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Go to an Art Museum Day: DFW Art Museums

DFW Art Museums

Art lovers such as our real estate agents feel right at home in the Dallas-Fort Worth area since Dallas has the largest Arts District in the United States. Discover DFW's rich cultural community by participating in Go to an Art Museum Day on Wednesday, November 9.

  • Dallas Museum of Art - 1717 N. Harwood, Dallas, TX 75201
    For more than 100 years, the Dallas Museum of Art has been the flagship attraction in the downtown Arts District. As one of the 10 largest art museums in the country, the DMA draws upwards of 650,000 visitors each year. Their permanent collection includes more than 25,000 pieces representing 5,000 years of art across all cultures, while they also offer a full calendar of family-friendly classes and workshops so visitors can explore their own creativity. General admission is free but does require an entry ticket that can be obtained online. The DMA is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday except for Friday, with extended hours until 9 p.m.

  • Nasher Sculpture Center - 2001 Flora St., Dallas, TX 75201
    As passionate collectors of sculpture, the late Raymond and Patsy Nasher wanted to share their interests with others around Dallas homes for sale. That dream was fulfilled in 2003 with the opening of the Nasher Sculpture Center. The building itself, designed by noted architect Renzo Piano, almost qualifies as a larger-than-life sculpture. Inside the center, more than 300 works represent legendary sculptors such as Calder, Rodin, Miró, and Picasso. Many exhibits feature pieces from the Nasher family collection. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for students with ID, and free for kids under 12. Hours are 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday.

  • The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth - 3200 Darnell St., Fort Worth, TX 76107
    Despite its name, The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth is the oldest museum in Texas, dating back to 1892. Over time, the mission of The Modern has evolved, and today, they aim to showcase "the most compelling art and ideas of our time." Located in the Cultural District, just minutes from Fort Worth homes for sale, The Modern's collection of paintings, photos, and sculptures includes artists such as Francis Bacon, Jackson Pollock, and Henry Moore. Admission is $16 for adults, $10 for students, and free for kids under 18. Hours are 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday except for Friday, when closing time is 8 p.m.

  • Amon Carter Museum of American Art - 3501 Camp Bowie Blvd., Fort Worth, TX 76107
    The Amon Carter Museum of Modern Art celebrates the incredible artistic legacy of our own country. View stunning works from artists such as Frederic Remington, Georgia O'Keefe, and Louise Nevelson. Admission is free. The Carter is open 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. Thursday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and noon- 5 p.m. Sunday.

There are many museums and galleries to explore when you call the Dallas-Fort Worth area home. Are you ready to buy or sell a home in this area? Contact us at RE/MAX DFW Associates to get started.


Catch a Minor League Baseball Game in the DFW

DFW Baseball

Catching a baseball game is a fun family summer evening activity, and Frisco just happens to be home to one of the best ballparks in Minor League Baseball.

Head on over to Riders Park where you can watch the Frisco RoughRiders, a double-A affiliate of the Texas Rangers, compete in the Texas League. Our real estate agents love heading out to the park, grabbing some peanuts, and relaxing on a warm summer night. It's super easy to do because the park is just a short drive from some beautiful Dallas homes for sale.

About Riders Park
Riders Park is a beautiful ballpark equipped with plenty of seating, luxury suites, fun activities, and great food. Concession options include Rojo's, Frisco Smoque BBQ, Frank's Hot Dogs, Coop & Kennel, Fairlane's Hot Dogs, and Ono Pacific Grill where you can grab a delicious cheesesteak. There are also six bars throughout the park where you can enjoy beer, wine, mixed drinks, or frozen margaritas. The park makes for a great community asset that is conveniently located just a short distance from these Fort Worth homes for sale.

The park is surrounded by 5 parking lots, all of which open 2 hours before the game.

Upcoming Games and Promotions
The RoughRiders have several home games between now and September 11, with many taking place throughout the week. Below are some highlights from the upcoming schedule along with some great promotions:

  • Saturday, June 18 vs. Midland RockHounds at 6:05 pm
    Sky-Lit Saturday -- watch a spectacular fireworks display after the game, weather permitting. It's also Scout Night and Whataburger Food Bank Night.

  • Sunday, June 19 vs. Midland RockHounds at 6:05 pm
    Celebrate Father's Day at the ballpark with Kids Sunday Funday. The park will host numerous fun activities for the kids.

  • Tuesday, June 28 vs. Corpus Christi Hooks at 7:05 pm
    Silver Slugger Tuesday -- fans 65 years old and up can grab a $10 ticket when showing their ID at the box office.

  • Wednesday, June 29 vs. Corpus Christi Hooks at 7:05 pm
    Texas Rangers baseball legend Mark McLemore, also known as the "Dr of Defense" will be on hand for a meet and greet.

  • Thursday, June 30 vs. Corpus Christi Hooks at 7:05 pm
    Come on out to the park for Thirsty Thursday and enjoy a variety of drink specials including $2 drafts. It's also Singles Night and Ivan Hall from Season 16 of the Bachelorette will be in attendance for a meet and greet.

  • Friday, July 15 vs. Midland RockHounds at 7:05 pm
    Celebrate Christmas in July at the ballpark and also take home a free Teddy Leg Lamp bobblehead. 

  • Sunday, July 17 vs. Midland RockHounds at 6:05 pm
    Kids Sunday Funday plus Marvel Super Hero Night makes this game a great family event.

  • Sunday, August 7 vs. Sod Poodles at 6:05 pm
    Celebrate back to school night with a lunch box giveaway.

Make sure to buy your tickets in advance for a fun summer evening with the whole family. View the full game schedule here. We love showing our support for our local sports teams, and a trip to Riders Park gives you the opportunity to enjoy America's favorite pastime. Contact us today for more information about local events.


Dallas-Fort Worth Rail Trails

Dallas-Fort Worth

When it comes to long-distance travel, airplanes have replaced trains in convenience and popularity. Fortunately, many of the former train routes have been repurposed as these great hiking and biking rail trails around the DFW, and our real estate agents love to explore them. Take in the beautiful Texas scenery when you plan a hike on these Dallas-Fort Worth rail trails.

  • Katy Trail
    While the Katy Trail spans just 3.5 miles near Dallas homes for sale, its beauty and proximity draws more than 1.5 million visits each year. Established in 2000, the trail traces the line once used by the Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad, commonly referred to as the K-T. More than 125 acres of local parks can be accessed using the pet-friendly trail, which is also the site of an annual 5K race. The Katy Trail Art initiative recently completed its first installation, a series of five sculptures suspended from trees. Hours are 5 a.m. - midnight daily.

  • Santa Fe Trail
    Echoes of the Wild West past of Texas can be heard in the name of the Santa Fe Trail. The 4.3-mile route uses a corridor once belonging to the railroad of the same name. Bring Fido along to catch waterfront views of White Rock Lake at one end, with the vibrant neighborhoods of Deep Ellum and Fair Park at the other end. The Santa Fe also makes up part of the route for the Dallas Marathon, regarded as one of the top long-distance races in the country. Friends of Santa Fe Trail is a non-profit group that supports the trail through fundraising, enhancements, and maintenance. 

  • Chaparral Rail Trail
    History is embedded in the 35-mile span of the Chaparral Rail Trail. Starting in the quaintly-named town of Farmersville, the trailhead is named for Audie Murphy, the iconic WWII hero who once made his home here. Nearby is the Historic Onion Shed, a restored building dating back to the 1930s. The path is a mix of pavement and gravel, and the trail is a favorite spot for geocaching. Outside the city, there are many stretches of undeveloped land, creating a lovely background that makes this trail a favorite. 

  • A-train Rail Trail
    In a twist on rail trails, rails-with-trails are active railroad corridors with adjacent paths for hiking and biking. The 19-mile A-train Rail Trail connects the Dallas suburbs of Denton and Lewisville with a commuter line as well as a multipurpose path for non-motorized travel. Spend a day with the family hiking the trail and visiting Lewisville's Railroad Park, which includes three man-made lakes, an off-leash dog park, and outdoor fitness equipment.

When you live in the DFW, every day can be an adventure. Thinking about moving to the area and starting your own new adventure? If you're looking at Fort Worth homes for sale, contact us at RE/MAX DFW Associates for friendly and knowledgeable help.


Bake Cookies Day: DFW Bakeries for Holiday Cookies

Cookies DFW

December 18th is Bake Cookies Day. This is a great opportunity to dig in and enjoy some holiday baking. But don't worry — if you're too busy to fit cookie baking into your schedule, there are some excellent DFW bakeries selling holiday cookies that your whole family will love. Here are some of the top bakeries our real estate agents recommend visiting in honor of Bake Cookies Day.

  • JD's Chippery: 6601 Hillcrest Ave., Suite A, Dallas, TX 75205
    JD's Chippery is a cookie-focused bakery located near many Dallas homes for sale. Opened in 1983, the business is still family-owned with an emphasis on high-quality ingredients and from-scratch baking. These cookies taste like they're homemade, and in the very best way.

    JD's Chippery always features some special cookies for the holidays. But you can't go wrong with their classic standbys, either. The oatmeal chocolate are tender with just the right level of sweetness. The white chocolate cookies are another fan favorite on the menu and are a perfect holiday choice.

  • Haute Sweets Patisserie: 6959 Arapaho Rd., Suite 106, Dallas, TX 75248
    Haute Sweets Patisserie is a French-style bakery in North Dallas. While they may be best known for their macarons and beignets, they create some fabulous cookies, too. They'll have macarons decorated in red and green for the holiday season. The chocolate cream pies and s'mores cookies are also incredible.

    If you're in a hurry, you can pre-order cookies for pickup on the Haute Sweets website. They also partner with delivery companies including Uber Eats and Door Dash, so you can have cookies delivered right to your door.

  • Grandma's Bakery: 17997 Preston Rd., Dallas, TX 75252
    For cookies like your grandma used to make, you need to stop by Grandma's Bakery. This cozy little bakery is a lovely place to sit with friends, munch on cookies, and sip a nice coffee or hot chocolate. They have rice cookies, walnut cookies, coconut cookies, butter cookies, and even baklava.

    In addition to cookies, Grandma's Bakery carries fresh pastries including Napoleons, cream puffs, and fruit cream rolls. Treat yourself, and then bring another treat home for the family.

  • Kessler Baking Studio: 1129 North Beckley Ave., Dallas, TX 75203
    Kessler Baking Studio is a Dallas bakery that's now so popular that they ship their cookies across the country. They always have some classic cookies on their menu. The biscotti are incredible, sold in 12 different flavors. The giant oatmeal cream pies are a full 9 inches across and enough to share with a few friends. You also can't go wrong with the chocolate chip pecan or the oatmeal chocolate toffee cookies.

    While you're in Kessler Baking Studio, make sure you also buy some Texas-shaped shortbread cookies to celebrate your state!

  • Unrefined Bakery: 2222 McKinney Ave. #180, Dallas, TX 75201
    If you follow a gluten-free diet, then Unrefined Bakery is the place to visit on Bake Cookies Day. This is a 100% gluten-free bakery and is a great option for those with dietary restrictions.

    There are plenty of cookies on the menu at Unrefined Bakery. They sell decorated cookies for the holiday season. They also have keto whoopie pies, cookie sammies, confetti cookies, and more. If you're having guests over, then the keto stacked cookie cake is the perfect treat to share.

Whether you love chocolate, lemon, peanut butter, or all of the above, these Dallas bakeries have delectable options for your sweet tooth. Make sure you take the time to celebrate Bake Cookies Day. And don't hesitate to contact us if you're looking for a real estate agent to guide you through finding a new home with a perfect kitchen for baking.


RMDFW Setting New Record in the Exurbs

31% of Closings in Exurb Counties

Forget Dallas, Tarrant, Collin and Denton Counties.  The move is on to the exurbs.   This month, November 2021, 31% of all RMDFW home closings were NOT in the main four metro counties.   The closings were in Kaufman, Rockwall, Ellis, Grayson, Hood and Johnson counties – the new exurb counties of the Metroplex.  Affordable, new housing is sprouting up 25, 35, 45 miles away from Dallas – and young millennial families are snatching them up.  One year ago, 15% of all November RMDFW closings were new homes sales.  This November it is about 42% - a huge increase.  Since there is a lack of inventory for new homebuyers, they are moving further out to the exurbs.   Kaufman County (Heartland, Forney, Crandall) leads the way, then Rockwall County (Royce City, Fate), then Grayson (Van Alstyne, Melissa).


Visit Downtown Fort Worth: 5 Spots Around Sundance Square

Downtown Fort WorthOur real estate agents love the energy and diverse range of activities found at Sundance Square, just minutes from Fort Worth homes for sale. Take in a show, learn some history, or just stroll the scenic parks at these great spots in this 35-block section of downtown Fort Worth.

  • Fort Worth Water Gardens - 1502 Commerce St., Fort Worth, TX 76102
    With the Fort Worth Water Gardens, famed architect Philip Johnson created an urban oasis that rivals natural sites. Aerating, quiet, and active pools let visitors experience the delights of water in three different ways. A terraced knoll shields the park from the rest of the city, while cypress and oak trees enhance the feeling of serenity. 

  • Bass Performance Hall - 525 Commerce St., Fort Worth, TX 76102
    It takes an entire city block to hold the visual and cultural magnificence of Bass Performance Hall. Visitors are greeted by a pair of 48-foot tall limestone angels, which have become an iconic feature of downtown Fort Worth. Patterned after classic European opera houses, the venue is home to the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, Texas Ballet Theater, and Fort Worth Opera. Other presentations include Broadway shows, musical concerts, and comedy acts.

  • Sid Richardson Museum - 309 Main St., Fort Worth, TX 76102
    The Wild West has inspired several incredible works of art, many of which are on display at the Sid Richardson Museum. The museum's permanent collection showcases works by Frederic Remington and Charles Russell, considered to be the "titans of Western art." Touring exhibits have focused on themes such as the Chisholm Trail and the making of Lonesome Dove. Enhance your knowledge and appreciation with lectures, discussions, and other museum-sponsored events. Hours are 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Admission is free, but reservations are required.

  • General Worth Square - 900 Main St., Fort Worth, TX 76102
    Like the city itself, General Worth Square takes its name from General William Jenkins Worth, a military officer who served in the War of 1812 and the Mexican-American War. The park's terraced steps and tree-shaded areas make it a popular spot for both relaxation and outdoor events. Don't miss the John F. Kennedy Tribute, a memorial that honors the late President's last public speech at the Hilton Fort Worth on November 22, 1963. The Aviation Wall of Honor celebrates the city's rich legacy in the field of aviation.

  • Simply Fondue - 111 W. 4th St., Fort Worth, TX 76102
    Whether it's an intimate dinner for two or a lively gathering of family and friends, Simply Fondue is appropriate for both. Proceed at your own pace through interactive dining that's fun for kids and adults. Design a meal a la carte or choose the four-course Fondue Feast that includes salad, appetizer, choice of four entrées, and dessert. In addition to beef, chicken, and seafood, the menu includes garlic-roasted tofu, falafel, and other vegetarian options. Have a family night out on Sunday, when kids 12 and under eat free with each adult purchase. Simply Fondue is open daily from 5 p.m. - 9 p.m., with extended hours until 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Reservations are recommended.

Let us answer all your Fort Worth real estate questions. Contact us at RE/MAX DFW Associates for cheerful and knowledgeable assistance. 


DFW Restaurants Perfect for Mother's Day Brunch

DFW BrunchMother's Day is fast approaching, and there's no better way to appreciate your mom than treating her to a delicious meal. Start Mother's Day with a memorable brunch at a fantastic local restaurant. Our real estate agents have rounded up some of the most exquisite DFW restaurants where you'll find a delicious treat that your mother will thoroughly enjoy: 

  1. Reata Forth Worth—310 Houston Street, Sundance Square, Fort Worth, TX 76102
    Located close to Fort Worth homes for sale, this restaurant is renowned for its sophisticated cowboy cooking and exclusive wine list. Reata Fort Worth offers both private dining and family meals and is a great spot for Texans who are hankering for some mouth-watering food. If your mom is a lover of classic cuisine, she'll undoubtedly enjoy the restaurant's specialty items such as the Tenderloin Tamales or the Pan Seared Pepper Crusted Tenderloin. 
  2. Pinstripes—5001 Trailhead Bend Way, Fort Worth, TX 76109
    Is there a better way to celebrate your mom than reserving her a spot at Pinstripes on Mother's Day? Pinstripes recently opened patio seating just in time for May 9th. Savor a world-class brunch with mom, washed down with discounted handcrafted cocktails. You can also win a brunch for your mom and the entire family by entering Pinstripes' Mother's Day competition. All you have to do is send a snap of your mom with a short description of what makes her special.

  3. Snooze Eatery—3211 Oak Lawn Ave, Dallas, TX 75219
    This spot prides itself on being the number one breakfast and brunch restaurant near our Dallas homes for sale. Your mom will undoubtedly love Snooze Eatery's laidback attitude, tasty meals, and cozy ambiance. Start with green eggs and ham followed by a special Mother's Day soup or the restaurant's renowned hot and cold sandwiches. If your mom is a wine lover, she'll love the extensive wine list offered at Snooze Eatery. Takeaway services are available on request.

  4. Yolk—8315 Westchester Drive, Dallas, TX 75225
    Treat your mom like the queen she is by reserving her a brunch at Yolk. The restaurant is renowned for its fantastic fusion breakfasts that your mom won't forget. The fresh approach to brunch is what makes the Yolk restaurants stand out. All foods are made from quality ingredients and are incredibly affordable. Thus, you can give your mom a treat without breaking the bank. Special discounts will be offered on Mother's Day, so you should be on the lookout for them.

  5. Del Frisco's Grille—7200 Bishop Road, Suite D9, Plano, TX 75024
    Take a trip to Spain when you treat your mom to a Spanish brunch at Del Frisco's Grille. Here, you'll find seasoned, polished Spanish country cooking that has stood the test of time. Del Frisco's Grille is a favorite brunch spot for many Texans, thanks to its tasty foods, fine wines, and convenient location near Plano homes for sale. The welcoming ambiance at the restaurant allows you to eat, drink, and talk all day.

Do not hesitate to contact our real estate agents to see what we have on offer.


5 Facts About the Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District

DFW Historic Districts

Looking for a fun and exciting way to explore a part of Texas history right here in Fort Worth? Our real estate agents have introduced plenty of new homeowners to the Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District.

When looking at Fort Worth homes for sale, you want to see everything the community has to offer. The rich and exciting story of Texas comes alive when you visit the Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District!

The Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District sits just north of the central business district in Fort Worth. A section of 98 acres that encompasses most of the Stockyards has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 1976, an honor reflecting its unique place as a livestock center renowned throughout the Lone Star State.

The history of the Stockyards begins with the arrival of railroads in 1876. The Fort Worth Union Stockyards were opened by 1890, covering an expansive area of more than 200 acres. Fort Worth also became home to its very own meat processing plant in February of that year. In its heyday, there were four distinct stockyards.

Before long, what is now the Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District sold more than 1 million head of cattle per year.

Today, the Historic District designation applies to 46 buildings and one other structure, as well as noted Texas Historic Landmarks, including the entrance sign, the Livestock Exchange Building, and the site of the Stockyards Hotel. Entertainment and shopping venues capitalize on Fort Worth's indelible reputation as "Cowtown."

Making the Most of Your Trip to the Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District

There's plenty to see and do in the Fort Worth Stockyards, so you'll want to know a bit about it before you go.

Let's take a closer look at some fun facts to remember:

  1. The Stockyards Are (Very) Horse-Friendly
    While the Stockyards are most famous for cows, they are also horse-friendly. In fact, the Stockyards Stables were re-opened back in 2011 after a full remodeling. Sitting next to the Hyatt Hotel in an original circa 1912 building, they provide full-care and overnight horse boarding. Boarders can ride their horses all over the Stockyards.

  2. You Can Enjoy a Heritage Railway Service
    The Grapevine Vintage Railroad continues to operate a heritage railway service between the Stockyards and Grapevine-Main Street Station in Grapevine, Texas, a drive of about half an hour. The Railroad operates an authentic 1896-era steam locomotive and also performs occasional holiday excursions throughout the year.

  3. You'll See a Truly Unique Cattle Drive
    What would Cowtown be without cows? As a visitor to the Stockyards, you have the opportunity to see the world's only twice-daily cattle drive. Known as the Fort Worth Herd, it takes place every day at 11:30 a.m. and again at 4 p.m. down East Exchange Avenue. The kids love it!

  4. An Authentic Rodeo Experience Awaits
    Texas is the birthplace of rodeo, and you'll witness heart-pumping action right at the Stockyards Championship Rodeo. It's all situated in an auditorium with a 2,300-person capacity, perfect to get a great view of bull riding, barrel racing, calf roping, and much more. Plenty of event spaces are available for rent.

