Posted by: Hewitt & Habgood Realty Group | July 10, 2014

Ebby Halliday & Dwell with Dignity Team Up to Provide a Home for Women in Need

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Ebby Halliday became a household name in Dallas by selling homes over the past 70 years.Ebby Halliday has worked tirelessly to help shape the real estate industry of our city, along the way they’ve never lost focus on their goal to provide community service in the area.  This determination to provide opportunities and assistance for others goes back to the foundation of the Ebby Halliday Company, which was established on three points of service—to the client, to the industry, and to the community. Ebby Halliday Family of Companies acquired Dave Perry-Miller & Associates, a Dallas leading luxury real estate brand in 2007, and Hewitt & Habgood joined forces under Ebby and Dave Perry-Miller InTown in 2011. The philanthropic principles of Hewitt & Habgood are well-suited to group themselves with the impressive Ebby Halliday name.  Hewitt & Habgood takes initiative and spends time to supporting multiple charities around Dallas and Oak Cliff.

The latest Ebby Halliday project is The Ebby House.  Named in honor of the Dallas the real estate icon herself, the Ebby House is an innovative transitional community for young women who have aged beyond foster care’s assistances. The newly renovated building’s purpose is to serve women ages 18-24 by giving them the tools they need to prepare for a successful future.  The Ebby House provides housing for 12-24 months complete with a House Mom for encouragement and wisdom along their transitional journey. Within the intergenerational community, young women receive guidance in many essential life skills including health and wellness, personal finance, communication, computer skills, future education opportunities, career advice, and volunteerism.

The Ebby House, located on the Juliette Fowler Communities

Ebby believes these skills are the hallmarks of an empowered individual for our future.  Ebby Halliday herself is delighted by the opening of The Ebby House, when speaking on the subject she said, “Knowing that The Ebby House will be a place for young girls to reach their potential is just wonderful.”

The Ebby House’s inspiring vision caught the attention of another Dallas charity group, Dwell with Dignity, and they have teamed with the Ebby Halliday Company to help these young women.

In order to make this house a real home, the interior of Ebby House was designed by the talented people at Dwell With Dignity. If you are not familiar with the name, Dwell With Dignity is a non-profit organization of local Interior Designers and volunteers dedicated to creating soothing, inspiring homes for families struggling with homelessness and poverty.  Their services focus on providing and installing home goods such as furnishings, art, bedding, kitchen supplies, and even food in the pantry.  Their mission is to help families escape poverty and homelessness through design, one household at a time. Take a peek inside the lovely and colorful rooms.

 

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We hope you’ll agree that these girls will have the opportunity to go from girls with dreams to women of vision!

 

Posted by: Hewitt & Habgood Realty Group | June 18, 2014

3rd Annual Oak Cliff Film Festival

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Oak Cliff Film Festival kicks off this Thursday, June 19 and runs through Sunday, June 22, honoring both the future and past of filmmaking and celebrating the legacy of pioneering photographer Eadweard Muybridge, (Horse in Motion, 1878)  The 3rd annual festival seeks to showcase the best of independent filmmaking of all stripes from Texas-based filmmakers, as well as the rest of the country and the world. Gaining popularity each year, 2014 will feature 22 full length films and 6 short films. You can order single tickets for $10 or go all in with a VIP badge for $175. No matter what decide, you’ll find your cinema match. Visit oakclifffilmfestival.com for the complete schedule and to purchase your tickets.

The festival will take place in the heart of the burgeoning Jefferson Blvd and the Bishop Art District. Most screenings take place at Texas Theatre. Additional screening locations include Bishop Arts Theatre Center, The Kessler Theatre, Oil and Cotton, The Belmont Hotel and the Jefferson Tower. The event will also highlight restaurants and other popular Oak Cliff sites with additional screenings, panel discussions, and nightly parties. “The Oak Cliff community has been vital to the success of the festival and we look to this year as being a celebration of our neighborhood,” says festival Co-Founder Eric Steele.

While the Oak Cliff Film Festival may seem like just a collection of indie films, it’s eclectic enough to schedule events like a performance from the experimental multimedia band Negativland. Bike Friendly Oak Cliff and New Belgium Brewery have teamed up and are leading a bike tour around Oak Cliff that concludes with a free rooftoop screening at the Jefferson Tower.

Not sure about which film to choose, think about volunteering. Volunteering will get you two screening passes per shift and free merchandise. For more information, please contact volunteer@filmoakcliff.com

Posted by: Hewitt & Habgood Realty Group | June 10, 2014

Trinity River Revel Festival

 

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On Sunday June 15, Trinity River Revel will give festival‐goers their first opportunity to enjoy the new Continental Avenue Pedestrian Bridge and West Dallas Gateway Plaza, the new Trinity Skyline Trail and the redesigned Sylvan Avenue Bridge. The Trinity River Revel Festival is a mostly free, all-day festival for families that will celebrate the opening of the Continental Avenue Bridge and West Dallas Gateway Plaza, as well as the redesigned Sylvan Avenue Bridge. There’s a big party to celebrate and you are invited!

