06/23/16 12:51pm
Pebble Beach Golf Links. Photo by Bart Keagy

7th Hole, Pebble Beach Golf Links. (Photo Credit: Bart Keagy)

Trade representatives from Monterey County, Calif., hosted a media dinner I attended recently, making an excellent case for the coastal area two hours or so south of San Francisco, plying us with agricultural products from the region.  It was a knockout meal, not surprisingly, as the area is home to the renowned Monterey Bay Aquarium, the Salinas Valley (nicknamed the “Salad Bowl of the World”),  and numerous California-caliber restaurants and wineries.

Eating local here is as good as it gets.  (Full disclosure: the dinner included fabulous abalone, lamb, artisanal cheese, glorious produce, fine wine — and, yes, it was comped.)

Today’s post features one of the premier residential communities in Monterey County: Pebble Beach.  It’s a bucket list golf destination for many, with more than half-a-dozen golf courses, including  Pebble Beach Resort’s famed Spy Glass Hill, The Links at Spanish Bay, and Pebble Beach Golf Links,  rated the No.1 public course in the U.S. by Golf Digest Magazine,  and a frequent setting for the U.S. Open.

Much of Pebble Beach is gated, open to the public willing to pay the $10 toll to drive the renowned 17 mile scenic route that winds along its shoreline. Homeowners and resort visitors on this road enjoy some of the most spectacular oceanfront views in the country. Housing prices in the area reflect the stunning beauty.

Soak it up, viewing housing options in a range of prices:


06/21/16 9:00am


St. Louis Cathedral, New Orleans. Photo by Takahiro Kyono https://www.flickr.com/photos/75972766@N02/7479400566/

St. Louis Cathedral, New Orleans. Photo by Takahiro Kyono

New Orleans, dripping with charm and history, a tourism mecca known for jazz music, boisterous fun and a world-class culinary scene.  In high times (such as Mardi Gras, Jazz Fest, and bowl games) lodging rates skyrocket to the advantage of second home owners who wish to vacate and lease out their properties. And for those who don’t, attending those events is all the sweeter when they can crash in their own crib at night in the Big Easy.

Yesterday, Jon showcased some properties outside of the French Quarter, noting that he prefers quieter environs to raucous tourist areas.  But for party-hearty types who want a spot near the action, the logical place  to start shopping is the 300-year-old “Vieux Carré,” home to often rowdy (actually pretty much all the time rowdy) Bourbon Street and some of the city’s most famous bars and restaurants.  

A car is useless here. It’s faster on foot to ford through crowds of folks adhering to the local creed, laissez les bon temps rouler. Being in the center of the merriment doesn’t necessarily mean sacrificing taste. Just one block off Bourbon is 906 Royal Street, where condominium units B and F are up for sale as a duo.  The two units are set in a trio of picturesque, interconnecting townhomes built by one of NOLA’s most interesting families.

All photos courtesy of Latter & Blum Realtors

All photos courtesy of Latter & Blum Realtors


06/20/16 3:27pm
This sweet one-bedroom penthouse apartment in Williamsburg will be illegal to list via Airbnb of the new law passes. (photo via Airbnb)

This sweet one-bedroom penthouse apartment in Williamsburg will be illegal to list via Airbnb of the new law passes. (photo via Airbnb)

If you’ve been pining for a budget trip to New York, you better hop on it.

The state’s short-term rental law (called the multiple-dwelling law, which went into affect in 2010) prohibits leaseholders from renting entire properties or units without occupying the space at the same time for fewer than 30 days. Basically, you can’t rent an entire apartment out on Airbnb, but you can rent a room as long as you’re there at the same time, and the renter is able to access the whole space. Now, subleasing to someone for a month? That’s cool.

According to data from Airbnb, about 60 percent of their New York City listings are actually illegal, with leaseholders offering entire apartments to renters. And the New York state legislature is ready to crack down on scofflaws, according to the Real Deal, which could mean fines from $1,000 to $7,500 for those who list entire units on short-term rental sites such as Airbnb and VRBO.


06/20/16 10:58am


The vacation home market is estimated to be at $100 billion worldwide. In New Orleans at NAREE this month, I gathered five top vacation home experts, including Bill Furlong of HomeAway, Jackie Doak of Dart Enterprises Ltd., the developer ofCamana Bay on Grand Cayman Island, Hunter Harman, Broker/Owner of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Beach Properties of Florida, Tina Necrason of Montage Hotels & Resorts, and Tyler Niess of Crescent Communities.

Learn from the experts on what is hot in the vacation home market, and see the whole panel discussion from the National Association of Real Estate Editors 50th conference, after the jump!


06/20/16 9:00am

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Katrina reminded us that New Orleans is a city built in a bowl, and that when conditions are right, water will fill the bowl. Jiminy Crickets, the city’s drink is a Hurricane. For me, that means looking for a second home on the rim of the bowl.  Fortunately, my natural inclination is to live off the ground. Unfortunately, New Orleans isn’t a city awash in high-rises.

Many of you may be thinking I’ve missed the point of being in New Orleans and that I need to focus on the classically historic structures that line the city.  Nope. While my recent trip reintroduced me to a city I’d not visited in over a decade, some things are best experienced more from afar than continually up-close. The French Quarter retains its beer-sopped streets along with the skeevy tourist and local clientele of memory. And that kind of unpredictable raucousness has never been me. It’s OK to visit, as one would a foreign land, but stepping over blacked-out barflies 24/7 isn’t how I want to live.

Sign of things to come in airport taxi

Sign of things to come in airport taxi


06/13/16 2:56pm
HomeAway Eiffel Tower

HomeAway’s Eiffel Tower apartment. All photos: HomeAway

If Paris is the city of love, then the Eiffel Tower is one of the most romantic landmarks in the world. Lots of people get engaged there, but what if you could do that, or renew your vows, in an Eiffel Tower apartment?

Vacation rental website HomeAway has partnered with architect Benoit Leleu to design a temporary and totally fabulous apartment inside the Eiffel Tower. They’re running a contest, called the HomeAway LoveAway sweepstakes, which ends tonight at midnight.

The winning couple will receive an all-expense paid trip to Paris, including four nights, June 30 through July 4, in a romantic HomeAway apartment in the heart of the city. On July 2, they’ll join other romantics at a party in HomeAway’s Eiffel Tower Apartment, which was built inside the tower as a temporary space for only one month. Kaitlyn Bristowe and fiancé Shawn Booth from ABC’s The Bachelorette are co-hosts with HomeAway and will celebrate their engagement at the LoveAway event.

This is the first time in history the tower has had an apartment built inside and it’s marvelous!


06/01/16 2:07pm

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We’ve all heard of “the Jersey Shore,” however with 130 miles of Atlantic Ocean frontage, it’s not all reality show goombas and New York City riffraff.  The communities of Avalon and Stone Harbor share a barrier island on the far southern New Jersey coast called Seven Mile Island (no points for guessing the name’s origin).  The island is about 36 miles south of Atlantic City and 20 miles north of Cape May.

Originally the island contained just Avalon but was split in 1941 to add Stone Harbor. Seven Mile Island protrudes about a mile further east into the Atlantic Ocean than nearby islands and so gained the motto, “Cooler by a Mile.”


05/30/16 11:18am


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!