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He landed on the cover of Fort Worth Business CEO Magazine, holding a Stetson to his chest, looking almost cowboy-like for an article sub-titled “Head West: Robbie Briggs Shakes off Lawsuits and Shakes Up Fort Worth Real Estate.” It’s a great profile of the man who led a local real estate company founded by his father into one of the top boutique brokerages in North Texas that is growing and expanding still.

The writers, Robert Francis and Paul Harral, explore the real estate giant in depth and detail, from his college years to the 1993 merger with Charles Freeman to three years in China with his son, Ben, to the first true tell-all of the stress the Sotheby’s and Williams Trew lawsuits took on Robbie Briggs as he battled to expand westward from Dallas.

China, it seems, was a lot easier to lasso than Cow Town! (more…)

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“We all in the residential real estate business live in Ebby’s shadow. Not only was she a brilliant business person, but she had a heart the size of Texas and I benefitted from her kindness and love many times. Dallas real estate won’t ever be the same without Ebby Halliday. “

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Mayor Mike Rawlings, Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price, DFW Airport Board of Directors Chair Lillie Biggins, DFW Airport Board Member Bernice J. Washington, DFW Airport CEO Sean Donohue,

The mayors of Dallas and Fort Worth arrived in Berlin last Sunday, leading a Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) International Airport delegation in an effort to develop business relationships and travel connections, especially nonstop cargo and passenger flights, between DFW and Europe.

Along with Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings and Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price are DFW Airport Board of Directors Chair Lillie Biggins, DFW Airport Board Member Bernice J. Washington, DFW Airport CEO Sean Donohue, and a contingent of business leaders from the region including President and CEO of Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty, Robbie Briggs.

“The relationships we have with Germany and the U.K. go back a long time,” Price said. “Our regions have strong industry connections across diverse business sectors, such as aerospace and defense, technology, construction, energy, manufacturing, transportation, logistics, and of course, travel and tourism. … Business ties further reinforce our connections, and this mission gives us an opportunity to share and build on these relationships.”

Meetings are scheduled in the United Kingdom and Germany. Here’s a nice nugget to toss into your strudel:  Germany is the second largest foreign investor in the Texas market. I’ll bet that wouldn’t surprise Bernadette Schaeffler one bit. By the way, Bernadette was just named “Pillar of the Community” by the Texas German Day Council! (more…)

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Giveback Homes member Robbie Briggs (center), president and CEO of Dallas-based brokerage Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty, at Giveback Homes “build day” in Dallas. 

You remember our very own Blake Andrews, yes? The founder of Giveback Homes, a real estate charitable concept that gives pros a channel to donate funds to help build homes for those in need in desperate, needy parts of the world. 

On his first mission trip to Nicaragua in 2011, Blake was more than moved by how the people of Nicaragua lived and where they lived — in homes you could not even call shacks. Back home in Dallas, his friends were buying homes with Viking ranges while to these folks, even a rusted-out stove was a dream. Most were living under scraps of wood and metal, or tarps. Blake was transformed. In his work for TOMS, he got these people shoes for the feet.

Now, he is working to get roofs over their heads. (more…)

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Steve and Robbie Museum TowerRobbie Briggs, whose firms Briggs Freeman Sothebys, is marketing Museum Tower, is also disappointed that the Nasher has turned down Museum Tower’s offer to completely redo the Nasher roof and move on so he can move some properties. MT’s offer is one he called “generous”.

“It would be a lot more fun if the whole Arts District was behind it, and we could all be celebrating at a cocktail reception flowing from the Nasher to Museum Tower,” he told me. “I am still hopeful for a solution or that the parties will begin talking again soon.”

Meantime, Briggs has sold 4 units at Museum Tower this month. Robbie confirmed what other sources had told me: any manipulation or structural change in Museum Tower’s glass is an impossible solution as it voids the glass warranties and make it difficult, if not impossible, to insure the building. As for the garden, he says Museum Tower has offered to replace anything that has ever died there.

“I was there for the presentation to Nancy and David, and they had a very nice interaction. We never heard anything back. Then they went public.”

So what, I asked, is the pulse of buyers who are coming in to see the units?

“Most people say, ‘what’s the latest’. We say, ‘we are working on a solution,’ ” says Robbie. “Then they say, ‘show us the units!'”

Briggs has sold four this month. One high-profile Dallas couple we know of has moved in and has offered to bring in friends — stay tuned to this blog for more on that. And many of the city’s top social organizations are clamoring to hold their patron parties at Museum Tower.

“A lot of people are embracing it,” says Robbie, who adds it may take years before the emotion dies down.

“Museum Tower made an unintentional mistake, they have admitted it and have stepped up to pay for it,” he says. “I just wish we had the entire Arts District united behind this amazing building.”Museum Tower Int 041 Museum Tower Int 052 Museum Tower Int 053 Museum Tower Int 049 Museum Tower Int 048 Museum Tower Int 037 Museum Tower Int 046 Museum Tower Int 040 Museum Tower Int 036 Museum Tower Int 033 Museum Tower Int 030

 

 

 

 

Steve and Robbie Museum TowerRobbie Briggs, whose firms Briggs Freeman Sothebys, is marketing Museum Tower, is also disappointed that the Nasher has turned down Museum Tower’s offer to completely redo the Nasher roof and move on so he can move some properties. MT’s offer is one he called “generous”.

