Stunning French Country Estate in Sought-After Bent Tree is a Showstopper

The collaboration between a visionary owner and talented designers can produce magical results, as seen in the exquisite transformation of 5432 Bent Tree Drive. This stylish and sophisticated home is on a .59-acre lot, situated on one of the most sought-after streets in Bent Tree.

Characterized by stone balustrades, eyebrow-arched windows, and an arched doorway, the exterior of the home showcases the distinctive features of French Country architecture.

The exterior double doors, accompanied by two oversized antique-inspired lanterns, lead to a covered walkway and a charming private courtyard and garden. Adorned with stone pavers, blossoming trees, raised flower beds, and a tiered water fountain, this area is truly enchanting.

As you step inside, a stunning marble-floored entryway welcomes you, complete with French doors that offer a view of the courtyard. The space also features an elegant staircase with new iron balusters and wood stair treads.

Next to the foyer, the formal dining room resembles a grand ballroom, featuring parquet wood floors, gold-tone wallpaper ceiling detailing, a starburst chandelier, and double French doors leading to the courtyard. Double pocket doors provide access to the family room. This elegant setting is perfect for hosting an unforgettable soirée that will be the event of the year.

After enjoying a lovely meal, unwind in the bright and spacious family room adorned with a vaulted ceiling supported by intricate wooden beams and skylights that radiate natural light. Elegant French doors and arched windows accentuate the grandeur of this room. The ornate stone mantel adds a touch of sophistication, while the convenient wet bar ensures seamless entertaining for you and your guests. 

As you walk down the light-filled hallway, you are greeted with an inviting kitchen that offers an impressive array of features. The European appliances, including a 6-burner gas range with grill and two refrigerator/freezers from Bertazzoni, are a chef’s dream. They are complemented by the beautiful leathered-quartz surfaces, soft-close doors and drawers, and dual sinks that make cooking and cleaning a breeze.

The fireplace and built-in banquette seating make this kitchen the perfect place to gather. There’s even seating at the island for casual meals or a quick cup of coffee. And when the weather is nice, you can open the French doors and step out onto the pool deck. But this kitchen isn’t just functional – it’s also beautiful. From the sleek stainless-steel appliances to the gorgeous finishes, every detail has been thoughtfully considered.

A second, more casual living area, which also opens up to the courtyard, features herringbone wood floors. Other notable features include a fireplace, crown molding, a unique light fixture, and built-in desk and cabinets.

The luxurious owner’s retreat features an ensuite spa bath with luxury fixtures and finishes and offers dual vanities, two spacious walk-in closets, a towel warmer, and a separate “shampoo” room with a salon-style sink and plenty of storage. The gilded staircase leads to the owner’s loft which also includes built-ins and a walk-in closet with a “safe room.” 

One of the three upstairs bedrooms offers a balcony with a view of the courtyard. Completing the upstairs living space is a gameroom with a “mini” kitchen and a full bath.

This property also features a delightful outdoor area, including a pool and spa. On the left, you’ll find the “Casita,” which features an interior space of 27 x 12 feet with a fireplace. The “Casita” also includes a grill and sink on one side and a fridge behind the doors.

Located in a tight-knit community that spans the Dallas County-Collin County border and centered around Bent Tree Country Club, residents can often be seen taking leisurely walks along the tree-lined streets. 

The quality of the renovation is apparent in the superior workmanship and attention to detail, making this estate a true showstopper.

5432 Bent Tree Drive is listed by Ada Rosa McNeff with Ebby Halliday Realtors for $2,999,999. For more information or to schedule a private showing, call Ada Rosa at 214.801.7878 or email

5 Tips to Overcome Low Inventory

The greatest challenge faced by many of today’s homebuyers is low inventory. In this competitive market, it’s important to work with an agent who has an in-depth understanding of how to navigate the situation. Below are five tips to help you achieve your goals.

Get Pre-Approved

In any housing market, getting pre-approved for a mortgage is always the first step in the home-buying process. When searching for a home, buyers and their agents need to know exactly how much they can offer. And in a market defined by low inventory and frequently, multiple offers, sellers may not seriously consider offers without a lender letter. While waiting to get approved, you may be passed over in favor of potential buyers who submit proof of funds and mortgage approval letters with their offer. The professionals at Prosperity Home Mortgage can help you get started with the pre-approval process today.

