Executive Editor Joanna England, Founder and Publisher Candace Evans, and Columnist Jon Anderson

When searching for a ranch property as a second home, there’s often a laundry list of “must haves” that buyers prioritize. While they may rank in different order, they usually include luxury amenities, nearby recreation, and incredible views. As attendees at the recent SecondShelters.com preview of Alpine Mountain Ranch & Club found out, this fantastic development in Colorado has everything — and then some!

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What would you pay for a slice of East Texas lake life? Bass fishing, water skiing, and boating await on this private Lake Windermere property at 109 Pennys Path in Beckville, Texas, up for auction November 17th.

Presented by Elite Auctions, this impressive waterfront listing sits on the banks of Lake Windermere, offering serene beauty, picturesque views, and over 9,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor entertaining! A boathouse deck, perfect porches, outdoor dining, and one of four indoor living spaces mean you have plenty of space to cozy up after a day out on the water. This is how you live large on Lake Windermere.

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416 Pleasantview Road, Winnsboro, Texas, is currently listed by Carla Perez Whitelfield of Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty for $1.2 million.

A striking custom home situated on the banks of Lake Cypress Springs! Offered at $1.2 million and built by the acclaimed S. Clements Homes in 2017, this stunning estate offers a versatile layout, walls of windows, pristine lake views, an in-ground swimming pool, and fire pit, all perfectly nestled on a lushly landscaped waterfront lot.

Located about an hour-and-a-half east of Dallas, this lake-view beauty is for those who want it all. Wake up to serene nature and water views, wind down with unbeatable Texas sunsets over the water. Just take one look inside — the finish-out is impeccable!

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Our Splurge: 1 Daniels Street, Salem, Massachusetts, is listed by the Merry Fox Team of Merry Fox Realty for $610,000.

Who is ready for the popped corn, the bat brownies, the fabulous return of Hocus Pocus on repeat?  Well, then it shouldn’t take long to figure out why we selected Salem, Massachusetts for our latest Splurge vs. Steal.

Need a Hocus Pocus refresh? Here goes, courtesy of Wikipedia:

After moving to Salem, Mass., teenager Max Dennison (Omri Katz) explores an abandoned house with his sister Dani (Thora Birch) and their new friend, Allison (Vinessa Shaw). After dismissing a story Allison tells as superstitious, Max accidentally frees a coven of evil witches (Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kathy Najimy) who used to live in the house. Now, with the help of a magical cat, the kids must steal the witches’ book of spells to stop them from becoming immortal.

Thus, comedy, sibling rivalry, and teenage love ensues. We love a cult classic this time of year! And speaking of classic, the historic town of Salem affords more than witch trials and its annual Halloween Ball. Salem is a seaside city nestled on the northern coast of Massachusetts. It’s famous for its 1692 witch trials, but has come a long way since. There’s oodles of authentic New England charm, gorgeous lighthouses, eerie museums, historic homes, and more! In fact, today we feature two historic beauties in our latest Splurge vs. Steal that truly capture the spirit of the fall. Take a look!

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Hortenstine Ranch Company, a Dallas-based land and ranch broker, is accepting offers for Valley Lake Ranch through October 12.

Through Oct. 12, 2018, buyers dreaming of lake life have an extremely rare opportunity to purchase their own private lake, a little more than one hour north of Dallas. With spectacular fishing, hunting, and sporting possibilities, this private lake offering, clocks in at nearly 1,100 surface acres within Valley Lake Ranch, and it could be yours to the tune of $24.5 million.

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The Wilde House located at 4466 Vz County Road 4106, Canton, Texas, listed by Jenni Stolarski and Shelle Carrig of Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty for $450,000.

Want to get away? You could do far worse than The Wilde House in Canton, Texas. Situated just 60 miles east of Dallas, this eye-catching little gem is coming in hot with a list price of $450,000, and a short-term rental history that’ll put a lot of coin in your pocket.

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Our Splurge: 2201 Daybreak Ridge, Beaver Creek, Colorado, is currently listed by Ed Swinford of Slifer Smith & Frampton Real Estate for $12,650,000.

With autumn just around the corner, everyone has pumpkins, fall hikes, and vibrant fall foliage on the brain. What better way to experience the unrivaled beauty of fall with a getaway to Colorado’s own Beaver Creek – an exclusive enclave located in the Vail Valley that offers four seasons of nature-filled recreation. Don’t believe us?

Just ask Kameron Westcott of the Real Housewives of Dallas who recently took her castmates on a snow-filled getaway to her family’s sprawling vacation home in Beaver Creek. You may have already heard of this charming ski town from your friends, read about it in a post from SecondShelters.com, or visited during ski season to enjoy a weekend on the slopes.

For second home buyers who want luxury, convenience, and world-class recreation all rolled into one, this mountain hotspot can’t be beat! Check out what’s currently on the market in our latest Splurge vs. Steal and tell us which one you’d rather buy – the ski-in/ski-out splurge or the woodland oasis steal?

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The Ranch stone gated entry.

The Ranch at Possum Kingdom

For better or worse, current boarding barn arrangements are often front-and-center on the list of concerns brought to me by virgin horse property buyers. Moving to horse property represents freedom — freedom to feed your horses whatever you’d like, turn them out whenever you’d like, provide as many shavings in their stalls as you want, feed any supplement you want … The list goes on.

Owning horse property is the ultimate freedom to care for your horse(s) at the level of care that you feel is correct. However, for many, the undesirable trade-off is the loss of the boarding barn luxuries they’ve become accustomed to: Being able to leave for vacation on a whim (or, let’s be real, go on vacation at all), not having to clean stalls, feed twice a day, or maintain the fences. Not to mention perks like access to indoor arenas and riding instructors.

Although many clients cite “barn drama” as one of the top reasons they want to buy their own property, I often hear “But I’m afraid I’ll be lonely,” and “I’d miss having people to ride with.” All of which is very valid.

This leaves a lot of potential buyers torn. They have the dream of the horse in the backyard, but it seems so out of reach. Buying horse property would be an enormous life change for them, but with rising boarding costs, often boarding multiple horses becomes impossible to continue. Solution? Equestrian Subdivisions.

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