Category Archives: Urban second homes
Top-5 Friday: Love Sports? Think About Buying a Second Home Where The Magic Happens — Arlington, TX!
The Dallas-Fort Worth area is home to loads of great sports teams. You’ve got the Texas Rangers and the Dallas Cowboys in Arlington, the Dallas Mavericks in downtown Dallas, and there are tons of fantastic minor league baseball teams throughout the region. Of course, Cowboys Stadium hosts other fantastic events, like the NCAA Final Four basketball tourney, as well as the Cotton Bowl. Some musicians even play gigs at Cowboys Stadium, too!
El Corazon de Santa Fe Under Fairmont Management: Santa Fe Vacation Home Ownership In the $100,000′s
Faithful readers may recall when I wrote about a beautiful fractional ownership property in the heart, and I do mean the heart, of Santa Fe called El Corazon de Santa Fe. It was fabulous then, and it is even more fabulous now!
This meticulously spacially planned designer condo in the W South Tower is a true one-of-it’s kind in the building. The interior was designed by New York designer, John Chadwick. Then along came Scott and Cooner, who installed the Varenna kitchen with Kuppersbusch appliances, SubZero, caesarstone countertop and a glass backsplash to match the island.
We are going to feature very select hotels here on SecondShelters, because more hotels are becoming second homes, some offering CondoHotel deals as well as residences. Two weeks ago, I was in New York City, where I have had my share of negative hotel experiences. Hint: you smell Febreeze, there’s a reason. But I finally found the most perfect hotel in New York City if you want to be in the middle of Times Square and simply walk across the street to a theater. I’m talking 46th Street just a bit east of Broadway. Location with a capital L but also, once inside, a complete peaceful oasis from the NYC jungle with a huge Texas plus to make Dallasites feel right at home: interior furnishings by our very own Cantoni. Continue reading “A Perfect Second Home in New York City: The Paramount Hotel” »
Whenever and wherever he slept at 1505 Elm, the proud grand pappa had the photos of his grandchildren on every wall to keep him company.
First: what’s not to like about 1505 Elm in downtown Dallas? The .59 per square foot home association dues? That it was designed by George Dahl, built in 1957 as Dallas Federal Savings, once belonged to the Chamber of Commerce, was snapped up by Lazarus Property Co. who purchased the building in 2001 and turned it into 67 luxurious condominium units? There’s underground and valet parking, theater, fitness center, sauna, wine cellar, a catering kitchen, exterior amenities like a pool, dog run, and exterior cooking pavilion, and 24 hour valet and concierge. Enough good stuff that when actor John Voight was in Dallas recently to film the pilot for Midland, he leased a two bedroom, two and a half bath unit at 1505 Elm for about $3,000. (Can you imagine what that would have cost in NYC or LA?) Not only did he lease it, he furnished it complete with big gorgeous blown up photos of his grandchildren, yes, Angelina’s babies.
OK, it is really cold in Texas tonight. 20 degrees right now. Supposed to go down to 14. It is my opinion that most homes in Texas are not built for this kind of weather unless they have basements and theromopane windows. Home with old single pane windows are frozen over. I had a pier and beam home because I thought that would be warmer, now I have a pier-ed slab. Both, it seems, are cold. So informal poll: which is warmer in winter, the slab or pier and beam home?
It is a tribute to the power of the real estate market that one of the major advertisers in this year’s game, again, is HomeAway.com. (Click here to see their unique, customizable spot — travelers can insert their faces as a main character in the commercial and vacation rental home owners can feature their listings. I’m even in this one!) The Austin-based firm offers a comprehensive on-line smorgasbord of vacation homes for rent, what many of you may know as VRBO (vacation rentals by owner) dot com. The company is doing extremely well, and growing, because more Americans want to monetize their vacation home properties, and more families want to stay in private homes when they vacation.
It’s the Steelers versus Green Bay! This is a guest post from my Arlington, Texas correspondent and fellow House Porn lover John Burgdorf: Superbowl XLV comes to town soon and Arlington will be filled with Pit and cheese fans needing beautiful homes, sexy homes. John did some research to bring us the best. Hurry, Steeler and Green Bay fans are trolling the Internet as we speak! These won’t last long:
I found this jazzy website showcasing 5 East 44th, and listening to it just reminded me of the good old days when properties could be sold for $1500 per square foot. (Ah, those were the days.) Also found out this building is one of the narrowest “slivers” in midtown, only 28 feet wide, designed by Alan Ritchie of The Office of Philip Johnson, which also designed the Urban Glass House at 330 Spring Street. Developer was Sam Suzuki of The Vintage Group. I wondered what was going on across the street: the Cornell Club. Here’s the fun stuff: the site once was occupied by Canfield’s Gambling House, which was closed in an anti-vice campaign in 1901 by District Attorney William Jerome and, according to New York Songlines, a website, was “perhaps the most prestigious illegal joint of the Gilded Age.”