D.FW Weekend Plans?

Try BalloonaPalooza  in Grand Prairie this weekend! It starts today and runs through Sunday at the Lone Star Park. It opens each day at 4:00 p.m. There will be food, arts, crafts, inflatables, ascension balloon rides, music and of course the balloon glow show! The night glow show will begin at approximately 8:30 p.m. each day. The website calls it a “fantastic show captivating the crowd from beginning to end, creating a unique experience featuring a balloon glow that has been described as ‘simply amazing’ and promising fun for all ages.”

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I love trying all the different events and festivals around the D/FW area. There are always so many to choose from. Have an event you are attending this weekend? Let me hear about it!

One of my motto’s is “Work Hard. Play Hard.” I do enjoy having fun around D/FW but what I enjoy more is my Real Estate business. If you know of anyone wanting to buy or sell a home, please share my contact information with them. I would be more than happy to help!  214.769.2142

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Cynthia Lopez
cynthialopez@ebby.com
214.769.2142

My Top Weekend Picks

I have narrowed down D Magazine’s Weekend Events to some of my favorites:

Mortified – Dallas Comedy House – August 19th @ 7:00 p.m.
This comedy show will ask audience members to recall embarrassing memories…especially from your teen years. Makes for a funny and awkward evening!

One Man Two Guvnors – Water Tower Theatre – August 19th & August 20th @ 7:30 p.m.
British comedy about a man trying to please two bosses without either of them knowing about the other. Richard Bean’s play is making its regional premiere!

The Dallas Museum of Art – August 19th @ 6 p.m.
The DMA will open late and host a special activity for the art-loving night owls! Each month is inspired by an exhibit or a special guest.

The Summerland Tour: Sugar Ray, Everclear, Lit, Sponge – Billy Bob’s Texas – August 19th @ 6 p.m.
Love 90’s music? You will love this then!

Eye of the Collector – Perot Museum of Nature and Science – August 19th – September 5th @ 10 a.m.
Collections of things you may not have thought of! Some examples are PEZ dispensers, ancient artifacts and much more!

Dierks Bentley – Gexas Energy Pavilion – August 20th @ 7 p.m.
If you love Country music you will love Dierks Bentley!

The Novelist – Theatre Three – August 20th @ 8:00 p.m., August 21st @ 2:30 p.m.
Drama and comedy fill this show about a family of artists and one has a massive writer’s block.

Maybe I will see you at one of these events! As always, never hesitate to contact me if you need assistance with ANY of your real estate needs! – Cynthia Lopez

 

Historic Dallas High School

These Ghost of Dallas pictures from D Magazine just amaze me. My favorite is the picture of the students in front of Dallas High School. They sure did dress differently! This picture was taken in 1909, more than 100 years ago. The historic school was bought a year ago and underwent some renovations. The plan for it is to become an office building.  The Dallas Landmark Commission and the National Park Service are ensuring the building keeps its historic structure like the ornate molding of books and columns as well as the brick façade on the front of the building.

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I wonder how progress is going? Have you driven past lately? It’s a beautiful building with lots of history. More updates on this in the future!

DIY – Window Picture Frame

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I love the vintage decor that is so popular right now! Have you ever tried to make some of it yourself? I ran across this picture online and I fell in love. I decided that I can make this! After some online searching this is what I found I need to do:

  1. First, go garage sale or flea market shopping and find an old window. The more scraped up the better! If it isn’t distressed enough, use sandpaper or a hammer to knick it up. Clean it and touch up the paint (if necessary). Let dry.
  2. Find an image you would like in your frame. I love this old map…or just print one of your favorite pictures. You could even do a different picture in each spot.
  3. Turn the window over and place your picture/map on the back and trim then tape it down.
  4. Last, add a sawtooth hanger on the back and then it is ready to be nailed.

I can’t wait to try this myself. Will you try it too? Send me pictures of your final product! If you have any other fun and easy DIY projects or if you want to talk real estate, feel free to call me at 214.769.2142 or you can email me at cynthialopez@ebby.com.

 

Food and Wine Festival/DFW Restaurant Week

Buy your tickets now for DFW Restaurant Week Food and Wine Festival for August 12th and/or 13! Each night the festival is from 5 pm to 10 pm at the Main Street Garden in Downtown Dallas (1902 Main Street, Dallas, TX 75201). One can enjoy a variety of food, domestic and international wine, cocktails and more. There will also be live entertainment on the main stage.

This event kicks off the DFW Restaurant Week which supports the North Texas Food Bank and Lena Pope…two organizations that help local children and families in need. 20% of each meal purchased will go towards these charities.

During DFW Restaurant Week you can expect more than 125 restaurants to offer a 3-course fixed dinner every night from August 15 to 21. Some may even extend until September 4! Prices are either $35 or $45. Some restaurants will also offer lunch for $20. For a list of all the participating restaurants just click here.

I hope you attend and enjoy some wonderful food and wine. As always, contact me if I can assist you with any of your DFW Real Estate needs! My cell is 214.769.2142.

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The Pooch Patio

I just read about a place I have to try! It is called The Pooch Patio located in Uptown Dallas at 3811 Fairmont Street. It caters to humans and canines…what an idea! It offers a beer & wine bar, day care, grooming, boarding, a self-serve dog wash, dog parties and a bark boutique! How fun! So while your pooch is relaxing or getting groomed, you can enjoy some beer or wine on their lovely and shaded patio. Or you can just go and meet other dogs and owners to mingle.

Another reason I love Dallas.FW…we have such unique and exciting things to do and places to visit! If you would like to learn more about what the great D/FW Metro has to offer, just call me at 214.769.2142.

Best BBQ in Dallas?

I know there are many fantastic BBQ joints in Dallas, but one of my favorites is Cattleack Barbecue. Dallas Observer named it the “Best Barbecue Restaurant of 2015.” This month they closed their doors for two weeks so they could expand and remodel. They kept their picnic tables and “backyard barbecue” theme yet expanded into the space next door…now fitting up to 3x the people!

They are located in an industrial park near Midway and Alpha Road in North Dallas. They are only open on Thursday and Fridays, but the owners are considering adding a Saturday once a month.

Some of their traditional items are pulled pork, turkey and beef ribs but then each week there is a special item on the menu. That could be anything from burnt ends to the brisket Que-T Pies. Also, cold beer on the house is available for the asking.

So basically if you don’t have lunch or dinner plans today, check it out! Maybe I will see you there!  If you want to know more about our great D.FW Metro, just call!  Let’s Chat – 214.769.2142

Fourth of July Fun in the D.FW Metro

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There are many things you can do in the D/FW area to celebrate the Fourth of July. EbbyBlog has compiled a list of some of the best activities in the area. Which one will you attend?

Sunday, July 3
Addison
Kaboom Town
Arlington
Light Up Arlington
Coppell
Spirit of Coppell Celebration and Fireworks
Dallas
Red White & Boom on the Bridge
Farmers Branch
Independence Day Celebration
Fort Worth
Concerts in the Garden: Old-Fashioned Family Fireworks Picnic (July 2, 3 and 4)
Frisco
Frisco Dachshund Dash and Firecracker Glow Run
Granbury
Old-Fashioned Fourth of July Celebration
Grand Prairie
Lone Stars & Striped Celebration
Lake Texoma
Fireworks at Chickasaw Point/West of Hwy 70
Various Lake Texoma events
Mansfield
Mansfield’s Rockin’ 4th of July
Princeton
City of Princeton July Spectacular

Monday, July 4
Castle Hills
Fourth of July Freedom Festival
Dallas
Fair Park Fourth
Lake Highlands Fourth of July Parade & Carnival
Lakewood Fourth of July Parade
Denison
July 4 Fireworks Extravaganza
Fort Worth
Fort Worth’s Fourth
Frisco
Freedom Fest
Garland
Star-Spangled Spectacular
Grapevine
34th Annual July 4th Fireworks Extravaganza
Irving
Independence Day Celebration
McKinney
Red, White and Boom
Park Cities
Fourth of July Parade
Plano
All-American Fourth
Plano Lions Independence Day Parade
Richardson
Family Fourth Celebrations
Rockwall
Fourth of July Parade

Send us any pictures of you and your family enjoying your Fourth and we can repost on our blog! Stay safe but have fun. As always, we are never too busy to assist you with any of your Real Estate needs!

