04/18/19 12:30pm

Game of ThronesAre you the ultimate “Game of Thrones” fan? Are you sure? Because maybe you can’t lay claim to that unless you pony up $656,452 for the castle in Northern Ireland that has served the series as Riverrun Castle, the ancestral home of Catelyn Stark.

Gosford Castle — or, you know, Riverrun, was of course also the site of the Red Wedding from the HBO show’s third season as well.

But even if you’re not a Game of Thrones fan, the history behind the castle and the income property potential might also sway you toward opening up your bank account. (more…)

04/18/19 9:30am

This week we see just how far our money will go in Holland, Michigan. The lakeside enclave ranks among one of the most beautiful places to visit in spring, after all.

Blooming With Tulips

In fact, “Each May, more than four million tulips come into bloom in Holland, Michigan, which welcomes the blossoms with its annual Tulip Time festival,” reports Reader’s Digest. “The festival celebrates the state’s Dutch heritage and features three parades, carnival rides, and traditional Dutch food.”

Lakefront Beaches

Of course, there’s more to love about Holland than its springtime pursuits. The town is situated on the shores of Lake Michigan, offering the best beaches and outdoor adventure.

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04/16/19 9:30am

This week’s Splurge vs. Steal takes us to Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, where Storybook charms and waterfront cottages make for the ultimate Easter backdrop. If you love the idea of kiddos playing in the back yard while the adults are cooking up Easter brunch in the kitchen, this one’s for you. Each of these second shelters showcases the best that South Carolina has to offer, but with price points that are miles apart.

Which is more you, the Hobcaw Creek Splurge or the Masonborough Steal?

Splurge: Waterfront Cottage With Sunroom & Treehouse For $1.295M

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04/16/19 9:00am

Strait“I still have my home in San Antone
When I greet my neighbor with a ‘hi y’all’
I’m wealthy as a king upon a throne
You can have your mansion or your cottage small
I’ll just take my home in San Antone”

Or, you know, not. Seems George Strait is putting his San Antonio Santa Fe-style abode on the market — and if you’re looking for plenty of room to roam and some pretty plush living, this estate in The Dominion might just be the luxury property you’re looking for.

How do we know? Well, there’s the 12.2 secluded acres that come with the property at 10 Davenport, the one-of-a-kind design by the late Bill Tull, 14 hand-sculpted fireplaces, stained glass windows, Saguaro cactus rib shutters, custom long leaf yellow pine hardwood floors, and a custom-designed copper bar top, for starters.

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04/14/19 9:30am

The world has changed significantly since contractors put the first board in place on this historic lakefront Connecticut home in 1940. In addition to changing styles, trends, and innovations, the pace of society has accelerated dramatically as well, so the need to retreat from hustle and bustle stress has never been greater.

But this modernized log main house and guest cabin contain everything right outside the door to put you in rest and relaxation mode, including beautiful lake views, a large dock, private beach, two decks, and three-quarters of an acre lot with old growth trees, natural greenery, a lush lawn and plenty of room for entertaining and parking.

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04/13/19 9:55am

Photo courtesy city of Bethlehem Pennsylvania

Editor’s Note: Recently, MoneyWise revealed its list of the 40 most frugal and friendly places to retire. In a bid to provide an idea of what housing inventory is available in these cities and towns, we’re taking a look at listings in each of the cities on the list.

Not everyone can spend $1 million or more on a second home, even if it’s with the idea that eventually you’ll retire there. So when MoneyWise’s list of 40 places to retire that are more budget-friendly came out, we were curious — what kind of homes could you find in these towns?

Last week, we looked at the 21st city on the list — Las Vegas, Nevada. This week, we look at Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, and found three great homes — all for less than $500,000.

Here’s another welcoming college town that offers low home prices, a walkable and lively downtown, and a lower cost of living than average,” MoneyWise said. “The median house price is just over $150,000, and retirees gain extra benefits because the state does not tax certain employer-sponsored retirement income.”

“The city is also well-equipped with hospitals and healthcare facilities.”

Want to see examples of what you can find in Bethlehem? Let’s jump! (more…)

04/11/19 9:30am

This development is so good it already has $95 million in reservations! We are talking about the new Pendry Residences in Park City, Utah. The ski-in, lift-out resort and residential development will debut in the heart of Canyons Village (at the base of Park City Mountain) in 2021. As they say, all good things come to those who wait. Right?

The luxury residential resort is making headlines for its successful launch of a reservation sales program. Since February 25, 2019, the development reports a record number of studio and penthouse reservations. So what sets it apart from the competition? The residences come fully furnished! They also range in size from 446-square-foot studios starting at $395,000 to spacious 2,600-square-foot four-bedroom penthouse residences up to $3.65 million.

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04/10/19 9:30am

The Oppenheimer Group, a top Los Angeles-based real estate brokerage is featured on the new Netflix hit, ‘Selling Sunset’.

Over here at CandysDirt.com, we are no strangers to The Oppenheim Group. They’ve been on our radar for some time now for their dynamic and fearless approach to real estate. So when we heard they were getting their own show on Netflix, we went right to the source for the scoop.

Enter straight shooter, and dare we say, one of the stronger personalities on the new Netflix series Selling Sunset, Davina Potratz. The prolific top producer and a key member of The Oppenheim Group – a Los Angeles-based luxury brokerage ran by founder, Jason Oppenheim, and his twin brother, Brett Oppenheim – took a few minutes out of her busy schedule to spill the tea on what’s really happening behind the scenes.

Check out our conversation below and be sure to tune in to Netflix to catch up on all the Selling Sunset drama, streaming now.

CandysDirt.com: Why did you decide to do the show?

Davina Potratz: I decided to do the show because I wanted to expand my reach and entertain people with some of the moments we go through, especially as women. While the drama was real, we are a tight-knit family that sometimes locks horns, but what’s most interesting here is that all of us came from humble beginnings and are making it in one of the most competitive industries out there. On a bigger level, we really wanted to inspire you, that women can be sexy, powerful, and successful, but that this sometimes requires us to be bold, whether you agree with us or not. Maybe it requires a fierce stomach but that’s how the world works and none of us are quitters. We are passionate independent women.

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