Monthly Archives: March 2013

The Indoor/Outdoor Museum – Nasher Sculpture Center

Nasher Sculpture Garden DallasFound in the Arts District of Dallas, the Nasher Sculpture Center blends outdoor and indoor galleries into a fascinating adventure. Many works from famous artist, such as Pablo Picasso, Constantine Brancusi, Alberto Giacometti, Jasper Johns and many other are on display. It’s the perfect representation of the roof-less museum vision Raymond Nasher had, surrounded by a peaceful oasis.

Until May 12, 2013, the Ken Price Sculpture exhibit is on display. This was planned before Price died and allows visitors the opportunity to see many of Price’s works. Starting in April, Sightings by Nathan Mabry will make its way to the Nasher Sculpture Center. Mabry is a Los Angeles-based artist inspired by many sources; he combines different aesthetics together to create a critical and admiral exhibit.

Some of the other items on loan to the museum include:

  • Silent Music II – Eduardo Chillida
  • Volution – Isaac Witkin
  • Chicota – Mac Whitney
  • Hawthorne Tree, Variation III 0 Isaac Witkin

Many other pieces of art featured in Mr. Masher’s collection are on display including works from Carl Andre, Siah Armajani, Joseph Beuys, Anthony Caro, John Chamberlain, Scott Burton and many others. The museum offers many tours for families, adults, special groups, schools and colleges. With so much to see, you may need to make more than one visit to the center and they always have something new on display.

The museum is open Tuesday through Sunday from 11am to 5pm. Adults gain admission for $10, while children 12 and under are free. They also offer a number of membership levels and members gain free admission. The best time to visit the Nasher Sculpture Center is the first Saturday of the month, when it’s free. The convenient location and the low cost of admission make this a great attraction for all residents of DFW and visitors to enjoy.

The Buzz Around West Dallas

The Margaret Hunt Hill BridgeMaybe you noticed the new addition to the Dallas skyline and all the buzz around it. The Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge was added last spring and many have taken trips just for pictures. The bridge has been the topic of many discussions, many marathons have been run over it and parties were thrown when it finally opened. This is the perfect bridge for a Dallas postcard, but what does it actually lead to?

This bridge is an extension of the Woodall Rodgers Freeway and leads into West Dallas. This isn’t exactly the most well-known area of the city, but it’s changing rapidly causing quite the stir. A new neighborhood is in the plans with Phil Romano and Stuart Fitts partnering to build it. It will sit on 80 acres of land and has been in the plans since 2005 and these two men are hoping to change the industrial feel of the area to something more hip.

The ultimate goal is to transform West Dallas into the newest center for entertainment and dining in Dallas. Phil Romano is responsible for Macaroni Grill, Eatzi’s and Fuddrucker’s, so he’s certainly qualified to help transform the area. Trinity Groves is the first part of the plan. This will be a restaurant area allowing both chefs and restaurateurs to apply for space. It’s open to those with new concepts and instead of charging rent, Romano and his partners will take 6% of the sales from the restaurants. They will also own 50% of each restaurant.

They want to provide a great platform for new ideas to find success. If a restaurant takes off in Trinity Groves, plans for expansion will happen. If not, they will move a new concept in and try it out. Babb Bros. BBQ, Four Corners Brewery and Hofmann Hots have already opened up in the area.

Currently, the area doesn’t have any residential projects underway, but these projects are expected very soon. Zoning is still being workout out and once it is, many larger residential buildings could be in the plans. They plan to build the neighborhood backwards from normal with the restaurants and retail coming first. Many think this will become a very popular part of Dallas, but only time will tell.

Visiting the Dallas World Aquarium

Dallas World AquariumWalking through the multi-level rainforest of Dallas, spotting exotic birds, a huge waterfall and feeding crocodiles is just part of the thrilling adventure found at the Dallas World Aquarium. This is a unique park featuring many different animals from the Antillean manatees to the huge catfish. There’s something for everybody and one of the coolest features is feeding the Toucans.

