10/10/18 10:47am

 

Our Steal: 7432 Deerwood Avenue, Oakland, California, listed by Mark Lederer and Derrick Tyler of The Lederer Team, Red Oak Realty for $589,000.

Real estate can surprise you in unexpected ways. Such is the case in Oakland, California. Movers and shakers in the industry are suddenly seeing the Oakland housing market transform. Prices keep going up, demand continues to surge, and a nice crop of wonderfully updated older homes and new construction beauties are changing the face of Oakland as we know it. So this week, we zeroed in on two fantastic Oakland offerings for our latest Splurge vs. Steal. Why Oakland you ask? We say, why not? 

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10/07/18 9:30am

Whether you’re looking for that quiet weekend home for play after your workweek, or a great potential second home that has some income prospects as well via Airbnb, this week’s historical shelter in Waxahachie is an opportunity to get an adorable home at a great price point, with plenty of designer upgrades.

 

And we say designer, we mean it. Award-winning interior designer Courtney Warren and her husband Joel bought this home to create a homey, yet luxurious retreat with the comforts of big city living (restaurants, shopping, entertainment) but the quiet of the small town.

“It’s part of the Metroplex, but it feels so far removed,” Warren said about the town. “It’s so nice to get away to a slower pace.”

In recent vacation home surveys from the National Association of Realtors, buyers say the ideal vacation home is located within a two-hour drive of their primary residence. Waxahachie is roughly a 30 to 40-minute drive.

“Waxahachie is one of Dallas’ best-kept secrets,” Warren said. “It’s still so charming. We have a lot of growth, and it’s an easy commute.”

Warren said it took about three months to bring the home from drab and dated to updated and charming.

“In the beginning, you can’t even imagine what it could be, and when it’s finished, you can’t even remember how bad it was,” she said.

Photos courtesy Courtney Warren

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10/05/18 1:08pm

Rendering of the “Wall House,” an addition to Phillip Johnson’s Glass House, designed by internationally renowned Reja Bakh, currently offered for $7.7 million.

Architecture buffs may want to pull out the pocket books for this one. A rare “livable version” of Philip Johnson’s Glass House just hit the market for $7.7 million and includes the 1953-built Alice Ball House, plus a modern design complement by renowned architect, Reja Bakh. The iconic beauty sits on 2.2-heavily-wooded-acres in New Canaan, Connecticut, offering a combined 11,000 square feet of elegant indoor-outdoor entertaining.

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10/04/18 9:00am

611 Delrey Road, Whitefish, Montana, is currently listed by Dan Slezak with Shadow Creek Land Company for $1.175 million.

At any given destination, the locals always know where to find the best food and entertainment. So picture an entire town envisioned and built by the locals with the primary goal of utilizing its natural resources to provide a unique and memorable recreation location. Sound too good to be true? In Whitefish, Montana, it’s a reality.

Located in the Northern Rocky Mountains of Montana, Whitefish is tucked at the lip of Glacier National Park. The Whitefish range is comprised of numerous lakes, wild and scenic rivers, and an enormous valley that stretches 60 square miles. With easy access to ski resorts, Big Mountain, and Feathered Lake, the exploration options are endless.

Plus, the location of the valley protects against extreme climate changes, which makes it ideal for year-round fun! With so much to love, we had to see how far $1 million would go in Whitefish. What we found would make for one epic second shelter.

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10/03/18 9:45am

I have to tell you, this week’s Wednesday WTF was almost this weekend’s historical shelter feature on SecondShelters.com, because it’s an awesome lake house with gorgeous views and tons of privacy.

But it’s also got, like all WTFs, a little something something that makes it juuuuuuust a little different than all other lake houses and a little uh, you know, something that requires a turntable with a needle that scratches across a record to register some kind of surprise.

So here is this great house on Lake Tenkiller in Oklahoma. From the outside, as you can see, it looks completely lovely. The rock facade embraces the natural surroundings of the lake, and this three-bedroom, three-bath house seems like the perfect getaway.

And truly, it is. No seriously. If you have $359,000 and want a lake house that’s an easy drive from Dallas, you should totally buy this house. Today. I mean, finish reading this, but then call the Realtor and tell them you want a gosh-darned lake house.

But you really need to see the inside of this uh, totally groovy house. And to do that, you’ll need to come over to CandysDirt.com.

 

10/02/18 9:45am

Our Steal: 327 Fletcher Schoolhouse Road, Woodstock, Vermont, is currently listed by Carol Wood of Williamson Group Sotheby’s International Realty for $2.7 million.

What’s better than a year-round destination offering picturesque beauty and timeless New England charm? How about being centrally located on the banks of the Ottauquechee River and at the crossroad of the Vermont Scenic Byway? Add some Windsor County Green Mountain views, and it’s easy to see why today’s Splurge vs. Steal is situated in idyllic Woodstock, Vermont. We’ve located two incredible Woodstock retreats, both with impressive acreage and stunning architectural styles but with price points that are miles apart. Which one would you choose? The hilltop classic splurge or the charming Bybrook Farm steal? Be sure to let us know in the comments!

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09/30/18 9:00am

It’s a home that’s seen a lot of Norman, Oklahoma, history, and after painstaking renovation, it’s going to make some Sooner fan a great potential second home, since it’s a quick walk from campus and all the game-day fun.

L.J. Edwards was one of the original homesteaders, arriving when it was still Norman Station in June 1890, a year after the Land Run of 1889 brought settlers to the town. Four years later, he built a beautiful Victorian home for his family and his first wife, Mary. Edwards served as the president of the chamber of commerce, president of the Norman school board, and chairman of the park board.

He was also responsible for selecting the slogan of the town — “The University City.”

In the years that followed, the home at 204 S. University Blvd., became the place where things happened — including a meeting that ushered in the beginning of the University of Oklahoma. (more…)

09/28/18 1:00pm

Who will buy this US$3.8 million New Zealand penthouse?

In the good old days, the wealthy used to scoop up gold and jewels and flee in the dead of night before poor, angry peasants descended upon their estates. Today, the million-dollar jewels are often red carpet loans where today’s décolletage is rented like a yesteryear billboard.

Hiding assets from pillagees, modern-day pillagers have offshore banks, blind trusts, LLCs and cryptocurrencies. Fleeing is now the purview of private jets to far-away lands – but the local residents in those faraway lands are getting ticked-off at being priced out of their own markets and they’re mobilizing.

Last month, New Zealand passed a law banning many foreigners from purchasing existing homes. The legislation was part of a promise during Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s campaign in 2017 to reduce the country’s skyrocketing housing prices. Earlier in the year The New Yorker published a story about super wealthy Americans purchasing New Zealand real estate as a hedge against potential political or nuclear Armageddon – nicknamed “apocalypse insurance.”

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