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

North Texas is Great for First-Time Home Buyers


North Texas is Great for First-Time Home Buyers

The accolades just keep piling up for North Texas. In a recent report by realtor.com, Fort Worth and Dallas were named two of the top ten best cities in the U.S. for first-time home buyers in 2014!

 

The study examined five key factors that make particular markets ideal for first-time buyers: market popularity, prices, inventory, time on market and unemployment rates. Though Florida captured three of the top ten spots, Texas had solid rankings with Fort Worth in the No. 4 spot and Dallas in the No. 8 spot.

 

“As we head into home-buying season, these markets show favorable conditions for first-time buyers, which is encouraging because these buyers are crucial to the housing market,” said Steve Berkowitz, CEO of Move Inc., operator of realtor.com.® “First-time buyers have a widespread impact on the local housing markets. In transitioning from renters to owners, new buyers pay property taxes and other fees and taxes associated with homeownership that benefit local schools and services.”

 

If you’re a first-time home buyer, check out our website, ebby.com. Your search can be broken down by city, specific neighborhood, price range and much more. Ready to see a house or get some more personalized information? Check out our agents and offices. If you’re thinking about relocating to the area, click here for everything you need to know about moving to North Texas.

 

It’s another great day to be a Texan!

 

Chart from realtor.com

Fort Worth has America’s #1 Downtown


Fort Worth Voted America's No. 1 Downtown

According to Livability.com, Fort Worth’s downtown is the No. 1 downtown in the U.S., a pretty awesome accolade if you ask us. We’ve raved about the city’s development of Sundance Square and we’ve also talked about the major attraction that is the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo. These two things combine to make Fort Worth an entirely unique and exciting place to visit.

 

“Few downtowns have achieved the cohesion between cowboy culture and urban sophistication that Fort Worth has to offer,” the article states. “The number of people living in downtown Fort Worth continues to grow as new developments add residential, office and retail options.”

 

Much of this growth is attributed to the leaders of the city who continue to bring in new improvement and rehabilitation projects that boost the economy, employment rate, and create a more walkable environment with less traffic congestion. There is further growth expected in relation to the Trinity River Vision Project, which includes a plan to develop 800 acres connecting downtown, the Cultural District and the Stockyards that could eventually double the size of downtown.

 

Some other noteworthy stats about the city are:

-13 parks for residents and visitors to dine and relax

-80 locally owned restaurants and bars

-The 2,056-seat Bass Performance Hall

-A population of 777,898 people

-2.6% decrease in retail vacancy between 2012 & 2013

-3.3% average income growth

-6.6% unemployment

 

Congrats to Fort Worth and to all of us who get to visit the No. 1 downtown in America!

 

 

North Texas Home Prices Rise in February


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North Texas home sales prices jumped by 13 percent in February over the same month last year.

 

Real estate agents sold 5,495 pre-owned North Texas homes last month – a 2 percent increase from February 2013, according to data from the Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University and North Texas Real Estate information Systems, Inc.

 

February’s home sales gain comes after a 1 percent drop in January from the previous year. That was the first dip in year-over-year pre-owned home sales in the area since early 2010. Notably, the inventory of homes for sale in North Texas in February was 12 percent lower than a year ago.

Your Weekend To-Do’s in D-FW


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We’re halfway through the week, everyone! You know what that means on the Ebby Blog- your weekly weekend round up. Below you’ll find fun events around D-FW that will help you further explore the cities we love!

 

Mavs games: Head to American Airlines Center tonight, Feb. 26, to see the Mavs take on the New Orleans Pelicans and Friday, Feb. 28, to see them at home again against the Chicago Bulls.

 

Wine & Cheese Tasting: The Grape and Cheesemonger and Certified Cheese Professional, Ali Morgan, are hosting a tasting and chat at the Grape tomorrow night, Feb. 27. Stay for dinner and get 20% off!

 

Bolero: From Feb. 27 to Mar. 2, The Dallas Symphony Orchestra presents Bolero: “It begins softly. A single snare drum. Then, a flute. Gradually, each instrument of the Dallas Symphony joins in.”

 

Stars game: See the Stars vs. Carolina Hurricanes game tomorrow night, Feb. 27, at American Airlines Center.

 

Texas Independence Day: Celebrate at The Rustic on Sunday, Mar. 2, with Jack Ingram and a crawfish boil.

 

Untapped Beer Festival Fort Worth: Tickets are going fast for next weekend’s festival. There will be 65+ breweries represented, 200+ beers and tickets start at just $26.

 

The Oscars: Hollywood’s biggest night is back on Sunday, hosted by Ellen Degeneres. Spend the weekend catching up on all the nominated films you missed over the last year.

Photo from The Rustic Facebook page

10 Worthy Fort Worth Restaurants


If you don’t live in Fort Worth or visit there frequently, this post is going to have you wishing you did! DMagazine.com published a post last week titled “10 New Fort Worth Restaurants You Need to Visit Right Now,” and we’re convinced.

