Our Splurge: Lauren Meader of Far West Texas Realty has listed 208 E San Antonio Street in Marfa for $1.5 million.

Marfa – to know it, is to love it. And there’s so much more to this tiny West Texas town than its famous Prada installation. This week, we showcase two incredible Marfa properties in our latest Splurge vs. Steal, each with stand-out architecture and cozy interiors, but with price points that are miles apart. Ever consider going off the grid? On the hunt for a place with a hip, artsy, down-home kind of vibe? Perhaps Marfa is for you.

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The Wilde House located at 4466 Vz County Road 4106, Canton, Texas, listed by Jenni Stolarski and Shelle Carrig of Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty for $450,000.

Want to get away? You could do far worse than The Wilde House in Canton, Texas. Situated just 60 miles east of Dallas, this eye-catching little gem is coming in hot with a list price of $450,000, and a short-term rental history that’ll put a lot of coin in your pocket.

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HGTV Fixer Upper  fanatics: Do you dream of modernizing a “house with character” into an idyllic country get-away, perhaps one with an art scene for surrounds? Take a gander at this Corsicana old house. If you caught Paper City’s current July/August issue feature “Move Over Marfa; Corsicana is Texas’ Latest Small-Town Arts Mecca,” you’re aware — led by the art center 100 West, the small oil boom town of yesteryear midway between Dallas and Waco is poised to develop into a colony for creatives.

There’s a movement afoot to cultivate a healthy retail and cultural scene in the “downtown area,” including restoring historic early 1900s-era housing nearby, too. Indeed our own Amanda Popken shared insight about Corsicana’s renaissance in a post this past spring. (Fair warning: the enthusiasm of the folks behind the activities to promote the initiative is infectious. Prepare to jump into arts support and entrepreneurial ventures in Corsicana yourself.)

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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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The sudden death of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia this weekend in West Texas throws yet another Texas ranch property into the spotlight: Cibolo Creek Ranch, owned by Houston billionaire and Washington D.C. insider John Poindexter.

Poindexter says he invited Scalia, age 79, to his ranch this weekend as a guest along with about three dozen others. One of Scalia’s sons was to come but cancelled at the last minute. Poindexter says Justice Scalia was animated and engaged during dinner Friday night, but did retire early at 9 p.m. saying it had been a long week, and he was tired.

Poindexter tried to awaken Scalia about 8:30 the next morning, but the Justices’ door was locked and he did not answer.

Three hours later, Poindexter returned to the ranch after an outing. He and a Scalia friend from Washington got into the room, and discovered the judge in bed, a pillow over his head. His bed clothes were unwrinkled, indicating that perhaps he had died shortly after retiring the night before.

“He was lying very restfully. It looked like he had not quite awakened from a nap,” he said.

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Established in 1857 by Milton Faver, known as the first Texas cattle baron west of the Pecos, Cibolo Creek Ranch is now a five-star resort, a rugged oasis of a retreat, once a grouping of real life forts where Indian attacks were fended off. One of the more artistic forts remaining is  “El Fortin de Cibolo.” Many millionaires and celebrities have visited the 30,000 acres near the Chinati Mountains including Mick Jagger, Julia Roberts and Tommy Lee Jones. One of the Dixie Chicks, Emily Erwin, was married there. Rooms run $350 to $700 per night. Cibolo Creek Ranch was bought by Poindexter in 1988 when it was not in the best of shape. He meticulously renovated three of the forts into a luxury, 33-room resort with a pool, dining room, horseback riding facilities, hunting and private airstrip. The atmosphere is comfortable luxury — lots of sinkable leather chairs and sofas, luxurious rooms with a ranch theme. Located about 30 miles south of Marfa, most guests fly in by private plane to the airstrip or fly to Midland and drive 3.5 hours to the remote ranch near Shafter and Marfa.

Poindexter was profiled in this 2006 Texas Monthly story by John Spong, when he was trying to buy 46,000 acres of Big Bend Ranch State Park. He was described by Spong as a rather “stiff dude” who has never married (“It wasn’t that I didn’t like the ladies enough; it’s that I liked them too much.”) – ha!: (more…)

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This summer I had the chance to visit an amazing property in Albany, Texas, about 125 miles due west, where I understand Trevor Rees-Jones recently bought land. I’m hearing more and more about this part of Texas, which I called west texas until I actually SAW west Texas a few weeks ago!

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When I was in Midland last week, I ran into the sister-in-law of a former neighbor, kind of high profile guy, and she told me all about the ranches in Albany and how everyone wanted land here. (more…)

Alpine Dan Nelson House_edited-1Last week, on CandysDirt.com,  we told you about Albany, Texas, kind of the new Marfa clone only a couple hours west of Fort Worth.

Well, many Dallasites still love the trek to West Texas. Take Tex Gross, Chairman of Commerce Street Capital in Dallas, and his wife, Vaughn. They had been looking for a vacation home for five years in the Ft. Davis/Alpine/Marfa area of West Texas. Finally, they found it in the form of a real log cabin! And isn’t she a beauty? Look at that view! Wait ’till you see the interiors! (more…)