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

What if we told you that you could own both a piece of Texas history and a place to lay your head after a long day at Round Top or kayaking the Colorado River — and that they were the same place?

And what if we told you that the opportunity existed for less than $300,000?

Well, let us introduce you to the Brookfield-Evans-Cremer House in La Grange, home to an Alamo hero, a couple of heroes from the Battle of San Jacinto, and a proposed site of the capital of Texas. (more…)

Most expensive homes listed in U.S.

Photos courtesy of Kuper Sotheby’s International Realty

A Texas ranch was included in Curbed.com’s roundup of the most expensive homes for sale in the U.S. earlier this week. Perhaps the Hill Country town of Lampasas should rebrand itself Lampa$a$, given the $81 million price tag on the Hill Country property, which ranks among the 25 most expensive homes currently listed for sale in the nation. It ranks 21st in the lineup that ranges from $250 million to $78 million , with most in what seems to be a sweet spot for top-tier housing prices — the low to mid-80s.

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More news from Boot Ranch, the luxe private golf club and residential community we’ve been following in the Texas Hill Country: a new toque in the kitchen. Boot Ranch chef (and Abacus alum) chef Aaron J. Staudenmaier left the ranch in October to return to Dallas to join Tracy Rathbun and Lynae Fearing in Lovers Seafood and Market which opens in the next few weeks. Fredericksburg pastry queen Rebecca Rather filled in during the transition while Boot Ranch management sought out their new executive chef – Casey McQueen. McQueen is now at the helm of the Boot Ranch kitchens, overseeing the clubhouse dining room, outdoor bar and grill and catering activities.

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Longhorn Lake. All photos courtesy of Boot Ranch.

Lucky me (Lucky I?) was invited to be a guest at Boot Ranch in Fredericksburg this past month, to learn details of news from the 2,000-acre luxury residential development and private golf and swim club set in the heart of the Texas Hill Country. We’ve written about Boot Ranch before. On the agenda now: an introduction to the Village Homes at Metzger Park, a condominium-like option added to the array of residential offerings here; and planned Longhorn Lake amenities: a party pavilion, tree houses and jumping rocks off the spring fed lake’s shore. A road trip was in order to check out the new features. Here’s the scoop: (more…)

Flat Rock Creek Ranch

All photos courtesy of TheRanchAdvisors.com.

Forget Southfork — if J.R. Ewing were for real and among us, this would be where he’d want to live. Because, no doubt, while the oil market is depressed, he would be diversified into (what else?) tech.

This cool ranch 90 miles outside of Dallas (with plenty of room for a heliport) would be just the thing for J.R.’s pad. The Hill Country-esque Glen Rose area in Northern Bosque County is scenic, a setting for exotic wildlife (Fossil Rim), and home to Dinosaur Valley State Park.

Indeed, there are dinosaur tracks on the 267-acre property known as Flat Rock Creek Ranch (physical address: 674 PR 2955) in the tiny community of Eulogy. It’s listed by Jim Brosche of The Ranch Advisors in association with Keller Williams Realty at $4.69 million.

Flat Rock Creek Ranch’s owner is a tech buff who has outfitted the four-bedroom, seven-bath Hill Country vernacular main house designed by noted architect John Lively with state-of-the-art electronics. In Preston Hollow it would be gorgeous. Set in the countryside near Glen Rose, its beauty is over the top. Even if you’re not shopping this price range, it makes for a fun house porn viewing romp. Feast your eyes: (more…)

Photo courtesy of Bandera County CVB

Photo: courtesy of Bandera County Convention and Visitors Bureau

Some of my fondest memories of my children involved their fixation with all things cowboy when they were small. We were fortunate enough to visit many a ranch where they played out-of-doors until exhaustion, ate like horses, and learned not only to ride well, but to clean up after their steeds. Especially if you have little ones in your life, round up the family, because the 12th annual  National Day of the Cowboy is almost here. The official date designated to celebrate our pioneer heritage and the cowboy culture is July 23, and there’s no better place to look to than Bandera, branded “the Cowboy Capital of the World,” and the seat of Bandera County.  Bandera and the surrounding townships  make up one of the most charming communities in the Central Texas Hill Country.

An hour northwest of San Antonio, it’s a prime spot for vacation homes. Realtor Kat Ryan with Guillot Realty estimates a third of residences in the city of Bandera itself are second homes. Nearby are Tarpley, Medina, Pipe Creek, and other unincorporated townships with more weekend ranchers and retirees enjoying the cowboy way of life.

What’s there to do and see?

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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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I was sitting in Craig Martin’s office up at Windsong Ranch — if you haven’t seen or experienced the amazing Windsong Ranch in Prosper, then you don’t know  North Texas real estate greatness —  and he was telling me about this amazing ranch in the Hill Country just north of Fredericksburg.

Boot Ranch I asked? I love the place!

Yes, he said. We are buying it!

But I was sworn to secrecy until the deal was closed. Closed, signed and sealed it is: Terra Verder Group LLC, the devloper of Windsong Ranch, has indeed purchased the 2,000 acre Boot Ranch north of Fredericksburg. Terra Verde and financial partner Wheelock Street Capital bought the luxury vacation home golf course community from Lehman Brothers.

Boot Ranch, the brainchild of Texas golfing great Hal Sutton, opened in 2006 just in time for the Great Recession. Like so many of its brethren, Boot fell into foreclosure. But during the four years that Lehman Brothers operated it, the community slowly, steadily kept the momentum moving forward. In fact, Boot Ranch may well become a poster child success story for how a vacation home community survives a downturn.

“The previous developer opened the project at the wrong time in the market,” said Terra Verde founder Craig Martin. “Our plan is to complete the development.We like Boot Ranch because of its proximity to Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston, San Antonio, Austin and Midland-Odessa – within a 4-hour drive.”

Read more about this amazing acquisition on CandysDirt.com!