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Summer Open House Tour: Luxe pools. Lush outdoor spaces.

07/06/2017

Photos / Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty

With the July 4 celebrations behind you, it may feel like the party’s over — but at Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty, it’s just getting started. This Sunday, July 9, the D-FW luxury brokerage invites you to experience more than 75 residences with spectacular pools and outdoor entertaining spaces on its Summer Open House Tour.

To celebrate this weekend’s tour, the first annual Summer Open House Tour, we are sharing the five modern-day must-haves for a most luxurious outdoor oasis.

We call it: The Yard Guard

THE PERGOLA

noun 1. a structure usually consisting of parallel colonnades supporting an open roof of girders and cross rafters 2. an archway, arbor or trellis in a garden, park or yard consisting of a framework covered with trained climbing or trailing plants 3. a perfect place for reading, rummy, reflecting and recharging

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66 Braewood Place in Glen Abbey, Dallas | Open Sunday, July 9, from 2 to 4 p.m.

THE WATERSLIDE

noun 1. a continuously wetted chute, as at an amusement park, down which people slide into a pool 2. a slide into a swimming pool, typically flowing with water and incorporating a number of twists and turns 3. a source of guaranteed giggles, laughs and squeals from kids, grandkids, teens, adults and spry seniors

4657 Benavente Court in Montserrat, Fort Worth | Open Sunday, July 9, from 2 to 4 p.m.

4657 Benavente Court in Montserrat, Fort Worth | Open Sunday, July 9, from 2 to 4 p.m.

THE FOUNTAIN

noun 1. a spring of water issuing from the earth 2. an artificially produced jet of water; also: the structure from which it rises 3. an immediately calming and healing presence that burbles away stress and strain

4346 Bluffview Boulevard in Bluffview, Dallas | Open Sunday, July 9, from 2 to 4 p.m.

4346 Bluffview Boulevard in Bluffview, Dallas | Open Sunday, July 9, from 2 to 4 p.m.

THE OUTDOOR ROOM

noun 1. a living-room-like arrangement of indoor-like furniture, often including a fireplace and flat-screen television, on a lawn, patio or porch 2. an outdoor zone, usually under roof, that includes a sitting area, dining area and outdoor kitchen 3. a scene of family dinners, friend nights and football-watching parties

5552 Drane Drive in Greenway Parks, Dallas | Open Sunday, July 9, from 2 to 4 p.m.

5552 Drane Drive in Greenway Parks, Dallas | Open Sunday, July 9, from 2 to 4 p.m.

THE FIRE

noun 1. the phenomenon of combustion manifested in light, flame, and heat 2. fuel in a state of combustion, as on a hearth 3. a flickering, shadowy spot for long conversations, s’mores or smooching

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3 Robledo Drive in Los Arboles in Preston Hollow, Dallas | Open Sunday, July 9, from 2 to 4 p.m.

Discover the Summer Open House Tour: Luxe Pools. Lush Outdoor Spaces. 

 

Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty is a luxury brokerage headquartered in North Texas. Its award-winning agents, serving clients from offices in Dallas, Fort Worth, Southlake, Lakewood, Uptown, The North and The Ballpark, achieved a record-breaking sales volume of $3.2 billion in 2016. Independently owned and operated by president and CEO Robbie Briggs, the firm specializes in the purchase and sale of significant properties, from historic and contemporary to waterfront, ranch and land. The company’s deep-rooted connections, superior marketing resources and global strategies, as part of the $95 billion Sotheby’s International Realty network, bring the extraordinary to every client.

Buzz, The Update

One Local Firm, Four of America’s Top Agents | REAL Trends The Thousand

06/27/2017

The Thousand is annually ranked by REAL Trends and advertised in The Wall Street Journal. Photo / REAL Trends 

In the June 23 issue of The Wall Street Journal, REAL Trends named four Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty agents to The Thousand, its annual ranking of the top 1,000 real-estate professionals and teams in the United States. Across Dallas and Fort Worth, these expert agents are the best in the business.