-Cynthia & Diego Lopez

Cooking Class?

Have you ever visited the Dallas Farmers Market? It is a market for real farmers to sell their local produce and it has such unique character and spirit. They believe in educating the North Texas community on how to live a natural and balanced life.

They are offering cooking classes to the community this summer…this is your chance to learn from the Chefs! Classes are $25 in advance/$30 at the door or you can buy the whole series for $110. This will be their 22nd year and counting.

Following is a list of the class dates & a description:
July 16: Chef Dan Landsberg (Dragonfly Restaurant) Texas Summer from Peas to Peaches
July 23: Chef Tracy Miller (Local Restaurant) Savory and Sweet Summer Peaches
July 30: Chef Stan Rodrigues (Whiskey Cake), Wine Country Cuisine using Texas Ingredients
August 6: Chef Robert Clifford (Nick & Sam’s Steak House) Classic American Steakhouse Fare
August 13: Chef Gerard Thompson (Rough Creek Lodge & Resort) Cooking with Texas Seasonal Fruits and Vegetables

For more information click here or call us to find out more about our great Metro!  It’s easy…Let’s Chat  214-769-2142.

If you prefer not to do a class, just check out the Market everyday from 10:00 am to 6 pm and The Shed Fridays 10 am to 5 pm, Saturdays 8 am to 5 pm and Sundays 10 am to 5 pm.  Both located at 920 S. Harwood in Dallas.

Happy Cooking!

Cynthia Lopez | LOPEZ Group

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Love Concerts?

If you love concerts, then you have many to see this weekend!  Starting tonight you can see the Turtle Creek Chorale: Heartstrings at the Dallas City Performance Hall.  This men’s chorus pays tribute to love songs.  You’ll hear a selection of heartbreakers, sonnets, and proposals from from throughout the centuries.  Beethoven and Lady Gaga, specifically, are name-checked.  Repeat performance on Saturday.  If you don’t want love songs, what about Boston at the Verizon Theatre?  Though Boston does not have their original vocalist, Brad Delp, the founding member Tom Scholz is worth the price of admission.

Tomorrow night I Love the ‘90’s Tour will be playing at the Verizon Theatre.  Salt N Pepa, Kid N Play, Coolio, Rob Base, and Young MC will be on hand to take you right back to the Clinton years—or, if we’re splitting hairs and looking at the release dates for “It Takes Two” and “Push It,” all the way back to the late ‘80s.  Now this one will be fun!  If 90’s isn’t your thing, what about trying Untapped Fort Worth?  This indie rock heavyweight Built to Spill headlines, which should be a good fit for the flannel-wearing, craft beer-swilling denizens of North Texas.  At this concert, more than 300 beers from 70-plus breweries will be available.

And last, on Sunday, Buckethead will be at the House of Blues.  Wearing a decorative bucket and being really good at guitar are OK, as far as gimmicks go.  But I mean…entertainment is entertainment!

Want to know more about the great happenings around our D.FW?  Let’s Chat…214.769.2142.

Have a wonderful weekend everyone!

-Cynthia & Diego Lopez

Taste of Dallas Starts Tonight!

Three days of Food, Art, Music & More!

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“For the tens of thousands of people set to visit Taste of Dallas this year, there is something for everyone across 13 different areas inside the event. Restaurants from across the region offer up tastes of their best dishes. Artists will show off their inspired works. Street artists will create masterpieces right before your eyes. Kids will enjoy plenty to keep them busy and engaged in a 12,000 sq ft indoor FREE kids zone. Music and entertainment will pour out from multiple stages, filling the event with fun and festivity. This is a 30th anniversary party you won’t want to miss!”

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So if you are looking for some weekend plans, head to Taste of Dallas in Fair Park. The hours are Friday 5:00pm to 11:00pm, Saturday 11:00am to 11:00pm and Sunday: 11:00am to 8:00pm. I know I am excited to try all the local and international food and to see the chalk artists!

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I hope to see you there!

JUST LISTED **ESTATE SALE** 1821 Santa Anna Dr, Garland

1821 Santa Anna Drive
Garland, TX 75042

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In the subdivision of Golden Meadows there is a lovingly maintained home with may updates and upgrades. This home is located in an ideal location across from the Alamo Park. Large and mature trees are in the front yard as well as great curb appeal. Not all of the upgrades were completed but what has been done is listed below:

–  Interior Painted through-out most of home

–  Laminate Wood flooring through most of home | 2006 & 2012 (master bedroom)

–  Independent Home Walk-In tub with Jetting features

–  Kitchen: Dishwasher replaced, Garbage Disposal replaced, Stove replaced
–  Foundation | 2006

–  Termite Treatment and maintenance | 2012

–  Some Windows replaced with Vinyl windows

–  Roof replaced | 2012

–  Backyard Fence – High Board or Board Privacy | 2013

–  Water Heater replaced – 2009

–  Trane Heat Pump HVAC replaced | 2013

Contact me if you would like a private showing and to learn more about this property. I am never too busy to answer any questions! 214.769.2142

OPEN HOUSE Tomorrow from 1-3pm – 4bed 3.5bath | Gated Community in Richardson 75082 – Plano ISD

OPEN HOUSE this Sunday from 1-3pm

We look forward to seeing you tomorrow.  

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Welcome home to 3410 Sweetwater Drive. Privately located in the gated community of Bridgewater Crossing in Richardson, TX.
From the moment that you walk through the front door, you are greeted by the meticulously designed residence; the homeowners sparing no expense in their finishing luxury touches and floorplan customization.
Built by America’s Luxury Home Builder – Toll Brothers; this 4 bedroom 3.5 bath home is now ready for you to call HOME. Nestled in one of the most sought after suburbs in the Dallas Metro | Richardson, TX.
Warm hardwood floors can be found throughout most of this home. An inviting Formal Dining room with soaring ceilings in the perfect place to enjoy those special meals. A gas/wood burning fireplace can be found in the Family Room is the perfect spot to curl up with a great book or catch up with good friends.
This open and flowing floorplan invites you into the family gathering area and the real heart of the home – the Chefs’ Kitchen…here you will find only the finest of quartz countertops, matchstick tile/stone backsplash, sliding drawer for the waste receptacle, 5 burner gas stove-top, cabinetry extended to ceiling and a large walk-in pantry with added storage.
The first floor is where you will find the Master Bedroom Suite and Spa-Bath with large walk-in closet. The Master suite with sitting area has a private entrance onto one of the 2 outdoor patios. As you enter the spa-bath, be sure to look inside the custom cabinetry – electrical outlets are thoughtfully hidden inside the main cabinet; allowing for a clutter free countertop. Take a soak in the relaxing tub or enjoy the large step-down glassed-in shower with convenient seat.
The second level landing brings you to a Bonus area that can be used for your Media, Library or Office. Bedrooms 2, 3 and 4 are found on the level along with 2 full baths. The 4th Bedroom is complete with its own private full bath – perfect for visiting guests, family or that teenager!
Your garage has been extended with towering ceilings perfect for added top storage.
Features Found in this Toll Brothers home:

– Advance Monitored Security System with installed cameras                                                                                                                                                                                                                       – Smart Home Technology
– Plantation Shutters throughout home
– Solid Core Doors
– Designer Crown Molding – Wide

– Custom Kitchen Cabinetry extended to ceiling

-Extended storage added to Walk in Pantry

– Glassed-In Showers and Doors in all Baths
– 2 separate backyard patio sitting areas
– Large Stone Pavers in Backyard
– 10,000+ in added Landscaping
– Extended Garage for added storage
– Surround-sound Speakers – 2nd level Bonus Room area
– Garage Key Pad
– Recessed Ceiling Lighting
– Toll Brothers Builders Warranty in place

 

OPEN HOUSE this SUNDAY from 1-3pm | Gated Community of Bridgewater Crossing, Richardson 75082 – 4 Bed 3.1 Bath

OPEN HOUSE this Sunday from 1-3pm

We look forward to seeing you tomorrow.

