06/20/16 3:27pm
This sweet one-bedroom penthouse apartment in Williamsburg will be illegal to list via Airbnb of the new law passes. (photo via Airbnb)

This sweet one-bedroom penthouse apartment in Williamsburg will be illegal to list via Airbnb of the new law passes. (photo via Airbnb)

If you’ve been pining for a budget trip to New York, you better hop on it.

The state’s short-term rental law (called the multiple-dwelling law, which went into affect in 2010) prohibits leaseholders from renting entire properties or units without occupying the space at the same time for fewer than 30 days. Basically, you can’t rent an entire apartment out on Airbnb, but you can rent a room as long as you’re there at the same time, and the renter is able to access the whole space. Now, subleasing to someone for a month? That’s cool.

According to data from Airbnb, about 60 percent of their New York City listings are actually illegal, with leaseholders offering entire apartments to renters. And the New York state legislature is ready to crack down on scofflaws, according to the Real Deal, which could mean fines from $1,000 to $7,500 for those who list entire units on short-term rental sites such as Airbnb and VRBO.

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05/30/16 11:18am

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A true retreat on an island, featuring more than 5,000 square feet of luxurious interiors and a dock complete with a party deck — this is just the lake house for celebrating those patriotic holidays, holding your family close, and appreciating all of the splendid summer activities Cedar Creek Lake has to offer.

Plus, it has a bit of a celeb history, Candy says.

Read more about this beautiful listing from Kevin Caskey at Dallas City Center Realtors on CandysDirt.com, and have a safe, memorable Memorial Day!

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04/14/16 7:34am
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Decorating a second home can present some unique challenges, says Jason Lenox of Anteks.

Now that you have your sought-after weekend retreat on Cedar Creek Lake, what are you going to put in it? Bought a home away from home in Boot Ranch? What do you hang on the walls? Acquired a ski home in Aspen? What is your design inspiration?

Decorating a second home is a huge challenge, especially for those who want a place that feels comfortable and easy without all the fuss of shopping for just the right arm chair, carpet, dining set, linens …  Eeeeeesh. Seems overwhelming, right?

If that sounds familiar, you’ll want to read on to get some sage advice from veteran vacation home interior designer Jason Lenox. Not only does he own two successful home decor stores — Anteks Home in the Dallas Design District and Anteks Curated in the Plaza at Preston Center — but he designs warm, sophisticated, rustic interiors for vacation homes near and far.

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12/10/15 5:00pm

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If you’ve been looking for a reason to buy one of the amazing fractional properties at Fairmont Heritage Place, El Corazon de Santa Fe, look no further. The private residence club is offering a new promotional incentive for buyers who love to travel.

Available now, buyers of a Terra or Montañas residence will receive up to a million airline miles on Air Canada or American Airlines, as well as a $10,000 to $15,000 credit that can be used at the Fairmont, Raffles, and Swissôtel network of worldwide destinations.

Homebuyers who purchase a two-level, 1,800-square-foot Montañas residence will receive a $15,000 Fairmont gift card and 1 million airline miles to spend on Air Canada or American Airlines. Buyers of a single-level, 1,150-square-foot Terra residence will receive a $10,000 Fairmont gift card and 500,000 airline miles.

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11/20/15 5:27pm

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I’ve often dreamed about owning a vineyard and winery. My husband sometimes jokes that I’d need a pretty big one if I wanted to make all the wine I drink! Touche, sweetheart. Touche.

I bet he won’t be laughing once I show him this sweetheart of a deal in Canton. It’s a cute little farmhouse with the makings of a great little vineyard and winery, all for less than $400,000.

Yep, you read that right. And the seller, the founder of the successful Los Pinos Ranch vineyard, will hand over a business plan and blueprint to make sure your winemaking dreams become a reality.

“There is something wholesome about being able to wash off the day when the sun sets, and to enjoy the fruits of one’s labor,” says listing agent Amanda Thomas. “It isn’t an experience that many people in our modern society ever get to have.”

It’s an experience you can have should you be the dreamer to purchase Jeffrey Cellars in Canton.

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10/09/15 2:19pm

Candy Grand Vie Ranch

Just about every real estate brokerage has a farm and ranch division now, which is a far cry from not long ago when you couldn’t pay people to move to the “boonies,” Candy says in her latest column inside Grand Vie: Luxury in Living. Now there are some amazing, luxurious, and enviable ranch properties on the market that are worth a look.

Take the amazing equestrian facility in Athens, the Honey Hole Ranch, or Mustang Ranch. All of these properties give horse lovers what they want, with excellent soil, beautiful vistas, and heart-achingly luxurious appointments throughout.

Jump to see the incredible video Candy starred in for this issue of Ebby Halliday’s and Williams Trew’s fabulous glossy mags.

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09/08/15 4:51pm
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If you’ve imagined yourself on the links, by the pool, or gazing out into the endless vistas of Boot Ranch, now is the perfect time to make that daydream a reality.
For the month of September, Boot Ranch is offering special purchase incentives on select estate homesites and luxury overlook cabins. Considering how hot the Hill Country is right now, this might be the deal you’ve been waiting for to buy your little slice of heaven in one of the most sought-after second home locations in the state.
  • Estate homesites included in this special property release range from 2 to 18 acres, many with building locations strategically located to maximize the beauty of the hill country.
  • Overlook Cabins on half-acre homesites along the Palo Alto Creek accommodating personally selected homes from 1,800 to 4,000 square feet, with architectural plans included for your custom configurations.
You and your family can own an amazing Overlook Cabin at Boot Ranch!

You and your family can own an amazing Overlook Cabin at Boot Ranch!

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09/04/15 3:38pm
Soap star Sean Kanan asked Dallas designer Kathy Fielder to create a vibrant, personalized space.

Soap star Sean Kanan asked Dallas designer Kathy Fielder to create a vibrant, personalized space.

When you envision the interiors of your second home, you might gravitate toward relaxing color schemes and open spaces with comfortable furniture. It should be a space for relaxing and letting go. A space for enjoyment, not practicality.

Not everyone has the talent to create that kind of space, nor the time. That’s why Sean Kanan, a renowned daytime TV star, enlisted Dallas-based veteran designer Kathy Fielder to create the perfect environment for his vacation home in Palm Springs.

“The combinations that Kathy put together echo my taste,” Kanan said. “She utilized a combination of  bold patterns with solids all within a neutral palette that I love.”

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But how do you achieve that look without succumbing to design ennui? We asked Kathy for a few tips on designing the perfect spaces for your vacation home.

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