10 Superb Outdoor Spaces


As summer continues with more sunny days and warm evenings, it’s only natural to spend time outdoors. Especially when the backdrop is your own backyard paradise.

From lush landscaping and sparkling pools to incredible patios and outdoor kitchens, these stunning backyards may cause outdoor-space envy.

Beautiful covered patio and outdoor space overlooking backyard pool and landscaping at 4738 San Gabriel Drive, Preston Hollow

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

Peaceful covered patio with views of landscaped backyard, sparkling pool and greenspace at 414 Lakeway Drive, Allen

414 Lakeway Drive | Allen | $2,850,000

780 Sundance Court | Prosper | $1,329,000

6032 Richmond Avenue | Belmont | $1,100,000

1706 Woodsboro Court | Allen | $950,000

175 Pronghorn Drive | Gordonville | $899,900

7106 Covewood Drive | Garland | $849,999

1520 Aberdeen Drive | Lucas | $625,000

3702 Old Orchard Court | Carrollton | $459,900

13738 Spring Grove Avenue | North Dallas | $375,000

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

Endless Summer: 10 Luxury Lake Homes


With a few weeks left to savor the sweetness of summer, many North Texans are drawn to pools and lakes alike.

 

These amazing waterfront properties will have you wishing for one last lake trip before heading back to school. Better yet, make yourself at home and enjoy an endless summer.

 

1_Palm Drive

4370 Palm Drive | Caney City | $7,580,000

 

2_Island Drive

6 Island Drive | Mabank$2,999,000

 

3_Waterside Drive

13300 Waterside Drive | Malakoff$1,995,000

 

4_Blackfoot Trail

123 Blackfoot Trail | Lake Kiowa$1,595,000

 

5_Nautical Point

114 Nautical Point | Mabank$1,399,999

 

6_Pleasantview Road

488 Pleasantview Road | Winnsboro | $1,399,000

 

7_Hide A Way Lane

530 Hide A Way Lane E. | Hideaway$995,000

 

8_Lynn Dell Drive

2944 Lynn Dell Drive | Tool | $995,000

 

9_Jackson Circle

265 Jackson Circle | Kerens$969,000

 

10_Medina Court

1217 Medina Court | Whitney$880,000

 

To view all the extraordinary lake homes for sale in North Texas, visit Ebby.com and enter ‘lake’ in the advanced search keyword field.

Perfect Pools for Summer


Ready to make a splash? Summer officially begins Friday, and there’s no better way to refresh than by taking a dip in your own backyard.

 

Whether you’re hosting a pool party or low-key lounging, these homes feature some of the most stunning pools in North Texas.

 

1_10121 Waller

10121 Waller Drive | Preston Hollow | $6,400,000

 

2_9121 David Fort

9121 David Fort Road | Argyle$5,500,000

 

3_3405 Rambling

3405 Rambling Way | Plano$4,275,000

 

4_1820 Beam

1820 Beam Drive | Southlake$2,425,000

 

5_6808 Mulhouse

6808 Mulhouse Court | Plano$2,395,000

 

6_639 Stratford

639 Stratford Lane | Coppell | $1,798,000

 

8_488 Pleasantview

488 Pleasantview Road | Winnsboro$1,399,000

 

7_4009 Preston

4009 Preston Lakes Circle | Celina$1,125,000

 

9_4549 Hallmark

4549 Hallmark Drive | North Dallas$985,000

 

10_4833 Cypress

4833 Cypress Point | Frisco$800,000

 

11_13 Brae Loch

13 Brae Loch | Garland$799,000

 

12_7992 County

7992 County Road 2584 | Royse City$684,900

 

13_2201 Amherst

2201 Amherst Circle | McKinney$599,000

 

14_922 Fairway

922 Fairway View Drive | Mansfield$479,900

 

15_1013 Sundrop

1013 Sundrop Drive | Little Elm$439,500

 

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

Tips for Flawless Outdoor Entertaining


Candle and string lights outdoor dinner

 

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: Richardson Retreat


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This stunning, single-story home offers fantastic lighting and designer finishes throughout. Situated in Richardson’s gated Cantera community, the luxurious custom residence features spacious bedrooms, a serene master suite and an exceptional backyard. Watch the video to learn more about why we love this listing.

Need-to-Know Numbers:

5209 Limestone Court
• $1,180,000
• 4 bedrooms
• 4 baths, 1 half-bath
•4,956 square feet

Love This Listing: Colonial-Style Charmer


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Situated on a spacious lot in a sought-after West Sherman neighborhood, this historic home is the perfect blend of classic charm and modern flair. Enjoy wraparound porches, a well-appointed gourmet kitchen and an incredible backyard ideal for entertaining. Watch the video to learn more about why we love this listing.

Need-to-Know Numbers:

• 607 W. Birge Street
• $499,000
• 3 bedrooms
• 3 baths
• 3,532 square feet

Summer Sips & Bites


It can be tough to beat the Texas heat, but ice-cold beverages and tasty treats definitely help. Here are some easy and refreshing recipes perfect for relaxing on the patio or while enjoying summer by the pool.

 

Lemonade with lemon, mint and ice

Classic Lemonade

Ingredients:
*6 lemons, enough to make 1 cup of juice
*1 cup white sugar
*6 cups cold water

Directions:
1. Juice the lemons via your preferred method of juicing.
2. Stir together lemon juice, sugar and water.
3. Serve over ice.

