North Texas

Housing Reports Indicate Buyers still need to move quickly

Area Housing Reports were just released by Greater Lewisville Association of Realtors (GLAR) and it appears buyers still need to move quickly, as the days on market figures have all decreased from October 2016 numbers.


Good News for Flower Mound buyers – the median price for homes is down 6.3% compared to a year ago!

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The numbers indicate Highland Village remains a hot area, with homes selling quickly (days on market 24 days less than a year ago) and very little inventory.


The Denton Market is UP! Active Listings – UP 7.6%; Closed Sales – UP 1.4%; Median Price – UP 4.4% … Buyers still need to move quickly in this sellers market.

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Thanksgiving made easy!

Thanksgiving 1Thanksgiving is just around the corner! The agents at Keller Williams Dallas Metro North reminisced about favorite Thanksgivings recently. They told stories that made my mouth water: stories about favorite appetizers served with love and football, about sumptuous Thanksgiving dinners with mom’s favorite dressing, and glorious pumpkin pie for dessert … with homemade whipped cream, of course! Yummm!

There’s no doubt about it … Thanksgiving, while special & rewarding & wonderful, can be a lot of work! If you’ve decided to simplify this year, whether by going out, or bringing the big meal in, we’ve compiled a list of local venues who can help you kick back and relax. (Reservations strongly suggested!)



Thanksgiving8Salerno’s Italian Restaurant – Make your reservations now for the annual, sumptuous, Salerno’s Thanksgiving Buffet! You’ll begin with the customer favorite, Lobster Bisque, a full salad bar, shrimp cocktail and other appetizers; main course features a Traditional Turkey & Dressing, Carved Roasted Sirloin and Ham, Pecan Red Snapper, Lasagna, all the sides, and a cornucopia of desserts. Reservations are required. Thanksgiving buffet offered from 11a – 2p. 3407 Long Prairie Road, Flower Mound 972-539-9534

Carvao Prime Brazilian Steak House – now taking reservations for their Thanksgiving Feast from 11a to 7p. 2401 Lakeside Parkway, Flower Mound 972-539-8555

Gaylord Texas Resort – Two of the Gaylord’s restaurants will be open Thanksgiving Day from 11a to 3p: Riverwalk Cantina and Zeppole Coastal Italian are both offering lavish Thanksgiving buffets, including kids stations (Thanksgiving corn dogs, y’all!). Call 817-778-1000 for reservations

Hannah’s Off the Square “Casual Fine Dining in the Heart of Denton” – Hannah’s is offering a traditional Thanksgiving meal with their special touch of innovation! Cornish Game Hen, Country Ham, multiple sides of favorite Thanksgiving dishes and dessert! Reservations Required. Serving from 11a – 5:30p, 111 West Mulberry Street, Denton, 940-566-1110

Silver Fox Cafe – Make plans to enjoy a four-course Thanksgiving feast featuring slow roasted Turkey, Chateaubriand or Atlantic Salmon. Open Thanksgiving Day 12p – 8p 1235 William D. Tate, Grapevine 817.329.6995

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If you’re looking for something different than standard grocery store Thanksgiving offerings, think about ordering your turkey day feast from any of the following local venues:

Bone Daddy’s – Denton – Bone Daddy’s Smoked Turkeys and side dishes. Special Thanksgiving Day menu – availability limited. 3258 S. Interstate 35E, Denton 940-312-5656

Classic Café – Order your classic Thanksgiving Dinner to go by November 18 and pick up your turkey with all the trimmings on November 22 with complete re-heating instructions. 504 N Oak Street, Roanoke 817-430-8185

HoneyBaked Ham of Lewisville – In addition to their classic spiral sliced ham, HoneyBaked offers whole Turkeys available in smoked, roasted or Cajun flavors. Include a few of their heat & serve sides, and desserts, and you can stop worrying about the cooking! Located at 360 East Round Grove Road in Lewisville, 972-315-0193, you can reserve your turkey or ham online … easy, easy!

