Have plans this Memorial Weekend?

There are many things to choose from (starting today!) to celebrate this Memorial Day and weekend! Thanks to D Magazine for the ideas…

Want to know more about what is going on in our Fantastic D.FW Metro?  It’s easy – just call me:  214.769.2142

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Friday (05/26)

Tickets are sold way the heck out but you, too, can see U2 at the Death Star if you scrounge the secondary market. It’s an anniversary tour for Joshua Tree, so maybe it’s worth it.

Van Zweden conducts Elgar with the Dallas Symphony as part of the Soluna Festival. A second performance is Saturday night at the Meyerson.

Saturday (05/27) from 2-4pm

OPEN HOUSE at 7606 Azalea Lane in Dallas amazing community of Northaven Meadows! This home is perfection with a backyard oasis! Ideal for family, friends & entertaining. This mid-century modern ranch flows easily from its multiple living areas, it has a large and bright sunroom with a wet bar out onto the expansive private back lawn area. Backyard has a diving pool, half-court basketball area, multi seating areas, mature shade trees and so much more!  Click here to see video:  7606 Azalea Lane

Lupe Fiasco plays the Granada Theater.

The Thai Culture and Food Festival, which tastes, sounds, and looks better than just about every festival in Dallas, is at the Buddhist Center on Saturday and Sunday.

Sunday (05/28)

At last, a five-year project to stage readings of Shakespeare’s entire body of work concludes with the Bard’s sonnets at the Wyly Theatre.

Drink and judge margaritas at the Margarita Meltdowncompetition in the West End.

The Mountain Goats play Trees.

Monday (05/29)

The DSO kicks out the patriotic jams before a fireworks show at Flag Pole Hill for Memorial Day.

For more to do, go here. Enjoy your long weekend!

Have you heard about Rowlett’s Luxury Resort – Bayside on Lake Ray Hubbard?

Would you like to know more about the exciting Bayside on Lake Ray Hubbard in Rowlett?  Call me at 214.769.2142!

This will be a luxury resort getaway…just down the street! It will consist of 262 acres of mixed-use lakefront property offering white sand beaches, an 8-acre Crystal Lagoon and a 1-acre show fountain-first of its kind in North America! You will be able to sail, fish, boat, shop, swim, eat or just relax! Bayside will also be selling single family homes, condos, town homes and apartments. The location is perfect too, only 30 minutes from downtown Dallas!

The company behind this 1 Billion Dollar project is Crystal Lagoons. Their US headquarters is in Miami and they are involved in hundreds of projects around the world. Bayside is the first such lagoon planned for Texas. Two more have since been announced for the Houston area. Those two will cost a combined $1.5 billion dollars.

The Texas based developer, Western Rim, is constructing the 845 urban-design multi-family residential units. These single-family homes and townhomes will be on the north side of I-30 off Dalrock. Dallas-based BOKA Powell is the architect on the retail and office portion of Bayside. Dallas-based 5G is designing the condo tower and a 500-room hotel with 80,000 square feet of meeting space.

So what about the traffic on I-30? Well, TxDOT plans to add three lines to each side of I-30, plus more service roads and bridges. They are also adding an 8 to 12 foot hiking and biking trail. That will start at Bass Pro and go across the lake.

So has anyone driven past the construction on Bayside? Notice any major changes yet? I am looking forward to seeing the progress! Let me know what you think! 

Cynthia and Diego

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Best D-FW Festivals to Attend This Spring

Call me to find out more about what great SPRING happenings are taking place around the D.FW!  214.769.2142

D-FW is such a culture melting-pot and there so many festivals and activities celebrating everything you can imagine at any given time. The weather is nice now, not too hot yet, so how about checking out one (or two) of these festivals happening over the next few months! Here is a list of my favorite taken from D Magazine.

Dallas Book Festival & Dallas Festival of Ideas | Apr. 29 | Dallas City Hall and the Dallas Public Library – Taking place across the street from each other downtown, these symbiotic festivals have more on their mind than most. At the library’s central branch, nationally acclaimed authors (Kristin Radtke, Jef Chang, others) speak while various panels pay testament to the city’s ongoing literary renaissance. At city hall, thinkers from around the country talk about innovations in a number of fields — education, health, the arts — can be applied to better our city. The two festivals unite to hear from author Yaa Gyaasi, whose Homegoing was one of the most talked about books of 2016. You can also expect performances and other activities on the city hall plaza, including an evening show by the Polyphonic Spree. Both festivals are free.

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Denton Arts & Jazz Festival | Apr. 28-30 | Quakertown Park – This long-running, free event in Denton is a testament to the city’s love affair with jazz music, with a busy lineup and seven stages of local and national performers that will knock your socks off, as well as plenty of other options for festival fun.