Be Patient and Prioritize

Due to strong demand and low inventory, it may take a bit longer to find the right home. Patience, prioritization and compromise are key. You may not find the “perfect” home, but if you know what’s most important to you and what’s just a bonus, you’ll be able to find a home that meets most of your search criteria.

Be Prepared for a Possible Bidding War

A bidding war is all too common in a market with low inventory. If this happens, it’s important to know your limit beforehand and take the time to consider what the home is worth to you vs. its current market value. 

Make Your Best Offer

Largely gone are the days of a lot of back-and-forth negotiating. If you love a home, be ready to put forth your best offer. Keep in mind, when sellers receive multiple offers, it’s not always the highest one that’s the most appealing. There are other ways to set your offer apart such as making a cash offer, waiving contingencies, or offering a seller leaseback. Discuss with your agent the terms that give you the strongest advantage.

Find an Agent You Trust

Above all, find an agent you trust. Buying and selling a home is exciting, but it can be nerve-wracking, too. The process can be complicated and the stakes are high. At Ebby Halliday Realtors, our agents are experienced, knowledgeable professionals who will always put your best interests first and provide you with the most current market research and strategic advice as you make one of life’s biggest financial decisions. They are engaged every day in the buying and selling of real estate. 

Allow Ebby Halliday Realtors to guide you through the process of successfully buying or selling your home. For more information, visit today.

Considering Listing Your Home? Springtime is an Ideal Time

After some recent cooler-than-normal temperatures, it’s welcome news that we’ll be enjoying temperatures in 70s and low 80s this weekend.

And, you can bet that with our spring weather potential buyers will increasingly be out and about discovering homes for sale across the region. Not surprisingly, those with the best “curb appeal” are often the first to sell.

Buyers often pass quick judgment on a property based on its drive-up appeal. A small investment in time and money to spruce up your property’s appearance could mean fewer days on the market and a higher sales price.

Below are a few areas in particular on which you should focus:

*  For a burst of color, plant spring flowers.

*  Tidy up your gardens.

*  Remove glass from light fixtures around your home’s front door and clean thoroughly.

*  Wash down your front door. If the sun has faded the paint, consider repainting.

*  Clean and polish your front door’s hardware. Replace it if necessary.

*  Check your house numbers. Are they still in good shape and visible from the street? If not, replace them.

*  Wash the windows. If this isn’t your strong suit, hire a professional.

*  Check your roof to make sure no shingles are missing or damaged.

*  Remove debris from your gutters and drain spouts.

*  Clean your patio furniture. You want potential buyers to be able to visualize your outdoor living area’s potential.

If you’re considering listing your home, contact an Ebby Associate to learn more about how to prepare it to sell in today’s competitive market and how Ebby Halliday Realtors will market your home, both locally and globally, to produce the most-favorable results for you. To get started, visit the award-winning

PHOTO: The four-bedroom, four-bath home at 7001 Whisperfield Drive in Plano is offered for $1,110,000 by Julie Sliva.

In Competitive Spring Market, the Right Agent Makes All the Difference

Spring Market 2023 is shaping up to be a competitive one. But don’t be intimidated into inaction. Getting what you need and want is still possible with the right mindset … and, more importantly, the right agent!

Now more than ever, a knowledgeable, tenacious representative by your side makes all the difference, especially with such limited inventory. Going in with a plan is critical. And our experienced agents can help you come up with one that’s right for your situation and increases your likelihood of coming out on top as a seller financially, and as a buyer in a multi-offer situation.

If a no-obligation consultation sounds good right about now, we’d love to provide one for you along with a free valuation of your home. Together, we can beat the odds!

Ebby Halliday Realtors is one of the most-admired residential real estate brands in America. If you’re thinking of listing, we’re here to provide an instant valuation of your home and help you prepare. Click here to connect with one of our experienced agents today!

Local Experts, Unmatched Global Reach

Being part of the global economy goes far beyond technology; it requires the human touch. Ebby Halliday Realtors and our professional residential real estate agents are proud to belong to the global network whose name says it all — Leading Real Estate Companies of the World. Only the best of the best are part of this collection. Wherever you go, the LeadingRE logo is a symbol of the finest local real estate professionals.

