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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.

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, Just Listed, The Update

Just Listed in North Texas 3.28.2017 {Video}

03/28/2017

Photos and video / Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty

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.  

Beauty, First Look, Just Listed, The Update

Just Listed in North Texas 3.21.2017 {Video}

03/21/2017

Photos and video / Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty

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.  

Bought!, The Update

Just Sold in North Texas 3.16.2017 {Video}

03/17/2017

Photos and video / Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty

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.  

Beauty, Buzz, The Update

Best Bang-for-Your-Buck Home Renovations

03/07/2017

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.

Beauty, Business, The Update

Expert Advice: 10 Ways to Prepare Your Home to Sell for Top Dollar

03/01/2017

Lovingly maintained with designer upgrades in a premier Park Cities location. 3224 Centenary Ave. is listed by Meredith Houston. Photos /Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty

It’s true…within seconds of walking in the door, buyers have made up their mind about your treasured home. Do yourself a favor and educate yourself on how to best prepare your home if you’re looking to achieve top dollar. Below, real estate professionals share their advice on the 10 best ways to polish a home to inspire a profitable sale.
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Beauty, Buzz, The Update

Top Home Tech Trends for 2017

03/01/2017

4412 Lorraine Avenue, Highland Park. Listed by Amy Detwiler. Photos /Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty

In a recent post for Lowe’s Open House Newsroom, Mick Koster reports that research predicts a 100 percent increase in the number of Americans residing in smart homes within the next five years. Given that a quarter of U.S. homeowners already occupy a smart home, this information is incredibly significant—theoretically, by 2022, half of U.S. homeowners will have opted into this technological upgrade.

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Beauty, First Look, Just Listed, The Update

Just Listed in North Texas 2.27.2017 {Video}

02/28/2017

Photos and video / Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty

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, Dallas, The Update

Five Homes to Celebrate the Park Cities Champions

01/21/2017

The Highland Park home at 3616 Maplewood Avenue is listed by Laura Nelson. Photos / Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty

Last month, the Highland Park Scots made history for a fourth time, emerging as state champions after facin­g off with the Temple Wildcats in a nail-biting game. Initially at a deficit, the Scots persevered, maintaining their composure and tying the score with a 36-yard touchdown in the second quarter. With hard work, determination, and intelligent plays, the Scots then took the lead and kept it through the finish.

When it comes to real estate, Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty is proud to serve the Park Cities with the same level of dedication and skill. Keep scrolling…you just might win big and find the perfect Park Cities home to keep cheering on your victors.

3800 Normandy Avenue | Highland Park

Listed by Shell Stegall

3616 Maplewood Avenue | Highland Park

Listed by Laura Nelson

3525 University Boulevard | University Park

3525 University Blvd., University Park, Tom Hughes, Sam Kincaid, Briggs Freeman Sotheby's kuxury homes for sale in Dallas-kitchen, breakfast room

Listed by Tom Hughes and Sam Kincaid

6334 Westchester Drive | University Park

6334 Westchester Drive, Highland Park, luxury homes for sale in dallas, briggs freeman sotheby's

Listed by Becky Frey

4229 Edmondson Avenue | Highland Park

Listed by Karla and Alex Trusler

To learn more about living in Highland Park, University Park, and other extraordinary neighborhoods across North Texas, visit briggsfreeman.com.

President and CEO Robbie Briggs independently owns and operates Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty with offices in DallasFort Worth Cultural DistrictFort Worth-Mira VistaUptownLakewoodSouthlakeThe NorthRanch and LandRanch and Land West, and The Ballpark. Visit the Best Neighborhoods Site in DFW.