04/15/18 9:00am

GUTHRIEEleven years before this week’s historical shelter was built, the town was a small railroad stop. In fact, Guthrie, Oklahoma, went from train stop to town of more 10,000 in six scant hours in 1889.

That’s right — the April 1889 land run made Guthrie a boom town in less than a day. Because of that, it was designated a territory capital almost immediately, and the state capital of Oklahoma in 1907 (although a short three years later, voters chose Oklahoma City as the new capitol).

The home that is now known as the White Peacock Inn was built in 1900. The stately Colonial Revival mansion features a two-story wrap around front porch with large square columns, a large Palladian dormer, and a one-story entrance portico with columns. (more…)

04/13/18 8:23am

3107 Brass Buttons Trail Austin, TX is listed for $999,900 by Jacque Krenek with Austin Area Properties. 

A little birdie told me that a recent networking event in Austin was a huge hit, drawing top producers from all over the country who are raving about the city’s culture, cuisine, and nightlife in their Instagram feeds. Seeing all my real estate friends living it up in the state capitol got me thinking. What can I get for a million in Austin? From a lakefront darling on Brass Buttons Trail, to a Travis Heights stunner oozing flawless modern design, what I found may surprise you.

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04/11/18 11:20am

Hey, do you want to buy a lodge? A really, really big lodge? What if we told you it’s been on the market since 2015? What if we told you that it was initially listed for $40 million, but had a price reduction last year and can now be yours for a cool 20 million American dollars?

Come take a look at our Wednesday WTF, an irreverent look at real estate and home decor.

04/09/18 8:30am

 

Photos courtesy of La Amada Residences

Looking for a coastal home in Mexico? Meet La Amada Residences, a luxury residential community located in Playa Mujeres, a secluded seaside resort area on the northeast coast of Yucatán peninsula. Bordered to the east by the Caribbean and the west by natural areas, Playa Mujeres is 15 minutes north of Cancún. The La Amada community is the only residential offering in Playa Mujeres. The property includes 215 luxury mid-rise condominiums featuring contemporary Mexican design, with views ranging from the sea to a luxe marina to the lush wildlife wetlands of the Chacmochuc Lagoon nature reserve.

This June, La Amada is unveiling a new multi-million dollar beach club with infinity pools, a swim-up bar, tennis and paddle ball courts, a gourmet food shop and restaurant, and a world-class gym. Along with access to the beaches and boardwalks of the broader community, residents enjoy the Greg Norman-designed golf course of Playa Mujeres Golf Club; touring and zip-lining in the wetlands and rainforest jungle; fishing, snorkeling, and watersports; and spas and golf at nearby hotels and resorts. At $320,000, a one-bedroom La Amada condominium was named “steal of the week” in the March 16, 2018 issue of The Week magazine.

Make the jump here for more detail of second home options in this tropical wonderland…  (more…)

04/08/18 9:49am

hot springsIf you’ve been looking for a second home that can accommodate a family — even the furry ones — and has plenty of amenities to offer at home and in the area, this week’s historical shelter in Hot Springs, Arkansas, may be for you.

Built in 1918 for D.D. King as a summer home, this Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired Craftsman is 4,980 square feet of house, with four bedrooms and three-and-a-half baths. It sits on 7.62 acres, and is directly across from the Hot Springs Country Club, which boasts two 18-hole golf courses and a tennis complex. (more…)

04/06/18 8:05am

13 Johnson Rd, Charleston, SC is currently listed for $4,695,000 by Dan Ravenel of Daniel Ravenel Sotheby’s International Realty. Photo Credit: Realtor.com

This week we zero in on one of the country’s oldest and most beloved port cities, South Carolina’s own Charleston. Originally founded as “Charles Town” to honor King Charles II of England, the historic town was recently voted America’s No.  1 Small City for the fifth year in a row!

From its cobblestone streets and pastel antebellum houses, to its elegant French Quarter and Battery districts, Charleston is a town filled with character and seaside charm. Whether it’s island hopping you’re after, or a desire to savor the heirloom culinary fare, there is something for everyone – including fabulous second homes for vacationers, or those looking to relocate or retire. Here we showcase the city’s hottest real estate in our latest Splurge vs. Steal featuring two Charleston properties that are equally refined and ideally located, but with very different price points.

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04/04/18 8:07am

Helsinki’s historic waterfront

The 2018 World Happiness Report named Finland as the world’s happiest country. In fact, the top four of the 156 countries measured were all Nordic – Finland, Norway, Denmark, and Iceland (“unhappy” Sweden popped in at number nine.  The good old US of A?  Eighteenth).

The 2018 report is a cumulation of 2015-2017 while the prior report contained data from 2008-2010.  Comparing the two reports, you may want to explore Finland as a second home, if for no other reason than improving your mood.  The latest report shows that the US happiness index is down 0.315 points while Finland gained 0.100 points. This may not seem like a lot, but the index is an eight-point scale, making a 0.415 point separation a significant 19 percent.

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04/03/18 8:00am

3337 Walton Way Ext, Augusta, GA, currently listed for $925,000 by Dorothy Peterson of Blanchard & Calhoun-Evans.

Come for the golf, stay for the pimento cheese, they say. As if Amen corner, blooming azaleas, and the way the sunlight peeks through the trees weren’t enough, Augusta, Georgia, is flush with golf’s greatest moments. Yes, since 1934, Augusta has played home and host to the iconic Masters Tournament, but it’s also known for its historic and downright breathtaking architecture. With the Masters looming, I was inspired to see just how far a million dollars would go in the Augusta real estate market. What I find will leave you wanting more!

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