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Scarborough Renaissance Festival | Through May 29 | Fair Grounds in Waxahachie – The Renaissance and Late Middle Ages: like Game of Thrones without the dragons. The jousting, turkey legs, Renaissance dress-up, and mermaids (yes, mermaids) stick around every weekend through the end of May.

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ChocolateFest | May 5 & 6 | Grapevine Convention Center – If the name hasn’t already done it for you, know that North Texas chocolate-makers dish their best wares on both days. Wine and art help sweeten the deal.

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Texas Frightmare Weekend | May 5-7 | Hyatt Regency DFW Airport – The massive horror convention boasts a number of celebrity guests: famed director Dario Argento (Suspiria), actor Freddie Highmore, wrestler Sting. It also has movie screenings (The Shining, The Thing), lots of terrifying vendors, and panels on horror movie filmmaking.

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Off the Rails Country Music Fest | May 6 & 7 | Toyota Stadium – Miranda Lambert, Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, and all the other popular country musicians you can handle at this Southern-certified blowout in Frisco.

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Bugs and Brews | May 6 | The Granada Theater’s Parking Lot – The music (Big Ass Brass Band and Freeloaders, among others) conspires to set a New Orleans vibe, as does the spread: chow down on all the crawfish you can handle here.

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Wildflower! Arts and Music Festival | May 19-21 | Galatyn Park – The family-friendly Richardson festival has The B-52s on Friday, Lynyrd Skynyrd on Saturday, and Shooter Jennings on Sunday. More live music, art displays, and tons of carnival-ish food and fun are all weekend.

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Thai Culture & Food Festival | May 27 & 28 | The Buddhist Center of Dallas – Visit the inspiring Buddhist temple, watch Thai dancers and other authentic performances, and feast to your heart’s content after selecting a mix of eats from the food bazaar.

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Dallas Margarita Meltdown | May 28 | West End – North Texas’ best purveyors of the margarita sling their beverages in the most important competition of the summer. Tequila lovers are the default winners.

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A-Kon | June 8-11 | Fort Worth Convention Center – The 28th edition of this storied anime convention, billed as the oldest in the U.S., moves out to Fort Worth, where you’ll find just as many cosplayers, anime nuts, and celebrity guests as ever.

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Thanks to D Magazine for always having the best articles, stories and information to read!

Million Dollar homes selling FAST in D-FW!

Million Dollar homes selling FAST in D-FW!  Call me for more information:  214.769.2142

So far in the months of January and February 2017, the sale of “million dollar homes” is up 64% from the same time last year. Never have so many high-priced homes been for sale at once here in D-FW. Currently there are almost a dozen listings in this price range. 177 houses in North Texas were sold with a price tag of $1 million or more this year and 75 are still pending. The growth of Dallas is bringing CEO’s and top officers into the area who are able to afford these homes. (To view the full article click here.)

Part of the reason there is a growth of million dollar homes is the price appreciation in the overall market. Overall sales have risen 40% so homes that maybe were once priced at $800,000 are now priced at $1 million.

What IS slow in the market are homes priced at $10 million or more. “The buyers are few and far between in that price range,” “It can be a long wait to find that buyer, and it takes a lot of patience.” Look at this 25-acre listing in North Dallas. It is listed just under $49 million. This is the most expensive residential property in North Texas. (To view the listing click here.) By the way, this home is AMAZING. GORGEOUS! It was built in 1938. It looks like a movie set.

Interested in seeing more expensive listings in the D-FW area? Check out these beautiful properties below!

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Statistics Prove DFW’s Growing Population is Ranked #1 in Country

We have all read it and heard this before, but statistics prove that DFW’s growing population is ranked #1 in the country. According to Culture Map Dallas, estimates from the U.S Census Bureau state we welcomed 140,000 new residents last year…the most of any metroplex in America. Guess who was second? Our neighbors the Houstonians!

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Another interesting statistic is 9 DFW counties were in the top 100 “fastest-growing counties” in 2015-2016 based on percentage increases.

Rockwall County — 3.65 percent growth rate. Ranked No. 25 nationally for county growth. July 2016 population: 93,978.

Denton County — 3.56 percent growth rate. Ranked No. 28 nationally for county growth. July 2016 population: 806,180.

Kaufman County — 3.39 percent growth rate. Ranked No. 36 nationally for county growth. July 2016 population: 118,350.

Ellis County — 3.07 percent growth rate. Ranked No. 50 nationally for county growth. July 2016 population: 168,499.

Collin County — 2.90 percent growth rate. Ranked No. 68 nationally for county growth. July 2016 population: 939,585

Hood County — 2.73 percent growth rate. Ranked No. 73 nationally for county growth. July 2016 population: 56,857.