  5. Dance the Night Away at Billy Bob's
    Everything's bigger in Texas, and that goes double for the country-western music scene. Billy Bob's Texas is the world's largest honky-tonk, with nearly three acres under one roof. Aside from the Texas-sized dance floor, you'll also discover the full restaurant and, believe it or not, a rodeo area active every Friday and Saturday.

Ready to learn more about the Fort Worth area? Contact us at RE/MAX DFW Associates to learn about real estate opportunities right here in Fort Worth.


Bike Trails Around the DFW for Go For a Ride Day

Bike Trails - DFW - RE/MAX DFW Associates

The crisp air of late fall makes this a particularly good time to go for a bike ride in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. And with Go For a Ride Day coming right up on Sunday, November 22, our real estate agents are excited to share some of our favorite bike trails in the DFW.

  • Oak Cliff Nature Preserve - 2875 Pierce St, Dallas, TX 75233
    A 121-acre oasis of shady woodlands and rolling wildflower meadows, Oak Cliff Nature Preserve is a great resource for Dallas mountain bikers. Located just minutes from these Dallas homes for sale, the preserve includes 8 miles of multi-use hike and bike trails arranged in six loops. There are many twists and turns, but the terrain is mostly flat and not too challenging.

  • North Shore Trail - 2908 N Park Dr, Flower Mound, TX 75022
    Easily one of the more popular hiking and biking routes in the DFW area, the North Shore Trail follows Lake Grapevine's shoreline and offers some splendid scenery along the way. The trail is made up of two loops totaling 22 miles. The 12.5-mile eastern loop is flat and suitable for beginners, while the western loop is more rugged. Trailheads are located in Twin Coves Park, Rockledge Park, and Murrell Park, a short ride from these Flower Mound homes for sale.

  • Trinity Trails - 3301 Trinity Park Dr, Fort Worth, TX 76107
    Trinity Trails is a 40-mile network of trails in the heart of Fort Worth, mostly near the banks of the Trinity River. Popular among joggers, dog-walkers, and cyclists alike, the trails are mostly paved, meandering through riverfront parks and gardens with some great views of the Fort Worth skyline. The main trailhead in Trinity Park is a stone's throw from many Fort Worth homes for sale

  • Big Cedar Wilderness Trails - 8991-8999 Isom Ln, Dallas, TX 75249
    With a mix of single track loops and fire roads totaling about 8 miles, Big Cedar Wilderness Trails offer a great landscape for mountain bikers to explore. Big Cedar Wilderness is a rugged landscape of hardwood forests, cactus-filled valleys, and Dallas's highest point. The trails are maintained by the Dallas Off-Road Bicycle Association (DORBA) and open to the public Tuesday through Saturday from dawn until dusk. 

  • Denton Katy Trail - 604 E Hickory St, Denton, TX 76205
    An urban bike trail that runs parallel to the DCTA commuter rail line in Denton County, the Denton Katy Trail offers a great opportunity to explore some of the other communities north of Dallas. Passing through urban centers, residential neighborhoods, and industrial areas, the trail is popular among families, recreational cyclists, and even commuters looking for an alternate route to work. The trail begins at the Denton Downtown Transit Center near these Denton homes for sale, and runs 16 miles south to Lake Dallas.

  • Marion Sansom Park - 2501 Roberts Cut Off Rd, Fort Worth, TX 76114
    With shady woods, picturesque waterfalls and views across the glassy surface of Lake Worth, Marion Sansom Park is one of the best places in Fort Worth for hiking and mountain baking. This urban oasis offers several mountain bike loops ranging in difficulty from beginner to advanced. In total, about 11 miles of trails are open to cyclists, and the park offers a great opportunity to hit the trail without leaving the city. 

Contact us today to learn more about life in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. From wide-open spaces to vibrant cities and towns, it's an incredible place to live, and our  team is always ready to help you find your dream home. 


Visit These DFW Delis on National Sandwich Day

Delis Around the DFW - RE/MAX DFW Associates

November 3rd isn't only Election Day; it's also National Sandwich Day. Hot or cold, thin or high, there is no wrong way to make a sandwich. Everybody has their own ideal combination of bread, meat, and cheese, and this simple creation has become the staple of the all-American lunch. 

Our real estate agents love our local sandwich shops and pulled together a list of six recommendations we think you should check out on National Sandwich Day.

  • Uncle Uber's Sammich Shop - 2713 Commerce St., Dallas, TX 75226
    Uncle Uber's is known for their "sammiches," which they say are the holiest and mightiest sandwiches. They offer a robust menu filled with dozens of custom combinations. We recommend the roast beef, which has tasty thinly sliced beef, melted provolone, and Au Jus sauce. Best of all, Uncle Uber's is conveniently located near several of these beautiful Dallas homes for sale.

  • East Hampton Sandwich Co. - 1605 S. University Dr., Fort Worth, TX 76107
    With five locations around town, East Hampton Sandwich Co. is becoming a Dallas / Fort Worth staple. Besides a variety of "hot signature" and "cold signature" sandwiches, East Hampton Sandwich Co. also offers four different delicious lobster rolls. This East Hampton location is conveniently located a few minutes away from great Fort Worth homes for sale.

  • Captain Nemo's Steak Submarines - 1426 N. Irving Heights Dr., Irving, TX 75061
    Captain Nemo's has been serving their famous sizzling steak sandwich for 47 years. In addition to steak, their menu is full of several other tasty sandwich options. Add a bowl of "The Captain's Chili" to your order for a perfect meal. You can dine-in or takeout for lunch or dinner Monday through Saturday. After stopping by, take a look at these Irving homes for sale.

  • Patriot Sandwich Company - 1507 S. Loop 288 #203, Denton, TX 76205
    Located near these Denton homes for sale is the Patriot Sandwich Company, a veteran-owned sandwich shop that serves breakfast and lunch. Menu items are named after military lingo, and local hometown heroes are honored on the restaurant's wall.  They also offer a wide range of custom-made sauces that are made daily onsite.

  • Sourdough Bread Deli - 4120 W. 15th St., Plano, TX 75093
    If you're near Plano, grab a sandwich at Sourdough Bread Deli. This sandwich shop truly prides itself on quality. Their menu features a wide range of poultry, meat, and fish sandwiches, all made on delicious sourdough bread made every morning from scratch. All vegetables are prepared daily, and meats are never pre-cooked. While you're in the area, take a look at these Plano homes for sale.

  • The Tin Cup - 1025 W. Abram St., Arlington, TX 76013
    This laid back sandwich shop is family owned and operated and offers dozens of sandwiches, paninis, and salads. We recommend trying the "Alamo," which has the perfect mix of chicken, sun-dried tomatoes, avocado, and mozzarella.The Tin Cup is located just a short drive from these Arlington homes for sale.

One of the best parts about living near in or around Dallas / Fort Worth is that there are always new restaurants to try. For more local business recommendations, contact us today!


Order Amazing Cakes for Any Occasion Around the DFW

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As culinary icon Julia Child so aptly stated, "A party without a cake is just a meeting." Our real estate agents happily agree that any occasion becomes even more special with a tasty, beautifully-made cake. Add the icing on top of your next event when you order a custom cake from one of these top bakeries around the DFW. 

  • CC's Cupcake Heaven - West Fort Worth, TX
    Whether you're hosting a formal party or an intimate family gathering, CC's Cupcake Heaven has you covered. Full-size cakes may be customized to make your personal vision a reality. Cupcakes and mini-cupcakes come in dozens of mouthwatering flavors, such as Coffee Caramel Crunch, Kit-Kat Creation, and Raspberry Lemonade. Bite-sized cake pops serve double duty as edible decorations or favors. Order by phone, text, or website for pickup only minutes from Fort Worth homes for sale.

  • Delicious Cakes - 14819 Inwood Rd., Addison, TX 75001
    The name says it all. For more than 25 years, founders Butch and Ruthie Stivers and their family have been serving Delicious Cakes to the area near Addison homes for sale. In addition to classic layer cakes, the bakery offers full-size, mini, and loaf Bundt cakes in several fun flavors, including Bourbon & Pecans and Kahlua-Mocha.  Need a last-minute cake? Check out the selection in the pastry case. Delicious Cakes opens at 9 a.m. Monday through Saturday.

  • Cake-aholics - 4201 W. Green Oaks Blvd., Suite 416, Arlington, TX 76016
    Satisfy your most extreme cake dreams at Cake-aholics, a bakery close to Arlington homes for sale, where art and taste receive equal priority. Owner Matthew Wohlkinger, a native of South Africa, is a formally-trained pastry chef who took home $10,000 for his creative birthday cake on Food Network's WINNER CAKE ALL. While Cake-aholics offers an extensive menu of cake and filling flavors, everything is scratch-made, so they're happy to accommodate your requests. Craving variety? Ask about their selections of cheesecakes, tarts, cream puffs, and other specialty desserts. Hours are 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

  • Rum Cakes Factory - 1628 W. Hebron Pkwy., Suite 112, Carrollton, TX 75010
    Rum cakes are a traditional holiday treat, but once you taste the delicious products of Rum Cakes Factory, you'll want them any time of the year. While rum cakes are generally vanilla- or chocolate-flavored, owner Jorge Saab infuses the popular liquor in red velvet, lemon, coconut, carrot, and just about any cake flavor you can think of. Alcohol content is less than 0.5 percent, but those who prefer to abstain can choose from tres leches cake, tiramisu, and other alcohol-free options. In August, Jorge opened a second location by Plano homes for sale. The original bakery, just down the street from Carrollton homes for sale, opens at noon Sunday through Thursday and 11 a.m. Friday and Saturday.

  • Daisy Cakes - 5200 Lemmon Ave., Suite 101, Dallas TX 75209
    On its own, Daisy Cakes is a charming name for a bakery. It also has a special meaning for owner Michele Dowdy, who chose it to honor her mother. Daisy Cakes' motto is, "Baking Special Memories," and that's been true for the many customers around Dallas homes for sale who rave about the extraordinary service that goes along with the remarkable cakes. Dozens of available cake flavors include hummingbird, a banana-pineapple spice cake that's a Southern favorite. Hours are 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Saturday.

What cake will you choose to celebrate your new home in the DFW? Contact us for help with all your local real estate needs.


6 Places for Wine Tastings Around the DFW

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Let's be honest — we could all use a glass of wine these days. Thankfully, we don't have to venture far for the vino. Our real estate agents heard through the grapevine that there are plenty of places in the DFW to grab a glass, a bottle, or a carafe of wine at a moment's notice. If you're searching for a new favorite for your wine cellar or just want to sample some unique flavors, we encourage you to enjoy a wine tasting at one of these six local hot-spots.

  1. Grape Vine Springs Winery – 409 S. Main St., Grapevine, TX 76051
    Grape Vine Springs Winery knows how to show you a good time. Their award-winning winery will now be offering food service so you can savor your wine tasting with a few tasty treats. The winery also hosts blending classes, winery tours, ghost tours, and other events. If you purchase one of your Grapevine homes for sale, Grape Vine Springs Winery is one site you'll want to visit again and again.

  2. Landon Winery – 103 N. Ballard Ave., Wylie, TX 75098
    Whether you're just discovering our Wylie homes for sale or if you've lived in town for years, Landon Winery is a must-visit. With a full calendar of events, wine tasting has never been better. Can't make it to a wine tasting? No problem! Landon Winery hosts virtual wine tastings so you can sip and sample from the comfort of your own home!

  3. Rancho Loma Vineyards – 411 S. Main St. Ste. 104, Fort Worth, TX 76104
    In the last four years, Rancho Loma Vineyards has won too many awards to count. Take one sip of any of their wines, and you'll see why. RLV believes that remarkable wines should be experienced with delicious food; join them for wine tasting paired with their artisan Charcuterie boards next time you're in the area searching for Fort Worth homes for sale.

  4. Two Brothers Winery – 110 Lamar St., Keller, TX 76248
    If your tastebuds are craving a unique style of wine, head over to Two Brothers Winery for a treat. A pecan infused merlot, a bourbon barrel cabernet sauvignon, and a coffee-infused Syrah are just a few of their delightfully interesting bottles. Two Brother Winery is now offering foods at their winery, making it a wonderful place to grab a drink and a bite to eat with your family and friends whenever you're nearby looking at Keller homes for sale.

  5. The Wine Authority – 508 W. Lookout Dr. Ste 24, Richardson, TX 75080 With a name like The Wine Authority, you already know that you're going to receive expert service from knowledgeable sommeliers the moment you walk in. They're ready to answer all of your questions, suggest the best wines that fit your tastes, and even talk you through every glass they pour. Though The Wine Authority may be a retail store, once you pop a cork and raise a glass, you feel like you'll be experiencing a private wine tasting with your own personal sommelier. Just be sure to grab a few bottles to go so you can stock up the kitchen of one of our new Richardson homes for sale.

  6. Larue Vineyards – 1491 N. Kealy Ave. Ste 55., Lewisville, TX 75057
    Larue Vineyards handcrafts their wines with passion and perfectly picked grapes from Chile and California. On Fridays and Saturdays, they open up their winery for tours while on Sundays, they make Paint & Wine events available for guests who want to get creative while they sip. No appointment is necessary to sample their wines, so feel free to stop by after visiting the charming Lewisville homes for sale.

Are you searching for a home where you can host your own wine tastings? We can help! Contact us today to tour our great Dallas homes for sale.


The Cheeseburgers Are the Best at These 6 DFW Destinations

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Break out the bibs and rustle up an appetite – National Cheeseburger Day is Friday, September 18th! What better way to celebrate one of our nation's most iconic foods than to sample some of the best burgers in town. Our real estate agents encourage you to grab your burger crew and head to one of these tasty cheeseburger destinations in the DFW.

  1. Burgers N Beyond – 1704 Galveston Ave., Fort Worth, TX 76110
    Burgers N Beyond
    is a great place to grab a classic cheeseburger cooked to perfection after you've checked out a few Fort Worth homes for sale. Their BNB Burger contains an all-beef patty, lettuce, pickles, cheese, grilled onions, and their BNB sauce. You can double the patties by ordering their Big BNB Burger. With sides like volcano fries, jalapeno poppers, onion rings, and coleslaw, Burgers N Beyond takes taste to the next level with the classic ingredients you know and love.

  2. Zoli's NY Pizza – 14910 Midway Rd., Addison, TX 75001
    Yes, we know Zoli's NY Pizza specializes in saucy pies, but you're missing out if you haven't tried their cheeseburger. They've got two Texas-sized burgers on their menu: the O.D. Burger and the Gigante Burger, both made with an 1855 chuck-brisket-short-rib blend, two types of cheeses, Zoli sauce, and horseradish pickles. The Gigante Burger ups the ante by adding a fried mozzarella patty and soppressata marmalade to the sandwich. Make a pit stop to fuel up when you're in town searching for Addison homes for sale.

  3. K Pop Burger – 5000 Main St. Suite 314, The Colony, TX 75056
    Locally sourced and crafted with love, K Pop Burger offers an interesting menu of burgers. A half-pound of fresh Angus beef is dressed with everything imaginable to create unforgettable burgers. Try the Kimchi with grilled kimchi and a fried egg. The Kangnam grills up veggies and covers them in Korean bulgogi sauce. Whether you're looking for Ramen, grilled corn, grilled spam, or heaps of different cheeses, you can find it all between the buns of a K Pop Burger.

  4. Del's Charcoal Burgers – 110 S. McKinney St., Richardson, TX 75081
    This local landmark will become your new favorite burger joint if you move into one of our Richardson homes for sale. Sure, you can grab a standard cheeseburger topped with onions, mustard, pickles, and tomatoes, but why not kick it up a notch with something special? Del's Charcoal Burgers offers combo specials include the Texas Cheese Burger, Patty Melt, Guacamole Swiss Burger, and the Mushroom Swiss Burger.

  5. Chapps Burgers – 4146 S. Carrier Pkwy, Grand Prairie, TX 75052
    Do you want to know the recipe for the Chapps Burgers secret sauce? Hard work and zero shortcuts. Known for their Nolan Ryan Black Angus Beef Burgers, Chapps Burgers lets you create your own namesake cheeseburger. Choose from five meats, six cheeses, and seventeen toppings to concoct the ultimate burger or try one of their creations. The Chapps Classic and the 1984 Burger are classic creations while the Knockout Burger adds a fried egg and basil mayo into the mix. Other favorites include their Mushroom Cheeseburger, Jalapeno Cheeseburger, and Bacon Cheeseburger, offering plenty of options for dinner when you're finished shopping Grand Prairie homes for sale.  

  6. Wayback Burgers – 6421 Riverside Dr., Irving, TX 75039
    Wayback Burgers
    delivers the comfort food you love. Delicious beef, melty cheese, and crispy bacon pair perfectly with their creamy hand-dipped milkshakes. Bring the family down after closing on one of our Irving homes for sale and enjoy a meal that'll make you feel at home in town.

Are you searching for a house in the DFW area? We can help! Contact us today to learn more about our Dallas homes for sale.


'Pick' Your Way to These DFW Guitar Shops

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Whether you've been playing the guitar for years, or you just want to take up a new hobby, you'll find everything need at these shops around the DFW. Our real estate agents share their favorite places for all things guitar.

  • Charley's Guitar Shop - 2720 Royal Lane #100, Dallas, TX 75229
    A mainstay of the DFW music community, Charley's Guitar Shop has been buying and selling guitars and amps for more than 30 years. Located just minutes from these Dallas homes for sale, they have an incredible selection of instruments and gear, including acoustic and electric guitars, basses, amplifiers, and more. Charley's also offers guitar lessons and a full range of guitar repairs and restorations. 

  • Wick's Guitar Shop - 3535 W. 7th St. Suite A1, Fort Worth, TX 76107
    If your guitar needs some work, Wicks Guitar Shop is the place to take it in Fort Worth. Offering everything from basic setups and restrings to extensive rebuilding and electronics repairs, there's no problem too big or too small for their experienced luthiers. A stone's throw from some of the most beautiful Fort Worth homes for sale, Wick's Guitar Shop will have your guitar looking and sounding better than ever. 

  • Texas Guitar Ranch - 3206 Harwood Road, Bedford, TX 76021
    With a name like Texas Guitar Ranch, you can be sure you're going to have a great experience before you even walk in the door. The place doesn't disappoint, offering a Lone Star State-sized selection of guitars, both new and vintage, acoustic and electric. Right around the corner from these Bedford Homes for Sale, Texas Guitar Ranch also offers a hard-to-beat selection of amps, keyboards, drums, ukuleles, and folk instruments, plus accessories like picks, tuners, and capos. 

  • Shake Rag Music Store - 4112 Live Oak St., Dallas, TX 75204
    Something close to heaven on earth for music lovers, Shake Rag Music Store sells guitars, but they also offer a whole lot more. In addition to a deep assortment of quality vintage guitars, Shake Rage Music Store is one of the best places in DFW to find music memorabilia, vinyl records, turntables, vintage gear, and music-related oddities of all kinds. They also have a very friendly cat who will probably come say hello. 

  • Tone Shop Guitars - 15317 Midway Road, Addison, TX 75001
    One of the newest guitar shops in the DFW area, Tone Shop Guitars boasts the biggest acoustic guitar showroom in North Texas. They're no slouch when it comes to electric guitars, pedals, and amps either, rivaling giants like Guitar Center when it comes to selection. They also have a friendly staff and a convenient location near these Addison homes for sale.

  • Killer Vintage Specialty Guitars - 3738 Haggar Way #108, Dallas, TX 75209
    The name might be a mouthful, but Killer Vintage Specialty Guitars more than lives up to its advertising. Originally founded in St. Louis in 1994, Killer Vintage Specialty Guitars offers an incredible stock of vintage Fender and Gibson electric guitars. You'd be hard-pressed to find a better selection of high-end vintage guitars in the DFW. 

Before you head out to any of these shops, we encourage you to call to confirm business hours, as times may be temporarily changed.

Contact us today to learn more about life in DFW and talk to our team of real estate agents about finding your dream home in North Texas!


Farm Fresh: Where to Stock Up On Local Produce Around the DFW

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One of the many advantages of living in the Dallas-Fort Worth area is our generally warm weather and long growing season. This makes it possible to enjoy local produce throughout the year as you add a burst of color, flavor, and nutrition to your family's diet.

The area is home to many farmers markets that feature produce from a variety of local vendors and serve as a community gathering spot where you can take in the sights and smells of delicious local crops. If you're planning a visit, you can sign up to receive newsletters from many markets to let you know more about their vendors and special events.