Welcome home to 3410 Sweetwater Drive. Privately located in the gated community of Bridgewater Crossing in Richardson, TX.
From the moment that you walk through the front door, you are greeted by the meticulously designed residence; the homeowners sparing no expense in their finishing luxury touches and floorplan customization.
Built by America’s Luxury Home Builder – Toll Brothers; this 4 bedroom 3.5 bath home is now ready for you to call HOME. Nestled in one of the most sought after suburbs in the Dallas Metro | Richardson, TX.
Warm hardwood floors can be found throughout most of this home. An inviting Formal Dining room with soaring ceilings in the perfect place to enjoy those special meals. A gas/wood burning fireplace can be found in the Family Room is the perfect spot to curl up with a great book or catch up with good friends.
This open and flowing floorplan invites you into the family gathering area and the real heart of the home – the Chefs’ Kitchen…here you will find only the finest of quartz countertops, matchstick tile/stone backsplash, sliding drawer for the waste receptacle, 5 burner gas stove-top, cabinetry extended to ceiling and a large walk-in pantry with added storage.
The first floor is where you will find the Master Bedroom Suite and Spa-Bath with large walk-in closet. The Master suite with sitting area has a private entrance onto one of the 2 outdoor patios. As you enter the spa-bath, be sure to look inside the custom cabinetry – electrical outlets are thoughtfully hidden inside the main cabinet; allowing for a clutter free countertop. Take a soak in the relaxing tub or enjoy the large step-down glassed-in shower with convenient seat.
The second level landing brings you to a Bonus area that can be used for your Media, Library or Office. Bedrooms 2, 3 and 4 are found on the level along with 2 full baths. The 4th Bedroom is complete with its own private full bath – perfect for visiting guests, family or that teenager!
Your garage has been extended with towering ceilings perfect for added top storage.
Features Found in this Toll Brothers home:
– Advance Monitored Security System with installed cameras
– Plantation Shutters throughout home
– Solid Core Doors
– Designer Crown Molding – Wide
– Glassed-In Showers and Doors in all Baths
– 2 separate backyard patio sitting areas
– Large Stone Pavers in Backyard
– 10,000+ in added Landscaping
– Extended Garage for added storage
– Surround-sound Speakers – 2nd level Bonus Room area
– Garage Key Pad
– Recessed Ceiling Lighting
– Toll Brothers Builders Warranty in place

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LOOK! New Listing Coming Soon in Anna, TX! Live•Play•Grow•D.FW

Immaculate 3/2/2 with study in Anna, TX. David Weekly builder. Warm engineered hardwoods, 42 in. cabinets, granite countertops and island, vaulted ceilings, decorator crown moldings, arched doorways, built-in work area, great backyard! This one has it all. To schedule a private showing please call me at 214.769.2142.

-Cynthia Lopez

Live•Play•Grow•D.FW | LOOK! JUST LISTED! Richardson – 4bedroom/3.5bath | Plano ISD

I have a new listing in Richardson’s gated community of Bridgewater Crossing! 3410 Sweetwater Drive. It is a meticulous 4 bedroom, 3.5 bath home with soaring ceilings and an open floorplan. From the hardwood floors to the large master bathroom to the two outdoor patios, you will fall in love!

Contact me for a private showing. 214.769.2142.

Live•Play•Grow•D.FW | LOOK! COMING SOON – Bridgewater Crossing, Richardson 4bed | 3.5bath

Call me today for a private preview of this gorgeous home – 214.769.2142.  Privately located in the gated community of Bridgewater Crossing in Richardson, TX.

From the moment that you walk through the front door, you are greeted by the meticulously designed residence; the homeowners sparing no expense in their finishing luxury touches and floorplan customization.

Built by America’s Luxury Home Builder – Toll Brothers; this 4 bedroom 3.5 bath home is now ready for you to call HOME.  Nestled in one of the most sought after suburbs in the Dallas Metro | Richardson, TX.

Warm hardwood floors can be found throughout most of this home.  An inviting Formal Dining room with soaring ceilings in the perfect place to enjoy those special meals. A gas/wood burning fireplace can be found in the Family Room is the perfect spot to curl up with a great book or catch up with good friends.

This open and flowing floorplan invites you into the family gathering area and the real heart of the home – the Chefs’ Kitchen…here you will find only the finest of quartz countertops, matchstick tile/stone backsplash, sliding drawer for the waste receptacle, 5 burner gas stove-top, cabinetry extended to ceiling and a large walk-in pantry with added storage.

The first floor is where you will find the Master Bedroom Suite and Spa-Bath with large walk-in closet.  The Master suite with sitting area has a private entrance onto one of the 2 outdoor patios.  As you enter the spa-bath, be sure to look inside the custom cabinetry – electrical outlets are thoughtfully hidden inside the main cabinet; allowing for a clutter free countertop.  Take a soak in the relaxing tub or enjoy the large step-down glassed-in shower with convenient seat.

The second level landing brings you to a Bonus area that can be used for your Media, Library or Office.  Bedrooms 2, 3 and 4 are found on the level along with 2 full baths.  The 4th Bedroom is complete with its own private full bath – perfect for visiting guests, family or that teenager!

Your garage has been extended with towering ceilings perfect for added top storage.

 

Features Found in this Toll Brothers home:

  • Advance Monitored Security System with installed cameras
  • Plantation Shutters throughout home
  • Solid Core Doors
  • Designer Crown Molding – Wide
  • Glassed-In Showers and Doors in all Baths
  • 2 separate backyard patio sitting areas
  • Large Stone Pavers in Backyard
  • 10,000+ in added Landscaping
  • Extended Garage for added storage
  • Surround-sound Speakers – 2nd level Bonus Room area
  • Garage Key Pad
  • Recessed Ceiling Lighting
  • Toll Brothers Builders Warranty in place

Everything to LOVE about Bridgewater Crossing

Bridgewater Crossing, offering you both an exclusive neighborhood and a classic lifestyle, is an ideal place for you and your family to make new friends. It is a tranquil place to live with almost every type of recreational activity close at hand. It is a serene place to call home with superior schools, excellent shopping, and a wide choice of cultural events close to home.

Bridgewater Crossing is 3 minutes from the President George Bush Turnpike and 7 minutes from Central Expressway (US-75). Plano and downtown Dallas can be reached in 5 and 20 minutes, respectively. Love Field Airport can be reached in just 30 minutes, while Dallas/Fort Worth International is just 30 minutes from your new home. Also, the City of Richardson’s strategic location with major area highways provides convenient access for workers commuting into Richardson, one of the largest employment centers in the DFW Metroplex.

The City of Richardson produces some of the country’s top rated and most anticipated events. From award-winning fine art festivals to rock concerts to a fireworks show that paints the sky in your new back yard at Bridgewater Crossing, Breckinridge Park. Richardson is also home of the Charles W. Eisemann Center for Performing Arts and Corporate Presentations, a performance hall which opened in September 2002. The center is named for local philanthropist, Charles W. Eisemann. Known locally as the “Eisemann Center”, the center is an important component of the cultural and corporate landscapes of the North Texas region, and has been labeled as one of the leading performing arts facilities serving the Dallas/Fort Worth area. You will live and entertain with pride in Bridgewater Crossing!

Welcome Home!

 

 

Live•Play•Grow•D.FW – The Dallas Metro | America’s Next boomtown!

Texas: Land of Opportunity

Texas is the land of opportunity, according to a new report from Forbes on America’s next boomtowns. Forbes analyzed the 53 largest metro areas in the country to determine which have the best chance of prospering in the next decade, and four of the 10 are in Texas. 

“The most vital parts of urban America can be encapsulated largely in one five-letter word: Texas,” says Forbes, declaring Austin No. 1, Houston No. 6, Dallas-Fort Worth No. 7, and San Antonio No. 8 on the list. 

“Austin, Houston, Dallas-Fort Worth, and San Antonio are very different places, but they all have enjoyed double-digit job growth from 2010 through 2014, well above the national average of 8.1 percent,” Forbes says. These Lone Star hubs also have experienced huge increases in populations of young, educated millennials and households with children. The metros have also seen hikes in income growth. 

Dallas-Fort Worth experienced 15 percent job growth from 2010-2015 and an 8.2 percent population increase from 2010 to 2014. And, 33 percent of the population ages 25-44 has at least a bachelor’s degree.

Want to know more about our great Metro?  It’s easy, Let’s Chat….just click here

Live•Play•Grow•D.FW – Feeling festive yet? If not, head to one of these local spots for holiday spirits that are sure to bring tidings of joy.

