“Big D, little A, double L-A-S!”
Who doesn’t know these lyrics by Frank Loesser? Who doesn’t know J.R. and the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders? Who doesn’t know the first frozen margarita machine was invented in Dallas? And, maybe of equal importance, so was the first integrated circuit computer chip (which later became the microchip).
But bet not everyone knows the entire Statue of Liberty could fit inside the Cowboys Stadium . . . with the roof closed. Or that Dallas magnate Lamar Hunt (founder of the American Football League) coined the term “Super Bowl.”
The list of superlatives (as befitting a Texas city) goes on and on:
The nation’s largest permanent model train exhibit is on display at the Dallas Children’s Medical Center.
The nation’s largest indoor Christmas tree can be found at Galleria Dallas.
The Dallas Arts District is the nation’s largest urban arts district.
Highland Park Village Shopping Center (circa 1931) was the nation’s first planned shopping center.
But J. R. should have given you a clue to this one:
The Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex is home to 25 of the richest Americans. And to the nation’s third largest concentration of Fortune 500 companies. No wonder the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airports is one of the world’s largest and busiest.
Spain, France and Mexico all laid claim to the Dallas area before it became first part of the independent Republic of Texas and later the United States. But they were all post-Caddos, an ancient Indian tribe whose distinctive “mounds” can still be seen in North Texas.
So, why “Dallas”? No one really knows. One sources says one of the founding fathers named it for “his friend Dallas.” No one knows who the friend was. There was a pirate around that time named Dallas and a Texas Ranger named Dallas who are possible candidates. No one knows for sure.
Most folks are more interested in names of current and past residents that can be dropped today, like Chuck Norris, the Jonas Brothers, Don Henley, Selena Gomez, Demi Lovato, Troy Aikman, Emmitt Smith, Deion Sanders, Tom Joyner and Tony Romo.
What is known for sure is that Dallas definitely offers all the amenities so often demanded by those who can afford the very best in residences, cuisine, entertainment, education, arts and culture, according to Briggs Freeman, Dallas’ premier real estate brokers.
Preston Hollow not only boasts many of Texas wealthiest residents, but also some of the most expensive homes in a state noted for its high-end populations. Dallas’ Trinity River Project is a 20-mile riverfront mega-benefit contribution that is complimented by the internationally famous Dallas Arboretum and Botanic Garden. Well-known for its “modernist architecture” and “postmodernist skyscrapers, Dallas also boast outstanding examples of Gothic Revival and the Dallas Downtown Historical District is adamant about protecting its treasures.
Chili’s restaurants and Romano’s Macaroni Grills got their start in Dallas. Fearing’s at the Ritz-Carlton Dallas was named best hotel restaurant in the nation by Zagat Survey. The hotel came in second only to the Four Seasons King George V in Paris, France, as the Best Hotel in the World. Bob’s Steak & Chop House was ranked #1 on the USDA Prime Steakhouses chart.
In 2011, Dallas became the nation’s first city to host the Super Bowl, World Series and NBA finals all within the same 12-month period. Home of the State Fair of Texas, Dallas hosts almost too many bowl games to list, topped, of course, by the Cotton Bowl. The Dallas Cowboys, Dallas Mavericks, Texas Rangers and Dallas Stars keep sports fans hopping. The Cowboys (“America’s Team”) are financially the most valuable sports “franchise” in the world (one estimate: $1.5 billion) and the second most valuable sports organization (behind the Manchester United, valued at $1.8 billion).
When it comes to real estate transactions, Briggs Freeman has been ranked #1 in the state by REAL Trends, Inc., and 1000WATT Consulting. Utilizing its worldwide associations, cutting edge technology, business expertise and intimate knowledge of the Dallas-Fort Worth market, Briggs Freeman brings absolute satisfaction to its clients. As the oldest, privately held boutique real estate firm in Dallas, Briggs Freeman proven the value of its motto: “Success is not about a transaction. It’s about relationships with results.”
Briggs Freeman Sotheby´s International Realty knows real estate and Dallas-Fort
Worth Metroplex neighborhoods. The company has been part of the community
for over 50 years, and we connect people and make deals happen. Since the
company began, there always has been an emphasis on finding and developing the
best sales team possible, which shares the firm’s philosophy and beliefs.
That philosophy is to deliver a luxury experience to each of the firm’s clients, no matter the price point of their homes.It means that agents need to be trusted advisors to their clients and always put their clients’ best interests first. It is a belief that clients do not represent transactions but relationships. It requires being connected with the community and supporting its growth. And it results in handling all business and all situations with integrity and professionalism.
That philosophy also includes being known for innovation and continual commitment
to growth and development. That could translate into being the first to try a new marketing strategy, recruiting and retaining the top agents from across the community and opening new offices in areas where sales are growing. It also means traveling domestically and internationally to promote the properties we represent while attracting
buyers to the Metroplex and finding ways to highlight in what we publish what is unique and special about each of the neighborhoods we serve.
Briggs Freeman Sotheby´s International Realty takes pride in taking care of everything for our clients – from lawn service to arranging financing. As our President and CEO Robbie Briggs has stated, “What does Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty want to do? We want to get into the hearts of our clients. Getting into the mind? That’s a transaction. Getting into the heart? That’s a relationship. You’ve made a friend– afriend you really can serve.”
From his experience with living in China for three years, Robbie understands just how
small and interconnected the world has become. His strategic decision to partner with the Sotheby’s brand precisely aims to bring the world to Dallas and Dallas to the world. Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty lives to give the “Extraordinary” as it serves its clients, community and world.