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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

66 Braewood Place, Briggs Freeman Sotheby's luxury homes for sale in Dallas - pergola

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.

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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.

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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.  

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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.

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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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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.  

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Just Listed in North Texas 2.13.2017 {Video}

02/14/2017

Photos and video / Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty

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.  

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Just Listed in North Texas 2.7.2017 {Video}

02/09/2017

Photos and video / Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty

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.  

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Just Listed in North Texas 1.29.2017 {Video}

01/30/2017

Photos and video / Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty

5351 Livingston Avenue | Mockingbird Park | Dallas

5351 Livingston Ave Dallas 75209- pool

Listed by Becky Frey 

5610 Caruth Boulevard | Devonshire | Dallas 

5610 Caruth Blvd | Devonshire, 75209- sitting

Listed by Erica G Kuppin 

4412 Lorraine Avenue | Highland Park West 

4412 Lorraine Avenue- kitchen

Amy Detwiller  

5131 Shadywood Lane | Bluffview | Dallas 

5131 Shadywood Lane- entry

Listed by Caroline Summers 

2845 Hood Street | Turtle Creek | Dallas 

2845 Hood Street | Turtle Creek- sitting

Listed by Faisal Halum  

9970 Strait Lane | Preston Hollow | Dallas 

9970 Strait Lane | Preston Hollow, 75220- living

Listed by Lisa Besserer 

748 Deforest Road | Coppell

748 Deforest Road Coppell 75019- living

 Listed by Maureen Steitle 

6638 Lakeshore DriveLakewood | Dallas

6638 Lakeshore Drive | Lakewood, 75214- sitting

 Listed by Kelley Theriot McMahon 

6320 Llano AvenueLakewood Heights | Dallas

6320 Llano Avenue | Lakewood Heights

Listed by Kelley Theriot McMahon 

6100 Lake Shore DriveEagle Mountain Lake | Fort Worth 

6100 Lake Shore Drive Fort Worth 76179 lake

Listed by John Zimmerman 

8853 Random Road | Eagle Mountain Lake | Fort Worth 

8853 Random Road | Eagle Mountain Lake, 76179 deck

Listed by Amy Chairez 

4609 Saint Laurent Court | Montserrat | Fort Worth 

4609 Saint Laurent Court | Montserrat

Listed by  John Zimmerman

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.