“When you choose Ebby Halliday to represent your property, you’ll benefit from a local team of experts with unmatched global reach working on your behalf,” says Malinda Howell, Senior Vice President of Brokerage for the Ebby Halliday Companies. “In addition to the very strong local marketing for which Ebby Halliday has long been known, Leading Real Estate Companies of the World provides unmatched global marketing and resources, allowing us to provide the very best service to you.”

The result? The Leading Real Estate Companies of the World network took part in more than 1.2 million home sales last year.

By tapping into the Leading Real Estate Companies of the World network of 136,000 talented sales associates in more than 70 countries, Ebby Halliday agents expose homes they represent to buyers on six continents, ensuring there are more eyes on every property. In addition, Ebby receives inbound clients from other affiliates around the globe who are interested in purchasing a home in Texas.

“At Ebby Halliday, we understand the importance of global reach with a human touch when marketing our properties and delivering the highest level of service to our clients,” Howell says. “If you’re considering listing your home for sale, you’ll find just the right agent — with just the right connections — at

PHOTO: 39 Braewood Place in Glen Abbey, listed by Paulette Greene

In Loving Memory of Mary Frances Burleson

It is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of Mary Frances Burleson earlier this morning, longtime president and CEO of the Ebby Halliday Companies. She was 87 and passed of natural causes.

Mary Frances McClure was born on April 16, 1935. When she was a child, she moved with her parents to Highland Park, where she attended school and then graduated from Highland Park High School and Southern Methodist University. Later in life, Mary Frances would frequently remark that the sacrifices her parents made to send her to great schools and expose her to exceptional teachers was one of the greatest gifts she had ever received.

It was in 1958 that one small turn of events would set her on the path for the rest of her life. While attending SMU, Mary Frances worked for Jobs Unlimited, a temporary employment company. She was sent to Ebby Halliday REALTORS® as a part-time secretary and receptionist. Inspired by what she saw — sales associates who were enjoying and thriving in their careers — Mary Frances was eager to join the company permanently.

“My husband Rufus said that I had looked over the garden wall when I started working for Ebby Halliday and that I was never the same again,” she recalled. “Ebby mentored and helped many, many people to find their career path, and I was one of the fortunate ones.” Mary Frances’ talent was quickly recognized, and Ebby herself offered to make her position at the company permanent after just two weeks – at $2.50 per hour. She quickly rose through the ranks to management positions. She opened the fourth office for Ebby Halliday Realtors in Richardson and served as Regional Manager of four additional offices. In 1979, she became Executive Vice President and General Sales Manager. In 1989, she was named President and in 2000 added the title of Chief Executive Officer.

Mary Frances and Ebby would work side by side for 57 years, during which time they also became close personal friends. When once asked for her best business advice, her answer was quick: “Find a good mentor, but don’t forget to return the favor.” For nearly three decades, Mary Frances was at the helm of the Ebby Halliday Companies as President and CEO.

She helped to expand the firm to 1,700 agents in 35 offices across three brands, becoming the largest independent residential real estate brokerage in Texas, and the 10th-largest in the nation. Mary Frances quickly and always described herself as “an Ebby girl through and through” and continuing the legacy of the company’s admired founder became her life’s mission. But she also forged a unique leadership path of her own – one that was best summed up with her popular mantra, “Get up, suit up and show up.” She both preached and personified this mantra over her 60+ years with Ebby Halliday. She helped steer the company through the good times as well as through downturns and recessions, through key acquisitions and new market expansions, investing in and adopting the latest technology, hiring the best people – and training and promoting them to leadership positions, and more. Through her and her team’s vision, the Ebby Halliday Companies was one of the first to explore and create the core services business lines of mortgage, insurance and title to both support the company, and, more importantly, provide the most seamless and complete real estate experience to clients – something most other companies are just starting to explore.

Mary Frances also led the company through the passing of founder Ebby Halliday Acers at the age of 104 in 2015 and played a pivotal role in the acquisition of the Ebby Halliday Companies by HomeServices of America in 2018. As one would expect, she was fiercely protective of the Ebby Halliday name and culture, turning down numerous offers from other entities to sell because she didn’t believe it was a good fit for the company or its people.

