02/19/19 12:00pm

Our Splurge: Di Ann Norkus with Better Homes and Gardens BloomTree Realty has listed 2775 W. Vista Pines Trail, Prescott, Arizona for $1.4995 million.

Have we got a treat for you! Panoramic views, the sights and sounds of National Forest, architectural lines that elevate the way you live. These are but a few of the highlights in this week’s Splurge vs. Steal in Prescott, Arizona. Which would you choose? The Mickey-Meunnig-Designed splurge or the High Valley Ranch steal? Let us know in the comments.

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02/19/19 9:25am

Market homes at Alpine Mountain Ranch & Club include this new mountain-modern home with neighboring Steamboat ski resort in the background

Are you the buyer who wants a luxury, ski-in/ski-out residence right in the middle of the action, or do you prefer a private ranch in the mountains where you can spread your wings and take in wide open vistas? Perhaps the ability to keep a horse or two of your own, or simply ride the property steeds sounds appealing? How about private access to some of Colorado’s renowned Gold Medal fly fishing waters paired with an unbeatable locale close to downtown Steamboat? Throw in exclusive membership to a ski-in/ski-out lodge with valet parking, ski valet, daily breakfast and après ski, plus a spa, fitness, pool, and hot tubs mere steps from the gondola at Steamboat Ski Resort, and you have a recipe for pure mountain bliss! Sound too good to be true? It’s not! This and more can be yours at Alpine Mountain Ranch & Club.

Members of Alpine Mountain Summit Club enjoy personal lockers and ski concierge only a short stroll away from the Steamboat ski resort gondola.

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02/17/19 9:00am

caponeIt was his first home in Chicago, and his mother lived there until her death, and in 2019, you could own a slice of Al Capone history for practically a song.

“I came to Chicago with $40 in my pocket,” Alphonse Gabriel Capone said once, and not long after that he began working for mobster Johnny Torrio. Not long after that, he and his family moved into the six bedroom, two apartment Park Manor home located at 7244 South Prairie Ave.

“This was the Chicago home of Al Capone and Family. Al Capone and family began to move into the place on August 8,1923,” explained listing agent Ryan Smith with Re/Max Properties. “The ownership was under Mae and Theresa Capone.”

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02/16/19 9:00am

Photo courtesy Wikimedia Commons

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 27th city on the list — Charleston, South Carolina. This week, we look at Springfield, Missouri, and found three great homes — all for less than $350,000.

“Springfield is an inexpensive place to live: the median income is around $34,000, and rent can be less than $700 per month,” MoneyWise said. “Median home prices come in at just over $100,000.”

“You will see some snow in the winter and summers can be hot, but not extreme. The city has three hospitals, as well as extensive home care offerings.”

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02/14/19 9:35am

 

Mike Foley with Conway Cityside South Boston has 658 E. 7th Street Apartment 3, Boston, Massachusetts for $979,000.

This posh penthouse near Boston’s M Street Beach is perfect for cozy couples! Who isn’t looking for a two-bedroom, two-bathroom condo under $1 million in Boston? This one has been updated with the highest attention to detail, offering a spacious open floor plan with lots of natural light. We think its swoon-worthy interiors are sure to make your heart skip a beat!

Elegant Entertaining

Here you can entertain with ease! Curl up by the gas fireplace in the gracious living area with vaulted beamed ceilings or dine in the charming alcove with bay windows. Although it’s new, this stunning unit still retains its original charm. And we think it’s the perfect backdrop for a budding romance or longtime love to flourish, don’t you?

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02/13/19 8:46am

Not Thomas Lincoln

There’s the Lincoln Property Company I typically have a beef with, and then there’s Abraham Lincoln, the 16th president of the United States. We’re talking about the latter here.

Back in 1841, Lincoln’s father, Thomas, wasn’t rolling in dough, and a 32-year-old Abraham helped him out by purchasing 40 acres of farmland outside Charleston in central Illinois. At the time, Lincoln was a state representative for Sangamon County (home to state capital Springfield) some 90 miles away. What’s also chronologically interesting is that 1841 was also the time Lincoln called off a marriage with Mary Todd before a reconciliation and the birth of their first child, Robert Todd Lincoln some two years later.

Yesterday, the original 40-acre parcel is now 30, and has for the past 30 years been part of a 590 acre farm that was sold at auction (on Lincoln’s birthday). The Times-Courier and Mattoon Journal-Gazette reports that on Feb. 12, 2019, 560 acres sold for $7,000 per acre, or $3.9 million. The Lincoln 30 acres were sold separately for $10,000 per acre, or $300,000 to an unnamed buyer with unknown plans for the site.

How the 40 acres became 30 is just what happens over time.

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02/12/19 9:40am

Karen Abrams of Keller Williams Charleston has listed 2186 Wappoo Hall Road, Charleston, South Carolina for $2.6 million.

Named the most romantic city in the U.S. by Travel + Leisure magazine, Charleston’s charms are hard to shake. At least that’s what David Szlam told T&L back in 2015. “If you come to Charleston and experience it like us locals do, it will forever take place in your soul,” said Szlam. “Dining at Bowens Island Restaurant is especially romantic, watching the sun set over tidal creeks while enjoying some fresh-steamed oysters — the list goes on and on.” Hang tight, we’re googling flights to Charleston as we speak.


But in all seriousness, Charleston is a place of romance. What is more alluring than pastel-colored mansions and cobblestone streets? In fact, Charleston is so romantic, it was named the best city for a romantic escape in T&L’s Favorite Places Survey. Readers were tasked to rank American cities across 67 categories, including wine bars, parks and gardens, live music, and brunch — the very things that couples are drawn to.

Of course, our love affair with Charleston is nothing new. This week, with Valentine’s Day looming, we look at two Charleston waterfront retreats that afford all the romance of a Nicholas Sparks novel. And the price points might surprise you.

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02/10/19 9:00am

AspenWhile the house itself may look a bit different from when John Denver and his wife Annie bought it in the 1970s, the Aspen estate still has the views that inspired him to write “Starwood in Aspen.”

The local couple that bought the home in 2016 put the home on the market last month, after doing extensive remodeling, telling the Denver Business Journal that they installed new floors, and replaced the windows and the roof. They took pains to save the fireplaces, stained-glass work, copper sinks and fixtures, and the cabinetry, which was refinished and, in places, repurposed.

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