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North Dallas, Plano, Frisco – Estate-Quality Mansions

This stately six-bedroom, Mediterranean estate on 1.25 acres is situated in prestigious Preston Trails. The home at 16525 Preston Trail Drive is listed for $2,999,999. Photos / Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty

Dallas’ north suburbs may be the country’s hottest relocation sites, attracting thousands of new residents. Here are four estate-quality mansions in plush communities that will make you never want to leave.
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All Eyes on Plano: Homes in Booming Community

Enjoy contemporary living in an exceptional location at 6417 Sudbury Road. Listed for $2,425,000. Photos / Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty

Businesses from across the state and nation are flocking to Plano for its great location, award-winning public schools, shopping, dining entertainment and incredible green spaces.  Take a look at these listings currently being offered in Plano.
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New Listings: Homes in Lakewood, Greenway Parks, Plano

A historic, four-bedroom Tudor at 5454 Wateka Drive in Greenway Parks features original details and desired updates. Listed for $1,849,000. Photos / Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty 

The last few weeks of summer are on the horizon. What better time to make a deal on a new home for a new season.

4837 Swiss Avenue | Lakewood | Listed for $505,550
4837 Swiss Avenue, 75204, Lakewood, Briggs Freeman Sotheby's luxury ranch for sale in Dallas Fort Worth-living

Situated on a prime lot in historic Swiss Avenue, this two-story Georgian-style home boasts 2,933 square feet of living space, with three bedrooms, four baths, a swimming pool and spa, and convenient semi-circle driveway. Built in 1980 yet reminiscent of times passed, this exquisite property greets you with picturesque columns, a large front porch, and charming pediment dormers and windows, parquet floors, beamed ceilings, and open, airy spaces.
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Peek Into Plano: Beautiful Homes in Dallas’ North Suburbs {Video}

Photos / Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty

With the news that Toyota is relocating from California to Texas, interest in homes in and around Plano has increased. Here’s a look at the community, and some of the extraordinary homes there.
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Jessica Bonanno Expands Her Reach to Plano, Frisco

 Photo / Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty

Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty is pleased to announce that Jessica Bonanno is expanding her real estate services to the Plano/Frisco area.

This area has been well known for its vast quantities of corporate headquarters for many large companies, including the latest announcement of the Dallas Cowboys World Headquarters planned in Frisco.
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Go North! Live in Plano, Frisco, Allen, McKinney, North Dallas!

Contemporary, beautifully updated and conveniently located, the home at 5642 Bent Tree Drive creates a resort-like environment for homeowners. Listed by Libby Norwood and Meredith Houston for $1,595,000. Photos / Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty

With corporations relocating to North Texas and a whole team of Cowboys headed to Frisco, the Metroplex’s northern neighborhoods are bursting with opportunities. Take of tour of these homes, and many more, at briggsfreeman.com. Continue Reading…

From My Perspective

The Best Birthday Song, Ever

For many Americans, Fourth of July celebrations go hand in hand with our brilliant “Star-Spangled Banner,” particularly when it comes to fireworks displays. There’s nothing like a grand show, filling our skies with colorful lights, punctuated by that rousing song and bombastic explosions of sound.

Part of that tradition dates to July 4, 1777, the year after the Declaration of Independence was signed. There was a magnificent celebration in Philadelphia, then our nation’s capital. It saw 13 cannons being fired from ships dressed in red, white and blue; a spirited band performance; bells ringing throughout the city; and a grand exhibition of fireworks that night. “Every thing was conducted with the greatest order and decorum,” reported the Virginia Gazette, “and the face of joy and gladness was universal.”

But, interestingly enough, “The Star-Spangled Banner” wasn’t written until much later. Amateur poet Francis Scott Key penned it as a poem first, after witnessing a violent siege on Baltimore’s Fort McHenry during the War of 1812, and seeing our flag still flying over it the next morning. His first glorious verse:

O say can you see, by the dawn’s early light,

What so proudly we hail’d at the twilight’s last gleaming,

Whose broad stripes and bright stars through the perilous fight

O’er the ramparts we watch’d were so gallantly streaming?