Not only are Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty’s Becky Frey, Tom Hughes and Michelle Wood on the new ranking of the top 250 individuals by volume, they rank as the top three agents, respectively, in all of Dallas. The firm’s Fort Worth–based John Zimmerman made two lists: the top 250 individuals by volume and the top 250 individuals by transaction sides. In the rankings, Zimmerman is the No. 1 Fort Worth–based agent in the country and the No. 2 agent in all of Texas — and in the top .001 percent of agents in the entire U.S.

REAL Trends, founded in 1987, is the leader in ranking the performance of residential real-estate services firms, agents and teams in the U.S. The REAL Trends ranking considers data, verified by independent sources, for more than 1,000 brokerages.

“I know how talented and dedicated our agents are,” says Robbie Briggs, president and CEO of Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty, “but it’s nice to see an outside party recognize how solid our relationships are between our agents and our buyers and sellers.”

To John, Becky, Tom and Michelle: Congratulations! You are achieving the extraordinary. 

As published in Mansion, The Wall Street Journal's luxury real-estate section, on June 23, 2017.

Photo / As published in Mansion, The Wall Street Journal’s luxury real-estate section, on June 23, 2017.

 

Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty is a luxury real-estate brokerage, established in 1960, headquartered in North Texas. Its nearly 500 award-winning agents, serving clients from offices in Dallas, Fort Worth, Southlake, Lakewood, Uptown, The North and The Ballpark, achieved a record-breaking sales volume of $3.2 billion in 2016. Independently owned and operated by president and CEO Robbie Briggs, the firm specializes in the purchase and sale of significant properties, from historic and contemporary to waterfront, ranch and land. The company’s deep-rooted connections, superior marketing resources and global strategies, as part of the $95 billion Sotheby’s International Realty® network, bring the extraordinary to every client.

The Update

Top 5 Neighborhoods for Your Next Move in North Texas

06/01/2017

Photos / Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty

The Elegant Life: Park Cities

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Your neighbors are leaders in society, business and politics — plus executives, influencers, pro athletes and generations of families — in these sophisticated cities. The quintessential American neighborhood, Highland Park was created to be a respite from the stresses of early 19th-century life. Rich in history and legacy, University Park is home to SMU, considered the “Ivy of the South” and a great place for kids to attend summer camps and athletic events. Located just a few miles from downtown Dallas, homes in the Park Cities range from quaint cottages to large estates — all located within blocks of great local and global shopping in unique neighborhood centers.

Explore all that the elegant life has to offer and find your perfect spot in the Park Cities: 

Highland Park    /     University Park 

The Elevated Life: Uptown/Downtown Dallas

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These areas are alive with young professionals, smart-sizers, artists and CEOs — and anyone who loves the high-energy buzz of a city. This is the heart of Dallas’ music, cultural, event and art scenes, from the five-acre Klyde Warren Park to the renowned Arts District. If you’re a foodie, you’ll love the award-winning restaurants and hip bars. Catch a ride on the historic McKinney Avenue trolleys and discover incredible local shops and luxury retailers. Here, it’s all about luxury high-rises, smart live/work spaces, sophisticated mid-rises and convenient townhomes — home to people from all walks of life.

Explore the elevated life and find your perfect spot in Uptown/Downtown. 

The Energetic Life: The North

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It’s one of the most desirable areas in the United States: safe, sophisticated and perfect for executives, professionals, young families and smart-sizers. There are award-winning schools, bustling city centers and vibrant green spaces — all within a booming business scene. Discover Plano, home to major corporations and boasting parks, ball fields and recognized schools, plus a wide array of shopping, dining and community organizations for every lifestyle. Frisco is home to professional soccer and the vibrant Frisco Square, filled with shops, restaurants and entertainment. Just 25 minutes from DFW and Love Field airports, homes in The North are spacious and gracious — in architectural styles from traditional to tomorrow.

