Which three Texas communities were on Bloomberg’s list of richest places? How did DFW fare when it comes to mortgage delinquencies? We talk about all that and more in this week’s roundup of real estate news.

Two DFW Places Make Bloomberg List

Highland Park is one of the richest places — no surprise to anyone who has driven through the town, ranking No. 6 in Bloomberg’s list of the wealthiest communities, the publication said. Neighboring University Park came in at No. 17. (more…)

 

Coldwell Banker opened its newest regional business center in Southlake. The facility consolidates operations in Colleyville, Southlake, and Keller. Company officials say that the unification of three smaller offices offers better access to marketing and support personnel. The 8,800-square-foot facility includes a large training space and will support 200 affiliated sales agents

“To have synergy and collaboration you really like to bring folks together,” Coldwell Banker Dallas/Fort Worth president Frank Obringer said. “What we’ve recognized is that if you are gong to support teams, you really do need to have some brick and mortar for those support people to come to.”

This is the fourth North Texas regional center Coldwell Banker has opened in the past 12 months. The other facilities include a new Arlington office, the Global Luxury office on Sherry Lane in Dallas, and a new facility near The Star in Frisco. Plans are also in the works to open a fifth regional center in the near future.

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On one of the most desirable streets in Southlake, there is a privately secure, gated property that is architect-designed and custom built by David Lewis. It sits on over 4 acres and is all about luxury with over 5,000 square feet. 

The house at 920 S. Peytonville Ave. is like no other and impresses from the moment you drive up. 

The current owners bought the property in 1999 and completely renovated it into a contemporary home in 2014, said listing agent Tracey Chamberlain with Ebby Halliday — Southlake. 

“When the 4.4-acre property was developed in 1994 from the original farmland, it was surrounded by a dirt airstrip for private pilots — a little red barn is still on this property today, although it is not currently used for animals,” Chamberlain said. “They worked with Fort Worth architect Archie Crow for a contemporary home that utilizes the best views on the property and then partnered with builder David Lewis. The result is a one-story home that accommodates their entertaining needs and flows seamlessly from the inside out.” 

This home has four bedrooms, three full bathrooms, two half baths, three living areas, and an office in 5,175 square feet on one story, sitting on 4.44 acres. 

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Trisha Hoelscher recently joined the Ebby Halliday Southlake office.  She previously worked at Engel and Volkers. However, after interviewing with multiple brokerages, she ultimately felt that Ebby was the best fit for her.

“I can’t say enough about the level of integrity, ethics, and unparalleled customer service that they offer,” Hoelscher said. “They have an amazing support system- it truly is a sense of community. It feels like coming home.”

Hoelscher will focus primarily on properties in Westlake, Vaquero, Southlake and Colleyville, areas she describes as “on fire” due to the immense amount of construction going on there.

During her career, she’s been active in pocket listings, private sales, and global relocations. She credits her success in part to a philosophy of building long-term relationships based on commitment and trust.

“My goal, as always, is to provide you exceptional, comprehensive service,” she said.

Before reinstating her license in 2015 to focus full time on real estate, Hoelscher spent 15 year in sales and consulting where she honed her negotiating skills. She also ran her own design firm, an experience that she draws upon when working with clients.While her hectic schedule does now allow for much time designing these days. she believes that having a passion for architecture and design melds well with her real estate business.

One fun fact about Hoelscher (pronounced HELL-chur) is that her family has been recognized as the largest in Texas, and likely one of the top three largest in the nation. Her ancestors, Anton and Maria Catherine Hoelscher were Germans who immigrated to Texas in the 1840’s. Their descendants now number in the thousands, with the vast majority of those living today residing in Texas.

“Any person with the same last name is probably related to me,” she said. “There are a ton of us.”

 

Frisco was named the best city for raising a family, closely followed by Allen, and Southlake as part of a new 2018 “best Texas cities” list, ranking the best and worst Texas cities for families. Wallethub, a D.C.-based personal finance site, compiled the new June 2018 report that ranked the 117 largest cities in Texas based on family life, fun, education, health and safety, affordability and socioeconomic environment.