Our real estate agents recommend making a stop at the following farmers markets to get a taste of local produce in Dallas-Fort Worth.

  • Denton Community Market - 317 W. Mulberry St., Denton, TX 76201 
    You'll find plenty of locally grown produce at Denton Community Market, as well as other goodies including cheeses, eggs, pickles, local honey, and microgreens. While its traditional April opening was delayed this year, Denton Community Market is now open Saturdays from 9 a.m.-noon. Stop in after looking at Denton homes for sale.

  • The Shed in the Dallas Farmers Market - 1010 S. Pearl Expressway, Dallas, TX 75201 
    Looking at Dallas homes for sale? Stopping at The Shed in the Dallas Farmers Market will let you buy all types of seasonal fruits and vegetables that are grown locally. You can even have your choice of farm-fresh items delivered to you curbside by placing your order online and choosing a pickup time from 1 p.m.-5 p.m. on Sundays. Just bring along your digital copy of your receipt. You can also buy a pre-selected bag of seasonal produce with items such as swiss chard, cucumbers, summer squash, strawberries, and much more. Each bag contains well over a week's worth of produce from local farmers.

  • Cowtown Farmers Market - 3821 Southwest Blvd., Fort Worth, TX 76116
    Check out the Cowtown Farmers Market from 8 a.m.-noon on Saturdays, conveniently located near Fort Worth homes for sale. You'll find plenty of produce, including strawberries, arugula, and radishes, to add to your meals, and everything at the market is either grown, raised, or produced within 150 miles of Fort Worth. 

  • The Clearfork Farmers Market - 4801 Edwards Ranch Road, Fort Worth, TX 76109  
    Open year-round (when the temperature's higher than 40 degrees), The Clearfork Farmers Market features produce and other offerings from over 25 local farmers, ranchers, and artisan vendors. It's open from 8 a.m.-noon throughout most of the year, with hours shortening to 9 p.m.-noon in the winter.

  • Coppell Farmers Market - 768 W. Main St. Coppell, TX 75019 
    Visit the Coppell Farmers Market from 8 a.m.-noon on Saturdays after touring Coppell homes for sale, and you'll find a variety of locally grown, seasonal, and fresh produce. All vendors are located within a 150-mile radius of Coppell, and in some cases, the produce you buy was picked just the day before you purchased it. The market also has a farm-themed playground along with an interactive fountain area.

Contact us today if you're interested in buying a home in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. Our RE/MAX DFW Associates are knowledgeable about our community and will be happy to help you find your dream home and find out for yourself just what makes living in DFW so special!


Dallas: Find Your Inner Green Thumb

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Gardeners are so lucky in the Dallas area. With a little bit of effort, you can grow vegetable crops almost all year long in our warm, sunny climate. That long growing season is also great for producing abundant flowers that nourish butterflies in spring, summer and fall.

Our real estate agents can help you find just the right gardening spot among all our Dallas homes for sale.

In the meantime, here are some things to know about gardening in North Texas, and some recommendations for spring and summer planting.

Lone Star Weather: Tough on Gardeners

Weather in North Texas tends to be changeable, and that's truer than ever in these warmer times. During our recent spring, we've seen 95-degree days, followed by a norther that sent the mercury plummeting down to the 30s. Those sudden changes can be tough on gardens, so research plants carefully before you buy. The Texas A&M Agrilife Extension Service in Dallas should be your go-to source for sustaining your garden through inclement weather. 

Garden experts abound in North Texas and can advise you on protecting plants from sudden frosts or too much summer sun. For instance, situating plants sensitive to frost by a sunny wall in a warm microclimate can help, as can erecting a vine-covered trellis to shade plants prone to withering from harsh afternoon sun. 

Also, watch out for exposed locations where fierce spring winds may wreak havoc, drying out or breaking your tender vegetables or flowers. Planting or erecting windbreaks can help.


It's warm here most of the year, and in summer, it's downright hot. Warm climates usually have an abundance of garden pests and diseases that plague gardens, so be prepared. While some gardeners may adopt a regimen of spraying with chemicals, organic gardening experts support more earth-friendly methods such as using organic fertilizer, compost, and mulch; using organic applications to control garden pests and diseases; and planting plants adapted for our climate. 

How to Plant

One of the best garden designs for our area is the raised bed. Raised beds keep plant roots from bogging down in our clayey soils during wet spells. A 4-foot by 6-foot frame (these are available commercially) can get you started.

Double dig your planting spot to get rid of any rocks or roots. Place the frame, making sure it's level and bracing it to keep sides from bowing. Fill it with layers of garden soil and compost, then plant plants, seeds, or seedlings. Cover with mulch. Add extra beds if you have room.

Best Plants for North Texas

When choosing plant material, you'd do well to study Texas A&M's recommendations for EarthKind landscaping. The recommended plants stand up to the heat and drought of North Texas, having lower water needs than many other plants. 

  1. Vegetables
    After March 12, which is considered the last date for frost in our area, you can plant cucumbers, lima beans, tomatoes, corn, squash, peppers, radishes, and snap beans. In late April, plant watermelon, eggplant, okra, cantaloupe, sweet potatoes, and pumpkin.

    In July, plant sweet and hot peppers, okra, and tomatoes to harvest in the fall.

    In August, plant broccoli, parsley, okra, onion, squash, collards, and watermelon for the fall.

  2. Flowers
    In May, plant hot-weather annuals, including periwinkles, salvia, zinnias, coleus, and portulaca. June annuals might include purslane, caladiums, Mexican heather, begonia, and hibiscus.

    In August, plant perennials that flower in the fall, including Mexican mint marigold, rain lilies, and chrysanthemums. 

We can help you find a dream home in Dallas where you can make your garden grow. Contact us today.


Take One of These Scenic Drives Around the DFW

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The wide-open spaces of Texas are too tempting not to explore on four wheels. Whether you're a native Texan or a visitor hoping to move into one of our Fort Worth homes for sale, you'll discover new treasures hiding around every corner. From charming towns to unspoiled landscapes with virtually no one else around for miles, our real estate agents encourage you to take one of these scenic drives around the DFW to uncover everything The Lonestar State has to offer.

  • Lonesome Highway
    Have you ever wanted to get away from it all? Then the Lonesome Highway is the ideal route for you. Great for cruising alone in your car or atop a motorcycle, this lonely stretch of road will take you from the DFW up to the foot of the Guadalupe Mountains. After traveling west on Highway 285, you'll head south on Highway 180. Crank up the tunes and put the windows down; on the Lonesome Highway, you won't pass much more than the occasional tumbleweed and endless Texan views.

  • The Road to Texarkana
    Perhaps you want to get away from it all without getting away from everything? Then hit the Road to Texarkana and leave Texas for a few hours in Arkansas. A neighbor to the north, Arkansas has plenty of its own natural beauty to explore. Texarkana is a city that sits on the border, blending the best of both worlds culturally. This easy drive is straight up Interstate 30, providing a straight-forward ride with no map necessary.

  • Texas Swiss Alps Scenic Drive
    The Swiss Alps provide one of the most iconic mountain views in the world — but why go all the way across the ocean when you can find a remarkable view close to home? The Texas Swiss Alps Scenic Drive may not be exactly like Switzerland's famous range, but you'll be wowed just as much by the gorgeous green mountains that grace the horizon. Hop on Highway 470 in Banderas and keep on driving until it turns into Concan's Highway 83 then follow the 337 from Leakey to Medina. Pack a cooler full of Swiss cheese and jerky for your own Texas-Swiss picnic.

  • Red River Roadway
    Do you want to take in the beauty of Texas while eating your way through some homecooked meals? Grab your appetite and head out on the Red River Roadway. Stretching from Denton to Gainesville, you'll follow FM 2164 to FM Rte 455 into Forestburg. From there, you'll go down FM Rte 677 along the Red River. During your drive, stop by virtually any restaurant, diner, or hole-in-the-wall cantina that you find and devour exceptional tacos, brisket, and warm pies.

  • Willow City Loop
    If there's one scenic drive you should plan in the spring or summer months, it's a trip along the Willow City Loop. During the warmer months, you'll be surrounded by gorgeous greenery and vibrant flowers. Much like the Texas Swiss Alps Scenic Drive, the Willow City Loop is a great way to see another side of Texas' landscape that is rare in many areas of the DFW. Start in Fredericksburg going north on S.R. 16 to Willow City. Take Ranch Road 1323 east to the Willow City Loop and enjoy the sights.

Would you like to live in one of our Dallas homes for sale and spend every weekend taking mini road trips? Contact us today to begin your search!


Best Places to Train for Your Next 5K

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If you're a runner looking at Dallas homes for sale, you'll be glad to know that there are a ton of cool 5K races coming up in the Dallas area! Whether you're looking for a color run, want to run at the zoo, or prefer your 5K with tacos and cerveza, you'll find what you're looking for this spring!

To make sure you're ready to enjoy your next race, you'll want to start training right away. Some of our real estate agents enjoy spending their free time on the area's best local running trails. Here are a few of their favorites. 

  1. Katy Trail - Access at Reverchon Park, 3505 Maple Ave., Dallas
    Probably the most popular and well-known trail in Dallas, the historic Katy Trail has become a landmark destination. It's built on an old railroad line and currently spans 3.5 miles. This trail is great for walkers, joggers, runners, and bikers. It's perfect for the whole family and even your furry friend. There are also several places you can stop along the way for a bite to eat and other entertainment.

  2. Trinity Skyline Trail - Access at Trammell Crow Park, 3700 Sylvan Ave, Dallas
    The 4.5 mile Trinity Skyline Trail is another local favorite, thanks to the stunning views of downtown Dallas. It's easy to access this open trail from several entry points, including by the Continental Avenue Bridge off Trammell Crow Park, or by the Trinity River Overlook near Trinity Groves. This also gives you the perfect opportunity to grab a snack before or after your run.

  3. Oak Cliff Nature Preserve - 2875 Pierce St., Dallas
    Oak Cliff Nature Preserve
    offers runners 8 miles of hiking and biking trails through 121 acres of wildflower meadows and woodland areas. The trail consists of six loops so you can choose just how far you want to go. The springtime is a wonderful time to enjoy this trail, thanks to seemingly endless spans of blooming wildflowers. Want to stop for a snack and refuel? You'll have opportunities to visit local restaurants at the intersections of Illinois & Hampton and Illinois & Westmoreland.

  4. North Shore Trail - Access at Rockledge Park, 3600 Pilot Point, Grapevine
    Located not far from some of the best Grapevine homes for sale, the North Shore Trail offers stunning views of the lake's North Shore. This dirt trail stretches 10 miles and also offers incredible, Instagram-worthy views of the lakeside cliffs. This makes it one of the most popular biking and hiking trails in North Texas.

  5. White Rock Lake - 8300 E. Lawther Drive, Dallas
    The nine-mile paved path around White Rock Lake will also give you an incredible experience. It's perfect for running, biking, or just taking a leisurely walk. While you're at the park, you can also enjoy bird watching, kayaking, or stop for a picnic lunch. Other amenities at White Rock Lake include the Dallas Arboretum, White Rock Lake Museum, and the Bath House Cultural Center. This makes it the perfect destination to go for a run and then stay for the day.

  6. Sam Houston Trail Park - 101 I-635, Irving
    The paved 22-mile pathway along the river at Sam Houston Trail Park is great for running, walking, biking, and rollerblading and is also close to Irving home for sale. There are plenty of benches along the trail in case you want to stop and take a rest.  There's also an exercise station so you can easily add some additional challenges to your training routine.

  7. Cedar Ridge Preserve - 7171 Mountain Creek Parkway, Dallas
    Looking for a more natural running experience? Head over to Cedar Ridge Preserve! This nine-mile wooded trail near Arlington offers you the chance to encounter plenty of nature while on your run.

Are you ready to find your dream home in the Dallas area? The professionals at RE/MAX DFW Associates are here to help you sprint to the finish line and close the deal on your perfect home. Contact us today to discuss your goals and get started. 


7 Dallas Restaurants for Valentine's Day Dining

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Valentine's Day is a day to shower your better half with gifts and tokens of appreciation more than any other day of the year. And it's not really Valentine's Day without a romantic dinner, complete with a magnificent bottle of wine, candles, and mood lighting.

Our real estate agents have sampled some of the best Dallas restaurants for Valentine's Day dining. We hope that you will be able to find a sweet spot for this intimate occasion, whether you are a Dallas resident or just looking for Dallas homes for sale.

  1. Oak Dallas - 1628 Oak Lawn Ave. #110, Dallas, TX 75207
    Opened in 2012, Oak Dallas turns out a terrific, seasonal array of dishes, including wood-grilled steak and fresh seafood, along with a polished décor and an inviting ambiance. Featuring an impressive wine list and hand-squeezed cocktails, Oak Dallas is not slacking off when it comes to drinks either. Oak Dallas will be featuring a $95+ four-course prix fixe menu on Valentine's Day.

  2. 12 Cuts Brazilian Steakhouse - # 18010 Dallas Parkway, Dallas, TX 75287
    12 Cuts Brazilian Steakhouse serves special Brazilian and Argentinian prime meat, sumptuous homemade desserts, and specialty sides. The restaurant's 2020 Valentine's Day Special Menu features $46.85 per person tableside service of fire-roasted, charcoal grill meats and a fresh salad bar with unlimited access to more than 40 items.

  3. Perry's Steakhouse & Grille - Uptown Dallas - 2000 McKinney, Dallas, TX 75201
    Perry's Steakhouse & Grille is known for serving the best hand-selected, USDA-aged prime beef and seven-finger-high pork chop carved tableside. The restaurant will be offering a three-course prix fixe menu featuring nine entree choices for $60 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. and $75 from 5:45 until close on Valentine's Day. Only this prix fixe menu will be available.

  4. Boulevardier - 408 N. Bishop Ave. #108, Dallas, TX 75208, United States
    Located in the historic and beautiful Bishop Arts District, Boulevardier is a French-inspired bistro offering a wide selection of oysters, steaks, chicken, and fish. The restaurant's Valentine's Day menu features a special four-course prix fixe menu at $110 per person + $50 optional wine pairing.

  5. Rapscallion - 2023 Greenville Ave. #110, Dallas, TX 75206
    Rapscallion is a Southern-influenced boulevardier serving updated Southern fare, including Nashville-style hot chicken and more. Rapscallion will be offering a Valentine's Day special three-course prix fixe menu at $80 per person + $30 optional wine pairing. The regular menu will not be available on Valentine's Day.

  6. 18th & Vine Barbeque - 4100 Maple Ave., Dallas, TX 75219
    18th & Vine BBQ is an upscale Kansas City barbeque that turns out Kansas City-style smoked meats in abundance. This establishment features a full bar with an extensive list of beer, wines, and cocktails. 18th & Vine Barbeque will be offering regular menu options on Valentine's Day.

  7. Eddie V's - 4023 Oak Lawn Ave., Dallas, TX 75219
    Eddie V's offers a mouth-watering seafood & steak menu, an impressive wine list featuring over 200 wines, plus a cocktail lounge featuring live jazz. Eddie V's will be offering their regular menu this Valentine's Day.

Are you looking to move to the Dallas area this Valentine's Day? RE/MAX DFW Associates can help. Our real estate agents will work to ensure that you get a nice, comfy home for you and your loved one in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. Contact us for more information.


Dallas Dining: Decidedly Different Destinations

Unique Dining in Dallas - RE/MAX DFW Associates

Is your restaurant routine getting a little stale? Trust us, our real estate agents know what it's like to crave a fresh and exciting night out. Thankfully, we've discovered these decidedly different dining destinations in Dallas that we know you'll love!

  • True Food Kitchen — 8383 Preston Center Plaza Suite 100, Dallas, TX 75225
    Eating well is always in season at True Food Kitchen. Their rotating menu of fresh, seasonal ingredients presents you with delicious yet healthy options for every meal of the day. True Food Kitchen will even customize any order to fit dietary needs and restrictions such as keto and paleo. If you'd like to sample a few items, come in for their Social Hour weekdays from 3-6 pm and try their $5 Menu.

  • Yenat Guada Ethiopian Cuisine — 7015 Greenville Ave., Dallas, TX 75231
    Authentic Ethiopian cuisine is now in the heart of Dallas thanks to Yenat Guada. Translated to "Mom's Kitchen", this family-run restaurant was first opened in the 1970s in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Today, they're proud to share their homecooked food to the residents and visitors of Texas. Order a starter of che che'bsa, which is spiced bread, then try to doro wot chicken leg or yebeg alitcha lamb for your entrée. Yenat Guada also has nearly a dozen vegetarian options as well, opening its diverse menu up to people of all appetites.

  • Kalachandji's — 5430 Gurley Ave., Dallas, TX 75223
    is the longest-serving vegetarian restaurant in Dallas for good reason. Their international buffet changes every day and a few staples include soups, rice, vegetable curry, homemade bread and farina cake. Many of their daily options are also gluten-free or dairy-free, so be sure to inquire about any dietary restrictions you may need met. If you fall in love with their food, consider signing up for one of their cooking classes so you can make these meals in your own kitchen!

  • Rise — 5360 W. Lovers Ln. Suite 200, Dallas, TX 75209
    Rise is a salon de souffle, offering a one-of-a-kind experience combining French flavors and hospitality. First and foremost, you must order a bowl of their Marshmallow Soup before indulging in one of their savory souffles. If the Salad Niçoise or Parisian Jambon Sandwich on the entrée menu piques your interest, you can add a sweet dessert souffle to your order instead.    

  • Bishop Cidercade — 2777 Irving Blvd. Suite 200, Dallas, TX 75207
    Bishop Cidercade is a bar featuring nearly 200 arcade games. All 30 ciders and wines on tap are made in-house and they have plenty of non-alcoholic drinks available as well. This fun night out is only made better by the food trucks that roll up outside every Thursday through Sunday, bringing you the best Dallas bites in between rounds of pinball and video games.

  • Nazca Kitchen — 8041 Walnut Hill Ln. Suite 854, Dallas, TX 75231
    Nazca Kitchen delivers a fresh take on authentic South American cuisine that will take you from the Andes to the Amazon and everywhere in between. Once you get your fill of pupusa and empanadas, relax with a cup of their heritage blend coffee blended with beans from Peru, Colombia, and Brazil or a glass of wine from Argentina or Chile.

  • Public School 214 — 3700 McKinney Ave. Suite 148, Dallas, TX 75204
    Get on the A-List at PS 214, a restaurant and bar that's the coolest in its class. Gluten-friendly, vegan and vegetarian options rival their exceptional wings, tacos and burgers. Reward yourself from a hard day at work with one of their delectable desserts like the Nutella Cookie Sandwich.

If you'd like to schedule an appointment to view Dallas homes for sale near the best restaurants in the city, contact us today!


Get in the Christmas Shopping Spirit Around Dallas

Holiday Shop Local in Dallas - RE/MAX DFW Associates

One of the many advantages of living in the Dallas area is the number of outstanding shops in the area. This comes in handy throughout the year, but especially when it's time to start Christmas shopping. Grab your list of gift recipients and start finding the ideal Christmas present for each one.

Our real estate agents recommend the following shops to help you get in the Christmas shopping spirit around Dallas:

  1. Ugly Christmas Sweater Shop - 5331 E. Mockingbird Lane, Ste 175, Dallas, TX 75206
    Ugly Christmas sweaters are a popular trend and the focus of many holiday parties throughout the season. But when your friends announce they're having this type of party, you may find yourself without the right type of sweater to wear. That's where the Ugly Christmas Sweater Shop comes in. You can choose from sweaters in your choice of many different colors and sizes. And you won't have to spend very much to find your colorfully tacky sweater since most range in price from $19.99 to $28.99.

  2. Decorator's Warehouse - 3708 W. Pioneer Parkway, Arlington, TX 76013
    Whether you're looking for inspiration or already know just what type of Christmas décor you're looking for, Decorator's Warehouse is the store to visit while you're looking for Arlington homes for sale. It's the largest Christmas store in Texas and has more than an acre of décor arranged in artful displays. You'll find everything you need to deck your halls for the holidays, including trees, lights, wreaths, garlands, ribbons, outdoor display pieces, and more.

  3. Holidaze and Gifts - 3400 Preston Road, Ste 200, Plano, TX 75093
    This family-owned and operated gift shop has served the Plano area since 1991, undergoing several name and location changes. Its popularity enabled the shop to move to its largest location, where you'll find beautiful gifts including jewelry, candles, collectibles, home décor items, and more. And to help you save time over the holidays as you look for Plano homes for sale, complimentary gift wrap is included with each purchase.

