The Brookfield-Evans-Cremer House in La Grange, Texas, boasts a rich pre-statehood history and beautiful views.

[Editor’s note: Merry Christmas! This week, we’re taking time off to focus on our loved ones, so we are sharing some of our favorite stories from this year. Keep an eye out for our top features from the archives as we rest and get ready for a brilliant 2018! Cheers, from Candy and the entire staff at SecondShelters.com!]

From Bethany Erickson: I’m a history nerd. When I found this house in La Grange that carried so much Texas history with it, we began talking as a staff — what if every week we featured a historical home in a place people would love to travel to? Historical Shelters was born.  (more…)

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.

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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…)

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…)

Adena Springs Farm, Paris, Kentucky|www.candysdirt.com

Have horse racing in your blood and the deep pockets to chase that passion? Here’s just the place for you— Adena Springs, the crown jewel of Kentucky horse farms. Austrian-born billionaire horse racing entrepreneur Frank Stronach masterminded the 2,250-acre horse farm and breeding complex located in Paris, Kentucky, about 20 miles outside of Lexington (the epicenter of the American Thoroughbred horse farm universe.) Whether or not you’re seriously looking at such an investment, the photos and video of this lovely racehorse farm offer a glimpse into an exciting, glamorous industry.

Real estate industry advisor Bernard Uechtritz, who led the 2016 record-breaking $725 million sale of W. T. Waggoner Ranch in Texas, has been tapped to represent the property, working with the support of Kentucky Bluegrass Sotheby’s International Realty office to field “boots on the ground” showings and equine expertise information.

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A frequent farmers market supplier of produce, condiments, and meat, Greer Farm is also a destination farm and ranch that hosts guests. It’s on the market for $3.5 million.

It’s not often that a sustainable farm and ranch with plenty of income opportunity comes on the market, which makes the fact that Greer Farm is now on the market even more remarkable.

The farm, which is located in Daingerfield, has 385 acres. In addition to hosting weddings and events and visitors in cabins, the farm also provides farmers markets all over Texas with jellies, jams, beef, pork, lamb, eggs, vegetables, and fruit. (more…)

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This 1925 farmhouse in Jarrell is perfect for the Longhorn fan that wants a little country with his city life.

Can we talk about this 1925 farmhouse in Jarrell? If you’re a fan of a certain state school’s football team in Austin, and you would like a country getaway ready-made for riding horses and hosting your fellow season-ticket-holding friends, this is kind of your bag.

Jarrell is about four miles north of Georgetown, which also puts you in spitting distance of Austin. And this farmhouse has plenty of room for friends and family — or even some Airbnb action for folks that want a little country with their college football weekend.

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Horse-lover's Dream House Near Equestrian Trails at Lake Ray Roberts | CandysDirt.com

I’ve found an exceptional equestrian property sitting on almost 10 acres on the shores of Lake Ray Roberts, about an hour north of Dallas.

The expansive home at 7621 Sierra Lane in Pilot Point is a true luxury horse estate with a gorgeous custom home. Its Southern-style exterior leads to a high-end transitional interior with 20,437 square feet. You’ve got to see this in person to truly appreciate how unusual it is for our North Texas market.

“This is a remarkable plantation-style home set on a picturesque 9.72 acres with a luxury swimming pool, outdoor areas, and multi-stall barn,” said listing agent Jason Haugen with eXp Realty. “It’s right next to the equestrian trails on the shores of Lake Ray Roberts — everything about this property makes it a dream for the serious horse lover.”

This estate has six bedrooms (including two masters), five full bathrooms, four half baths, four living areas, two dining areas, on three stories with an elevator and a gated entrance and guest quarters, built in 2015. Can I give you a tour?

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