01/08/18 2:39pm
Cinnamon Shore|SecondShelters.com

Photo credit: Aaron Costilla.

In our year end roundup of top stories in 2017 just two weeks ago, we noted the good news this past fall of the quick recovery of Mustang Island’s hurricane-stricken Cinnamon Shores vacation rental community. Now here’s great news from the luxury residential development in Port Aransas: Cinnamon Shore developer Sea Oats Group just announced the property recorded fourth quarter sales nearing $20 million, up more than 50 percent over the year-end 2016, and bringing total sales for 2017 to $33 million.

“Despite Hurricane Harvey, Cinnamon Shore’s sales exceeded all expectations,” said Jeff Lamkin, CEO of Sea Oats Group.  “In fact, we’ve closed on 10 residences and homesites post-Harvey, with another five closings scheduled before the end of this year,” he added.

Here’s more detail about this pedestrian-friendly “New Urbanism” community styled in Gulf Coast vernacular, a bright spot in the unfolding recovery of the Texas Coast:


01/06/18 11:52am


Twin Dolphins Los Cabos| CandysDirt.com

Brrrr! Seasonal temperatures were charming for the holidays, but unless there are fun snow sports involved, we’re ready for balmier weather. Time to check out beach-side properties. With direct flights clocking in at under three hours from Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, the sunny beaches of Los Cabos, Mexico, are an excellent place to start!

Twin Dolphin, a master-planned residential community being developed by Ohana Real Estate Investors, is situated along the “Golden Corridor” between Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo. The development is named for an iconic hotel that once stood on the site and had Texas ties. Built in 1977, the Twin Dolphin Hotel was a pet project of oilman David J. Halliburton, Sr.  It was a retreat sans phone or television hosting the likes of Elizabeth Taylor, Sophia Loren, Bing Crosby, and John Wayne in its day. With the hotel gone, the Twin Dolphin property now offers homeowners a turnkey luxury lifestyle with chic housing options and the five-star amenities of a fine coastal resort.

The community’s flagship project, Maravilla Los Cabos, is a private oceanfront community encompassing 260 acres overlooking the Sea of Cortez. Residential options at Maravilla include homesites, custom homes, villas, and townhouses with a sophisticated modern aesthetic. And, there’s another property in the community opening soon — a resort plus residences project from a top-tier brand.  Click to here to find out more about this exceptional community in a gorgeous coastal destination where the temperature is 77 degrees Fahrenheit today.


12/29/17 3:49pm


Photo courtesy of Cinnamon Shore, taken in late September, 2017

The post-hurricane recovery of the vacation rental community Cinnamon Shore was a bright spot in 2017’s fall second home news. While the town of Port Aransas lost as much as 80% of its structures, the gorgeous Texas vernacular beach development weathered the storm well. Fast-acting management restored the property to mint condition within days following the storm. Beach-lovers looking to visit the Texas Coastal Bend community in 2018 will find a warm welcome from grateful local citizens who depend upon tourism for their livelihood. Here’s the story, originally published on SecondShelters.com October 6, 2017:  (more…)

12/19/17 8:08am
T. Boone Pickens Ranch | CandysDirt.com

Photos courtesy of Mesa Vista Ranch

What a year 2017 has been for the Texas real estate industry! Between riding the top of the charts for growth and residential value increases, the explosion of commercial development, hurricane crises, and blockbuster luxury property listings, the Texas real estate market has stayed in the spotlight. Capping the year, a legendary captain of industry put his personal retreat, an over-the-top ranch he developed over nearly half a century, up for sale.

T. Boone Pickens Ranch | CandysDirt.com

Recognizing the limitations of his advanced age, oil magnate T. Boone Pickens listed his beloved Mesa Vista property in the final quarter of this year. The asking price? $250 million. Now 64,809 acres, Mesa Vista began as a 2,900-acre parcel Pickens purchased 48 years ago. Pickens indulged a passion for quail hunting on the site, adding to it and improving it over time to become a Panhandle showplace, encompassing more than 100 square miles of scenic lands. Mesa Vista now boasts world-class quail hunting, multiple baronial structures with lavish landscaping, extensive water features, resort-like recreational amenities, an airfield and hangar, and a picturesque chapel.