Explore the energetic life and find your perfect spot in The North: 

Plano     /     Frisco     /      McKinney

The Easy Life: Lakewood

There is an unmistakable vibe to Lakewood: Foodies, hipsters, yuppies, artists, grandparents and kiddos happily mix and mingle in this community known for outdoor activities and community support. Money magazine called it one of the top 10 best big-city neighborhoods in America and noted its beautiful setting on the rolling hills next to White Rock Lake. Lakewood is a community that embraces nature, with that sparkling lake and its 15 miles of trails and many tributaries serving as a giant playground to those who live and visit here. Many of the neighborhoods’ iconic homes were built in the 1920s — mixed today with architecturally sensitive charmers and the occasional cool contemporary.

Explore the easy life and find your perfect spot in Lakewood.

The Educated Life: Southlake

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Just minutes from downtown Dallas, Southlake is known for its exemplary public schools and its Friday-night lights. It’s a place where the whole town comes together in the fall to cheer on the Carroll High School Dragons football team, which has won the state championship multiple times. Ranked among the best neighborhoods for families with children by The Dallas Morning News, here you can hike, bike or fish at one of nearly 20 local parks — or you can take the kids to nearby Milwaukee Joe’s Gourmet Ice Cream in the Southlake Town Square for a cone. From year-round golf to sophisticated shopping, Southlake is also a popular executive-relocation town, just minutes from DFW Airport and with easy access to all things Dallas. There is a home here for everyone, especially if you like new construction and custom-built traditional homes.

Explore the educated life and find your perfect spot in Southlake.

 

Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty is a luxury brokerage headquartered in North Texas. Its award-winning agents, serving clients from offices in Dallas, Fort Worth, Southlake, Lakewood, Uptown, The North and The Ballpark, achieved a record-breaking sales volume of $3.2 billion in 2016. Independently owned and operated by president and CEO Robbie Briggs, the firm specializes in the purchase and sale of significant properties, from historic and contemporary to waterfront, ranch and land. The company’s deep-rooted connections, superior marketing resources and global strategies, as part of the $95 billion Sotheby’s International Realty network, bring the extraordinary to every client.

Beauty, The Update

Luxury Lakefront Homes to Enjoy Year-Round

05/30/2017

Photos / Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty

Calming. Invigorating. Living by the water is like a holiday — every day. Your days begin and end with beauty. Thoughts are clearer. Conversations are more memorable. In this era of tap-tap, swipe-swipe, hurry up and hurry over, there is nothing like connecting with water. The expert agents of Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty can find the perfect place for you. Here, just a few of its many listings with water views.

See all lakefront homes, listed exclusively with Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty. 

5400 Gee Road | Granbury — Lake Granbury

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Listed by Michael D. Crain

21 Robledo Drive | Dallas — Private lake

Listed by Amy Detwiler

Listed by Amy Detwiler

2411 Cactus Rio Lane | Weatherford — Brazos River

Listed by Emily Beck and William Woods

9900 Boat Club Road | Fort Worth — Eagle Mountain Lake

Listed by Bip Nauta

Listed by Bip Nauta

Mariposa del Lago: 7941 Summit Cove | Fort Worth — Eagle Mountain Lake

Listed by John Zimmerman

Listed by John Zimmerman

Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty is a luxury brokerage headquartered in North Texas. Its award-winning agents, serving clients from offices in Dallas, Fort Worth, Southlake, Lakewood, Uptown, The North and The Ballpark, achieved a record-breaking sales volume of $3.2 billion in 2016. Independently owned and operated by president and CEO Robbie Briggs, the firm specializes in the purchase and sale of significant properties, from historic and contemporary to waterfront, ranch and land. The company’s deep-rooted connections, superior marketing resources and global strategies, as part of the $95 billion Sotheby’s International Realty network, bring the extraordinary to every client.

