Author Archives: Candy Evans
Golfing great Hal Sutton found himself in the Texas Hill Country about 12 years ago, with a stop in Fredericksburg. He might have thought he was in Tuscany, not Texas, because the terrain was so similar he wondered where the olive trees were. The idyllic German-esque community of about 11,000 in Gillespie County rests about 70 miles west of Austin and 52 miles north of San Antonio. Fredericksburg, famous for its summer peaches and German brews, caught Sutton’s heart and never really let go.
You have heard me bragging on 3RD Home on these pages before.
3RD Home (see ad to right) is a web site for second home owners that expands second home ownership by creating a home swap of vetted vacation home owners and properties. It’s like belonging to your very own Exclusive Resorts, only more exclusive. You must already be a second home owner — condo, home, ranch — and then you can exchange your home to stay at a THIRD home for — are you ready? $495 a week. That is not a typo. It costs you $495 to join 3RD HOME, and then $495 per week per stay at a home that matches the value, categorized as keys. I might add this must be full home ownership on your part, no family timeshares like our beach house. All the homes and owners are scrutinized so you know you are not just getting a five star location, you are putting nice people just like yourself in your property.
SecondShelters.com welcomes its newest expert contributor, Dallas Addison, who really IS from Dallas, Texas!
My name is Dallas Addison, and my passion is real estate. I’m trained as a lawyer and have helped many clients throughout the country buy, sell, develop and manage all types of real estate over the years, with a particular focus on recreational and hospitality-based real estate, such as golf courses, resorts, ranches, second homes, etc. I’m also a founding principal of Preservation Land Company, which has created several incredible (if I may say so) conservation-based recreational ranches near Dallas and worked on projects in Montana, Hawaii and New Mexico. On the educational side, I’m a long-time member of the Recreation Development Council of the Urban Land Institute, a global organization of leaders in the real estate industry whose mission is to provide leadership in the responsible use of land and in creating and sustaining thriving communities worldwide. Continue reading
Long Cove on Cedar Creek Lake: Clearly the Most Remarkable Vacation Home Spot in North Texas for Old Fashioned FUN
Don McNarama does real estate developments, and he does them right. He is the investor responsible for Dallas’ well-known CityPlace, which includes the West Village urban developments. West Village has become a virtual synonym for successful urban commercial real estate development. If I had a dime for every time a developer said to me, “we are building a West Village-type community…” I’d be, well, McNamara’s neighbor.
We probably know it deep in our gut, but luxury vacation homes built on the water cost 63% more, on average, than similar properties that are land-locked. This from a global property consultant, Knight Frank, who scrutinized the ten most popular second home destinations around the world.
I was in Denver last year when the Waldo Canyon fires were burning, and at least 650 homes — maybe more — burned. That’s why I was closely watching, this week, the Beaver Creek, Idaho fires that were threatening Sun Valley. The Ketchum ski community has been trying to make a real estate come-back, fire is just what it did not need – this from Curbed Ski:
3RD HOME Expands Affiliate Portfolio with Addition of Three Premiere Residence Clubs, Including Costa Baja
This is great news — I am a big fan of 3rd Home, and an even bigger fan now to hear who all is joining the vacation home party: Tucker’s Point Club in Bermuda, The Deer Valley Club and– Costa Baja in La Paz, Mexico, one of my favorite Cabo area getaways. In fact, I am hoping to get away to Costa Baja later this year for an update. Here is my full report on the opening. 3RD Home is a pioneering travel club for people who own luxury second home properties… and the best way to turn your second home into a THIRD!
The Largest Second Home Development in the Western Hemisphere Closer to Completion: Baha Mar, the Bahamas
Baha Mar is a $3.5 BILLION mega-resort under construction now in Nassau, The Bahamas. Thousands of construction crews are working around the clock, working so diligently they add one full story to the hotel towers every ten days. It is the largest resort under construction in the Western Hemisphere and has been described as Vegas with 3000 feet of beach.
Years ago, when I was hauling my babies up here to the southern coast of Maine, I would sit at night in this very living room of our family’s second home after everyone had gone to sleep. I’d be reading, or writing — blogging didn’t exist. I would wonder what would happen to this home that has been in the Evans family for three generations, what will happen when the FOURTH generation comes of age and comes here, toting their toddlers on that vast beach, carrying them home for naps just as I did? Just as my mother in law did?