March Events in Grapevine Texas

Grapevine is the premier leisure destination in North Texas. With extraordinary hotels, a variety of stores for great shopping, an abundance of restaurants, attractions for everyone in the family and a one-of-a-kind urban wine trail, a weekend in Grapevine is a wonderful experience.

Chocolate Festival

Chocolate Festival

An Evening of Chocolate & Wine
March 13, 2009
7 p.m. – 10 p.m.
$35 advanced purchase

A Day of Chocolate & Art
March 14, 2009
11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
$15 per person

Treat yourself to decadence at the 5th Annual Chocolate Fest in Grapevine.  In support of Traveler’s Aid D/FW, enjoy decadent chocolates and fine wine March 13 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at La Buena Vida Vineyards, located on 416 E. College St. in Grapevine. Tickets may be purchased in advance for $35 or $40 at the door. Admission includes port and chocolate tasting, hors d’oeuvres, live music, souvenir wine glass, valet parking, and participation in the silent auction.

On Saturday, March 14 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. – bring your sweet tooth and spend a day indulging in chocolate and perusing unique pieces of art at the Palace Arts Center in Historic Downtown Grapevine, located at 300 S. Main St. Art demos and exhibits from local artisans will provide the public a sweet and entertaining experience. Tickets may be purchased for $15, and includes 10 delectable chocolate samples.


The Sound of Texas Music Series and Live Variety Shows

Annika KaschenzSam Houston Returns to Grapevine
March 2, 2009
7 p.m.
Spend an evening with Sam Houston. The presentation will be delivered in the first-person by noted historian Dr. Felix Almaraz, Jr., professor of history at the University of Texas at San Antonio.  Free to the public.
An Evening with Sara Hickman
March 13, 2009
7:30 p.m.
Distinguished by her gorgeous, incandescent songs and fiercely independent spirit, Sara brings what she loves to do to the Palace stage and you won’t want to miss it. Enjoy her inspirational music as she strums her electric, turquiose guitar.
A Touch of Tuscany
March 22, 2009
7:30 p.m.
This production of the Grapevine Rotary, brings a live performance by Francesco Attesti and Annika Kaschenz to the Palace Theatre. Francesco Attesti is an Italian pianist of international acclaim. Annika Kaschenz is a young German mezzo soprano with a growing international reputation. This is an evening not to be missed.  Tickets are $25 each and on sale now.

The Palace Arts Center is located at 300 S. Main St. in Historic Downtown Grapevine.


Grapevine Opry – In the Palace Theatre

Marty RobbinsWaltz Across Texas *
March 7, 2009
7:30 p.m.

A tribute to Texas’ independence and Lone Star spirit

Country Music Showcase

March 14, 2009
7:30 p.m.

Legends:  Marty Robbins
March 21, 2009
7:30 p.m.
Music of a true Country/Western icon

Gospel Country Showcase
March 27, 2009
7:30 p.m.

The Grass is Blue
March 28, 2009
7:30 p.m.
Pickin’ & grinnin’ featuring great Bluegrass and acoustic music

One of the premier live country music shows in the nation, the Grapevine Opry has established a tradition of excellence seldom equaled for this type show in the country music industry. With one of the most acclaimed house bands in the Southwest, the high energy, spontaneous format of every show perfectly compliments the truly great music for which the venue is known.  *Discounts are unavailable for special theme shows. Call 817-481-8733 for complete details.


Grapevine Vintage Railroad

Grapevine Vintage RailroadMurder on the Rails
March 13, 2009
7 p.m.
Welcome aboard our Ole West Murder Mystery Train. A suspense filled evening on board the train.  Tickets are $80 per person and include dinner, a 90 minute side splitting show, crime solving, and prizes.

Spring Fling
March 16 – 20, 2009
1 p.m. departure
March 16-17-18-19-20-21-22, 2009
Grab up the gang and take ’em on the train this Spring Break. Spring Fling trains are running over with fun for the whole family. Watch out for train robberies on the Grapevine to Fort Worth Trains route!

A Day Out With ThomasTM
March 27 – 29 & April 3 – 5, 2009
Day Out With Thomas™ offers an opportunity for children and their grownups to take a 25 minute ride with Thomas the Tank Engine™

The Grapevine Vintage Railroad runs Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 1 p.m. along the historic Cotton Belt Route between Grapevine and the Fort Worth Stockyards. Passengers enjoy riding in authentic 1920s and 1930s Victorian-style coaches as they take a step back in time and experience train travel as it was in the glory days of the expanding West. Pull into the Fort Worth Stockyards Station and you’ll be right in the middle of the Stockyards National Historic District where the Old West comes alive. Tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for children and $18 for seniors.


Grapevine Convention Center

Grapevine Convention Center

North Texas Wood Carvers
Rhapsody in Wood
Saturday, March 7, 2009
10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday, March 8, 2009
12 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Metroplex Glass Show & Sale
Saturday, March 14, 2009
10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday, March 15, 2009
11a.m. – 4 p.m.

Metroplex Doll Club
Parade of Dolls
Saturday, March 14, 2009
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Vintage Radio and Phonograph Society
Spring Auction
Saturday, March 21, 2009
6 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Texas Rustlers Guinea Pig Rescue’s
Fourth Annual Hoedown!
Sunday, March 29, 2009
11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

The Grapevine Convention Center is located at 1209 S. Main St.  Prices for shows vary, be sure to visit GrapevineConventionCenter.com for the most up-to-date information.