 

Cold black tea with berries and ice

Blackberry Sweet Tea

Ingredients:
*1 pinch of baking soda
*4 cups boiling water
*4 tea bags
*2 1/2 cups cold water
*3 cups blackberries, fresh or frozen/thawed
*1 1/4 cups sugar
*1 tablespoon fresh mint, chopped

Directions:
1. Crush blackberries and sugar together in a large container.
2. Add mint and baking soda; set aside.
3. Drape tea bags over the side of a pitcher; pour boiling water into the pitcher.
4. Steep for 3 minutes; remove and discard tea bags.
5. Combine tea and blackberry mixture; rest for 1 hour.
6. Strain through a mesh sieve.
7. Add cold water and stir.
8. Refrigerate before serving.

 

Watermelon lemonade with ice and mint leaves. Homemade lemonade of ripe berry with red and green ripes. Glass of cold watermelon tea. Refreshing summer drink. Cocktail on a wooden background

Watermelon Green Tea

Ingredients:
*3 cups green tea
*8 cups watermelon, cubed
*1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
*1/2 cup seltzer
*Springs of mint, for garnish

Directions:
1. Combine green tea, watermelon and lemon juice in a blender; blend until smooth.
2. Strain through a mesh sieve.
3. Refrigerate until cool.
4. Add seltzer.

 

pita

Caprese Salad Pita Pockets

Ingredients:
*1 cup cherry or grape tomatoes, quartered
*4 ounces fresh mozzarella cheese, cubed
*1 cup coarsely chopped cucumber
*3/4 cup mixed spring salad greens
*1/4 cup fresh basil leaves
*2 tablespoons chopped green onion
*1 tablespoon red wine vinegar or cider vinegar
*1 tablespoon olive oil
*1/4 teaspoon salt
*1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
*4 large whole wheat pita bread rounds, halved crosswise
* Large soft lettuce leaves (such as butterhead, Boston or Bibb)

Directions:
1. In a medium bowl toss together tomatoes, cheese cubes, cucumber, salad greens, basil, green onion, vinegar, oil, salt and pepper.
2. Line insides of pita halves with lettuce leaves.
3. Spoon tomato mixture into pitas.

 

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No-Cook Asian Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Ingredients:
*3 green onions
*1/2 6-ounce package refrigerated cooked chicken breast strips
*1/2 of a medium green sweet pepper, seeded and cut up
*3 tablespoons rice vinegar
*1 teaspoon sesame oil or olive oil
*1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon black pepper, as desired
*1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper (optional)
*1 cup shredded cabbage
*2 tablespoons water
*2 tablespoons reduced-sodium soy sauce
*8 leaves butterhead lettuce (Boston or Bibb), about 1 small head

Directions:
1. Trim and discard root ends of green onions. Cut off and slice green tops and set aside.
2. In a food processor combine white parts of the green onions, chicken breast, sweet pepper, 1 tablespoon of vinegar, oil, black pepper and, if desired, crushed red pepper. Cover and pulse until chicken mixture is finely chopped. Transfer to a medium bowl.
3. Add cabbage and toss to combine. Divide chicken mixture into four individual microwave safe containers; chill.
4. Spoon mixture into individual lettuce leaves and wrap.

For dipping sauce, in a small bowl combine sliced green onion tops, 2 tablespoons vinegar, water and soy sauce. Divide among 4 small containers.

 

Homemade natural yogurt with strawberries and mint.

Sweet Ricotta and Strawberry Parfaits

Ingredients:
* 1 pound fresh strawberries, trimmed and halved or quartered
*1 teaspoon sugar
*1 tablespoon snipped fresh mint
* 1 15-ounce carton part-skim ricotta cheese
*3 tablespoons light agave nectar
* 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
* 1/4 teaspoon finely shredded lemon peel
* Fresh mint

Directions:
1. In a medium bowl combine strawberries, sugar and the 1 tablespoon snipped mint; gently stir to combine. Let stand about 10 minutes or until berries soften and start to release their juices.
2. In another medium bowl combine ricotta, agave nectar, vanilla and lemon peel. Beat with an electric mixer on medium speed for 2 minutes.
3. To assemble, scoop 1 tablespoon of the ricotta mixture into each of six parfait glasses. Top ricotta mixture in each glass with a large spoonful of the strawberry mixture. Repeat layers with the remaining ricotta mixture and strawberry mixture. Garnish with additional fresh mint.
4. Serve immediately or cover and chill for up to 4 hours.

Love This Listing: North Dallas Oasis


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Situated on one of the most amazingly beautiful lots in North Dallas, this prime property features a backyard with two koi ponds, a pool-spa with waterfalls, an outdoor living center with a fireplace and cooking center, a sport court, and plenty of room to play. Inside, large windows provide fabulous views and vaulted ceilings add grandeur. This property is a must-see! Watch the video to learn more about why we love this listing.

Need-to-Know Numbers:

•  5927 Warm Mist Lane
• $1,395,000
• 5 bedrooms
• 4 baths
• 5,573 square feet

Love Where You Live: Backyard


It’s day five of our Love Where You Live series countdown! Be sure to check the blog one last time tomorrow for our final heart-throbbing space.
 
Today, we’re adoring the backyard paradise at 2112 Cheyenne Park Lane in Southlake. It’s lushly landscaped and features a beautiful pool, diving board, water slide and covered loggia with a fireplace and deluxe grill. We predict some awesome backyard barbecues in your future (once it warms up, of course).
 
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