Parker County — 2.66 percent growth rate. Ranked No. 79 nationally for county growth. July 2016 population: 129,441.

Wise County — 2.58 percent growth rate. Ranked No. 85 nationally for county growth. July 2016 population: 64,455.

Hunt County — 2.48 percent growth rate. Ranked No. 98 nationally for county growth. July 2016 population: 92,073.

The city and region offer significant employment opportunities, diverse and affordable housing options, and a wonderful quality of life. All of this has been recognized nationally, and continues to draw people to our city and the region,” says Brenda Hicks-Sorensen, assistant director
 of economic development for the City of Fort Worth.

As always, I am never too busy to help you with any Real Estate needs. If you are ready to increase the size of your home with that new family addition or if you want to downsize because your child is almost ready to graduate…I can help with it all. Contact me today at 214.769.2142 so we can talk further.

Also, if you would like to take advantage of a service I offer, just click HERE for a Free Comparative Market Analysis of your home! Basically it will tell you what your home is worth – well at least a starting point!  I will step in to “fine-tune” the results.

Call, let’s Chat –  Cynthia Lopez

 

Been Thinking about Moving to Dallas? 10 Things Everyone Should Know Before Moving Here

Thinking about moving to Dallas? Here is a fun article by D Magazine! It lists some things you should know about Dallas before taking the plunge and moving here! For example:

  1. It’s not just cowboys and tumbleweeds

  2. Best BBQ you will find

  3. Can drink a glass of beer or wine while grocery shopping

  4. Weird and crazy winter weather

  5. Summer’s are hot!

  6. Competitive energy market so shop around

  7. Dallas does impossible things:)

  8. Bad traffic….not gonna lie

  9. Nice people!

  10. AMAZING local culture!

Dallas is one of the best places to live. There are so many things to do here from amazing shopping centers, restaurants, hotels, concert venues, local bars, artists, rodeos, fairs, musicals…..too much to name. It is worth the crazy weather and the traffic. It just becomes normal. Plus, you will learn to love your apps to get you around the traffic! (Waze for example). If you are on the fence, take the plunge. You won’t regret it!

If you are interested in more information about the D.FW area, contact me at 214.769.2142. Lets Chat!

Cynthia Lopez

There is so much art & culture in Dallas!

There is so much art & culture in Dallas. If you haven’t taken the time to explore some of our amazing exhibitions and museums, you should try to find the time to do so. I will list below five of my personal favorites or currently on my to-do list!

Want to know more about our great Dallas Metro?  It’s easy – just call.  Let’s Chat:  214.769.2142.

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THE ANN AND GABRIEL BARBIER-MUELLER MUSEUM: THE SAMURAI COLLECTION This museum is located in the Harwood district. This area has more than two million square feet of premier class AA office, residential, and retail space set within a park-like campus with gardens and art-filled lobbies.  The Samurai Collection has items such as suits of armor, helmets and masks, horse armor and weaponry that date back from the 7th to 19th centuries. The address is 2501 N. Harwood Street. Click the link above for hours. Enjoy this collection that is one of the largest of its type in the world!

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DALLAS MUSEUM OF ART The DMA is one of the 10 largest art museums in the country. It’s mission statement quotes “It promotes research, dialogue, and public participation, helping to reveal the insights of artists from every continent over the last 5,000 years.” Current exhibitions include: “Carey Young: The New Architecture” and “Young Masters: 2017.” The DMA is located in the nation’s largest art district and offers monthly block parties with live music, shows and film viewings. How fun!

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NASHER SCULPTURE CENTER  The Nasher Sculpture Center is located just across the street from the Dallas Museum of Art. It has rotating exhibitions of works from the past 125 years. Bring the kids and enjoy free admission and fun family programming on the first Saturday of every month. Also, once a month, The Nasher stays open until midnight and invites guests to enjoy outdoor concerts and a film screening in their garden space!

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MORTON H. MEYERSON SYMPHONY CENTER Located in the Dallas Arts District, this building is an icon. Just look at the beauty of it! This hall is home to the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. One interesting fact about the hall is it has a “shoebox” style music chamber. This design allows intimacy between performer and audience. Peformanes there are magnificent and I hope you get to experience one!

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ARTS DISTRICT ARCHITECTURE WALKING TOUR This 90 minute walking tour is led by a trained tour guide and you will see buildings from 1890’s to present. Tours are held on the first and third Saturdays of each month, beginning at 10:00 a.m. at the ceremonial entrance to the Dallas Museum of Art (Flora and Harwood). The tour is held rain or shine. This is the best way to capture all the amazing art, architecture and history that you might have missed otherwise!