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Le Brunch des Chapeaux

Thursday, April 6th — The Autism Community Network is an organization that maximizes the potential of children with autism by increasing autism awareness and services for families throughout the San Antonio area.

Lindsey Ashcroft attended Le Brunch des Chapeaux in Alamo Heights at the Argyle benefiting the Autism Community Network. The Autism Community Network focuses on collaboration with other autism service providers, early diagnosis, and providing services to underserved young children and their families. Over 75% of families served are on Medicaid, and they are the only agency in San Antonio to provide medical interdisciplinary autism diagnostic services for children on Medicaid. Charitable contributions make up around 90% of their funding, and it is wonderful to hear about Lindsey’s support of this event. 

Le Brunch des Chapeaux, a sold out event, was also supported by a variety of local businesses including Julian Gold and Lee Michaels Fine Jewelry. As with any fine brunch all the ladies were adorned in elegantly fabulous hats. Thank you to Lindsey Ashcroft who brought us this story and share beautiful photos of the day.

Simply gorgeous.
If you would like to find out more information about this event, visit their Facebook page here:


Photos courtesy of Lindsey Ashcroft, REALTOR®
(210) 284-1313



Congratulations Dion Davis

San Antonio, TX – The National Association of REALTORS® and its affiliated Institutes, Societies, and Councils provide a wide-range of programs and services that assist members in increasing skills, proficiency, and knowledge. Designations and certifications acknowledging experience and expertise in various real estate sectors are awarded by NAR and each affiliated group upon completion of required courses.

With 8 offices located in San Antonio and the surrounding areas, Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS® is the most innovative real estate firm in our market, Texas and possibly in North America. We continually improve and move ahead to meet the demands of our market place. Our focus on exacting the standards of INNOVATION, TRUST, and PARTNERSHIP have allowed us to remain as the market leader and most recognized real estate brand in central and south Texas.
Congratulations Dion Davis! 


Dion Davis was awarded the certification of GRI.

The GRI designation is a powerful tool to attract and build new business. This certification increases skill levels across the entire landscape of real estate with in-depth training in legal and regulatory issues, technology, professional standards, and the sales process. A minimum of 60 hours of coursework is required, and subjects covered generally include:

  • Market Knowledge: Neighborhoods and property amenities, considerations for housing types, developing CMAs and impact of MLS, financing options and home-buying programs, inspections and appraisals/valuations
  • Business Skills: Prospecting, buyer and seller services, creating your niche market, negotiations, creating and implementing your brand
  • Systems and Tools: Record retention, form platforms and applications, website portals, marketing tools, hardware and software to streamline your business
  • Avoiding Setbacks, Fines, and Lawsuits: Professional standards, contract to close, risk management, agency relationships, and advertising

Local Love: San Antonio, TX

I was quoted as a local expert in Trulia’s Local Love: San Antonio edition! Check out what I had to say about what makes San Antonio a great place to live.

What is your city’s source of pride?

“The first thing that springs to mind is our annual Fiesta celebration, which takes place in April. For two weeks, the city enjoys a ‘party with a purpose,’ and it gives everyone a chance to let their colors shine. It is a long-standing tradition to collect medals and sport them proudly while attending. Along with music and parades is the food — there is nothing like Fiesta food…”

If you’re a transplant, what brought you to San Antonio? If you’re a native, why do you stay?

“I’m a native for sure. It’s easy to stay; the folks here are so friendly that I regularly find myself chatting with shoppers at the grocery store or while standing in line at the bank…”

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Deer San Antonio

On the way home I maneuvered over into the turn lane. Yielding to the oncoming traffic, I patiently waited for the white truck that approached to pass. He slowed, finally coming to a stop and I noticed him looking out of his window. My line of sight followed his gaze to the center median. There an enormous buck lay motionless, the eight points of his antlers towered above his head. It was sad to see such a majestic animal in the middle of a busy street. But my dad is a hunter and I am from Texas, so I also saw it as an unnecessary waste of food.

1267_5161895Once the gentleman in the white truck pulled into the parking area, I found a spot to make a call. It is certainly not an unfamiliar sight to see road kill. The buck that lay in the road was different somehow and I couldn’t let him remain. The white truck circled back past me out of sight. I called someone who would know what to do. My mom picked up on the other end and I gave her a rundown of the situation. Maybe I’m just a regular city person, but when she mentioned that picking up game without proper permissions was illegal, I was surprised. She also said my next call should be to the game warden.

Game warden? I thought to myself, but that’s just for National Parks right? I stand corrected. After a quick search I found this page:
I called the San Antonio Regional Office at  (210) 348-7375 and was greeted by a friendly voice on the other end. As I explained the situation I could hear her taking notes on the other end. She took down my location and said she was on the way.

