Category Archives: Dallas real estate news
The cold weather means we’re watching more TV under piles of blankets, and our flatscreen in the living room has three settings: MLB channel (husband), Nick Jr. (son), and HGTV (me). I had control of the remote last night, and on came Beachfront Bargain Hunt, a relatively new show following much the same premise as House Hunters.
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.
It’s that time of year, temperatures are falling in Dallas, snow is falling in the mountains of Colorado. Halloween is behind us and our thoughts turn to a ski getaway. Whether you prefer two boards, one (or for that matter, hot chocolate and hot toddies in the lodge), Aspen is one of those special spots that simply delivers the goods for North Texans. Known as a bellwether in the second home industry, it’s a well-known playground for the rich and famous. Aspen even has it’s own private jet company, Sentient Jet, now the official Private Jet Provider of Aspen/Snowmass, with cardholder benefits. If holiday bustle is your gig, book during Christmas and New Year’s, hope for great early season snow and enjoy the spectacle. At other times, the crowds are more manageable and the skiing and boarding are almost always outstanding.
It sounds like a golf course fit for a PGA Tour event, but Liberty Pines is actually a beautiful, picturesque ranch in Wood County with a country home that sits so perfectly on a hill you’ll swear it’s straight out of a Thomas Kinkaid painting.
Ranch of the Week: More “Martha Stewart” Than “Field and Stream,” This Upshur County Ranch is a Dream
So, not everyone wants a gritty city getaway with a log cabin and a cooler of Lone Star on the porch. Some folks want to escape for a place that has white walls and chic decor that looks more like a Crate and Barrel catalog than a page from Field and Stream.
If you’re going to buy a 950-acre ranch, you’re going to want diverse topography, water access, and a place to rest your weary head after a long day of hunting. Whitetail Creek Ranch just outside of Olney in Young County offers all of that, plus you can graze up to 50 head of cattle on pastures planted with winter wheat.
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.
Build or just leave it be, 3B Ranch just northeast of Hico is a treasure no matter what you do. It’s largely undeveloped, save for a couple of windmills and stock tanks, but it’s beauty is in nature, not a building or a road (of which there aren’t any).
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.