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As Seen on Second Shelters: Eagle Mountain Lake Retreat

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Meet 12509 Lake Shore Court - a four-bedroom, four-bath Mediterranean-style home with a Texas twist. Here it’s all about the infinity edge saltwater pool that seems to stretch right into the serene waters of Eagle Mountain Lake. Located within the area’s most exclusive, gated community, The Resort at Eagle Mountain Lake truly has it all – 18 hole golf course, private clubhouse, restaurant, fitness center and an ideal location just 30-minutes from the bustling stockyards and cultural districts of downtown Fort Worth. 

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The Perfect Place for Homework: Keys to Your Kids’ Success

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Good study habits are a fundamental part of the learning process, and environment plays a big role in how well children study at home. Just as each child is different, so are their study space needs. The essentials include a quiet location, good lighting, an organization system, comfortable furniture and connectivity.

Here are some tips for creating a great study space.
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Expert Advice: What Do People Want When They Move to Dallas?

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No matter where you come from, some key things make the top of the list when you’re looking for a home: great schools, nearby outdoor amenities such as parks, and walkability to shopping and dining are just a few.

With the Metroplex looking forward to an influx on new residents because of corporate relocations (not to mention our nationally touted excellent quality of life), we asked our expert agents: What are the key things people are looking for when they relocate to Dallas?
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Spotlight on Sotheby’s: Ancient Chinese Calligraphy {Video}

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Watch a Sotheby’s expert unfurl a classical Chinese scroll and discover the lines and marks that make each scroll unique. This scroll will be offered, among other works of calligraphy and paintings both classic and contemporary, at the Sept. 18 sale of Fine Classical Chinese Paintings & Calligraphy in New York.

Here’s an overview of the sale, via Sotheby’s:

After the successful sale in March, Classical Chinese Paintings in New York has once more selected a group of paintings and calligraphy from private collections around the world for the upcoming auctions in September.

Offered in the main sale Sept. 18 are calligraphy masterpieces respectively by Wang Shouren, Xie Jin, Wen Zhengming and Ni Yuanlu. These works represent the individual styles of the Ming masters. The cursive-styled calligraphy by Xie Jin is unique in combining calligraphy and painting techniques. Written at the age of 86six, Wen Zhengming’s small-character handscroll presents a poem composed by himself in the early years.

Classical paintings include “Bamboo and Rock” by Zheng Xie, “Wait for a Boat in Autumn” by Tang Yin, “Figures” by Chen Hongshou, “Portrait of Hanshan” by Luo Pin, “Autumn Scene” by Wu Li, “Flowers” by Li Fangying and “Landscape” by Li Shan. Among all paintings, the large work by Zheng Xie is a remarkable piece rare to find in the market. Luo Pin’s work depicts Hanshanzi’s spiritual world, and comes directly from the renowned collector and connoisseur R. H. Ellsworth.  

As importantly, there are modern works by Zhang Daqian, Xu Beihong and Qi Baishi. “The Landscape after Shixi” by Zhang Daqian is formerly in the collection of Zhang Qun, former governor of the Sichuan province in the Republic period. This is one of Zhang’s best works imitating the style of Shixi painted in his middle ages.

Immediately following the main Fine Classical Chinese Paintings and Calligraphy sale, at approximately 5pm on the 18th, there will also be a special auction of eight pieces formerly in the collection of General Zhu Shaoliang and Mrs. Zhu. Perhaps the most important work by Zhang Daqian in this sale is a portrait of Avalokitesvara in the style of murals in the Mogao caves, painted by Zhang during his stay in Dunhuang in the early 1940s. The painting depicts Avalokitesvara holding a crystal plate and a whisk. With rich color and dignified figure, this work absorbs the best quality of the Dunhuang art.

Click here for full details, exhibition times and catalog.

This post appears on the Boots to Beijing blog, a production of Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty. Click here to see the latest in real estate news. CEO Robbie Briggs independently owns and operates Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty with six offices in Dallas, Uptown, Lakewood, Ranch and Land, The Ballpark and Southlake

Click here to see the latest in real estate news. CEO Robbie Briggs independently owns and operates Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty with six offices in Dallas, Uptown, Lakewood, Ranch and Land, The Ballpark and Southlake

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Robbie’s Real Estate Trends: A Surge in Leasing

This three-bedroom townhome at 2911 Bookhout Street in Uptown is close to the Katy Trail, West Village and Downtown Arts District – all attractive amenities in Dallas’ growing luxury lease market. Photo / Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty

According to U.S. Census data, 35 percent of Americans choose to lease instead of own their current home. In the case of automobiles, Google Trends reports leases accounted for 27.5 percent of new car purchases last year, up from about 11 percent in 2009. Those are provocative statistics. While many have never even considered leasing as an option, preferring to own their home, these days we’ve seen a shift. That doesn’t necessarily mean that “rent” is the new “own.” However, it’s a trend not to be ignored.

With that in mind, Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty has responded to the market. I’m excited about our newly developed leasing department. The fact is, until recently we’d not been focused on leasing – now we are. While the math is certainly different for each market, the leasing trend in Dallas is red hot, particularly by virtue of the fact that the city has become more and more urban. About two-thirds of the buildings being constructed downtown right now are rentals.

In years past, Americans bought a house and stayed there forever. Now, we live differently. People are moving to Dallas from regions where it’s more challenging to sell their home  – without a leasing department, we’d miss the opportunity to help these clients. We have 15 great people in the department, including leasing agents, who are focused on exploring opportunities. They know the market well, and provide clients with sound leasing strategies.

