Prep Your Home for Fall


Cozy autumn evening on a modern designed patio

Cool breezes and colder months call for necessary upkeep. Now is a good time to be proactive about protecting your home against cooler temperatures. Follow these steps to prepare your home for fall.

Exterior

Roof – Inspect for missing, loose or damaged shingles. Make necessary repairs to keep cold air and precipitation out.

Gutters and Downspouts – Clear leaves and debris. Check alignment to ensure water can flow through and drains away from your home and foundation.

Plumbing – If you’ve noticed issues or leaks, get them checked. Winterize pipes that are exposed outdoors.

Trees – Inspect your property for damaged branches, and trim limbs at least 2 feet from your roofline.

Interior

Heat – Inspect furnace, water heater and air ducts. Fix any issues and replace air filters.

Windows – Check for cracks, gaps, damaged trim and broken glass. Caulk, weather strip and repair as needed; the same goes for doors.

Detectors – Test and replace batteries in the smoke and carbon monoxide detectors that keep you safe.

Fire Extinguisher – Test your fire extinguisher and replace or recharge if necessary.

Backup – Have working flashlights and spare batteries for potential outages.

Attic – Check for moisture or leaks and repair immediately; same for basements, where necessary.

The Weekly Wrap-up


The North Texas housing market remains strong with exceptional homes listed for sale every day.

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

Stunning kitchen at 1320 Fanning Street in Southlake, Texas.

1320 Fanning Street | Southlake | $3,599,900

Lakefront European-style estate at 453 Terry Lane in Heath, Texas.

453 Terry Lane | Heath | $2,280,000

Gorgeous kitchen at 6408 Riverhill Drive in Plano, Texas.

6408 Riverhill Drive | Plano | $1,675,000

Fabulous kitchen at 820 Rhone Lane in Southlake, Texas.

820 Rhone Lane | Southlake | $1,359,000

Impressive kitchen at 4621 Firestone Drive in Frisco, Texas.

4621 Firestone Drive | Frisco | $750,000

Exquisite living room at 7014 Poco Soto Drive in Frisco, Texas.

7014 Poco Soto Drive | Frisco | $750,000

Charming home at 8806 San Leandro Drive in Dallas, Texas.

8806 San Leandro Drive | Little Forest Hills | $635,000

Beautiful living area at 2029 Burnside Drive in Allen, Texas.

2029 Burnside Drive | Allen | $520,000

Bright kitchen at 628 Bridgewater Road in Fort Worth, Texas.

628 Bridgewater Road | Fort Worth | $320,000

Updated living area at 413 Smokebrush Street in Celina's Light Farms community.

413 Smokebrush Street | Celina | $300,000

To view more spectacular homes for sale, visit ebby.com.

Deep Dive: 12 Luxury Pools


While tropical getaways and family vacations can be a fun way to celebrate summer, who says you have to leave the comforts of home to feel refreshed?

Dive into these luxurious pools that bring the allure of resort amenities to your backyard.

Resort-style backyard pool at 1750 Trace Bella Court in Westlake, Texas.

1750 Trace Bella Court | Westlake | $4,850,000

Gorgeous backyard pool at 6146 Park Lane in Preston Hollow, Texas.

6146 Park Lane | Preston Hollow | $3,195,000

Refreshing backyard pool at 2535 N. White Chapel Boulevard in Southlake, Texas.

2535 N. White Chapel Boulevard | Southlake | $2,895,000

Luxurious sparkling pool at 6808 Mulhouse Court in Plano, Texas.

6808 Mulhouse Court | Plano | $2,249,000

Peaceful backyard pool at 408 Oak Ridge Court in Southlake, Texas.

408 Oak Ridge Court | Southlake | $1,900,000

Backyard infinity pool overlooking golf course at 5600 Wayfarer Drive in Plano, Texas.

5600 Wayfarer Drive | Plano | $1,780,000

Incredible backyard pool at 1310 Noble Way in Flower Mound, Texas.

1310 Noble Way | Flower Mound | $1,599,000

Shaded backyard pool at 6215 Lupton Drive in Preston Hollow, Texas.

6215 Lupton Drive | Preston Hollow | $1,349,000

Stunning backyard pool at 2600 Redding Drive in Plano, Texas

2600 Redding Drive | Plano | $1,150,000

Amazing backyard pool at 1309 Chimney Rock Drive in Keller, Texas.