Tierney’s Café & Tavern – Offering Holiday Meals … “Heat, Eat and Relax”. Options include turkey, spiral honey glazed hams or Cajun fried turkey plus sides. All orders should be placed by 5pm November 19th for pick-up Wednesday. 208 East Main Street, Lewisville 972-353-2109


Emporium Pies – Seven fall flavors are offered for Thanksgiving, and although the cutoff date for ordering is Sunday, November 19th, it is recommended you order soon as they do sell out! Pick-up is suggested for either Tuesday, November 21 or Wednesday, November 22 to ensure freshness. Both of those days are normal opening hours (10A in McKinney and 11A in Bishop Arts and Deep Ellum) and closing at 6p. 314 N. Bishop Avenue, Dallas – 469-206-6126  OR 107 S Tennessee St, McKinney 214-491-1577

The Flour Shop Scratch Bakery – Taking orders now for a plethora of Thanksgiving baked goods! On their holiday menu are Bread and Rolls, Cookies and Breakfast Items, Pies, Cakes, Cheesecakes and Fruit Pies, Mini Pies, and By-the-Pan desserts. Check their facebook page for a detailed menu. Order deadline is Monday November 20th at 2pm for pickup on Wednesday, November 22nd. 1401 Shoal Creek, Suite D150, Highland Village. 972-966-2253

Thanksgiving5Oak Street Pie Company – Featured in D Magazine, Serious Eats and Indulge Magazine, Oak St Pie Company offers a special Thanksgiving Selection of pies, including pecan, pumpkin, buttermilk, cream pies and a variety of fruit pies. Call to check on availability (especially the cream pie orders, which are cut off when they reach capacity orders). Ordering cut-off is Wednesday, November 15 and pick-up day is November 22. 110 N. Oak Street, Roanoke 817-490-0994

Tierney’s Café & Tavern – a large selection of cream pies [14 of them] (including sugar free [8]); also bread pudding and pecan delight.  All orders should be placed by 5pm November 19th for pick-up Wednesday, November 22nd. 208 East Main Street, Lewisville 972-353-2109

Happy Thanksgiving from all of us to all of you!

Get your Jingle On at these Fun Area Events!

jingle-bell-merry-christmas1000x500It’s ALMOST “The Most Wonderful Time of The Year!” (yikes!). To get you in the spirit, we’ve rounded up a few local must-do/must-see events:


November 4, 10A – 4PArgyle Holiday Shopping Extravaganza featuring 75+ vendors and shops with specialized items, bake sale, huge raffle, concessions and more. All proceeds to benefit Project Graduation 2020. Argyle High School, 191 US 377.

November 4, 9:30AHoliday Craft Show, 9:30a to 4p featuring arts/crafts, door prizes and more. $2 admission goes toward college scholarships. Ryan High School, 5101 E McKinney Street, Denton.

November 9 – 12, 9A to 5PNeath the Wreath Holiday Gift Market 2017 sponsored by Junior League of Collin County, this 4 day fundraiser event features the best in holiday and home décor. 2000 E Spring Creek Parkway, Plano TX 75074  Psst – Ladies Night Out on November 8th, 7pm, gives you early access to the fabulous ‘Neath the Wreath vendors while enjoying a sumptuous buffet dinner, specialty cocktails and live DJ entertainment.

Shopping1Saturday, November 11Etsy Dallas Jingle Bash – A Premier handmade shopping event and party will showcase the very best in handmade apparel, bags, jewelry, home dec, and more. Hand-picked artists, crafters and designers combine for one-of-a-kind, one stop holiday shopping. Admission is FREE. Eddie Deen’s Ranch, 944 S Lamar, Dallas 75202

Saturday, November 11 9A – 4PGuyer Choir Craft Show – 11th annual craft show benefitting the choir program at John H Guyer High School. FREE admission. Local elementary school choir performs throughout the day. Over 110 vendors. Guyer High School, 7501 Teasley Lane, Denton TX 76210

November 15 – November 18 – Chi Omega Christmas Market “40 Years of Giving” 2017 Centennial Hall at Fair Park. Over 180 merchants showcasing gifts for every age.

Saturday, November 18, 10A – 4PHoliday Vendor Fair – Denton Civic Center, 321 E McKinney Street, Denton. Sponsored by Backing the Blue – Denton. Enjoy Christmas shopping for yourself and others. Shopping, door prizes, food

Saturday, December 2, 11a – 6pHoliday Art & Gift Market 2017 at North Haven Gardens – Love Local? If you’re looking for special gift finds this year, join us to fall in love with handmade jewelry, artwork & treasures by area artists in a relaxed atmosphere! Bring your friends to enjoy how-to demos, music, holiday cocktails and the wonderful fragrance of our fresh cut Christmas Tree forest. FREE Event, but tickets needed. 7700 Northaven Road, Dallas, 75230


October 1 – February 25 – Dallas Museum of Art “All the Eternal Love I have for the Pumpkins” exhibit. One of artist Yayoi Kusama’s signature Infinity Mirror rooms, this is the only Infinity Mirror Room of its kind in a North American collection. Visitors will step inside the mirrored space and fully immerse themselves in Kusama’s creation, becoming part of the art.

