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Thinking about building a new pool? You may find some new hoops to jump through in the next couple of years, thanks to a new bill signed into law in Texas.

The Texas legislature passed HB 2858 in the last legislative session. The bill allows municipalities in the state to require model standards for building, remodeling and repairing pools and spas.

The legislature adopted the International Swimming Pool and Spa Code (ISPSC), which was developed by the International Code Council in partnership with the Pool and Hot Tub Alliance (formerly the Association of Pool and Spa Professionals and the National Swimming Pool Foundation). (more…)

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“The more house, the better” is a common motto some homebuyers have adopted and the popular East Dallas area of Lake Highlands has options in several neighborhoods. 

In this week’s Splurge vs. Steal, we’ve found two expansive Lake Highlands homes, one with over 3,100 square feet and the other with over 4,900, built one year apart and under two miles apart. They’ve both got multiple living areas, larger kitchens, swimming pools, and outdoor living options. They also both zoned for Richardson ISD. Which one is your favorite? 



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The tasteful Kenneth Pressley estate at 1708 Byron Nelson Pkwy. in Colleyville is a golf course property with incredible views. All photos: Ebby Halliday Realtors

Even on the hottest summer day, North Texans have an evening when outdoor living is enjoyable. This is especially true if you’re lucky enough to have a home with superb outdoor spaces.

We’ve found five outstanding Ebby Halliday properties on the market now that elevate outdoor living to an art. You’ll find everything from infinity-edge swimming pools and cool cabanas, to gourmet outdoor kitchens and cozy fireplaces. They have everything you need and want to make the most of outdoor living.

“These five properties represent some of the finest homes in our extensive portfolio, both in terms of outside amenities and quality of the properties,” said Randall Graham, vice president and director of marketing for Ebby Halliday Realtors. “One of the reasons these homeowners chose to list with us is Ebby Halliday Realtors has wide-ranging experience marketing and selling these kind of luxury properties and letting buyers know about the amazing features they offer.”


VoncielJonesHillpool.jpgby Eric NicholsonPhoto courtesy of Eric Nicholson, The Dallas Observer

I was outside yesterday for a little bit, trying to put in a basil garden for maybe an hour. Came in and was so bitten up I had to get out the cortisone cream. I cannot recall mosquitos biting in mid-day! No doubt they are way more than vicious this year, and we are taking every pre-caution, including stocking cans of insect repellant at every door to ward off West Nile Virus.

So I see this morning, thanks to Eric Nicholson at The Dallas Observer, that some of our intrepid city leaders are doing their best to HOST West Nile. Make it feel as welcome as the contingent of mayors who visited recently. (Who I hope used mosquito repellant!) Eric posts a photo of Dallas City Councilwoman Vonciel Hill’s swimming pool which is, bluntly, a cesspool. Here’s what he says: (more…)

Yes, today is the last day of summer, but that doesn’t mean the hot weather is any closer to giving way to autumn temperatures. It’s time to muse on the best thing to have during a blistering Texas summer: a backyard swimming pool.

With the help of Ebby’s own Cody Baker, I present my personal top five swimming pools on the market today:

1. 811 N. Shore Drive, Highland Village

The pool at 811 N Shore Drive in Highland Village tops my list of best pools on the market today.

This pool is amazing. It has a lazy river without being too huge or imposing, and it has a great view of the lake, too. Sure, it doesn’t have a Wet N’ Wild feel, but this pool definitely feels like a great place to throw an end-of-summer bash.

2. 300 W. Bethel Road, Coppell

The pool at 300 W. Bethel Road feels placid and relaxing.

The huge waterfall just outside the loggia, combined with the fountain inside the spa makes this pool a relaxing, resort-like escape!

3. 905 Tranquility Drive, Fairview

The address says it all: 905 Tranquility Drive was made for peaceful time outdoors.

Just look at how the sunset on the facade of the house contrasts with the dark cerulean waters. If that isn’t peaceful enough, the trickling noise of the waterfall and fountains will be!

4.  6 Lochleven, Richardson

The pool at 6 Lochleven is all about drama with two fire pits and four fountains.

The quatrefoil shape of the pool at 6 Lochleven is totally regal, but it’s the two fire pits and the fountains that bring all of the drama. Combined with the Monticello-looking home, this Richardson house is fit for a queen.

5. 6812 Hunters Glen, University Park

Sleek, linear, and modern, the pool at 6812 Hunters Glen fits seamlessly with the home.

For something completely different, we round out our list with 6812 Hunters Glen in University Park. This pool is all about right angles and concrete, which is what you’ll find inside the home, too.

Did we miss a perfect pool? Tell us about it!