Italian Renaissance Villa

There is nothing grander or more romantic than a classic Italian Renaissance villa. You can try and argue with me, but you won’t change my mind. Ever.

You see, I had the great good fortune years ago to spend time in Tuscany at Villa Vignamaggio. Director Kenneth Branagh chose it as the location for his British/American romantic film based on Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing. Being an American married to a Brit at the time, well, it was kismet. So, my heart will always have a soft spot for classic Italian Renaissance villas. And this one is much ado about everything!
Italian Renaissance Villa

A Home-Run Team

That is primarily due to the talents of two people. The first is builder, Tony Visconti, owner and president of Bella Custom Homes, a approved builder. If anyone understands how to build a grand home, it’s Visconti, because luxury homebuilding is in his blood. As a third-generation home builder, he’s the go-to guy for quality construction, attention to detail, and architectural authenticity.

That’s where architect Lloyd Lumpkins comes in. You’d be hard-pressed to find someone in North America with a greater understanding of the importance of architectural authenticity. It’s easy to see when you pair Visconti and Lumpkin, you get a home run every single time. Such is the case with our Monday Morning Millionaire sitting on an acre in Preston Hollow.


Close to some of the best shopping, dining, and see-and-be-seen opportunities in the Park Cities, one University Park estate makes an impression in the St. Andrews Place enclave.

Located at 6016 Connerly Drive walking distance to Highland Park Village, this property is on a quiet street with little traffic, a place where you can hear the wind rustling the leaves through trees. Mature landscaping is part of the gorgeous drive-up appeal of this home, which sits on just over a third of an acre. 

“Connerly is built with exceptional quality and an amazing understated elegance — the layout is perfect and includes every possible amenity and a location that can’t be beat,” said Ebby Halliday Realtors listing agent Mary Poss. “It’s nearly 9,300 square feet with five bedrooms, six full bathrooms, and two half-baths in a lovely setting in the heart of the city.”

This home has four living areas, two dining areas, and three stories with an elevator, three-car garage and so much more! 


Find the Ultimate Luxury High-Rise Living with Expertise of Ebby Halliday Realtors |

Hi-rise living is a popular option, especially in some of the best buildings in Dallas. Whether you’re buying or selling a hi-rise home, you need an expert on board to help navigate the process. 

I’ve found the Realtors at Ebby Halliday to be some of the most knowledgeable in the business, and they certainly get some fabulous listings! I’ve found three you’ve got to see, including a penthouse at The Mayfair that has us all enamored. 



Fall In Love Today with These Three DFW Luxury Listings from Ebby Halliday |

Romance and flowers are fine and dandy for Valentine’s Day, but real estate is what really sets our hearts aflutter. What better way to celebrate love than to bask in the glory of some seriously spectacular DFW luxury listings? 

I’ve found three properties that are positively swoon-worthy, all represented by Ebby Halliday Realtors, one of the largest and most-admired privately owned residential real estate firms in the country. 

It’s an excellent time and place for luxury properties like these, as North America continues to be home for the majority of wealthy consumers in the world (61 percent or nearly one million households), according to research from Luxury Portfolio International. Unlike the growth stagnation experienced in Europe, the North American wealthy population is growing fast, at 13 percent year-over-year. Additionally, individuals with a net worth over $10 million has grown 146 percent since 2010 and 13 percent since 2015 to 979,886. 

These three DFW luxury listings are exactly what a high-net-worth individual might be looking for in DFW, which is one of the hottest markets in the nation. Let’s take a look! 



Luxury Living Takes on New Heights these Ebby Halliday Listings in Dallas |

In and around Dallas, I’ve always got my eye on hot properties. Our luxury market is particularly impressive, with architectural gems, beautiful builds, and appealing new construction. 

Some of the most incredible luxury homes are listed by Ebby Halliday Realtors, the preeminent brokerage in North Texas. Founded in 1945 on three principles — service to the client, service to the industry, and service to the community — Ebby Halliday has served the residential real estate needs of North Texas for 74 years. Luxury buyers turn to Ebby agents because the level of customer service is at its highest level. 

So what’s special on the market right now? I’ve found three listings around Dallas I’ve got to share with you! 


I’ve got the holiday season on my mind these days. The weather is finally changing, and the colder days have me thinking about putting up decorations, shopping for gifts, planning holiday menus and family visits, and of course, attending fabulous parties. While perusing Ebby listings this weekend, these three gorgeous homes caught my eye—each one is just waiting to be filled with festive music, delicious food and chatty, mingling guests.


Hill Country Contemporary

We just returned from a lovely weekend editorial retreat at Boot Ranch in the Texas Hill Country. I can safely say the entire staff fell in love with not just the beauty of the landscape, but also with the stunning homes.

If you can’t move to the Hill Country, but are longing for the lifestyle, we’ve found the perfect place in what has to be one of the best locations in Dallas. (more…)

9623 Windy Terrace Front

Storage is so important these days. As families grow, so does the amount of stuff you have. I swear that the only reason I’m unable to park my car in the garage is because I had a baby. All that stuff you have after a child outgrows one thing and moves on to another is unimaginable at first, and ridiculous at best. It’s true!

9623 Windy Terrace Living

So when I see a home that has tons of built-in cabinets and what looks like excessive storage, I get a serious case of the wantees. Built-ins are what makes a home look like a Houzz page, because you can stuff all the odds and ends in a well-tailored cabinet and declare a room clean!

That’s why I love this North Dallas home at 9623 Windy Terrace. With four bedrooms, three and a half baths, and more than 3,300 square feet, there’s tons of room not only for family, but to store all of your family’s junk! Plus, it’s inside the Richardson Independent School District, specifically inside the acclaimed Merriman Park Elementary attendance area. It’s listed by Ebby Halliday Realtor and local legend Mary Poss for $539,000.

9623 Windy Terrace bar

Trust me, with the updates inside this home, it’s so worth it! Consider that you don’t have to do a thing to this house! It has hardwoods! It’s move-in ready! And you get a HUGE wet bar, perfect for entertaining while the kids are at the grandparents this summer. And there’s a fantastic pool in the back with attached spa, which is going to be very popular come this summer. There’s also a built-in grill that the buyers are sure to enjoy come Memorial Day weekend.

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You’ll also adore the architectural details of this home, including the tall, exposed beam ceiling in the kitchen. The trim in the living room is amazing, and the kitchen has been renovated with built-ins and a fantastic eat-in island. It’s just off the dining room, which is so cool — it’s round! I bet you’ll have a blast finding the perfect dining table for this room that will really play up the chandelier.

The master bedroom is perfect at 18 x 16, with plenty of windows and a really amazing stone fireplace. Just look at that! It looks like a set from a Bond movie — you add the bearskin rug! Seriously in love!

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The master bath was recently renovated and is a five-piece number with gorgeous natural stone, a fantastic tub, a stand-alone shower with frameless glass and tons of drawers and cabinets. It is just beautiful and a real selling point in this price range.

So, what do you love most about this incredible property?

9623 Windy Terrace backyard