6 Must-See Open Houses This Weekend

Must-See-Open-Houses2-1If you’re looking for a home in North Texas, you’ve come to the right place! Even if you’re not, these properties are all open to visitors this weekend and may serve as the perfect inspiration for your next home search.

2810SirCastorCourt2810 Sir Castor Court | Lewisville – Castle Hills | $969,900709OrleansDrive709 Orleans Drive | Southlake – Carillon Community | $899,0002712 REDDING DRIVE2712 Redding Drive | Plano – Willow Bend | $839,9005505GleneaglesDrive5505 Gleneagles Drive | Plano | $799,000New pic14708 Ireland Lane | Frisco | $529,900210CarriageHillLane210 Carriage Hill Lane | Heath | $525,000


To see all the wonderful homes open this weekend, visit EbbyOpenHouses.com

North Texas Cities Among Best Places for Families

North Texas Cities Among Best Places to Raise Family


A new study lists several North Texas cities among the best places to raise a family in Texas. SmartAsset looked at 87 cities with a population greater than 25,000 for the study, and measured them on 12 metrics including family poverty rate, median household income, high school graduation rate and violent crime rate. Six North Texas cities took the 2-7 spots in the list. Each of these cities is served by Ebby Halliday Realtors.


SmartAsset’s Best Places to Raise a Family in Texas:

*  Leander
*  Frisco
*  Southlake
*  McKinney
*  Mansfield
*  Grapevine
*  Keller
*  Georgetown
*  Round Rock
*  Pearland



From Smart Assets:



Frisco is a great Texas city to raise a family. This city has some of the lowest crime rates in the state, ranking fourth in violent crime and ninth in property crime. Another plus for prospective families looking in the area is that Frisco is also relatively young. About 35 percent of the population is 19 or younger, meaning plenty of chances for kids to make friends. Plus, the city boasts a low unemployment rate of only 4.3 percent.


To learn more about Frisco, its many housing options, and the Frisco Office of Ebby Halliday Realtors, visit frisco.ebby.com.



Southlake is a wealthy suburb of the Dallas-Fort Worth metro area, with one of the best education systems in the state. The city graduates almost all of its students: its 99 percent graduation rate is the highest in the top 10. And many of those students achieve high marks in their AP exams. Southlake also has the lowest rate of family poverty in the study. Only 2.1 percent of families here fall under the poverty line.


To learn more about Southlake, its many housing options, and the Southlake Office of Ebby Halliday Realtors, visit southlake.ebby.com.



The quality of local schools is one of the most important factors when deciding where to raise a family. McKinney ranks high on this list because students from this city are some of the highest achieving in the state. McKinney ranked first for both percent of students who take AP exams (almost 40 percent) and percent of those students who score 3 or better on their AP exams (76.7 percent).


To learn more about McKinney, its many housing options, and the McKinney Office of Ebby Halliday Realtors, visit mckinney.ebby.com.



Mansfield is one of the most livable cities for families in our top 10. It has a very low family poverty rate of 4.4 percent and a large population of young people. Thirty-two percent of the population is under the age of 20. Mansfield is also one of the safest cities in our study. According to FBI data, Mansfield has a crime rate of 1,617 per 100,000 residents, the fifth-best score in our top 10.


To learn more about Mansfield, its many housing options, and the Mansfield Office of Ebby Halliday Realtors, visit mansfield.ebby.com.



Grapevine posts high marks for its education system. About 96 percent of Grapevine high schoolers graduate and 31.6 percent of them go on to take an AP exam. The city is also rich with employment opportunities. Only 3.6 percent of residents in Grapevine are unemployed.


To learn more about Grapevine, its many housing options, and the Grapevine Office of Ebby Halliday Realtors, visit southlake.ebby.com.



Keller offers families a fairly crime-free environment with good schools. Keller ranks second for both property crime rate per 100,000 residents and violent crime rate per 100,000 residents. This city also has a graduation rate of 94 percent.


To learn more about Keller, its many housing options, and the Keller Office of Ebby Halliday Realtors, visit southlake.ebby.com.


To see the full Smart Assets List of Best Places to Raise a Family in Texas, click here.


8 Media Rooms for the Ultimate Super Bowl Sunday

It’s almost Super Bowl Sunday, and the biggest game of the year calls for the ultimate game-day experience. Whether you’ll be watching for the awe-inspiring athletic excellence or for the over-the-top commercials, this Sunday’s game between the Patriots and the Falcons offers the ultimate excuse to include a beautiful new media room on your home-shopping wish list. Here’s just a few of the spectacular North Texas media rooms where you could soon be enjoying the next big game.

