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Beauty, The Update

Stately Colonial Estate Near World-Class Golf in Arlington

11/23/2015
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Available in Arlington: 4106 Shady Valley Drive. Photos / Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty

In the heart of the Metroplex, equally close to Dallas and Fort Worth, is an elegant Colonial-style estate home with five bedrooms and seven baths on a corner lot. A short walk away is the Shady Valley Country Club, which features a world-class, 18-hole, par-70 course, known as the best kept secret in the Arlington golf community.

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Beauty, The Update

New Listings in Tarrant County – Fort Worth, Arlington, Grapevine

08/31/2015
6628 Sahalee Drive 76132, Fort Worth, John Zimmerman, Briggs Freeman Sotheby's luxury home for sale in Dallas Fort Worth-living

The home at 6628 Sahalee Drive in Mira Vista has walls of windows. Photos / Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty

There’s nothing quite like starting off the school year in a new home. Blending the best of all the creature comforts, exceptional design and great locations, the homes listed below are perfect for creating a lifetime of memories. For more homes, visit briggsfreeman.com.

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Beauty, Just Listed

Just Listed in Dallas, Forth Worth, and Arlington!

08/14/2014

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4629 Twin Post Road | North Dallas | Listed for $649,900
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6738 Glendora Avenue | Preston Hollow | Listed for $849,000
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3914 Bryn Mawr Drive | University Park | Listed for $1,569,500
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4511 Watauga Road | Bluffview | Listed for $7,500,000
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3014 Shadow Drive | Arlington | Listed for $1,795,000
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4708 Santa Cova Court | Montserrat / Fort Worth | Listed for $2,195,000
4708 Santa Cova Court 76126, Fort Worth, Briggs Freeman Sotheby's luxury home for sale in Dallas Fort Worth-exterior

Click here to see all new listings this week.

For more beautiful homes, see briggsfreeman.comClick here to see the latest in real estate news. CEO Robbie Briggs independently owns and operates Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty with five offices in Dallas, Uptown, Ranch and Land, The Ballpark and Southlake.

Buzz, The Update

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

05/23/2017
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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.

Buzz, The Update

9 Ways to Up Your Game | The 2017 DEAN & DELUCA Invitational

05/17/2017
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Because golf style isn’t just about loud pants: here, your ultimate guide to doing the DEAN & DELUCA Invitational in supreme style.

As seen in Swing, an insert in the May 2017 issue of 360 West magazine. / Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty 

The DEAN & DELUCA Invitational golf tournament begins Monday, May 22, at Fort Worth’s Colonial Country Club.

Read our complete tribute 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 in  Dallas,  Fort Worth Cultural District,  Fort Worth-Mira Vista,  UptownLakewoodSouthlakeThe North, Ranch and Land, Ranch and Land West, and The Ballpark.  For more information, visit briggsfreeman.com.

Ranch and Land, The Update

The Resort Ranch on the Texas Range: Wildcatter Ranch

05/03/2017

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Sometimes the buzz of the big city seems like a far cry from the rich and rooted nature of Texas’ past.  Luckily, for those seeking a rustic escape, Wildcatter Ranch is within reach. Etched into the North Texas countryside just 90 miles northwest of Fort Worth, Wildcatter Ranch presents a rare opportunity to own a piece of history in the shape of a fully operational 1,484-acre legacy ranch.

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Have a taste of the classic cowboy lifestyle with a luxurious twist — this property combines western-themed cabin suites and upscale amenities, not to mention its permanently unobstructed views of the Brazos River and North Texas Hill Country.

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You may be familiar with the Wildcatter Ranch by its rich reputation — given its extensive history chronicled in Lonesome Dove and dramatized in The Sons of Katie Elder, and as the subject of media coverage by high-profile publications like The New York Times, Chicago Tribune and USA Today, the Wildcatter Ranch draws international attention and has attracted guests from Britain to the Netherlands and all corners of the United States.

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This recognition is only its fair due as the Wildcatter Ranch is a true dream destination. Its personal accommodations—a 15,436-square-foot main house—are unparalleled.

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With 16 cabins and a 16-room hotel, it’s the perfect location to welcome friends and family, hold conferences and corporate retreats and host weddings, honeymoons, parties, reunions and vacations.

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The 25,000-square-foot restaurant delights palettes with authentic Texan cuisine, while the two horse barns promise a wide range of active entertainment.

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Recreation options include horseback riding, spending time at the archery range or clay shooting range, world-class fishing, winding down in the hot tub or therapeutic spa, exploring the 25 miles of hiking and biking trails or discovering Fort Belknap history.

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The Wildcatter Ranch has a fabled past and, as a turnkey property, it is ready to give its new owners a beautiful present.

Listed by Michael Crain of Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty. More information is available at 13wildcatterranch.com.

For more luxury land and ranch properties throughout North Texas, see briggsfreeman.com and click “Ranches”. 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.  

 

Business, The Update

Writing the Book on China {VIDEO}

05/02/2017

 

The long-anticipated book launch and grand tour for Chinese Institutions’ Definitive Guide To USA Commercial Real Estate kicked off on April 19 in New York City at 212 Fifth Avenue. The 300-plus-page hardcover was a collaboration led by Ben Briggs, executive vice president of international business at Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty, who has lived in China for more than 11 years. Following the Manhattan grand opening, several of the book’s co-authors toured Boston, Washington DC, Miami, Dallas and Fort Worth. Atlanta and Seattle are still to follow. To read more on china.briggsfreeman.com, click here.

