07/12/17 12:57pm

 

Bridget Coulter

One on the newest communities on the Big Island of Hawaii now offers luxe homes with television celebrity designer decor. Actor Bridgid Coulter was recently a featured interior designer on the Emmy Award-winning OWN (Oprah Winfrey Network) television series Home Made Simple. The Santa Monica-based designer was also tapped by Kohanaiki, a private club residential community located on the Kona Coast, to outfit a multi-million dollar model home befitting the posh setting that was once a retreat for Hawaiian royalty. Read more about this incredible property with a plethora of amenities, and residential options fit for a king or queen.

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07/11/17 4:42pm

If you’ve ever dreamed of living the coveted Aspen lifestyle, then the idyllic summer sanctuary at 1470 Sierra Vista Drive is for you. Boasting spectacular mountain views and impressive outdoor areas to entertain, this four-bedroom, four-full-and-one-half-bath home backs to the award-winning Aspen Municipal Golf Course, and is located just a short walk to the Roaring Fork River, and five minutes to renowned skiing.

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07/10/17 4:27pm
South Padre Island

Homes on South Padre Island can be found for as little as $100,000, or for more than $500,000 (but the latter gets you views like this).

Although they’re native Texans, Gary and Lynne Tate spent eight cold years in Alaska before finally coming back to the state. Before they left, they had a ceremony to destroy their snow shovel.

Then they moved to South Padre Island.

Nowadays, the two Realtors with Keller Williams Lynne Tate South Padre Island spend their time helping people find their new home, home-away-from-home, or investment property on the island.

“It happens every year, somebody will come down and catch more fish here than they ever have and want to get a place here,” Tate said.

“We see a lot of interest in buying around the summer,” fellow Realtor Gayle Hood agreed.

And Hood said you can find almost anything you want — inventory is wide open and very affordable. (more…)

07/10/17 3:31pm

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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07/07/17 11:38am

Mountainside at Northstar is an exclusive ski-in, ski-out residential community perched aside Northstar California Resort near Lake Tahoe. At this location, over 40 miles of trails spread through 3,000 acres await resident skiers, hikers, and bikers just steps out the door. The Truckee, Calif., project is 15 minutes away from the famed lake, which affords boating and water sports. There’s plenty of golf in the area, too. And Mountainside at Northstar homeowners have nearby access to the amenities of the local Ritz-Carlton hotel, such as its spa and fine restaurants.

It’s amazing to see the facilities luxury developers come up with to make the most of environs. Mountainside at Northstar caters to outdoor adventure and nature lovers. Posh huts for campers join the standard pool, lounge, and workout facilities you’d expect to find at any luxury spot. Yoga and meditation enthusiasts will find dedicated buildings for indoor activities and outdoor platforms to practice asanas and reflection out of doors. Borrowing from collaborative business work spaces, a “Zen Cube” is in the works, a place where groups can gather to brainstorm collective ideas. The aesthetic of the project is alpine-village-gone-thoroughly-modern, incorporating natural wood and stone elements in contemporary industrial design that suits the setting with aplomb.

Whether you’re in the market for a new vacation home or remodeling one you already own, you’ll find inspiration in photos of a luxe home for sale which showcases outstanding modern mountain design. More here:  (more…)

07/06/17 10:28am

 

Rustic Retreat XL as seen on HGTV’s Tiny House, Big Living – Photo Courtesy Backcountry Containers

In just 18 short months, Houston-based Backcountry Containers has taken tiny-house-living by storm, transforming their entire business model from creating affordable tiny homes that can be shipped anywhere in the country, to operating as a fully-fledged, custom home builder – of tiny homes, that is.

“We had models on our website and figured people would just order one of those. However, we quickly learned that everyone wants a custom home. This greatly changed our business,” says Jon Meier, President of Backcountry Containers.

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07/05/17 9:36am

As a child, my family piled into the car for a summer beachfront vacation on the shores of Cape Cod. The drive from Chicago was as you might expect when two children and a dog are in the back seat.  The dog often stood between us looking out of the windshield while my brother and I took turns pushing the dog’s butt into the other’s face.  Ahh … youth before the iPad.

Our destination was a grouping of small weathered beachfront cottages in East Sandwich, Mass. Imagine my surprise when I saw that a few of those cottages were for sale.  At two bedrooms and one bath, these 400-square-foot retreats only lasted until teenagerdom made them uninhabitable for four adult-size people. At that point we moved on up to the deee-luxe 700-square-foot model.

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07/04/17 9:00am

For a pretty penny, you, too could vacation in eco-friendly style in Boulder, Colo.

Got a hankering for a summer home and not a lot of cash?  ATTOM Data Solutions’ newest report is a one-stop guide to the best places to buy a summer vacation home without breaking the bank.

The report analyzes the nation’s 100 most popular vacation home cities — where, according to ATTOM, at least one in every 12 buyers is looking for a second home — to find those with the best combination of good air quality, comfortable summertime temperatures, low crime, and appreciating home values — along with still-reasonable home prices.

Stick around for a look at all 100 vacation cities, or just follow after the jump for a top twenty cheat sheet.

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