Peaceful isn't something you hear about in homes much these days

6712 Lahontan Drive in Mira Vista is a peaceful home with many water features  (photos Trey Freeze Media)

What is it about water that is so peaceful and relaxing?  We go to the beach to hear the waves, the lake to hear the lapping of the water, and if you’ve ever watched a front-loading washing machine go through a cycle, it’s quite mesmerizing.

People spend tons of money to have fountains installed in their gardens and there are even desktop gizmos that you plug in and hear the trickle of water while different colored lights shine.

Water is relaxing and peaceful and very comforting.  If you like the peaceful sound of water flowing, then you’ll love this home in the gated golfing community of Mira Vista Country Club.

No diving please

The fountain and splash pool is the focal feature of the interior courtyard at 6712 Lahontan Drive

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The 3,500 ft. garden home

6736 Medinah Drive in the Garden Home section of Mira Vista Country Club

When I think of a garden home in my mind, I see a small house on a tiny piece of land that seems too cramped.  What do you think of? How about a nearly 3,500-square-foot home with four bedrooms, tall ceilings, plenty of natural light and only a few steps from a Fort Worth-famous golf course?

Now that’s a Garden Home.

And 6736 Medinah Drive, in garden home section of Mira Vista Country Club, is exactly what you’re looking for if you need space, luxury, relaxation, and low maintenance.

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Photos: Trey Freeze Media

Ask any listing agent and they will tell you how important it is to receive feedback from other agents and their clients.  As an agent, it drives me crazy when I either don’t receive any feedback at all, or I get such generic feedback such as, “this home doesn’t work for my client.”  Gee, that was helpful.

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Kitchen of 6808 Shadow Creek Court with tremendous attention to detail

The owners of 6808 Shadow Creek Court in the gated golfing community of Mira Vista Country Club, originally listed the home in 2013 but did not get the contract they were looking for.  What they did get was solid feedback of what the house was missing.

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Official Press Release/For Immediate Release:

Brants, Mira Vista and Bloom have joined Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty. Brants Realtors and Mira Vista Realtors, representing decades of deep market knowledge in Fort Worth, have joined a North Texas luxury real estate leader, Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty.

As the Fort Worth real estate market grows month over month, this announcement continues Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty’s position in key neighborhoods and offers homeowners a luxury brand with a strong local and global reach when listing their homes.

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John Zimmerman and Robbie Briggs

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I think pretty much all of America is checking out at 2 p.m. today. That’s when the U.S. Men’s National Team faces Belgium in the knockout round of the FIFA World Cup. If you’re not enjoying the action in Brazil, then picture yourself in one of these amazing backyards with a cool beer in hand and the Stars and Stripes draped over your shoulders.

All you need is a bar, a TV, a pool, and a bucket of cold ones. Grab your remote, folks, and jump!

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Westworth Falls

You needn’t travel more than 20 minutes southwest from town to find a new build with the magnificence of Mira Vista or Montserrat. Only 10 minutes from downtown, near Westover and Shady Oaks Country Club, in the unincorporated town of Westworth Village is the glam gated community of Westworth Falls. Of course, our own Seth Fowler was on this handily located, luxury development at the beginning.

One year hence, there are only a few unbuilt lots left, and some builders such as Toll Brothers, are already winding down their operations here.

Westworth Falls

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Ebby Halliday

2015 was probably the biggest year in Dallas/Fort Worth real estate history, and it was not entirely because of the steroidal market. While the first six months were such a frenzy of sales activity that agents could barely cash commission checks, the news of Billion Dollar Mile with Toyota relocating it’s California headquarters to Plano in the Nebraska Furniture Mart/Dallas Cowboys corridor pumped up Plano, Frisco and McKinney sales like nothing we could fathom. The area still remains the hot center of real estate transactions.

More than 90,000 preowned homes were sold by real estate agents in DFW in 2015. Median home sales prices are at an all-time high of more than $200,000 here, which is 20 percent above where they were at the market peak in 2007. Due to a shortage of labor since that recession, the homebuilding biz is lagging pre-recession days. Labor squeeze plus rising material prices have made building costs higher than ever. Still, Dallas home builders will start about 28,000 houses, a little more than half the 50,000 plus houses the industry produced here before the Great Recession.

Come fall, we lost our beloved Ebby Halliday Acers, but we will never, ever, ever forget her.

Dear Ebby Family, It is with great sadness that we write to inform you that Ebby, our beloved founder, passed away last night. She died peacefully at home from natural causes. While we certainly grieve the loss of Ebby, we celebrate a long life well lived. Each of us who had the good fortune of knowing Ebby has been touched by the grace, fortitude and compassion with which she lived her life. As you know, Ebby had a very simple saying that she lived by, ‘Do something for someone every day.’ That small bit of wisdom served Ebby very, very well and she left the world a better place than she found it. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to one of the causes Ebby was most passionate about: Ebby’s Place at the YW, The Ebby House at Juliette Fowler Communities, Happy Hill Farm and Academy, or the charity of your choice. We will share information on how to make donations soon. Memorial service details will be forthcoming. Mary Frances and Ron.

Ebby’s memorial service was both breath-taking and teary, and she was remembered by a host of dignitaries starting with First Lady Laura Bush  — 

“Ebby was the first First Lady of Dallas,“spending much time at her own White House, the one we know so well at the corner of Northwest Highway and Preston.”

to Mayor Mike Rawlings, Dallas Cowboys executive Charlotte Anderson and her mother, Gene Jones, and Jennifer Staubach Gates, whose famous father, Roger Staubach, shared many a spotlight with Ebby. Of course there was a host of high powered Real Estate brokers and agents: Allie Beth and Pierce Allman, Sheila Rice and Virginia Cook, and a contingent from Dave Perry-Miller including Dave himself.

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