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

05/23/2017
The First Tee of Fort Worth, Caddie Day, Dean & DeLuca invitational 2017

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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.

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5 Ways to Prepare for an Open House

05/02/2017
5552 Drane, Greenway Parks, Briggs Freeman Sotheby's luxury homes for sale in Dallas

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.

Beauty, Just Listed, The Update

Just Listed in North Texas 3.28.2017 {Video}

03/28/2017

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You won’t want to miss these beautiful properties in Fort Worth, Preston Hollow, Highland Park, University Park and more!

1615 Oak Knoll Drive | Colleyville

1615 Oak Knoll Drive | Colleyville | Listed by Dona Robinson and Jennifer Spielvogel pool

Listed by Dona Robinson and Jennifer Spielvogel 

3850 S Westcliff Road | Fort Worth

3850 S Westcliff Road | Fort Worth | Listed by John Zimmerman

Listed by John Zimmerman 

4901 Arbol Court | Benbrook

4901 Arbol Court | Benbrook | Listed by John Zimmerman

Listed by John Zimmerman 

4322 Williamsburg Road | Preston Hollow

4322 Williamsburg Road | Preston Hollow | Listed by Pamela Brannon and Jeannie Nethery living

Listed by Pamela Brannon and Jeannie Nethery 

4545 San Gabriel Drive | North Dallas

4545 San Gabriel Drive | North Dallas | Listed by Jamie Adams and Kelsi Couture

Listed by Jamie Adams and Kelsi Couture 

4332 Potomac Avenue | Highland Park

4332 Potomac Avenue | Highland Park | Caroline Summers

Listed by Caroline Summers 

3828 Greenbrier Drive | University Park

3828 Greenbrier Drive | University Park | Listed by Kay Wood living

Listed by Kay Wood

104 Emerald Cove | Heath

104 Emerald Cove | Heath | Listed by Carla Whitefield house

Listed by Carla Whitefield 

121 Harbor Lane | Hickory Creek

121 Harbor Lane | Hickory Creek | Listed by David Burgher and Harlan Ray

Listed by David Burgher and Harlan Ray 

Explore these neighborhoods and more at BriggsFreeman.com.

For more luxury homes throughout North Texas, see briggsfreeman.com. 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.  

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Just Listed in North Texas 3.21.2017 {Video}

03/21/2017

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The Spring market has begun in North Texas! Take a look at these beautiful properties in Fort Worth, Dallas, McKinney, Highland Park and more!

1201 Stetson Lane | Graford 

1201 Stetson Lane | Graford | Listed by John Zimmerman living

Listed by John Zimmerman 

9963 Boat Club Road | Fort Worth 

9963 Boat Club Road | Fort Worth | Listed by Bip Nauta living

Listed by Bip Nauta 

1301 Throckmorton Street #2004 | Downtown Fort Worth 

1301 Throckmorton Street #2004 | Downtown Fort Worth | Listed by Allison Hayden living

Listed by Allison Hayden 

2821 Harlanwood Drive | Fort Worth 

2821 Harlanwood Drive | Fort Worth | Listed by Carley Moore living

Listed by Carley Moore 

300 Park Lake Drive | McKinney 

300 Park Lake Drive | McKinney | Listed by Debra Brown living

Listed by Debra Brown 

4229 Arcady Avenue | Highland Park 

4229 Arcady Avenue | Highland Park | Listed by Susan Marcus

Listed by Susan Marcus 

3405 Princeton Avenue | Highland Park 

3405 Princeton Avenue | Highland Park | Listed by Vicki White sitting

Listed by Vicki White 

3912 Holland Avenue | Turtle Creek 

3912 Holland Avenue | Turtle Creek | Listed by Nancy Dunning living

Listed by Nancy Dunning  

Explore these neighborhoods and more at BriggsFreeman.com.

For more luxury homes throughout North Texas, see briggsfreeman.com. 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.  