A 400,000-gallon saltwater aquarium full of stingrays, sharks, reef fish and more awaits. Explore the newly expanded Mundo Maya exhibit filled with owls, eagles and snakes. Take in the beautiful coral reef found throughout the aquarium. This attraction is more than just a large aquarium full of exotic fish. Many areas throughout the park feature exotic plants and animals not normally found at an aquarium, such as monkeys and penguins.

Performances by the Mayan Performance Troupe happen daily and sometimes they’re seen just strolling throughout the facility. This is a family attraction with plenty of fun for both children and adults. From endangered animals, such as the Orinoco crocodiles and Antillean manatees to the interesting Japanese crabs, this exhibit provides a huge variety of wildlife to enjoy with the entire family.

Spend time watching different animals as the feed at specific times of the day, including otters, sharks, penguins, sea turtles and Orinoco crocodiles. Many talks are done daily, as well from the “Sloths are for Kids” talk to the Jaguar Conservation Talk. After the full day of fun, enjoy a meal in Cafe Maya, eighteen-o-one or the Jungle Cafe with plenty of delicious choices for adults and children.

The Dallas World Aquarium is open from 9am to 5pm daily and very affordable. Adult admission is $20.95 and children are $12.95. Children under the age of three are free and Senior (60+) receives a discount. The aquarium is conveniently located in the middle of Dallas making it easy for all residents of the DFW area to enjoy.

Dallas Real Estate Continues to Rise

Home in Dallas

As one of the strongest markets in the entire country, DFW real estate prices are still rising. This is good news for both residents and those moving into the area. According to the Case-Shiller Home Price Index, the prices have risen 3.6% across the Metroplex. This is compared to a year ago and Dallas is one of 17 major real estate markets with rising prices.

Real estate in the Dallas area has been on the rise since early 2012 and the market continues to climb to the top. With many new employers moving to the Dallas area and the rising home values, it’s easy to see why the real estate market is becoming so strong. The north and the central areas of the Dallas area, including Collin County, Denton County and Tarrant County posted the largest gains. The western, eastern and southern areas are also growing, but not quite as fast.

This growth could mean many new residents moving to Dallas, which will only help the market and the economy. With single-family homes up 43% compared to 2012 and the inventory of homes dropping, the DFW market is becoming stronger every month. For those moving to the area, this might mean paying a little more for a home compared to a year ago, but it also means sustained value with high appreciation rates.

Many of the real estate experts believe this is the right time to buy a home in Dallas and some even say becoming a homeowner right now presents one of the best opportunities in the past few decades. If you’re looking to upgrade due to a larger family or just because you want more space, now is the time. Trading up will allow you to take advantage of stable sales prices and increasing home values.

Shopping For a DFW Home? Make Sure You Consider These Three Things

According to the United States Census Bureau one out of every six Americans moves each year. Many people move because of a job opportunity or due to family. It doesn’t matter what your reason for moving is, finding the right home matters. You’re leaving everything you know behind, probably for good reason, and you need a comfortable home you can settle into.

Home ShoppingMany things must be considered when looking for a new home in the DFW area. However, there are three main things, which can make a big difference when it comes to the quality of life you enjoy with your family. DFW is a large area, which makes it easy to expand your home search. Take these three things into consideration before you sign a contract for your new home.

Living Close to Work
If you’re moving for a new job, you should consider choosing a home close to where you will work. DFW made the top 10 list for worst traffic in the United States and a long commute can rob you of time with your family or doing the things you love. Start your search in the neighborhoods closest to where you work and expand from there.

Freeway Access
Those wanting to enjoy all that Dallas, Arlington and Fort Worth offer may want to consider a neighborhood with quick access to freeways and other main roads. This makes it much easier to get to the attractions and places you prefer to frequent.