On April 24, the Dallas-area book launch welcomed over 100 VIP guests to Museum Tower, including U.S.-China Chamber of Commerce members, real estate investors and professionals. The Dallas Business Journal and China Daily covered the event.

 

About the Book

Chinese Institutions’ Definitive Guide To USA Commercial Real Estate, published by one of Beijing’s top business publishers, includes chapters entitled: Why Purchase U.S. Real Estate, Important International Tax Issues, Single-Family Investment, Closing the Deal and more. The book highlights markets and submarkets in each of America’s top gateway cities, with commentary written by local real estate CEOs and top brokers that work alongside Briggs. Briggs’ colleague and financial analyst for Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty, Catherine Hu, co-authored the book bringing much depth and wisdom to intricate details, helping to understand various asset classes of U.S. real estate and relay that to the Chinese readers. Top U.S.-China legal experts also helped pen chapters on optimizing tax structures and negotiating joint venture partnerships.

Chinese Institutions’ Definitive Guide to USA Commercial Real Estate is now available on Amazon.

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, Buzz, The Update

5 Ways to Prepare for an Open House

05/02/2017
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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.

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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.

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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.

Buzz, The Update

Art in the Square | 18 Years of Supporting Southlake Charities

04/26/2017

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It is a happy birthday, indeed. The Southlake Women’s Club is preparing to celebrate the 18th anniversary of Art in the Square. The annual, three-day event begins at 4 p.m. Friday, April 28, and ends at 6 p.m. Sunday, April 30.

More than 160 internationally renowned artists will have their work on display at the 18th Art in the Square, plus local, emerging and high-school artists, too, for viewing and for sale.

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Support from the artists, the community and the event’s sponsors is “incredible,” says longtime volunteer and 2017 sponsorship chairman Carmen Evans, who nurtures relationships with about 100 cash and in-kind sponsors each year, including Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty as well as other major supporters. Evans attended her first Art in the Square in 2002 and immediately knew she wanted to play a role in “such a cool event.”

“I had to be part of it,” says the native Texan, who had moved to Southlake with her husband and two children the year before. After working with entertainment and beverage sales, Evans found her niche in securing sponsorships.

“That is the role that fits me,” she says.

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Since its first year, Art in the Square has raised $2.5 million and annually raises about $200,000, which the Southlake Women’s Club distributes to local charities. This year, the women selected 32 beneficiaries in Northeast Tarrant County that help women, children and families in need.

The event leadership takes pride in the fact that, with the exception of police and fire protection, it is run entirely by 800-plus volunteers.

This year, the Marshall Tucker Band will take the Methodist Southlake Hospital Main Stage on Saturday at 8:30 p.m. A limited number of VIP tickets are available to purchase a front-and-center spot for the Southern Rock headliners. On Friday night: The Walton Stout Band is back to kick off the three-day festival. Both the Main Stage and Gazebo Stage will host entertainment throughout the weekend.

Don’t miss Le Bistro, offering delicious fare from local vendors – everything from pizza to cakes to kettle corn, or cruise food trucks along Route 66 and enjoy beverages from the Filling Station.

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It doesn’t get more family oriented than Art in the Square. Applied art and hand-on activities are available in the Kids Korner, plus bounce houses, inflatables, a bungee trampoline, zip line and rock-climbing wall for teens and ‘tweens in The Zone.

For more information, visit artinthesquare.com.  Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty is a proud sponsor of the 18th Art in the Square

Discover life in Southlake – and all of the top neighborhoods in North Texas – at briggsfreeman.com.

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. Discover the top neighborhoods across North Texas on briggsfreeman.com.

Buzz, The Update

Forbes on Dallas-Fort Worth: Hottest Housing Markets 2017

04/25/2017
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Residences at the Stoneleigh | 2300 Wolf Street, Dallas, TX / Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty

“Every home buyer wants to make a smart investment,” writes Forbes about its list of 2017 Best Buy Cities—the country’s top 20 hottest housing markets to invest in this year. High on that list? Fort Worth and Dallas. Forbes collaborated with Local Market Monitor, a company that tracks 300-plus metropolitan areas, to determine where home prices, jobs and populations are up — in this case, way up.

Fort Worth’s numbers put it at No. 9 on the list. Its population of almost 2.4 million is up by more than 5 percent in just three years. Job growth? Up more than 2 percent. But it’s the home prices that boggle: Fort Worth’s are up 9 percent, year over year — and are predicted to go up 17 percent in the next three years. At least.

And the hottest investment city? “Dallas dominates,” says Forbes. “The home of Exxon Mobil and the Dallas Cowboys claims the No. 1 ranking. Dallas has an average home price of $233,000. That’s up 3.9 percent from a year ago and underpriced by 3 percent compared to the city’s historic average. Local Market Monitor forecasts prices will increase 31 percent by 2020 thanks in part to 3.9-percent job growth in the past year and 6.2 percent population growth in the last three.”

Populations are up. Jobs are up. That Texas spirit is up. No matter which city you love, the expert agents of Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty will help you invest smartly in your new home in Fort Worth or Dallas — two of America’s hottest cities by far.

 

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.