08/20/19 12:00pm

Splurge: Buff LaGrange with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage Pebble Beach has listed Santa Fe 2 NE of Mountain View, Carmel, California for $1.65 million.

Known for its storybook cottages and beachfront charm, Carmel-by-the-Sea is the perfect place to start living your California dream. But all that beauty comes at a cost. Here we highlight two such cottages, each with idyllic locations mere blocks to town but with price points that are miles apart. Which would you choose the Carmel Cottage Splurge or the Whimsical Garden Steal? We would love to hear your pick in the comments. (more…)

08/19/19 12:00pm

cookieA ranch that now spans four Utah counties and was once home to a cookie magnate is up for grabs, Scott Gillen and his firm Unvarnished listed an ultra-chic Malibu home still under construction, and there’s an opportunity to travel to Morocco on an exclusive 14-day tour.

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08/18/19 12:00pm

MurrayWhen David Murray — the first Murray of the Princess Anne County, Virginia, Murrays — arrived in the colonies in 1622, he was an indentured servant. But the 650 acres he eventually earned became the seat for a generation of Murrays, including Thomas Murray, whose father Isaac built him a brick gambrel-roofed Dutch Colonia home on the Elizabeth River in 1791.

In fact, he built all three of his sons’ homes on the land that would eventually be part of what would become Virginia Beach, Virginia, likely pressing his initials into a brick in the chimneys of each home, just as he did in the Thomas Murray House. That’s just a guess, though, because of the three homes, Thomas’ is the only one to survive the centuries that grew America.

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08/16/19 9:30am

Majestic views from the back deck of the aptly named Sunset Retreat at Alpine Mountain Ranch & Club with views across the community’s Equestrian Center and Lake.

In a creative design that blends elements of traditional mountain homes with contemporary splashes, Sunset Retreat, a stunning custom market home in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, puts the best of alpine living at your doorstep.

The lake at Alpine Mountain Ranch & Club is a great place to paddleboard or kayak, practice fly casting or sit on the dock and take in the scenery.

A secluded stretch of the aptly named Panorama Drive leads to the 5,600-square-foot Colorado mountain transitional home, which sits on a five-acre parcel of land inside Steamboat’s exclusive Alpine Mountain Ranch & Club.

Architectural rendering of the front entry of the newly completed custom market home at Alpine Mountain Ranch & Club.

“The centerpiece as you approach the home is the barreled roofs,” says Ralph Walton, who along with Cam Boyd and Pam Vanatta of Steamboat Sotheby’s International Realty, are listing the property. “That contemporary design complements the traditional pitched gables and gives the home a remarkable look that mimics the Colorado mountain landscape.”

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08/15/19 9:30am

Derek Dickson with Offerpad Brokerage Llc has listed 620 Trailing Rock Drive, Charlotte, North Carolina for $257,900.

For first-time homebuyers finding a place to put down roots in a desirable location with a low down payment can be tough. But according to a recent post in Business Insider, there are several markets currently trending among first timers. Case in point, Charlotte, North Carolina.

Charlotte has long been a favorite city in the south. And today, it’s one of the 10 best places in the US for first-time homebuyers to invest in real estate. Why? A Zillow-based study reveals the share of listings with a price cut in Charlotte sits around 15.4 percent. The median home value in the Charlotte, North Carolina metro area is $209,800 and the median listing price per square foot is $135. Furthermore, home values in the area have increased by 7.7 percent since June 2018.

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08/13/19 9:30am

Our Splurge: Quinn Myers with Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty has listed 2634 Bayside Walk, San Diego, California for $1.998 million.

Make the most of oceanfront living in Mission Beach! As one of San Diego’s most laid-back, surfer-friendly neighborhoods, Mission Beach attracts all types looking to post up in the sand. From sunbathing to water sports, cafes to boardwalk shops, it has everything you need to start living the ultimate coastal lifestyle. And its beach is a favorite among 20-somethings and families alike! So this week, we zeroed in on two of its prize offerings. Which one would you choose?

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08/11/19 12:30pm

brenhamSituated at one of the highest points in Washington County, Texas, this Queen Ann Victorian in Brenham clearly still has some stories to tell.

Built in 1901, the grand lady was moved to its current site — the former home of the Live Oak Female Seminary established in 1853 — much later and restored to its Victorian glory. Sitting on nearly 47 acres of land along the historic La Bahia Trail, 9105 Mayfair Lane sits near Independence and Brenham, and boasts rolling views clear to Lake Somerville and College Station.

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