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It’s charming. It’s magical. It’s perfectly nestled in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. Ever been to Dollywood? For those who haven’t, Dolly Parton’s Smoky Mountains amusement park is the top destination for family vacations in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. But there’s more to Pigeon Forge than Dollywood’s Splash Country. The town is ideal for second homebuyers looking to vacation or retire. And this week, we are showcasing two of its best offerings. Each has a story to tell but with price points that are miles apart.
Now there’s only one thing left to do. Make like a Draper James t-shirt and ask yourself, “What would Dolly do?”
What can you get for under $6 million in Big Sky, Montana? How about fresh air, adventure, and luxurious accommodations that embody the spirit of elevated mountain living! At Montage Residences Big Sky, you’ll have it all. As Big Sky, Montana’s first ultra-luxury resort, Montage Residences Big Sky is raising the bar on the second home market. With 150 guest rooms and suites, plus a limited collection of 39 private residences, everything is bigger and better in Big Sky. Here’s why:
The Austin City Limits Music Festival just announced their line up and it’s going to be good! So we thought it only fitting to dedicate this week’s Splurge vs. Steal to homes near Zilker Park.
New to the fest? No problem! The Austin City Limits Music Festival is an annual music festival held in Zilker Park in Austin, Texas. It takes place on two consecutive, three-day weekends, and is inspired by the KLRU/PBS music series of the same name. The festival is produced by Austin-based company C3 Presents, which also produces Lollapalooza. In a nut shell, it’s one of the most epic outdoor music fests in Texas. And this year they have Guns N’ Roses, Childish Gambino, The Cure, and Cardi B, y’all!
Living near the park is a great idea, regardless of the show. Homes near Zilker Park run the gamut too, from swanky condos to eclectic moderns to updated farmhouses. And we found two that put you right near the action. All you have to do is snag tickets and stroll into Zilker park like you own the joint. Plus, the income potential could be massive for those who want to lease their home during the festival. Just check out the rates on some nearby properties on Airbnb!
How about a French-inspired masterpiece with formal cutting garden, modern greenhouse, and expansive grounds, built to entertain? That is what $6.499 million will get you in Greenwich, Connecticut. This six-bedroom, seven-full-and-two-half-bathroom estate sits on a pristine two-acre lot, ideally nestled in a bucolic setting for grand events. Among the highlights are a magnificent wine cellar, handsome library, private home theater, and sparkling resort pool.
Of course, once inside, you’ll be tempted to follow the sweeping 17-foot scrolled iron staircase to one of the luxurious, upper-level guest suites. Each is richly appointed and take full advantage of the property’s breathtaking garden views.
Our Steal: Tracy Madeley with Keller Williams has listed 131 Quiet Oak Circle, The Woodlands, Texas for $440,000.
When it comes to the hottest hoods in Houston, The Woodlands stands out. Not only does it afford easy access to award-winning golf, but also a variety of parks, shops, and fine dining. The Texas enclave also ranks among the best suburbs of Houston year after year. So this week, we put the spotlight on two fabulous Houston homes in our latest Splurge vs. Steal. The only question is, which would you choose?
Splurge: Masterful George Weaver Custom Home In Player Crest For $1.259M
The lake at Alpine Mountain Ranch & Club is a great place to paddleboard or kayak, practice fly casting or sit on the dock and take in the scenery.
The mountain lifestyle sought in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, is different for everyone. At luxury development, Alpine Mountain Ranch & Club, primary and second homeowners enjoy a choice when it comes to high-end amenities.
While some desire slope-side access to the world-class Champagne Powder at Steamboat Ski Resort, which borders the development, others prefer the challenge of teeing it up at Catamount Golf Club, conveniently connected next door, via cart path.
Alpine Mountain Ranch & Club owners have access to a private, 1.5 mile section of the trout-rich Yampa River.
Avid anglers may seek to wet a line in the trout-rich water of the Yampa River, while others prefer to watch the days pass from the deck taking in the spectacular views of the surrounding Colorado’s Rocky Mountains. Good news is, no matter your preference of mountain lifestyle, Alpine Mountain Ranch & Club in Steamboat Springs, delivers.
How about a spectacular second shelter with a town and country feel! That is exactly what we found in Napa, California, under $1 million in the idyllic Browns Valley neighborhood. To sweeten the deal, the property comes complete with a sparkling pool and massive party deck for entertaining.
The three-bedroom, three-full-bathroom, single-story home affords a bright and airy floorplan with tons of modern upgrades. High ceilings and large windows allow for lots of natural light, while the open living and dining areas center around a striking chef’s kitchen with Koverstone counters.
Our Splurge: Lynda Weaver with Texas Lifestyle Realty Group has listed 12451 Foutch Road, Pilot Point, Texas for $1.349 million.
As the old adage goes, everything is bigger and better in Texas. And the horse ranches and historic homes in Pilot Point do not disappoint! So this week we take you to the sleepy country town, just an hour north of Dallas, for two Texas-sized offerings. One a custom horse ranch, the other a historic craftsman with acreage to do use as you like. The only question is, which will you choose?