  4. Betty Lou - 3207 Knox St., Dallas, TX 75205
    Betty Lou has a wide variety of eclectic gift items including collectibles, jewelry, and books. You'll also find perfect stocking stuffers such as face masks, lip balms, lotions, mugs, and other small items. And if your gift list extends to your pets, Betty Lou even carries pet bowls and other presents for your furry friends.

  5. Josey Records - 2821 Lyndon B Johnson Freeway, Ste 100, Dallas, TX 75234
    Find a gift for the music-lover in your life at Josey Records—if you can stop finding items to buy for yourself! You'll find over a million stocked titles on new and used vinyl, 45s, and CDs, so no matter what type of music you're looking for, you're likely to find it. And if your gift recipient needs something to play their vinyl on, you can buy a turntable for them at Josey Records.

  6. Polka Dot Presents – 6124 Bryant Irvin Road, Fort Worth, TX 76132
    Polka Dot Presents is packed with gift items for everyone on your list. You'll find Christmas ornaments, nativity sets, candles, pet items, home décor, soaps in fun scents like fried green tomato, and much more. The shop also prides itself on offering the best gift wrapping, so you can buy gifts and leave with them ready to give.

Contact us today to find out about more terrific shops and other destinations that make Dallas and its surrounding area the perfect place to call home!


Race to the Holidays Around the DFW

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The holiday season brings a lot of great opportunities to the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Our real estate agents are especially looking forward to being able to run (and walk) for some great causes this year. Be sure to check out these upcoming holiday races around the DFW!

  • Best Gift 5K & Fun Run - Alliance Community Fellowship, 2185 Golden Heights Road, Fort Worth, TX 76177 | Nov. 16
    Get ready for this year's Best Gift 5K & Fun Run, which helps raise money for children in need to attend summer camp at WinShape Camps. The race follows a scenic course around Fort Worth's Tehama Ridge Park, right around the corner from many Fort Worth homes for sale. Every entrant gets a t-shirt and a free chicken biscuit courtesy of sponsor Chick-fil-A!

  • The Great Amazing Race Dallas - Norbuck Park, Dallas, TX 75218 | Nov. 16
    Started in 2012, the Amazing Race isn't just about speed. It's about teamwork! This holiday season, The Great Amazing Race Dallas brings the international phenomenon to our home city, and you have a chance to see if you have what it takes! Pair up with a friend, partner, family member, or co-worker and tackle the challenging 1.5-mile XC course just minutes from Dallas homes for sale.

  • Foam Glow - Fort Worth - Texas Motor Speedway, 3545 Lonestar Circle, Fort Worth, TX 76177 | Nov. 16
    A truly unique race experience, the Foam Glow 5K is a sensation in Las Vegas, and it arrives in Fort Worth this year just in time for the holidays. Head to the Texas Motor Speedway to participate, or just watch (there is no charge for spectators)! Runners wear a white t-shirt and sprint through glowing foam and black lights all along the course, creating a colorful spectacle like no other.

  • Pumpkin Spice 10K, 5K & Half - Panther Island Pavilion, 395 Purcey St., Fort Worth, TX 76102 | Nov. 23
    Fall hits its festive peak with the Pumpkin Spice 5K, 10K and Half Marathon, which arrives in Fort Worth on November 23. Runners follow beautiful courses that include sweeping views of the city, the Trinity River, and the Fort Worth Zoo. Stick around for the after-party, which includes hot chocolate and coffee, Sam Adams beer, and a pumpkin pie eating contest! The race benefits Leukemia Texas, an independent nonprofit dedicated to funding leukemia research and patient aid in Texas. 

  • Fort Worth Scottish Rite 5K - Trinity Park, Pavilion 3, 2401 University Drive, Fort Worth, TX 76107 | Nov. 23
    Every beloved annual tradition starts somewhere, and this year we're excited to introduce the inaugural Fort Worth Scottish Rite 5K! Hopefully an annual event, the race will include a 1-mile Fun Run as well as a USATF-certified 5K, both of which will follow scenic courses through Trinity Park in Fort Worth. The courses are fast and flat, and registration is open to all ages and abilities. 

  • Dallas YMCA Turkey Trot - City Hall Plaza, 1500 Marilla St., Dallas, TX 75201 | Nov. 28
    Start your Thanksgiving Day right with the Dallas YMCA Turkey Trot. It's one of the largest multi-event races in the country, and we're thrilled to welcome it back to Dallas City Hall Plaza this year. The event includes 5K and 8-mile run/walks, along with a Junior Trot for the whole family. Proceeds benefit the programs of the Dallas YMCA. 

Contact us today to learn more about all the ways you can live life to the fullest in Dallas/Fort Worth! When you're ready to find your dream home, our team of dedicated real estate agents is here to help you every step of the way. 


Around the DFW: Where to Go for Halloween Fun

DFW Halloween Events - RE/MAX DFW Associates

So you love Halloween, but you'll be away from home for the holiday this year shopping Dallas homes for sale. Does that mean you'll have to miss out on Halloween fun? Not at all. While you may not be able to spend the holiday at your usual haunts, there's lots of Halloween fun to be had around Dallas-Fort Worth, and our real estate agents know where to find it. Here's where to scare up some Halloween fun around the DFW area:

  • Halloween Half Fort Worth - Trinity Park, 2401 University Drive, Fort Worth, TX
    The Halloween Half Fort Worth is a popular event for runners and families. It's happening on October 26th this year at Trinity Park, with the race kicking off at 7 a.m. Organizers urge runners to don their favorite Halloween costumes and arrive early to ensure an on-time start. Early arrival will also give you time to enjoy the entertainment, vendors, and other types of Halloween fun you'll find at this event. If you'll be focused on Forth Worth homes for sale as you shop for your next home, arriving early for this event will also be an opportunity to socialize with people who may soon be your neighbors.

  • Haunted W Dallas Rooftop - Halloween Costume Ball - 2440 Victory Park Lane, Dallas, Texas 75219
    If dancing is more your style than running, DFW has you covered. The annual Haunted W Dallas Rooftop Halloween Costume Ball will be held on October 26th as well, from 9 p.m. until 2 a.m. This event takes place at W Dallas' famed Altitude, where patrons can enjoy breathtaking views along with the evening's festivities.

  • Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra: Halloween Spooktacular - Bass Performance Hall, 525 Commerce St., Fort Worth, TX 76102
    The DFW offers Halloween Fun for music lovers as well. The Halloween Spooktacular concert, presented by the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, begins at 11 a.m. on October 26th. This show is a treat for the whole family, and patrons are encouraged to get into the Halloween spirit by attending in costume.

  • Movie Night: Halloween - Flying Saucer Draught Emporium, 111 E. 3rd St., Fort Worth, Texas 76102
    A popular downtown pub located in the heart of Fort Worth's Sundance Square, the Flying Saucer is hosting a Halloween Movie Night on October 30th, from 9 p.m. to midnight. All are invited to join the friendly folks at the Flying Saucer for a scary movie and a pint or two.

  • Van Gogh's Starry Nightmare - Halloween - Pinot's Palette, 5290 Belt Line Road, Suite 122B, Dallas, TX 75254
    A unique local Halloween event, Starry Nightmare combines art and holiday fun. Patrons will enjoy drinks, music, and conversation while painting with the aid of an instructor. This event offers a fun, festive atmosphere that appeals to first-time painters and accomplished artists alike.

These events are just a small sampling of the many opportunities for Halloween fun around the Dallas-Fort Worth area. For more information on where to scare up some Halloween fun, or any other questions you may have about our area, please feel free to contact us. We're always happy to help potential new DFW residents discover the many reasons our area is a great place to call home.


Dallas Chocolate Festival: Indulge Your Sweet Tooth

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Are you ready for the sweetest September celebration in Dallas? Then join our real estate agents as we satisfy our sweet tooth at the Dallas Chocolate Festival. This year is the 10th anniversary of the celebration of all things chocolate. From Friday, September 6th through Sunday, September, 8th, you and your family will have the opportunity to taste samples from over 60 of the best artisan chocolate makers.

2019 Dallas Chocolate Festival

  • Dates: September 6th – 8th, 2019
  • Location: The Fashion Industry Gallery — 1807 Ross Ave #167, Dallas, TX 75201
  • Price: $35/adult, $7/child aged 4 — 11

History of the Dallas Chocolate Festival

You may be a chocolate lover—but how much do you actually know about the chocolate-making process? founder Sander Wolf believes that the process of creating chocolate from bean to bar is an exciting journey that all chocolate lovers should learn about. In 2009, Wolf created his website in hopes to educate the masses about local and global chocolate news and history. Instead of simply telling the residents of Dallas about chocolate, he wanted to give them the opportunity to taste unique flavors through an engaging experience that celebrates this tasty treat. What began as a small event featuring only two bean-to-bar chocolate producers turned into one of the can't-miss annual events of the Dallas food scene. The Dallas Chocolate Festival became the website's signature event that draws chocolate lovers and makers from around the world to the Dallas area every autumn.

Schedule of Events for the 2019 Dallas Chocolate Festival

Get ready to pack your weekend full of chocolatey fun with all of the tasty events taking place at the 2019 Dallas Chocolate Festival:

  • Dallas Chocolate Festival VIP Party 2019
    Start the weekend off in style and attend the Dallas Chocolate Festival VIP Party. This intimate event kicks off on Friday, September 6th from 7 – 10 p.m. For only $75 per attendee, you can spend hours indulging your sweet tooth with chocolates, treats, and drinks. More than 60 unique chocolate exhibitors will be present to let you sample a diverse range of chocolates. Valet parking is included with your ticket as well as VIP gift bags. Did we mention that there's a chocolate fountain as well? Trust us—this is a chocolate lover's dream party!

  • Dallas Chocolate Festival Main Event 2019
    The main event of the Dallas Chocolate Festival is surely the two-day celebration that showcases The Story of Chocolate. Throughout Saturday and Sunday, the festival will open its doors to everyone for hours of delicious fun. Plenty of chocolate will be available to sample and there will also be food trucks standing by to fill your stomach in-between chocolate bites. Drop the children off at the kid's area so you can observe chocolate-making demonstrations and sit in on fascinating lectures from world-renowned chocolate artisans.

  • Dallas Chocolate Festival Workshops 2019
    Eating chocolate is amazing, but if you really want to sweeten up your experience, sign up for one of the workshops held on Saturday and Sunday. A variety of interactive classes will let you get hands-on with the chocolate-making process. You can even attend great tastings where you'll learn how to pair specific chocolates with different wines, beers, and spirits. You don't want to miss these mouth-watering workshops!

The Dallas real estate market is like a box of chocolates—there's a wonderful and unique home to fit every taste! Contact us today and let you show you the best Dallas homes for sale that you can fill to the ceiling with delicious chocolates from the Dallas Chocolate Festival!


Just Keep Paddling: Where to Kayak and SUP Around the DFW

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What's your favorite way to unwind? Do you head out for some physical activity or spend time in nature? Find both at these top kayak and stand-up paddleboard (SUP) spots recommended by our real estate agents.

  • White Rock Paddle Co. - 389 E. Lawther Drive, Dallas 75216
    White Rock Paddle Co. takes its name from the stunning lake it sits on that is the highlight of one of the most popular parks near Dallas homes for sale. Single and tandem sit-on-top kayaks and paddleboards are available for rental periods of one to two hours. Listen to live music during your workout on the Thursday evening concert series paddle trips beginning at 6 p.m. White Rock is open 10 a.m. - sundown Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m. - sundown Friday through Sunday.

  • Stand Up Paddle North Texas - 113 Las Colinas Blvd. E., Irving 75039
    Stand Up Paddle North Texas, known as the SUP Shack, was the first facility to offer the sport near Irving homes for sale. The SUP Shack is located on Lake Carolyn, which is a private lake where you're free from crowds of boaters or swimmers. Challenge yourself with a SUP yoga class, held at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday. Private and group lessons, as well as kayak rentals, are also available. The SUP Shack is open every day but Monday.

  • DFW Surf - 20400 Hackberry Creek Park Road, Frisco 75034
    If you're looking for adventures out on the water, there's no better place than DFW Surf. Enjoy surfing, SUP, kayaking, canoeing and tubing on the protected waters of Hidden Cove at Lake Lewisville, just minutes away from Frisco homes for sale. Get exercise and make some new friends at group activities such as SUP yoga, Women's Wednesdays and Monday night Surf to Turf Fitness. Looking for a way to keep kids entertained during summer vacation? Check out DFW Surf's weekly day camps. DFW Surf is open seven days a week.

  • Adventures Unlimited Paddling Company - 6300 W. Arkansas Lane, Arlington 76016
    Adventures Unlimited Paddling Company is based on Lake Arlington, but their "playground" encompasses the Metroplex area, which includes Arlington homes for sale. Rent kayaks, SUPs, and canoes by the hour or the day. If you have your own paddlecraft, bring it along on their river and lake trips, sunset and moonlight paddles, and other events. Rentals, classes and events are by reservation only.

  • Kayak Instruction Inc. - 6800 Miller Road, Rowlett 75089
    Whether you're a newbie or an experienced paddler, enhance your skills at Kayak Instruction Inc. The company's mission is to provide students with up-to-date and accurate instruction in paddling safety and skills. Kayak Instruction, Inc. is the only North Texas program with instructors certified by the American Canoe Association (AC) to teach kayak rolls and whitewater navigation. Try out their wide variety of kayak styles to find the one that best suits your preference. Kayak Instruction Inc. is open weekends from 9 a.m. - 7 p.m., with last boats going out at 5 p.m. Relax with a leisurely kayak ride after a day viewing Rowlett homes for sale.

Dallas-Fort Worth features a special blend of urban and outdoor attractions. Whether you're buying or selling a home in the area, contact us for friendly and knowledgeable assistance.


Life's a Picnic at These 5 Dallas Parks

Dallas Parks for a Picnic - RE/MAX DFW Associates

Summertime is here, and that means plenty of beautiful weather and opportunities for family-friendly outdoor adventures. When you're ready to take a break from the hustle and bustle of visiting Dallas homes for sale, we recommend exploring some of the city's great parks. 

July is National Picnic Month, so now is the perfect time to grab your blanket, pack up some finger foods, and plan a family outing or a romantic lunch. While there are plenty of great picnic spots to choose from, there are a few that you really won't want to miss. 

  1. Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden: 8525 Garland Road, Dallas, TX 75218
    When we asked our real estate agents about their favorite picnic spot, the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden kept coming out on top. From the gorgeous gardens to the tree-lined paths and seasonal displays, there's never a shortage of breathtaking things to see here!

    There's plenty of space to spread out for a picnic while enjoying views of the lake, relaxing, painting, or reading a book. 
  1. Oak Lawn Park: 3400 Turtle Creek Blvd., Dallas, TX 75219
    Are you looking for a quiet, peaceful place to relax and unwind from the stresses of your day? Oak Lawn Park is the perfect getaway! This 14.1-acre community park has a lake with a fountain, plenty of parking, benches, and a pavilion. There's ample space for a picnic and trails where you can take a romantic stroll or go for a walk with your furry friend.

  2. Klyde Warren Park: 2012 Woodall Rodgers Fwy., Dallas, TX 75201
    On days when you want more of an adventure, head over to Klyde Warren Park, where there's truly something for everyone. There's a children's park, splash area, dog park, putting green, games, and five acres of green space perfect for enjoying a picnic.

    Pack your picnic basket, visit one of the park's restaurants, or grab a bite from one of the rotating food trucks. There are so many options here, you could go every week and never get bored! 
  1. Cedar Ridge Nature Preserve: 7171 Mountain Creek Pkwy., Dallas, TX 75249
    The 600-acre Cedar Ridge Nature Preserve is so peaceful, it's hard to believe that it's just a 20-minute drive from downtown Dallas. It offers visitors nine miles of hiking trails and is perfect for bird watching, picnicking, and relaxing in the butterfly garden.
  2. White Rock Lake Bike & Hiking Trail: White Rock Lake, Dallas, TX 75214
    Located about five miles northeast of downtown, White Rock Lake Bike & Hiking Trail features a 9.33-mile biking and hiking trail, museum, dog park, wetlands, bird watching area, pier, boat ramp, and kayak concession. During your walk, you'll enjoy observing the native trees, wildflowers, and animal life.

    For a truly memorable evening, plan a picnic dinner, then stick around to watch the sunset. 

Your Dallas Real Estate Professionals

At RE/MAX DFW Associates, we understand how important it is to find a house that feels like home. That's why we go the extra mile to help you explore your options until you find "the one." When you're ready to start your home-buying adventure, contact us. Together, we'll turn your dreams into a reality. 


TxDOT officials select $2.597B bypass alignment for US 380 in Collin County

Collin County residents finally have an answer about solutions to relieve congestion on US 380.  Texas Department of Transportation officials are recommending a bypass for US 380 from the Denton County line to Hunt County line, according to details released at a meeting May 6 in McKinney. TxDOT's preferred alignment is a combination of its previous options, which were labeled in earlier plans as Red A, Red D and Green B.


This preferred alignment will start in Prosper along US 380's current alignment then run north between Ridge Road and Stonebridge Drive in McKinney, avoiding the Tucker Hill neighborhood. The alignment then continues east along Bloomdale Road, moves slightly north and connects with US 75 near Laud Howell Parkway. It reconnects with US 380 at Airport Drive. The alignment also connects US 380 to SH 121 west of the McKinney National Airport. The alignment also runs south of New Hope, north of Princeton and south of Farmersville.


Talk about ways to alleviate traffic congestion on US 380 began in April 2018 when TxDOT presented five proposed alignments for the roadway. Those were narrowed to two in October. In March, residents learned about two new proposed bypass segments being considered for US 380 in Collin County.  TxDOT's recommended alignment is estimated to cost $2.597 billion.


Once the study is complete, a final design, construction plans and cost estimates will be determined.

  • Community Impact, May 9, 2019

Sounds of Summer: 2019 Outdoor Concerts Around the DFW

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DFW—are you ready to rock this summer? Our real estate agents have been eagerly anticipating the return of the best concert series around the Dallas-Fort Worth area. We're so excited to get out and groove with our friends and families. When we're not showing new homeowners around Dallas homes for sale, we're keeping track of all of the cool concerts coming to town. Grab your dance partner and get ready to rock with us at one of these awesome outdoor concerts around the DFW.

  • Sounds of Lewisville – 150 W. Church St., Lewisville, TX 75057
    Tuesdays in June and July at Wayne Ferguson Plaza are going to be jammin'! Join your neighbors for the Sounds of Lewisville free concert series. Every week from 7-9:30 p.m., one of nine bands will take the stage and sing you through summer. Listen to fantastic tribute bands cover favorites from groups like the Eagles, Collective Soul, and Garth Brooks. Just down the road from Lewisville homes for sale, this summer concert series can't be missed!

  • Safari Nights – 650 S. R L Thornton Fwy., Dallas, TX 75203
    The Dallas Zoo is about to get a few more party animals! Safari Nights return to the zoo to give you 11 consecutive Saturdays full of fun. Between April and July, nearly a dozen great groups will rock the night away surrounded by over 2,000 animals. This event, wildly close to Dallas homes for sale, is included in your zoo admission ticket. Zoo members also receive free entry to each Safari night event. Spend the day exploring the zoo then enjoy a cold beer and delicious food truck offerings during the concert.

  • Concerts in the Garden – 330 E. 4th St., Fort Worth, TX 76102
    One of the coolest concert series of the year, Concerts in the Garden put on by the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, is perfect for music fans of all ages. During the weekend throughout June and July, the FWSO will treat you to a diverse mix of amazing performances including the music of Harry Potter, Queen, Star Wars, and Led Zeppelin. Grab your tickets and support the arts by attending one of these great concerts just minutes away from Fort Worth homes for sale.

  • Free Music Under the Stars – 505 E. Border St., Arlington, TX 76010
    If you're browsing Arlington homes for sale this summer, be sure to head over to the Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts and check out one of their concerts under the stars. Over 50 different performances will take place across the summer, filling the cool breeze with everything from Texas country to pop music. Come out with your friends and get turned on to a new band that is sure to create the soundtrack to your summer.

  • Courtyard Texas Music Series – 1509 H Ave., Plano, TX 75074
    Rock out at the Courtyard Theater all summer long with the Courtyard Texas Music Series. Grab a reserved seating ticket for less than $30 and treat yourself to the best country music that only Texans can create. A short drive from Plano homes for sale, check their updated schedule to see which new bands will be taking the stage on the first Thursday of every month at the Courtyard Theater.

What's your ideal soundtrack to summer? Whether you get down to rhythm and blues or if you tend to tap your toes to anything with a Texas twang, we invite you to come out and join our real estate agents for a night of fun! Contact us today and we'll tell you where more cool concerts are happening around the best Dallas homes for sale.