 

Each one of these 10 chosen restaurants sounds like it offers something new and amazing to try. As far as we’re concerned, this just adds to the reasons why D-FW is an area made of culinary dreams. Here’s the breakdown (click the link above for full details):

 

1. Spice: A new concept brought to you by the owners of Thai Select.

 

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2. AF + B: Former chef at Bolsa, Jeff Harris, presents a new take on American food with a Texas spin.

 

3. Cane Rosso: A popular spot in Dallas, Fort Worth can now enjoy these amazing pizzas and sandwiches without the drive.

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4. Pizza Snob: Get great artisan, handcrafted pizza right next to the TCU campus.

 

5. Velvet Taco: Another Dallas staple, this taco + sides restaurant is sure to find a permanent home at it’s new Fort Worth location.

 

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6. Bird Cafe: Filled with fowl, this meat-packed menu will satisfy your hearty cravings.

 

7. Clay Pigeon: Think pasta, seafood, butter, and everything decadent.

 

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8. Sera Dining & Wine: Tapas, now with a Spanish and French twist that’s locally responsible.

 

9. Tinas’ Cocina: Great Mexican food on the cheap every Texan’s dream.

 

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10. The Bearded Lady: Get your pub food fix with a side of craft beer.

OTD: Last-minute Valentine’s dinner plans


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Valentine's Dinners

 

Well, everyone, tomorrow is Valentine’s Day! If you’re feeling remorse over unmade reservations, this Of The Day post is here to instill some hope! We just stumbled across a Dallas Morning News article, which we tweeted out earlier this morning, that outlines 9 Dallas spots where you don’t need reservations for Valentine’s. Some are taking reservations but holding tables for walk-ins and some are not accepting any reservations at all. Either way, there’s some hope that, with a little luck and good timing, you could still have a fabulous Valentine’s dinner! Here are the links to the restaurants, see the full article for more details.

 

1. AW Shucks and Big Shuck Oyster Bar (2 Dallas locations, Lewisville, Richardson)

 

2. Boxwood Tap + Grill (Uptown Dallas)

 

3. Cantina Laredo (Dallas, Fort Worth, Grapevine, Addison)

 

4. Flying Saucer Draught Emporium (Addison)

 

5. Lazaranda Modern Kitchen and Tequila (Dallas)

 

6. Norma’s Cafe (North Dallas, Oak Cliff, Frisco)

 

7. Pho Chateau (Irving)

 

8. Tanoshii Ramen + Bar (Dallas)

 

9. True Food Kitchen (Dallas)

 

Photo from dallasnews.com

Love Where You Live: 7 Romantic Rooms


Ok, everyone, there is only one week left until Valentine’s Day! No matter your current relationship status, we believe that you should always have a love affair with your home. It’s your own space that should be a sanctuary away from everything else. We’ve got 7 rooms to inspire you to “love where you live,” and to get you in the mood for a blissful Valentine’s. Over the next week, check the Ebby Blog for our daily romanic room and feel the love in the air!

 

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We’ll start with the fabulous outdoor entertaining area at 6250 Toscana Circle in Fort Worth. It’s cozy, beautiful, and just waiting for a night grilling out and warming up by the fire. this space is just one feature of this four-bedroom, 3 1/2-bath home, which also has a pool, a gorgeous entry, and a stunning kitchen. Just see for yourself by following the previous link.

 

If you need suggestions for Valentine’s, check out our board.

 

To see more outdoor spaces, click here.

Of The Day: Fort Worth’s Sundance Square


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We’re sure everyone’s heard the hype surrounding Sundance Square in Fort Worth, but, just in case you haven’t, today’s OTD will give you the lowdown. It’s “widely acknowledged as the most exciting downtown area in Texas,” comprised of 35 blocks of entertainment and shopping that “attracts millions of visitors each year.” Are you one of them? If not, you should check it out!

 

The square has amazing restaurants, bars, shopping, hotels, and much more. The plaza, which lies at the center of everything, is a sight to see thanks to four 80×80 foot umbrellas, a stage, and three fountains, including one with 216 jets. This 55,000-square foot space is the perfect gathering place for concerts, parties, the arts, and just about any type of public entertainment you can imagine. It’s being called “the new centerpiece of downtown Fort Worth,” and, by the looks of these pictures, there’s no question about why everyone’s so excited about it.

 

There’s always something going on, and thanks to two apartment complexes, you can live right in the heart of it all! To see what’s happening there this weekend, click here.

Don’t Miss This: Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo


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The Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo is back again! Opening day was last Friday, Jan. 17, but there’s lots of fun to come until closing on Feb. 8! If you haven’t checked it out yet this year, you should. If you’ve never been before, you REALLY should.

 

The events that go on during the FWSSR are pretty epic, if we do say so ourselves. They’re a great taste of Texas, and they showcase the great history of our state. Still to come this week are Extreme Bull Riding, various cattle shows, some llama shows, and steer wrestling, just to name a few.

 

General admission for adults is $10, $5 for children 6-16, and kids 5 and under get in free! Tuesdays, show your Tolltag and get a free admission grounds pass. This whole experience is truly one of a kind, so, seriously, go check it out! You’ll be glad you did.

 

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First established in 1896, this year’s show is running under the tag lines “Rock Stock & Roll” and “This thing is legendary.” Believe us, both apply extremely well.