FamilyFun2November 10 – January 1 – ICE! Twas the Night Before Christmas – A walk through holiday attraction kept at 9 degrees. This year’s feature will involve 2 million pounds of hand-carved ice sculptures and five ice slides. See the classic poem come to life!

November 10 – January 1Lone Star Christmas at the Gaylord Texan in Grapevine – You and your family will marvel at more than 2 million holiday lights & acres of magnificent decorations, plus spectacular holiday activities and events! More Information

Saturday, November 18Old Town Holiday Stroll in Lewisville. Beginning at noon, spend the afternoon in old town Lewisville while you’re treated to various musical performances throughout the day. The Stroll culminates in a tree lighting ceremony at 6:30p, followed by a showing of The Polar Express movie in the plaza at 6:45p.

Sunday, November 192017 Parade of Lights in Downtown Fort Worth – First staged in 1983, the Parade of Lights is one of the largest illuminated parades in the country! This year’s theme is The Melodies of Christmas, the parade begins at 6 p.m. and features over 100 illuminated entries. More information psst – volunteers needed!

TurkeyTrot2November 23 (Thanksgiving) – Kick-start your Thanksgiving day at the 7th Annual Double Oak Turkey Trot 5K and One Mile Fun Run at the Double Oak Town Hall, 320 Waketon Road. This event has been gaining in popularity … so much that registration has closed early the past 4 years due to sell-out. Register early!! All proceeds from the 2017 Turkey Trot benefits funding for inner-city youth programs run by Dare to Serve.

Saturday, December 2Lewisville Christmas Parade – Wayne Ferguson Plaza in Lewisville. Sponsored by Huffines Auto Dealerships, events begin at 8A with a pancake breakfast served by the Lewisville Morning Rotary Club and the Motorcycle Toy Run, starting at city hall. The parade begins at 12:30P in Old Town Lewisvlle.

Saturday, December 7, 7PParade of Lights in Historic Downtown Grapevine – Bring the entire family to the Parade of Lights, the largest lighted Christmas parade in North Texas. This Grapevine tradition features more than 100 lighted floats and marching bands. Look for Santa Claus on the last float! Come early to claim your spot along Historic Main Street to watch this exciting holiday event.

Saturday, December 9, 6P – 9PFlower Mound Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting Ceremony – Celebrate “Christmas Around the World” at Flower Mound’s nighttime parade and tree lighting ceremony. Pictures with Santa, carriage rides, kids’ activities, local vendors, food trucks and more! FREE family event. The Summit Club will accept canned good donations along the parade route to benefit CCA.


Ladies Night 600x400Thursday, November 9, 6:30 – 9pmSip & Stroll at the Shops of Highland Village – Wine & food pairing event involves 7 wine stops with food pairings throughout the Highland Village Shops. Admission $10 donation to benefit Journey to Dream (Kyles Place) which supports at-risk and homeless teens in Denton county. Your donation will give you access to the wine/food tastings, a commemorative wine glass and a goodie bag. The Shops at Highland Village, 1701 Shoal Creek, Highland Village 75077

Tuesday, November 14, 6:30 – 9PCooking Demonstration with Chef Morris Salerno at Bistecca – An Italian Restaurant. Join the Women of Flower Mound and gain some holiday cooking ideas as Chef Morris Salerno demonstrates his tips and tricks for appetizer, main dish and dessert preparation. $25, proceeds benefit the Women of Flower Mound Scholarship Fund. Join Us!

Friday, November 17, 11A – 1P2017 Holiday Extravaganza hosted by Youth and Family Counseling. Lunch and fabulous live and silent auctions of beautiful holiday décor at Bridlewood Golf Club. Wear your best hat for a chance to win a prize in the hat contest! All money raised will provide mental health care to the clients of Youth and Family Counseling. Tickets are $35. See more


Find even MORE fun things to do!