6 of Dallas’ Best Holiday-Inspired Cocktails

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1.  The Big Apple

Where to find it: Asador Restaurant

Why it’s so good: Think apple pie on Christmas morning. This well-kept secret inside the Renaissance Dallas Hotel makes the apple cinnamon syrup used in this cocktail, which is sure to warm you up.

2.  Chocolate Eggnog Martini

Where to find it: Del Frisco’s Grille in Uptown

Why it’s so good: Chocolate vodka and eggnog — enough said.

3.  Adult Apple Pie

Where to find it: Kenny’s Burger Joint (both Frisco and Plano locations)

Why it’s so good: Kenny’s deems it an adult “milkshake.” With apple pie filling, cinnamon, ice cream and a graham cracker rim, you can see why.

4.  John’s Remedy

Where to find it: Origin Kitchen + Bar

Why it’s so good: This establishment used to serve only grab-and-go meals, but recently reopened to include a bar. This beverage is a simple warm drink, made with Irish whiskey, cherry liqueur and Chinese bitters.

5.  G’s Punch

Where to find it: Joyce and Gigi’s

Why it’s so good: Nothing says the holidays quite like punch. This one from an East Dallas gem includes peaches, cinnamon and orange zest bitters.

6.  Black Mission-Fig Infused Cognac

Where to find it: The Mermaid Bar – Neiman Marcus (NorthPark Center)

Why it’s so good: Heavy cream, figs, nectar and nutmeg make this drink a holiday-infused delight.

Want to know more about our Great D.FW Metro?  Let’s Chat – 214.769.2142

Live•Play•Grow•D.FW – HIP POCKET LISTING! – Gorgeous Frisco Home | Darling Homes Builder

HIP Pocket Listing – Frisco Jewel

Gorgeous Frisco home will not be “Active” until January. Contact me directly to preview this gorgeous Frisco home before its Actively Listed! 214.769.2142.  

Welcome home to 8373 Hamilton Lane in Frisco. This Jewel has been meticulously maintained by its original homeowner.

From the moment you arrive; the perfect drive-up appeal prepares you for what to expect when you enter this gorgeous Frisco home. The homeowner spared no expense when designing this Darling Builders home.

As you enter you will find your private study behind French Doors opposite the lovely formal Dining Room. Continuing on will bring you into the large Family Room with inviting Austin Stone wood-burning Fireplace (gas starter) that has never been used! Next to the Family room is the casual Dining Room and large Chef’s Kitchen. This kitchen is perfect for the Top Chef of the home; complete with Butler’s Pantry, large island, tons of counter space and cabinets, large walk-in Pantry and 5-Burner Gas stove.

The large Utility Room is complete with built in cabinetry and large tub-sink.

The Master Bedroom and Bath suite is also privately located on the first level. Tray ceilings with wide designed crown molding compliment this retreat. Room enough for a sitting area. The Master Bath will boast a large Soaking tub, Extended Shower and two separate vanities with a VERY large walk-in closet for those avid shoe collectors!

Moving upstairs delivers A BONUS – The Second Level Bedrooms have never been used! Bedrooms 2, 3 and 4 each have substantial walk-in closets. 2 Full Baths are conveniently located on this level. Bedroom #4 and Bath #2 are separated from the 2nd and 3rd bedrooms; perfect for the teenager of the house!

GAME ROOM and MEDIA ROOM can be found at the end of the Hall. This is a true family oasis…you can enjoy a game of pool or ping pong and then finish out your great family day with a Movie or watch a game in the Media Room. Media room has never been set up – so is perfect for your personal preferences. (Pre-wired for surround sound)

Backyard is privately surrounded by a Tall Board-on-Board fence. The covered stamped patio will keep you cool under the ceiling fan. Gas line is available for the Barbecue grill!

The 2 car garage is perfect for the handyman of the house. With an extended Tandem work-space area is large enough for the weekend projects and there is room enough for the refrigerator or freezer.

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Live•Play•Grow•D.FW | LOOK! JUST LISTED!

The homeowners have meticulously maintained this beautiful 4 bedroom 2 bath with 2 half baths! Over 2400 sq ft is perfect for you and your family to call home. From the moment you walk in you will enjoy the finishing touches that have been added to this home – from the plantation shutters, tile, carpet and wood floors, decorator paint throughout the interior, hardware and lighting; just to name a few. Your family and friends will love to gather in the remodeled kitchen with granite counter tops, designer cabinetry and hardware with easy access to the large family room and gorgeous private backyard with pool – more on this in a bit! There is a private enclosed deck outside of the kitchen that includes a separate grilling area and private garden.

Entertaining will be easy as this floorplan openly flows from formal dining area to the oversized sunken family room that is perfect to watch your favorite movie or sport. Your refreshments are conveniently located at the wet-bar.  Steps from the family room you can enjoy quiet time in the quaint sunroom. You will more than likely be heading past the sunroom straight to the pool surrounded by a steel post privacy fence and plenty of room to relax with family and friends. There is an outdoor half-bath for everyones convenience too!

The master suite and bath are privately located on the first floor, beautifully designed with a raised platform for the master bed.  The master bath contains ample storage along with his and hers closets! Bedrooms 2, 3 and 4 will be located on the second level. As you enter the second landing you have a bonus space with skylight that can be used for a study area, TV watching area or game room.  All bedrooms are oversized with large wall or walk-in closets.  Extra closets and storage can be found throughout this lovely home.

The garage is perfect too!  With added space for a work bench or craft table.

OPEN HOUSE TOMORROW – 4710 Cedar Creek Circle, Sachse Jewel with Pool/Spa on Large Lot | Quiet Cul-De-Sac, Great Neighborhood

4710 Cedar Creek Circle, Sachse will be Open from 2-4pm tomorrow.

Your family will love this large 4 bedroom 2.5 bath 2 car garage with inviting Pool & Spa with extra large backyard. The original owners have meticulously maintained and updated this home and now it’s ready for you to call home. Privately nestled on a cul-de-sac, walking distance to the school! Too many features to list.  Bring your clients out to see this one, they will not be disappointed.

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OPEN HOUSE TOMORROW – RARE Community Open House at the Prestigious gated Chandlers Landing – featuring 5208 Yacht Club Drive, a property listed by Cynthia Lopez with The LOPEZ Group

Here is your RARE opportunity to visit the prestigious gated community of Chandlers Landing – Chandlers Landing will open its gates to allow a Community Open House event that happens only a few times a year.

This Sunday, October 18th, from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m., come visit my listing in Chandlers Landing at 5208 Yacht Club Drive. It is a beautiful property located on a pond with gorgeous views and privacy. It is nature at it’s best!

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-4 bedrooms/3 baths

-2 stories

-2,851 square feet

-2 fireplaces

-Grand entrance of exquisite white marble stairway

-Granite, marble and hardwoods throughout this custom built home

(Watch this YouTube video to see the beautiful interior and exterior features of the home)

The community of Chandlers Landing is living at its BEST! There is a tennis court, pool, park, pond, marina and a Yacht and Tennis Club on the beautiful Lake Ray Hubbard. In addition to that, one of the best school districts in the D/FW area…Rockwall ISD.

Chandlers Landing is located in Rockwall, Texas approximately 22 miles east of Dallas. From Interstate 30 East, take exit #67, go south 2.5 miles. The Main Gate entrance is at the intersection of Henry M. Chandler Drive and Hwy. 740 or Ridge Road. For more information on this community, visit www.chandlerslanding.org.

Upon entering the community, stop at the guard gate to receive a map showing you all the homes that are participating in the Open House and their locations. Open House will only be available from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. this Sunday. Don’t miss it!

Hope to see you there

Live•Play•Grow•D.FW – LOOK Coming Soon! Tomorrow – Sachse Jewel

Call me to preview this gorgeous home in Sachse – 214.769.2142

You are going to LOVE 4710 Cedar Creek Circle – from the moment you walk thru the front door you will see the original homeowners’ lovely updates and upgrades that make this 4 bedroom 2.5 bath “THE ONE”!  Nestled in a great neighborhood on a Cul-de-sac and walking distance to the school. Pool, Spa, Large Backyard!  This home is perfect for your family.

 

OPEN HOUSE – RARE Community Open House at the Prestigious gated Chandlers Landing – featuring 5208 Yacht Club Drive, a property listed by Cynthia Lopez with The LOPEZ Group

Here is your RARE opportunity to visit the prestigious gated community of Chandlers Landing – Chandlers Landing will open its gates to allow a Community Open House event that happens only a few times a year.