Just like her mentor Ebby Halliday, Mary Frances firmly believed that she never did anything alone. She was always quick to credit the team when accepting praise or awards – by her definition that team included the leadership and management teams around her, as well as every Sales Associate and staff member who comprised the Ebby Halliday Companies. In her free time – and something she became known for – she would personally call each Sales Associate and staff member on their birthday and sing the entirety of the “Happy Birthday” song – whether she was out of town, or their birthday fell on a holiday, she made her calls. It started innocently in the early 1990s and quickly became expected. She would continue this tradition with all 2,000+ members of the company until her retirement in 2020, eventually incorporating texts instead of calls to stay current with the times. But each one was hand-typed. She was also a voracious reader of business books, and frequently gave her staff and others copies of her favorites.

Mary Frances embraced Ebby Halliday’s service mindset – service to the client, service to the industry, and service to the community. Throughout her career, she was heavily involved at the local, state and national levels within the real estate industry. And through her commitment to such groups as the North Dallas Chamber of Commerce, the International Women’s Forum, the Baptist Foundation of Texas, Buckner International, the board of directors of SMU’s Willis M. Tate Distinguished Lecture Series, Highland Park Education Foundation’s board of directors, and many more, she helped make the communities of North Texas a better place.

As one would expect, Mary Frances’ leadership and involvement resulted in innumerable awards and accolades. Some highlights include: REALTOR® of the Year by the MetroTex Association of REALTORS® and the Texas Association of REALTORS®, induction into the RPAC Hall of Fame at the highest level (and at the time, a level created especially for her), regular appearances on the Swanepoel Power 200 “Top 20 Women Leaders in Residential Real Estate” list, RISMedia’s National Homeownership Award, the Dallas Business Journal’s Women in Business Award, Dallas Business Journal’s Most Admired CEOs honoree, D CEO’s Residential Real Estate Executive of the Year award, and Highland Park Independent School District’s Distinguished Alumni Award. Perhaps one of Mary Frances’ most-prized awards came in 2013 when she was honored with the National Association of REALTORS®’ Distinguished Service Award, the organization’s highest honor, and the highest honor a REALTOR® can receive. She was selected as one of two winners that year from 1 million REALTORS® based on her contributions to the real estate industry and being among those recognized as leaders in their local communities. Her proudest part of the award however was that she was the third REALTOR® from the Ebby Halliday Companies (along with Ebby Halliday and Posey Willis) to receive the coveted award, a first for the industry.

“I am honored and grateful to accept the Distinguished Service Award,” Burleson said in a press release. “I am also extremely fortunate to be part of a profession and organization that values service to others. REALTORS® have a common goal to help build strong communities and work toward improving people’s quality of life; this is something I strongly believe in and have strived for throughout my career in real estate.”

When asked to describe a moment in her life that shaped her future, her answer obviously included meeting Ebby Halliday in 1958, but on a personal level, it was marrying the love of her life in 1955, Rufus C. Burleson. The two were true soulmates and were married for over 50 years until his sudden death in 2009. Mary Frances and Rufus started exhibiting show dogs – Boxers – in 1964, something she became even more passionate about after Rufus’ passing. It became important to her to continue his legacy in the dog world, and true to form, Mary Frances delivered.

To date, Marburl Boxers (the name of the kennel the Burlesons owned and managed – a combination of “Mary” and “Burleson”) have completed championships for more than 100 dogs and won countless other awards both nationally and internationally, including a Lifetime Achievement Award for Mary Frances and Rufus from the American Boxer Club. And expect more Marburl champions to come – Mary Frances would always comment (with her signature grin) how she was “dreaming and scheming” with her handler and friend Lori Ferguson for more awards.

She also regularly updated a running list of future dog names for her prized bloodline – stored in her iPhone, of course. In a 2016 interview with D Magazine, Mary Frances reflected on the downside of her dog hobby, which she also related to life: “Dogs give you a great deal of joy and a great deal of heartache. When you lose a dog, you cry buckets. Humans don’t live forever either, but while we have each other, we have joy … I wouldn’t trade anything in the world for the experiences I have had.”