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Just Sold in North Texas 3.16.2017 {Video}

03/17/2017

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A weekly selection of extraordinary homes recently sold by agents at Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty.

Just Sold – Week of March 6, 2017:

9333 BISCAYNE BOULEVARD | LAKE HIGHLANDS | SOLD
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6301 PRESTON PARKWAY | UNIVERSITY PARK | SOLD
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3736 N VERSAILLES AVENUE | HIGHLAND PARK | SOLD
3736 N Versailles Avenue 75209, West Highland Park, Becky Frey, Briggs Freeman Sotheby's luxury homes for sale in Dallas-entry
2017 FOUR OAKS LANE | FORT WORTH | SOLD
2017 Four Oaks Lane 76107, Arlington Heights, Jamie Adams, Briggs Freeman Sotheby's luxury homes for sale in Fort Worth-pool2
1505 LE MANS LANE | SOUTHLAKE | SOLD

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For more luxury homes throughout North Texas, see briggsfreeman.com. 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.  

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Just Listed in North Texas 3.14.2017 {Video}

03/14/2017

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3208 Lamesa Place | Fort Worth 

3208 Lamesa Place | Fort Worth | Listed by Carol Van Hook fire

Listed by Carol Van Hook

1912 Grosvenor Lane | Colleyville 

1912 Grosvenor Lane | Colleyville | Listed by Nicole Smith kitchen

Listed by Nicole Smith 

304 King Ranch RoadSouthlake 

304 King Ranch Road | Southlake | Listed Wynne Moore pool

Listed Wynne Moore  

1259 Bolton CourtSouthlake 

1259 Bolton Court | Southlake | Listed by Tommy Pennington living

Listed by Tommy Pennington  

4807 Swiss Avenue | Peak Addition

4807 Swiss Avenue | Peak Addition | Listed by Elizabeth Mast entry

 Listed by Elizabeth Mast 

3535 Gillespie Street #606 | Turtle Creek 

3535 Gillespie Street #606 | Turtle Creek | Listed by Jeffrey Lester living

Listed by Jeffrey Lester 

3021 Southwestern BoulevardUniversity Park 

3021 Southwestern Boulevard | University Park | Listed by Malinda Arvesen

Listed by Malinda Arvesen 

5337 Wenonah Drive | Greenway Parks 

5337 Wenonah Drive | Greenway Parks | Listed by Susan Marcus entry

Listed by Susan Marcus

5335 Montrose Drive | Greenway Parks 

5335 Montrose Drive | Greenway Parks | Listed by Christopher McGuire sitting

Listed by Christopher McGuire 

4915 W Hanover Avenue | Briarwood 

4915 W Hanover Avenue | Briarwood | Listed by Becky Frey stairs

Listed by Becky Frey 

Explore these neighborhoods and more at BriggsFreeman.com.

For more luxury homes throughout North Texas, see briggsfreeman.com. 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.  

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Best Bang-for-Your-Buck Home Renovations

03/07/2017
3201 Avondale Street, John Zimmerman, Briggs Freeman Sotheby's luxury homes for sale in Fort Worth-kitchen

3201 Avondale Street, Fort Worth, TX / Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty

If you’re looking to improve your home but can’t guarantee you’ll live there forever, chances are you’re weighing the costs and benefits of certain renovations—what kind of return will you see if or when you need to sell? Knowing the answer drastically increases your enjoyment of your space for the time being and gives you some peace of mind about the future. We’ve compiled a list of the categories below which offer the most added value. Enjoy!

Practical Upkeep

The first item on the list is necessarily pragmatic—maintenance. Realtors the world over assure owners that a home’s snazzier features won’t make a difference if the foundations aren’t sound, both literally and figuratively. Compensating for malfunctioning household basics quickly becomes expensive, and buyers are wary of that. Quoted in Realtor Mag, Ron Phipps says, “If the roof is leaking, buyers won’t get beyond that. I don’t care how awesome the kitchen is.” Updates that score high in terms of recoupment include steel entry doors, new roofs, and new windows.