Cross Timbers Gazette calendar

Facebook has a plethora of community events listed

Family eGuide – events for Flower Mound & surrounding areas

Fort Worth – things to do in Fort Worth

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North Texas Housing Market remains strong

Keller Williams Dallas Metro North presents the September 2017 Market Reports, Courtesy of Texas Association of Realtors® (TAR) and Greater Lewisville Area Realtors® (GLAR). How is your market doing?

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What’s the Good News for September?

DHL3DHL expands in North Texas.  The shipping company just moved into its new 50,000-square-foot warehouse in Carrollton, adding 70 new jobs to meet demand for international commerce.  Now, the company has two facilities handling incoming and outgoing packages in North Texas. Greg Hewitt, CEO of DHL Express, said the company wants to make DFW Airport an international gateway for packages from as far away as Asia and Europe, and the company is in talks currently with DFW Airport customs officials.  The freight carrier also wants to open a third warehouse in Fort Worth, and they are currently searching for real estate to make that a reality.  DHL’s current facility in north Grand Prairie near DFW Airport was at capacity, prompting them to open the Carrollton facility. The new location off Interstate 35E is centrally located for their delivery routes in the eastern half of the Metroplex, Hewitt said.  DFW Airport is already a cargo hub which handled 829,019 U.S. tons of cargo and mail in 2016, up 12.7% from the previous year, according to the airport.

NICHE4North Texas fared well in’s 2018 Best Public High School in Texas list., a website that analyzes neighborhood and schools data, recently released its 2018 Best Public High Schools in Texas list.  Of the top-100 ranked high schools in Texas, 38 are located in North Texas.  Frisco Independent School District had the most high schools on the list, with six.  And the best high school in North Texas? That distinction belongs to Dallas Independent School District’s School for the Talented & Gifted.  Carroll Senior High in Southlake ranked #12 overall, while Coppell came in at #14 and Flower Mound High at #26.   

Pecan Square Master Planned Development to begin construction later this year. The town of Northlake, along the Alliance I-35W corridor, is surrounded on three sides by the regional growth surge: Fort Worth to the south, Denton to the north, and Flower Mound/Argyle to the east.  Northlake is building - 6.jpgapproximately the same total size(32-square-miles) as the Town of Flower Mound to its east. Opportunities for future development are limited, however, because almost 1/3 of its land is in a floodplain, plus the existence of gas wells and distribution lines further limit future development.  Pecan Square is a Hillwood proposed mixed-use, master-planned development– made up of three tracts (Young, Gibbs and Thompson).  The proposed Pecan Square development will include a mix of commercial and residential uses with a mix of lot sizes and densities, located on 1,157-acres west and south of the I-35W and FM 407 intersection, across 407 from Harvest.  The zoning requests were approved in April 2017, and the Pecan Square development is expected to begin construction later this year, with models open by spring 2019.  The number of homes have yet to be finalized but could exceed 3,000.

Nordstrom4A Nordstrom that doesn’t stock clothes?! Innovation continues in all sectors of the economy.  In Q1 2017, Nordstrom experienced a 6.8% decline in retail store sales, and an 11% increase in online sales.  Then in Q2, online sales were up 20% year over year. The department store announced 09/11/17 that its new concept, Nordstrom Local, will be a 3,000-square foot store (their retail stores average 140,000 square feet) where customers can do things like try on clothes with a stylist, get manicures, and order coffee — or even wine or beer. Nordstrom said this location won’t stock accessories or clothing itself, but that people can order items for same-day try-on and pickup at the store.  The store will feature in-store tailoring and alterations. The goal is a personalized, faster, easier shopping experience.  Their advertisements are catchy – a Nordstrom’s that doesn’t stock clothes?  And they don’t mention anything about lower prices.  The first location will open in West Hollywood, CA on October 3rd.

DFW Airport to add Wow Air in May 2018. is an ultra low-cost carrier that has announced it will fly passengers nonstop from DFW to Reykjavik, Iceland, for $99 one way.  The CEO of Wow says he wants many to experience his homeland.  The airline will also offer $149 one way fares to Paris, Frankfurt, London and Barcelona, which will then connect passengers to 22 destinations in Europe on the airline. While the fares are cheap, Wow Air charges fees for additional services – for example, on a flight from New York to Iceland, a carry-on bag costs $40, checked luggage costs $50, a seat assignment in the front of the plane costs $10 and snacks and water cost extra.  DFW will be Wow Air’s 13th destination in the U.S., the latest in the Icelandic carrier’s growing network. Wow Air is the first budget carrier to service DFW. Wow Air said it will use an Airbus A330 aircraft on the route to Iceland that will depart DFW three times a week on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.

