With the summer season quickly approaching and second homes on the rise, we decided to go to the lake life expert, the authority on Lake LBJ – Tammie Bennett of Kuper Sotheby’s International Realty – to get the real scoop on one of the hottest waterfront markets in the state! Ranked No. 1 in sales volume for 2017, she not only sells Lake LBJ, she lives it, representing homes for the likes of AOL co-founder Marc Seriff, to famed NASA astronaut Jim Lovell. We sat down with the in-demand top producer to learn the secret behind her overwhelming success, and find out what buyers can expect when hunting for property on Lake LBJ.

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Does living on the top floor of most high-rises still feel like living in the basement?  Chicago’s 100-story John Hancock Center will change all that.  Whereas the tallest residential home in Dallas is a 42nd floor penthouse, the Hancock’s condos don’t start until the 44th floor and continue all the way to the 92nd floor.  Completed in 1969, the Hancock Tower is one of the most recognized buildings in Chicago and offers up some surprisingly inexpensive homes with incomparable city and Lake Michigan views.

Sure, Chicago winters are unkind, but the summers, when second home ownership has its privileges, offer a plethora of activities to shake off the cold and grey. The Hancock is in the thick of everything Chicago has to offer.  It’s right on Michigan Avenue in the thick of the city’s tony shopping. It’s a two-block walk to the beach and is a 10-minute taxi to Millennium Park and the Art Institute of Chicago.

Sizes range from 550-square-foot studios to ~1,800-square-foot, three-bedroom units. Of course, with over 700 units, many have been combined for larger spaces. Prices are surprisingly affordable with studios starting just below $200,000 while three-bedroom units trade in the $500,000 to $800,000 range depending on renovation. Let’s look at both ends of the market and with 703 units, there’s always something great for sale.

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Want to get away from the stresses of city life, maybe to a lovely lake community with recreational activities to please everyone in the family? Here ya’ go … The 505 Ranch on Cedar Creek Lake is located only 45 minutes away from Dallas. We’ve been following the luxury vacation home development set on a 505-acre working ranch on the shores of Cedar Creek Lake for a while now. Along with access to one of Texas largest lakes, the 505 Ranch offers a long list of amenities, not the least of which is a world-class caliber polo facility under construction, equine accommodations and trails, boat concierge services, and oh, so much more!

As of 2017’s year-end, the development is 77 percent sold, with 13 lots and a spec house remaining. The 505 Ranch hosted an event last fall, entertaining current and potential residents with a parade of homes, helicopter rides, skeet-shooting with a champion instructor, demos of the latest in ATVs, and more. Here’s the scoop on this lakeside ranch retreat just a hop, skip and a jump away from DFW, and how to connect … (more…)

 

Joanie McNamara and Long Cove Founder Don McNamara with one jolly old elf at the Long Cove Holiday Bash.

Who doesn’t love a great Christmas party? And better yet, who doesn’t love a good Christmas party where you don’t have to do any of the work? If it sounds too good to be true, you must not be a resident of Long Cove, one of the best second home communities in Texas. Situated on Cedar Creek Lake, this stunning vacation home community is a popular destination for Dallasites, considering it’s a getaway that’s only an hour drive south of the Metroplex.

Of course, being so close to the city means that you have access to some great amenities and events, and to show their appreciation, Long Cove went all out at the annual Holiday Bash this year. See for yourself after the jump!

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13160 Miller Road Azle, TX is currently listed for $949,000 by Michele Geweniger. Photo Credit: Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty.

If you’re looking to surprise your family with a gift to knock their socks off, this would be it. For those living in and around North Texas, we found the perfect waterfront getaway for under $1 million just an hour west of DFW, boasting lake access and views that will make you feel worlds away.

Located at 13160 Miller Road in Azle, Texas, this six-bedroom, five-full-and-one-half-bathroom charmer sits on a large 1.79-acre lot right on the waters of Eagle Mountain Lake, surrounded by a scenic garden setting with ample indoor-outdoor areas to entertain.

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12570 E Hendryx Dr Suttons Bay, MI |secondshelters.com

All photos: Erin Attwood

Location, location, location, you say? This Lake Michigan home has all that plus timeless Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired design going for it!

The three-bedroom house is set on a wooded lot on the tip of Lee Point, a unique landmark on the west arm of Grand Traverse Bay in northwestern Michigan. The home’s perch with waterfront exposure to the north, east, and south offers views that are extraordinary. With lake accessibility, privacy, and 500 feet of sugar sand beach, it’s a dream location for enthusiasts of boating, swimming, kayaking, and stand-up paddle boarding. Take a look at this secluded hideaway in one of the prettiest vacation regions in the country:

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3970 N. Lake Boulevard Carnelian Bay, CA is currently listed for $2.625 million by Tamara McKinney of Sierra Sotheby’s International Realty.

Ideally situated in Carnelian Bay, Calif., on the crystal blue waters of North Shore Lake Tahoe, rests the most charming waterfront retreat we’ve seen all year! Located at 3970 N Lake Boulevard is a thoughtfully designed, newly remodeled log home on a lush, .14 acre lot, offering a coveted lakefront address, surrounded by mature trees and professionally landscaped grounds.

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Feast your eyes on this builder-owned lakefront retreat with every upgrade imaginable! Builder Tim Seymore of Tim Seymore Custom Homes takes great pride in building the highest quality custom homes, and this 5,039-square-foot stunner is no exception.

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