Want to get away from the stresses of city life, maybe to a lovely lake community with recreational activities to please everyone in the family? Here ya’ go … The 505 Ranch on Cedar Creek Lake is located only 45 minutes away from Dallas. We’ve been following the luxury vacation home development set on a 505-acre working ranch on the shores of Cedar Creek Lake for a while now. Along with access to one of Texas largest lakes, the 505 Ranch offers a long list of amenities, not the least of which is a world-class caliber polo facility under construction, equine accommodations and trails, boat concierge services, and oh, so much more!

As of 2017’s year-end, the development is 77 percent sold, with 13 lots and a spec house remaining. The 505 Ranch hosted an event last fall, entertaining current and potential residents with a parade of homes, helicopter rides, skeet-shooting with a champion instructor, demos of the latest in ATVs, and more. Here’s the scoop on this lakeside ranch retreat just a hop, skip and a jump away from DFW, and how to connect … (more…)


Joanie McNamara and Long Cove Founder Don McNamara with one jolly old elf at the Long Cove Holiday Bash.

Who doesn’t love a great Christmas party? And better yet, who doesn’t love a good Christmas party where you don’t have to do any of the work? If it sounds too good to be true, you must not be a resident of Long Cove, one of the best second home communities in Texas. Situated on Cedar Creek Lake, this stunning vacation home community is a popular destination for Dallasites, considering it’s a getaway that’s only an hour drive south of the Metroplex.

Of course, being so close to the city means that you have access to some great amenities and events, and to show their appreciation, Long Cove went all out at the annual Holiday Bash this year. See for yourself after the jump!


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Long Cove on Cedar Creek Lake, one of the country’s premiere waterfront communities located just an hour southeast of Dallas, recently announced plans for a new putting course, which will be the second-largest putting green of its kind in the country and the third largest in the world. Designed by renowned golf course designer David Zinkand, the putting course, which is named “Thistle Never Dhu,” was carefully designed to allow golfers of all ages and skill sets to practice while enjoying time with family and friends. The course will be completed in spring 2018.

“Thistle Never Dhu will provide challenges and fun for all of our owners and their guests, whether they’re accomplished players, like some of our owners, or those who have never picked up a club,” said Long Cove founder Don McNamara. “We wanted to build something unique to Texas that would challenge competitors but would also appeal to the whole family.”



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Six months has gone by fast for me writing about vacation homes for SecondShelters.com. What have we been covering? Beach, lake, ranch, and mountain abodes, among other destinations of interest to North Texans. Year end is a time to look back and reflect. What are the top spots for vacation homes for DFW residents?

Gas up the virtual jet and click to see highlights; we’re taking a tour of some of our favs…


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Fall is here. Winter’s coming! Does your boat have a home for the winter? Or perhaps you need a new vessel? Here’s news from East Texas: This past month, Long Cove on Cedar Creek Lake opened a new marina complete with dry dock storage, and it’s open to the public!

Even if you’re not a homeowner in the luxury lakeside residential community, you can rent space to store your boat during the off-season, out of the water and safely sheltered from the elements. Adding to this, Lewisville-based Buxton Marine Sales, the world’s largest Nautique luxury boat dealer, has opened a satellite location adjacent the marina, making shopping and maintenance all the more convenient in this knockout development with concierge services that take care of the work that goes into the care and maintenance of a lake home and boat.

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A true retreat on an island, featuring more than 5,000 square feet of luxurious interiors and a dock complete with a party deck — this is just the lake house for celebrating those patriotic holidays, holding your family close, and appreciating all of the splendid summer activities Cedar Creek Lake has to offer.

Plus, it has a bit of a celeb history, Candy says.

Read more about this beautiful listing from Kevin Caskey at Dallas City Center Realtors on CandysDirt.com, and have a safe, memorable Memorial Day!



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Decorating a second home can present some unique challenges, says Jason Lenox of Anteks.

Now that you have your sought-after weekend retreat on Cedar Creek Lake, what are you going to put in it? Bought a home away from home in Boot Ranch? What do you hang on the walls? Acquired a ski home in Aspen? What is your design inspiration?

Decorating a second home is a huge challenge, especially for those who want a place that feels comfortable and easy without all the fuss of shopping for just the right arm chair, carpet, dining set, linens …  Eeeeeesh. Seems overwhelming, right?

If that sounds familiar, you’ll want to read on to get some sage advice from veteran vacation home interior designer Jason Lenox. Not only does he own two successful home decor stores — Anteks Home in the Dallas Design District and Anteks Curated in the Plaza at Preston Center — but he designs warm, sophisticated, rustic interiors for vacation homes near and far.



In the middle of this Texas Summer heat, who wouldn’t want to be out on a lake? At the 505 Ranch on Cedar Creek Lake, the water levels are up and it’s time for activities out on the water!

If you love lake living that’s close to Dallas, perhaps it’s time to consider a home at 505 Ranch? Jump to find out why it’s a great location for a quick getaway.