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Cooler fall temperatures point to outdoor fun in North Texas!

Labor Day has passed, but that doesn’t mean the fun has ended in North Texas! In fact, Fall’s cooler temperatures make outdoor events the perfect place to be! So grab your family and friends, and head outdoors for a great time at these area fairs and festivals.

grapefestSept 14 – 17, 2017 The 31st Annual GrapeFest! Grapevine TX
The four day family-friendly event includes a grape stomping competition, live entertainment on 3 stages, KidsWorld with interactive games and a live aquarium exhibit. The festival features six different wine experiences, including the People’s Choice Wine Tasting Classic  and Grapevine’s Urban Wine Trail. Fun for the whole family!

Sept 16 – 17, 2017 Family Camp Out, Twin Coves Park, Flower Mound TX
Experience Flower Mound camping by pitching a tent at Twin Coves Park! Various family games and activities will be provided along with a catered dinner and breakfast. Bring a tent, tent decorations, sleeping bags, bug spray, and flashlights. The “Most Creative” tent will win the tent decorating contest and a prize! Cabins and RV slots are additional charge and must be booked separately. Pre-registration required by 9/11.

Events - Balloon FestivalSept 22 – Sept 24, 2017 – Plano Balloon Festival, Oak Point Park, Plano TX
45 hot air balloons, sky divers, live music, fireworks and a kids zone. Tethered balloon rides available. ½ Marathon, 5K and 1K runs. General Admission is $5. Parking is $5-$10.

Sept 23 – Nov 22 – Autumn at the Arboretum, Dallas Arboretum, Dallas
Pumpkins, gourds and squash … oh my! This year’s theme for the internationally acclaimed pumpkin village is The Wizard of Oz, featuring 90,000 pumpkins, as well as gardens with 4,500 Chrysanthemums and 150,000 stunning, fall blooming plants. Named one of the “16 Most Beautiful Public Gardens to Visit in the fall,” by House Beautiful magazine. Cost $10-$15

shutterstock_357524000Sept 29 – Oct 22, 2017 The State Fair of Texas! Fair Park, Dallas
For 24 wonderful days, The State Fair of Texas is the largest fair and stock show in the state. Enjoy Big Tex, live music, carnival rides, good eats, art shows and more!

Sept 29 – 30, 2017 Lewisville Western Days Festival, Lewisville TX
The Western Days festival was designed to showcase the history and spirit of the west. Find your inner cowboy through themed events, attractions, food, shopping and entertainment. 3 stages, arts and crafts, Kid Kountry (children’s activities) and a cattle-drive parade round out this fun family event. FREE admission until 7pm each day.

Oct 7 – 8, 2017 Cottonwood Art Festival, Cottonwood Park, Richardson TX
Now in it’s 48th year, the semi-annual Cottonwood Art Festival is a juried show and features works from the nation’s top visual artists. Also features a variety of music, food, spirits, lake views, boutique and Art Stop (children’s area). Well-behaved dogs are welcome!

bonnie and clydeOct 14, 2017 Bonnie and Clyde Days, Pilot Point Town Square
Free festival commemorates and reenacts the filming of the bank robbery scene in the 1967 Bonnie and Clyde movie. Old-time family fun includes 2 reenactments, Model A and Classic Car show, the chain Gang Walk, pie eating contest, Kids Zone, live music and more.

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Keller Williams Accepting Donations to Help Harvey Relief Effort


Our hearts go out to our fellow Texan’s who have been affected by Hurricane Harvey. As part of a national effort by Keller Williams and KW Cares, Keller Williams Dallas Metro North is accepting donations toward the Hurricane Harvey Relief effort,  at its Flower Mound office. We appreciate any help you, or your business, are able to give.

Location:  2611 Cross Timbers Road, Flower Mound 75028-2757.

Office hours are: Mon-Sat 8:30a – 5:30p; Sun 12 noon – 5:30p

Questions? Please call! 972-874-1905


Relief efforts earlier this week at the Keller Williams Dallas Metro North office, and the central collection point in Plano. KW Cares!