10/19/17 9:40am

4141 Kilauea Rd Kauai in Kilauea, HI is currently listed for $2.350 million by Ben Welborn of Hawaii Life Real Estate Brokers. Photo Credit: Realtor.com

Does the Garden Isle have you dreaming of retirement? Whether you’re in the market for a family getaway, vacation home, or an impressive place to hold up after decades of the nine-to-five grind, Kauai’s North Shore is one of the most picturesque places you can find.

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10/17/17 5:23pm
12570 E Hendryx Dr Suttons Bay, MI |secondshelters.com

All photos: Erin Attwood

Location, location, location, you say? This Lake Michigan home has all that plus timeless Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired design going for it!

The three-bedroom house is set on a wooded lot on the tip of Lee Point, a unique landmark on the west arm of Grand Traverse Bay in northwestern Michigan. The home’s perch with waterfront exposure to the north, east, and south offers views that are extraordinary. With lake accessibility, privacy, and 500 feet of sugar sand beach, it’s a dream location for enthusiasts of boating, swimming, kayaking, and stand-up paddle boarding. Take a look at this secluded hideaway in one of the prettiest vacation regions in the country:

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10/16/17 10:43am

Don't Miss these Hill Country Destinations Near Boot Ranch | SecondShelters.com

Buying and building in Boot Ranch is a no-brainer if you’re looking for luxury Hill Country living with resort-like amenities and an award-winning Hal Sutton-designed golf course.

Boot Ranch provides fabulous service amid the rustic beauty of ranch life and there’s something for everyone, from the 55,000-square-foot members-only clubhouse and village complex and 4.5-acre pool and sports campus, to a 34-acre golf practice park for pre-course warmup.

They recently hosted the CandysDirt.com staff for a three-day retreat and part of the appeal of this incredible destination is its Hill Country location. Boot Ranch is close to so many recreation options, from fine dining and wineries, to state parks and historic sites and museums. Here’s a roundup of some nearby options for Boot Ranch residents looking to take a drive and have some fun.

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10/13/17 5:55pm
Manor

This home in Manor, Texas, was a wedding present when it was built in 1897, and has been lovingly restored.

If you want 20 acres of woods to roam, but also like the idea of being close to Austin and civilization, this 1897 lovingly updated home in Manor, Texas, just might be the ticket.

Listing agent Jill Leberknight calls this home located at 19704 Hog Eye Road “The Grand Lady,” and it’s easy to see why this historical shelter has earned that moniker. (more…)

10/13/17 3:27pm

3148 Above Stratford Place is listed for $11.5 million by Cord Shiflet of Moreland Properties. (Photo Credit: Moreland Properties)

Live large on Lady Bird Lake in this elegant cliffside retreat overlooking Red Bud Island. These are the most enviable views in all of Austin!

Nestled on a prominent cliff with lake views that go on for miles, stands this dramatic Mediterranean-style retreat, boasting 9,990 square feet, six bedrooms, seven full and two partial bathrooms, incredible infinity edge pool, and sprawling mature acreage – rare for the area — with close proximity to  the bustling capital’s city center.

“This is a one of a kind property for Austin,” says listing agent, Cord Shiflet, of Moreland Properties. “More than half of the value is in the land. Five-acres hanging above Lady Bird Lake with eye-level views of downtown and miles of water.”

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10/12/17 9:30am

Boot Ranch

Boot Ranch is everything I love about Texas all rolled up into one big beautiful package.

It’s easy to get caught up in big city living and lose sight of the innate beauty of Texas until you hit the backroads. The minute you take that right turn at Evant, and head towards Fredericksburg, the Texas Hill Country rolls out before your eyes. Suddenly nothing matters but the view. You turn a corner, and Enchanted Rock looms up like a stone spaceship. As you wind around the road to Boot Ranch, the clubhouse rises out of the stone cropping’s like a cowboy’s version of a castle and simply takes your breath away.

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10/11/17 9:28am

Les femmes d’Alger

In 2015, a Picasso painting sold for a record $179 million. It was painted in 1955 and titled “Les femmes d’Alger” and was a tribute to friend and rival painter Henri Matisse.  Compared to that, the auction of Picasso’s last home should be a breeze where bidding will start at € 20.2 million tomorrow at Residence365.com, a Christies affiliate. Coming full circle, Les femmes d’Alger was also sold by Christies.

Unassuming, yet stunning main entrance (door behind tree)

The home, known locally as Mas de Notre Dame de Vie was the artist’s home from 1961 until his death at 93 in 1973.  It’s located in the hills about four miles north of Cannes, France. When Picasso purchased the home it already had 24 rooms. His first addition was a studio space with its own terrace. Over the ensuing years, the home grew several more times.  The main house encompasses 13,000 square feet with five bedrooms and nine full and one half baths … oh, and two kitchens. A guest house and gatekeeper’s cottage clock in at another 4,000 square feet. Not to worry, the home sits on eight acres spread across a hillside offering mind-boggling views over Cannes and the sea.

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