Media Rooms
1708 Cliffview Drive | Plano | $2,950,000Media Rooms
1312 Fanning Street | Southlake | $2,680,000
Media Rooms
5242 Buena Vista Drive | Frisco | $2,500,000
Media Rooms
6524 Old Gate Road | Plano | $2,495,000
Media Rooms
1000 Lexington Terrace | Southlake | $1,695,000
Media Rooms
1201 Earlston Court | Southlake | $1,679,900
Media Rooms
5666 Lakeshore Drive | Frisco | $799,900
Media Rooms
304 Vatican Hill Drive | Little Elm | $469,000

Feature We Love: Saltwater Pool

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Warm weather is here and people can’t wait to get poolside. If you had a pool of your own, you wouldn’t have to wait a few more weeks for the public ones to open.


While homes with pools are fairly common in DFW, saltwater pools are becoming increasingly popular. Why? We did a little research and here’s a little of what we found. This type of system maintains a small amount of salt in your pool’s water, which allows for easier regulation of chlorine levels. Saltwater pools are also said to have less damaging effects on swimmers’ hair and skin than standard chlorine pools.


Check out a sample of our many listings with this beautiful and beneficial feature below:

Feature We Love: Saltwater Pool

 ^1254 Biltmore Drive, Southlake

Feature We Love: Saltwater Pool

^4818 Irvin Simmons Drive, DallasFeature We Love: Saltwater Pool

^1724 Wisteria Way, WestlakeFeature We Love: Saltwater Pool

^3660 Ranchero Road, PlanoFeature We Love: Saltwater Pool

^162 Shepherds Glen Road, HeathFeature We Love: Saltwater Pool

^5426 Southwestern Blvd., DallasFeature We Love: Saltwater Pool

^6436 Sudbury Road, PlanoFeature We Love: Saltwater Pool^688 Eagle Point Drive, Mount Vernon

Fresh Listing Friday: Stunning in Southlake


Happy, happy Friday! This week’s Fresh Listing Friday is a beautiful home that’s been updated with designer touches. Located at 800 Lake Carillon Lane in Southlake, this property is all ready for a its new owner!


Here are the important details you need to know:

-1 year-old, traditional home listed for $1,350,000

-4 bedrooms, 4 baths, two half-baths, 5,412 sq. ft.

-Hardwood flooring, open floor plan, high ceilings

-2 living areas, 2 dining areas, home office, media room, game room, and playroom

-Covered patio, outdoor kitchen and fire pit


Now onto the gorgeous photos!

Fresh Listing Friday: Stunning in Southlake

^Front exterior showing brick and stone construction, lots of windows, manicured lawn and landscaping Fresh Listing Friday: Stunning in Southlake

^The home’s two-story entry opens to the formal dining room and has access to the home office. The dining room is directly accessible from the kitchenFresh Listing Friday: Stunning in Southlake

^Office featuring a bay window, a sitting area, and built-insFresh Listing Friday: Stunning in Southlake

^An aerial view of the main living space from the upstairs shows walls of windows, two-story ceilings, and the open floor planFresh Listing Friday: Stunning in Southlake

^The main living room features hardwood flooring, a wall of windows, and a fireplace. It is open to the kitchen and breakfast area and has access to the backyard Fresh Listing Friday: Stunning in Southlake

^The kitchen is done in an updated, gray and white color scheme with light granite countertops, an island with a breakfast bar, a subway tile backlash, stainless-steel appliances, and a walk-in pantry. It is open the the breakfast area and wall of windowsFresh Listing Friday: Stunning in SouthlakeFresh Listing Friday: Stunning in Southlake

^The luxurious, first-floor master suite features natural light, a sitting area, hardwood and marble flooring, dual vanities, a dual glass shower, a soaker tub, and walk-in closets. Fresh Listing Friday: Stunning in Southlake

^One of the secondary bedrooms with chic furnishings and a feature wallFresh Listing Friday: Stunning in Southlake

^Another secondary bedroom currently being used as a posh nurseryFresh Listing Friday: Stunning in Southlake

^This second-story space is perfect for a playroom, kid’s entertaining area, study space, craft room, or second home officeFresh Listing Friday: Stunning in Southlake

^Also on the second floor is a game room and entertaining space, which is connected to the media roomFresh Listing Friday: Stunning in Southlake

^The media room Fresh Listing Friday: Stunning in Southlake

^Outside there is a covered patio, open patio entertaining space, a fire pit, and a built-in grill


Pretty special, right? If you’re in love with the pictures, you’ll really fall for it when you go see it in person during the open house this weekend! Pop by on Sunday, Apr. 19 between 2 and 4pm.


To see all the homes that were new to the DFW housing market this week, click here.