What makes a city good for raising a family? Plenty of attractions such as museums and theaters, a quality school system, high graduation rates, number of playgrounds per 100,000 residents and a whole lot of pediatricians were all factors that Wallethub took into account when it named the best Texas cities for families.

While the weighted scores and rankings provide a holistic view of cities, a look at the raw data we requested provides some interesting headlines as well. Missing from the list is Highland Park, which did not rank among the largest cities in Wallethub’s data.

Eagles vs. Dragons

Turning to education, Allen had the number one highest graduation rate in Texas – 96.6 percent, according to Wallethub’s data. Frisco, the overall number one, has a 91.8 percent graduation rate, and Southlake, overall number three on the list, had a 87.3 percent graduation rate, according to Wallethub. (more…)

Southlake Townhome Living Promises Big Style in These Ebby Halliday-repped Homes | CandysDirt.com

Living in Southlake is where it’s at, and this wealthy DFW suburb has one of the highest standards of living in North Texas. People love this city of just over 31,000 for its top-rated schools, community amenities, and excellent real estate options. 

Southlake is located in northeast Tarrant County, about 26 miles northwest of downtown Dallas and 25 miles northeast of downtown Fort Worth. As we continue to grow and become more densely populated here in North Texas, Southlake’s proximity to DFW International Airport, the Las Colinas and North Dallas business centers, and both downtowns will make it even more attractive. 

In the heart of the city, the 130-acre Southlake Town Square is a high-end, open-air lifestyle shopping district with more than 120 shops and dozens of restaurants. This is a huge attraction and amenity for the city, and nearby, you’ll find many a Southlake townhome within walking distance. These offer luxury living with great floorplans, desirable amenities, and gorgeous finish-outs. 

I’ve found two Southlake townhomes represented by Ebby Halliday Realtors that recently hit the market. Ebby has a local office in Southlake that is walking distance from the town square — they offer a local presence and expertise that can make all the difference when you’re navigating the market. Let’s take a look! 

 

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Ebby Halliday Helps Buyers Find Fabulous Homes, Schools, and Lifestyle in Southlake | CandysDirt.com

The one-of-a-kind home at 1900 Shady Oaks Dr. in Southlake.

Southlake is a well-to-do western suburb situated in Tarrant and Denton counties. It offers the charms of a smaller town with high caliber schools and a highly desirable lifestyle for the people calling it home. 

Ebby Halliday Realtor Susan Mayer lived in Southlake for many years and her daughter went through Carroll ISD. She says the focus on education is one of the big draws of living there. 

“The parent groups were like minded in their focus on education, on quality school programs, and their drive to get these kids into four-year colleges,” Mayer said. “[Many] families in Southlake have dual college degrees, which is important, too.” 

There’s also the feel of the town, which Mayer describes as bucolic. 

“You still get that pastoral feel, but you’ve got some of the top-rated schools in Texas,” she said. “My relocation clients, they always focus on Southlake first if it fits their budget.” 

Which brings us to pricing: a starter house in Southlake will often run you about half-a-million dollars and it’s highly competitive at that lower dollar amount. Of course, you can certainly spend upwards of a million, too, and families clamor to get into this fantastic city at higher prices, too. It’s pretty much an ideal kind of suburb. 

This is where Ebby Halliday comes in. They’ve got seasoned Realtors — many of them Southlake residents — who know the area intimately and personally. They can help homebuyers navigate the Southlake real estate landscape and find the right house. 

I’ve found three marvelous properties represented by Ebby Halliday Realtors that exemplify the kind of houses you can find in Southlake — you’re going to love their style and amenities! Read on to see more. 

 

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There really is something for everyone at 300 W. Highland Street in Southlake. It’s a large, beautiful property that has it where it counts!

The original home was built in 1998, and the sellers completed a full remodel this year. It welcomes family and friends with a richness of hand-scraped hardwood floors and crown molding. The open concept formal living and dining room will dazzle those who love entertaining.

And this home is unique as it’s really two homes in one.

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