1309 Chimney Rock Drive | Keller | $999,000

Magnificent backyard pool at 1706 Woodsboro Court in Allen, Texas.

1706 Woodsboro Court | Allen | $950,000

Large backyard pool at 1200 Fox Run in Bartonville, Texas.

1200 Fox Run | Bartonville | $890,000

To view all the homes with incredible pools available across North Texas, visit the mobile-friendly Ebby.com.

The Weekly Wrap-up



Are you in the market for a new home in North Texas? Take a look at some of this week’s fabulous featured properties.

5600 Cradlerock Circle | Plano | $3,375,000

6146 Park Lane | Preston Hollow | $3,195,000

6805 Amaretto Court | Plano | $2,099,000

14800 Winnwood Road | Addison | $1,899,000

6615 Bandera Avenue 1A | Preston Hollow | $1,037,000

3510 Turtle Creek Boulevard 4D | Turtle Creek | $975,000

7858 Element Avenue | Plano | $899,900

5715 Bordeaux Avenue | Highland Park | $765,000

4212 Bowser Avenue D | Oak Lawn | $625,000

18509 Gibbons Drive | Far North Dallas | $589,900

To view more exceptional homes for sale, visit ebby.com.

The Weekly Wrap-up


Are you in the market for a new home in North Texas? Take a look at some of this week’s fabulous featured properties.

1900 Shady Oaks Drive | Southlake | $5,495,000

4738 San Gabriel Drive | Preston Hollow | $3,250,000

83 Abbey Wood Lane | Glen Abbey | $1,450,000

2940 Lakeview Drive | Prosper | $1,349,000

5223 Oak Lake Drive | Far North Dallas | $969,000

6075 Westchester Lane | Frisco | $795,000

3974 Highgrove Drive | Midway Hollow | $549,900

423 Spanish Moss Court | Coppell | $498,500

828 Parkland Drive | Little Elm | $409,000

10931 Listi Drive | Lake Highlands | $339,000

To view more exceptional homes, visit ebby.com.

The Weekly Wrap-up


Are you in the market for a new home in North Texas? Take a look at some of this week’s fabulous featured properties.

10121 Waller Drive | Preston Hollow | $5,200,000

4610 Irvin Simmons Drive | North Dallas | $3,199,000

719 Bending Oak Trail | Fairview | $2,295,000

625 Orleans Drive | Southlake | $1,450,000

7171 Helsem Bend | North Dallas | $969,999

1414 N. Travis Circle | Irving | $899,000

12423 Shoal Forest Lane | Frisco | $765,000

3959 Rochelle Drive | Midway Hollow | $675,000

2828 Hood Street, No. 1108 | Oak Lawn | $449,500

218 Syracuse Place | Richardson | $345,000

To view more exceptional properties, visit ebby.com.

15 Pools to Beat the Heat


Ready to make a splash? Summer is here and there’s no better way to refresh than by taking a dip in your own backyard pool.

Whether you’re swimming laps or low-key lounging, these homes feature some of the most incredible pools in North Texas.

1750 Trace Bella Court | Westlake | $4,995,000

2906 W. Shadow Drive | Arlington | $2,950,000

1705 Bison Meadow Lane | Heath | $2,299,000

7513 Beacon Hill Road | Prosper | $2,250,000

11040 Lawnhaven Road | Dallas | $1,999,999

310 Harvard Court | Plano | $1,895,000

1322 Featherwood Drive | Plano | $1,290,000

4808 Hughes Circle | Flower Mound | $1,250,000

702 Manor Drive | Argyle | $1,125,000

5819 Flintshire Lane | Far North Dallas | $839,000

7613 Ivey | The Colony | $809,900

6505 Shoreline Drive | Little Elm | $749,950

3307 Windcrest Court | Highland Village | $635,000

410 Willowview Drive | Prosper | $569,000

120 Love Bird Lane | Murphy | $439,990

To view all the homes with sparkling pools available across North Texas, visit the mobile-friendly Ebby.com.

10 Must-See Open Houses This Weekend


If you’re in the market for a home in North Texas, you’ve come to the right place. Enjoy your weekend with Ebby Halliday Realtors at these exceptional properties.

