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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

06/15/18 3:12pm

7201 Oak Shores Drive Austin, TX is currently listed by Michelle Jones of Realty Austin for $1,199,000. 

Best known for Lady Bird Lake, an eclectic music scene, the University of Texas Longhorns, and a slew of trendy bars and restaurants, there’s a lot to love about Austin. However you may be surprised just how far your money will go in this ultra-hip Texas town, especially if you have $1 million to burn. We did some digging. What we found blew us away!


06/08/18 1:05pm


7 Cottontail Road Cos Cob, Connecticut, is currently listed for $1,135,000 by Yuka Kominami of Sotheby’s International Realty Greenwich. 

Fancy yourself an East Coast escape? This week I take you Cos Cob, a quiet, village-like community in Greenwich, Connecticut, located on the western side of the Mianus River. Here an American Impressionist art colony once thrived, and the town continues to support local artists today. Extensive marinas situated on the upper Mianus Harbor offer the perfect place to park your boat, while a variety of nearby museums and art galleries ensure hours of fun. The close-knit town also made an appearance in season five of AMC’s TV series Mad Men, when Cos Cob became home to character Pete Campbell and his family.

With its thriving local shops and restaurants, small-town charms, and a little over an hours drive into New York City, Cos Cob affords an idyllic private retreat for those looking to unplug and get away. This begs the question, what can I get for a million in Cos Cob? What I find is enough to make good ol’ Pete Campbell dance!


06/07/18 8:00am

Our Splurge: 3250 Serra Road Malibu, California, is currently listed by Wailani O’Herlihy of Sotheby’s International Realty Malibu for $20.5 million. 

I don’t know about you but with summer right around the corner this weather has me California dreamin’ – and what better way to indulge those fantasies than with a Splurge vs. Steal Resort Edition in the most quintessential beach town around. That’s right, this week we take you to Malibu, California, where it’s the battle of the ultra-high-end second shelters – each with breathtaking ocean views and ample space to unwind, but with price points that are miles apart. Which California getaway would you choose, our traditional splurge, or the contemporary steal?


06/04/18 9:00am

81460 Cassidy Lane Eugene, OR is currently listed by Amy Dean with Amy Deal Real Estate, Inc. for $1,300,000. 

Home to the University of Oregon Ducks, Fifth Street Public Market, Alton Baker Park, and extensive bike paths and forested trails, Eugene, Oregon, is a city of the arts and outdoor recreation, ideally situated on the Willamette River. From artisan markets and local cafés, to craft beer and organic coffee, this year-round destination attracts visitors far and wide for its mild winters and comfortable summers. Whether you’re looking to hit the Oregon Coast beaches, seeking adventure in the high country’s Cascade Mountains, or eager to sample award-winning wines from Eugene’s scenic vineyards, Oregon’s great outdoors is an integral part of the local lifestyle. This begs the question: What can I get for $1 million in Eugene, Oregon? Here’s what I found.


05/31/18 5:10pm


Our Splurge: 206 Arlington Road, West Palm Beach, FL is currently listed by Brandon L. Rinker of Rinker Realty for $1.7 million.

Nothing beats fun in the sun in West Palm Beach, Florida, so we are going to get right to it! These Splurge vs. Steal picks speak for themselves, and while both have three bedrooms, two baths, and luxuriously updated interiors, the price points and locations are miles apart. Which one would you choose for your West Palm Beach escape?


05/28/18 11:47am

Our Splurge: 1521 2nd Ave Apt 2504 Seattle, WA is currently listed by Sandy Justenof Realogics Sotheby’s International Realty for $2,875,000. Photo Credit:

Sometimes you just need to get away, and what better place than Seattle? This popular seaport city on the west coast promises an abundance of natural beauty with spectacular waterfront homes, an active outdoorsy lifestyle, and a reputation as the coffee capitol of the world. If mountains, evergreen forests, and a good ol’ cup of joe is your thing, then this week’s Splurge vs. Steal is for you! It’s the battle of the waterfront condos, each with two-bedrooms and two-bathrooms, but with price points that are miles apart.


05/25/18 2:18pm

3730 S Highway 95, Coeur d’Alene, ID, is currently listed by  Randy and Christy Oetken of The Oetken Group at Windermere/Coeur d’Alene Realty for $1.2 million.

Known for water sports, mountains, and pristine National Forest, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, attracts people from all over the world to experience the dozens of lakes left behind by glaciers from the Ice Age. Striking mountain vistas, grassy lawns, meandering trails, and lakeside parks and recreation abound. Although there are a wide variety of million-dollar properties to consider for your second home away from home, we found one in particular that is the essence of Coeur d’Alene lakefront living – a log home right on Cougar Bay! There are so many details to love, we felt it deserved its own post. Take a look and see for yourself.


05/22/18 7:59pm

Splurge: 3077 Hidden Valley Ln, Santa Barbara, California, is currently listed by Marsha Kotlyar of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices for $6,650,000. 

With more than 300 of days of sunshine, breathtaking ocean and mountain views, and a number of highly touted vineyards, Santa Barbara, California, is where you go to live the good life. Here we pin two fantastic properties against one another in our latest Splurge vs. Steal. Each with a prime location and ample space to entertain, but with price points that are miles apart. Which one would you choose?