Over time, it stands to reason that renters eventually become buyers. We don’t simply sell homes – we are in the relationship business. Through this new emphasis on leasing, that gives us an opportunity to begin relationships that we can grow over time. And I’m looking forward to that.

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Robbie Briggs 

President and CEO

Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty 

1.847.780.6499 

rb@briggsfreeman.com

Click here to see the latest in real estate news. CEO Robbie Briggs independently owns and operates Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty with six offices in Dallas, Uptown, Lakewood, Ranch and Land, The Ballpark and Southlake

Fashion World’s NIGO® Plans His ‘Estate Sale’ {Video} 

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Via Sotheby’s:

Japanese designer, music producer and creative entrepreneur NIGO® commemorates the 25th anniversary of his presence in the fashion world by offering 250 pieces from his personal collection.

Gathered in 108 lots, the collectibles, jewelry and watches, luxury goods, design furniture and contemporary art reflect his meticulous taste and hip-hop esthetic.

“I wanted to have an estate sale of my own but obviously I couldn’t get any enjoyment from it myself if I was dead. So I decided to do it now.” – NIGO®

The sale is Oct. 7 in Hong Kong. Click here for more information.

CEO Robbie Briggs independently owns and operates Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty with six offices in Dallas, Uptown, Lakewood, Ranch and Land, The Ballpark and Southlake.

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Modern and Marvelous at 830 Kessler Woods Trail, Dallas

Clean lines, open expansive rooms with tall ceilings and lots of natural light are the hallmarks of this modern home at 830 Kessler Woods Trail in Kessler Park. Listed for $898,500. Photos / Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty

This home at 830 Kessler Woods Trail is in lush, green Kessler Park – just around the corner from the Stevens Park Golf Course and nearby Downtown, Uptown and the Bishop Arts District.

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Interior Tips From a Home-Design Pro, Abbe Fenimore {Video}

Abbe Fenimore, head designer at Studio Ten 25, made news (again) in her latest interview for PureWow Dallas. You probably remember her from past posts or from her recent work at LashMaxx, where she enchants yet again with metallic wallpaper, neon accents, mirrored eye-candy and a splash of gold.

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Last week, Fenimore gave PureWow an inside look at how to design your home like a pro. Here’s a taste of the interview with PureWow. You can read the complete interview here: PureWow.com.

PW: It’s getting hot in Dallas! As a designer, what are your thoughts on ceiling fans: total no-no or necessary evil?

AF: I have a love/hate relationship with ceiling fans. They’re not the most glamorous option for a room, but when they are updated and fit with the room’s style, they have the ability to add both function and style.

PW: When it comes to bathrooms, what trends are you seeing?

AF: With the real-estate market in Dallas so hot, clients are asking for updated bathrooms with finishes that appeal to buyers. Crisp white tiles in a rectangular pattern can really open up a bathroom and can take a basic color up a notch.

Click here to see the latest in real estate news. CEO Robbie Briggs independently owns and operates Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty with six offices in Dallas, Uptown, Lakewood, Ranch and Land, The Ballpark and Southlake

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Robbie’s Real Estate Trends: Boardroom Warfare

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As seen in the Wall Street Journal Mansion section:

It’s a simple process to draw a number of direct parallels between business and warfare. More than 2,500 years after Sun Tzu’s historic 13-chapter military treatise, The Art of War was written, it remains one of the world’s most compelling battleground guides. Throughout history it has been widely considered the most compelling how-to for military strategists, relied upon by everyone from ancient samurai to Gen. Douglas McArthur and Mao Tse-tung, right up through the Gulf War leadership of Norman Schwarzkopf and Colin Powell.

While planning armed maneuvers and executing grand conquests, simple yet profound passages have stood the test of time: “Victory usually goes to the army who has better trained officers and men;” “Never will those who wage war tire of deception;” and “He will win who knows when to fight and when not to fight.”

Successful companies also rely on smart strategic planning – many of the same concepts the world’s greatest military leaders have employed for centuries. Similar principles used on the battlefield can often fit nicely into the boardroom. Four basic strategies that have worked in both military and business applications include: offensive, defensive, flanking and guerrilla. All of these have been tested time and time again and have long track records of success depending upon competitive circumstances.

The same concepts that apply to warfare are also indispensible in business. Teamwork, planning, measurements of success, understanding the enemy and choosing the appropriate strategy are all critical elements to developing the right blueprint for success.

While I don’t see us donning boots and fatigues anytime soon, there is much to learn from the strategic planning and tactical maneuvers of the military. And to think, the best place to start is a Chinese book published in the 16th century. 

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Robbie Briggs 

President and CEO

Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty 

1.847.780.6499 

rb@briggsfreeman.com

Click here to see the latest in real estate news. CEO Robbie Briggs independently owns and operates Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty with six offices in Dallas, Uptown, Lakewood, Ranch and Land, The Ballpark and Southlake

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How About a Day Trip for the Final Days of Summer?

Start your summer adventure at the Trinity River Audubon Center and discover hiking, bird watching and more.

What are you going to do with the final couple of weeks of summer? It’s the perfect time for a day trip. Lucky for us, Texas’ natural beauty and pioneer legacy make it the perfect place to roam, play, explore and enjoy.

You might even uncover a dinosaur or two on your travels.
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