Family-Friendly Fun in DFW

Family-Friendly Fun in DFW

Want to get out this spring but can’t find anything fun that’s family-friendly? We’ve scoured our resources to create a list of activities that are exciting for every age, no matter where you live in DFW.


Don’t let the season pass you by without taking advantage of these area attractions!


Aquariums and Zoos:

Children’s Aquarium at Fair Park, Dallas

The Dallas Zoo, Dallas

Fort Worth Zoo, Fort Worth

Frank Buck Zoo, Gainsville

Sealife Aquarium, Grapevine



Alley Cats, Arlington

Cowtown Bowling Palace, Fort Worth

Bowl & Barrel, Dallas

Plano Super Bowl, Plano


Mini Golf:

Put-Put Fun Centers, Fort Worth and Arlington

TopGolf, Allen, Dallas, and The Colony


Museums and Libraries:

Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Fort Worth

Dallas Contemporary Art Museum, Dallas

Dallas Fire Fighters Museum, Dallas

Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, Fort Worth

George Bush Library, Dallas

Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth

Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Fort Worth

National Scouting Museum, Irving

Perot Museum, Dallas



Dallas Arboretum, Dallas

Coyote Drive-In, Fort Worth

Galaxy Drive-In, Ennis

Klyde Warren Park, Dallas

Reunion Tower, Dallas

Sundance Square, Fort Worth

Texas Discovery Gardens, Dallas


Theme and Water Attractions:

Bahama Beach Water Park, Dallas

Celebration Station, Mesquite

Dinosaur World, Glen Rose

Fossil Rim Wildlife Center, Glen Rose

Galveston Island, Galveston

Hawaiian Fallas Water Park, Garland, Mansfield, The Colony

Hydrous Wake Park, Allen

Jump For Fun, Southlake and Flower Mound

Legoland, Grapevine

North Texas Jellystone Park, Keene

NRH2O Family Water Park, North Richland Hills

Sci-Tech Discovery Center, Frisco

Stockyards Station, Fort Worth

Water Works Park, Denton


Photo via Dallas Zoo Facebook

Feature We Love: March Madness Edition

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March Madness is upon us. Friends and coworkers are buzzing about stats, brackets, and everything NCAA basketball in anticipation of the beginning of the annual tournament. Amid all the hype, we thought it only appropriate that we put our special spin on things. So, we went hunting on our site for our Sweet 16.


This list, in no particular order, contains various spaces, from sport courts to media rooms, that are all ready to pump you up for March Madness!

Feature We Love: March Madness Edition^1029 Abbey Lane, McLendon Chisholm

Feature We Love: March Madness Edition^2304 Lafayette Drive, Heath

Feature We Love: March Madness Edition^4818 Irvin Simmons Drive, Dallas

Feature We Love: March Madness Edition^10427 Lennox Lane, Dallas

Feature We Love: March Madness Edition^7470 Bent Trail, Mansfield

Feature We Love: March Madness Edition^1724 Wisteria Way, Westlake

Feature We Love: March Madness Edition^4708 Crooked Lane, Dallas

Feature We Love: March Madness Edition^818 Bluff Ridge Drive, Cedar Hill

Feature We Love: March Madness Edition^2701 Montford Court, Southlake

Feature We Love: March Madness Edition^6162 Shepherds Glen Road, Heath

Feature We Love: March Madness Edition^5501 Mahogany Run Court, Plano

Feature We Love: March Madness Edition

^1029 Abbey Lane, McLendon Chisholm

Feature We Love: March Madness Edition^10427 Lennox Lane, Dallas

Feature We Love: March Madness Edition^3 Sheffield Court, Heath

Feature We Love: March Madness Edition^4708 Crooked Lane, Dallas

Feature We Love: March Madness Edition^6316 Caroline Drive, Frisco

This Week in Food & Beverage News

This Week in Food & Beverage News

We have some huge announcements for the future of restaurants in 2015, but while you wait, check out a few awesome food and drink-centric events going on this week.


Tuesday, Jan. 6:

Kitchen LTO: Chef Blythe Beck is back by popular demand. After major backing from social media fans, the chef will remain at her executive position at Kitchen LTO for another four months. Stop by and see what all the hype is about today when she debuts new lunch and dinner menus including mini beer-battered corn dogs, champagne brie bisque, garlic shrimp with jalapeño bacon cheddar grits, chicken fried quail and waffles and more.


Rahr & Son’s Pint Night: The Gingerman Fort Worth and Southlake will host pint nights on Tuesday and Wednesday, respectively. Both will feature Rahr’s Bourbon Barrel Aged Winter Warmer and you’ll get a limited edition BBAWW tulip glass.