This Sunday, October 18th, from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m., come visit my listing in Chandlers Landing at 5208 Yacht Club Drive. It is a beautiful property located on a pond with gorgeous views and privacy. It is nature at it’s best!

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-4 bedrooms/3 baths

-2 stories

-2,851 square feet

-2 fireplaces

-Grand entrance of exquisite white marble stairway

-Granite, marble and hardwoods throughout this custom built home

(Watch this YouTube video to see the beautiful interior and exterior features of the home)

The community of Chandlers Landing is living at its BEST! There is a tennis court, pool, park, pond, marina and a Yacht and Tennis Club on the beautiful Lake Ray Hubbard. In addition to that, one of the best school districts in the D/FW area…Rockwall ISD.

Chandlers Landing is located in Rockwall, Texas approximately 22 miles east of Dallas. From Interstate 30 East, take exit #67, go south 2.5 miles. The Main Gate entrance is at the intersection of Henry M. Chandler Drive and Hwy. 740 or Ridge Road. For more information on this community, visit www.chandlerslanding.org.

Upon entering the community, stop at the guard gate to receive a map showing you all the homes that are participating in the Open House and their locations. Open House will only be available from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. this Sunday. Don’t miss it!

Hope to see you there – Cynthia Lopez

Live•Play•Grow•D.FW – LOOK | Coming Soon! Richardson 4/3 with Pool…call me for private showing at 214.769.2142

You are going to LOVE  Linda Lane – from the moment you walk thru the front door you will see the homeowners lovely updates and upgrades that make this 4 bedroom 2 bath “THE ONE”!

Located in the Richardson Telecom, minutes from City Line, Raytheon, Blue Cross Blue Shield – Fabulous restaurants and shopping, Richardson ISD…This list goes on and on!

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The kitchen is a dream!  The homeowner redesigned the utility and super-pantry that hides beautifully behind and artistic Farm Door.  Also added was a fabulous farm sink and granites in white and light grays.  The stainless steel appliance complete this room. The stove is plumber for gas should you decide to change the range.

The large master bedroom will accommodate that largest furniture and here your will find 2 separate walk-in closets. Bedrooms 2, 3 and 4 are great for the kiddos OR just take a look at the customized dressing area! Why didn’t I think of this?  An entire bedroom designed with just “her” in mind.  In another bedroom you will find a wood plank accent wall just perfect for displaying memorabilia or musical instruments – let your imagination take over.  All the bedrooms have great closet space too

Welcome Home!

 

Live•Play•Grow•D.FW – LOOK what’s happening Richardson | CityLine: Live, Work, Play in Richardson

LOOK what’s happening around the corner from Ebby’s 190@Jupiter office in Richardson!

To find out more about our great Metro happenings…just call us at 214.769.2142  Let’s Chat.

Just around the corner from Ebby’s 190 @ Jupiter Office in Richardson the huge CityLine project continues to grow. Developer KDC recently released a new rendering of what the $1.5 billion development at Plano Road and the George Bush Turnpike – one of the largest new mixed-use developments in the country – will look like when it’s finished.

CityLine is already home to State Farm Insurance’s 8,000-worker regional campus, and Raytheon will start moving the first of its more than 1,500 workers into the project later this year.

Construction is continuing on a fourth office tower for State Farm. And developers are building hundreds of apartments, a shopping center and an Aloft hotel in the development.

CityLine will eventually feature 6 million square feet of offices, almost 4,000 apartments, two hotels and 300,000 square feet of retail space.

New Listing – 2003 Linda Lane in Richardson

This is the immaculate Richardson home that you’ve been looking for! With so many updates, this 3-bedroom, 2-bath is the perfect family home that boasts an open and flowing floor plan. It features 2 large living areas, a great kitchen, large bedrooms, a private back yard with a majestic shade tree, an over-sized garage that is great for storage and it is all nestled on a large lot in a fabulous neighborhood with great schools! Don’t forget it is also conveniently located to all that Richardson and the Dallas Metro have to offer: State Farm, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Raytheon, City Line, 75, 190 Toll – just to name a few….

Check out my YouTube video and don’t forge to subscribe to my channel while you are visiting!

LOOK! Cynthia Lopez is on HouseHunters today at 1:00pm on HGTV

A little birdie told me that my first House Hunters show will air again today at 1:00pm on HGTV.  If you aren’t able to tune-in, I have a link for it on my YouTube channel here.

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Live•Play•Grow•D.FW – LOOK! Facebook Chooses Fort Worth

More GREAT news for the D.FW – to find out more about our great Metro just call 214.769.2142….Let’s chat!

Facebook Chooses Fort Worth

The good news just keeps coming for Fort Worth: Construction begins today in North Fort Worth’s AllianceTexas development on an almost $1 billion data center for social media giant Facebook.

Facebook’s 110-acre, 750,000-square-foot new Fort Worth data center will start out with a 250,000-square-foot building and be tripled in size over time.

Facebook – which has more than 1.4 billion online users – currently has data centers in Oregon, North Carolina and Iowa.

In other great news for Fort Worth, UNT Health Sciences and TCU announced earlier this week a collaboration for a new medical school.

Live•Play•Grow•D.FW | Spotlight on the D-FW Luxury Market

Spotlight on the D-FW Luxury Market | Want to know more?  Lets Chat … 214.769.2142 or click here//

Spotlight on the D-FW Luxury Market

The Dallas-Fort Worth luxury market continues to see significant growth and is fueling home sales across the Metroplex.

Just how significant is the luxury home sales growth in North Texas?

In the past year, 12.4% more homes priced at $750,000 and above have been purchased than during the prior 12 months, according to Grand Vie: Luxury in Living magazine’s Spotlight On the Luxury Market feature. Breaking it down further: Luxury home sales are up 11.2% in Dallas County, 17.2% in Tarrant County, and 13.4% in Collin County.

In addition to offering luxury market insight and featuring many of Dallas-Fort Worth’s premier luxury properties, the 17th edition of Grand Vie offers a plethora of interesting editorial content, everything from recipes and grilling tips from local celebrity chefs Tim Byres and Jon Bonnell; to LuxeTrends, showcasing a collection of the latest luxury lifestyle must-haves; to “Houses of Art,” showcasing some of the area’s top cultural events of the season. Also in the summer issue: special sections for lake homes and farm & ranch properties, and real estate blogger Candy Evans’ take on the vacation-home paradise that is Cape Cod.

Luxury is a lifestyle, and Grand Vie celebrates the way we live, love, learn, eat, host, play and work. Pamper yourself at grandviemagazine.com.

Live•Play•Grow•D.FW – LOOK|COMING SOON – Tomorrow! Immaculate 3bed home in the Highridge Community of McKinney!

McKinney has been ranked as the # 1 Best Places to Live in America!

Welcome Home to 4920 Brookridge Avenue, McKinney TX.  Call us today for a private preview | 214.769.21424920-brookridge-ave-mckinney-tx-High-Res-1 4920-brookridge-ave-mckinney-tx-High-Res-3 4920-brookridge-ave-mckinney-tx-High-Res-9 4920-brookridge-ave-mckinney-tx-High-Res-12 4920-brookridge-ave-mckinney-tx-High-Res-14 4920-brookridge-ave-mckinney-tx-High-Res-15 4920-brookridge-ave-mckinney-tx-High-Res-23 4920-brookridge-ave-mckinney-tx-High-Res-24

To watch the Video – just click here:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=roLz731MU0w

 

The current Homeowners have meticulously maintained this home and now it’s ready for you and your family to move in and enjoy.
This lovely 3 bedroom 2 bath with 2 car garage is located in the friendly community of Highridge.  Convenient to Baylor Medical Center of McKinney. Minutes from 75, Sam Rayburn and Dallas North Tollways – Just off 380 and the highly sought after Lake Forest Drive area.  Access to the best shopping, restaurants and all day to day conveniences.
McKinney ISD is one of the fastest growing districts in Texas with 6 MCEA Higher Performing schools and many more Awards/Honors presented to this ISD.
This floorplan includes over 1600sq ft.  As you enter, you are greeted by an open and flowing floorplan that is a perfect place for your family and friends to gather.  The open kitchen boasts extra cabinets with island and plenty of counter space; perfect for those family meals.  There is also a Butler’s Pantry to help manage those larger gatherings.Directly off of the Dining Room is the large backyard.  A pergola has been added so that you can enjoy cookouts all year long.  There is plenty of room to add a pool with plenty of space left over for those 4 legged family members!  The large Master Bedroom is an inviting retreat with the Master Bath that boasts a separate oval tub with shower and large walk-in closet.  Bedrooms 2 and 3 can be found down the hall; perfect for your children or make one the study!
This one is truly ready for you to move into.  WELCOME HOME

Live•Play•Grow•D.FW – No RAIN! Happy June; let’s think about the Garden…..

