Boot Ranch 17

I was sitting in Craig Martin’s office up at Windsong Ranch — if you haven’t seen or experienced the amazing Windsong Ranch in Prosper, then you don’t know  North Texas real estate greatness —  and he was telling me about this amazing ranch in the Hill Country just north of Fredericksburg.

Boot Ranch I asked? I love the place!

Yes, he said. We are buying it!

But I was sworn to secrecy until the deal was closed. Closed, signed and sealed it is: Terra Verder Group LLC, the devloper of Windsong Ranch, has indeed purchased the 2,000 acre Boot Ranch north of Fredericksburg. Terra Verde and financial partner Wheelock Street Capital bought the luxury vacation home golf course community from Lehman Brothers.

Boot Ranch, the brainchild of Texas golfing great Hal Sutton, opened in 2006 just in time for the Great Recession. Like so many of its brethren, Boot fell into foreclosure. But during the four years that Lehman Brothers operated it, the community slowly, steadily kept the momentum moving forward. In fact, Boot Ranch may well become a poster child success story for how a vacation home community survives a downturn.

“The previous developer opened the project at the wrong time in the market,” said Terra Verde founder Craig Martin. “Our plan is to complete the development.We like Boot Ranch because of its proximity to Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston, San Antonio, Austin and Midland-Odessa – within a 4-hour drive.”

Read more about this amazing acquisition on!

Located right in the heart of the region’s cutting, reining and quarter horse capital, sportsmen can live the quintessential Texas adventure at Celina Ranch, aka Kirk’s Rockin’ K, is the cat’s meow when it comes to luxury ranches. This baby comes complete with riding, training, shooting, showing and all the luxurious living you could desire plus some you haven’t even thought of, all just minutes from the style and sophistication of Dallas.



“Trophy Ranch” has become a trademark expression in Texas. Today, we bring you a property that defines it. Meet Lone Star Ranch, a premier East Texas Equestrian and Cattle Ranch on the north shore of Lake Bob Sandlin, just 90 minutes east of Downtown Dallas. The 8,250 square foot Hill Country style main house overlooks a negative edge, salt water pool, and wide-open spaces that go on for miles.


19-Kokanee_08-great-roomImagine a place where you can mingle with Olympians and extreme athletes, be surrounded by panoramic views, fish off your sailboat in the summer, throw on your skis in the winter, and warm yourself by the fire at night – all without ever leaving the mountain or the comforts of home. Of course we find this in Crested Butte, a hop jump and skip away from Big D. Designed by architect Daniel J. Murphy, this exceptional ski-in/ski-out offering, is a true legacy estate, located just 24 miles south of Aspen. A scenic car drive through the exquisite Maroon Bells will have you at Aspen in a few hours, or in the summer make the 12-mile hike right from your property, via the postal route.  (more…)

We like to have fun over here on SecondShelters, and we REALLY like company. (Who likes to prattle around in a house all by themselves?) So now, we’ve REALLY got company, a whole bunch of the very best designers in Texas who read and utilize the very best source for design. The Design Guide and Secondshelters are proud to announce a fun new partnership. The Design Guide, THE design source book in Dallas, Fort Worth, Austin and San Antonio for fine home furnishings, products and services, is coming over for sort of a pajama party. We’ve invited DG design talent — they’ve got a plethora of it — to share their second home projects, design tips, new products and ideas on SecondShelters. We figure anyone interested in homes will love to hear the dish  from real designers ? This blog will share luxury real estate stories on — a fun way to keep Design Guide readers up to date on real estate news.

We hope a lot of inspiration comes out of it — like it always does when you have company! (And wine.)

Rent it, sell it, make it pay the bills for you? You may want to get up early with me tomorrow morning to participate in a  way cool phone “webinar” with participation by experts in the vacation home marketplace. This is the second of two such webinars we are offering this summer. You missed the first one but don’t worry, I did too!

Learn what draws people in to rent your home, and learn great unique ways of marketing it that are so out of the box you may not even need coffee to wake up!

Reserve your Webinar seat now at:

You are cordially invited to join us for a FREE program on Social Media for Vacation Rental Marketing just for our owners.

In 45 minutes you can learn how to stand out using Facebook and Twitter.

BLOGS: Hear how Candy Evans from grew her audience!  

FACEBOOK: Learn how Brad Lear from Sanibel Accommodations creates contests and promotes rentals!  

TWITTER: Discover how Susan Cohen from connects with new customers.

 It’s so easy to attend. On the day of the program, just dial in on the toll-free number 1-800-941-0868 x 999 to listen/participate and click on the link we will send you to see our screen.

 To register, please click on the following link:

 Thank you!  Hope to “see” you there

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Regina Montoya and Paul Coggins are apparently taking a lesson from George and Laura Bush: just because the kids are grown, doesn’t mean you need a teeny tiny house. Oh, and come on over to Preston Hollow, the water’s just fine.

You remember Regina Montoya and Paul Coggins? Paul was a former U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas. He is now chairing the white-collar practice, securities litigation, and corporate governance at  Locke Lord Bissell & Liddell LLP. Formerly, Paul was a partner at Fish & Richardson. Regina, his lovely wife, is a Senior Vice President and General Counsel at Children’s Medical Center Dallas where she watches over several major departments, including legal affairs, governance, governmental relations/advocacy, and community relations. A former award-winning television commentator, Montoya is a Harvard-trained attorney and one of the first Latinas to earn partnership in a major law firm in the United States. Not only is she working on a book about the importance of incorporating Latinas into the economic, political, and social fabric of America, she and her husband have been busy building a new home on Lobello Drive in Dallas. I promise pictures and details soon.

Hmm. Wonder if one or both of this power couple has more political aspirations?

Last month, the Montoyas/Coggins sold their East Dallas home at 3302 Oakhurst Street for $699,000. The home had been listed for a high of $899,500 back in May of 2009 by Regina’s brother, realtor Andrew Montoya of The Drew Company. That listing was canceled, a new file went up, and the home was listed for $799,000, then $749,000. Closed February 28.

Oakhurst, which had been built in 1977, was on a .72 acre private creek lot, a one-story home with pool and spa. It had been extensively remodeled, and taken down to the studs. Walls of windows looked out over the verdant lot with creek views. The 3451 square foot home featured three bedrooms, two and a half baths, living area with mosaic fireplace and reading loft, a  Zen solarium with wall fountain. The master bath and suite were huge, spacious and created of stone.

So now Regina and Paul are on to a whole new chapter in their life: an 11,424 square foot home as empty nesters. I can hardly wait!

Beautiful backyard on Oakhurst!