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We took a family vacation to West Texas when I was a kid, hitting highlights such as Big Bend, Indian Lodge, and Fort Stockton. The most memorable stop for me was the McDonald Observatory. It was so cool to check out the gigantic telescopes that were capable of getting an up-close view of stars, planets, and even galaxies.
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
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.
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.
Let’s play a little Jeopardy, OK?
Corpus Christi, Rockport, Port Aransas, Mustang Island
What are fabulous Texas Gulf Coast destinations?
Yes, that’s correct! These are all great cities and places on the Texas coast that are quick, accessible getaways that won’t break the bank. We’re talking about towns full of culture, history, and wildlife. Great places with tons of things to do, with great restaurants, fantastic fishing, and the laid-back Gulf Coast vibe.
A New Place to Find Vacation Home Deals: Dallas-Based Heritage Auctions Now Auctioning Homes as Well as Collectibles, Art
Fasten your seatbelts, get your reserve ready! I have told you all about real estate auctions, and I predicted we would be seeing a whole lot more. Real estate auctions are a great way, in fact, maybe the only way, to unload big, kinda albatross-y homes, as well as your standard multi-million dollar fare. Best example, of course, is Champ D’Or which sold at auction last March 31 in Hickory Creek.; whose contents were just sold off last week. Often the owners are high net worth individuals who dabbled, or rather, over-dabbled in building, went a little too high end, or built in a location that turned out to be just plain WRONG!
You know Airbnb, yes? The sassy vacation rental site that let’s homeowners earn extra money off their homes by renting them out on a short term basis. I had the pleasure of hearing the founders speak two years ago at Inman in San Francisco. They started the concept when they were living in San Francisco, essentially, broke, and made short term cash fast by leasing out their apartment like a hotel. Bingo, a new concept was born.
Some good news is coming out of East Texas: Long Cove is getting it on. This coincides nicely with some positive news about the second home market: it is no longer dead! Second home sales are up by more than ten percent, while 11% of all real estate purchased nationwide goes for a second homes.
In California, they have even sold out of the most famous outdoor showers in the world! The award-winning Calistoga Ranch in the Napa Valley has sold out of its private residence club offering.