In 1962, Jed Clampett and family moved from the Ozarks to Beverly Hills after oil was discovered on their land.  So started one of the most endearing television sagas of all time lasting nine seasons and 274 episodes.  In truth, the Kirkeby Mansion was built in 1933 by Arnold Kirkeby who built a chain of 16 upscale hotels. His first property was Chicago’s Drake Hotel and also included the Beverly Wilshire in Beverly Hills.  The architect was Sumner Spaulding and has an 18th century French Neoclassical design ethos. Other movies using the mansion include Mame and Cinderfella.

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416 Lighthouse Drive, Horseshoe Bay, TX, Photos Courtesy Tammie Bennett, Kuper Sotheby’s International Realty

When former NASA astronaut, Captain James A. Lovell, first listed his beloved Horseshoe Bay lake house back in 2016, I thought it would be scooped up faster than you can say lightyear – but as many real estate markets prove, it takes time to find the right buyer.

So what would Jim Lovell do when he’s ready to get serious about selling his lake house? He’d stay calm, cool, and collected, then pull the trigger on a price cut when he’s go for launch.

Fast forward a bit and I am on the receiving end of such news. “I just got off the phone with Jim,” says Tammie Bennet, listing agent and top producer at Kuper Sotheby’s International Realty. “He and Marilyn are some of the nicest people I have ever met, so accessible and willing to share.”

My ears perk up as if I were on the phone with Jim Lovell myself. This is the man who gave us, “Houston, we’ve had a problem,” and commanded one of the most iconic Apollo missions next to NASA’s first landing on the moon.

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Currently listed for $13.95 million by Angie Nelson and Brenda Moerschell of Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty, Hartlee Field Ranch has been the talk of the town since it hit the market years ago, but has yet to find the right buyer.

Ideally located just 30 miles north of Dallas-Fort Worth in Denton County – one of the fastest growing counties in the nation – the ranch is prized for its historic Hartlee Field Airstrip, which provided flight training for military cadets in World War II.

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The Oracle of Omaha bought this contemporary Laguna Beach home for just $150,000 in 1971. He’s listing it now for $11 million.

By Amy Dobson
Special Contributor

Warren Buffett, also known as the Oracle of Omaha, was certainly clairvoyant as far back as the 1970s.

Long before he became the largest shareholder of Berkshire Hathaway and one of the wealthiest people in the United States, he bought this six-bed, seven-bath home at 27 Emerald Bay in Laguna Beach, Calif., for $150,000 at his wife’s suggestion. The year was 1971 and the enclave off of Emerald Beach was barely developed. But now the neighborhood has grown to have as many houses that can fit, and they are certainly selling at a much higher price point. Buffett has listed this home for $11 million.

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By Amy Dobson
Special Contributor

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and wife, Renda, aren’t waiting until they can find a buyer for their waterfront property in Horseshoe Bay Resort before putting down roots in Washington D.C. They bought a D.C. home back in February as a private, off-market sale for approximately $5.6 million. The sellers were none other than former AOL executive Richard Hanlon and his wife, Pam who paid $3.15 million for the home in 2011.

But it is their new neighbors that are going to keep things interesting. This leafy and luxurious D.C. neighborhood of Kalorama also has Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner as the new renters of a home owned by a Chilean billionaire. The Obamas have also purchased a stately home from former spokesman Joe Lockhart, and don’t forget one of the biggest D.C. home sales of all time that went to Amazon founder Jeff Bezos in the same neighborhood.

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122 Applehead Island Drive, Horseshoe Bay, TX is currently listed for $3.975 million – Photo Courtesy: Realtor.com

Live like a Washington elite in the privately secluded waterfront estate at 122 Applehead Island Drive, just listed by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and wife, Renda, for $3.975 million. Nestled in the exclusive, guard-gated, luxury community of Horseshoe Bay Resort, this exquisite four-bedroom, four-full-and-three-half-bath residence boasts sweeping lakefront views and incredible outdoor spaces to entertain.

Located just 50 miles northwest of Austin, Applehead Island is a well-known vacation hub for deep-pocket-politicians, business execs, and private families, and touted as “the most exclusive address in the country.” With added security, a dramatic Texas Hill Country landscape, and unrivaled access to Lake Lyndon B. Johnson, its a mecca for luxury waterfront living.

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1442 CR 1531 Road Eureka Springs, Arkansas, Currently listed for $3,300,000 by John Whiteside, Photos Courtesy of Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty

If you were a musician in the ’70s and ’80s, you probably heard of Eric T. Schabacker. Well known in the recording industry and Orlando music scene as founder of Bee Jay Recording Studios, Schabacker was the first person to use computers in the recording business and worked with noted bands and artists from Michael Jackson, James Brown, and Emmylou Harris, to Joey Dee & The Starliters, Rossington Collins Band, Gary Wright, Backstreet Boys, Jimmy Page, and Lynard Skynard, to name a few. You can read all about Schabacker’s illustrious music career here, but today’s story is about the house that Schabacker built.

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Waco fixer upper

The Shotgun House was renovated on HGTV’s Fixer Upper, and is for rent on AirBnB for $325 a night. It was featured in season 3, episode 12 of the show. Photo: AirBnb

If you’re a fan of Chip and Joanna Gaines on HGTV’s Fixer Upper, then you know their renovated homes are all near Waco, Texas. It turns out several of the owners of these monuments to shiplap and style showing up on popular rental services AirBnb and VRBO (Vacation Rentals By Owner) as celebrity-designed spaces available by the night.

The cable television stars have made their name creating rustic chic homes in this town about 95 miles south of Dallas. And people from Dallas and around the country are flocking to these homes, according to The Waco Tribune. People come to Waco in part to see the Gaines’ Magnolia Market and take part in the celebrity culture.

As the Tribune notes, “the Gaineses themselves tapped into the potent combination of Fixer Upper popularity and the convenience of online booking when they renovated a McGregor house into a bed and breakfast named the Magnolia House. Mere hours after online reservations were made available to fans in February, the Magnolia House had booked customers throughout 2016.”

At least six of the Fixer Upper houses were for rent in the Waco area, according to the Tribune, with a seventh joining that number next month. Most were listed as renting from between $200 to $350 a night.

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