06/09/19 9:00am

One can only imagine how much musical history legendary composer Marvin Hamlisch made at this circa 1839 compound. But one thing is certain: the awe-inspiring 40-acre estate – bordered by lush meadows and wooded greenery – is ideally arranged for creativity.

From a visual standpoint, the reimagination of noted architect Paul Gleicher takes center stage. While his design scheme preserved the historic architecture of the 12,000-square-feet compound, interiors are a blend of 19th-century design elements and 21st-century luxury.

Converting Four Barns Farm to Hudson Valley Chic

Since four old barns were the only reminders of the property’s farming heritage, Gleicher converted the structures into functional buildings to complement today’s lifestyle, and he made them the centerpiece of the estate. In keeping with the barn motif, each building contains a stunning mix of oak paneling, exposed beams, and wide board floors. (more…)

06/07/19 9:30am

The lake at Alpine Mountain Ranch & Club is a great place to paddleboard or kayak, practice fly casting or sit on the dock and take in the scenery.

The mountain lifestyle sought in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, is different for everyone. At luxury development, Alpine Mountain Ranch & Club, primary and second homeowners enjoy a choice when it comes to high-end amenities.

While some desire slope-side access to the world-class Champagne Powder at Steamboat Ski Resort, which borders the development, others prefer the challenge of teeing it up at Catamount Golf Club, conveniently connected next door, via cart path.

Alpine Mountain Ranch & Club owners have access to a private, 1.5 mile section of the trout-rich Yampa River.

Avid anglers may seek to wet a line in the trout-rich water of the Yampa River, while others prefer to watch the days pass from the deck taking in the spectacular views of the surrounding Colorado’s Rocky Mountains. Good news is, no matter your preference of mountain lifestyle, Alpine Mountain Ranch & Club in Steamboat Springs, delivers.

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06/06/19 9:30am

How about a spectacular second shelter with a town and country feel! That is exactly what we found in Napa, California, under $1 million in the idyllic Browns Valley neighborhood. To sweeten the deal, the property comes complete with a sparkling pool and massive party deck for entertaining.

The three-bedroom, three-full-bathroom, single-story home affords a bright and airy floorplan with tons of modern upgrades. High ceilings and large windows allow for lots of natural light, while the open living and dining areas center around a striking chef’s kitchen with Koverstone counters.

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06/04/19 9:30am

Our Splurge: Lynda Weaver with Texas Lifestyle Realty Group has listed 12451 Foutch Road, Pilot Point, Texas for $1.349 million.

As the old adage goes, everything is bigger and better in Texas. And the horse ranches and historic homes in Pilot Point do not disappoint! So this week we take you to the sleepy country town, just an hour north of Dallas, for two Texas-sized offerings. One a custom horse ranch, the other a historic craftsman with acreage to do use as you like. The only question is, which will you choose?

Splurge: Custom Horse Ranch With All The Fixin’s

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06/03/19 2:00pm

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We have affordable castle living in Scotland, a conceptual house in a rock, a man-made island in Dubai that is FINALLY ready, and an amazing fixer in the woods in Idaho.

Here’s what we’re reading. What are YOU reading?

Castle Life, But No Castle Dollars? Head to Scotland

Want to live in a castle, but don’t have castle coffers? The historic Dalnair Castle in Loch Lomond — roughly 30 minutes from Glasgow, Scotland — may be the answer.

The castle has been converted into 10 luxurious two and three-bed apartments, Glasgow Live reported.

“Since its purchase by FM Group in 2016, the castle has undergone a £3.3 million refurbishment,” the story said. “Built in 1884 by Glasgow merchant, Thomas Brown, on the site of the former much smaller Endrickbank House, the castle boasts a striking tower and Tudor-arched doorway.” (more…)

06/02/19 9:00am

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If this 19th century Antebellum farmhouse doesn’t capture your senses, wait until you see the log cabin inside that predates the Revolutionary War.

Located at 21276 Alvarado Drive in Abingdon, Virginia, this 4,410-square-feet home on 3.68 acres is a striking blend of two eras in American history. Despite modern restorations and amenities that recent owners meticulously added over the years, the sprawling interior with three bedrooms, four baths, and multiple living areas maintains its rustic appeal and circa 1830 Colonial style. (more…)

06/01/19 2:00pm
Bella Vista

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Editor’s Note: Recently, MoneyWise revealed its list of the 40 most frugal and friendly places to retire. In a bid to provide an idea of what housing inventory is available in these cities and towns, we’re taking a look at listings in each of the cities on the list.

Not everyone can spend $1 million or more on a second home, even if it’s with the idea that eventually you’ll retire there. So when MoneyWise’s list of 40 places to retire that are more budget-friendly came out, we were curious — what kind of homes could you find in these towns?

Last week, we looked at the 14th city on the list — Clemson, South Carolina. This week, we look at Bella Vista, Arkansas, and found three great homes — all for less than $300,000.

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“This relatively small town is home to just 27,600 people and has amazing weather and lovely natural surroundings for active retirees,” MoneyWise said. “In addition to its seven lakes, hardwood forests, and many walking trails, homeowners can also choose from several golf courses, swimming pools, tennis courts, and shooting ranges for low monthly fees.”

“With a median home price of $102,000 and a median monthly rent of $895, Bella Vista is a truly affordable spot to settle down.”

Want to see what we found in Bella Vista? Let’s jump! (more…)

05/31/19 2:30pm

buckinghamNo word on where Fleetwood Mac rocker Lindsey Buckingham is heading to next, but he and his wife have turned into quite the real estate investors — and their latest home, a true celebrity compound in Brentwood, California, is now up for grabs.

Realtor.com reports that Buckingham and his interior designer wife Kristen bought a 1.2-acre double lot for $6.6 million in 2004, and have listed the custom home they built and decorated for $29.5 million. Several years ago, the two bought a $5.8 million lot and built a spec home, and eventually sold it for $19 million.

This latest listing is very private, sitting behind double gates and tons of lush landscaping. Inside, the main home is full of Old-World, European touches, without feeling stuffy. (more…)