21_12509_Lake_Shore_Ct_Crest
Meet 12509 Lake Shore Court – a 4 bedroom, 4 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. 

(more…)

01_472_White_Rock_5.9.13_Crest

Summer months in Texas reach scorching hot temperatures. You need a home where you can beat the heat in style with family and friends. Look no further than 472 White Rock Road – your own personal vacation spot at Richland Chambers Reservoir. While just an hour away from Downtown Dallas, it is a convenient and easy way to spend a few weekends or an entire summer. This large, inviting Mediterranean style house boasts all the amenities for an idyllic retreat. (more…)

As This may be of interest to my Dallas readers. Much more, including a forthcoming statement from Dave Perry-Miller, on CandysDirt, where you will find all the local real estate news in North Texas on the ONLY real estate blog in town! I told you Saturday/Sunday, Ellen Terry has made the move from Ebby Halliday – her high end boutique firm was purchased by Ebby in 1995 — to Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International. This comes just a month after Ebby folded her firm into the Dave Perry-Miller brand — told you about that one first, too! Well, today was Ellen’s first day at Briggs Freeman, she said, since I broke the news of her departure over the weekend!

I got an exclusive interview with Ellen and Robbie Briggs just moments ago. First of all, she will office out of the Lovers Lane office, with Robbie. Not sure of all who will be coming along with her, Todd, her son, will come for sure. Hopefully, Caroline Summers. Ellen said she had several brokers pursuing her after the E/DPM merger, but she has admired Robbie for years and watched the incredible marketing being churned out of his office with the Sotheby’s merger. And she likes how Briggs is expanding like wildfire, too — new offices in Uptown, Southlake and soon, Fort Worth. Her new title at Briggs: Executive Vice President of Mentoring and Coaching.

“One of my passions in life has always been to mentor others to help them reach their potential,” says Ellen.

But never fear, Ellen will be selling. Her first sale was in 1976, a $400,000 home — believe it? — on Lakeside Drive to Jan Cox.

“I sold her a great investment,” says Ellen. The last time that home sold, Robbie Briggs says they handled it. It was $2.5 million.

Thirty days after she joined Coldwell Banker, her first broker, in 1976, the single mother had closed over a million in real estate sales, enabling her to pay off an IRS bill in full. In 2002 she sold, at that time, the most expensive home in Dallas, 4707 Park Lane, the $22 million Dick and Jinger Heath mansion designed by Cole Smith on Park Lane, now owned by Scott Ginsburg and listed with another high power broker at Briggs, Claire Dewar. Stay tuned: that listing is practically a blue light special!

Ellen sold townhomes for Al Hill, Jr., and most Highland Park notables.

“Since 1976, I have sold over a billion in residential real estate,” says Ellen. “Half of that was from 1996 to 2011, when I joined Ebby Halliday.”

Ellen has sold more than 173 multi million dollar homes in her career.

“Her strength is sales, listing and selling, and she will continue to do that,” says Robbie. “But I would even say that Ellen mentored me in a little way. I watched her from day one as she created two strong companies to become the leading luxury real estate brand in the market, focusing on giving the best service. That’s my goal, too.”

My goal was never to be the biggest, said Ellen, just the best of the boutiques.

“I couldn’t let him outdo me,” she said. “I had to join him!”

Oh and Robbie and his wife spent all day Sunday getting Ellen’s office ready for her, furniture and flowers.

“It’s beautiful,” she told me. “I came over here because they are having a Christmas luncheon, and I didn’t want to miss it.”

She added:  I wish my former company the very best.

But tall Robbie has already been forewarned by his petite, 151st agent.

“I told Robbie to get on his knees, or I need a stool,” said Ellen.

Ellen was not at her old firm’s regular Monday morning meeting on Luther Lane today — Dave Perry Miller and Bud Bush held the podium. DPM is keeping the Luther Lane office as well as Ellen’s Lakewood offices and will soon hoist new signs on both. I’ve spoken with a few agents who tell me they were not surprised at all by the move. Word on the street last week was that Ellen had whittled her choices down to two brokerages: Virginia Cook and Briggs.