Curb Appeal

On a similar note, most buyers won’t give a house a second glance, no matter how impressive its interior, if they aren’t drawn to its exterior. Appearance-oriented improvements often justify their cost by attracting buyers willing to pay for their dream home. It might seem surprising that upscale garage doors make Realtor Mag’s “5 Home Remodeling Projects for the Most Return on Investment,” but this update takes a highly visible—and frequently unsightly—exterior element and gives it an elegant and unique look. Clean home siding  (whether entirely new or simply power washed) and landscaping go a long way in this department, as well.

Kitchen

As newly built homes feature more and more spectacular kitchens, which are quickly returning to their prominent position as a family gathering place and not just an area for food preparation, buyers are looking for the same sophistication in resales. Spend money thoughtfully—according to HGTV, some cities (like Providence, Miami, New Orleans, and San Diego) see more than a 100% return on minor kitchen renovations. What to focus on here? Appliances and surfaces that combine maximum efficiency with beauty—think stainless steel ranges and granite countertops.

Bathroom

Bathrooms updates can also offer 100% recoupment, but owners must choose their renovations carefully. A steam or walk-in shower can win buyers over; they’ll feel pampered by the splurge. In contrast, an expensive tub might seem equally luxurious—or perhaps more aesthetic—but it provides a comfort most homeowners don’t have time for on a daily basis and forgoes space, often precious in a smaller room like the bath.

Perks

This is what HGTV refers to as the “Bells and Whistles.”  Sometimes, if the investment benefits your personal enjoyment or all of your bases are covered, it can be worthwhile to shell out for an extra treat that you’ll actually use. Home theater? Exercise or hobby room? Wine cellar? You name it. These icing-on-the-cake leisure spaces can set your home apart and offer comforts that other houses can’t.

 

Want to see these upgrades in action? CLICK HERE to browse a selection of gorgeous current listings that have been recently remodeled.

 

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, Uptown, Lakewood, Southlake, The North, Ranch and Land East, Ranch and Land West, and The Ballpark. Visit the Best Neighborhoods in DFW.

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Just Listed in North Texas 2.27.2017 {Video}

02/28/2017

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2443 Medford Court | Park Hill | Fort Worth 

2443 Medford Court 76109, Park Hill, Fort Worth, John Zimmerman

Listed by John Zimmerman

657 Benavente Court | Montserrat | Fort Worth 

4657 Benavente Court 76126, Montserrat, Fort Worth, John Zimmerman pool

Listed by John Zimmerman

3060 Dove Road | Westlake 

3060 Dove Road 76262, Westlake, Wynne Moore, Perry Moore living

Listed by Wynne Moore and Perry Moore

66 Braewood Place | Glen Abbey | Dallas 

66 Braewood Place 75248, Glen Abbey, Dallas, Faisal Halum, Lera Lee

Listed by Faisal Halum and Lera Lee

9720 Audubon Place | Preston Hollow | Dallas  

9720 Audubon Place 75220, Preston Hollow, Dallas, Lisa Besserer dining

Listed by Lisa Besserer

3901 Turtle Creek Boulevard #9 | Turtle Creek | Dallas 

3901 Turtle Creek Boulevard #9 75219, Turtle Creek, Dallas, Bryan Crawford, Amanda Crawford kitchen

Listed by Bryan Crawford and Amanda Crawford

4433 Bordeaux Avenue | Highland Park  

4433 Bordeaux Avenue 75205, Highland Park, Caroline Summers fireplace

Listed by Caroline Summers

3421 Beverly Drive | Highland Park 

3421 Beverly Drive 75205, Highland Park, Michelle Wood living

Listed by Michelle Wood

3525 Centenary Avenue | University Park  

3525 Centenary Avenue 75225, University Park, Jennifer Miller

Listed by Jennifer Miller

22217 Toenail Trail | Christoval 

22217 Toenail Trail 76935, Christoval, Emily Beck

Listed by Emily Beck

Explore these neighborhoods and more. Visit the Best Neighborhoods Site in DFW.

