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.

Prep Your Home for Fall


Home Exterior

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.

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.

Fresh, Welcoming Curb Appeal


You know what they say, there’s only one chance to make a good first impression. Curb appeal is all about making your home look fresh and welcoming — the ideal introduction.

 

These eight homes make curb appeal look simple. They may inspire you to refresh your home’s first impression.

 

1 Miramar

4012 Miramar Avenue | Highland Park

 

2 Watson

5706 Watson Circle | Preston Hollow

 

3 Kingsbarns

7201 Kingsbarns | The Colony

 

3 Catamaran

5321 Catamaran Drive | Plano

 

4 Woods Edge

17503 Woods Edge Drive | Dallas

 

6 Ridgelea

8402 Ridgelea Street | Bluffview

 

7 Casa Grande

11894 Casa Grande Trail | Frisco

 

8 Saint Michael

6316 Saint Michael Drive | McKinney

 

To see more spectacular curb appeal and view all of the North Texas homes currently on the market, visit the mobile-friendly ebby.com.

15 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_Deloache

5300 Deloache Avenue | Old Preston Hollow | $3,495,000

 

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5609 Willow Bend Court | Plano | $2,895,000

 

2_Watson

5706 Watson CirclePreston Hollow | $2,290,000

 

3_Forest

6243 Forest Lane | North Dallas | $2,199,000

 

4_Tate

10127 Tate Lane | Frisco | $1,495,000

 

5_Wortham

5715 Wortham Lane | Far North Dallas | $1,125,000

 

6_Elmridge

7229 Elmridge DriveFar North Dallas | $869,000

 

8_Copperhill

5003 Copperhill Circle | Parker | $825,000

 

7_Terlingua

13002 Terlingua Creek Drive | Frisco | $814,900

 

9_Middle Town

2296 Middle Town Court | Allen | $775,000

 

10_Cypress

1 Cypress Point Court | Frisco | $750,000

 

11_Cottonwood

1221 Cottonwood Valley Drive | Irving | $625,000

 

12_Macrocarpa

408 Macrocarpa Road | Allen | $619,900

 

13_Willow

1406 Willow Lane | Rockwall | $585,000

 

15_Livorno

1234 Livorno Drive | McLendon Chisholm | $415,000

 

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_Tate Lane

10127 Tate Lane | Frisco$1,585,000

 

2_Armstrong Drive

49 Armstrong Drive | Frisco$1,224,900

 

3_Blackhawk Drive

5221 Blackhawk Drive | Plano$1,099,000

 

4_Woods Edge

17503 Woods Edge Drive | Far North Dallas$1,049,000

 

5_Silver Leaf

9191 Silver Leaf Court | Little Elm$995,000

 

6_Hamilton Green

1351 Hamilton Green | Allen$979,000

 

7_Camden Circle

2201 Camden Circle | Southlake$924,900

 

8_Hawks Ridge

108 Hawks Ridge Trail | Colleyville$799,900

 

9_Oakcrest Road

5920 Oakcrest RoadFar North Dallas$730,000

 

10_Lorion Drive

4309 Lorion Drive | Rockwall$675,000

 

11_Pecan Point

1512 Pecan Point Drive | McKinney$665,000

 

12_Carmel Street

2980 Carmel StreetBryan Place | $599,999

 

13_Swift Avenue

8474 Swift AvenueWhite Rock Hills$395,000

 

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

3 Must-Have Home Amenities


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Some amenities that homebuyers once considered “nice-to-have” are moving into the “must-have” category. Below are three that experts say have grown in demand among home shoppers:

 

Smart Homes

More and more homes can be controlled via smart phone or tablet. Appliances and home systems can be turned on, off, or programmed via mobile devices. Some smart refrigerators have built-in apps that can create grocery shopping lists and smart ovens can be remotely controlled to start dinner or check on the status of what’s cooking.

 

Stainless-Steel Alternatives

Stainless-steel appliances have long dominated but some homebuyers are seeking alternatives. White ice and slate are increasingly growing as options to stainless-steel. Slate is being touted as an easy choice to blend in with other black, white or stainless-steel finishes. It can resist fingerprints and washes easily, too.

 

Energy Efficiency

Many homebuyers place a premium on finding a home with energy-efficient, cost-effective appliances. Energy Star-qualified appliances use 10 to 50 percent less energy than their older counterparts. Also gaining popularity are smarter appliances, including dishwashers with sensors that can determine the appropriate cycle length and water temperature and washers that can extract more water from laundry during the spin cycle so the dryer has less drying to do.