“There was never a choice,” she told me today. “It was Briggs all along.”

The 60th annual Pebble Beach Concours D’Elegance was this past weekend in Pebble Beach and loaded with celebs. Second Shelters had a booth along with Dream Garage USA in the Retro Auto tent, and we had a blast. Jay and Company walked by last Thursday afternoon for the VIP walk-through, and he eyed the properties I represented: Alys Beach, The Preserve at Flathead Lake; The Residences at the Ritz Carlton, Dallas for Kyle Crews, Allie Beth Allman & Associates; Champs D’Or for Briggs-Freeman, Dallas; FirstLight The K Club in Ireland; Martis Camp in Lake Tahoe; Kukui’ula in Kauai, Hawaii; Costa Baja  in La Paz, Mexico; Wilder on the Taylor Crested Butte, Colorado. All primo first-class properties either I or a trusted friend has experienced first-hand, and you will hear lots more about them here on SecondShelters.

Jay is such a class act — he said he remembered me from last year (right!) and actually came back to our booth with a lady friend on Sunday. Collectible cars and luxury properties go together like Moet and Baccarat. And recession, what recession? When it comes to these cars, money is no object. (In fact, I’m told the cars do even better when the stock market is iffy because collectors know the values.)  Gooding & Company, the official auction house of the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, sold more than $78 million in collector cars at its Pebble Beach Auctions on Saturday and Sunday. A two-day sale of unprecedented results for the leading auction house, Gooding & Company achieved a $13.6 million increase from last year’s auction with 19 world records. The king of the Pebble Beach Auction Week was crowned on Saturday night when Gooding & Company sold the iconic 1957 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa Prototype for an extraordinary $16.39 million, commanding the new worldwide record for a car sold at auction. Then on Sunday evening after the Concours d’Elegance when the sensational Whittell Coupe, a bespoke 1931 Duesenberg Model J, sold for $10.34 million, a new world record was established for a Duesenberg as well as an American car sold at auction.   

How many celebs were there? Jay, Arnold, and crooner Sheryl Crow. Gooding & Company’s Sunday auction reaped even more with the record-breaking $143,000 sale of Sheryl Crow’s 1959 Mercedes-Benz 190 SL benefitting the Joplin Schools Recovery Fund. We were treated to a special appearance by Crow, who rode in the car as it was presented on stage, showing her full support by including the last limited-edition Sheryl Crow Signature Artists Gibson guitar, concert tickets and a photo opportunity with the very fortunate new owner.

I caught up with charged-up Briggs Freeman CEO Robbie Briggs for the low down on his new deal with Sothebys. After all, that was all any of us talked about last night at Duxiana. Did Robbie sell out? Is he retiring? What’s the story– inquiring real estate minds want to know all. Well, here’s the deal: last week Robbie and some BF agents were showing homes to 25 very wealthy Chinese citizens along with Mayor Leppert. They want to buy homes, In Dallas. Then there were the New Zealanders who came in to Big D on a private jet, looking at real estate. The point is Robbie Briggs gets it: real estate is going global, and he wants to position Briggs Freeman to be ready for it. So he just invested in more exposure for Briggs Freeman by relinquishing the firm’s Christies Great Estates affiliation and buying into Sotheby’s International Realty.

Did I say buy in? Yes, Robbie made an investment in his company’s future. From now on there will be a fee to Sotheby’s on every BF transaction so that BF can basically “have a guerilla for a partner,” says Robbie. What he means is that Sotheby’s takes those hefty fees BF pays on each transaction and puts them to work developing state of the art technology, computer systems and websites designed to keep BF competitive not just in Dallas, but everywhere, and to bring in those referrals from folks who recognize the quality of the name. BF will have access to a 9000 member company. And here’s how BF listings have already changed: Any home $1.5 million or over goes into an E Gallery shown in every single Sotheby’s office IN EVERY COUNTRY.And get this: all of BF’s graphics have been translated into 15 languages with sales prices posted in 15 languages. And as for language, does anyone speak Mandarin?

“I’ll soon be looking for agents who speak different languages,” says Briggs.

(To be continued)