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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Lakefront Living Awaits This Summer


Warm weather is here and the time is right to take advantage of the lake lifestyle we’re privileged to enjoy in North Texas. And, it’s true that nothing brings family together like a lake home.

 

Long, relaxing weekends await at these lake properties listed with Ebby Halliday Realtors.

 

1_4370 PALM DRIVE

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

 

2_114 NAUTICAL

114 Nautical Point | Mabank | $1,439,500

 

3_8124 CASTLEBRIDGE

8124 Castlebridge | The Colony | $1,230,000

 

4_2944 LYNN DELL

2944 Lynn Dell Drive | Tool | $1,100,000

 

5_516 KIOWA

516 Kiowa Drive E. | Lake Kiowa$919,000

 

6_222 SAINT ANDREWS

222 Saint Andrews Drive | Mabank | $779,000

 

7_6103 WOODLAKE

6103 Woodlake Drive | Arlington | $775,000

 

8_6502 WARWICK

6502 Warwick Drive | Rowlett$635,000

 

9_7065 LAYMAN

7065 Layman Drive | Eustace$605,000

 

10_113 OAK CREEK

113 Oak Creek Drive | Tool$549,111

 

11_105 CAUSEWAY

105 Causeway Court | Gun Barrel City$379,900

 

12_126-MAPLES

126 Maples Trail | Mabank$365,000

 

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

Backyard Barbecue Essentials


Food on a picnic table

 

Grilling season is upon us! As summer approaches and vacations begin, so does the peak time for entertaining outside.

 

Whether you’re enjoying a casual get together with family or an extraordinary backyard soiree, here are a few must-haves for hosting an amazing barbecue.

 

1_west elm table

Portside Expandable Dining Table + Chair Set | $2,673

 

2_ws grill

Caliber Thermashell Charcoal Grill | $2,475

 

3_room and board umbrella

Pacifica Square Patio Umbrella | $2,399

 

4_RH bocce

MVP Leather Bocce Ball Set | $415

 

5_yeti cooler

Yeti Tank 85 | $249.99

 

6_frontgate lanterns

Solano Lanterns | $229 to $329

 

7_pottery barn dispenser

Bleecker Bar Drink Dispenser | $149

 

8_cb2 tiki 2

Brass Tiki Torch | $49.95

 

9_home depot grill set

Mr. Bar-B-Q 18-Piece Grilling Set | $49.66

 

10_amazon eco ware

Eco-Friendly Compostable Palm Leaf and Wood Dinnerware Set | $47.99

 

11_crate and barrel lights

Vintage Edison Bulb Outdoor String Lights | $44.95

 

12_slt garlic roaster

Cast-Iron Garlic Roaster | $24.95

Protect Your Yard From Pests


Honey bee flying away

Recent showers combined with warmer weather will create the perfect habitat for pesky summer bugs. Here are some effective ways to prevent the common bites, stings and nuisances.

 

Bees

To prevent bees from establishing a colony in or around your house, it’s important to remember these three things: food, water and shelter — bees’ keys to life.

As with any other summer bug, stagnant water must be kept to a minimum. Drain pots and repair any faulty irrigation systems. And if you have bird baths or pet bowls outside, mixing in 2 tablespoons of vinegar per gallon of water will discourage any bees from setting up shop near your house.

Plan an exterior inspection and eliminate any potential nesting sites. Cover holes, chimneys and animal burrows. Make sure windows and screens are tightly fitted and sealed. If you have any debris in your yard, such as old tires, cardboard boxes or old appliances, throw them out. Bees seek out such items for nesting sites.

Removing flowers as a source of food is not recommended. In fact, it’s very important for bees to pollinate many plants, including crops. If you have a colorful garden, not to worry. As long as you have their other two resources tamed to a minimum, you’re in tip-top shape for the summer.

 

Gnats

Although relatively harmless, these small creatures create quite the inconvenience with their constant swarming. Plus, you never know what germs they may be carrying as they travel from place to place.

If you garden, you want to make sure your fruits and veggies are staying fresh outside. If you happen to notice rotting or mold, act fast and pluck them out, then turn your soil or mulch to allow any moldy layers to dry out.

As with mosquitoes, be diligent in draining any standing water and drying out any moisture. With Texas humidity, the drying process may take a while. In this case, sprinkle a bit of sand on top of your soil, something very discouraging to gnats.

 

Mosquitoes

Unfortunately, Texas’ No. 1 culprit is here to stay. Aside from the traditional insect repellants and home remedies, it’s best to treat this problem at its source — water.

Turn over empty pottery to prevent from collecting water, drain plant saucers and fix any leaking outdoor faucets. Mosquitoes often lay their eggs in stagnant water, so the less the better.

 

Slugs

Like humans, slugs seek out shade on sunny days. And like many other bugs, they love moist areas.

To prevent slugs from damaging your plants and leaving their slimy evidence, get rid of any hiding places. Think cool, dark and moist. Try irrigating your lawn in the morning instead of the evening, allowing plenty of time for plants and soil to dry before the sun sets.

To protect plants, spray surrounding areas with soap and water. You can also create barriers around your plants, such as rocks, wire or anything rough and abrasive to slow them down.

Lastly, slugs have no bones. Therefore, they can fit in any crack or crevice they set their eyes on. Seal any cracks and cover any holes you notice throughout your house. By doing so, you not only eliminate the potential for slugs, but for other bugs as well.

 

If you’re experiencing bug problems not addressed here, contact your local nursery for expert advice.

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.