07/24/17 5:24pm

Photo credit: Craig Moore, GlacierWorld.com Photography

The flies are tied, the tackle box organized, the waders retrieved from storage, and ready to go! We’re wishbooking Whitefish real estate for a lovely fishing retreat in the woods of the cool environs of Montana.

The small town of Whitefish (population 6,357 per the 2010 census) headquartered on the south end of Whitefish Lake in Northwest Montana, offers splendid fishing in the Lake and the nearby river and streams. It’s not far from access to snow sports and summer activities at popular Whitefish Mountain Resort. The area is surrounded by forested state and national parks, including one of the country’s most famous— Glacier National Park — situated a half hour away. Whitefish’s average high temperature in July and August is 80 degrees; the low, 50. It’s an outdoor lover’s paradise.

Here’s a picture book-pretty cabin, 1815 Four Wheel Drive, which sits on a meticulously landscaped nearly-one-acre lot. Located near the western shore of the lake, it’s just a 10-minute drive to the town center where charming restaurants, shops, and cultural amenities cluster near a historic railway depot. About a mile wide and seven miles long, Whitefish Lake is one of the largest in Montana and is home to large mountain whitefish, bull trout, rainbow, and northern pike, caught mainly by trolling with spin gear. It’s a popular spot for sailing and waterskiing, too. This cozy cabin with modern amenities shares lakefront access, just a hop, skip and a jump from its door.  (more…)

07/19/17 1:15pm

Horse-lover's Dream House Near Equestrian Trails at Lake Ray Roberts | CandysDirt.com

I’ve found an exceptional equestrian property sitting on almost 10 acres on the shores of Lake Ray Roberts, about an hour north of Dallas.

The expansive home at 7621 Sierra Lane in Pilot Point is a true luxury horse estate with a gorgeous custom home. Its Southern-style exterior leads to a high-end transitional interior with 20,437 square feet. You’ve got to see this in person to truly appreciate how unusual it is for our North Texas market.

“This is a remarkable plantation-style home set on a picturesque 9.72 acres with a luxury swimming pool, outdoor areas, and multi-stall barn,” said listing agent Jason Haugen with eXp Realty. “It’s right next to the equestrian trails on the shores of Lake Ray Roberts — everything about this property makes it a dream for the serious horse lover.”

This estate has six bedrooms (including two masters), five full bathrooms, four half baths, four living areas, two dining areas, on three stories with an elevator and a gated entrance and guest quarters, built in 2015. Can I give you a tour?

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07/19/17 9:00am

Feast your eyes on this builder-owned lakefront retreat with every upgrade imaginable! Builder Tim Seymore of Tim Seymore Custom Homes takes great pride in building the highest quality custom homes, and this 5,039-square-foot stunner is no exception.

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07/18/17 1:34pm

Trip Advisor recently announced a list of the Top High-End Vacation Rental Properties in the World. What does it take to head the list?

  • A great locale
  • Spectacular views
  • Gorgeous architecture and furnishings
  • Posh amenities
  • A wonderful host

Can you guess the location of the No. 1 property pictured above? Make the jump to check your answer, learn more about it and catch a link to the entire list of high-end rental venues TripAdvisor declares the world’s best:  (more…)

07/14/17 2:06pm

Currently listed for $13.95 million by Angie Nelson and Brenda Moerschell of Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty, Hartlee Field Ranch has been the talk of the town since it hit the market years ago, but has yet to find the right buyer.

Ideally located just 30 miles north of Dallas-Fort Worth in Denton County – one of the fastest growing counties in the nation – the ranch is prized for its historic Hartlee Field Airstrip, which provided flight training for military cadets in World War II.

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07/13/17 2:03pm

The Oracle of Omaha bought this contemporary Laguna Beach home for just $150,000 in 1971. He’s listing it now for $11 million.

By Amy Dobson
Special Contributor

Warren Buffett, also known as the Oracle of Omaha, was certainly clairvoyant as far back as the 1970s.

Long before he became the largest shareholder of Berkshire Hathaway and one of the wealthiest people in the United States, he bought this six-bed, seven-bath home at 27 Emerald Bay in Laguna Beach, Calif., for $150,000 at his wife’s suggestion. The year was 1971 and the enclave off of Emerald Beach was barely developed. But now the neighborhood has grown to have as many houses that can fit, and they are certainly selling at a much higher price point. Buffett has listed this home for $11 million.

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07/12/17 4:30pm
south padre island

With views and playgrounds like this, South Padre is a popular destination.

Previously this week, we discussed how the housing market in South Padre Island could really give vacation home seekers a lot of bang for their buck.

Today, we’ll look at how that bang can become a boom — if you’re willing to jump through a few hoops the city says are designed to protect renters, landlords, and make sure city resources are allocated wisely.

With South Padre appearing regularly on lists of best beaches for families and best Spring Break beach destinations, it stands to reason that there are a fair amount of people looking for the freedom and room a condo or beach house might offer, as opposed to a hotel.

“Spring break brings 50,000 to 60,000 people in at one time — and the population of South Padre is only 2,800 or so,” said Gary Tate of Keller Williams Lynne Tate South Padre Island. (more…)

07/12/17 3:00pm

By Amy Dobson
Special Contributor

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and wife, Renda, aren’t waiting until they can find a buyer for their waterfront property in Horseshoe Bay Resort before putting down roots in Washington D.C. They bought a D.C. home back in February as a private, off-market sale for approximately $5.6 million. The sellers were none other than former AOL executive Richard Hanlon and his wife, Pam who paid $3.15 million for the home in 2011.

But it is their new neighbors that are going to keep things interesting. This leafy and luxurious D.C. neighborhood of Kalorama also has Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner as the new renters of a home owned by a Chilean billionaire. The Obamas have also purchased a stately home from former spokesman Joe Lockhart, and don’t forget one of the biggest D.C. home sales of all time that went to Amazon founder Jeff Bezos in the same neighborhood.

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