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Defining the Best in North Texas Real Estate

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As seen in D Magazine, July 2016:

I’ve always been fascinated by vocabulary, and how a single word can have so much meaning.

When we think about definitions, we think about words. But it’s a person’s character that defines who they are. And, ultimately, it’s people who define a city.

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Meet the D Best 2016 Real Estate Agents {Video}

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Eighty-two extraordinary agents from Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty have been named to the D Best 2016 ranks by D Magazine.

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Modern Monday: A Look at One of Dallas’ Oldest Concrete Homes {Video}


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A Look at One of Dallas Oldest Concrete Homes   523 Eads Avenue {Video} modern architecture features

Perhaps you’ve been driving north on I-35 recently and glimpsed an odd graying building amid a jungle of overgrowth to your right. Dull grayish-brown walls rise three stories off a sloping dirt path, sandwiched between the interstate and Townview Magnet School’s campus. The inquisitive viewer might also discover the strange, complex detailing of this bizarre structure–pudgy-faced cherubs and arabesque ribbons coil around the front entryway and rear balcony. Besides its interesting location, shape, and artistic details, the most striking feature of this quirky home lies in its building material: concrete.

A Look at One of Dallas Oldest Concrete Homes   523 Eads Avenue {Video} modern architecture features

This unusual choice places 523 Eads Avenue as possibly the first precursor of modern architecture in Dallas. At the time of the Kovandovitch house’s construction in 1914, concrete structures–rare in the commercial industry–were virtually unheard of for residences. The first recorded concrete project had only been fashioned 45 years previously (1871-75)  by builder William E. Ward and architect Robert Mook, and had not yet been widely adopted by Texans (see “Concrete Timeline“). While the region overflowed with traditional estates and Palladian architecture (see works by local favorite C.D. Hill), Czechoslovakian immigrant Joe Kovandovitch bucked Dallas-norms in favor of concrete. Kovandovitch was fascinated by the substance’s unique ability to mimic nearly any form while maintaining structural durability. Through utilizing a series of handmade molds, Kovandovitch and his family poured floors, walls, pillars, and decorative pieces alike.
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Meet D Best Real Estate Agents 2014 {Video}

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With 96 top-producing agents named to the 2014 list, Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty is enjoying its largest D Best class yet.

Each year, the editorial staff of D Magazine selects D Best Real Estate Agents – using nominations from recent homebuyers, previous winners, mortgage title companies and magazine subscribers. The agents were rated on customer service, integrity, market knowledge, communication, negotiation, post-sale service and overall satisfaction.

To meet some of our D Best Real Estate Agents 2014 honorees, click here.

For more luxury homes, see 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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D Magazine: The 100 Best Restaurants in Dallas

D Magazine just released their list of the top 100 best restaurants in Dallas in their June 2013 issue. Here are a few of our favorites that made their list. See what top restaurants are in your neighborhood!

North Oak Cliff

Bolsa | Cuisine: Eclectic

This cozy spot is a serious restaurant creating some of the best food in Dallas. The seasonal menu is in constant flux, focusing on fresh and local ingredients. A bruschetta sampler features prosciutto, fig preserves, Fuji apple, toasted pine nuts, and P’tit Basque cheese. Bonus: finely crafted cocktails and pocket-friendly wine list. 614 W. Davis St. Dallas, TX 75208 | 214-367-9367 | bolsadallas.com

Lucia | Cuisine: Italian

Chef David Uygur’s Lucia in the Bishop Arts District wins big for its neighborhood atmosphere and exciting preparations of crudo and quail. Don’t leave without trying the salumi, one of Uygur’s specialties, as well as the otherworldly bread and gelato, both of which have garnered praise. The food is not Italian in the traditional sense, but rather uses Italian inspiration as a starting point for inventive, handmade antipasti, primi, secondi, and dolci. 408 W. Eighth St., Ste. 101, Dallas, TX 75208 | 214-948-4998 | luciadallas.com

Driftwood | Cuisine: Seafood

Jonn Baudoin heads this casual, mid-level seafood restaurant where locals dine on Ugly Pug beer-battered merluzza, grilled octopus, and Wyoming golden trout on the patio. 642 W. Davis St. Dallas, TX 75208 | 214-942-2530 | driftwood-dallas.com

Park Cities

Neighborhood Services | Cuisine: New American

Chef-owner Nick Badovinus has poured his soul into his restaurants, and it shows. Try the nightly special, especially on Friday night when Badovinus serves pounded pheasant Milanese. Any night is right for the Cleaver & Block burger—easily the best gourmet burger in Dallas. The place is always packed, so be prepared to wait. Badovinus’ diverse, egalitarian menu has something for everyone. Customers get hooked by new flavors, like the London broil, a 10-ounce corn-fed flat-iron steak served with skinny fries. Continue reading D Magazine: The 100 Best Restaurants in Dallas