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Know Your Architecture | Mid-Century Modern

08/17/2017

From whence it came:

The Mid-Century Modern movement in America was an adaptation of two austere, straight-lined architectural movements in Europe: the International and Bauhaus styles. American mid-century architecture, which spanned roughly from the late 1930s to the ’70s, is warmer and more organic, often with wood elements — beams, columns, walls — where the Europeans employed concrete and steel.

10210 Strait Lane | Preston Hollow | Dallas, TX

10210 Strait Lane, Briggs Freeman Sotheby's luxury homes for sale-exterior

10210 Strait Lane, Briggs Freeman Sotheby's luxury homes for sale

10210 Strait Lane, Briggs Freeman Sotheby's luxury homes for sale

Listed by Faisal Halum

What makes it mid-century:

Flat or vaulted roofs, large plate-glass windows, open floor plans and a feeling of the inside and outside blurred into one — thanks not only to walls of glass and large glazed doors that slide away but also to the continuation of the same materials outside as inside, especially flooring. (Think slate, terrazzo or travertine.)

Other cues:

Carports, clerestory windows, atriums, large stone or brick fireplaces which anchor the whole house.

1501 Shady Oaks Lane | Westover Hills | Fort Worth, TX

1501 Shady Oaks Lane, Briggs Freeman Sotheby's luxury homes for sale-exterior

1501 Shady Oaks Lane, Briggs Freeman Sotheby's luxury homes for sale

1501 Shady Oaks Lane, Briggs Freeman Sotheby's luxury homes for sale

Listed by John Zimmerman

Why it works:

Mid-Century Modern brings nature in via its walls of windows. It’s a refreshing way to live, harmoniously with the outdoors. The clean lines of Mid-Century Modern architecture also allow the eye and mind to relax — leading to expansive thoughts.

6832 Westlake Avenue | Lakewood | Dallas, TX

6832 Westlake Avenue, Briggs Freeman Sotheby's luxury homes for sale-exterior

6832 Westlake Avenue, Briggs Freeman Sotheby's luxury homes for sale

Listed by Scott Carlson and Patrick Bukowitz

Famous examples:

The dramatically cantilevered Fallingwater in the Pennsylvania woods by Frank Lloyd Wright; the glass-walled house in rural Connecticut for himself by Philip Johnson; the long, low, see-through Stahl House by Pierre Koenig, which hangs over Los Angeles.

3300 Bryn Mawr Drive | Park Cities | University Park, TX

3300 Bryn Mawr Drive, Briggs Freeman Sotheby's luxury homes for sale-exterior

3300 Bryn Mawr Drive, Briggs Freeman Sotheby's luxury homes for sale-exterior

Listed by Tiffany Jackson

Movies with mid-century houses in starring roles:

North by Northwest, A Star is Born, A Single Man, The Fountainhead, The Big Lebowski, Diamonds are Forever.

4167 Charron Lane | Ridglea Hills | Fort Worth, TX

Listed by Clay Brants

Where to get yours:

Look for Mid-Century Modern houses throughout North Texas — anywhere the terrain tends to be heavily treed, often with ravines and creeks. A Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty agent can help you find the perfect Mid-Century Modern to call home.

3425 Ranchero Road | El Ranchero Estates | Plano

Listed by Lisa Besserer

Discover magnificent Mid-Century Moderns at briggsfreeman.com

 

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

Know Your Architecture | A Guide to Design

08/11/2017

Photo / Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty

In the words of Italian architect Renzo Piano, the designer behind The Shard in London and Dallas’ own Nasher Sculpture Center, “One of the great beauties of architecture is that each time, it is like life starting over again.” The space through which we move undeniably influences our psyches — the houses we build, both literally and figuratively, becoming reflections of our aesthetics, values, and choices. Every Thursday, we’ll investigate at length the details of a different architectural tradition as we hope to guide readers toward their truest tastes; to gain a more profound understanding of the symbiosis between home and inhabitant; and to usher in, with each style and each studied structure, a fresh take, a renaissance of the mind and spirit, experience made new and wondrous once more — like life starting over again.

Explore architecturally significant properties on briggsfreeman.com

 

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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Heard It Through the Grapevine: 11 Wonderful Wine Rooms

08/02/2017

Photos / Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty

Attention all wine lovers! We know that you’ve been dreaming of the day when you have a luxury wine room in the comfort of your own home. Who wouldn’t want to retreat into a personal Napa or Loire Valley after a long week at the office? Whether you’re looking to save space, put your wine collection on display, or archive your most valuable bottles, that cellar you’ve been dreaming about is calling your name. Answer the call and raise your glass to these outstanding wine rooms in these North Texas homes — all currently listed by Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty.

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From House to Home: Wallpaper Trends

08/01/2017

 

Photos / Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty

If you’re wondering how to make your house feel more like your home, we have the perfect solution for you. Why not try something new and style your home with wallpaper! Embrace the patterns and the colors that suit your home and your own personal taste to project your personality onto your home. Wallpaper can inspire your favorite rooms with a new atmosphere and assign a certain character to your home. What do you want your home to say about you? Want to stand out from the crowd? Line your dining room with a bold design to wow your guests at your next dinner party. Want to put a little spring in your step? Stop to smell the roses and brighten up your bathroom with a fun floral pattern. Want to remember to enjoy the simple things in life? Spice up your kitchen with a fun geometric print that will put the joy back into meal-prep. Whatever your motivation may be, your perfect wallpaper is out there waiting to transform your house into your home!

5330 Drane Drive | Greenway Parks | Dallas

Listed by Caroline Summers

 

4433 Bordeaux Avenue | Highland Park

Listed by Caroline Summers

 

4005 Gillon Avenue | Highland Park

Listed by David Sparling

 

4612 Watauga Road | Bluffview | Dallas

Listed by Susan Baldwin and Ginger Nobles

 

1501 Shady Oaks Lane | Westover Hills | Fort Worth  

Listed by John Zimmerman

 

6916 Sanctuary Lane | Mira Vista | Fort Worth

Listed by Leigh Crates

 

5601 Banister Court | Willow Bend | Plano

Listed by Gina Lester

Discover extraordinary listings across North Texas

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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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.

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.

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.  

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This is B | Luxury + Life + Briggs Freeman SIR

03/24/2017
B MAGAZINE | THE DEBUT ISSUE: SPRING + SUMMER 2017

This is B – the luxury lifestyle magazine of Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty. It is packed with style, design, art, interiors, travel, automobiles – and the finest residential listings in North Texas and beyond. 

Dallas-born supermodel Chandra North stars in a clever fashion feature and graces the cover of for The Debut Issue: Spring + Summer 2017 – officially released Friday, March 24. The glossy pages are loaded with exclusive content from top contributors such as Skip Hollandsworth, Lee Cullum, Fredrik Broden, Stephen Karlisch, Nan Coulter and more. For the foodies: a ‘think piece’ from restaurateur Mico Rodriguez is a must-read. For Dallas Cowboys fans: We have an exclusive look inside Charlotte Jones Anderson’s private office at the team’s new headquarters, The Star.

Before you flip the first page, President and CEO Robbie Briggs has some words of advice: “Enjoy it. Read every word. Study every photo.”

Do come in…

 

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

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.