It has stopped raining in Dallas-Fort Worth – so now – many area homeowners’ thoughts will turn to their gardens.

Now for those of you without a Garden to Grow…. call us – we will help you find the Perfect home with just the right size Garden!  It’s easy, just click here!…..Let’s Chat!

Gardens promote both healthy and sustainable living. Whether growing fresh produce or rare flowers, if you’re the type who enjoys getting your hands a little dirty in the backyard, our friends at Luxury Portfolio International have put together a few essentials for your gardening pleasure.

Fresh Take On The Garden

Parrot Flower Power

Catering to the “Eco-Geek” movement, the Parrot Flower Power monitors the needs of your plants, so you don’t have to. Place the standalone sensor in the pot or in the ground and connect to your smartphone via BlueTooth to keep track of the fertilizer, temperature, sunlight and moisture.

 

Fresh Take On The Garden

Torremato Outbox

One of the many rewards of the garden is the aesthetics, and with Torremato Outbox lighting you can admire your work night and day. A decidedly modern, cube shape, these stylish lights complement the visual appeal of the garden by combining form and function.

Fresh Take On The Garden

Japanese Hand-Forged Garden Clippers

Hand-forged with a spring-loaded handle and leather sheath, these Garden Clippers from Kaufmann Mercantilemay sound like something out of the Wild West, but the Japanese-made tool will give you complete control to preside over your garden and slice through those stems and branches like butter.

 

Fresh Take On The Garden

Hartley Botanic Greenhouse

For ideal growing conditions, the Victorian Manor Greenhouse from Hartley Botanic allows you to create your very own gardening paradise. The spacious structure has ample room, so you can get creative and grow anything from vibrant tiger lilies to hardy hibiscus.

Fresh Take On The Garden

French Glass Garden Cloche

On a much smaller scale, the French Glass Garden Cloche from One Kings Lane will similarly protect your plants from the harmful effects of the elements. With this hand-blown antique you can add a vintage touch to your modern garden and keep your plants thriving.

Fresh Take On The Garden

Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds

Of course, the most important part is the finished product, and if you don’t want to put just anything in the ground, check out the Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Collections. You’ll find seeds for all climates and garden types that are non-hybrid, non-GMO and non-treated to yield only the healthiest of produce.

Fresh Take On The Garden

Frederik Roije Chicken Coop

If you haven’t heard, raising chickens, from urban to suburban, has become “all the rage” and if you want your own farm-fresh eggs, the Breed Retreat, designed by Frederik Roijé, is cool enough for even the funkiest chickens. How often do you come across a hen house with this kind of feng shui?

Alas, with drier weather in next week’s Dallas-Fort Worth forecast it will soon be time to get to out there and put your green thumb to the test, and we hope with this list you can take your garden to the next level.

Live•Play•Grow•D.FW – LOOK|COMING SOON – Tomorrow! Gorgeous Eastern Hills 4 bedroom | 3 1/2 bath | Large Study

Private Previews start tomorrow (May 15th) and Open House this Saturday from 2-4pm.

This lovely 4 Bedroom 3.1 Bath with Large Study has been meticulously upgraded and updated throughout.  The homeowners exquisite designer tastes and attention to every detail is evident everywhere you look.

As you enter this beautifully designed home you are greeted by the open and flowing floorplan.  The perfect setting for those larger gatherings.  With over 2700 square feet; your family and friends will have plenty of room to mix and mingle.

Take a look at the video and contact me to schedule a preview at:  Mobile|Text – 214.769.2142

Live•Play•Grow•D.FW – COMING SOON! Fabulous Eastern Hills 4 bedroom Retreat

COMING SOON!  Call me to preview this Remarkable Eastern Hills residence located on larger lot under the shade of mature trees.  Mobile|Text:  214.769.2142

The homeowners have meticulously upgraded and updated every room of this lovely 4 bedroom 3 bath home. Their exquisite designer tastes and attention to every detail is evident everywhere you look.

With over 2700 square feet; this open and inviting floorplan is perfect to entertain friends and family. The island kitchen is where all the activity will happen or gather around the floor to ceiling cozy stone fireplace – on those cooler evenings.

The Grand Master Suite has been enlarged and a welcomed retreat. This Master Suite also boasts an adjoining suite; perfect for a private reading room or nursery. The Master Spa awaits with Jacuzzi-soaking tub or enjoy an invigorating shower complete with 8 body sprays and rain-shower head.

Warm hardwoods, low-pile loop carpeting and white carrara tile flooring can be found throughout this lovely home.

Pass through the French Doors onto one of the 2 large covered patios. This oversized and private backyard will also be your place to entertain. A large deck and Hot Tub await! Adjacent to a park and greenbelt, this will truly be your private outdoor retreat!

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Live•Play•Grow•D.FW – COMING SOON…..TOMORROW! | West Plano Gem in Hunters Glen – Plano ISD

A Rare Find in West Plano! Photos Below

Beautiful Corner Lot with Pool and Wading section for the little ones!  Conveniently located to 75, George Bush Toll, Dallas North Tollway, Toyota, State Farm, Raytheon, Liberty Mutual, Richardson Corridor – Great parks, restaurants, minutes from Dallas proper plus so much more!

Let’s take a look!  Just call or text to set up an appointment:  214.769.2142  OR stop by the Open House this Saturday and Sunday between 2-4pm

5 bedroom with 2.1 baths | Bonus – Bath on 2nd level with 2 separate showers and tub. Over 3000 sq. ft.

  • Plano ISD

  • Elementary                Hughston   Exemplary

  • Middle                        Haggard     Exemplary

  • High                             Vines

  • Senior High               Plano Senior        Home of the Wildcats!

Link to photos – 2236 Cross Bend Rd Plano

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Live•Play•Grow•D.FW – LOOK…and there’s more! Toyota is already Growing…..read on

 

The D.FW is growing…..again!

Latest plans: Toyota doubles size of Plano headquarters campus | | Dallas Morning News

Toyota future homeAfter months of speculation, plans filed with the City of Plano show that the automaker’s new North American headquarters will be about twice the size originally proposed. A revised site plan released by the Plano planning and zoning commission shows that the headquarters complex in West Plano has grown to more than 2.1 million square feet.

That would make it the largest new office project in North Texas and one of the largest in the state. It’s slightly bigger than State Farm Insurance’s new regional operation in Richardson. And Toyota’s planned headquarters

The engineering documents show about a half dozen office and commercial buildings plus parking garages on the 99.8-acre development site Toyota is building on Legacy Drive just south of State Highway 121. There’s also going to be parking for more than 7,000 cars, which is further proof that early estimates of the employment in the office campus were too low.

Originally Toyota said that just fewer than 4,000 people would be working at the office campus when it opens in 2017. Later than said as many as another 1,000 contract workers would be located at the facility, which will replace the Japanese automaker’s longtime U.S. office in southern California.

“While we are still in the planning stage and no final decisions have been made, our new campus will likely be larger than originally reported to accommodate not only our team members but also some portion of our corporate partners, consultants and contingency staff,” Toyota said in a statement.

The Toyota office site layout also shows an auto test track on the northwest corner of the property along the south side of S.H. 121. The Toyota headquarters was previously estimated to cost about $350 million and is being designed by Dallas-based architect Corgan.

Construction on the project began earlier this year.

The Toyota campus is part of the 240-acre Legacy West mixed-use development which also includes offices for FedEx Office and Liberty Mutual Insurance.

Want to know more about our great Metro and it’s Real Estate Market? It’s easy, just click here…..let’s chat!

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Live•Play•Grow•D.FW – Growth Trends | TEXAS Leads the way!