12/15/17 1:10pm


Paws Up Resort|candysdirt.com

Glamping: Camping meets luxury in posh tent accommodations in remote, wilderness settings.

Among the guest residences at The Resort at Paws Up, a 37,000-acre luxury western resort based in Montana, are such fabric-encased shelters, tricked out with electricity, air-conditioning, full baths, and eye-catching Bohemian-style decor.

“The Resort now has one-, two-, and three-bedroom tents to accommodate anyone from solo travelers or honeymooners to larger families,” said The Resort at Paws Up owner Larry Lipson. “Our newest glamping camp, North Bank Camp, opened in June 2017, and it can accommodate families and groups with four two-bedroom, one bath tents and two three-bedroom, two-bath tents. Anyone with an appreciation of nature and ‘roughing it like a royal’ is a good candidate to stay in one of The Resort’s luxury glamping tents.”

No, The Resort at Paws Up doesn’t offer private home ownership, but, it’s a great place to experience a unique vacation and glean design ideas if you’re looking to expand accommodations at your ranch or mountain home. Here’s a look:  (more…)

12/02/17 11:11am

Viceroy Snowmass|candysdirt.com

Why now Viceroy Snowmass? Last December, Snowmass Base Village acquired the Viceroy Snowmass, per Trip Advisor Snowmass Village’s No. 1-rated hotel. They’re just completing $3.5 million in renovations in its public areas, including adding a new Pan-Latin restaurant from Richard Sandoval, a new coffee shop, and a new fitness center, too. In the spring, they’ll be upgrading the swimming pool and hot tubs, and reopening outdoor slope-side dining space.

Snowmass Village is celebrating  its 50th anniversary this year. The Colorado resort boasts 94 trails, the largest vertical descent of any resort in North America, and a new 5,700-foot, rider-controlled alpine coaster opening this December. Snowmass is operated by the Aspen Skiing Company. With one lift ticket, one can ski four mountains in the area: Snowmass, Aspen, Aspen Highlands, and Buttermilk.  Snowmass Village residents have ready access to the town of Aspen’s famed high-end restaurants and boutiques at a generally much more approachable price.  (Realtor Chris Klug of Aspen Snowmass Sotheby’s International Realty covers this topic extensively in the third quarter market report posted on his site.)

With that in mind, we’re taking a look at the premium private ownership option at the Residences of the Viceroy Snowmass Resort. Luxury, yes, but with unit sizes and pricing in a wide range: (more…)

11/28/17 8:21am

A terrace view at the Residences of Seafire, Grand Cayman Island

Opening this month: The Residences at Seafire on Grand Cayman Island,We’ve been following the Dart Real Estate (neé Dart Realty) project (so easy to access via direct flight from Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport) since its inception – luxury residences affiliated with the Kimpton Seafire Resort + Spa on Grand Cayman Island, which offers homeowners unlimited access to all the amenities and services of the AAA Five Diamond-rated resort property: three signature restaurants, an 8,500-square-foot spa, a state-of-the-art fitness center, and, of course, a spectacular beachfront on famed Seven Mile Beach on the western shore of Grand Cayman Island.


11/22/17 1:22pm

Who can say how much value celebrity provenance adds to a listing? To sports fans, the Circle 12 Ranch, just north of the Texas border in Oklahoma, might just be priceless! Circle 12’s owner is Hall of Fame quarterback and broadcast analyst Terry Bradshaw, one of pro sports’ most recognizable figures. Bradshaw led the Pittsburgh Steelers to four Super Bowl Wins in the 1970s. Since 1994, he has been co-host of NFL Sunday. He’s also an actor, playing cameo and comedic roles on television and movies, including Warner Brothers’ new film, Father Figures, with Ben Helms and Owen Wilson, to be released December 22.

Bradshaw bought the land more than 15 years ago and developed what was once pasture into a working ranch showplace, complete with a six-bedroom home built for entertaining. He’s been raising horses, cattle, and pigs on the Circle 12 for more than a decade now. Reportedly ready to dial back a bit, he’s putting the ranch up for sale. Real estate industry advisor Bernard Uechtritz, who led the 2016 record-breaking $725 million sale of W. T. Waggoner Ranch in Texas is representing the property. Here’s a look at a spectacular ranch, home to a sports legend: (more…)