Bought!, The Update

Significant Sales – Best of Volume I | Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC

05/26/2017

Significant Sales – Best of Volume I /Sotheby’s International Realty®

Texas, Taiwan, the Turks & Caicos: From captivating waterfront retreats and soaring metropolitan penthouses to sprawling ranches and everything in between, many remarkable properties represented by the Sotheby’s International Realty® network have recently sold — including the W.T. Waggoner Ranch, which made Dallas-based Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty the proud broker of the largest sale in the history of Sotheby’s International Realty.  Here, check out three highlights from Significant Sales – Best of Volume I.

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Buzz, The Update

Tee Up: The First Tee of Fort Worth | 2017 Dean & DeLuca Invitational

05/23/2017

Photos / The First Tee of Fort Worth

One of our favorite aspects of the Dean & DeLuca Invitational has almost nothing to do with golf. Oh, sure, the kids who participate in youth clinic or Caddie Day, run the short-game area or participate as reporters are in it for the golf. But to the longtime volunteer leader and past chair of the tournament held at the Colonial Country Club, Harold Muckleroy, it’s all about the number nine — and, no, not the front or back nine. Nine happens to be the number of Core Values expressed by the PGA’s national The First Tee organization, founded in 1997: honesty, integrity, sportsmanship, respect, confidence, responsibility, perseverance, courtesy and judgment. “They’re great virtues for anyone to live by,” says Muckleroy, founding partner of Muckleroy & Falls commercial construction company of Fort Worth. The First Tee of Fort Worth launched in 2003.

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“Caddie Day was a creation by members of Colonial Country Club in 2005,” Muckleroy says, “and was the very first program of its type on the PGA Tour.” The kids in The First Tee program earn the cherished right to caddie at Colonial by passing all their classroom work, which includes learning the nine Core Values. During practice rounds on the Monday and Wednesday before the tournament, The First Tee kids take over caddie duties at Hole 13, putting on professional caddie bibs and carrying the pros’ clubs. Many times, the bags weigh more than the kids — so they improvise by carrying just one club, often a putter or the club used on the tee box.

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As the golf pros became used to Caddie Day, they began to work more with the kids on their grip techniques, or reading putts. A tradition begun in the second year, photos are taken of each First Tee participant and their pro, which are later autographed by the pro and returned to the caddie as a keepsake. Also begun in year two, close-in private parking is arranged for the parents bringing their kids to Caddie Day; a tournament shuttle service whisks them to the closest entry gate. Other opportunities have been created for the Caddie Day kids and their parents, including maintaining the practice chipping green by rounding up golf balls and raking the sand traps and, for the adults, volunteering at the entry gate to scan electronic tickets. The kids of The First Tee have also become very active participants in the Youth Golf Clinic and the Junior Invitational, a three-hole competition between selected members of The First Tee.

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This year, on Tuesday, May 23, the organization opened a new facility at a local elementary school, which will serve more than 4,000 low-income kids. The First Tee resonates personally for Muckleroy. “I love golf because of its history, legends and the spirit in which it is played. The player calls fouls on himself. I like the integrity of it. I also want to see the game extend into the future as a way to reach young people.”

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To volunteer, donate and learn more about The First Tee of Fort Worth, visit thefirstteeftworth.org.

This content is sponsored by Mary Carolyn Gatzke , Executive Vice President at Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty Fort Worth.

 

Read more “Tee Up” tributes to the DEAN & DELUCA Invitational, as seen in the May 2017 issue of 360 West magazine: click here

 

President and CEO Robbie Briggs independently owns and operates Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty with offices throughout North Texas: Dallas, Fort Worth Cultural District, Fort Worth-Mira Vista, Uptown, Lakewood, Southlake, The North, Ranch and Land East, Ranch and Land West, and The Ballpark. To explore the top neighborhoods in North Texas, visit briggsfreeman.com.