 

1 Southwestern

4220 Southwestern Blvd. | University Park | $1,599,000

 

2 Gateridge

6706 Gateridge Drive | Far North Dallas | $1,450,000

 

3 Woods Edge

17511 Woods Edge Drive | Far North Dallas | $1,099,000

 

4 McFarlin

3613 McFarlin Blvd. | University Park | $995,000

 

5 Forefront

6476 Forefront Ave. | Frisco | $899,900

 

6 Via Italia

6617 Via Italia Drive | Flower Mound | $849,000

 

7 San Juan

1112 San Juan Court | Arlington | $729,000

 

8 Mesa

4331 Mesa Drive | Prosper | $625,000

 

9 Canyon

1825 Canyon Court | Allen | $535,000

 

10 Alejandra

11651 Alejandra Lane | Frisco | $474,950

 

To view all the wonderful homes open this weekend and discover dates and times, visit EbbyOpenHouses.com.

13 Must-See Open Houses This Weekend


If you’re in the market for a home in North Texas, you’ve come to the right place. Enjoy your weekend with Ebby Halliday Realtors at these exceptional properties.

 

1 Brookshire

6614 Brookshire Drive | Preston Hollow | $2,199,000

 

2 Rosedale

2717 Rosedale Avenue | University Park | $1,550,000

 

3 Lavendale

6339 Lavendale Avenue | North Dallas | $1,525,000

 

4 Mashpee

3893 Mashpee Street | Frisco | $899,000

 

5 Clayton

7012 Clayton Avenue | Lakewood | $630,000

 

6 Annapolis

6144 Annapolis Lane | Dallas | $625,000

 

7 Gentle Wind

901 Gentle Wind Drive | Keller | $619,900

 

8 Luckenbach

1406 Luckenbach Drive | Allen | $599,900

 

9 Fairmount

3310 Fairmount Street, 15E | Uptown | $585,000

 

10 Wycliff

3715 Wycliff Avenue | Oak Lawn | $475,000

 

11 Balmoral

5349 Balmoral Drive | Frisco | $425,000

 

12 Prairie Creek

2705 Prairie Creek Court | Plano | $405,000

 

13 N Plano

770 N. Plano Road, No. 103 | Richardson | $398,000

 

To view all the wonderful homes open this weekend and discover dates and times, visit EbbyOpenHouses.com.

Tips for Enhancing Your Master Retreat


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6614 Brookshire Drive | Preston Hollow

 

A home is an ever-evolving project. As our styles change and years go by, it’s easy to get the itch to update your home. Buyers and sellers alike often pay more attention to kitchens, master bathrooms, closets and outdoor spaces than they do to the vital space where they will usually spend more than a third of their 24 hours each day. If you’re looking for a change or wanting to fall back in love with your master bedroom, follow these tips.

 

Choice Spot

The bed should be set away from the room’s entrance to keep it out of the main circulation path. Place it in a spot so occupants can enjoy the best view — whether that’s inside (maybe toward a fireplace or favorite piece of art) or outdoors (with views of trees or water where possible). Personalize it by pairing the bed with a headboard and dressing it up with decorative pillows, a duvet and a throw.

 

Window Treatments

Minimal is the design mantra when it comes to much of the standard room décor today. But while no coverings in some rooms, such as kitchens and living rooms, allows for more light and views, some amount of treatment in a bedroom is needed to block outside light and provide privacy – think shutters, electric shades or curtains.

 

Right Lighting

Installing recessed cans is discouraged. They tend to chop up a ceiling and aren’t too attractive to look at while in bed. Task lighting from lamps on night tables or wall-mounted sconces are preferred.

 

Conceal or Banish Electronics

For years, scientists and health professionals have known about the danger of the blue light that comes from certain electronic equipment and how it adversely affects melatonin production. Homeowners might consider making the master bedroom an electronics-free zone, without TVs and other technology to help train the brain that the bedroom is primarily a place to sleep rather than stay awake.

 

Soothing Palette

Colors that are less bold are more restful. A palette of pale blues, greens, beiges, grays and whites create a calming environment. In addition, bedding in white and light creams make for a soothing sight to the eye.

 

Creature Comforts

If the room’s size allows, consider adding a chaise, chair and ottoman, and night tables. Also, a large area rug or wall-to-wall carpeting can help deaden noise and provide warmth underfoot. If the room is located so it opens directly to the outdoors, play this up. Real access to idyllic scenery can contribute to a sense of tranquility.