It will also mark the official launch of the Trinity Skyline Trail for walkers, joggers and cyclists. This special event will feature a pop-up driving range from which you can knock earthen balls packed with wildflower seeds into the river basin, a nighttime riverside campfire party organized by RAFT, a riverbed playground featuring activities organized by Big Thought, the Oak Cliff Cultural Center, the Dallas Center for Architecture, and other organizations.

Sign up to either walk or run in the Revel 5K (the first timed race on the Trinity Skyline Trail), purchase tickets and dine at the Long Table Gospel Brunch on the new Continental Bridge (featuring cuisine prepared by the city’s top chefs and entertainment provided by five West Dallas gospel groups) or bike in a rolling ribbon cutting ceremony for the new trail, along with many other activities!

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Sign up for these events and learn more at the Trinity River Revel

Posted by: Hewitt & Habgood Realty Group | March 24, 2014

Krawl into Kessler this Weekend

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The Kessler Krawl is a KNU social and fundraising event that benefits the organizations ongoing efforts to create community and to maintain the beauty and safety of our neighborhood.
The Krawl is a progressive cocktail party that is held once a year. It started as a small progressive dinner party and grew to become a large progressive cocktail party. The current format is for four to five neighbors to open their homes to guests where drinks and hors d’oeuvres from local Oak Cliff restaurants are served.
The ticket-purchasing “guests” are divided into small core groups of 30 – 50 people and then move from each homes over the course of the evening. At the end of the progressive evening, dessert and coffee are served at a final location, giving everyone a chance to be together.
The Krawl has become so popular because it affords neighbors a chance to see other houses and to mingle socially with neighbors they might not otherwise get a chance to meet. The Kessler Krawl is just one more example of what neighbors can do to enhance our neighborhood and make Kessler Park a unique and beautiful place to live.
The 2014 Kessler Krawl will be held on Saturday, March 29, 2014 from 7:00 – 10:00 PM. The homes featured in this year’s Krawl will be located in the 1000 & 1100 blocks of N Winnetka and Clinton Ave.
Tickets are limited to 200 people and can be purchased at http://www.kesslerkrawl.eventbright.com.

Posted by: Hewitt & Habgood Realty Group | February 28, 2014

Let’s Get Fat and Happy!

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Hurry, hurry, hurry to the Oak Cliff Mardi Gras celebration and Dash for the Beads run this weekend, Saturday and Sunday March 1st and 2nd. Bring Grandma, Grampa Joe, mom, dad, son, daughter, dog, cat, bird, cousin, nephew, niece, friend or foes alike and join in the activities. Festivities begin Saturday morning with The Dash for the Beads 5k run, followed by the annual “Masquerade Ball” at 7pm in the Kessler Theater, and wrapping up Sunday with the Mardi Gras Parade down Davis Street to Bishop Arts.  

Wikipedia, the hub for all accurate information, says that “Mardi Gras and/or Fat Tuesday in English refer to events of the Carnival celebrations, beginning on or after the Epiphany or Kings day and culminating on the day before Ash Wednesday. Mardi Gras is French for Fat Tuesday, referring to the practice of the last night of eating richer, fatty foods before the ritual fasting of the Lenten season, which begins on Ash Wednesday. The day is sometimes referred to as Shrove Tuesday, from the word shrive, meaning “confess.” Related popular practices are associated with celebrations before the fasting and religious obligations associated with the penitential season of Lent.”

Hewitt & Habgood are proud to be a sponsor of this year’s celebration and hope to see your decorative attire with bright and shiny faces to kick off Go Oak Cliff’s 2014 festival season. Let’s get Fat and happy ya’ll!

For more information on the weekend’s events and activities, please visit:

http://www.dashforthebeads.org/

http://mardigrasoakcliff.com/

For more information on how you can get involved in the Oak Cliff community and to keep up-to-date with this year’s event schedule, please visit:  http://www.gooakcliff.org/

Posted by: Hewitt & Habgood Realty Group | February 13, 2014

A Lake House Jimmy Buffet Would Love


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George Strait sang it best, but how ‘bout some “lake front property at Cedar Creek Lake?” Not quite the same lyrical flow as ocean front property in Arizona, but if you are looking to escape the nuances of the inner-city hustle and bustle, consider the next best thing. The view says it all, and since we are several hundred miles from the nearest coastline, 146 Spanish Trail proves to be the perfect getaway.
Situated on .4 acres, experience this unbelievable custom home situated lakefront with deep water loading boat ramp and spectacular views of Cedar Creek Lake. Escape to this lakeside retreat with 4 bedrooms, all with en suite bath, huge chef’s kitchen, soaring ceilings, gorgeous moldings, 8 ft doors, spacious media room with wet bar and projection TV.
Outdoors, enjoy an entertainer’s paradise with a fully equipped kitchen, large bar, oversized covered entertaining patio all overlooking the boathouse with double boat lift and amazing 2nd floor party deck. This home is an absolute entertainers dream!
Price includes – Media Room 120” projector TV, media room barstools, refrigerators in kitchen and outdoor bar, storage units in garage and outdoor barstools. Wired for sound inside and out with in-wall speaker volume controls. Home also comes equipped with generator and water softener. I’m thinking margaritas on a warm summer evening! That being said, lace up your flip flops, squeeze into your bathing suit and prepare for warmer weather with your own personal Margaritaville.