I turned back to go wait and capture some photos of the buck. Maybe it was further back, I thought to myself as I scanned where he once lay. Walking from my car to the roadside I looked left then right. He was gone. I’d wished I knew what to do sooner and the realization hit me.

Mr. White-Truck had turned back to collect the deer.

When the game warden called me as she neared the location I broke the bad news. There was disappointment in her voice when I let her know I’d failed to get the license plate. I admitted that my first phone call was not to the wardens, but rather to another trusty resource – my parents. We stayed on the phone a bit longer repeating several details, then hung up.

As I drove back to the office I knew I wanted to share this story. Whether you’re a hunter that respects the Texas Parks and Wildlife or a naturalist that appreciates the balance of conservancy, this is a learning opportunity. Many of you are familiar with how this works, but this is for those that may not know. So next time you pass wild game or see a questionable incident know there are resources out there.


Operation Game Thief is Texas’ Wildlife Crime-Stoppers Program, offering rewards of up to $1,000 for information leading to arrest and conviction for a wildlife crime.
More details can be found here:

Read the full story about Operation Game Thief here:


Hunting seasons for the various wild game in Texas can be found here,
listed according to county:


Lost in Transit, A Feel-Good Story from San Antonio

December 2016 — Prior to the holiday, our office was abuzz with the excitement of the upcoming holiday. Last minute shopping and plans for relaxation with family had everyone in a flurry of activity. Allen, one of the gentlemen here shared a fantastic true-story of kindness that took place during this time.

It was the day before the long weekend, and Allen received a call unexpected call from a number he did not recognize. When he answered the gentleman on the other end asked for Allen by name. Perplexed, he responded by asking who the caller was, which is customary for many of us nowadays given the amount of telemarketing and other spam calls we might receive.

The caller identified himself as David and went onto ask if he lived at “123 Main Street”. Surprised, Allen confirmed that it was indeed his address. David read off the information and said it was on a package he’d found by the side of the road. Thoroughly intrigued Allen listened as David went on. He mentioned having found the FedEx package in a location near Allen’s home. David promised to bring it to the address and asked where he’d like the package placed. They chatted for a bit about the details and Allen headed home for lunch.

He was pleasantly surprised to find the package at his home, as promised by his new acquaintance David. He had ordered several items for family prior to the holidays. All of them had arrived with the exception of just one. Opening the newly delivered package he discovered it was the missing gift.

As fate would have it, David, an honest citizen and not in the usual business of delivering lost packages, is part of a cleaning and restoration business. Topaz Cleaning & Restoration is the proud employer of this honest gentleman. We had the pleasure of hosting Topaz Cleaning & Restoration recently at one of our meetings here at the Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS® Stone Oak / North Central Office.

Topaz Cleaning & Restoration offer a number of cleaning, pressure washing and other services. We called David’s boss and he was thrilled to hear about this story vouching for him by saying, “David is a good guy.”

We agree. If you would like to take advantage of the many services this company has to offer hear is how you can get a hold of them:

Topaz Cleaning & Restoration
4246 Gatecrest
San Antonio, TX 78217
(210) 653-9699

UTSA Fandom and a Technology Director

According to Wikipedia, a fan, or fanatic, sometime also called aficionado or supporter, is a person who is enthusiastically devoted to something or somebody, such as a band, a sports team, a genre, a book, a movie or an entertainer. Collectively, the fans of a particular object, or in this case sports team, constitute its fanbase or fandom.

Danny Ocean in our opinion, is San Antonio’s biggest UTSA fan,
no not that Danny Ocean, this guy:

geek-coolThat’s right. Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS® has been home to a lesser known but equally talented Danny Ocean since 2004. Aside from being a technology guru, he’s a movie buff (no surprise there) and true sports fan. When you’re computer is broken and the other guy says, “It’s working fine on my end.”
He is the person you call.

On Saturday December 17th UTSA, University of Texas at San Antonio, played against the New Mexico Lobos, in what they’re dubbing ‘The New Mexico Bowl’. The final score ended in a 23-20 loss for the Roadrunners, certainly a disappointing end to a solid season under Frank Wilson’s first year. Still, UTSA won a combined seven games over the previous two seasons, so going 6-7 demonstrates a path in the right direction.

Being Mr. Ocean’s alma mater, it was all good. UTSA Football made history when it was announced they’d play in The 2016 Gildan New Mexico Bowl. Now in its 11th year, the New Mexico Bowl  has traditionally been the first bowl game of the season. So what does a super fan do?

He attends the game of course.


It was all captured live and when the camera starts filming near your seats, what else do you do? Show you’re spirit.