U.S. Creates 263,000 Jobs in April, Unemployment Falls to 3.6%

The economy generated a stronger than expected 263,000 new jobs in April, helping to drive down the unemployment rate to a 49-year low of 3.6%. The increase in new jobs easily topped the 217,000 MarketWatch forecast. The jobless rate slid from 3.8% in March to hit the lowest level since December 1969. The average wage paid to American workers rose 6 cents, or 0.2%, to $27.77 an hour. The 12-month rate of hourly wage gains was unchanged at 3.2%. Hours worked each week fell 0.1 hour in April to 34.4. The government revised the increase in new jobs in March to 189,000 from a preliminary 196,000. February's gain was raised to 56,000 from 33,000.

  • Market Watch, May 3, 2019

Where to Celebrate Mother's Day Around the DFW

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As you view Dallas homes for sale looking for the perfect place to raise a family, does it bring back fond memories of your own childhood? Thank Mom for all her love and support with one of these great Mother's Day activities around Dallas and Fort Worth.

  • Mother's Day Wine & Jazz Festival - Fair Park Band Shell, 1465 First Ave., Dallas 75210
    Treat Mom to some cool jazz on a hot May afternoon. Martini Blu, an elegant music cafe in the Galleria area, is the sponsor of Mother's Day Wine & Jazz Festival. Featured performers include Maysa, Kirk Whalum, Kim Waters, and Kayla Waters. Show starts at noon on Sunday, May 12, and tickets range from $52.50 - $72.50. Want to make it a family event? A limited number of 10-seat VIP tables are available.

  • Mother's Day Concert & Butterfly Release - Texas Discovery Gardens, 3601 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Dallas 75210
    Why give a bouquet when you can present Mom with 7.5 acres of stunning gardens? The Women's Chorus of Dallas is holding their annual Mother's Day Concert at Texas Discovery Gardens on Sunday, May 12. A program of uplifting music concludes with a breathtaking butterfly release. Showtimes are 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m., and the earlier performance includes children's programming. Tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for kids 10 and under.

  • Mother's Day Brunch and Paint - Pinot's Palette, 4560 W. Mockingbird Lane, Dallas 75209
    Help Mom express her inner creativity at Mother's Brunch and Paint, hosted by Pinot's Palette at noon on Sunday, May 12. Enjoy a champagne brunch of mini-quiches and more as a local artist guides you through painting your unique version of "Playful Posies." Tickets are $45 per person.

  • Mother's Day Afternoon Tea - Fort Worth Botanical Garden, 3220 Botanic Garden Blvd., Fort Worth 76107
    Mom will truly feel like the queen she is at Mother's Day Afternoon Tea on Saturday, May 11 from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. Enjoy a traditional selection of pastries, finger sandwiches, and other treats to accompany your choice of tea. Tickets are $45 for adults and $35 for children between 4 and 12. Reservations are required.

  • Public School 214 - 3700 McKinney Ave., Dallas 75204
    Put a contemporary spin on the classic Mother's Day brunch at Public School 214. Creative options on the menu include eggs Benedict pizza, fried chicken with green chili cornbread waffles, and beermosas. If Mom wants to sleep in, weekend lunch and dinner menus are equally intriguing, with choices such as chorizo mac & cheese, Colorado lamb burger, and roasted peanut coleslaw. Sunday hours are 10 a.m. until 10 p.m. with brunch served between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Visit the website for reservations.

  • Hideaway Spa & Salon - 5756 Boat Club Road, Suite 500, Fort Worth 76179
    Mom puts everyone first, so surprise her with a day of pampering at Hideaway Spa & Salon. Services include a wide range of massages, facials, and body treatments along with manicures and pedicures, hair cuts and treatments, and waxing. Mother's Day specials are offered as well as gift certificates so Mom can plan a day at her convenience. Spa hours are 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Saturday. There is also a second location at 12201 Bella Italia Drive in Fort Worth.

Every day is special when you live in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Contact us and let our real estate agents help you find the home of your dreams.


Boom: Hispanics Lead Housing, Income Surge, Poverty at Record Low

Hispanic Population Growth By 2060Latinos are finding their economic legs under the Trump administration, leading the surge in home ownership and income growth and record low poverty rates, according to two comprehensive new surveys.  While they remain far behind whites in income, they have seen their third consecutive year of income growth and have a higher workplace participation rate, according to the National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals and the Hispanic Wealth Project. 


In two studies just released, the groups also provided revealing details about Latinos and their growth in America. For example, by 2060, nearly one of every three in the U.S. will identify as Latino.  The reports detailed Hispanic housing and economic trends and found most signs rapidly improving.  What's more, the group's goal of nudging overall Hispanic income up is showing signs of success. The group said that within the next five years, Hispanic median income will triple.Hispanic Homeownership rate


The group listed the positive trends in its income report:

  • For the fourth consecutive year, Hispanics increased their rate of home ownership, reaching a rate of 47.1%. In 2018, Latinos added 362,000 homeowners which is the highest number of owner households added for Latinos since 2005.
  • In 2017, Hispanics saw the third consecutive year of income growth and the highest of any demographic.
  • Between 2016 and 2017, Hispanics increased their real median income by 3.7%. Latino families making an annual income over $200,000 increased from 2.1% in 2011 to 3.8% in 2017, and the percentage of Latino millionaires more than doubled between 2013 and 2016.
  • Poverty rates reached a historic low for Latinos. Simultaneous to median income growth, Hispanics have lowered their poverty rate for three consecutive years. With a poverty rate of 18.3% in 2017, Hispanics reached their lowest level since poverty estimates for Hispanics were first published by the U.S. Census Bureau in 1972.

Hispanic Income Growth

  • Latinos have significantly higher labor force participation rates. Hispanics are employed at a rate of 66.1%, compared to 62.9% of the general population. The Hispanic unemployment rate was reduced by over 7 percentage points between 2009 and 2018, from 12.1% to 4.7%, respectively.
  • Latinos continue to drive small business growth. Between 2014 and 2016, the number of Latino-owned employer firms increased by 13.1%, accounting for 23.8% of the net growth of all employer firms during that period.
  • Participation in retirement accounts for Latinos is increasing. Between 2013 and 2016, Hispanics increased their rate of retirement account ownership from 25.1% to 29.7%, and the value of their retirement accounts increased by roughly 40.4%.
  • Washington Examiner, April 23, 2019

Frisco ISD Sued Over Alleged Elections Discrimination Against Asians

The Frisco school district's at-large system for electing trustees discriminates against the rapidly growing Asian population in the area, according to a federal lawsuit filed Tuesday.  The voting-rights lawsuit is the third in a year against a North Texas school district, all brought by the Brewer Storefront, the pro bono affiliate of the firm Brewer, Attorneys and Counselors, which has also filed voting-rights suits against several other districts and cities.  Frisco demographics have changed rapidly over the past 15 years, as it has been one of the fastest-growing communities in the state.  More than 70% of the district's 13,284 students were white in the 2003-04 school year, according to state data. Now FISD has about 60,000 students, of which about 42% are white, 29% Asian and 13.5% Hispanic. (Some 11% are African-American.)

"So less than half of the children in public schools are white, but they're not able to elect any candidates of color?" said William Brewer, a partner at the storefront. "The voting is clearly polarized in Frisco."

Frisco is one of the few Texas school districts where students of Asian heritage make up a majority on some campuses. The others are Carrollton-Farmers Branch, Coppell, Plano, Fort Bend, Round Rock and Alief.   The Asian population in Frisco has increased in recent years as an active word-of-mouth pipeline drew more and more families as workers from India came to work for the booming software and technology companies in the area.  Then in 2008, a well-known Hindu priest blessed the land in the eastern part of the school district. Many Indian families bought homes in the area, and a Hindu temple was built.

The Brewer Storefront filed a lawsuit against the Lewisville school district in February alleging that all seven trustees there come from affluent, white neighborhoods, so students of color receive a "second-rate" education. That suit is pending.  The Richardson district recently settled the voting-rights lawsuit filed against it last year. That district is moving toward five single-member districts; two board members will continue to be elected at large.  In 2016, Brewer sued Coppell ISD over concerns that the Asian-American community there was being disenfranchised, but that suit was dismissed.

  • Dallas Morning News, April 17, 2019

4 Ways to Celebrate St. Patrick's Day in the DFW

St. Patrick's Day in the DFW-RE/MAX DFW Associates

Looking for something fun to do for St. Paddy's Day? These four events in the DFW area offer something for everyone.

  1. McKinney St. Patrick's Day Festival & Shamrock Run 5K - Tupps Brewery - 721 Anderson St., McKinney
    These can't miss St. Paddy's Day festivities begin with the Shamrock Run 5k at 9 a.m. on Saturday, March 16th. Runners and walkers will start and finish in front of Tupps Brewery, located in the historic McKinney Cotton Mill. Registration includes race chip timing, a Shamrock Run t-shirt, finisher's medal, and swag bag. Awards will be given for first, second and third place runners and first place stroller.

    The free, family-friendly St. Patrick's Day Festival begins at 10 a.m. Try a variety of delicious food, imbibe some cold beer, and take in the sounds of authentic Irish bands. Wear your best St. Paddy's day attire and check out the dancing and costume contests with awesome prizes. There will be plenty of kid-friendly activities as well. While you're at it, check out the amazing local shops, boutiques, and McKinney homes for sale. Beer passes can be purchased in advance if you want to avoid lines on the day of the festival. Beer passes include three 16-ounce beers and a McKinney St. Patrick's Day Festival Koozie!

    A portion of proceeds benefits The Warrior's Keep, which provides outdoor adventure and recreational therapies for veterans.

  2. Dallas St. Patrick's Parade & Festival - Blackwell Street and Greenville Avenue, Dallas
    This awesome event is the largest St. Paddy's parade in the Southwest. The two-mile trek begins at Saturday, March 16th at 11 a.m. at Greenville & Blackwell streets and ends at Yale Blvd/SMU Blvd & the 75 Central Expressway. With more than 125,000 spectators, 1700 participants, and 90 parade floats, food trucks, and activities for people of all ages, it's not only an exciting community gathering, it's a great opportunity to check out the neighborhood and take a look at Dallas homes for sale.

    Proceeds benefit the Greenville Avenue Area Business Association Scholarship Fund.

  3. Kiss Me, I'm Irish Express-Grapevine Vintage Railroad - 705 S. Main St., Grapevine
    This unique St. Patrick's Day train ride happens Saturday, March 16 at 7:15 p.m. Celebrate in style as these historic 1920s-era coaches wander through the Grapevine area. Enjoy craft beer, Irish-style hors d'oeuvres, and dessert; take in the stunning Grapevine scenery; and chat with the locals about things to do in the area and Grapevine homes for sale.

    The depot opens at 6 p.m. and boarding begins at 6:45. The train departs promptly at 7:15. Seating is first come, first served, so get there early, especially if you're with a big group. Tickets for this two-hour excursion are $39 per person.  All riders must be 21 and older. ID may be required.

  4. St. Paddy's Texas Style - Wayne Ferguson Plaza, 150 W. Church St., Lewisville
    This one-of-a-kind celebration honors St. Patrick's Day and Texas Independence Day in one shot. Free admission and activities include live music, dance, and activities for kids, including zip-lining, bounce houses, face painting, and an outdoor movie at 7:45 p.m. Bring a blanket and lawn chairs, grab some food and a green beer, and celebrate St. Paddy's Day and Texas Independence Day at this fun-filled, free event. Well-behaved pets on a leash are welcome, so take a stroll around town and get a glimpse of Lewisville homes for sale as well!

Our real estate agents at RE/MAX DFW Associates can give you the scoop on a variety of exciting things in Dallas-Ft. Worth and help you find the home of your dreams. Contact us to get started today!


7 Speakeasies Worth Finding in Dallas

Dallas Speakeasy Bars - RE/MAX DFW Associates

Speakeasies rose to prominence during prohibition, illicitly serving alcohol in secret haunts out of sight and out of the law's reach. The fact that alcohol was made legal again more than 80 years ago has done nothing to diminish these establishment's appeal. 

Today, speakeasies remain some of the best places in Dallas to grab a drink, with high-end cocktails, tasty happy hour specials, and second-to-none ambiance. Our real estate agents share some of the best old-fashioned watering holes to visit in the DFW area.

  1. Atwater - 4900 McKinney Ave.
    Tucked away in an unassuming alleyway behind Henry's Majestic, Atwater is a dark, secretive den that feels like it belongs in another era. Walking into the dimly-lit bar room with its classic atmosphere and vintage decor gives the impression that you've discovered a secret world that you weren't supposed to know about. With high-end cocktails prepared by expert mixologists, it's a discovery you'll be glad you made. 

  2. Parliament - 2418 Allen St.
    Offering craft beers on tap and towering shelves lined with every spirit you could imagine, Parliament is a hip, cozy, romantic spot to grab a drink in a classic setting. The ambiance falls somewhere between Gatsby's Mansion and Ollivander's Wand Shop, and the bartenders are known for offering the most friendly service in town. 

  3. Bourbon & Banter - 1914 Commerce St.
    Nestled inside the historic Statler Dallas, Bourbon & Banter isn't just a bar, it's a bourbon library, a cocktail encyclopedia. This beauty salon turned underground lounge serves up endlessly innovative mixed drinks and houses the best bourbon collection in Dallas within its classy, sleek-rustic walls. 

  4. High and Tight Barbershop - 2701 Main St.
    Tucked away in the historic Deep Ellum Neighborhood, High and Tight Barbershop is exactly what its name implies—and then some. This 1920s-inspired barbershop offers haircuts and trims that are as stylish today as they were in the Roaring 20s, and the adjoining barroom serves up classic cocktails to the sweet sounds of live music. 

  5. Black Swan Saloon - 2708 W. Elm St.
    With a Vegas-meets-Texas vibe and extraordinary, unique takes on classic cocktails, Black Swan Saloon is a cozy, brick-lined hole-in-the-wall with minimal signage. If you didn't know it was there, you could walk right by and never know what you were missing (and what a shame that would be). Also, when the stage in the corner isn't being used for live music, you'll find a pair of vintage arcade tabletops with Donkey Kong, Ms. Pac-Man, and Space Invaders. It's where the '20s meet the '80s.  

  6. Midnight Rambler - 1530 Main St.
    Midnight Rambler is a luxurious craft cocktail salon at the equally luxurious Joule Hotel. With a timeless ambiance and deep catalog of cocktails both familiar and exotic, D Magazine calls it the most "Dallas" bar in Dallas. DJs spin records Thursday through Sunday, and a great wine and craft beer list supplements the ever-changing cocktail menu.

  7. Jettison - 1878 Sylvan Ave.
    You could visit Houndstooth Coffee in Sylvan Thirty a dozen times and not notice that this hidden gem is right next door. Jettison's spartan decor, and unassuming atmosphere, make it a minimalist take on the speakeasy concept—the collection of alcohol bottles displayed behind the bar is almost shockingly restrained—but the impeccably crafted cocktails confirm that this is one of Dallas' best-kept secrets.

Contact us today to learn more about life in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Our team is dedicated to helping you find your perfect Dallas homes, and to making sure you're ready to live your new life to the fullest. 



6 Favorite Spots to Watch the Big Game in the DFW

Dallas Sports Bars - RE/MAX DFW Associates

Fort Worth real estate provides exciting opportunities all year round. Dallas homes are some of the most desirable in the U.S., and our real estate agents are always glad to show them off.

Everything's bigger in Texas, and that's just as true of our Game Day parties! No matter if you follow football or consider yourself a casual fan, a Big Game get-together in the DFW area offers fun you won't want to miss. Everyone turns out for a great day of excitement.

Naturally, the Dallas Cowboys and Houston Texans are the local teams close to our heart here in Dallas-Fort Worth. The Cowboys have won five matchups, and although the last was in 1996, die-hard fans will never stop rooting for them. 

Let's look in on six of the best places to see the biggest game of them all.

  1. Happiest Hour in Dallas' Harwood District - 2616 Olive Street
    You've been to happy hour, but have you been to the Happiest Hour? The Dallas Observer called this place the home of one of the best happy hours in the region. It's the largest patio and lounge in Dallas. Four full-service bars feature indoor and outdoor seating.

  2. The Bomb Factory in Deep Ellum - 2713 Canton Street
    For a real blast right here in Dallas, check out The Bomb Factory. This is one of the top venues for live music in Dallas. It has something new every week, including premium seats and suites. You can even rent a space for a private Game Day party with you and your 149 closest friends.

  3. Champps in Las Colinas - 855 West John Carpenter Freeway
    Champps over in Irving is where you go if you want a mouthwatering burger. Premium seating is available for the Big Game, which includes an endless buffet of choice bar foods: Wings, pasta, pizza, and more. Champps also airs other events such as the latest UFC bouts.

  4. Fort Worth Texas Republic Bar & Kitchen - 941 Foch Street
    If you want a Texas-sized meal while you enjoy Game Day, Texas Republic Bar & Kitchen is here for you. It provides an incredible 8,300-square foot main floor and is working on a 6,000-square foot climate controlled patio on the roof! The drinks menu is similarly huge!

  5. Reservoir Bar, Patio & Kitchen - 1001 Foch Street
    Get refreshed at the Reservoir, and you'll have a Game Day experience that's second to none. With modern industrial flair and patio-centered seating, Reservoir is unique. It's a gastropub that fuses Southern comfort foods with brick oven pizzas and two full-service bars for "libations."

  6. Flying Saucer in Sundance Square - 111 E. Third Street
    Since 1995, Flying Saucer Draught Emporium has been the favorite "UFO" in the Fort Worth area. A successful franchise with a growing number of locations, this craft beer bars focuses on the best brews. Its special members-only club makes it popular for serious "beer nerds."

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Whether you're visiting for the Big Game or any other time of year, we won't miss the chance to welcome you to Texas – and show you all Dallas-Fort Worth has to offer.

Contact us to find out more. We look forward to meeting you.


11 of the DFW's Coolest Things to Do this Winter

Winter Activities in the DFW - RE/MAX DFW Associates

RE/MAX Dallas-Fort Worth is the premier real estate office here in the "DFW" area – and the largest RE/MAX company in the southwestern United States. Our real estate agents do things big, and there's nothing bigger than the fun you can enjoy throughout Dallas-Fort Worth this winter!

For the coolest time this side of the Rio Grande, check out these local attractions:

  1. Go Shopping in Grapevine - Historic Grapevine Downtown Shops, North and South Main Street; Worth, Jenkins and Barton Street
    Grapevine offers the best local shopping right in the historic downtown area. The area is known for quaint local boutiques where you can find handcrafted holiday gifts. Everything from vintage antiques to western wear to gourmet food is available at dozens of shops.

  2. Head to the Rodeo in Arlington AT&T Stadium, 1 AT&T Way, Arlington, TX 76011
    When it's rodeo time, the Rodeo in Arlington is the biggest and best around. Qualifying events are held at AT&T Stadium all year as athletes from around the country compete for a spot in The American, the #1 tournament in team roping, barrel racing, steer wrestling, and more!

  3. Take a Step Back in Time - The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza, 411 Elm Street, Dallas, TX 75202-3301
    The Sixth Floor Museum gives you a trip back in time to one of the most epochal events in U.S. history. It features unique collections dedicated to the life and loss of President John F. Kennedy, which took place in Dealey Plaza on November 22, 1963. Carefully preserved artifacts and photos tell the story.

  4. Break Out This Winter at Escape This - 4372 Spring Valley Road, Dallas, TX 75244
    Escape This is one of the most popular escape rooms in Texas. Teams compete to figure out an escape route from daring and devilish puzzles. They'll test your limits and stretch your mind – and they're fun for the whole family.

  5. Get a snack at WOW! DONUTS AND DRIPS - 6509 W. Park Boulevard, Plano, Texas 75093
    WOW! Donuts has dozens of delicious artisanal donuts for your tasting pleasure. The local shop is known for crafting each bite with love, layering flavors like lemon blueberry, orange creamsicle, and Andes mint. Plus, there's a full selection of coffee and tea to wash it down with.

  6. Grab a Dog in Denton - Dix Coney Island, 123 N Elm St, Denton, Texas 76201
    When you want the best hot dogs, Dix Coney Island offers the classic experience. A family-owned and operated shop known for burgers, sandwiches, subs, and gyros, no meal there is complete without a Coney dog: It comes with chili, mustard, and onions.

  7. Dine, Drink & Discover at Legacy Food Hall - 7800 Windrose Avenue, Plano, TX 75024
    What can you find at Legacy Food Hall? Food, music, and fun await, with drinks for all during happy hours: 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday. There's dozens of ever-rotating food stalls in addition to the taproom, and live events like karaoke and trivia nights.

