for Texas would be a shade structure with an outdoor kitchen and dining area adjacent to a luxury pool with mature planting and trees.

 

GV: What tips do you have for someone designing an outdoor living space?

 

HL: We would suggest taking a realistic look at your lifestyle and how you would like to use the garden and outdoor space. Find the things that will draw you and your family into the outdoors for both active and relaxing times.

 

To read more of our recent conversation with Harold Leidner, click here.

 

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Celebrity Homes for Sale


Fascination with famous personalities saturates the perpetual news cycle. From movie stars to Grammy award-winning singers to comedy legends, we’re captivated by their talents and lifestyles. Certainly part of the allure are the luxury homes owned by our favorite entertainers. The summer edition of Grand Vie: Luxury in Living, the luxury home magazine of the Ebby Halliday Companies, spotlights four homes with celebrity pedigree currently available for sale through our Luxury Portfolio International affiliates.

 

Lionsgate, Kenny Rogers’ Former Bel-Air Home I $65,000,000

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Listed by our fellow Luxury Portfolio International member Hilton & Hyland. For details, click here.

Bob Hope’s Toluca Lake Home I $27,500,000

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Listed by our fellow Luxury Portfolio International member Hilton & Hyland. For details, click here.

 

Steve Martin’s Saint Barthélemy Home I $10,763,607

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Listed by our fellow Luxury Portfolio International member Sibarth Real Estate. For details, click here.

 

Linda Rondstadt’s Tucson Home I $1,650,000

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Listed by our fellow Luxury Portfolio International member long Realty Company. For details, click here.

 

To learn more about these spectacular celebrity homes and luxury properties for sale across Dallas-Fort Worth and beyond, visit D-FW’s premier luxury home publication grandviemagazine.com.

Fabulous Estate Overlooking White Rock Lake


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The just-listed, enchanting architectural jewel at 4707 Chapel Hill in The Cloisters neighborhood offers more than 10,000 square feet of extraordinarily luxurious living space.

 

Situated on .99 acres, the five-bedroom, five-bath and three half-bath home features  antique slate and handscraped hardwood flooring, cast-stone fireplaces, temperature-controlled wine storage and adjoining sitting room with fireplace, leaded and beveled glass, a gym, library, playroom, theater room with bar, master suite with fireplace, a pool, spa, and a three-car garage.

 

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To learn more about this spectacular buying opportunity overlooking beautiful White Rock Lake, click here . To stay current with the latest luxury homes to hit the market in Dallas-Fort Worth, check back here often.

 

 

Fantastic Falls Road Estate


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Today, we’re proud to introduce you to Penny Rivenbark’s luxury listing at 5808 Falls Road in Preston Hollow. Falls Road offers discerning buyers towering trees, spacious lots and seclusion in the heart of one of Dallas’ most extraordinary neighborhoods.

We hope you’ll enjoy a few of the photos of this spectacular listing. To learn more about this exceptional opportunity, click here. To see all of the homes currently listed in North Texas, click here.

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For the latest luxury homes to hit the market, check back here often. We’ll make it worth your while.