For more luxury homes throughout North Texas, see briggsfreeman.com. 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, First Look, Just Listed, The Update

Just Listed in North Texas 2.13.2017 {Video}

02/14/2017

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9513 Marbella Drive | Montserrat | Fort Worth 

9513 Marbella Drive | Montserrat, 76126 living

Listed by Melanie Dotzour 

6200 Troon RoadMira Vista | Fort Worth 

6200 Troon Road | Mira Vista, 76132 entry

Listed by Margaret Motheral 

2216 Wilshire BoulevardFort Worth 

2216 Wilshire Boulevard | Fort Worth, 76110 living

Listed by Ashley Mooring 

2505 Oakbend CourtSouthlake 

2505 Oakbend Court | Southlake, 76092 dining

Listed by Wynne Moore  

3660 Ranchero RoadPlano 

3660 Ranchero Road | Plano, 75093 pool

 Listed by Gina Lester 

5600 Plantation Circle | Plano 

5600 Plantation Circle | Plano, 75093

Listed by Chad Schulin 

1 Spyglass CourtFrisco 

1 Spyglass Court | Frisco, 75034 living

Listed by Gina Lester 

4851 Harrys LanePreston Hollow 

4851 Harrys Lane | Preston Hollow, 75229 entry

Listed by Becky Frey 

1517 E Levee StreetDallas Design District 

1517 E Levee Street | Dallas Design District | Listed by Pogir living

Listed by Pogir 

4647 S Versailles AvenueWest Highland Park 

4647 S Versailles Avenue | West Highland Park, 75209 sitting

Listed by Gayle Johansen 

3636 Asbury StreetUniversity Park 

3636 Asbury Street | University Park | Listed by Lynne Lowder

Listed by Lynne Lowder 

Explore these neighborhoods and more. Visit the Best Neighborhoods Site in DFW.

For more luxury homes throughout North Texas, see briggsfreeman.com. 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, First Look, Just Listed, The Update

Just Listed in North Texas 2.7.2017 {Video}

02/09/2017

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4630 Sidonia Court | MontserratFort Worth 

4630 Sidonia Court | Montserrat, 76126 living

Listed by John Zimmerman 

6925 Confederate Park RoadFort Worth 

6925 Confederate Park Road Fort Worth 76108 wine

Listed by Clay Brants 

3708 Cresthaven Terrace | CrestwoodFort Worth 

3708 Cresthaven Terrace | Fort Worth, 76107 living

Listed by John Zimmerman 

4103 Buckingham Place | Colleyville 

4103 Buckingham Place Colleyville 76034 pool

Listed by Nicole Smith 

5189 Sylvan Shores DriveFrisco 

5189 Sylvan Shores Drive 75034, Frisco

Listed by Jeffrey Lester and Holly Bock Season 

2 Green Park Drive | Far North Dallas 

2 Green Park Drive 75248, Far North Dallas,

Listed by Lisa Besserer and Tessa Mosteller 

6725 Northwood Road | Preston Hollow 

6725 Northwood Road | Preston Hollow, 75225 dining

Listed by Missy Woehr 

2801 Purdue AvenueUniversity Park 

2801 Prudue Ave

Listed by Tom Hughes 

3915 McFarlin Boulevard | University Park 

3915 McFarlin Boulevard | University Park, 75205 sitting

Listed by Jenny Wood 

3801 Colgate Avenue | University Park 

3801 Colgate Avenue | University Park, 75225 pool

Listed by Susan Baldwin

4000 Mountain Creek Parkway | Dallas 

Rockin Z | 5520 CR 316 | Alvarado, 76009

Listed by Greg Trout 

Explore these neighborhoods and more. Visit the Best Neighborhoods Site in DFW.

For more luxury homes throughout North Texas, see briggsfreeman.com. 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.