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 CandysDirt.com!

I’m cheating on my house again, but it is totally worth it for this one. Oh my, oh my. I saw this house and it took my breath away. I cannot help my feelings. It was a total Jedediah Leland/Citizen Kane moment: this house is my “girl in the white dress”.  I immediately flashed back to Mies Van Der Roh’s Farnsworth House, near where I grew up. But this home is called The Glass Pavilion, designed by Steve Hermann, and it is almost 14,000 square feet! A little big but I am still head over heels in love!

Set within a 3.5+/- acre estate of oak groves in Montecito, this almost entirely glass home allows occupants to be enveloped by  nature. As you drive down the long gated driveway, it slowly comes into view.

And it appears weightless, through the use of massive structural steel beams, as if it hovers above the expansive lawn. As you can imagine, the budget to build this home was virtually limit-less and it took six years to complete — well, this is California. The glass panels are all created of Star Fire glass, an incredibly clear glass usually reserved for jewelry displays. Kitchens and baths by Varena, Poliform and Antonio Lupi. The home has five bedrooms, five and a half baths, grand hallway and large wine room. (Do you see that walk-through shower?) The glass pavilion includes an art gallery where the owners currently display their vintage car collection. The space is so generous that it is capable of holding up to 32 cars within its walnut lined walls. I mean, you could practically hold the Pebble Beach Concours D’Elegance in there!

The price is $23,900,000 and it has been reduced. I have been telling you — this is a great time to buy a house. Or maybe just buy love! And for a real weekend treat, sit back with a crisp glass of Pinot and watch this video — from the “mahvelous” Kevin Day Media. Crank up the volume! Enjoy!

Want to win my heart for Valentine’s Day? Then snap up this little $65 million dollar estate on 8.04 acres on Jupiter Island, not too far from Tiger Wood’s estate.  Ariana Huffington, you should really consider this home as a great investment with your new millions. 9 bedrooms, 13.5 baths, 17,825 square feet. 172′ of oceanfront & 370′ on the Intracoastal Waterway with 6 buildings including garage space for 17 cars. Main house overlooks the Intracoastal, with formal living & dining rooms, great room, gourmet kitchen, wine room, library, den & combined media room & game room. Grill house adjoins a 50′ pool overlooking the Intracoastal, with tennis court nearby. Coach house features 4 car garage down, with 3 bedrooms, 2 baths kitchen and living room. Carriage house includes 6 car garage down, with gym & office up. Oceanfront guest house offers 2 bedrooms, 2 baths, kitchen and living room with something you wont need here, a fireplace. Boat shed will park 7 cars, or any combination of cars & smaller boats. Dock will accommodate a large yacht & includes 2 boat lifts for smaller craft. West lawn allows for a 5500 SF Putting Green with 1 Bunker & 1 Tee set up for 80 yd Pitch shots.

I have never understood the need for a sitting area in the Master bedroom. A chair or two, but if the closet is large enough — and walk-in — why do you need a sofa in the master? Can someone please explain? This $17,995,000 over the top home is in Los Angeles, of course: over 9,200 sq.ft. of living space, lower Bel Air, almost 35,000 sq.ft. of verdant grounds overlooking the Bel Air Country Club golf course.  Spacious public rooms include the lovely formal living room, grand formal dining room, library, & family room. The large kitchen is a chef’s dream with professional Viking & Traulsen appliances, center island, & separate breakfast area. The 2nd level of the estate houses all 6 bedrooms, all en suite, including the luxurious master suite with fireplace, sitting area, separate office, & dual baths & walk-in closets. The lower level of the home offers great space for entertaining with media & game room. The grounds are extraordinary with pool, spa, lawns, mature trees, Japanese meditation garden, & European garden with picturesque domed arbor. Wow.

My my we could fit the whole dang family in this gorgeous bedroom. This is how the folks live in Thousand Oaks, CA: 2500 White Stallion Road, great address, Westlake Village. 16,000 square feet, 23.48 acres — you will want horses — 7 bedrooms, 11 baths, formals out the wahzoo, media, pool, outdoor kitchen, all of it. $19,999,000.

Try a $29 million house, or at least a sneak peak into one of the bedrooms — the only room likely to get any real use in all that square footage.

Nothing would turn me on more than a bedroom with sweeping views of the water — in this case, the Atlantic: a 29,000 waterfront estate in Manalapan, Florida in the heart of Florida’s Gold Coast. The uber exclusive oceanfront community of Manalapan lies between Palm Beach and Boca Raton, and this estate is in Manalapan’s Estate Section, just 25 exclusive homes spanning from the Atlantic Ocean to the Intracoastal Waterway. Private club privileges at the nearby Ritz Carlton Hotel are extended to the property owners. You are 20+  feet above sea level, on two plus acres of beachfront and intracoastal splendor. Commanding majestic, unobstructed ocean and intracoastal views, the Venetian -style compound also provides a guest house, yacht dockage, (up to 120+ feet), tennis court, waterfall, outdoor kitchen, cabana, marble sundecks, and walkways with an oceanside pool and spa for relaxing in the south Florida sun. Stroll on the private beach or take a dip in the frothing Atlantic Ocean.  The Venetian – inspired masterpiece boasts 23,500 square feet with 7 Bedrooms, 10 baths and 3 half Baths and a 1 Bedroom, 1 Bath Guest House. The residence has an elevator servicing all three levels and 2 Garages with parking for 6 cars. Panoramic oceanfront vistas highlight nearly every room.

Asking: $29,950,000. Surely they’ll toss in a few chocolate hearts at that price!