Texas Pinball Festival

Texas Pinball FestivalMarch 13 – 15, 2009
Friday, 10 a.m. – 2 a.m.
Saturday, 8 a.m. – 2 a.m.
Sunday, 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.
$30 weekend pass

Kick off Texas’ biggest game room show and turn the Grand Ballroom of the Hilton DFW Lakes Executive Conference Center into one of the largest game rooms in Texas!  Over 10,000 square feet of pure game room fun, all weekend long!
There will be over 130 pinball machines, classic video games and other game room goodies set up on free play for everyone to enjoy the entire weekend.  Leave your quarters at home!
The Texas Pinball Festival will also feature many vendors and collectors from the area bringing parts, supplies, game room memorabilia, pinball machines, slot machines, jukeboxes and classic video games for sale.  Visit Texaspinball.com



March 13 & 14, 2009
ChocolateFest
April 4, 2009
Spring Into Nash Farm
April 17 & 18, 2009
New Vintage Wine Trail & Jazz Wine Train
May 15, 16 & 17, 2009
Main Street Days – Outdoor Adventure
July 4, 2009
Fireworks Extragavanza over Lake Grapevine
July 24, 25 & 26, 2009
Monty Python Madness
September 17, 18 19 & 20, 2009
GrapeFest
October 10, 2009
Nash Farm Fall Round-Up
October 17, 2009
Butterfly Flutterby
November and December
Christmas Capital of Texas

Brenda Magness, Brenda Blaser & Pam Yoakum Realty Group serves buyers and sellers of real estate in North Texas.  Please contact us if you need any assistance buying, or selling your home.

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Ten Best And Ten Worst U.S. Housing Markets – Where Do We Rank?

Dallas Texas Real Estate

SOUTHLAKE, TX – Forbes.com posted an article on their site yesterday, naming Dallas, Texas as the 8th best housing market in the US.  That’s good news for the metroplex, as markets recover it is nice to know we are among the top areas in the country.

Read the entire post on Forbes.com.

Attention First Time Home Buyers

Southlake, Texas – February 17th, 2009 – As you probably have heard, both the House and Senate have passed the stimulus bill on Friday, and the President signed the bill today. This bill includes a $8000 tax credit for first time home buyers, which I will detail below.

The 2008 tax credit provision has been approved as follows:

a. The tax credit is $8,000
b. The income limits are $75,000 for an individual; $150,000 for a couple.
c. The credit is available to first-time home buyers and principal residences only.
d. The tax credit is available until December 1st.
e. Waiver of recapture (i.e. no repayment requirement) for properties purchased in 2009 prior to December 1st
1. The provision is retroactive to purchases made on or after January 1, 2009.
2. Recapture section does apply to properties sold in first three years.
f. Waiver of prohibition on financing by mortgage revenue bonds is included

To give a simple example of the way the $8000 tax credit works, is that if the first time home buyer was going to get a $1,000 back on their income tax, now they would get $9,000. If they had to pay $1,000 they now would get back $7,000.

Below is the link to the tax credit provision. (page 24)
http://thomas.loc.gov/home/h1/Recovery_Bill_Div_B.pdf

Click below to view a complete list of homes available for sale in the MLS for:
Grapevine
Keller
Westlake
Colleyville

Southlake

Magness, Blaser and Yoakum Realty Group serves buyers and sellers of real estate in North Texas.  Please contact us if you need any assistance buying, or selling your home.

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Grapevine Home Values Appreciate Again, Q4 2008

GRAPEVINE, TEXAS – In the fourth quarter real estate report recently released from leading online home value site Zillow, it showed U.S. home values continued to slide for the eighth consecutive quarter, declining 11.6 percent from a year ago, and falling 17.5 percent since the market peak in 2006.  The Fort Worth metro area showed a very small home value appreciation from a year ago (+0.1%). 

Good news for some of our local residents, Grapevine, Texas was once again one of the area highlights with a +5.1% year-over-year gain.

Zillow Home Value Report Dallas Texas

Other Local Area Results:
City: Flower Mound, TX
One year change: +1.7%

City: Southlake, TX
One year change: –0.5%

City: Colleyville, TX
One year change: -1.3%

City: Keller, TX
One year change: -2.9%

City: Dallas, TX
One year change: -4.1%

For a local market analysis of homes in your neighborhood, click here to request our FREE Market Snapshot.

Featured Real Estate Listing Keller, Texas

This months featured property is located at 916 Pimlico Drive in Keller, Texas (www.916PimlicoDrive.com).  It is located within the community of Harmonson Farms in the Keller school district. 

916 PIMLICO DRIVE

This custom home, built by Drees in 2007, offers five bedrooms, four full baths, three living areas, a study and media room.  The entry features a sweeping curved staircase with decorative iron spindles.  A large study with French doors opens to the entry and double French doors open to the large covered front porch.

To read more about this months featured home, visit the Fort Worth Star-Telegram website: http://www.star-telegram.com/122/story/1159054.html

For a private tour of this home, priced at $469,900, call Brenda Magness 817-247-2947, Brenda Blaser 817-919-0917, or Pam Yoakum 214-929-5535.