Utility Access
Dallas is far different from many other areas within the United States. Most areas of Dallas offer multiple choices for your power, but some areas might not offer the best internet service or much of a selection. If you telecommute for work or you work from home, checking into the type of internet and other utilities offered within the area could make a difference.

The Return of Golf Course Real Estate

Golf CourseA few years ago, Dallas, much like the rest of the nation saw a plummet in golf course real estate. With the downturn of the economy, golf course construction was halted and so was new home construction. Now that the DFW real estate market is once again growing, golf course real estate is starting to return. One course thrived during this time and is still a buyer’s favorite.

The Old American Golf Club

Found in The Colony this course invited the public to play its lush fairways in September of 2010. The Tribute Resort Community added new residential lost throughout a few different sections of the course with more being added currently. As a community, the Old American and The Tribute combined to continue to grow through the downturn and are still on the rise today. This has become a very popular area for golfers to live alongside the game they love and enjoy playing whenever they please.

Not only do residents get to enjoy the wonderful golf course, but they can also enjoy m any other hobbies close by. Since this community is located right on Lewisville Lake, residents can enjoy boating and fishing with full access to both the Old American and The Tribute Golf Clubs.

New buyers, builders and those looking for an upgrade seized the opportunity to live in this beautiful neighborhood. It has nearly doubled every year since 2010 and it now features many of the most distinguished builders in DFW. The community features 1,150 acres of Old World-themed designed and an atmosphere to match.

With both golf enthusiasts and Baby Boomers looking for the right place to live close to everything they love, it’s becomes a very popular area. If nothing else, The Old American Golf Club and The Tribute Resort Community have proven there’s still room for golf course real estate to grow in Dallas.

Top Dallas Restaurants Attracting Eager Diners

dish_001Living in Dallas provides residents access to many of the finest restaurant chains and many local eateries throughout the entire metroplex area. Many locals say a new restaurant opens about every week and this can make it difficult to decide where to dine. Whether you’re looking for the best place for a casual lunch or you need a fine dining joint for a business meeting, you’ll find the best of Dallas just around the corner.

Meddlesome Moth
As a newer restaurant, Meddlesome Moth has become a fast hit. Located in the new Design District and known as the first restaurant in this area, it’s grown in popularity nearly overnight. They feature an older style of pub food with one of the best burgers in the area. If you’re looking for a good brew, this is the place. They have more beers on tap than any other bar in the Dallas Area.

Perry’s Steakhouse
Serving both lunch and dinner Perry’s Steakhouse is found on McKinney Street and features a beautiful etched glass bar top with some of the best steaks you’ll find in the DFW area. Perry’s is an Uptown restaurant with a bar featuring a martini flight, which changes every season.

Taverna
A smaller restaurant with a hip feel, the Taverna is one of those places that became popular due to word of mouth. It’s not the easiest place to spot if you’re just driving around the Uptown area, but once you find it, you’ll fall in love. The wine selection is great and they offer a Sunday Brunch featuring Billinis and Mimosas.

Many awesome restaurants are found throughout the entire Dallas area. These are just three of the local favorites and anybody moving to Dallas should certainly enjoy a night out or a lunch break at all of these choices.

The Dallas Pinball Festival Is A Must See!

It’s funny how some things change and some things just stay the same. If you take pinball as an example you might remember a time when a pinball machine was THE attraction in any major fairground or amusement arcade. Pinball was more than just a way to spend a few hours with friends trying to beat each other’s high scores. Pinball is a piece of true Americana and the prices that a pristine and vintage pinball machine can fetch is absolute proof of that.

In Dallas we’re all about Americana and what better way to celebrate an integral part of American history than to play host to the annual Texas Pinball Festival? In 2013 you’ll have 3 entire days, from March 15th through to March 17th, to take in everything that this festival has to offer. Please bear in mind that the festival is now taking place in the Hilton Anatole, Dallas as its new home. The festival has grown in popularity from very humble beginnings to becoming one of the premier pinball events in the United States.