And the rocket’s red glare, the bombs bursting in air,

Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there,

O say does that star-spangled banner yet wave

O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

Key’s poem was eventually set to music — a popular English drinking tune, in fact — and in 1916, President Woodrow Wilson declared that it should be played at all official events. Fifteen years later, in 1931, the poem that became a song became our national anthem.

This weekend, and next Wednesday — July 4 — there will be fireworks displays all over North Texas, from Fort Worth to Dallas, Fair Park to Plano, and everywhere in between. As you look to the sky and see those rockets’ red glares, remember the historic events that set all this in motion.

Happy birthday, America. At 242 years old, you’ve never looked better.

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ROBBIE BRIGGS, President and CEO

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What is your furniture saying about you?

They’re not ‘just things,’ as some will try and tell you. Your home furnishings telegraph all kinds of messages and meanings — and not just to those who come to visit. The journalist LEE CULLUM does some translating.

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THE LOOK: 308 Kings Lake Drive, McKinney, Texas (click image to see the home)

“Things contain people.” So said Dallas-born novelist Elizabeth Forsythe Hailey. They also contain ideas, memories, places.

For Hailey, it was all of those when she furnished The English Room at her house in Los Angeles. In it, she put pieces that she and her husband, Oliver Hailey, a playwright, had collected from shops in Rudgwick, West Sussex, for Eames House, a treasure of the 16th century that they bought and renovated. (The kitchen was redone thanks to her phenomenally successful first book, A Woman of Independent Means.) Generously apportioned and with radiant roses in front and back, Eames House was down the street from the pub and the Anglican church. There were bedrooms for everybody: Hailey and her husband; their daughters Kendall and Brooke; his mother, Hallie Mae; and his brother Thomas, stricken with polio as a child but who, from a wheelchair, lavished attention on politics and chess.

“When they first came to Rudgwick,” recalled Mr. Tilley, who sometimes drove the Haileys to theaters in London, “they were so full of life, every one of them.” Hallie Mae lived in the room in L.A. that later would recall Eames House, and now guests enjoy the fold-out bed and the ambience of antiques stores, where the Haileys found a drop-leaf dining table and six chairs — their first purchase — and a chaise longue called a duchess chair, Hailey’s favorite, now in her L.A. living room. Though Eames House has a half-timbered Tudor façade, the family’s taste, Hailey tells me, “ran to Bloomsbury, inspired by Charleston, the farmhouse in East Sussex where Virginia Woolf’s artist sister, Vanessa Bell, lived with, among others, the painter Duncan Grant.”

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THE LOOK: 5131 Shadywood Lane, Dallas, Texas (click image to see the home)

 It is not unusual to find special parts of oneself via another country. Interior designer Emily Summers, in her own Dallas house, has resonated with the elegant restraint of Germany’s Bauhaus modernism and, in her courtyards, with the gardens of Japan. Her styles of furniture, she says, range “from the ’40s to the ’80s.”

Paula Lambert of the Mozzarella Company has infused her new home with the colors and light that I associate with Italy, where she learned to make cheese. A spectacular coffee table, however, began in London at the restaurant NOPI, where Lambert was having dinner. She peeked beneath the tablecloth, admired very much what she saw and sent a photo back to her interior designer, Dan Nelson of Vision Design. Without telling her, Nelson drew a replica as a coffee table and had it built in Dallas.

For biblical scholar Marjorie Currey and her husband, Fred, it’s the Middle East and their enduring hope for its three great religions of the book: Christianity, Judaism and Islam. A magnificent archway leading from the entrance hall to the living room is inscribed thus: “I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery.” On the other side is this from the Koran: “There is one God. His name is Allah and Muhammad is his prophet.” Everything in both rooms has been selected to support the idea of cultural convergence.

Then there is Garrett Boone, co-founder of the Container Store and now chairman of TreeHouse, the Dallas and Plano home-improvement stores that are highly focused on green living. The Dallas Morning News featured Boone’s own Walking Table, an irregular slab of wood mounted on slender wood legs with feet moving ahead, filled with purpose, and his Jonah Bed, with its partial canopy inspired by the rib of a fish he found somewhere, hugging the shore. Both of these exuberant creations of his — made in his own woodshop across town — grace the Turtle Creek condominium he shares with his wife, Cecilia.

