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Video: New York City Executive visits Rocky Mountain Ranch in Colorado

“Houseguest” is the new custom video series presented by the Sotheby’s International Realty® brand. This series follows influential and inspirational people as they become a houseguest in a home represented by the Sotheby’s International Realty brand and meld their life with the unique lifestyle found with their extraordinary accommodations.

To ask how your property might be featured by Sotheby’s International Realty in a video and other marketing, call on one of us at beckyfrey.com

The Sotheby’s International Realty brand is the first real estate partner to develop this type of custom content with the Wall Street Journal. In this episode, Lois N O’Neill, a public relations executive, trades the bustling New York City life for a retreat in the Colorado mountains. She visits the Berman Buckskin Ranch in Telluride. Watch the video here:

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D Magazine: Save the Date for These Upcoming Dallas Home Tours

DMagazine Home Tours 2016

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POSTED IN HOME & GARDEN, HOME TOURS.

In Dallas, April has long been the month of the home tour. With behind-the-scenes peeks at modern abodes, charming Tudors, and everything in between, it’s a month Dallas architecture and real estate lovers look forward to all year. And though April feels like eons away in this moment, the tour-filled month is truly just around the corner. To help you plan, we’re mapping out of a few tours you’ll want to plug into your calendar. 

Park Cities Historic Home Tour // April 9
White Rock Home Tour // April 23-24
Hollywood Home Tour // April 29-May
Swiss Avenue Mother’s Day Home Tour // May 7-8
More details and ticketing information at DMagazine.com

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Lakewood: Over 1.5 Acres in Dallas with Historic Estate built by Hal Thomson

Over 1.5 Acres in Dallas with Beautiful Historic Home from Becky Frey on Vimeo.

For the connoisseur of life, an ideal home is in perfect harmony with its surroundings.

Nestled in the heart of the personality-rich community of Lakewood, this home has access to highly-ranked schools, easy access to Downtown, and incredible hike and bike trails making this location ideal for buyers seeking a strong community and endless options to enjoy life outdoors. This architecturally significant home tells a wonderful story within its walls.

See the official listing on SothebysRealty.com

Built in 1929 by renowned architect Hal Thomson, this beautiful estate features a blend of handcrafted original and tasteful, updated designs. The home has had many significant owners/guests including Stanley Marcus. In fact, the original owners of the home deeded the home to the Episcopal Diocese.

As you set foot inside this estate, you encounter rich chocolate hardwood floors leading to every living area in the home. Immediately to your right is the sitting room featuring a charming wood-burning fireplace, plantation shutters and built-in book cases. Continue on to the formal dining room featuring original tile flooring and original bar inlets.

The gracious formal living room provides a perfect place for family holiday gatherings with vaulted ceilings, plantation shutters, built-in bookcases, wood burning fireplace and French doors leading to the sunroom. With walls of glass bringing the outdoors inside, the sunroom will be the perfect nook for you to curl up with a good book, watch your favorite movie or just take a nap while it rains. Sliding patio doors lead you to the outdoor oasis.

The impressive chef’s kitchen offers the best of the best making your every culinary experience enjoyable. Featuring a Miele coffee bar, stainless steel 6-burner gas cooktop, double ovens, built-in refrigerator, beautiful tile flooring, marble countertops and a wet-bar offering a built-in microwave, crushed ice machine, sink and mini refrigerator. Tucked off of the kitchen is a charming breakfast room, which used to be the carport in the original home, with built-ins with glass displays to store your china and a marble buffet making meal service a breeze. Beyond the breakfast room is the utility room and a lovely powder bath.

The spacious master suite is the perfect place for you to relax and unwind after a long day offering multiple storage closets, sitting area and beautiful views of the backyard. The master bath offers separate shower, makeup vanity and a large dressing room attached.

In addition to the beautiful hardwood floors, each bedroom features architectural design detail from the arched doorways to the vaulted ceilings – the charm and character of the home is evident throughout.