The 2013 Texas Pinball Festival will feature over 300 different pinball machines and you’ll be actively encouraged to actually play these machines, instead of just standing there watching them from a distance. You’ll also get to see a large number of classic arcade machines on display too, so even if you’re not a massive fan of pinball there will still be plenty of other games to keep you occupied.

Doors open each day from 5pm until 1am, which caters for people who can’t get time off work or are just busy during the day with family stuff. If you enjoy shopping for gaming curios or related items then you’ll love the flea market which runs on the Saturday (March 16th) of the event.

Oh and don’t forget there’s a draw for a brand new Avengers pinball machine on Sunday March 17th, with all the benefits of this draw going directly to the Red Cross.

This is one festival you don’t want to miss because, let’s face it, how often do you get to attend a pinball festival folks?

Properties in Long Cove Will Be Available By Summer 2013!

Home in Long Cove - Dallas, Texas

With the second home market in Dallas definitely on the upswing this year is a great time for the homes in the second phase of Long Cove at Cedar Creek Lake to become available. If you’re not familiar with this community it has been designed from the ground up as a luxury/resort community for busy modern families to get away from the hustle and bustle of their urban lifestyles. The initial 34 properties in Long Cover are due to be expanded in this next phase, with a total number of 300 homes expected to be constructed in the area over the next few years.

The second phase of Long Cove uses land recovered from a nearby lake to bring an additional 5-acres of land to the community, which has a total of 900-acres of land available to it. In a community where space for plots is now at a premium this extra 5-acres of space has created enough building room for an additional 26 homes. This will be more than welcome news for the hundreds of people looking to acquire property in this most idyllic of locations.

What you’re going to love about Long Cove (well apart from the location) is that it has something to offer almost anyone in terms of an investment/second home property. This includes everything from a cozy family cabin to an expansive private family compound on more than 2 acres of land and with several hundred feet of private shoreline. Obviously your budget will need to match your real estate aspirations and larger properties in this community will require an investment budget of several million dollars.

With the second phase of Long Cove due for completion by the summer of 2013 now is a great time to start looking at homes in this area as a potential future second home for your family. Located just an hour away from Dallas this new luxury community is one well worth your consideration if you’re currently in a buyer mindset.

Come Enjoy The Culinary Delights of Savor Dallas, March 14th – 17th 2013

The Culinary Delights of Savor DallasFood, glorious food! Who doesn’t look forward to an enjoying a well prepared meal accompanied by some great company and some great wine? If you’re a fellow foodie then you’re going to love “Savor Dallas”, which is a celebration of the most delicious food and wine to be found in and around the city. In fact we’d go as far as saying that if you can only afford to attend one food festival in Dallas this year then your money should be spent on Savor Dallas ahead of all others.

The event itself starts with the “Wine Stroll” which takes guests through several interactive exhibits in the Perot Museum, while also being able to interact with dozens of the finest wines in the world too. You’ll find some nibbles of bread and cheese at different points during the Wine Stroll, to counter balance the wine you’ll be consuming.

With a ticket price of $125 the main event, called the International Tasting, might seem a little bit pricey but it’s worth remembering that for such a small investment you get to taste the creations of 60 of the best chefs in Dallas, with some chefs from elsewhere in the country and world in attendance also. Plus you’ll have more than 400 wines, beers and spirits to perfectly complement their culinary creations. The chefs who prepare the dishes at the International Tasting are from such notable eateries as the French Room, Lavendou, Craft, Nobu and Dragonfly, amongst many others.

There are literally dozens of mini-events taking part over the 3-days of Savor Dallas so you’ll need to plan your visit well in advance and once you’ve actually created your plan then get there early – this is a premier event so if you show up late you can expect to be left standing in line for quite some time.

Savor Dallas is quickly becoming one of the largest and most popular events of its type anywhere in the United States, so it’s definitely worth your time and money.