03/19/19 9:30am

Our Splurge: Micki Tannerwith Reynolds Lake Oconee Properties, LLC, has listed 1111 Crackers Neck Road, Greensboro, Georgia, for $774,000.

Perhaps you’ve heard of Reynolds Lake Oconee? The luxury golf and lake community in Georgia sits just 85 miles east of Atlanta. And for those who haven’t, have we got a treat for you! Founded on 12,000 acres of brilliant lakefront property, the upscale community features six carefully crafted golf courses, a unique sporting ground, and all the recreational and culinary amenities befitting a world-class private club.

You may be surprised to learn that homes here run the gamut as far as price point and style. But attainable golf and waterfront offerings are plenty! At Reynolds Lake Oconee, you can not only get a taste for the luxury golf and lake lifestyle, but you can also live it! And for a price point that won’t break the bank.

Enter this week’s Splurge vs. Steal – two Reynolds Lake Oconee golf homes affording exceptional waterfront views and world-class recreation, but with price points that are miles apart. Which would you choose? The premier golf course splurge or the sensible waterfront steal? We would love to hear in the comments.

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03/17/19 9:00am

DelanoBy Deb R. Brimer
Contributing Writer

If the walls of this timeless 1914 treasure could talk, what name-dropping stories they could tell! Some of the world’s most notable structures are among the works of award-winning New York architect, William Adams Delano, including palatial mansions for the Rockefeller family and Otto Kahn. But Chestnut Court was his personal haven that he designed for himself.

Located at 2 Chestnut Court in Muttontown, New York, this 6,100-square-foot stucco Tudor contains two and three levels, eight bedrooms, five-and-a-half baths, and an immaculately-landscaped two-acre estate with a stone patio, wooden deck, and swimming pool.

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03/16/19 9:00am
Thousand Oaks

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 24th city on the list — Las Cruces, New Mexico. This week, we look at Thousand Oaks, California, and found in California “frugal” is relative, but still found three great homes — all for less than $500,000.

“The cost of living in Thousand Oaks is on the higher side, but for those with an income of about $100,000, this can be an amazing choice for California living,” MoneyWise said. “This city is green and home to many parks and outdoor activities.”

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“It’s located near Malibu and not far from Los Angeles,” the article continues. “Good healthcare is found in surrounding areas, so be prepared to travel to your doctor.”

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

03/14/19 9:35am

Whether you’re looking to build your dream family legacy home or you’re ready to escape to lake living right now, the popular Long Cove luxury community at Cedar Creek Lake has several options that’ll fit you.

If you’ve ever tried to purchase land to build your dream home from the ground up, you’ll know it’s not as easy as it sounds. Finding available land that’s truly buildable is a challenge. Luckily, Long Cove has a few last lakefront sites in the established Dodd’s Point neighborhood that can be combined to create an acre-plus of waterfront property ready for construction. The lakefront home site, available for $1.75 million, measures 0.775 acres with 227 feet of waterfront land. The adjacent lot is available and can be combined to add a half-acre.

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03/14/19 9:00am

Dean Anderson with Delta Realty Inc. has listed 776 Eldorado Avenue, Clearwater, Florida for $3,690,000.

This stateside beach just beat out Hawaii as the best beach in the USA and it’s probably in the last place you would expect. Clearwater Beach, Florida, is a known tourist spot and most recently ranks highest among TripAdvisor travelers in both quantity and quality of reviews over a 12-month period.

One TripAdvisor reviewer wrote, “The sugar fine white sand is a trademark of this fabulous beach. Perfect for a day in the sun. You might even spot a dolphin or two playing on the horizon.” And this got us thinking: What can I get for a few million dollars in Clearwater, Florida? What we find may surprise you. (more…)

03/12/19 9:30am

Our Splurge: Gregg Klar with Keller Williams Lake Travis has listed 5303 S. Scout Island Circle for $2.5 million.

Imagine a place where the weather is warm, the amenities are plentiful, and deep blue water views go on for miles. Itching to get away? What’s better than heading to your very own lakefront retreat? This week we zero in on two exceptional lakefront beauties in Austin, Texas. Each are big on views and recreation but with price points that are miles apart. Which would you pick, the sprawling Lake Austin Splurge or the Hill Country Polo Club Steal? With this week’s Splurge vs. Steal it’s hard to choose.  (more…)

03/10/19 9:00am

NeutraWhen shipbuilder John Rados purchased a large, hillside lot overlooking the Port of Los Angeles in the 50s, he turned to a fellow Austro-Hungarian to create a home that would put those views to best use — Richard Neutra.

Rados fled the Austro-Hungarian Empire with his family 50 years prior to the purchase of that land, and by then his family had built the Harbor Boat Building Company into one of the country’s most prolific shipbuilding firms.

Neutra was a wise choice for the Rancho Palos Verdes, California, land, as he was known for his unfussy post-war design that showcased the phenomenal views available in Southern California.

And this 1957 home, which is believed to be his biggest, showcases Neutra’s design philosophy, which emphasized a “ready-for-anything” plan that relied on open living spaces that were flexible and easily transformed for any need.

A long, private drive leads to a home that, from the front elevation, is unassuming. Behind those walls, however, is a 4,000 square foot home that has been carved from the hillside, using terrazzo floors, floor-to-ceiling windows, sliding glass doors, and marine-grade wood beams to make open spaces that still feel cozy, with 270-degree views of the LA basin, the San Gabriel Mountains, the San Jacinto Mountains, and Dana Point.

“Three bedrooms, four bathrooms, living room, television room, two dining rooms, and a downstairs family room with a full bar add to the laissez-faire informalities of the idealized postwar housing experience,” said listing agent Matthew Berkley with Deasy/Penner and Partners.

An oversized swimming pool and deck incorporate a nod to the Rados family business — a repurposed porthole window and door from a ship the company was building.

The home is listed for $4.1 million. To see more of 2209 Daladier Drive, click here.

03/09/19 9:00am

Photo courtesy Las Cruces CVB

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 25th city on the list — Cedar Rapids, Iowa. This week, we look at Las Cruces, New Mexico, and found three great homes — all for less than $175,000.

“With a modest population of about 100,000, Las Cruces offers small-city living at a low price. Cost of living is relatively low, with a median income of $41,000,” MoneyWise said. “New Mexico State University is located here, giving the city a vibrant character and bringing in new restaurants and nightlife venues every year.”

“In Las Cruces, you will experience nice, hot New Mexico weather. For a small city, it also has a robust healthcare system with 18 major healthcare centers.”

And it’s also gorgeous — the Organ Mountains and the Chihuahuan Desert to the east, the Rio Grande and Mesilla Valley to the west, guaranteeing an amazing view no matter where you look.

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