Ranch and Land, The Update

The Resort Ranch on the Texas Range: Wildcatter Ranch

05/03/2017

Photos and video / Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty

Sometimes the buzz of the big city seems like a far cry from the rich and rooted nature of Texas’ past.  Luckily, for those seeking a rustic escape, Wildcatter Ranch is within reach. Etched into the North Texas countryside just 90 miles northwest of Fort Worth, Wildcatter Ranch presents a rare opportunity to own a piece of history in the shape of a fully operational 1,484-acre legacy ranch.

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Have a taste of the classic cowboy lifestyle with a luxurious twist — this property combines western-themed cabin suites and upscale amenities, not to mention its permanently unobstructed views of the Brazos River and North Texas Hill Country.

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You may be familiar with the Wildcatter Ranch by its rich reputation — given its extensive history chronicled in Lonesome Dove and dramatized in The Sons of Katie Elder, and as the subject of media coverage by high-profile publications like The New York Times, Chicago Tribune and USA Today, the Wildcatter Ranch draws international attention and has attracted guests from Britain to the Netherlands and all corners of the United States.

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This recognition is only its fair due as the Wildcatter Ranch is a true dream destination. Its personal accommodations—a 15,436-square-foot main house—are unparalleled.

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With 16 cabins and a 16-room hotel, it’s the perfect location to welcome friends and family, hold conferences and corporate retreats and host weddings, honeymoons, parties, reunions and vacations.

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The 25,000-square-foot restaurant delights palettes with authentic Texan cuisine, while the two horse barns promise a wide range of active entertainment.

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Recreation options include horseback riding, spending time at the archery range or clay shooting range, world-class fishing, winding down in the hot tub or therapeutic spa, exploring the 25 miles of hiking and biking trails or discovering Fort Belknap history.

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The Wildcatter Ranch has a fabled past and, as a turnkey property, it is ready to give its new owners a beautiful present.

Listed by Michael Crain of Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty. More information is available at 13wildcatterranch.com.

For more luxury land and ranch properties throughout North Texas, see briggsfreeman.com and click “Ranches”. President and CEO Robbie Briggs independently owns and operates Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty with offices in  Dallas,  Fort Worth Cultural District,  Fort Worth-Mira Vista,  UptownLakewoodSouthlakeThe North, Ranch and Land, Ranch and Land West, and The Ballpark.  

 

Beauty, Buzz, The Update

5 Ways to Prepare for an Open House

05/02/2017

5552 Drane Drive, Dallas, TX 75209 / Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty

You already know about cleaning and de-cluttering — but did you know these five things could have an even bigger impact on potential buyers who come through your open house?

Do a rapid renovation.”

Little tweaks. Big difference. Kitchen a bit outdated? Replace the fixtures, faucets and cabinet hinges. Family-room furniture a bit beaten up? “Fix” it with fresh, white-cotton slipcovers.

3828 Greenbrier Drive | University Park, TX

3828 Greenbrier Drive | University Park, TX

Turn the bathrooms into little spas.

Create the feel of a relaxing, luxurious bath — for less than $50. Pile pretty soaps in a modern tray. Stack fluffy white washcloths and towels. Add a lightly scented candle. Buy a designer bathmat in a soothing tone, such as the palest green or lightest blue.

9500 Inwood Road | Dallas, TX

9500 Inwood Road | Sunnybrook Estates | Dallas, TX

Highlight those focal points.

Draw visitors’ eyes toward special features using bright colors and accents. A pop of red throw pillows can draw attention to a cozy window seat. A large, striking modern-art poster, framed and propped on the mantel, will really show off a fireplace.

4225 Ridgehaven Drive | Ridglea | Fort Worth, TX

4225 Ridgehaven Road | Ridglea | Fort Worth, TX

Bring nature inside.

Potted plants or a few pretty buds in a vase can help bring energy into any space and fill empty spots. Add a trendy fiddle-leaf fig tree in the living room. Put some beautiful white hydrangeas in the bedrooms.

