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Ebby Halliday Realtors has just finished Phase I its new 10,000-square-foot Preston Center office on Douglas Avenue across from the Park Cities Hilton. Next door to the Shelton high-rise building, this office will house the Preston Center Associates and staff members.

We are just loving how this leading regional real estate brand is committed to having high-tech and modern spaces that feel inviting and welcoming for clients. This newly remodeled and expanded office includes conference rooms with Apple TVs, a training room with brand new computers, plus plenty of room for Realtors to connect with their clients.

The space, which is so stylish, was designed by Gary Owens with architect Michael Twichell.

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The brand new Ebby Halliday Southlake office has opened!

The brand new Ebby Halliday Southlake office has opened!

We’ve been waiting for this moment for what feels like ages, but the brand-spanking new Ebby Halliday office just across the street from Southlake Town Square is now open, and it is a beauty. Built at the intersection of style and technology, the new office on Southlake Boulevard has room after room of sleek meeting space, offices, and workspace with an emphasis on design.

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Spoilers ahead! If you haven’t watched TNT’s Dallas mid-season premier yet, which launched Monday night, you may want to just look at all the pretty pictures.

To find out this amazing home on Southfork Road, jump!

4005 Southfork Front

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The big real estate news in town is that Dave Perry Miller, the high end luxury boutique firm with those regal blue and gold signs all over town, has a new manager of the Preston Center office. Her name is Gaynelle Henger, and she’s replacing Bud Bush at Dave Perry-Miller’s outpost in Preston Hollow, as he is moving to Ebby’s corporate office to analyze finances for DPM.

Bush has worked with Dave Perry-Miller for almost eight years, when Dave Perry-Miller sold the luxury boutique firm he built from the ground up to Ebby Halliday. Gaynelle comes to the table as a top producing agent at Ebby Halliday. But of course there was much more to the story than meets the eye, as Dave delighted in telling his office. (more…)

: As DART light-rail arrives at D/FW International Airport on August 18, Ebby Halliday Realtors announces Rail Station Proximity Home Search on ebby.com. (Photo: DART)

As DART light-rail arrives at D/FW International Airport on August 18, Ebby Halliday Realtors announces Rail Station Proximity Home Search on ebby.com. (Photo: DART)

Commuting time is a huge factor for many homebuyers, and mass transit is making strides for people who commute without cars. If you’ve had a hard time deciding on a home due to limited information about trains and buses, your home search just got easier.

The timing is perfect, too, as DART rail reaches from the suburbs to downtown and now to D/FW International Airport so now does Ebby.com deliver a new search feature that can show you great homes for sale that are close to light rail. It’s a popular feature in cities such as Washington, D.C., and Chicago.

“Whether it’s frequent trips to the airport, commuting to your job at the Medical Center, shopping at Mockingbird Station, or enjoying the occasional concert at the American Airlines Center in Victory Park, with ebby.com’s new Rail Station Proximity Home Search you’ll be the first to know about homes for sale – and for lease – near the rail station of your choice,” says Randall Graham, vice president and director of marketing for Ebby Halliday Realtors.

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Photo: City of Allen

Photo: City of Allen

According to Movoto’s recent report on the safest cities in Texas, you have a 1 in 20 chance of being victimized by a criminal in Dallas. In Allen? It’s about 1 in 1,500. The community was ranked fifth in the top 10 safest Texas cities, behind Flower Mound, Keller, Friendswood, and Little Elm.

Here’s what Movoto said about Allen

This Collin County city had one of the lowest rates of violent crime among our top 10, with just 62 per 100,000 people in 2012. Of those 62, there were 35 assaults, 15 robberies, 12 rapes, and no murders.

Additionally, Allen had a reported 50 vehicle thefts, 1,321 thefts, and 242 burglaries, for a total of 1,613 property crimes, and a grand total of just 1,675 crimes per 100,000 people, ranking it 10th in this category.

Sure, Allen is a prosperous suburb where you’ll find excellent schools and a friendly atmosphere, but great shopping and good schools a safe community do not make. So what’s the deal in Allen?

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6522 Park Lane extOh you would never know it from the street, but this home practically has a waterpark in the back yard! OK, maybe it’s just a great big waterslide but still, this is a highly unusual back yard pool. It had a huge, two-story waterslide installed about the time Hurricane Harbor (originally called Wet n Wild) was built that is accessed from a second story balcony and a spiral staircase.

Talk about a fun backyard. Der Stuka! (more…)