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Great Gatsby’-style estate in Dallas comes to market for first time in five decades

An icon comes to market: Available for the first time in more than 50 years, 7037 Turtle Creek Boulevard, in the desirable Dallas suburb of University Park, is being represented by Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty for $14,600,000.

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DALLAS /PRNewswire/ — An icon comes to market: Available for the first time in more than 50 years, 7037 Turtle Creek Boulevard, in the desirable Dallas suburb of University Park, is being represented by Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty for $14,600,000. At a generous .88 acres and in peaceful Volk Estates — with its winding streets, large lots and neighbors that include business and philanthropy leaders — this masterwork property is the definition of a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

The home was built in 1939 in the English Eclectic style and has since been preserved and expanded by noted Dallas architects Wilson Fuqua and Wilson McClure. It offers nearly 12,000 square feet of luxurious appointments, including hand-poured terrazzo floors, intricate hardwood floors, art niches, fireplaces with antique mantels and custom ironwork.

Gracious spaces are everywhere in this timeless home. Just two? A welcoming foyer with a sweeping staircase and a sizeable great room/ballroom with a large wet bar. The all-white gourmet kitchen with white-marble countertops and white-marble wall panels opens to a family room with a fireplace. The home also offers a music room, office, safe room, playroom, elevator, utility room with pet suite, game room with snack bar and six bedrooms, each with a private bath.

The second-floor primary suite is expansive and features a sitting area, two baths, two large closets and a private balcony, while an apartment over the three-car garage is ideal for guests.

The luxurious living continues outdoors. The grounds are an elegant paradise, enjoyed from two verandas — one with an alfresco fireplace — and featuring majestic trees, azalea bushes, hydrangea bushes and two artful fountains. The classical square swimming pool with an integrated spa is set in the grassy rear lawn and edged in limestone from Lueders, Texas.

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On par with the great estates of Newport, Rhode Island, and the English countryside, 7037 Turtle Creek Boulevard is a rare opportunity to live in one of Dallas’ most exclusive neighborhoods, in a private world of elegance and ease. It is represented by expert agents Jeanne Shelton and Doug Shelton for $14,600,000. More than 30 photos of it are available at briggsfreeman.com.

Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty is the leading luxury brokerage in North Texas. Founded in 1960, it specializes in the sale of luxury homes, high-rises, ranches, land and commercial properties and is part of the $204 billion Sotheby’s International Realty network of 25,000 agents in 1,000 offices in 80-plus countries and territories.

SOURCE Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty

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Splash Mountain at Disneyland is Closing… What’s next?

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As Splash Mountain closes, it will undergo a transformation into Tiana’s Bayou Adventure, a whimsical attraction inspired by The Princess and the Frog.

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Splash Mountain is a log ride at Disneyland and Tokyo Disneyland. It was formerly located in Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom before closing in January 2023. The ride is based on the animated sequences of the 1946 Disney film Song of the South. Although there are variations in the story and features between the two locations, each installation begins with a peaceful outdoor float-through that leads to indoor dark ride segments, with a climactic steep drop into a “briar patch” followed by an indoor finale. The drop is 52.5 feet.

In June 2020, it was announced that the U.S. versions of the ride would be receiving a new theme based on Disney‘s 2009 film The Princess and the Frog. The new ride, which will be titled Tiana’s Bayou Adventure, is scheduled to open at Disneyland and Magic Kingdom in late 2024. The Magic Kingdom version of Splash Mountain closed on January 23, 2023. The closing date for the Disneyland version has yet to be announced. (wikipedia)

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Splash_Mountain

https://ktla.com/news/california/when-will-disneylands-splash-mountain-close-for-good-theme-park-bloggers-weigh-in/

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Something Different? Opposite Day!

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Celebrate every kid’s favorite day at school, as an adult – Opposite Day!

Day Opposite National on January 25th celebrates a fun day of switcher-roos. What better way than to not celebrate? We don’t really mean that, or do we?

Good morning, or is it good night? Hello, or is it goodbye? I am cold, or am I hot?

The aim of the day is to have fun all day long saying exactly the opposite of what you really mean. This day has kids rejoicing everywhere. It is also a great day for adults to play along and break out of the winter blues. Maybe we should have dinner for breakfast and breakfast for dinner! (National Day Calendar)

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Link: https://nationaldaycalendar.com/national-opposite-day-january-25/

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Watching the birds on NATIONAL BIRD DAY

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Nature lovers, bird lovers, and bird watchers across the country annually recognize National Bird Day on January 5th. It’s also one of several designated holidays celebrating birds. 

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Born Free USA emphasizes the importance of National Bird Day and lists it as a day to shine a spotlight on issues critical to the protection and survival of birds, both captive and wild.

According to Born Free USA, nearly 12 percent of the world’s almost 10,000 bird species are in danger of extinction.

HOW TO OBSERVE NATIONAL BIRD DAY

There are several ways to celebrate this day.

  • Pick up a bird identification book. It will help you learn about species in your area and identify those frequenting your bird feeders.
  • Enhance the attraction of your backyard. Add feeders, shelter, and more. Learn what birds in your area like to eat and watch them flock to your sanctuary.
  • Donate to a bird sanctuary or aviary dedicated to improving the survival of endangered birds.
  • While you’re learning about all the fantastic species, visit an aviary. Also, a botanical garden, zoo, or conservation area may offer close-up viewing of some of the more exotic species you’ve never seen before.

For more information visit: https://nationaldaycalendar.com/national-bird-day-january-5/

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