In addition to being a courageous, bold leader who embraced the principles of honor and integrity, Mary Frances was a woman of remarkable faith. A longtime member of Park Cities Baptist Church, Mary Frances especially enjoyed the fellowship she experienced, and the friends she made over the years in her congregation and in her Sunday School class. Mary Frances Burleson was an extraordinary woman who dedicated her life to service on every level. That dedication touched the lives of thousands of people across the North Texas community, the nation and beyond. We at the Ebby Halliday Companies are forever grateful for her vision, for her leadership, and for her friendship. She is and will be greatly missed.

We will share with you more details regarding her selected charitable causes as we learn more in the coming days.

Carolyn Rosson Named President of the Ebby Halliday Companies

Carolyn Rosson has been named President of Brokerage of the Ebby Halliday Companies. Over her 41 years at Ebby Halliday, Rosson has held a variety of leadership positions within the organization. Most recently Rosson served as Senior Vice President, overseeing half of the brokerage’s offices under the Ebby Halliday, Dave Perry-Miller and Williams Trew brands. Prior to that, Rosson led the company’s Southlake office.

As President, Rosson will lead the day to day sales operations of the brokerage, ensuring the company continues to provide its sales associates, buyers and sellers a best in class experience. “I’m honored to lead our teams at the Ebby Halliday Companies and to work even more closely with our talented management team, sales associates and employees at all our brands to better serve our clients and our communities,” said Rosson. Malinda Howell will serve as Senior Vice President of Brokerage under Rosson, overseeing the 35 offices of the Ebby Halliday Companies.

Rosson’s new role comes as part of an announcement that Chief Executive Officer Chris Kelly will have the additional title of Executive Vice President for HomeServices of America, the parent company of the Ebby Halliday Companies.

“Carolyn absolutely lives our mission of People First in all that she does,” says Kelly. “As I take on additional duties for HomeServices, I am confident that Carolyn, along with our executive leadership team, will continue to innovate and thrive in the years ahead.”

In addition to his duties at HomeServices, Kelly will continue to be involved in company activities, including a special focus on continuing the already rapid growth and expansion of the company’s footprint in new markets across Texas and Oklahoma, in close collaboration with Travis Mathews, the Chief Operating Officer of the Ebby Halliday Companies.

About the Ebby Halliday Companies

The Ebby Halliday Companies are celebrating 77 years of serving the real estate needs of its valued clients. It all began in 1945, when one bold woman parlayed her wisdom, generosity, business acumen and endurance into what is today is one of America’s most-respected residential real estate brokerages. The legacy of Ebby Halliday is now amplified by the company’s affiliation with HomeServices of America, a Berkshire Hathaway affiliate and the country’s No. 1 residential real estate company by transactions. The Ebby Halliday Companies are proud to offer the most-convenient, full-service residential real estate experience available, with its in-house brands: Prosperity Home Mortgage, Home Team Insurance, Texas Premier Title and HSTX Title.

For more information, visit the award-winning

The Weekly Wrap-Up

Are you searching for a new home? Take a look at some of this week’s fabulous featured properties.

6821 Dry Creek Road | Quinlan | $4,900,000

1221 Wyndham Hill Lane | Southlake | $2,295,000

304 Page Road | Overbrook | $1,950,000

9 Home Place Court | Dalworthington Gardens | $1,700,000

1271 Shelby Lane | Celina | $1,699,999

The Weekly Wrap-Up

Are you searching for a new home? Take a look at some of this week’s fabulous featured properties.

3620 Ranchero Road | Plano | $8,950,000

1724 Placid Oaks Lane | Westlake | $7,499,000

69 Kennington Court | Dallas | $2,499,900

19 Armstrong Drive | Frisco | $2,449,000

426 Roaring Fork Circle | Gordonville | $1,500,000

816 Brett | Allen | $1,395,000

6629 Gaston Avenue | Dallas | $1,329,000

5103 Lincolnshire Court | Dallas | $999,900

3309 Waterford Drive | Rowlett | $997,900

The Weekly Wrap-Up

Are you searching for a new home? Take a look at some of this week’s fabulous featured properties.

2508 Beacon Crest Drive | Plano | $4,200,000

3790 Hamilton Heights Avenue | Frisco | $1,799,900

1271 Shelby Lane | Celina | $1,699,999

6917 Forest Glen Drive | Dallas | $1,532,000

13203 Glad Acres Drive | Farmers Branch | $1,450,000

6316 Avalon Woods Drive | McKinney | $750,000

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