The backyard is like a set from a movie – with a large grassy yard, pool, pool house featuring a pool bath and kitchenette, outdoor kitchen, and a firepit – you truly have every outdoor dream at your fingertips.

The large, detached two car garage offers a guest quarters above with full bath and closet and a basement/cellar below with a covered walkway to the main house.

Call Becky 214-536-4727 or Shelle 214-450-8782 to discuss a private showing.

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Watch Video: On Screen at Highland Park Village Theatre

This month, before your film, you will see this video at The Village Theatre.

See you at the movies!

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CandysDirt.com: Becky Frey Brings Small-Town Matchmaker Talent to Briggs Freeman

Written by Cynthia Stine on October 23, 2012

Read full article at CandysDirt.com

Read full article at CandysDirt.com

 

I sat down recently to talk with Becky Frey one of Briggs Freeman’s top sellers and a 30-year veteran of the real estate scene. An athletic, outdoors person, Becky is quick to tell you all the reasons she loves living in Dallas — an enthusiasm she shares with her customers when she matches them to their dream homes.

Where are you from? I came to Dallas from a small town of about 7,000 people in Arkansas. I was an excited young student at SMU who found lots of reasons to stay.

Where is home for you in Dallas? I love my home in Devonshire. It is a traditional home with an eclectic mix of antiques and contemporary art and furniture.

And you drive a … let me guess, Mercedes Benz? My three dogs and my cat who thinks she’s a dog need lots of room when we travel, so I have a Mercedes SUV. Plus, I compete in triathlons so I need room for my bike, too. Oh … and my family!

What’s your favorite ‘hood in Dallas and why? Devonshire reminds me of a small town with its mix of houses big and small, its streets lined with huge, old trees and parks. It is a friendly neighborhood where you quickly know your neighbors. I enjoy walking over to Inwood Village for a movie, dinner or shopping. SMU and the Park Cities are nearby — and it doesn’t hurt that I can walk to the office!

If you were to move in Dallas, where else might you live? I enjoy the White Rock Lake area for many of the same reasons I love Devonshire — beautiful trees, a mix of home sizes and prices, lots of parks for the dogs, and bike and hike trails for me.

How the heck did you get started in Real Estate? I’ve been selling one thing or another since I was a little kid. I used to knock on doors to sell stuff, and I helped my father out at his hardware store. As a student at SMU, I was working retail and one day an agent for Ellen Terry came in to return something. Before she left, I sold her a lot more. She was so impressed with my salesmanship, the next day she came back and said, “I want you to meet Ellen Terry.”

I learned so much from Ellen over the years. I was with her until the mid 1980’s when I moved to Phoenix. I worked for Merrill Lynch Fine Homes and was an asset manager for the Koll Company where I over saw office, industrial and medical buildings. I came back to Dallas in 1990 and worked with Ellen Terry again and then David Griffin. I was on my own for a while and now I’m with Briggs Freeman. I love real estate. After more than 30 years, it still excites me.

What’s your best/highest sale? It is hard to say. I know you are asking about the money, but the best sale for me is about the homebuyers. I have a young couple right now who are pregnant with their first baby and they are so excited to buy a home! This is what keeps me charged. I love to play matchmaker and find THE home for my customer. It is very important to me that the house match the buyer. When they say “It’s so perfect! It’s just what we were looking for!” then I feel incredible satisfaction and happiness. And that is my best sale … until the next one.

How quickly have you ever turned a house? A few hours. I’ve sold quite a few before they ever went on the market. When I understand what the buyer wants, and have a match in hand, it can go very fast.

How much did you sell last year? I’m on track to have my best year ever this year and last year was my previous best year. I have closed more than $400 million in sales since I started my career.

Secrets to marketing a house? I have a preparation process that I walk my sellers through that helps make sure the house is ready to sell. In addition, we have a marketing process for each house that makes sure the house gets maximum attention. The real trick to success in real estate, though, is being able to match the home buyer to the house and that comes from intuition and understanding people.