So cheers Danny-O, consider us fans too!



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Until then, drive safe and play fairly. #TeamCBHarper

Best Neighborhoods for a Gastronomical Experience in San Antonio

Best Neighborhoods for a Gastronomical Experience in San Antonio
By Tara Scott-Johnson

San Antonio
, the second largest city in Texas and the seventh largest city in the U.S., is quickly becoming one of the nation’s most inspired foodie cities. San Antonio was once considered to be the mecca of Tex-Mex cuisine and a popular city for mouthwatering southern-style barbecue, according to a recent Trulia article. Today, San Antonio has emerged as a diverse culinary contender amongst rival Texan cities the likes of Austin and Dallas, TX. While there are many foodie neighborhoods in San Antonio, there are three top-rated neighborhoods creating superb gastronomical experiences –Southtown, River Walk and The Pearl.


The small, two-mile radius that encompasses Southtown offers a mix of culture and history. Just a stone’s throw from The Alamo, Southtown offers plenty of parking, making this foodie neighborhood a fan favorite of locals and tourists alike. Enjoy American cuisine with a Mediterranean twist located in King Williams Historic District at Feast. Find flavorful, yet affordable, small plates and shareable plates at Hearsay Urban Taste. Marvel at the mastery of fine dining at Bliss, San Antonio’s top-rated contemporary American cuisine restaurant.


River Walk
San Antonio’s River Walk is a network of walkways and a world famous tourist destination speckled with dozens of chain-restaurants, bars and cafes along the banks of the San Antonio River. But, River Walk is also home to many of San Antonio’s finest local restaurants, such as Biga on the Banks, your best bet for fine dining along River Walk. Upscale Mexican cuisine can be found at Boudro’s Texas Bistro, a bistro-style restaurant serving up freshly prepared guacamole table side and their famed prickly-pear margarita. Escape the weather in a glass conservatory overlooking the River Walk at Ocho. Their pan-Latin cuisine is served all day and into the late night hours in the Havana Hotel.


The Pearl
The Pearl, the hippest gastronomical locale in San Antonio is located in the historic Pearl Brewery. The Pearl Brewery, San Antonio’s second brewery which opened in the late 1800s, was purchased and reinvented in 2002. It has has become a live, work, and play community filled with restaurants, retail shops, workspaces, and a Farmer’s Market. Within the walls of The Pearl, cross-culture cuisines can be found at Southerleigh Fine Food & Brewery, where the menu changes seasonally and is inspired by coastal classics. Cured has emerged as one of San Antonio’s best restaurants with its use of the purest regional ingredients, paired with organic methods and is built on a foundation of lovingly hand-crafted cured foods. The final top-rated restaurant on this gastronomical tour can be found at Nao – Latin Gastro Bar, where every meal is a savory adventure. Nao offers unique foods in an outdoor setting in the middle of the historic Pearl Brewery.


Blue Collar Backers

Discovery ChannelOne of our Sales Agent here at Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS®, Richard Davies is the proud father of Cameron Davies. Featured in a new Discovery channel series called Blue Collar Backers, Cameron Davies will be investing in food truck start-up businesses.

Cameron forged a successful career making food trucks for locals here in San Antonio, then it grew into a national business. He began with just one truck and no business loan. One trunk turned into two and eventually led to a local hot spot food truck park called Boardwalk on Bulverde. The exponential growth of his food truck investment lead him away from the food truck park and full-time into helping others achieve their dreams.

Fox Business discusses the show,”Blue Collar Backers” and its launch on the Discovery Channel with Cameron here.

This video from Discovery Channel tells the full story wonderfully:

Richard Davies will be hosting a viewing party with all of his CB Harper Family & friends at:
Little Woodrow’s located on
606 W. Afton Oaks Blvd., San Antonio, TX 78232
on Friday, August 26th at 9:00pm.

Cheers Richard! We congratulate your family and wish them all the success as y’all embark on this next exciting chapter.




Top 15 San Antonio Coffee Shops

Top 15 San Antonio Coffee Shops written and originally published by Alamo City Moms Blog

We moms take our caffeine very seriously. Lucky for us, San Antonio has a very robust coffee scene. These places may not replace your ol’ reliable drive-thru coffee shop (and especially not the Target Starbucks), but if you’re going to get out of the car, you might as well support local businesses and get a cup of coffee DONE RIGHT!

Aspen’s Brew (11255 Huebner Rd., Ste. 100, San Antonio, TX 78230)—”Like” their Facebook page to find out which days they serve FREE drip coffee (YES, FREE!), usually from 7:30–9:30 A.M. My personal fave: Iced latte (extra shot of espresso), no sugar. If you’re a coffee lover, you’ll appreciate their smooth, never bitter espresso. And you know that coveted Sonic ice? Aspen’s Brew makes their iced lattes with ice similar to Sonic’s, and I’m not quite sure why, but I swear it makes it taste better.


