01/13/18 11:00am

historical shelterIt’s not often that we are able to bring you a historical shelter that is a) close enough to be able to attend an open house, and b) is having an open house so you can actually go see it in the flesh.

Today, you’re in luck, because we have an adorable historical storefront that could be commercial property, but is currently staged and used as a home — in the cute little East Texas town of Golden.

Close to Mineola, as a home, it manages to give up both a farmhouse country feel and an industrial loft feel at the same time. (more…)

01/12/18 1:46pm

 

Joanie McNamara and Long Cove Founder Don McNamara with one jolly old elf at the Long Cove Holiday Bash.

Who doesn’t love a great Christmas party? And better yet, who doesn’t love a good Christmas party where you don’t have to do any of the work? If it sounds too good to be true, you must not be a resident of Long Cove, one of the best second home communities in Texas. Situated on Cedar Creek Lake, this stunning vacation home community is a popular destination for Dallasites, considering it’s a getaway that’s only an hour drive south of the Metroplex.

Of course, being so close to the city means that you have access to some great amenities and events, and to show their appreciation, Long Cove went all out at the annual Holiday Bash this year. See for yourself after the jump!

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01/12/18 8:06am

483 Beaver Dam Road Vail, Colorado, is currently listed by Heidi Bintz of LIV Sotheby’s International Realty for $11.750 million.

Born Free isn’t just a slope-side trail on Vail Mountain, it’s a lifestyle, a feeling, an adventure – and you can only get it at 483 Beaver Dam Road. From its jaw-dropping western views and exquisite mountain sunsets, to its unbeatable ski-in/ski-out access and lavish appointments, this quintessential mountain retreat is everything!

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01/11/18 8:33am

Rippling side of Waiea facing the Pacific Ocean

For the second year in a row, the minute I leave town, Candy decides to throw parties in Dallas’ most expensive and storied digs.  Last month it was Deion Sanders’ Collin County mega-mansion and Walnut Place’s walk down the auction catwalk and into Mehrdad Moayedi’s hands for $36 mil.  Well I’ve had enough. This year, I fought back!  First was Sammy Hagar’s Maui retreat, then Fleetwood Mac alum John McVie’s Diamond Head estate, and now …

Welcome to Waiea where two penthouses kiss the Pacific Ocean for a combined $71 million.  It was here that we met Erik Hinshaw of Hawai’i Life Realtors to view these two staggering properties (the same Hawai’ian Life featured on HGTV).  We?  Yes, coincidentally, Dallas high-rise Queen Sharon Quist with Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate was in town poking around with a client and joined me on the tour.

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01/08/18 2:39pm
Cinnamon Shore|SecondShelters.com

Photo credit: Aaron Costilla.

In our year end roundup of top stories in 2017 just two weeks ago, we noted the good news this past fall of the quick recovery of Mustang Island’s hurricane-stricken Cinnamon Shores vacation rental community. Now here’s great news from the luxury residential development in Port Aransas: Cinnamon Shore developer Sea Oats Group just announced the property recorded fourth quarter sales nearing $20 million, up more than 50 percent over the year-end 2016, and bringing total sales for 2017 to $33 million.

“Despite Hurricane Harvey, Cinnamon Shore’s sales exceeded all expectations,” said Jeff Lamkin, CEO of Sea Oats Group.  “In fact, we’ve closed on 10 residences and homesites post-Harvey, with another five closings scheduled before the end of this year,” he added.

Here’s more detail about this pedestrian-friendly “New Urbanism” community styled in Gulf Coast vernacular, a bright spot in the unfolding recovery of the Texas Coast:

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01/06/18 11:52am

 

Twin Dolphins Los Cabos| CandysDirt.com

Brrrr! Seasonal temperatures were charming for the holidays, but unless there are fun snow sports involved, we’re ready for balmier weather. Time to check out beach-side properties. With direct flights clocking in at under three hours from Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, the sunny beaches of Los Cabos, Mexico, are an excellent place to start!

Twin Dolphin, a master-planned residential community being developed by Ohana Real Estate Investors, is situated along the “Golden Corridor” between Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo. The development is named for an iconic hotel that once stood on the site and had Texas ties. Built in 1977, the Twin Dolphin Hotel was a pet project of oilman David J. Halliburton, Sr.  It was a retreat sans phone or television hosting the likes of Elizabeth Taylor, Sophia Loren, Bing Crosby, and John Wayne in its day. With the hotel gone, the Twin Dolphin property now offers homeowners a turnkey luxury lifestyle with chic housing options and the five-star amenities of a fine coastal resort.

The community’s flagship project, Maravilla Los Cabos, is a private oceanfront community encompassing 260 acres overlooking the Sea of Cortez. Residential options at Maravilla include homesites, custom homes, villas, and townhouses with a sophisticated modern aesthetic. And, there’s another property in the community opening soon — a resort plus residences project from a top-tier brand.  Click to here to find out more about this exceptional community in a gorgeous coastal destination where the temperature is 77 degrees Fahrenheit today.

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01/05/18 12:03pm

manhattanThis week’s historical shelter is a gorgeous contemporary home built in 1972 (so it’s a spring chicken compared to most we look at) — and bonus, it’s both on a lake and 28 minutes from Manhattan.

At $2.2 million, it’s not as inexpensive as some of the other historical homes we’ve showcased, but you really do get a lot of bang for your buck with this home on the 60-acre Larchmont Reservoir Nature Conservancy, parked with beautiful views of Sheldrake Lake. (more…)

12/29/17 3:49pm

 

Photo courtesy of Cinnamon Shore, taken in late September, 2017

The post-hurricane recovery of the vacation rental community Cinnamon Shore was a bright spot in 2017’s fall second home news. While the town of Port Aransas lost as much as 80% of its structures, the gorgeous Texas vernacular beach development weathered the storm well. Fast-acting management restored the property to mint condition within days following the storm. Beach-lovers looking to visit the Texas Coastal Bend community in 2018 will find a warm welcome from grateful local citizens who depend upon tourism for their livelihood. Here’s the story, originally published on SecondShelters.com October 6, 2017:  (more…)