Growth Trends

The new Census population estimates are out, and only two U.S. metros added more than 100,000 people between July 2013 and July 2014. Dallas and Houston — both located in Texas.

Only one U.S. metro with a population greater than 1 million people grew by 3 percent last year. It’s Austin— also in Texas.

And you can probably guess which state had the most entries in the list of 50 counties with the greatest population gains. Again, it’s Texas.

National news media stories often give the impression that everyone is moving to the city centers of New York, Chicago, San Jose, and Boston. In fact, all of those metro areas have seen more Americans leaving than coming in the past five years. The cities with the highest levels of net domestic migration since 2010 are Houston, Dallas, Austin, Phoenix, Denver, and San Antonio.

At Ebby Halliday we’re proud of our Texas roots and we love sharing our great lifestyle with others. Whether you’re considering a move to North Texas or a move within the Dallas-Fort Worth area, we would be honored to assist you.

Contact the LOPEZ Group today and we will help you Buy your Perfect Dream Home or Sell your current home so that you can Buy your Next Perfect Place to call HOME.  Let’s Chat! It’s easy, just click here.  To see your Realtor in Action – Just click here to preview our recent HouseHunters Episode!

 

Population Growth: Texas Metros Lead U.S.

Live•Play•Grow•D.FW – BACON, BEER and BENEFITS! Check out awesome events going on in our D.FW!

 Bacon, beer, and benefits- what else do you need in your weekly Food & Beverage News? Check out awesome events going on in DFW, plus find out about some new additions to the restaurant and brewery scenes.

Need more ideas?  Contact me, it’s easy…..just click here | Let’s Chat!

Tuesday, Mar. 3:

Food Truck Schedule: Click for the real-time guide to your favorite meals on wheels.

$2 Tuesdays at Scotch & Sausage: Every Tuesday, enjoy craft sausage for only $2 at the Oak Lawn Ave. spot.

Friday, Mar. 6:

16th-Annual Empty Bowls: From 11a.m. to 1 p.m., help support the North Texas Food Bank by chowing down on bowl-friendly fare from 20 of the area’s top restaurants. You’ll also have the opportunity to buy a handcrafted bowl from some of Texas’ finest artists as a memento of the day. The event will be held at the Meyerson Symphony Center.

Saturday, Mar. 7:

CrushCraft 1st Anniversary Party: Join the thai restaurant in celebrating one year of business with a full day of samples, cocktails, live entertainment and more from noon to 10:30 p.m.

Rahr & Sons St. Paddy’s Day Run: This month’s Social Run 5k invites you to sport your green gear, get a little exercise, participate in a brewery tour, and grab some beer and grub. After the “3’ish mile Social Run/Walk” there will be a private tour just for participants with food and beer.

Sunday, Mar. 8:

Sunday School Brunch at Hotel ZaZa: Spring weather may not have returned, but Sunday School at ZaZa is officially back in action.

Sunday Supper: Urban Acres Farmstead continues its monthly series. It’s BYOB and you can expect to feel full and satisfied after a dinner of local, organic, and sustainable cuisine served family style.

News:

Amsterdam Bar: The Exposition Park bar closed last night after nearly 20 years.

Braindead Brewing: DFW’s newest brewery is now open in Deep Ellum. Swing by to try more than 25 regional beers, including some of their own, great food, and a comfortable environment.

Buzzbrews: The breakfast and late-night restaurant will open its fourth location in Lakewood soon and its fifth location in Victory Park this fall. It already operates locations on Fitzhugh, Lemmon Ave., and in Deep Ellum.

Luscher’s Red Hots: The hot dog restaurant officially opened on March 2 in Deep Ellum.

Torchy’s Tacos: Plano will get it’s own location with a covered patio in April.

Truluck’s: The upscale seafood restaurant opened the doors to their new location March 2. It now includes two floors, a piano bar, and an area for private events.

Live•Play•Grow•D.FW – Not sure what to do in the D.FW this weekend? What about a Bus Tour or Sampling Walk? Read on

This Week in Food & Beverage News

Tastings are the name of the game this weekend. Take a bus tour with a brewery and go on sampling walks through Deep Ellum, Trinity Groves, and Bishop Arts plus much more.

Need more options or just curious about our Great Metro?  Contact me, it’s easy….click here – Let’s Chat!

Tuesday, Feb. 17:

Henry’s Majestic for Lunch: The bar on McKinney Ave. begins lunch service today. The menu includes al pastor tacos, a chicken salad, a beer-braised corned beef ruben, a pork belly salad and more.

Tequila Appreciation Society Social: Casa Herradura’s global tequila ambassador Ruben Aceves will be at 3015 at Trinity Groves sharing his love for and knowledge of Herradura tequila from 6 to 8pm. Stop by for tastings of Herradura and food by 3015. Proceeds benefit Cafe Momentum.

ZaLat: Owner Khanh Nguyen of DaLat, the Vietnamese comfort food restaurant on Fitzhugh, is opening a late night pizza spot right next door today at 5pm.

Wednesday, Feb. 18:

Women and Wine: Grace invites ladies to “Tour of Spain” with Brian Smith, Fine Wine Specialist with Republic National Distributing Company. It includes three wines paired with three light bites from Chef Blain Staniford.

Thursday, Feb. 19:

Deep Ellum Wine Walk: It’s the third Thursday of the month again. The Deep Ellum Community Association and local merchants invite you for a night of wine, shopping and fun. You’ll take a Sip & Shop tour through the neighborhood and each destination on the tour will feature wine samplings.

Wine Dinner at Grace: Chef Blaine Staniford and Grace present the Old and New World Small Production Wine Dinner beginning at 6:30pm. The menu indues Dungeness crab, saffron risotto, lacquered duck and egg, ribeye cap, and brioche pain perdu paired with new and old world small production wines.

Saturday, Feb. 21:

Community Beer Co. Goes on Tour: The craft brew company is loading up a bus to visit Cold Beer Company, Nickel & Rye, Scotch & Sausage, and Rodeo Goat– all of which serve Community libations. Each stop includes a beer sampling and a food pairing. A $45 ticket also includes a t-shirt and a commemorative glass.

Discovering the Beauty of Washington Wines: Join the Dallas Chapter of the International Wine and Food Society as they taste and discuss five expertly selected fine wines from Washington. There will be heavy hors d’oeuvres to accompany the tasting and live jazz music will follow the event.

Taste of Trinity Groves Walking Tour: Taste your way through one of the hottest food spots in Dallas. From 11:30am to 3:15pm, get a group together to try samples from Chino Chinatown, Four Corners Brewery, Kate Weiser Chocolate, Luck, and Souk.

Sunday, Feb. 22:

Sunday Supper with Urban Acres Farmstead: Urban Acres begins a monthly series of casual Sunday Night Suppers. Join them for a hearty meal of local, organic, sustainable cuisine served family style. This month’s menu features a turkey and sweet potato pot pie.

Taste of Bishop Arts Walking Tour: The tasting continues through another of the up-and-coming neighborhoods in the Dallas area from 1 to 4:30pm. Dude, Sweet Chocolate, Eno’s, Lockhart Smokehouse, and Veracruz invite you to sample their creations.

News:

Kin Kin Urban Thai: The Thai restaurant plans to open three DFW locations, on W. 7th in Fort Worth and on Oak Lawn and Preston/Forest in Dallas. The Fort Worth branch is set to open on February 27. The Dallas locations are expected to open in April and the summer, respectively.

The Mitchell: A new cocktail lounge in downtown Dallas had its soft opening last Thursday. The menu includes oysters, caviar, charcuterie, fried duck rilletes, a cheeseburger and more.

Spice in the City: Downtown Dallas has a new option for healthy Indian takeout and delivery.

Tiff’s Treats Fort Worth: Your favorite warm cookie delivery shop will open a Fort Worth location in April located on W. 7th.

Live•Play•Grow•D.FW – Get Ahead of Spring Home Market D.FW

Get Ahead of Spring Home Market

 

What was once considered real estate wisdom – the ideal time to list your home for sale is the traditional spring selling season – is no longer true for North Texas homeowners.

Year-over-year home sales for January and the low number of homes currently on the market means there’s no reason to wait until spring to list a home for sale.

The latest numbers from North Texas Real Estate Information Systems offer quite a compelling case for getting a head start on the potential competition.