If you ever change careers for an encore you’ll … One of the goals on my bucket list is to be a school crossing guard. I would have a blast with the kids on their way to and from school. I’ve been a part-time personal trainer at the Cooper Aerobic Center in the past and would love to do that again. It would be fun to be a home builder one day.

Where is your second home? Right now we are looking for one in Crested Butte, Colorado. We love to fish, hike, bike, and play golf. Crested Butte is perfect for that. It was recently named one of the “10 Best Towns in America” by Outdoor Magazine. When we close, we’ll send you a picture for Second Shelters!

Read this on CandysDirt.com

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November 14th-21st – Keep Dallas Warm – Collecting Coats for the Homeless

Donate and get a Gift Card:
St. Bernard Sports will give a $30 gift card and raffle ticket for every gently-worn winter coat that is dropped off at it’s store at Inwood Village. “That means if you bring in 10 coats, we’ll give you $300 to spend and 10 chances at great store prizes”

Keep Dallas Warm Week:
Drop off a gently worn winter coat. Enjoy weeklong warm events including daily Raffles & Giveaways, Demonstrations of Ski gear, Clothing & Equipment and Food Trucks & Beverages. Showcasing all the best ski for 2013, Sotheby’s International Realty ski desk will highlight great properties around the world to buy or rent.

St. Bernard Sports – Inwood Village: 5570 W. Lovers Ln., #388 Dallas, TX 75209 (214.357.9700) Mon. – Sat. 10am – 8pm, Sun. Noon – 6pm

Learn More:
Coinciding with Mayor Mike Rawlings annual Homeless Week, Keep Dallas warm is a community-based initiative aimed at providing gently worn coats and clothing to every homeless and underprivileged person in the city of Dallas.

The idea began two years ago when Dallasite Jim Silcock came up with a plan to donate $10,000 worth of coats to Dallas’ homeless men, women and children. By reaching out to shelter and homeless advocates at Community Crossroads, The Stewpot and The Bridge, silcock calculated  that a mere 1,800 coats would help every homeless person in Dallas to have a warmer winter. An estimated 3,600 coats and clothing items would meet the needs of the underprivileged and impoverished. Silcock has worked closely with Wes Goyer, owner of St. Bernard Sports, who generously donated outerwear items for the effort.

For more information please visit: keepdallaswarm.org/

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I’ve Got My Heart Set on Selling University Park… Thanks Candy!

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Got Your Heart Set on University Park? Classic Red Brick Colonial Raises Your IQ for Less Than $250 a Square Foot…

Written by Candy Evans on July 19, 2012

I have this theory about red-brick, Ivy League-looking houses: they make you smarter. We really should do an IQ test of children raised in red-brick Georgians with ivy-covered brick: my bet is they would have higher TAG scores and better SATs than kids reared in ranches or mid-century moderns. For one thing, the clean-lined life does not lend itself well to books and reading materials scattered about — sleek living is intellectually lean living — agree or disagree?

Just teasin’. About sleek living being intellectually lean.

But I do think 3821 Wentwood could help shape children to study while en route to Harvard, and it will darn sure help you finance the education: at $244.55 a square foot, this home is a huge bargain. You get (ALMOST) a quarter acre lot in University Park, 5230 square feet, five bedrooms, four and a half baths, three living areas, hardwood floors, great open spaces, solid bones and a great floor plan. Gonna be honest: I’d make the kitchen tile floors go bye bye, they are way too hard to stand on and drop a dish, kiss it goodbye. This kitchen could be updated. We are talking surfaces, pure surfaces. I’d bring the wood floors into the kitchen and blend. Appliances are newer, and the cabinets look great. The rest of the house is as classic as it gets, and the yard even has room for a pool or outdoor kitchen. Laundry is upstairs with sink, and the fifth bedroom can be for guests or a gameroom.

And for $1,279,000 you are in Highland Park Schools and Hyer Elementary is walking distance. Leave It To Beaver Goes to Harvard — that’s 3821 Wentwood.

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