Wednesday, Jan. 7:

Lakewood Brewing Tapping at Bottle Shop: The brewery’s newest additions, the 2014 Bourbon Barrel Temptress and Sin Mint, both imperial milk stouts, will be on tap at Greenville Ave’s WBC Bottle Shop. Join in the celebration and get a free glass.


Thursday, Jan. 8:

Henderson Avenue Country Club Grand Opening: At the beginning of December, we reported that this honky-tonk joint would open in January and now the time is upon us. Celebrate with brisket, catfish, smoked quail, habanero cheddar grits and more, plus craft cocktails, beer, and music by Texas artists.


Saturday, Jan. 10:

3rd-Annual Chocolate Momentum Tour: Does it get better than eating chocolate for a good cause? Taste treats from Kate Weiser Chocolate, Village Baking Company, Isabelly’s Sweet Treats and others during this event brought to you by Dallas Bites Food Tours. You get all of this, including transportation, a tour guide, and food and beverage samples for just $39. A portion of each ticket benefits Cafe Momentum and its dedication to at-risk youth.


Sunday, Jan. 11:

Taste of the Championship: Local top chefs are getting in on the celebration of the first College Football National Championship, which comes to North Texas January 12. 18 chefs and 10 former NFL and college legends, including Tim Brown, Larry Brown, Tony Dorsett, Randy White and more, will be at the Irving Convention Center. Proceeds benefit the College Football Playoff Foundation and North Texas Food Bank.



East Hampton Sandwich Co.: Owner and Dallas-native, Hunter Pond made the Forbes 2015 30 Under 30 List in Food & Wine.


Ida Claire: The restaurant group Fork It Over- think Velvet Taco, Whiskey Cake and Mexican Sugar- are planning to open a “Southern gastropub” in Addison early next summer. Expect twists on southern classics, beautiful cocktails, and Southern hospitality with a rebellious side.


Grip Mediterranean Grill & Ali Baba: The Preston Center Mediterranean restaurant has closed its doors. This coincided with the closing of its sibling restaurant Ali Baba in Lakewood.


Patina Green Home and Market: The McKinney gourmet sandwich shop will begin dinner service in April after it undergoes a remodel. Dinner menu items will rotate on a weekly basis.


Remedy: Greenville Ave’s newest restaurant opened last Friday, Jan. 2nd. We’ve been waiting for this one for a while and we’ve heard great things! Head over for a fish sandwich, homemade pimento cheese and buttermilk biscuits, hushpuppies, “The Bob Sundae” with dark chocolate ice cream, caramel, potato chips and salt, and more.


Smoke Plano: The guys behind the popular barbecue spot in Oak Cliff plan to open a second location in West Plano by the end of 2015.


Snap Kitchen Addison: Yesterday, Jan. 5, Addison became Snap’s fifth Dallas location. Snap Kitchen is dedicated to healthy grab-and-go options and also offers healthy pre-packaged meals.


Snuffer’s Addison: The iconic burger and cheese-fry restaurant hopes to open doors at an Addison location in spring 2015.


Spoon: John Tesar will close the restaurant and move it to a new location to open in January 2016. After experiencing extraordinary success recently, Tesar plans to form his own company and open Spoon in a hotel setting. He’s also planning to open an Italian restaurant named Fork in spring 2015.


Taqueria La Ventana: The owner of Mesa Maya and El Fenix is planning a “casual taco” concept to open by late spring 2015.


Image via Henderson Avenue Country Club Facebook page

What $500k Gets You in DFW

We’re always curious about what you can get for the money in different areas around D-FW. So, today we’re exploring five homes that can all be yours for less than $500,000.


Take a look at these beautiful listings in Denison, McKinney, Arlington, Richardson, and Southlake.

What $500k Gets You in DFW



What $500k Gets You in DFW



What $500k Gets You in DFW



What $500k Gets You in DFW



What $500k Gets You in DFW


Photos via Ebby.com & Shoot2Sell

Feature We Love: Vaulted Ceiling

This edition of Feature We Love is all about ambiance and drama, because that is exactly what a vaulted ceiling adds to a room. Vaulted ceilings amplify visual space and bring a sense of style that regular ceilings simply cannot. They come in different varieties and they can be found just about anywhere in a home.


These 5 spaces, in houses that are on the market around DFW, that are all made more wonderful by a vaulted ceiling.

Feature We Love: Vaulted Ceiling^2900 Corkwood Circle, Flower Mound

Feature We Love: Vaulted Ceiling^14901 Lake Forest Drive, Addison

Feature We Love: Vaulted Ceiling^4406 Woodfin Drive, Dallas

Feature We Love: Vaulted Ceiling^7004 Peters Path, Colleyville

Feature We Love: Vaulted Ceiling^1410 Pecos Drive, Southlake