A few of the highlights from January:

*  The average sales price for a North Texas home is up 8.9% to $229,522.

*  The average list price is up 11.3% to $313,663.

*  The percent of original list price received is up 0.6% to 96.9% of asking price.

*  Finally, the average time a home is on the market is up 4.8%, but still is only 42 days.

If you’re considering listing your home, contact me to find out what your home is worth and to devise a plan to get your home not just on the market, but sold. It’s easy, just click right here…let’s Chat!  Mobile|Text  214.769.2142

Live•Play•Grow•D.FW – January 2015 Top Producers!

A BIG Thank You, from the LOPEZ Group, to all of our clients/friends for letting us do what we’re most passionate about – Matching homes with the people that will live in them!  Let us do the same for you too.  It’s easy, just click here…let’s chat!

Top Producers January 2015

Live•Play•Grow•D.FW – LOOK – Just Listed! 1723 Chandlers Landing, Mesquite

Beautiful Highland Home in Creek Crossing Estates.

This lovely 4 bedroom 2 bath home has been loving maintained, updated and upgraded by the original homeowners.

Centrally located to everything!  Walking distance to Brandy Station Park – a perfect place to play, hike & bike or enjoy large family/friends gatherings at the Pavilion.

Contact me to schedule a preview!  Mobile/Text: 214.769.2142

Click here for video of home.

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Live•Play•Grow•D.FW – LOOK Black and White is still a Classic!

I’ve noticed a trend in our listings that I’m very excited about: black and white design. Forget old checkerboard bathroom tile, this trend is all about sleek style and wow-factor. Are you bold enough to try to pull it off in your own home?

Don’t believe that this classic trend is back and here to stay? Here’s proof below and I’ll start with one condo that’s really doing it right.

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^3141 Brookhollow Court, ProsperBlack & White Makes Its Comeback

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^4710 Junius St., DallasBlack & White Makes Its Comeback^5511 Tamaron Court, Dallas

Tune into House Hunters next Tuesday at 9 p.m.!

Ebby Halliday Realtor Cynthia Lopez | LOPEZ Group will appear on an episode of the HGTV show “House Hunters” on January 20 at 9 p.m.

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Cynthia and her clients, De’Andre and Tasha, filmed the episode several months ago in Dallas for a segment entitled “Dallas Newlyweds hope to find a Modern-Meets-Craftsman Home.”  According to the announcement from HGTV, De’Andre and Tasha are newlyweds purchasing their first home in the North Dallas suburbs. She wants a Craftsman-style home with the built-ins and character that come with this design, but it has to be new construction with contemporary features too. De’Andre wants a modern design, workout room and a large game room to watch sports with friends. Does a house like this exist? To find out more, tune in to “House Hunters” next Tuesday, January 20, at 9 p.m.

Cynthia Lopez | LOPEZ Group, Ebby Halliday Realtors has been in the housing industry for more than 20 years. “I’ve had the good fortune to find the ideal home for clients from all over the world. There is nothing I love more than matching a home with the people who will live there. It’s the best kind of matchmaking!” Cynthia is always ready to chat, just call or text 214.769.2142 or email: cynthialopez@ebby.com.

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Live•Play•Grow•D.FW – LOOK | another great reason to call D.FW home! – Six Things to Watch in 2015

A BIG thank you to our friends at D Real Estate DailyDallas-Midtown-Preston-Road

1. The 121 Corridor—The 1.9 million-square-foot Nebraska Furniture Mart, set to open in March 2015, is expected to draw as many as 10 million annual visitors. The massive project and the mixed-use complex that surrounds it—not to mention the development of nearby Legacy West—will transform that stretch of the Sam Rayburn Tollway.

2. More Corporate Relocations—Toyota isn’t coming solo. Suppliers and vendors are certain to tag along, too, and a number of other big-name companies are taking a hard look at Dallas. JLL is running with one that sources say is considering Trammell Crow’s new development off Woodall Rodgers Freeway in Uptown, along with two suburban locations.

Rendering of the reimagined Victory Park.
Rendering of the reimagined Victory Park.

3. Victory Park—The time has finally come for this mixed-use development surrounding American Airlines Center. Its owner, Estein & Associates, has tapped Trademark Property Co. to reinvent the project and help it become what it was always intended to be: a premier walkable urban dining, entertainment, and shopping district.

4. Love Field and DFW International Airports—The end of the Wright Amendment and Virgin’s move to Love Field opens up a whole new world for executive travelers in Uptown and downtown Dallas. Brokers say companies are already beginning to consider bargain space along Stemmons Freeway. At the same time, DART’s expansion to Dallas-Fort Worth International provides direct (and inexpensive) access for both inbound and outbound urban travelers.

5. Interstate 345—This aging, 1.4-mile elevated highway, which connects Central Expressway to interstates 45 and 30, divides downtown and Deep Ellum, creating blight on both sides. Much like Klyde Warren Park has linked Uptown and downtown Dallas, the teardown of I-345 could spark $4 billion in new investment and more than $100 million in property tax revenue over 15 years.

6. Dallas Midtown—What’s not to love about Scott Beck’s ambitious $3.5 billion plans for Valley View mall? Expected to kick off in 2015, the venture ultimately will ultimately add millions of square feet of retail, residential, hotel, and office space to the 430-acre district bounded by Interstate 635, Preston Road, Alpha Road, and the Dallas North Tollway. Beck has a number of things going for him: smarts, capital, patience, and experience. (His family developed Trophy Club.) I, for one, hope he doesn’t give up on plans for the Midtown gondolas.

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Live•Play•Grow•D.FW | WOW, another great reason to call Dallas Metro Home!

Expert forecast determines Dallas will be a top 10 housing market in 2015

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Forecasts from Realtor.com see Dallas as a top 10 market for home buying in 2015.   Photo courtesy of Dave Perry-Miller & Associates

North Texas’ continued economic gain is expected to make Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington a top 10 market for housing growth in 2015, according to a new study from Realtor.com. The 2015 Housing Forecast suggests that Dallas’ increasing inventory, high employment growth and relative affordability makes it the No. 1 market for forecasted household growth over the next five years.

“Dallas has been a top housing market performer and is forecasted to remain one of the best in 2015 as the market excels in almost every major fundamental category,” Jonathan Smoke, chief economist of Realtor.com, said in a release. His report included predictions for home prices, home sales, mortgage rates and affordability, as well as the top 10 markets for housing growth.

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According to Smoke, the Dallas market is forecasted to see a 3 percent employment growth in 2015, above the national average, while the next five years are primed for an 8 percent growth in both total households and home-owning households. “Dallas is a strong new construction market, which helps to contain supply pressures. We are forecasting 3 percent growth in home prices in 2015 and 7 percent growth in home sales,” he added.

That increased employment is driving Millenials to become a larger slice of the home-buying pie, accounting for nearly two-thirds of purchases nationwide.

Overall, national prices are expected to rise from 4 to 5 percent while affordability will drop anywhere from 5 to 10 percent. Smoke expects some of this to be offset by a rise in income, but high-priced markets such as San Francisco will continue to be difficult for first-time homebuyers.

National existing home sales are also expected to increase by 8 percent, with new home sales increasing by 25 percent. The report indicates that this year-to-year increase is similar to what was seen in 2012, but this time the amount of distressed properties will be minimal. Smoke also predicts mortgage rates to hit 5 percent by the end of 2015.

The other Texas market in the top 10 is Houston-The Woodlands, thanks to an employment growth double the national average at 4 percent, but it ranks third in five-year household growth. Smoke expects a 5 percent growth in home sales in Houston.

The eight other markets in the top 10, listed alphabetically, are Atlanta-Sandy Springs, Georgia; Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, Colorado; Des Moines-West Des Moines, Iowa; Los Angeles-Long Beach, California.; Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, Minnesota; Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, Arizona; San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, California; and Washington, D.C.

Live•Play•Grow•D.FW | Great Women of Texas Event Honors our Ms. Ebby!

Great Women of Texas Honors Ebby

This Wednesday, November 19, our founder and favorite philanthropist Ebby Halliday Acers will be honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2014 Great Women of Texas Awards Ceremony at the Omni Fort Worth.

The annual event, hosted by the Fort Worth Business Press, celebrates outstanding women in Texas who are recognized for their significant accomplishments in business, civic and social contributions.

Congratulations Ebby!

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