Bakery Lorraine (306 Pearl Pkwy., Ste. 110, San Antonio, TX 78215)–Amanda’s pick: latte, straight up, no flavor, no sugar. I think most of us coffee drinkers can agree: the better the coffee, the less sugar and flavoring it needs. Coffee not your thing? That’s OK. Bridget recommends the tea and, of course, the pastries! (And who can go to Bakery Lorraine and NOT get at least a macaron?)


Barrio Barista Coffeehouse (3735 Culebra Rd., San Antonio, TX 78228; closed on Thursdays)–Barrio Coffeehouse has a San Antonio twist and serves local favorites. This place has a cozy feel, personal TVs in each booth, and live music at night. Plus their frequent buyer’s card looks like a Lotería card. Too cool!


Wanna see the full list? Read the entire story here:

Plus they’ve included a “popular espresso drinks” and terminology (we love this!)

Be sure to follow Alamo City Moms Blog on the social media channels for plenty of wonderful tips on family friendly events, mom’s tips, children’s activities and child care resources.

San Antonio Street Names Defined

San Antonio and its surrounding areas are built on a rich historical background. One of the oldest Spanish colonizations of the European settlements, San Antonio, was for decades Texas’ largest city. The majority of buildings have history behind their names and many of the streets downtown are named for the ‘Founding Fathers of Texas’; Houston, Travis and Navarro as well as defenders of the Alamo; Crockett and Bowie.

We wanted to look into some of the street names that are uniquely Texas and even ‘San Antonian.’ Recently we published a blog about ‘Memorable Street Names‘ and this is another chapter in the story of street names. Here are some of our listings with names that have a story to tell.

sabor1150027zd874 SANTA CRUZ • MISSION HILLS RANCH:  Santa Cruz translates to “Holy Cross” in Spanish. Santa Cruz de San Saba was one of the Spanish missions in Texas established in 1757. Inspired by the name of this historical site, 874 Santa Cruz is a Hill Country Gem in the gated Enclave at Mission Hills Ranch, and is 0.85 acres on a greenbelt with backyard privacy to enjoy the heated pool and spa. 


22502 VIAJES • SAN ANTONIO: Pronounced ˈBee-AKH-heys‘ this word means to take a trip or journey in the English translation. So take a trip over to this Mediterranean style home. The Arezzo floor plan is one to be admired with the Master bedroom (boasting a jacuzzi tub and large closet) on the first level.

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230 TRAVIS ST. • KERRVILLE:  Located just a short drive from San Antonio, this home in Kerrville touts one of the classic South Texas historical names. William “Buck” Travis, born August 1st 1809 is famously known for his heroic death at the Battle of the Alamo during the Texas Revolution. Prior to being a solider however, Travis was an American lawyer. At the age of 26 he achieved lieutenant colonel in the Texas Army.


1018 LA TIERRA • THE 7th AT SONTERRASimply stunning home centrally located and on beautiful Sonterra Golf Course dons a name that translates to “the earth” in English. This piece of earth is our ‘PostWorthy Pick’ with the combined home elements and decor streamlined throughout, it can be your slice of heaven on earth.


644 SAN MARCOS TRAIL •  WAGGENER RANCH COMAL: The word San Marcos translates to Saint Mark in English. Aside from this street name there is also a well known city and river that go by the same moniker. In 1689, Spaniard Alonso de Leon led an expedition from Mexico to explore Texas and establish missions and presidios in the region. De Leon’s party helped blaze the area now known as Old San Antonio Road and Old Bastrop Highway. De Leon’s party reached the river on April 25, the feast day of St. Mark the Evangelist; the river was thus named the San Marcos.

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46 OLD SAN ANTONIO ROAD • BOERNE:  This 1930’s home with approximately 2,700 sqft. offers 4BR 2BA and a 2nd home at approximately 2,200 sqft. that was built in 1997. Also a 704 sqft. quarters was contructed in 2006 plus a full size church, built in 2000.

The Old San Antonio Road is considered part of El Camino Real De los Tejas National Historic Trail. Sometimes called “El Camino Real” or “Kings Highway” this historic roadway that extends to Louisiana was based on traditional Native American trails. The generally accepted “birth year” of the road was in 1691 following Spanish explorer Alonso de Léon’s trail blazing. Rather than a single road, it was a network of trails based on weather and Native American threats.

Here is a map, courtesy of Wikipedia:El_Camino_Real_de_los_Tejas_National_Historic_Trail


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