  8. See Dallas on the McKinney Avenue Trolley - 3153 Oak Grove Avenue, Dallas, TX 75204
    The McKinney Avenue Trolley is one of the most scenic ways to see Dallas. Yes, these are real, vintage trolleys that gently roll through Uptown for an unforgettable adventure. You can book your own trolley with dining tables and local catering.

  9. Cheer on the Dallas Stars at Dr. Pepper Arena - 2601 Avenue of the Stars,  Frisco, TX 75034
    Dr. Pepper Arena remains the top place in Texas to catch live NHL action. The Dallas Stars are the local favorites and headliners here, of course. This modern venue also offers other for family fun, including Winter Wonderland ice skating.

  10. Go for a Swim in Grand Prairie at Epic Waters - 2970 Epic Place,  Grand Prairie, TX 75051
    Epic Waters is an indoor water park that lets visitors have wet and wild excitement no matter how cold it gets outside. It has slides and rides including the Lasso Loop, the tallest aqua loop in America. Young visitors can also enjoy birthday parties and live entertainment.

  11. Say Hello to a Penguin at the Dallas Zoo - 650 S. R.L. Thornton Freeway, Dallas, TX  75203
    The famous Dallas Zoo has all kinds of unforgettable residents, but nothing says winter quite like the penguin. Penguin Days are here, with $7 admission from January 3 through February 28. Winter hours run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. – children 2 and under visit free.

Ready to start your journey in Dallas? RE/MAX DFW Associates is here to help. We'll support you every step of the way with our unique brand of expert insight on everything Dallas-Fort Worth. The top customer service in real estate makes it easy.

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Five Favorite Holiday Markets in the DFW

DFW Holiday Markets
The Christmas season is upon us, which means that holiday shopping is in full swing. For people who are new to the area or are in town to see our real estate agents about buying a Dallas-Fort Worth area home, finding out where to go for the best shopping experience is essential. To give those new or potential residents a head start, here are five holiday shopping destinations in Dallas-Fort Worth:

  1. Texas Christkindl Market - The Plaza at Texas Live! 1650 E. Randol Mill Road, Arlington
    The Texas Christkindl Market is a traditional German holiday market. This family-friendly community market offers a unique shopping experience, featuring a great selection of handcrafted gifts and authentic German gifts and collectibles, among many other types of merchandise. For the 2018 season, it is open from November 23 to December 23 and runs seven days per week during that time. From Sunday through Thursday, shoppers can enjoy the market from 11 am to 9 pm On Fridays and Saturdays, the market an hour longer, until 10 pm. If you are in town to shop Arlington homes for sale, stopping by the the Texas Christkindl Market is a great way to get a feel for the local community.

  2. Holiday Local Night Market and Christmas Celebration - 47 Highland Park Village, Dallas
    If you are looking at homes in Highland Park, the Holiday Local Night Market and Christmas Celebration is a great holiday shopping destination in this area. This seasonal community market has a lot to offer during the holidays, with a special, one-night event that provides a great shopping experience, with special offers and sales, along with a lot of family-friendly entertainment, including live music, a Ferris wheel, face painting and photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus. The 2018 holiday market and Christmas Celebration happens on Wednesday, December 12 from 5 pm to 9 pm.

  3. Farmers Branch Market Holiday Market - The Grove @ Mustang Crossing, 12700 Denton Road, Farmers Branch
    The Farmers Branch Market holds annual holiday markets, which are happening on December 1, 8 and 15 for the 2018 season, running from 4 pm to 8 pm The market features handmade and homemade items from more than 30 vendors, as well as lots of family-friendly entertainment and activities, and tasty treats available from a range of concession stands. If you'll be shopping Farmer's Branch homes this holiday season, this is a local holiday shopping destination you won't want to miss.

  4. 3rd Annual It's Christmas Market Expo - Will Rogers Memorial Center & Facilities, 3401 W Lancaster Ave, Fort Worth
    Will you be shopping Fort Worth homes for sale this holiday season? If so, the 3rd Annual It's Christmas Market Expo is a great holiday shopping destination. Held on December 22, 2018, this event offers a terrific venue for last minute holiday shopping, with thousands of unique gift items to choose from as well as drawings, prizes, and entertainment. It is open from 9 am to 4 pm

  5. Treats of Christmas - Northpark, 8687 North Central Expressway, Dallas
    If you will be in town to see Dallas homes for sale, the Treats of Christmas event is a holiday shopping destination that you should not miss. This holiday market happens on Saturday, December 22, 2018, and is presented by the Dallas branch of the Texas Chefs Association. Gourmet cakes, cookies, pies, and other sweets are offered for purchase, with proceeds benefiting the North Texas Food Bank.

Contact us at RE/MAX DFW Associates when you're shopping for real estate in the Dallas-Forth Worth area.


6 Things to Do with the Kids Thanksgiving Weekend

DFW Thanksgiving Events
Our real estate
 are always available to help you meet your real estate goals here in Dallas-Fort Worth. At the same time, though, we're gearing up with gusto to enjoy another wonderful holiday season.

Everything's bigger in Texas, and we like to think that includes holiday fun, too. If you're looking for joy and cheer – either as a local or a visitor – then just check out these six options suitable for the whole family.

  1. Vitruvian Lights - 3966 Vitruvian Way, Addison, TX
    Vitruvian Park has always been one of the top spots to enjoy time with the family in Addison. Now, Addison homes for sale will be aglow thanks to the Vitruvian Lights. In past years, this show has included more than 1.5 million LED lights! The fun kicks off with a November 24 lighting ceremony including live music and snacks. The lights remain shining until January 1.

  2. Dallas Theater Center's "A Christmas Carol" - 2400 Flora Street, Dallas, TX
    Who can forget the classic A Christmas Carol around the holidays? Dallas homes for sale make it convenient for you to visit the Dallas Theater Center. There, you'll see Dickens' tale of redemption play out in one of the most lavishly decorated and costumed productions in Texas. It's an evening of fun you won't forget! Tickets available from November 21 to December 30.

  3. The World's Largest Christmas Light Maze – Enchant Christmas - Globe Life Park in Arlington,1000 Ballpark Way Arlington, TX
    Want to see the world's largest Christmas light maze? You're in luck with Enchant Christmas. It's an astonishing experience for Arlington residents and those interested in Arlington homes for sale. Kids will love having the opportunity to follow in the footsteps of Eddie the Mischievous Elf in the maze. They can enjoy the ice skating trail and even visit with Santa Claus himself.

  4. Tchaikovsky – The Nutcracker and Sleeping Beauty - Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center, 2301 Flora Street, Dallas, TX
    Dallas homes for sale are in the center of Dallas culture – with landmarks such as the Morton H. Meyerson Center within easy reach. It's hard to imagine a more breathtaking spectacle than the original works of master composer Tchaikovsky, including selections from both of his most famous works as interpreted by renowned virtuoso Andrew von Oeyen this November 23-25.  

  5. Home for the Holidays ... a McKinney Christmas - 111 N. Tennessee St., McKinney, TX
    What's even better than McKinney homes for sale in December? Why, being Home for the Holidays right here in McKinney, of course! Running from 10:30 am to 9 pm on Friday and Saturday, November 23 and 24, this free festival includes a tree lighting ceremony, seasonal live entertainment, a petting zoo, rides, and Santa! It closes with a bang 12 p.m. - 5 p.m. that Sunday.

  6. Fort Worth Parade of Lights - Weatherford Street at Throckmorton Street, Fort Worth, TX
    Fort Worth homes for sale will light up as part of the Fort Worth Parade of Lights. This holiday extravaganza is one of the most astonishing sights of the season. At 6 p.m. on November 18, this magnificent parade will return for its 36th showing. Floats, giant balloons, musical groups, marching bands, and much more will be on hand to make it a night to remember.

A joyous holiday season is even better when you know you're moving toward finding the home of your dreams. You don't have to wait until 2019 to get started: Our team is ready to help today.

Contact us at RE/MAX DFW Associates to find out more. We look forward to helping you.


Dallas Historic Homes: Old Red Museum

Dallas Homes - Old Red Museum
Dallas homes for sale
put you right in the middle of one of the most vibrant communities in the United States. Dallas is rich in history, and it looks to the future, too: It has employment opportunities, schools, and the world-class amenities you'd expect from a great state capital. 

Our real estate agents know everything is bigger in Texas.  Whenever you're in Texas, the past comes alive. This state--the biggest in the lower 49--has some of the most sophisticated cities around, but it also captures the frontier spirit that first made it special. Even big cities like Dallas still maintain a considerable number of historic sites.

One great example is the Museum of Dallas County History and Culture.

It's the kind of place where you'll feel like you've just stepped into the story of Texas, from pre-settlement to the Old West and beyond.

Hit the Trail with the Old Red: The Top Museum of Dallas County History and Culture

The Old Red is one of the flagship museums in a state known for them. Standing right in the heart of Dallas at Dealey Plaza, the Old Red itself is a fascinating historic structure. Built back in 1892, it was initially a courthouse. Now, it stocks four floors of interactive exhibits.

Old Red is perched at one of the most momentous crossroads anywhere in Texas. It's just steps from the JFK Memorial, the Sixth Floor Museum, and the city's historic West End. Students, locals, and guests from all over the world make the Big Red part of their educational tour of beautiful Dallas.

The Museum--open from 9 am to 5 pm daily--has all of the following:

  • The stunning Old Red Clock Tower, still preserved and keeping time to this day.
  • Four terracotta wyverns – two of them restored, two still completely original.
  • The Hatton Sumners Restored Courtroom with judge's bench, the jury box, and seating.
  • The striking Grand Staircase, completely restored to its original 1892 appearance.

When you visit, you'll find a special exhibit gallery on the first floor covering new topics with each season. On the second floor, permanent installations provide enrichment to guests of all ages: Highlights include the four mini-theaters, touch-screen computers, and the learning center. Our team of experts at RE/MAX DFW Associates works overtime to make sure you have all of the best houses on the market at your disposal when you want to move to Dallas-Fort Worth.

Whether this is your first home or your fifth, sizing down or trading up, we recognize that every time around is a new adventure. Our goal is to make it easier for you: Responsive customer service and the best advice around will help you make the right decisions to meet your needs.

Find out what you've been missing here in Dallas-Fort Worth. Contact us today to tour some of the best neighborhoods in the area or see properties ready and raring to go for you.


Money Magazine Rates Frisco #1 in USA

Frisco Voted Best Places to Live NOTES: Median home price is based on Q1 2018. Home price to income is calculated using median home price and median family income. SOURCES: Synergos Technologies,, Moody's Analytics, NOAA, Illustrations  by Martin Laksman. For full Best Places to Live methodology, see                                                                                                                                                                                    

Money is the latest national publication to sing the praises of Frisco, listing the North Texas suburb as No. 1 in its 2018 best places to live report. After compiling data on everything from school graduation rates to median home prices, the fast-growing community north of Dallas beat out 582 other communities -- many of them suburbs -- to claim the top spot.  One of the highest grades in the report went to Frisco's education system.  "With more than 70 campuses, the Frisco Independent School District has the highest graduation rate of all the cities and towns Money evaluated this year," the report said. Frisco's graduation rate is 98 percent.

It lists Frisco's population as about 179,000, its median family income as $129,118 and its median home price as $349,000. In explaining its methodology, the finance-focused publication looked only at places with populations of 50,000 or greater. "We eliminated any place that had more than double the national crime risk, less than 85 percent of its state's median household income, or a lack of ethnic diversity. This gave us 583 places," Money said."We put the greatest weight on economic health, public school performance, and local amenities. Housing, cost of living, and diversity were also critical components," it said. The methodology information listed online did not say how the study's authors defined "lack of ethnic diversity." Frisco's population is 75 percent white, according to

Money also lauded Frisco for it public-private partnerships -- particularly the Ford Center at The Star. That athletic facility, built as part of a partnership with schools, the city and the Dallas Cowboys, doubles as a place for school football games and a practice field for the NFL team.   The Star also serves as the Cowboys' headquarters.

Frisco, Allen and McKinney routinely show up on "best of" lists. In 2016, career expert website Zippia named Frisco as the most successful city in America.The only other Texas city in Money's top 25 was Flower Mound, which ranked 16th.

  • Dallas Morning News, September 17, 2018



Fort Worth Fun: Texas Motor Speedway

Fort Worth Texas Motor Speedway
If you're considering a relocation to North Texas, you must check out Fort Worth homes for sale. Whether you prefer a luxurious showplace or a stylish starter bungalow, our REALTORS® can find a home that matches your style.

When you visit Fort Worth Texas, spend some time getting to know our thriving metroplex. You'll find all the art, culture, dining, and exciting entertainment you'd expect of a world-class city. If you stretch your visit into the weekend, you can also experience the fast-paced thrills of NASCAR racing. 

Texas Motor Speedway 

Since 1996, NASCAR fans have electrified the intersection of 35 West and Highway 114. The location was chosen for its easy highway access, and the fans show up by the thousands. 

The Speedway hosts a yearlong schedule that includes Formula Drift, Legends Racing, the Camping World Truck Series, and special events including benefits for Texas Motor Speedway Children's Charities. In November, this versatile venue will host the 2018 Red Bull Air Race Championship

It's Big

The Speedway's track, grandstand, and other structures fill a 1,500-acre space. The main course is 1.5 miles with an 800 feet long pit road. The Lil' Texas Motor Speedway track which hosts US Legends Car Racing is 1/5 mile long. There's also a .4 mile clay surface track. The Speedway has a 181,655 fan seating capacity, including luxury and Victory Lane Club suites. 


You have several online ticket-buying options: individual tickets, NASCAR 3-ticket Playoff Packs, and create your ticket packages with preferred upgrades. Upgrades include reserved parking, Raceday University, Infield Access, Weekend Pit Pass, and more. You can also schedule a Driver Appearance using the Texas Motor Speedway app.  

Fan Assistance

There are 24 concession buildings, 23 souvenir buildings 1,656 ladies restrooms, and 843 guy's restrooms on-site to keep fans happy, well fed and comfortable. Mobile medical teams are available to assist sick or injured fans. 

The Speedway checklist recommends a list of items to bring along. It includes outdoor accessories such as a hat, camera, and sunglasses. It also suggests a few not-so-obvious items such as earplugs (because it gets loud) and cash (so your beer purchases don't show up on your bank statement.) 


Most Speedway parking is free. Trams and shuttles loop the Lone Star Circle providing free pick ups and drop offs to and from the raceway. There is 300 paved bus parking spots and handicap parking available in the Express, Crystal, and Speedway Club lots. Paid reserved VIP parking gives you easier access to the track.  

Camping at the Speedway

There are plenty of hotels in the Fort Worth Texas area, but if you don't mind roughing it a little, you can camp out at the Speedway. There are 6,751 reserved camping spaces available. These include a tent camping area, a VIP area, and a family area. During April and November events there are also 1,799 unreserved camping spaces available.

The family camping section is fenced-in and has 24-hr security. The VIP lot has 24-hr security, paved lots, electrical hookups, and other amenities. RV drivers can set up camp in Burnout Alley. 

Raceway Ministries At Texas Motor Speedway

The Speedway Ministries hold devotionals each race day and a worship service each Sunday. Chaplains are available for crisis intervention and RMTMS volunteers assist fans with on-site and off-site services. 

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Let us tell you all the reasons why Fort Worth, Texas is a great place to live, work, and play. Contact us when you're buying or selling a home in the DFW real estate area.


Saltgrass Steakhouse in Irving is Totally Texas

Irving, TX - Saltgrass Steakhouse
Less than 20 minutes from the heart of Dallas, the city of Irving, TX offers endless options for shopping, dining and entertainment. Some of our real estate agents' favorite spots in the DFW area can be found right here, and today we want to highlight one of the area's best restaurants – Saltgrass Steakhouse in Irving, TX.

Irving's Award-Winning Steakhouse

Saltgrass Steakhouse serves Certified Angus Beef® steaks – the finest in the world – which exceeds even USDA Choice beef in taste and tenderness. The restaurant also has a lot more to offer besides steak, but let's face it. The beef is the main attraction here, and rightly so.

From Pat's Ribeye to the Silver Star Porterhouse and Maudeen's Center Cut Filet, Saltgrass Steakhouse excels when it comes to prime cuts of char-grilled beef, slathered in fresh garlic butter and seasoned with their signature Saltgrass-7 Steak Spice. Their lunch and dinner menus also offer incredible burgers, mouth-watering ribs, fresh seafood, poultry and some of the best ribs around. Besides, the appetizers, sides and desserts alone are worth making a trip for. Try the Two-Fork Cheese Cake, or the homemade beer bread, served warm with honey butter. All breads, dressings and soups are made from scratch daily.

The bar at Saltgrass Steakhouse serves up craft beer in frosty mugs, along with top shelf agave margaritas, an incredible variety of excellent cocktails and an extensive wine list. Stop in for a drink, and there's a good chance you'll be tempted to stick around for a full meal.

A Historic Texas Tradition

Saltgrass Steakhouse got its start in 1991 in Houston, and now has dozens of locations all over the country. The original location sits right alongside the legendary Salt Grass Trail, a historic route used by cattle herders in the 19th century to drive their livestock south to graze on the fertile salt grasses of the Texas Gulf Coast.

It was a journey known far and wide for producing the best beef in Texas, a tradition that Saltgrass Steakhouse carries on today. The trail ride was revived in the 1950s, and has continued to this day, becoming an annual celebration of the original Texas spirit.

The Irving, TX location of Saltgrass Steakhouse is just minutes from some of the best attractions in Irving, including Lakeview Park, the Sam Houston Trail, Luna Vista Golf Course and the Elm Fork of the Trinity River. Downtown Dallas is just 20 minutes away, and Fort worth is just a 30 minute drive.

Irving TX Real Estate Professionals

If you're looking for Irving homes for sale, be sure to check out Saltgrass Steakhouse while you're in the neighborhood. And remember that you're more than welcome to contact RE/MAX DFW Associates any time to learn more about life in Irving, TX!


Fort Worth Water Gardens

Fort Worth Water Gardens
A beautiful oasis in the heart of Downtown Fort Worth, the Fort Worth Water Gardens are truly a place like no other. Whether you're a long-time local or just visiting the city to check out Fort Worth homes for sale, the Water Gardens are one of the greatest must-see attractions in Fort Worth. 

Part of the Fort Worth Landscape

Built in 1974, the Fort Worth Water Gardens were designed by the acclaimed American Architect Philip Johnson, and drew immediate acclaim for their unique blend of futuristic architecture and natural elements. To this day, the gardens are an architectural and engineering marvel that must be experienced firsthand.

You can explore a variety of water features as you stroll through this fascinating urban park, including three pools that are as different as they are beautiful.

  • The Meditation Pool is as calm and relaxing as its name suggests. Here, a thin plane of water flows down steep, nearly 90-degree walls into a serene pool surrounded by cypress trees. The sound of the water is almost like that of a gentle rain shower, making this a great place to be still and focus your mind.
  • The Aerating Pool is, in a way, the polar opposite of the Meditation Pool. It's all motion and activity, with 40 nozzles spraying 871 gallons of water every minute over a deep pool surrounded by lofty oaks. The mist from the spraying nozzles creates the illusion of a bridge made of water spanning the pool.
  • The Active Pool is unquestionably the centerpiece of the Fort Worth Water Gardens, with water cascading 38 feet down a series of terraces and steps into a pool at the bottom. Visitors can walk down the terraced steps of the gigantic Active Pool to find themselves surrounded by the sight and sound of moving water, a unique and immersive experience.

Drawing visitors from all over the world, the Fort Worth Water Gardens could almost be seen as a symbol for how much Fort Worth has progressed over the years. The area that the Water Gardens now cover was once one of the most notorious red light districts in Texas, a stretch of saloons, brothels and gambling halls that earned the nickname, "Hell's Half Acre."

Today, the Fort Worth Water Gardens encompass about 4.3 acres in the heart of Fort Worth's revitalized downtown. It's within walking distance of dozens of great shops, bars and eateries and just footsteps away from landmarks like Saint Patrick Cathedral and the Fort Worth Convention Center.

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Contact RE/MAX DFW Associates today to learn more about all the great attractions in Fort Worth, TX. Our real estate agents are here to help you find the perfect home in this unique city.


Relay for Life Will Be in Dallas on May 19

Dallas Relay for Life
Get ready, get set, and mark your calendars for May 19. That's the day Relay for Life is coming to Dallas to help raise funds and awareness for the American Cancer Society. We hope to see you there!  Our REALTORS® work and live in Dallas and believe in giving back to their local communities.

