For the ultra-luxury buyer, Eric Copper with KW-Austin Portfolio Real Estate has listed 4104 Shimmering Cove, Austin, for $11.750 million.

Cost and convenience secured Austin-Round Rock a No. 2 spot on WalletHub’s best summer travel destinations in the U.S. for 2019. According to the rankings, Austin’s affordability, number of attractions, and abundant activities also played a factor. In fact, Austin was a stand-out in the report, which considered the 100 largest U.S. metro areas. So why not summer in Austin every year with your very own second home? Here, we feature some of the best waterfronts on the market in a quick round-up of awesome Austin abodes. Sunshine and water views included.

For The Ultra-Luxury Buyer

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Frieden’s “Farm Haus” lot renderings pictured throughout.

This is BIG! Southern Living just announced that it is bringing the world to Texas. Friedën, Texas, that is! The charming Hill Country town is the newest Southern Living Inspired Community and the very first in Texas to be included in the prestigious program.

Friedën joins an elite group of only 14 communities – ranging from the Carolinas, Georgia, Alabama, and Arkansas – to be hand-selected by Southern Living as emblematic of the aesthetics, lifestyle, and values of the magazine.

“We were interested in Friedën from the start,” said Meredith’s Vice President of Licensing Kristen Payne. “They’re determined to build something that reflects the lifestyle Fredericksburg is famous for, from the preservation of the landscape to the design of the homes. We loved their idea of a community of modern farmhouses that were custom-made but part of a design theme.”

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If the opulence of Versailles makes your heart aflutter, then catch an eyeful of this magnificent French-inspired estate on Lake Ray Hubbard in Heath, Texas. Seated on 2.5-lushly-landscaped-acres, with 440-feet of westward facing lakefront, it’s a palatial gem and one of the most desirable homes on the lake.

Listing agent Carla Perez of the Carla Perez Group at Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty tells us: “The only limit to the property is your imagination. Helicopter pad, anyone? Here you have County Club amenities without having to pay membership dues. It has a pool, tennis courts, complete workout facilities, guest quarters – the equivalent of prime Dallas oceanfront property.”

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Tammie Bennett has listed 2140 Williams Lakeshore for $1,350,000.

If you’re looking for a lakefront retreat on Lake LBJ with all the bells and whistles, Kingsland is a great place to start. This week we put the spotlight on a gem of a property that’s right on the water and offers fresh interiors for hosting a crowd. The best part? It’s perfectly priced at $1.35 million. Take a peek inside and see if it’s the needle in a haystack you’ve been searching for.

Lakefront Location

Perfectly nestled on 2140 Williams Lakeshore sits this four-bedroom, four-full-and-one-half-bathroom lake house with a laid-back lifestyle we can’t help but dream about. Listing agent, Tammie Bennet of Kuper Sotheby’s International Realty calls it, “The perfect Lake House for weekend retreats with the family, and an excellent set-up for short term vacation rentals, providing a steady income model.”

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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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