Beautiful Backyards for Summer Soirées


Planning your next barbecue? There’s no better backdrop than your own gorgeous backyard.

 

From lush landscaping and sparkling pools to incredible patios and outdoor kitchens, these stunning backyards will have you ready to host weekly summer fêtes.

 

1_5540 N 40

5540 N. 40 PlaceFar North Dallas$6,999,000

 

2_10121 Waller

10121 Waller DrivePreston Hollow$5,950,000

 

3_6326 Carrington

6326 Carrington DriveFar North Dallas$2,249,000

 

4_696 Garden

696 Garden CourtSouthlake$1,624,900

 

5_11340 Strait

11340 Strait LaneNorth Dallas$1,599,999

 

6_1739 Bison

1739 Bison Meadow LaneHeath$1,590,000

 

7_7020 Eudora

7020 Eudora DriveNorth Dallas$1,575,000

 

8_11219 Shelterwood

11219 Shelterwood LaneNorth Dallas | $1,280,000

 

9_5710 Bent

5710 Bent TrailFar North Dallas$1,090,000 

 

10_7704 Masters

7704 Masters CourtMcKinney$929,900

 

11_1005 Navarro

1005 Navarro DriveAllen$783,000

 

18_611 Colt

611 Colt Trail | Lucas$775,000

 

12_501 Saint Gabriel

501 Saint Gabriel WayMcKinney | $750,000

 

13_5914 Flintshire

5914 Flintshire LaneFar North Dallas | $749,000

 

14_230 Twin

230 Twin Lakes CourtDouble Oak$677,000

 

15_205 E Chapel

205 E. Chapel Downs DriveSouthlake$649,000

 

16_7128 Underwood

7128 Underwood Drive | Plano$644,900

 

17_2983 Bainbridge

2983 Bainbridge Lane | Frisco$575,000

 

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

Tips for Flawless Outdoor Entertaining


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Summer will be here before we know it, which means longer nights and warmer weather. What better way to spend a summer day with family and friends than at an outdoor gathering? If you’re hoping to host a backyard soirée, here are some tips that will help things run smoothly.

 

Prepare your yard

Tidy up your yard before hosting guests. Mow the grass and pick up any tools, hoses or toys.

 

Choose the right seating

Patio furniture with thick, comfy cushions are the best option for homeowners who frequent their outdoor space. When hosting a gathering, make sure you have enough seating. Benches and tree stumps are a casual, rustic way to add seating to your outdoor space. Make sure all the seating is clean of debris before your guests arrive.

 

Keep guests comfortable

Guests will be more inclined to stay for the duration of the party if they are comfortable. Have ample shade coverage and consider running a fan near the dining area to keep guests cool. You may also want to set out a basket with warm-weather essentials for guests to grab — think sunscreen, insect repellent, handheld fans and iced spray bottles.

 

Plan a simple menu

Opt for recipes that can be prepared in advance and will withstand crowds and heat. Fresh grilled vegetables, pasta salads and guacamole are all popular (and colorful!) choices.

 

Add lighting

Outdoor globe lights, lanterns and LED candles are all great options for setting a relaxed summer atmosphere. Setting out candles with an open flame is a bit riskier — instead, use hurricane lanterns or jars to shield the flames.

 

Play relaxed tunes

Set the right tone with a playlist that is easy and laid-back. You don’t want to overpower any conversations among guests. Create a long enough playlist to avoid repeating songs too many times while guests are there.

 

Display fresh cuts

Use flowers and foliage from your own yard as centerpieces. Arrange your fresh cuts in jars or buckets and set them out to brighten up your display.

 

Offer activities

Providing lawn games like cornhole or croquet will keep your guests occupied and happy. Use butcher paper as a tablecloth and set out crayons for creative people of all ages.

 

Keep pests away

Be sure to protect food with mesh food coverings and light citronella candles to keep bugs away. Eliminate any standing water in gutters or the bottom of flowerpots to keep mosquitoes from breeding there. Offer guests bug wipes and insect repellent.

 

Create a beverage station

Make sure your guests are hydrated by preparing a beverage bar or cart stocked with the essentials. Include straws and plenty of ice.

 

Opt for melamine

Melamine is an affordable and durable option for outdoor dinnerware. Using the break-resistant plastic will help you reduce waste and also keep the area clear of lingering paper cups and plates.

 

Visit ebby.com to view all of the extraordinary outdoor patios on the market that are begging to have you as a host.

Love This Listing: Stunning Starwood Home


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Situated in the gated and perfectly located Starwood community, this Frisco home will not disappoint. From the remodeled kitchen to the custom master closet, the extensively updated residence features luxurious finishes, such as the iron front door, LED lighting throughout, security camera system and a wine grotto, perfect for your fine collection. You’ll enjoy relaxing in the resort-like backyard, complete with a sparkling pool and spa, fire pit, outdoor kitchen and a covered patio with electronic screen. Watch the video to learn more about why we love this listing.

Need-to-Know Numbers:

6017 Haley Way
• $1,100,000
• 4 bedrooms
• 4 baths, 1 half-bath
• 5,330 square feet

Room Re-do: Colorful Outdoor Oasis


 

An outdoor room is the perfect place to spend summers grilling out with friends or having your morning coffee. If we could have an outdoor room we imagine it might look something like the space at 6967 Seabreeze Drive in Grand Prairie. It’s colorful, well designed, and looks like the perfect place to lay back and day dream. If you’re a fan too, check out the links below to recreate this look at your home.

Room Re-do: Colorful Outdoor Oasis1. Chair  2. Lanterns  3. Multicolor pillow  4. Striped pillow  5. Ottoman  6. Side Table  7. Planter  8. Yellow Pillow  9. Coffee Table  10. Rug  11. Sofa

 

Hottest Outdoor Design Trends 2014


The American Society of Landscape Architects recently surveyed landscape architects who specialize in residential design across the U.S. to predict the most popular trends for outdoor design in 2014. Here’s the breakdown:

 

94.2% believed gardens and landscaped spaces were somewhat or very popular, 92% believed outdoor living spaces– i.e. outdoor kitchens and entertaining areas- were somewhat or very popular, and, finally, spaces for outdoor recreation were seen as popular by 75.8%.

 

Across all categories, lighting was thought to be somewhat or very in-demand by 98.3% of respondents. In second place were seating/dining areas, at 97.7%. Fire pits/fireplaces came in third with 95.4% of the votes, and grills took fourth overall with 94.3%.

 

“Homeowners know that designed landscapes add value to their lives as well as their property values,” said ASLA Executive Vice President and CEO Nancy Somerville, Hon. ASLA. “They’re interested in livable, open spaces that are both stylish and earth friendly.”

 

Terraces, patios, and decks were also high on people’s lists, voted popular by 97.7% of respondents.

 

Lucky for you,we’ve got homes that fit the criteria of all of these trends! To search them, click here and choose the fabulous exterior features you’d like to have outside your home.

 

To see all the results of this survey, click here.

 

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