Relay for Life Comes to Dallas in 2018

We are excited to welcome the next—and most assuredly not the last—Relay for Life event to our local community in Dallas. The opening ceremony kicks off at 5:30 PM on May 19, followed by the Survivor Walk, which honors the strength and courage of those who have been diagnosed with cancer. Whether your diagnosis was 10 years ago or 10 days ago, anyone who is a survivor or currently affected by cancer is invited to walk. The Caregiver Walk follows the Survivor Walk, giving recognition to those who have helped support their loved ones through cancer treatment.

Visit the official website of this Relay for Life event to learn more about donating, participating, or sponsoring a participant. Every dollar helps, and you'll be among a distinguished list of sponsors and participants.

What Is Relay for Life?

Since its beginnings in 1985, Relay for Life has been one of the world's great ongoing community fundraising events for the American Cancer Society. More than 3,500 Relay for Life events take place across the United States every year, supporting and celebrating cancer survivors and caregivers, as well as raising money for cancer research. Participating in one of these events makes you a vital part of the American Cancer Society—one of more than 3.5 million survivors, patients, advocates, volunteers, caregivers and researchers who have donated their time, energy and money to beat cancer.

About the Location

This event takes place at Main Street Garden Park in Downtown Dallas, a beautiful green space that serves as a central hub for many community events. Nestled between Main Street, Commerce Street, Harwood Street, and St. Paul Street, the park is a central gathering place where you're as likely to see visiting tourists as you are residents and employees of local businesses on lunch breaks. With free WiFi, a beautiful green lawn, fountains, dog run, toddler play area, local art installations and an on-site cafe, it's the perfect place to meet up for Relay for Life on May 19.

Contact RE/MAX DFW Associates to learn about Dallas homes for sale and about all the upcoming events in Dallas, TX.


Discover What's Blooming at the Dallas Arboretum

Dallas Arboretum
One of the best things about living in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex is the weather, which makes it possible to grow an amazing number of flowers, some which will bloom all year long. One of the best places to see the beauty of the horticulture of our area is the Dallas Arboretum, located at 8525 Garland Road, on the shores of White Rock Lake. 

More than a million visitors walk through the gates of the Dallas Arboretum each year to enjoy quiet strolls through the themed gardens and to participate in educational events and activities that celebrate the art and science of southwest horticulture.

Dallas Arboretum Children's Garden

The Rory Meyers Children's Adventure Garden, one of the best family-friendly activities in Dallas, was designed with kids, their teachers, and families in mind.  It gives the Garden's visitors the opportunity to experience life and earth science firsthand with over 150 activities focusing on nature.

The Arboretum hosts a calendar of events and entertainment each year, not only focused on flowers and trees but also including live music and arts. It's this combination of beauty and fun things to see and do that make this one of the most popular spots in the area for residents and tourists alike.

Dallas Arboretum Gardens

If you ask one of our agents at RE/MAX DFW Associates about the Arboretum, they'll likely tell you they love this place because of the creative ideas it provides for putting your personal stamp on a new home. And when you are viewing Dallas homes for sale, it's fun to imagine all of the different ways you can add color and beauty to the landscape to make a new property uniquely your own.

People who relocate to North Texas from other parts of the country often marvel at the large variety of colorful flowers, flowering trees, bushes and shrubs that thrive in our climate. By planning carefully, you can create gardens and landscapes that bloom all year. 

The Dallas Arboretum is a great place to learn about the specific flowers and shrubbery that will keep your yard looking great, so be sure to make a trip there this spring to enjoy the blooms of our North Texas environment and to get tips for making the landscape at your new home a colorful oasis.

To begin your search for homes for sale in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, contact RE/MAX DFW Associates.


Plano Ranked as Top Retirement City in the US

Plano Top US Retirement City
Are you searching for the perfect place to call home in retirement, where you can enjoy life, live comfortably, and find more than enough attractions to keep you busy? Do you want all of those things, without leaving the DFW area? Then we've got the perfect community for you. Plano, TX regularly ranks as one of the best places in the country for retirement, and our real estate agents have all the details on why you'll love spending your retirement in the city.

Plano Regularly Ranks at the Top of Retirement Lists

One of the first things you'll notice when researching Plano is that the city always seems to pop up on lists of the best places to retire. You'll find many reasons why that's the case, but ultimately it comes down to a safe city, with a strong economy, and a ton of attractions to keep you engaged no matter what you love to do for fun.

Enjoy a Healthy Economy

The DFW area is booming, and Plano is a great example of why that's the case. Large brands like Frito Lay, Intel, and Cinemark Theatres are headquartered in Plano, while the community also boasts a vibrant, thriving collection of local small businesses. If you're looking for a city with a bright economic future, Plano deserves a spot near the top of your list.

A Convenient, Central DFW Location

There's plenty to do close to home when you retire in Plano, and you'll also have easy access to other great DFW communities when you're in the mood for something different. Downtown Dallas is less than 20 miles from Plano, and public transportation is available when you're not in the mood to drive.

Delightful Downtown

Plano's downtown area has been revitalized in a major way and has earned a ranking in Livability's list of the 10 best downtowns in the country. The Historic Downtown Plano Arts District is loaded with scenic places, art galleries, great food, and unique businesses. And it's walkable, so you can stay in shape while you enjoy all that the city has to offer.

Healthcare Close to Home

You won't have to worry about traveling far to find a great doctor when you live in Plano because there are tons of great medical services close to home. The city is home to 10 hospitals, with the latest treatment options and access to some of the top specialists in the country. Nearby Dallas and Fort Worth also offer an excellent standard of medical care.

A Mix of City Life and Outdoor Fun

Do you want to make sure that you can enjoy the great outdoors, even when living in a large, suburban community? Plano offers an extensive parks system, with trails, athletic facilities, and playgrounds for the kids (or grandkids!). There are also more than 60 lakes nearby when you're in the mood for some fishing.

Finding Your Own Reasons to Love Plano

Plano ranks high on retirement lists in part because the city appeals to so many interests, and you're sure to find your own reasons to add to the list when you call Plano home. Ample attractions, excellent healthcare, and a strong economy are just the start of what to expect in Plano.

Are you ready to start living the retirement dream in Plano, TX, and searching for the right real estate team to help you accomplish your goals? Contact us at RE/MAX DFW Associates in Plano to buy and sell homes throughout the Plano, TX area.


Five Favorite Flavors: Best Restaurants in Coppell, TX

Coppell Texas Restaurants
In the diverse neighborhood of Coppell, TX, you will find plenty of restaurants and food joints offering a variety of cuisines and food choices that will definitely treat your taste buds. Seafood is a prominent choice, thanks to the easy access to freshly caught saltwater fish. If you are looking for a good brunch spot or dinner restaurant for your family, Our REALTORS® in Coppell have a few recommendations.

  1. J Macklin's Grill - 130 N Denton Tap Rd #120, Coppell
    This Coppell mainstay is a great place for a casual and sociable dining experience, making it the perfect place for a family meal. You can have a filing start to your day with jalapeno cheese grits, griddle cakes, chorizo eggroll, and homemade beignets. For lunch or dinner, go for bacon cheeseburgers, Buffalo chicken eggrolls, fish and chips, Dr. Pepper braised short ribs, pork chops, Atlantic salmon, and chicken and waffles. To end the meal on a sweet note, you can have a dessert of peach cobbler or bread pudding.

  2. Twisted Root Burger Company - 505 Houston St, Coppell
    The space is laid out very nicely, with a downtown chic décor and a great patio. The burgers are plentiful and amazing. There are a variety of exotic meats like buffalo, gator, kangaroo, etc. Some of their favorite burgers include the classic, the spicy goat, the western, in the buff, lots-a-shroom, and freshman 15. Your kids will enjoy the grilled cheese and fries, ground turkey nuggets, and kid's burgers. You can never go wrong with a side of fried pickles, potato chips, fried green beans and carrots, and fried onion strings.

  3. Carmel Restaurant and Lounge - 15 S Denton Tap Rd Suite 100, Coppell
    Ever eaten Israeli food? Well, Carmel Restaurant and Lounge is a fine dining restaurant offering cuisine found in the Carmel Mountains, Jerusalem. Some of the dishes to try include Bone-In Pork Chops, Prime Grade Rib-Eye, Four Peppercorn Crusted Filet Mignon, Chicken Skewered Marinated in Sumac, Four Peppercorn Crusted Beef, and Carmel's Signature Fresh Chilean Sea Bass.

  4. Hard Eight BBQ - 688 Freeport Pkwy, Coppell
    Prepare for a wonderful and flavorful mesquite smoke and a real BBQ experience when you enter then Hard Eight BBQ. The meats are ordered right off the smoker. Their dessert and sides include free jalapeno-spiced pinto beans, hot seasoned fries, chunky slaw, and hand-battered onion rings. Corn is also available boiled or roasted.

  5. Anamia's - 106 N Denton Tap Rd, Coppell
    This is an eatery with a range of fare for brunch, lunch, and dinner. Some of the options include shrimp tostadas, quesadillas, shrimp ceviche, guacamole, nachos, and salad. Save some space for dessert with popular options being the pecan praline, flan, and coconut palapa.

Whether you are searching for a home in the suburbs, the city, or any other place of interest in the Coppell area, our local estate team at RE/MAX DFW Associates is here to help. Our mission is to make sure you find your dream home that is close to the city's best restaurants. Contact our Coppell office today for more information on homes about Coppell homes for sale.


6 Spots in Dallas to Celebrate New Year's Eve

Dallas Counts Down to 2018

Dallas New Years Eve Spots

Are you ready to close out 2017 in style, with an unforgettable night of fun in your favorite city? New Year's Eve in Dallas is always a big deal, and the schedule of special events in the city is a mile long. Whether you're looking for a night of great music, a glamorous party, or a fun event that the whole family can enjoy, you'll find it in Dallas on New Year's Eve. Our real estate agents are looking forward to the city-wide celebrations, and we have the details on some great New Year's Eve events in Dallas this year.

Our 6 Favorite Spots in Dallas for New Year's Eve Celebrations

  1. AT&T Streaming Lights at Reunion Tower
    Looking for an exciting New Year's Eve event that the whole family can enjoy? The AT&T Streaming Lights at Reunion Tower celebration is back for another year, with a spectacular fireworks and pyrotechnic display that can be seen from anywhere in the city. The best views are to be found around Reunion Tower itself, where you'll be able to witness a panoramic display of fireworks across the city skyline. The show starts at 11:59 pm, but it's always a good idea to stake out a spot early.

  2. Dallas NYE Ball
    Can't decide just what sort of music you'd like to dance the night away on New Year's Eve? The Dallas NYE Ball has you covered! Centered in the Crowne Plaza Hotel, the Dallas NYE Ball offers three floors of fun parties, with a different type of music available on each floor. Enjoy a nightclub-themed experience on the second floor, throwback music and dancing on the third floor, and a fun, open space with the latest pop hits on the first floor.

  3. Brew Year's Eve
    Enjoy a night of food, drinks, and great music at the Noble Rey Brewing Company in Dallas with Brew Year's Eve 2017. This year's event will feature live music indoors, a heated tent with a DJ outdoors, and your favorite local brews around every corner. There's also plenty of fantastic food to enjoy, after you work up an appetite on the dance floor.

  4. Charley Crockett Concert (Free!)
    Spend an evening with local blues sensation Charley Crockett at The Rustic, and ring in 2018 with the sweet sounds of the blues. This event is free if you RSVP ahead of time, and features loads of other great performances throughout the night, including more sets from local artists. After the live performances, DJ Christy Ray will be keeping the party going well past midnight.

  5. New Year's Eve with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra
    Looking for a classical spin on the Dallas New Year's Eve experience? Listening to the Dallas Symphony Orchestra is always a great way to spend New Year's Eve, and this year's show is sure to continue that tradition. This annual event is packed with great music, and features a champagne toast at midnight.

  6. 80's Rockin' New Year's Eve
    Break out a bottle of hairspray and your favorite spandex, because it's time to party like it's the 1980s for New Year's Eve in Dallas! Enjoy a night of 80s music, grab a great meal before the show, and dance the night away. It all takes place at the House of Blues, and the fun continues long after the clock strikes midnight.

Are you searching for the best Dallas homes for sale, and the real estate team who will help you find your perfect match in the city? Contact RE/MAX DFW Associates to buy and sell homes in the Dallas-Fort Worth, TX area.


Guide to Finding the Perfect Christmas Tree in Dallas

Dallas Christmas Tree Guide
Since the Christmas holidays come only once a year, families with homes in the Dallas-Fort Worth area spend time planning for this most special of seasons. Family dinners, secret gift-wrapping sessions, Christmas card lists, (and most importantly) picking and decoration of the Christmas tree are all part of the holiday season. 

The Christmas tree with its unique collection of ornaments and lights has a tradition that goes back hundreds of years. They are a fun and cheery part of the holiday celebration and picking out the perfect Christmas tree for your Arlington home is an exciting event for the whole family. Here are tips to find the healthiest and freshest trees for your new home in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

  • Measure
    Before families leave their Plano homes to search for a tree lot or farm, they should be mindful of the dimensions of the living space. To determine the tree size that will fit into your home, you must measure the height of the ceiling as well as the width of the area you want to site the tree. You should also subtract the height of the tree stand as well as the topper you intend putting on the tree. Ensure that the tree stand is sufficient to contain the tree you plan on buying.

  • Find a Tree Farm
    Families relocating to Colleyville homes may not be familiar with the tree farms or lots in the neighborhood. Our real estate agents know a lot about local businesses and can help you find a tree farm closest to your home or visit the Texas Christmas Tree Growers Association for various tree farms near you. Once you arrive at the tree farm, ask the staff for information about the kinds of trees they have. Or better still, you can call ahead to ensure that they have the kind of trees you prefer.

  • Know Your Christmas Trees
    Due to the variety of Christmas trees available, families with Irving homes may find it difficult to pick the right one for their living space. Here is a list of popular varieties growing on Texas tree farms.

    - Eastern Red Cedar
    Known for its excellent aroma and dense branches, the Eastern cedar tree is a good choice for a Christmas tree. However, it has sticky needles and a short house life.

    - Virginia Pine
    This is a short-needled pine with stout branches and the characteristic pine fragrance. It is the most common type of farm tree in the South.

    - Leyland Cypress
    The Leyland cypress is a hybrid tree with little aroma and dark green foliage. It is ideal for people with tree allergies and can outlast other kinds of cut trees.

  • Caring for the Christmas Tree
    Most importantly, you must know how to keep the tree fresh throughout the Christmas holidays to prevent it from dying off. Once the tree has been transported to your Flower Mound home, you must immediately place its trunk in water. Position the tree away from fireplaces and heating systems and ensure that you check its water reservoir daily.

Contact RE/MAX DFW Associates when you're searching for Dallas homes for sale. Our real estate professionals live and work in our communities and have first-hand knowledge about our local areas.


10 Best Things to Do During the Holidays in the D-FW

Christmas in the DFW
Getting ready to plan for holiday fun in the Dallas-Fort Worth area? Our real estate team is ready to deck the halls, and we've got the details on 10 great events in DFW for this holiday season. While you're planning, you can also click on the city name in any listing to view homes in that community.

Home for the Holidays: A Guide to 10 Big Holiday Events in the DFW

DFW Christmas Parade

  1. The Dallas Christmas Parade – Dallas
    Looking to start the holiday season with a classic event that the whole family will love? Make time to watch the Dallas Christmas Parade on Commerce Street on December 2, to enjoy a day of family fun and holiday cheer.

  2. Dallas Zoo Lights – Dallas
    The Dallas Zoo is a great place to visit throughout the year, and that's especially true when the holidays roll around each year. Visit Dallas Zoo Lights to experience a spectacular light show, filled with light sculptures, holiday displays, and plenty of tasty treats.

  3. Magical Winter Lights – Grand Prairie
    Each year, Grand Prairie is transformed with a stunning display of holiday lights, decorations, and vignettes. Attend the Magical Winter Lights celebration to enjoy all of the hard work that went into decorating the community, take in live performances, and enjoy great refreshments at the food court.

  4. Enchant Christmas – Arlington
    If you're looking for a unique holiday event, Enchant Christmas is the place to be. Travel through a maze of holiday lights and decorations, while shopping at one of the largest holiday markets in the DFW area.

  5. Garland Ice Exhibit – Garland
    Ever wonder what two million pounds of ice would look like in one place? In Garland, all of that ice is used to create a holiday exhibit unlike any other, filled with holiday wonders, amazing sculptures, and family fun.

  6. Christmas in the Square – Frisco
    Head down to the Square in Frisco throughout the holiday season to enjoy some of the best shopping in Texas, in a wonderful, holiday-themed atmosphere. Enjoy a light show, live music, and plenty of fun surprises.

  7. Santa's Village – Richardson
    The kids will love visiting Santa's Village in Frisco, and traveling from house to house to see what Santa and friends are up to. Each house has a special theme, and each year brings new additions to the village.

  8. Six Flags Over Texas – Arlington
    Take in the holiday events and gorgeous decorations around every corner at Six Flags Over Texas for some holiday fun at your favorite theme park. The Merry Marketplace is the center of the action, with food, shopping, and fun activities.

  9. Christmas in Grapevine – Grapevine
    We could try to narrow down the list of great events in Grapevine, but there is simply so much to do within the community. With more than 1,400 holiday events this year, you're sure to find something to love in Grapevine, TX.

  10. Dallas by Chocolate – Dallas
    Looking for a tasty way to spend the holidays? Indulge in the best chocolate and hot cocoa that Dallas has to offer by taking the Dallas by Chocolate tour. Tours run throughout the season, with plenty of holiday stops along the way.

Whether you're searching for a home in the city, the suburbs, or anywhere in between, our local real estate team is here to help. Contact RE/MAX DFW Associates to buy and sell homes throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth, TX area.


Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District

Fort Worth Stockyard National Historic District
Interested in experiencing the history, heritage, and culture of Fort Worth, TX, up close and personal? The Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District is a spectacular example of what makes life in the city so special, with history, entertainment, and excitement around every corner. Visiting the Fort Worth Stockyards is like stepping back into a different era, where daily cattle drives, raucous rodeos, and lively, open-air markets are simply part of daily life. There is so much to see in the Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District, and our team is excited to tell you all about it.

History, Food, and Texas Fun at the Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District

Fort Worth History

How did the Fort Worth Stockyards get its start? Investor Greenlief Simpson visited Fort Worth at the request of a local businessman, found a stockyard full of cattle, and decided to invest. Little did he know that the stockyard was not normally so full, and the extra cattle were there simply due to a railroad strike mixed with some bad weather. Still, the Fort Worth Stockyards had its investor, and would soon become one of the most successful stockyards in the country. Today, you can experience more than 100 years of Fort Worth history, through guided tours or at your own leisure.

Fabulous Food

One of the best things about Fort Worth homes is that you'll never be far from a fantastic meal, and that's certainly true when you visit the Fort Worth Stockyards. Sample the flavors of Texas with tender, juicy barbecue, on-the-border cuisine, steakhouses, family dining, and plenty of places to grab a drink after your meal.

Entertainment and Everyday Fun

There is so much to see in the Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District, from family fun to a vibrant, exciting nightlife. Take in one of the twice-daily cattle drives through the district to see what the stockyards are all about, or visit the Cowtown Opry for live performances with a historic spin. The Fort Worth Stockyards are also filled with the sounds of great music, with a wide variety of performance venues suited to both families and adults looking for a fun night on the town.

Shopping the Stockyards

Whether you're looking for a souvenir, vintage gear, or some of the finest leather products you'll find anywhere, the Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District has you covered. Enjoy a wide range of shopping experiences, including art galleries, vintage shops, custom hats, hand-crafted products, jewelry, and antiques. Shop the finest Texas styles, and uncover hidden gems that you won't find anywhere else.

Special Events

There's plenty to do in the Fort Worth Stockyards no matter when you visit, and there will also be special days to circle on your calendar. The schedule of special events runs year-round at the Fort Worth Stockyards, with live performances, holiday events, rodeos, Wild West shows, and plenty of fun surprises. Families will love all of the kid-friendly events on the schedule, and the many festivals that visit throughout the year. The people of Fort Worth are big on giving back to the community, so it's no surprise that you'll also find a busy schedule of charitable events raising money for good causes.

Your Fort Worth Home

When you're hard at work searching for your ideal Fort Worth home, our experienced, local real estate team is here to help. Contact RE/MAX DFW Associates to buy and sell homes in Fort Worth, Dallas, and the DFW suburbs.


Dallas-Fort Worth Halloween Fun for the Entire Family

DFW Community Halloween Events
Families with homes in Fort Worth have their choice of Halloween thrills and chills. Your whole family can walk the neighborhood in quirky disguises. You can fill your days and nights with planned events and whimsical, scary adventures. But not too scary!

