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Amy Puchaty

Amy Puchaty is founder and principal writer of Amy Puchaty Communications in Boulder, Colorado, a bespoke content services firm specializing in luxury real estate marketing. As a luxury real estate writer and communications specialist, Amy's marketing campaigns and copywriting work have appeared in numerous print and digital publications including The Wall Street Journal, Architectural Digest, Inman News, The Denver Post, and Dallas Business Journal. Follow Amy at www.amypuchaty.com

04/18/19 9:30am

This week we see just how far our money will go in Holland, Michigan. The lakeside enclave ranks among one of the most beautiful places to visit in spring, after all.

Blooming With Tulips

In fact, “Each May, more than four million tulips come into bloom in Holland, Michigan, which welcomes the blossoms with its annual Tulip Time festival,” reports Reader’s Digest. “The festival celebrates the state’s Dutch heritage and features three parades, carnival rides, and traditional Dutch food.”

Lakefront Beaches

Of course, there’s more to love about Holland than its springtime pursuits. The town is situated on the shores of Lake Michigan, offering the best beaches and outdoor adventure.

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04/16/19 9:30am

This week’s Splurge vs. Steal takes us to Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, where Storybook charms and waterfront cottages make for the ultimate Easter backdrop. If you love the idea of kiddos playing in the back yard while the adults are cooking up Easter brunch in the kitchen, this one’s for you. Each of these second shelters showcases the best that South Carolina has to offer, but with price points that are miles apart.

Which is more you, the Hobcaw Creek Splurge or the Masonborough Steal?

Splurge: Waterfront Cottage With Sunroom & Treehouse For $1.295M

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04/11/19 9:30am

This development is so good it already has $95 million in reservations! We are talking about the new Pendry Residences in Park City, Utah. The ski-in, lift-out resort and residential development will debut in the heart of Canyons Village (at the base of Park City Mountain) in 2021. As they say, all good things come to those who wait. Right?

The luxury residential resort is making headlines for its successful launch of a reservation sales program. Since February 25, 2019, the development reports a record number of studio and penthouse reservations. So what sets it apart from the competition? The residences come fully furnished! They also range in size from 446-square-foot studios starting at $395,000 to spacious 2,600-square-foot four-bedroom penthouse residences up to $3.65 million.

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04/10/19 9:30am

The Oppenheimer Group, a top Los Angeles-based real estate brokerage is featured on the new Netflix hit, ‘Selling Sunset’.

Over here at CandysDirt.com, we are no strangers to The Oppenheim Group. They’ve been on our radar for some time now for their dynamic and fearless approach to real estate. So when we heard they were getting their own show on Netflix, we went right to the source for the scoop.

Enter straight shooter, and dare we say, one of the stronger personalities on the new Netflix series Selling Sunset, Davina Potratz. The prolific top producer and a key member of The Oppenheim Group – a Los Angeles-based luxury brokerage ran by founder, Jason Oppenheim, and his twin brother, Brett Oppenheim – took a few minutes out of her busy schedule to spill the tea on what’s really happening behind the scenes.

Check out our conversation below and be sure to tune in to Netflix to catch up on all the Selling Sunset drama, streaming now.

CandysDirt.com: Why did you decide to do the show?

Davina Potratz: I decided to do the show because I wanted to expand my reach and entertain people with some of the moments we go through, especially as women. While the drama was real, we are a tight-knit family that sometimes locks horns, but what’s most interesting here is that all of us came from humble beginnings and are making it in one of the most competitive industries out there. On a bigger level, we really wanted to inspire you, that women can be sexy, powerful, and successful, but that this sometimes requires us to be bold, whether you agree with us or not. Maybe it requires a fierce stomach but that’s how the world works and none of us are quitters. We are passionate independent women.

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04/09/19 10:11am

Our Splurge: Debbie Lowe with Moreland Properties has listed 4609 Amarra Drive, Austinfor $3,850,000.

The Masters is just around the corner, so we thought it only appropriate to put the spotlight on these two green-jacket-worthy gems. For our latest Splurge vs. Steal we are zeroing in on two of the “most searched golf properties” from Luxury Portfolio International. One is ideally situated in Golf, Illinois. The other is on a hillside perch in Austin, Texas. Both offer a golf lifestyle, so good you’ll be dreaming of life on the green. Which would you choose, the contemporary Hill Country splurge or the magnificent newer construction steal?

Splurge: Contemporary Hill Country Estate With Golf Course Views For $3.85M


This five-bedroom, five-full-and-two-half-bath beauty is all new and sits right on the Fazio Canyons Golf Course. Sharp angles and clean lines define the contemporary exterior, while inside, walls of glass bath the interiors with natural light.

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04/04/19 9:30am

A hunting retreat with two cabins on 30.16-acres is what $250,000 gets you in Ennis, Texas! Well, $249,900 to be exact. And the best part? This hunter’s paradise sits just 20 minutes south of downtown Dallas.

Largest Whitetail Deer In Ellis County

That’s right. Here you’ll enjoy the ultimate sporting retreat with over 30-acres of high fenced terrain. More importantly, it boasts some of the largest whitetail deer in Ellis County!

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04/02/19 9:30am

Our Splurge: Brady Johnson with C Lazy U Ranch Realty, LLChas listed 4414 County Road 40, Granby, Coloradofor $2.995 million.

There’s plenty to do in the sleepy mountain town of Granby, Colorado. With its family-friendly atmosphere, close proximity to Denver, and idyllic location in the majestic Rockies, people come for the views and stay for the western hospitality. Plus, epic skiing at Winter Park Resort is just a short drive down US-40 E. And there’s lots to love about the summer too! This includes hiking, camping, world-class golfing, mountain biking, and so much more.

If owning a second home in Granby sounds like your idea of heaven, we have two exceptional offerings for you to consider. Which would you choose, the rustic luxury splurge or the mountain view steal?

Splurge: Rustic Luxury Retreat On Over 37-Acres For $2.995M

 

Those looking for private luxury living in the Rockies will be hard-pressed to find a more comfortable, move-in ready retreat. This five-bedroom, six-full-bathroom home sits on a whopping 37.03-acres and features generous interiors built to entertain.

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03/29/19 9:30am

Warm-weather amenities at Alpine Mountain Ranch & Club include the community’s private lake for family-friendly fishing, paddleboarding or relaxing on the dock enjoying the views.

World-class skiing, a lush alpine setting, knee-high champagne powder – this is what comes to mind when people think of Steamboat Springs. But there’s a new trend taking shape in the family-friendly resort town that’s hard to deny. The lifestyle-driven community is gaining massive popularity among buyers investing in primary and second homes, not only for the classic winter pursuits, but for the abundant warm-weather activities stretching across the Yampa Valley.

The growing trend in family-friendly Steamboat Springs is people investing in homes not only for the area’s classic winter pursuits but, increasingly, for the abundant warm-weather activities.

The result? A mecca for luxury buyers who want it all. We’re talking year-round indoor-outdoor recreation, exceptional world-class amenities, and all the laid back charms of a bustling mountain destination.

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