06/21/17 5:30pm

Looking for a place to beat the heat? Feast your eyes on one of the hottest equestrian offerings on the market. Just 45 minutes from downtown Dallas, El Milagro Retreat is a sprawling, 50-acre residential estate, and working equestrian ranch that lives like a five-star resort. Whether you want to take a dip in the infinity-edge pool, go for a horseback ride, train your prized mare, or host the entire family for summer vacation, this majestic beauty has it all.

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06/20/17 3:48pm

Ah, to have a summer house in the Hamptons. Many say there is nothing quite like it, and for good reason. Whether it’s the sea-salted air and pristine sandy beaches, or the quaint boutiques and gourmet eateries you’re after, we have found the perfect summer retreat that puts you minutes from it all. Meet 361 North Sea Mecox Road in Southampton, N.Y. — a lovingly restored 1910 farmhouse that beckons you to get out of the city, reconnect with nature, and enjoy the view.

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06/19/17 12:43pm
Bermuda: Endless Views of Pastel Houses and Endless Water

Bermuda: Endless views of pastel houses and endless water.

In case you missed it the first time back in January 2016, on June 16, 2017, this post was awarded “silver” in the “Best International Real Estate Story” category  by the National Association of Real Estate Editors (NAREE).

Bermuda is a cluster of 130 picturesque islands you think is located in the Caribbean, but it’s actually in the North Atlantic Ocean about 650 miles east of North Carolina and 950 miles north of the Bahamas. Bermuda is known as much for its beauty as it is as a tax haven for multinational businesses.

Driving around Hamilton, you’d think the world consisted of bars, restaurants, insurance companies, and banks surrounded by ocean. That’s because while 400,000 tourists visit the island annually, 60 percent of the island’s GDP is derived from financial services.

As much as I detest corporate tax avoidance, I understand that without it, this island would be a lot poorer than it is. Certainly Bermuda has fallen into a sleepiness since its heyday in the 1960s as a jet set destination. While meticulously maintained, large hotels tend to be of that era. Tourists tend to be visiting executives eager for sun, sand, and high finance as well as east coasters wanting something more tranquil than some of the other more touristy islands of the Caribbean.

Bermuda is a British Overseas Territory so driving is on the left, but oddly the Bermudian Dollar is pegged to the US dollar (1-to-1) which makes currency conversion as easy as it gets. The local population of about 67,000 consists of those who trace their lineage to the UK and Africa (a legacy of the slave trade). Like many conquests, the original populace were wiped out by smallpox and STDs brought over by the original Europeans (how cheerful).

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06/15/17 11:26am
Riviera Maya Erosion

Photos courtesy of Mayakoba.

One of the world’s most beautiful beach destinations, Mayakoba, is undergoing a rehabilitation project to repair damage resulting from climate change. The eco-friendly Mayakoba resort development is set in the area known as “The Riviera Maya,” a 75-mile stretch south of Cancun on the Caribbean Coast of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula. Developed by OHL Desarrollos, Mayakoba is home to four luxury hotels, three of which offer private ownership residences.

Aquatic activities in the area revolve around the local stretch of the beautiful Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System. Climate change has been taking a toll on the reefs, impacting trade winds and ocean currents resulting in loss of sand and beach erosion. A strategic alliance has come together to rehabilitate the coastal ecosystem at Mayakoba; it’s a pioneering effort which will perhaps spur other such projects throughout the world. Jump to read more about this lovely area and inspiring reclamation project:  (more…)

06/14/17 12:07pm

At a staggering 5,750 feet, Livermore Ranch is the highest elevation ranch home in the state of Texas, currently offered by Hall and Hall for $17.5 million. Nestled in the heart of the Davis Mountains and encompassing all of Brooks Mountain, it’s described as “the last of the great places,” located just 30 miles west of Fort Davis, and a short 25-mile drive to Marfa, the vibrant arts hub of “Prada Marfa” fame.

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06/12/17 9:00am

Petoskey,Petoskey, Michigan vacation home

Petoskey real estate. Don’t know where that is? Hold your left hand up in front of your face, palms out, fingers straight up. With your right index finger, touch the tip of your left ring fingernail where it meets your middle finger. Your hand is a map of Michigan. The spot you are touching is Petoskey. It’s a coastal resort village situated on Little Traverse Bay on the shores of the massive great lake named for the state.

Among the claims to fame of this lovely, small town is that Ernest Hemingway spent summers in the area for the first 22 years of his life (1899-1921) in a cottage his parents built on nearby Walloon Lake. His first novel, The Torrents of Spring, is set in Petoskey, and his short stories featuring the character Nick Adams also contain many references to the town. A Petoskey historical tour will lead you through local spots associated with the literary icon in some way.

Residents here enjoy boating and other water sports, hiking in the abundance of woods, and biking the 26-mile Little Traverse Wheelway that runs along the coast. In the winter, skiing, ice skating, snowmobiling, and sledding dominate outdoor activities. The Crooked Tree Art Center is the center of cultural happenings such as concerts, art classes, and events. There’s waterfront housing of all sorts, but what caught my eye was a charming well-priced cottage circa 1899-1921, Hemingway’s Petoskey time. Make the jump for a look at this cozy area and the cute home near the bay:  (more…)

06/09/17 12:28pm

The property at 1019 E. Hells Gate Dr. in Graford, Texas, is currently listed for $7 million.

Anyone familiar with North Texas knows that the Hell’s Gate Fireworks Show at Possum Kingdom Lake is hands down the best July 4 party around. And if Possum Kingdom is the lake of the summer, then Hell’s Gate is the party cove. Here boaters, water skiers, and sunbathers flock to see and be seen at one of the hottest lakefront celebrations of the season.

This year we called on the experts to narrow down the best spots on the lake to celebrate. Whether you’re in the market for a splurge, or looking for a steal, each of these lake homes offer spectacular outdoor spaces for entertaining, and exceptional views of the Hell’s Gate fireworks. Get your pocketbooks ready people, these properties are hot, hot, hot!

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06/02/17 9:32am

2010 GCR 14N Kremmling, CO is currently offered for $28,500,000 by Jack Wolfe of LIV Sotheby’s International Realty

Tired of the heat? Want to get away? We’ve located an ultra-luxury escape, secluded by nature and boasting pristine Rocky Mountain views, with a whopping 24,000-square-foot Jon Gunson designed lodge that will instantly put you in a Colorado state of mind.

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