5828 Woodland Drive | Old Preston Hollow | Dallas, TX

5828 Woodland Drive | Old Preston Hollow | Dallas, TX

Give every room a purpose.

That spare room that’s been used as a combination office/guest room/dumping ground won’t help sell the house unless you show buyers how they can use it. Pick a use — office, guest room, crafts room, game room — and clearly stage the space to showcase that purpose. They’ll see themselves living there — and your open house may just close a deal.

1567 Dove Road | Westlake, TX

1567 Dove Road | Westlake, TX

Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty hosts extraordinary open houses throughout the best neighborhoods in North Texas. Every weekend, the brokerage’s expert agents are known to set the stage for success — just one more reason why sellers continue to list with the D-FW leader in luxury real estate.

To see what’s open in your neighborhood, click here.

President and CEO Robbie Briggs independently owns and operates Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty with offices throughout North Texas: Dallas, Fort Worth Cultural District, Fort Worth-Mira Vista, Uptown, Lakewood, Southlake, The North, Ranch and Land East, Ranch and Land West, and The Ballpark. For all listings, open houses and more — and to explore the top neighborhoods in North Texas — visit briggsfreeman.com.

Buzz, The Update

Art in the Square | 18 Years of Supporting Southlake Charities

04/26/2017

Photos / Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty

It is a happy birthday, indeed. The Southlake Women’s Club is preparing to celebrate the 18th anniversary of Art in the Square. The annual, three-day event begins at 4 p.m. Friday, April 28, and ends at 6 p.m. Sunday, April 30.

More than 160 internationally renowned artists will have their work on display at the 18th Art in the Square, plus local, emerging and high-school artists, too, for viewing and for sale.

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Support from the artists, the community and the event’s sponsors is “incredible,” says longtime volunteer and 2017 sponsorship chairman Carmen Evans, who nurtures relationships with about 100 cash and in-kind sponsors each year, including Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty as well as other major supporters. Evans attended her first Art in the Square in 2002 and immediately knew she wanted to play a role in “such a cool event.”

“I had to be part of it,” says the native Texan, who had moved to Southlake with her husband and two children the year before. After working with entertainment and beverage sales, Evans found her niche in securing sponsorships.

“That is the role that fits me,” she says.

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Since its first year, Art in the Square has raised $2.5 million and annually raises about $200,000, which the Southlake Women’s Club distributes to local charities. This year, the women selected 32 beneficiaries in Northeast Tarrant County that help women, children and families in need.

The event leadership takes pride in the fact that, with the exception of police and fire protection, it is run entirely by 800-plus volunteers.

This year, the Marshall Tucker Band will take the Methodist Southlake Hospital Main Stage on Saturday at 8:30 p.m. A limited number of VIP tickets are available to purchase a front-and-center spot for the Southern Rock headliners. On Friday night: The Walton Stout Band is back to kick off the three-day festival. Both the Main Stage and Gazebo Stage will host entertainment throughout the weekend.

Don’t miss Le Bistro, offering delicious fare from local vendors – everything from pizza to cakes to kettle corn, or cruise food trucks along Route 66 and enjoy beverages from the Filling Station.

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It doesn’t get more family oriented than Art in the Square. Applied art and hand-on activities are available in the Kids Korner, plus bounce houses, inflatables, a bungee trampoline, zip line and rock-climbing wall for teens and ‘tweens in The Zone.

For more information, visit artinthesquare.com.  Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty is a proud sponsor of the 18th Art in the Square

Discover life in Southlake – and all of the top neighborhoods in North Texas – at briggsfreeman.com.

President and CEO Robbie Briggs independently owns and operates Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty with offices throughout North Texas: Dallas, Fort Worth Cultural District, Fort Worth-Mira Vista, Uptown, Lakewood, Southlake, The North, Ranch and Land East, Ranch and Land West, and The Ballpark. Discover the top neighborhoods across North Texas on briggsfreeman.com.