“It would be a lot more fun if the whole Arts District was behind it, and we could all be celebrating at a cocktail reception flowing from the Nasher to Museum Tower,” he told me. “I am still hopeful for a solution or that the parties will begin talking again soon.”

Meantime, Briggs has sold 4 units at Museum Tower this month. Robbie confirmed what other sources had told me: any manipulation or structural change in Museum Tower’s glass is an impossible solution as it voids the glass warranties and make it difficult, if not impossible, to insure the building. As for the garden, he says Museum Tower has offered to replace anything that has ever died there.

“I was there for the presentation to Nancy and David, and they had a very nice interaction. We never heard anything back. Then they went public.”

So what, I asked, is the pulse of buyers who are coming in to see the units?

“Most people say, ‘what’s the latest’. We say, ‘we are working on a solution,’ ” says Robbie. “Then they say, ‘show us the units!'”

Briggs has sold four this month. One high-profile Dallas couple we know of has moved in and has offered to bring in friends — stay tuned to this blog for more on that. And many of the city’s top social organizations are clamoring to hold their patron parties at Museum Tower.

“A lot of people are embracing it,” says Robbie, who adds it may take years before the emotion dies down.

“Museum Tower made an unintentional mistake, they have admitted it and have stepped up to pay for it,” he says. “I just wish we had the entire Arts District united behind this amazing building.”Museum Tower Int 041 Museum Tower Int 052 Museum Tower Int 053 Museum Tower Int 049 Museum Tower Int 048 Museum Tower Int 037 Museum Tower Int 046 Museum Tower Int 040 Museum Tower Int 036 Museum Tower Int 033 Museum Tower Int 030

 

 

 

 

Baby Briggs So Robbie Briggs had a pretty amazing few days about a week ago. He landed the plumb marketing exclusive for Museum Tower. Then he attended the tasteful, elegant soft opening of MT with his wife, Nancy, walked to the symphony from MT, then had dinner at Stephan Pyles, where they ran into some friends.



“The evening gave me a real feel of what living in the Arts District is all about,” Robbie told me.

That’s not all it gave him! Early the next morning, Robbie and Nancy found out they were  grandparents!

This is Joel Ethan Briggs, born January 11 at 6;21 a.m. at Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas. The little angel came in at 6 lbs. 13 ounces and very healthy!

So what does this have to do with Museum Tower and Dick Bass? Well, they have something in common: they are grandparents who like to live high!

Alan Peppard’s round up of the Museum Tower opening in the Dallas Morning News revealed that Dick Bass and his wife, Alice, have bought at Museum Tower. Dick and Alice’s daughter Barbara Bass Moroney is married to Jim Moroney, publisher and CEO of The Dallas Morning News. They have five children.

I guess Dick loves that MT is so high, taller than the originally planned 20 stories. This man loves heights. He is the first man to climb the highest mountain on every continent, which he wrote about in his book, Seven Summits. Bass was 55 when he reached the top of Mount Everest in 1985,  making him the oldest to reach the top. Hmmm, 55 in 1985 makes him, what, 83 today? Doesn’t look a day over 60. He’s in great shape because of those heights. Bass is the founder and owner of the Snowbird Ski resort outside of Salt Lake City, Utah, where my family skied for years and still one of my favorite slopes anywhere. We were there once when Bass was skiing, and he was charming. He also once had some ownership in Vail and a home there.

Well, I had to ask Robbie: are you and Nancy thinking of moving into Museum Tower?

“It’s very tempting,” said Robbie. “I haven’t really looked at it for myself, for us, but I’m planning to do that pretty quick.”

Robbie has a home in Maine, not too far (I hope) from our family beach house up there.

“We’re not moving back into a house with our sites on spending time up in Maine,” he said. “I think being down there in the Arts District with grandchildren would be a great place for enjoying them and giving them culture!”

The role of a grandparent, said Robbie, among many is to bring culture to your grandchildren. Mom and dad may try, but they are usually pretty busy.

This is a great thought, actually: my in-laws gave my children all those “cultural extras” — boat trips, historical excursions, museum visits galore from Portsmith, N.H. to New York City and even in Dallas when they visited. And years ago, my mom took my kids to Chicago’s attractions when she still lived there. This is a great role for a grandparent and certainly living in the Dallas Arts District would be like having a playground of culture and art for your grandchildren that would be inexhaustible: theater times three, shows, music, the Nasher (yes, the Nasher), the DMA, and the Perot Museum of Natural Science all within walking distance!

So maybe that’s Museum Tower’s latest bumper sticker: Buy a Condo in the Dallas Arts District and Be The Grandparent You’ve Always Dreamed of Being: Perfect!