When the smallest goblins take part in family Halloween fun, it's important to steer clear of super scary events. Traditional haunting venues may frighten young children a bit too much. They may cause little people nightmares that keep the whole family up late at night.

Our real estate agents know a lot about local businesses, attractions, and family-friendly events. We draw on that knowledge to recommend a list of Halloween events that promise fun for the entire family.

  • First United Methodist Church Halloween Carnival
    October 22, 2017 3:00 to 5:00 PM
    Admission: free with canned goods donations

    Bring your little ones to FUMC in Fort Worth for the annual fun-filled Halloween Carnival. Little ones can wear their costumes. They'll enjoy bounce house fun and pony rides. You'll have a ball watching your children smile as they enjoy kid-friendly games, crafts, prizes, and a live animal petting zoo.

  • Boo at The Zoo - October 27, 28, and 20, 2017
    10:00 am to 5:00 PM
    Admission: Free with a zoo admission

    Boo at The Zoo is a family favorite for many of our real estate agents. The Fort Worth Zoo's annual daytime, scare-free Halloween event is three full days of activities for the entire family. Children will enjoy treat stations, carnival games, and a full schedule of animal entertainment.

  • Treat Street 2017 at Fort Worth Stockyards Historic District
    October 31, 2017 - 5:00 to 7:00 PM
    Admission: Free

    Your entire family is invited to an evening of fun at the Fort Worth Stockyards Station Mall. Family-friendly activities include a pumpkin decorating contest, fun games, hayrides, and more. Children under 12-years-old in costumes can trick-or-treat at participating shops.

  • Boo Bash at Old Town, Burleson, TX
    6:00 to 8:00 PM
    Admission: free

    The City of Burleson invites local kids 12 and under to a night of Halloween fun at the Boo Bash. Children are encouraged to wear costumes. They can play in bounce houses, decorate a free pumpkin, listen to storytellers, and march in a Halloween parade.

When you need reliable information about Fort Worth or Dallas homes for sale, our DFW real estate professionals can help. Contact RE/MAX DFW Associates when you're buying or selling your home in Texas.


Open House Etiquette for Dallas Home Buyers

Open House Dos & Don'ts
A Buyer's Guide to Open House Etiquette

An open house is a great opportunity to tour homes for sale in your community without having to schedule an appointment.

Hitting open houses on a given Sunday can also help you gauge available homes in a market and begin a relationship with a REALTOR® if you have not already found one. If you're new to "Open House Sundays," here are easy tips for making your search for Dallas homes more enjoyable and productive.

  1. It's okay to walk in.
    You don't need to ring the doorbell or knock, unless there is a sign posted instructing you to do so. Someone may be outside or at the door to greet you.

  2. Introduce yourself.
    The person hosting the open house may not be the agent who is selling the home, but an associate agent who is hoping to represent a buyer. If you don't have a REALTOR® representing you, let them know that you are still looking for a buyer's agent. Getting there early allows you to talk with the agent and determine if you want to work with that person.

  3. Sign in.
    You may be asked to sign in and provide contact information. This makes it easier for the seller's agent to follow up with you. Even if you don't like the house, it's still a good idea to leave your phone number or email address, as the agent could have other listings that may interest you. If you prefer not to sign in, make sure to introduce yourself and say hello so the agent can keep an eye on who's touring the home.

  4. Beat the crowd.
    Try to arrive as soon as the open house starts. (NOT before that time!) The agent will have time to show you around and give your personal attention.

  5. Don't show up last minute.
    Don't wait until the last minute to arrive. The REALTOR® has most likely been there all day and is ready to pack it up and head home. You want to take your time when looking at the house, so contact the seller's agent and arrange a personal showing if you're running late.

  6. Wear appropriate, comfortable clothing and shoes.
    You don't want to look under or overdressed, so choose something casual you'd wear every day. Nice jeans and a t-shirt or are fine for attending an open house. You're probably going to be doing a lot of walking, so make sure to wear comfortable shoes.

  7. It's okay to politely ask valid questions.
    Ask about the seller's motivation and if there are any offers. REALTORS® can also give you insight on the neighborhood and nearby schools. Be prepared to ask questions about plumbing, electrical systems, roof and other major components of the home. Please don't take an antagonistic tone or corner the agent with countless questions during a busy open house.

  8. Don't be nosy.
    Of course you want to check out closets and other storage space, but don't go through personal belongings. It's okay to a quick peek, but don't disturb any items that are stored in them.

  9. Don't criticize.
    Remember this is the seller's home. Don't criticize it during the tour. If there are multiple offers, you don't want the seller selecting another buyer because they heard you saying something negative about their home.

Our Dallas REALTORS® can guide you every step of the way during your search for a home. Contact RE/MAX DFW Associates today.


Finding Your Forever Home in Frisco TX

Frisco TX Forever Home
In a study released earlier this year, GoodCall, a South Carolina data analysis firm, revealed three Collin County cities--FriscoAllen and Richardson, were among the best cities nationwide to buy forever homes. According to GoodCall, "High-ranking cities are those that generally are affordable with growing home values, growing population, low unemployment and crime rates, and an educated population.  Texas is the place to go if you're looking to settle in for the long haul."  

Our team at RE/MAX DFW Associates--especially our REALTORS® in Frisco--weren't too surprised with GoodCall's results.  We live and work in the local area and love our community.

Let's take a look at why Frisco ranked #3 on their list.

Choose Frisco as Your Forever Home

It's not hard to understand why Frisco has earned its name as the"Texas Rising Star." Frisco, a suburb of Dallas, is one of the fastest-growing cities in the United States where home values are rising.

Frisco's residents enjoy living in a community with local pride and small-town charm while being only a short drive from the excitement of living in the DFW Metroplex.

Sports City USA

Frisco is home to a multitude of entertainment and attractions including NFL's Dallas Cowboys headquarters and training center, the FC Dallas soccer team, the Frisco RoughRiders Class AA baseball team, the Dallas Stars NHL team, and the Texas Legends.  

Culture in the City

There is an array of cultural venues, craft studios, and museums like the Black Box Theatre, Sci-Tech Discovery Center, Texas Sculpture Garden as well as painting and crafts studios.  

Outdoor Adventures

Frisco TX Parks
We've got hiking trails, biking trails and parks located throughout Frisco just waiting to be explore and enjoyed.  We've got an outdoor adventure waiting for you: Hiking and'll find it, taking your kids for an afternoon at the that too.  Frisco has received the designation as "Tree City USA" by the National Arbor Day Foundation.

Taking a Bite Out of Frisco

Whether your tastes run from simple to sophisticated, Frisco's culinary scene offers s variety of options for any appetite.  Order a burger from Kenny's Burger Joint or an Italian delight from Tavolo Italia.  Indulge in Texas BBQ from 3 Stacks Smokehouse or finish the evening at Andy's Frozen Custard.

Shopping and Fashion

Frisco is the ultimate shopping mecca.  Second only to sports in our community, shopping is one of the most popular things to do in Frisco.  Visit Stonebriar Centre in North Dallas if you prefer a shopping mall experience or for the charm of boutique shopping in Frisco, visit the Blue Door Boutique or Lillian Welch.

Frisco Awards and Accolades

Frisco continually racks up accolades from nationally recognized publications like CNN, Money Magazine and Men's Journal as "The Best Places to Buy a Forever Home," "One of the Best Place to Live," and even, "#1 Place to Raise an Athlete." USA Today ranked Frisco as the second safest city in Texas to live.

RE/MAX DFW Associates for Frisco Real Estate Services

When you're ready to make Frisco your forever home, contact our local experts at RE/MAX DFW Associates to start your home search.


Get to Know Dallas and its West End District

Dallas West End DistrictWhen you enter the Dallas Historic West End District, you still see evidence of its industrial past. The brick buildings that give the area a throwback feel once housed manufacturers and warehouses.

Rehabbing and redecorating gave those buildings a new life as trendy restaurants, shops, museums, and entertainment venues. It's a great area for dining, exploring, or celebrating special events.

Our Dallas REALTORS® live and work in the area. We enjoy the West End District's entertainment venues. Whether you're new to the area or you're a longtime Dallas homes resident, we want to help you discover the benefits of this exciting shopping, dining, and entertainment district.

Here's just a sample of what you'll find.

Living in the District 

Walkability, shopping, restaurants, entertainment, low crime, and a reasonable cost of living give the West End District a high livability rating. You'll find your spacious condo or apartment home in one of the district's vintage industrial buildings.

Shop the the Boutiques

You'll find the unique goods and services you can't find anywhere else.

Walk or Ride Through the District

Walkability is one of the West End District's key features. If walking isn't your thing, you have a few alternatives.

Take a romantic carriage ride

Glide through town on a Segway

Learn Something New at a Museum

Local museums entertain and educate. They offer activities, programs, and entertainment for the whole family.

Make Dining Delicious and Fun

The West End Historic District offers restaurants for a fun family occasion or a night on the town. Here are few favorites.

  • Ellens - Brunch is all they do, because "it's always brunch o'clock somewhere." Southern recipes from scratch. Eggs Benedict, the Big 'Ol Breakfast and more.
  • House of Blues - Serving chicken, jambalaya, ribs and "Food that feeds the soul." Live Blues, R&B, Gospel, Jazz, and Roots-based Rock & Roll. Kids eat free.
  • Gators - Family friendly restaurant. Homemade Cajun, Tex-Mex, Seafood, and live crawfish dishes. Karaoke Thursday through Sunday

Get to Know the Dallas Community

We believe it's important to know your community. Our real estate professionals are happy to help. Contact RE/MAX DFW Associates for information about buying or selling your home or if you simply want to learn more about the activities in your community.


Mandalay Canal Walk at Las Colinas

Mandalay Canal Walk Las Colinas
Visitors have called the Mandalay Canal Walk at Las Colinas a "hidden secret path." Those of us with homes in Irving know the walkway is easy to find. It follows the path of the man-made waterway as it joins Lake Carolyn. The Canal Walk is one of the unique features that help make the Las Colinas planned community a wonderful place to call home.

Our REALTORS® in Irving understand that the Canal Walk at Las Colinas is no secret. Still, we believe it's important to offer friendly reminders of just how beautiful and peaceful our community can be.

When you walk the canal
The Canal Walk gives you access to a beautiful ground level city view. You follow a patterned-brick path that syncs with the waterway's arcs and curves. You wander past gleaming office buildings, hotels, arched entryways, and architecture with a distinctive European flair.

Walking the path is a unique way to appreciate the Las Colinas fusion of futuristic growth and old world charm. Best of all, it's a great way to see the commercial district without traffic getting in the way.

More than just a walk
The path is tree-lined and peaceful, ideal for a solo morning walk, an afternoon lunch with coworkers, or a romantic evening stroll. Some restaurants, shops, hotels, and local entertainment venues border the walkway. Others are nearby or a doable walking distance.

As you walk, you'll also see towering buildings, floral accents, and secluded inlets with man-made waterfalls. The celebrated Mustangs of Colinas sculpture and museum are nearby as well.

Mandalay Canal Gondola RideAnd if you don't feel like walking
If a peaceful walk isn't enough to satisfy your need for motion, you'll find a few options along the way.

  • Stand Up Paddle
    If you can imagine yourself surfing and rowing at the same time, you might enjoy stand up paddling. As a Stand Up Paddle participant, you'll learn to "walk on water" using a boat/surf board style device. After you complete your introductory training you'll be able to paddle the canal instead of walking the path.

  • Gondola Cruises
    When you see a gondola cruising the Las Colinas canal, you'll feel you've been transported to Venice. Gondola Adventures will schedule your tour on a traditional or electric-powered gondola. You can ride a gondola simply for access to a unique view of Las Colinas or arrange a special occasion cruise. P.S. Be prepared to kiss your partner as you pass under a bridge.

  • DART Transportation
    If you want to see the canal but prefer not to walk, you can hop aboard a DART Area Personal Transit train. It's easy to make an APT connection from the Las Colinas Urban Center Station. It will speed you along the canal route if you decide not to walk.

    Station stops provide People Movers to transport you throughout the community. APT service is free.

Get to know your community
We believe it's important to know your community. Contact RE/MAX DFW Associates when you need information on buying or selling your Irving home or if you simply want information about the businesses, activities, and entertainment in your community.


Best Places for Mother's Day in DFW

Celebrating Mom in Dallas-Fort Worth

Dallas-Fort Worth Mothers Day Celebrations

Brunch and flowers are two of the best ways to show Mom how much you appreciate her on Mother's Day. Here are some great options in the Dallas-Fort Worth area for showing your mom how much she means to you.

  • Asador
    More than just a nice place to eat, Asador offers a char bar, a raw bar, and, of course, "sweet endings. Mother's Day choices include a wonderful assortment of oysters on the half-shell, beautifully smoked Texas brisket, a variety of local meats, and an array of stunning desserts like fruit tarts and cheesecake. Make sure you reserve your spot, though; send an email to to get your name on the list for one of the highly sought-after tables at this delectable spot.

    Mother's Day at Asador runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, May 14, 2017. It's a bargain at just $65 for each person to partake of the wonderful offerings, and only $24 for children who are under 12 years old. 

  • Blue Mesa Grill
    Mother's Day Brunch just wouldn't be complete without a mimosa. Blue Mesa Grill offers an award-winning brunch buffet that includes wine and mimosas, as well as soft drinks, coffee and tea. The buffet features a taco station, dessert station, omelet bar and an array of Southwestern favorites. Blue Mesa Grill even takes into account that not everyone's available on Mother's Day; brunch will be available at its Addison, Plano, Dallas, and Arlington locations on Saturday, May 13, 2017 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. For those who can make it on Sunday, May 14, 2017, all locations will be serving Mother's Day fare all day long, from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

    At just $22 per person, $7 for children between the ages of six and 11, and free for kids under 5, Blue Mesa Grill is a reasonably-priced, delicious way to show Mom what she means to you.

  • Cool River Café
    When brunch just isn't enough to show Mom how much you love her, give her a three-course dinner at Cool River Café. With a prix fixe menu that offers delights like perfectly-cooked sliced beef tenderloin, creamy lobster bisque and decadent black forest cheesecake, Mom will have a wonderful meal at a price you can love, too.

    Cool River Café is honoring Mom on May 14, 2017, from 11 in the morning until eight at night. The prix fixe menu is just $35.95 per person.

  • Café Momentum
    There's only one word for the Mother's Day Brunch at Café Momentum: epic. Delightful choices like French toast made with brioche bread, cinnamon whipped cream and apple butter are not only delicious, they're a perfect offering to show Mom how sweet you are on her. There are savory options available too, including bagel chips and cured salmon, corned beef hash, and home-style chicken and dumplings. Mom's biggest concern will be deciding on which dish she wants to order!

    Café Momentum is celebrating Mom on May 14, 2017 from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Reservations are recommended and menu prices vary.

Experiencing Dallas-Fort Worth 

Dallas-Fort Worth has more to offer than just great places to take your mom on Mother's Day. It's a bustling metropolis with an amazing variety of people, cultures, history and activities. Whether you're looking for homes in Dallas, Fort Worth homes, or something in the surrounding area, our REALTORS® can help you find the perfect place to call home. At RE/MAX DFW Associates, we have the experience to find your ideal home. Contact us for more information about finding a great place to live in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.


Five Favorite Dallas Restaurants for Easter Dining

Hop On In To These Five Dallas Restaurants for Easter 

Best Dallas Restaurants for Easter

Easter is on its way in the Dallas area—to be fair, it's also on its way everywhere else—and chances are, you're looking for a good place to do some holiday dining. So whether you're looking for a cozy Easter brunch spot or an Easter dinner restaurant for the whole family, our REALTORS® in Dallas have a few solid recommendations.

  1. The Mercury - 11909 Preston Road, Dallas, TX
    Serving an upscale take on classic American fare, this Dallas mainstay will be offering both lunch buffet and brunch options on Easter, making it a perfect spot for a family meal (adults $54.95, kids 10 and under $34.94). Go for some of the brunch dishes like smoked salmon and eggs Benedict, or just head straight for the omelette bar. But save room for dessert, because the chocolate mousse cake is out of sight.

  2. Ocean Prime - 2101 Cedar Springs Road, Dallas, TX
    Ocean Prime is a great spot for a fancy Easter brunch that won't completely drain your bank account, with a la carte pricing and entrees under $20. Easter brunch offerings include blackened salmon salad and braised short rib surf and turf. They also happen to serve one of the best Bloody Marys in town.

  3. El Bolero - 1201 Oak Lawn Ave #160, Dallas, TX
    For a brunch that isn't all waffles and omelettes, head to El Bolero Cocina Mexicana for a south-of-the-border twist on the traditional Easter Sunday brunch. A special prix fixe menu for the occasion ($31 for adults, $10 for kids) includes heirloom tomato gazpacho, avocado toast and a delicious homemade carrot cake. For the pickier eaters in the family, the chocolate chip pancakes have never disappointed anyone.

  4. Victory Tavern City Grille - 2501 N. Houston St., Dallas, TX
    The Victory Tavern City Grille is serving a special three-course brunch that is sure to satisfy kids and adults alike, with main courses that range from pecan smoked leg of lamb to thick-cut brioche French toast. The meal will cost you $28 per person (half price for kids under 12) and comes with a full antipasti bar that includes Nutella fondue with spring fruits and berries, along with... well, lots of other things, but they pretty much had us at Nutella fondue.

  5. Princi Italia - 5959 Royal Ln #707, Dallas, TX
    At Princi Italia you can choose from light brunch options, like fig and Gorgonzola bruschetta, or go for heartier lunch fare, like fried chicken and Pancetta waffles. Brunch goes for $35 per person (half-price for kids 12 and under). This modern Italian eatery also serves up a mean blood-orange mimosa, and makes some of the best wood-fired pizza in town.

At RE/MAX DFW Associates, we make it our mission to help you find your dream home in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Contact our Dallas office today to learn more about homes in Dallas that are close to the city's best restaurants.


How to Find the Right Dallas Neighborhood for You

Finding the Right Dallas Neighborhood to Buy a HomeDallas is a big city in every sense of the word, and one of the great things about buying a house here is that the city has a neighborhood to suit every taste. Narrowing down your list to find the right Dallas neighborhood for you is one of the most important steps in the preparation process that leads to finding a home that you will love long-term. Whether you love the arts, the outdoors, or simply want the best education possible for your children, there's a Dallas neighborhood with your name on it.

Dreaming of Dallas: How to Find a Neighborhood You'll Truly Love

The first step in finding the right neighborhood is doing your research, and if possible hands-on is preferable to learning from a distance. You can learn about school districts, employment opportunities, and economic indicators online, and then make in-person visits to the neighborhoods that pique your interest. Ahead, we'll provide examples of some of the types of neighborhoods you'll find around Dallas, along with more tips on finding the right match.

  • Trophy Club, TX – Master Planned Community – Homes in Trophy Club are designed with convenience and aesthetic appeal in mind, just like the community itself. Master Planned Communities like Trophy Club are popular around Dallas, and each community is designed from the ground up to make life as pleasant as possible for residents. Trophy Club is also home to a world-class golf course, and outdoor fun is typically a big part of life when you live in a Master Planned Community.

  • Prosper, TX – Dallas Suburb – The city of Dallas is surrounded by smaller suburbs that allow you to enjoy the charms of small-town living while still residing close to the big city. Suburbs like Prosper, TX tend to be laid back, but never boring. These communities often feature ample outdoor spaces, including parks, trails, gardens, and golf courses. Prosper homes are a perfect fit if you want the excitement of DFW but prefer buying a house in a place with a little less population density than you'll find in larger communities.

  • McKinney, TX – Suburban City/Superb School District – The suburban cities around Dallas are large enough to be their own cities, but close enough to be part of the DFW Metro Area. DFW suburban cities like McKinney, TX boast some of the best school districts in the entire country, and are very popular among families for that reason. McKinney homes often feature a very luxurious design touch, and hold their value well over time.

  • Out-of-Town Shoppers – If you currently live far away from the city, connecting with social media groups for Dallas neighborhoods will allow you to chat with locals about what life is like in each location before buying a house. Many Dallas neighborhoods also have their own dedicated websites, including the Bishop Arts District, Downtown Dallas, and the Dallas Arts District.

  • Ask Your Agent – Whether you're shopping from afar or exploring first-hand, your real estate agent should be a valuable resource throughout the process of shopping for Dallas homes. Ask questions, bounce around ideas, and keep in touch with your agent so you have a finger on the pulse of the local real estate market. Buying a home is a big decision, and you deserve the right real estate agent in your corner.

Need a hand narrowing down your neighborhood options in Dallas and throughout DFW? Contact RE/MAX DFW Associates to buy and sell homes in Dallas, TX, and for all the help you need to find the right Dallas neighborhood for you.

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