Category Archives: House Candy
Perhaps you have procrastinated, like I have a tendency to do. Maybe you haven’t decided where to take the family for a fun-filled vacation, and it’s mid June. May I suggest Cinnamon Shore, Mustang Island’s seaside village, located in Port Aransas on Texas’s Coastal Bend? It’s not that far from Big D and offers a whole schedule of summer events planned to make vacationing in paradise even sweeter. Plus who knows: you might like it so much you decide to buy a second home there. Continue reading
Champ d’Or Sure Gets Around: National Exposure for the North Dallas Manse that Took Ten Years to Sell
Thought you might enjoy seeing the national/international post I wrote for Concierge Auctions, on our illustrious Champ d’Or, they being the folks who spurred the sale of our most famous or infamous mansion to date.
Champ d’Or closed Monday, April 30, according to Laura Brady of Concierge Auctions. Which means it is official: Shirley and Al Goldfield no longer own the Hickory Creek mega mansion they have been trying to sell almost since the day they completed the 40,000 square foot plus home. Talk about things you might regret: I saw Realtor Marilyn Hoffman a few weeks ago at the patron party for the Dallas Art Fair. She told me she once brought Mr. Goldfield an offer for $44 million he turned down. Another high profile agent tells me he was almost kicked out of the house when he offered to take the listing for an asking price of no more than $29 million back in 2009. We know Champ sold at auction a month ago at a reserve starting at $10.3 million, which means that was the minimum bidding price. Do you recall the story I wrote with another luxury real estate auction house when I asked what would happen if the reserve was not even met?
I have been on pins and needles waiting out this auction, bugging Robbie Briggs and Laura Brady at Concierge Actions all day yesterday. At about eight p.m. Friday night Robbie Briggs emailed me that “It was a fascinating process, and it appears to be successful.” Saturday morning I heard from Laura Brady who said — “we haven’t released details to anyone… the high bidder has formally requested confidentiality about their name and the high bid amount.” Which means the house did sell, we just don’t know for how much and who it sold to.
When the Second Home is Better Than The First: Sean Payton Buys $3.4 Million Vaquero House Complete With Lit Up Disco!
It’s official, he owns dirt in the Lone Star State. Sean Payton and fam are now card-carrying Texans! In early January, Sean and his wife bought a stunning 7,785 square foot home in a delicious part of Vaquero that is honestly one of the most beautiful homes I’ve seen out there, maybe anywhere. I mean, no offense NOLA, but you would not find a house like this in Louisiana. No way Jose. PLEASE check out this slide show for detailed photos. Continue reading
Do you find it impossible to get anything done in Dallas in August? Let’s face it: everyone in town has taken a hike. And do you blame them? I’d much rather be at the seashore in Maine, on the Gulf Coast at Alys Beach, even down at Cinnamon Shore (which opens a new coffee house next week) in Port Aransas, in Colorado, in Pebble, in Montana, God even in Santa Fe.
I knew it was only a matter of time before this happened. After all, Realtors have been stealing tips from ad pros for years to make homes look glorious in photographs to entice buyers. What have I been telling you for years — it’s all about the photos, right? Now we hear that ”placement pets“, as they are known in the advertising world, are increasingly showing up in home listing photos. The point is to convey a subliminal message to would-be buyers, and make them feel as warm and fuzzy about the house as one of my fluffy Golden Retrievers. Let’s face it, pets have become status symbols and are increasingly the “children” of empty nesters and gay couples. A hunting dog looks great snuggled on a hearth; Vizsla’s or Standard Poodles are chick magnets, so why wouldn’t they lure in buyers? You may have noticed that my furry child, Bree, is proudly displayed on this blog.
(Now she wants a blog of her own!)
I think we can honestly survive 100 degree plus temps better on a ranch. Less concrete, more trees and shade. I love the ranch life and in my perfect world I’d have a ranch a few hundred miles away from Dallas, our beach house in Maine, my beach condo in Florida on the Gulf coast, and then maybe something at a lake. That’s the only way to survive!
We like to have fun over here on SecondShelters, and we REALLY like company. (Who likes to prattle around in a house all by themselves?) So now, we’ve REALLY got company, a whole bunch of the very best designers in Texas who read and utilize the very best source for design. The Design Guide and Secondshelters are proud to announce a fun new partnership. The Design Guide, THE design source book in Dallas, Fort Worth, Austin and San Antonio for fine home furnishings, products and services, is coming over for sort of a pajama party. We’ve invited DG design talent — they’ve got a plethora of it — to share their second home projects, design tips, new products and ideas on SecondShelters. We figure anyone interested in homes will love to hear the dish from real designers ? This blog will share luxury real estate stories on DGpublishinginc.com — a fun way to keep Design Guide readers up to date on real estate news.
How would you like to dish out more than half a million a month just to pay for and maintain your home? Welcome to the world of Tiger Woods. Word on the pro golf circuit is that Tiger Woods may be hurting for money. That divorce was not cheap, he’s not exactly winning at golf these days, and he’s experienced a drastic drop in advertising income. Even the uber wealthy sometimes need to downsize: does Tiger Woods need to unload his more than fabulous Jupiter Island home?