Posted by: Hewitt & Habgood Realty Group | January 30, 2014

Dallas Real Estate Starts off 2014 with a BANG!

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The Dallas Morning News reported that a 17% increase in 2013 home sales along with a strong 4th quarter have brightened the outlook for this year’s Spring housing market. The number of homes listed with real estate agents has fallen to a near 10-year record below 20,000, but median home prices have risen 10% since 2012. What exactly does this mean for the consumer? If you find something you like, buy it! It is a seller’s market so the sooner you are able to put a viable offer in on a home, the better chance you have of securing a deal. As of right now, gone are the days of viewing 75 properties in hopes to find the “Perfect Match.” That being said, don’t sweat the small stuff and open your mind to the needs rather than relying so heavily on the wants. Focus on the trends within the community and whether they fit your budget and investment needs. Take a look at Hewitt & Habgood activity so far for the first  month of 2014…

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Enjoy this extensively remodeled Prestonwood home, light and bright with beautiful pool and spa. Features include 11-ft box-beam ceilings in living room, beautiful granite kitchen with Kenmore Elite stainless steel appliances opening to breakfast and family room with great views to back. Relax in a large master suite with a beautiful skylight and luxury bath with jetted tub and separate seamless marble shower. Outdoors includes pool and spa with waterfall feature, board-on-board privacy fence and covered patio ideal for entertaining. 2013 updates include: added hardwood flooring, updated baths with granite, stack-stone fireplace, lighting, fresh paint throughout, carpeting, 2 HVAC systems, refinished pool and updated landscaping. Don’t miss this beautifully remodeled home offering all the best for today’s quality living.

Posted by: Hewitt & Habgood Realty Group | November 1, 2013

Blah, blah, blah… You’ve heard it before, but I’ll say it again!

In preparation for the sale of your home, I ran across an article in the Dallas Morning News regarding tips to get your home ready. Big thanks to Crystal Caruthers/CTW features for providing some of the tips below, and besides the blatantly obvious, we’ve also added some of our own favorites.
1) Lighten up – Have all windows in the home professionally cleaned inside and out. Replace all light bulbs!
2) Consider power-washing the exterior of the home including sidewalks, fencing and decks.
3) Pack it up – Think positively! The more you pack now (within reason) the more time you save in the end. Be careful not to create a stagnant or institutional environment, but 99.9% of us could use a little less to show more. Store out-of-season clothes and donate unused canned items to help closets and cabinets feel spacious and accommodating.
4) Clean bathrooms as if you were preparing to serve a 5 star meal on all surfaces. This may sound off-putting but cleanliness is the new 40 (or so I hear). Bathrooms are sanctuaries to some, so present it that way!
5) It’s in the details: If you have neglected wiping down cabinetry, light switches, doors, baseboards and even ceilings in some cases, this can be crucial in presentation. Ever looked up to see a stain on a ceiling and wondered how it got there… or reached for a light switch to find stains, oil or something mysterious in color?
6) No plant is better than a dead plant… anywhere!
7) If you have pets, make sure the yard is clean (and you know what I mean!)
8) Small children? Make sure it doesn’t smell of diapers and put away the toys. I can say this because I have two young children and I conquer the atrocity multiple times a day.
9) Consider storing religious/politically motivated, derogatory, offensive, etc. items in the house. You would be surprised how this affects buyers. What’s hip to you may not be hip to them and you are trying to create a comfortably neutral environment.
10) Clean air filters and A/C vents!
11) Ask a neighbor or friend to provide a “smell test”. Don’t take offense and adjust accordingly.

Posted by: Hewitt & Habgood Realty Group | August 8, 2013

Chic & Sophisticated, 10733 Villager #A has it all!

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All kidding aside, we come across some very unique listings over the course of a year. Some historical, some not, some charming and others traditional, but I must bring attention to one of our most recent listings near Preston and Royal lane that is sure to please even the discerning of buyers.

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Nestled in a gated community, and a few turns from the toll road, lies and absolutely delightful condominium at 10733 Villager Road in North Dallas. This 2 bedroom, 2 full baths unit offers 1,075 SF of updated space, enjoy sleek ebony hardwoods, recessed lighting, added washer/dryer area (purchase includes both), baseboards, chic color scheme, private courtyards and access to four property pools.

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Perfectly situated for commutes northward or south into downtown, you are literally minutes from great restaurants and posh North Dallas shopping. Take a look for yourself… this place is a great fit for first-time, single or retired buyers, especially being situated on the first floor in addition to its’ convenient urban access.

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