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THE LOOK: 3821 Beverly Drive, Highland Park, Texas (click image to see the home)

And what could be more inviting than dining in the round, at a table that envelops a group and encourages intimate conversation? Bonnie Wheeler, director of medieval studies at Southern Methodist University, once had a long, splendid groaning board of “diamond mahogany and rosewood French Art Deco,” she explains, with “multiple leaves that could be extended to 22 feet — enough space to have dinners for whole classes of students, but also cozy enough for just a few friends when brought down to its basic size.” All this she traded to a round mahogany table, large enough to seat 12, worthy of King Arthur and his knights, though it’s from the much more recent 18th century.

Gail Thomas, a founding fellow of The Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture and the former CEO of The Trinity Trust Foundation, now the Trinity Park Conservancy, and her husband, Bob, a lawyer, have explored plenty of urgent issues at their dark circular table, hand-painted at the center with rich and glorious color. She found it at AOI Home, formerly Art of Old India, in the Dallas Design District years ago and around it has led full and fluent conversations — “soulful conversation,” Thomas would say — ever since.

So, things — especially those that bear witness to our most closely held moments, to our love — do contain people, places, ideas and memories. Our home furnishings testify to our enthusiasms, our emotions, to the quality of our intellect and the lasting impact of our lives.

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LEE CULLUM, a Dallas native and Southern Methodist University graduate, is an award-winning journalist and the host of CEO, a series of interviews with business leaders, on KERA. She is a contributor to The Dallas Morning News.

 

 

From My Perspective

That Boom You Hear

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“Dallas And Austin Lead The Surging South.”

That’s the unforgettable headline of Forbes’ latest ‘Best Cities For Jobs’ report, its annual ranking of more than 70 of America’s largest metropolitan areas.

For the second consecutive year, Dallas is at the top of the list, driven in considerable part by our area’s astounding growth in jobs since 2006: almost 26 percent. What’s more, says Forbes, “Dallas has logged double-digit percentage job growth since 2012 in almost every major economic sector we measured, from information to construction, energy, finance, and professional and business services.”

It is worth noting that Forbes includes Plano and Irving in its definition of Dallas. The key to the whole area’s success, it says, is that “it’s a great value proposition, with affordable housing, a favorable regulatory climate, low taxes and an increasing array of cultural amenities beyond the Dallas Cowboys.”

Our brokerage opened in Dallas in 1960, when the population was less than 700,000. It’s almost double that now — and in 2017 it went up by another 2.02 percent, the highest of the 10 largest areas on the Forbes list. The number of jobs went up even higher: a solid 2.8 percent.

Austin is second in the ranking. Its jobs are up, too — the biggest jump being in professional and business services. Following Texas’ capital city are Nashville, San Jose (Silicon Valley), Charlotte and Orlando.

The clear standout, though, is Dallas. Says Forbes: “Perhaps nothing proves this more than the large number of companies that have either moved whole hog to the Big D or sited significant operations there in recent years, including the likes of Toyota’s North American headquarters and Jacobs Engineering, both from Southern California, as well as Jamba Juice, Pei Wei and JetSuite. Many more have announced major expansions there, including Boeing, OKI Data and Louis Vuitton.”

This is all good news for North Texas, which continues to show consistent growth in many categories. “Simply put,” Forbes says, “this Energizer bunny just doesn’t stop.”

Big D is booming, all right — in more ways than one.

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ROBBIE BRIGGS, President and CEO

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A Year of Significant Sales by North Texas’ Luxury Brokerage [VIDEO]

Video / All properties sold in 2017 by Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty agents. 

The expert agents of Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty  — more than 500 in all, in 10 offices across North Texas — propelled the firm to exceptional successes in 2017.

Per recent data from North Texas Real Estate Information Systems, Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty sold more homes across Dallas and Fort Worth in 2017 than any other firm for properties priced more than $550,000 and more than $1 million.

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