Four Seasons Caye Chapel Resort, Caye Chapel, Belize

Trend alert: now more than ever, high-end developments are offering exclusive getaways and glamping retreats to qualified luxury home buyers. If you’re in the market for a vacation home or place to retire, there’s no better way to experience the lifestyle than with try before you buy.

Not sure where to start? No problem! We’ve done all the work for you in our list of top “try before you buy” vacation spots. Pick a place that speaks to you and indulge in a brief (and sometimes free) house hunting expedition for the second home of your dreams.

Disclaimer: You’ll want to pack your bags immediately.

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Our Splurge: 13290 Waterside Drive Malakoff, TX is currently listed by Michelle Wood with Compass Real Estate for $1,595,000.

What better way to enjoy summer in Texas than at the lake? This week we take you to Cedar Creek Lake where we zero-in on two exceptional lake homes, each with fabulous amenities and waterfront views, but with price points that are miles apart. Whether you’re looking for a Texas lake home with all the bells and whistles, or a rustic charmer right on the water, our latest Splurge vs. Steal has you covered.

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Long Cove is hosting a Lake Home Sales Event for Henderson Bay, pictured here, this Saturday, March 31st on Cedar Creek Lake.

It all started with a big idea – to create a luxury lake front community close to Dallas with all the comforts of home, but without all the maintenance. A place where you can unplug, unwind, and enjoy time with your family and friends. That place is Long Cove, the brainchild of Dallas’ own Don McNamara, developer and investor behind Cityplace and West Village in Uptown. Inspired by getaways like those of Seaside, Watercolor, and Horseshoe Bay, the folks at Long Cove bring those memorable experiences closer to home, spanning more than 1,000 acres, and boasting six miles of shoreline at the clear, deep end of Cedar Creek Reservoir – and it just keeps getting better with newly developed Henderson Bay.

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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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From Staff Reports

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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Our Vacation Home Week celebration on CandysDirt.com was such an amazing success. We got to feature incredible second homes and developments in some of our favorite locations. Luxury amenities and gorgeous design, each one of these homes has just what you want for a getaway and then some! And boy, let me tell you about location! Let’s run through our fabulous featured second home spots from Vacation Home Week!

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Dodd's LandingIt seems like everyone I know is buying a lake home, most of them settling on Long Cove at Cedar Creek Lake.  If you are looking for a waterfront front property closer to Dallas, Those Waterside Cottage Homes over at Long Cove are selling like hotcakes. And as predicted when I was there last summer, the developer is expanding the extraordinary lake-front development. Long Cove is now releasing a limited priority Reservation Program in another pretty cove, Dodd’s Landing. It’s like phase II. Long Cove has begun accepting reservations for more cute cottage homes at Dodd’s, with the debut of two new floor-plans.

Long-Cove-water-view-of-LCThe initial grading for the neighborhood is also well underway. Here’s why you might just want to go on and jump on into the water now: as a reservation holder, you will receive new renderings, floor plans and all details before they are released to the general public. Or even a certain real estate blogger. (Hey!) Not only will you be able to select your new home before others, you will also be among the fortunate few to receive preferred pricing and closing incentives as well. Rumor has it they are going to be fantastic.

Get on the list today! Click Here to learn more. To submit a reservation, call Josh Ellis at 214-220-9992 or email josh@long-cove.com

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