09/15/16 3:42pm
Fall Creek Ranch

All photos courtesy of Big League Ranches LLC

Turning the calendar to September signals the start of  the hunting season and leaves me longing for the Texas Hill Country, even though I’m more likely found shooting with a camera than a gun. I love the feeling of being in a natural setting, flush with fish and wildlife. Wish-booking through ranch property listings, I came across this lovely property, Fall Creek Ranch off the Pedernales River in Travis County, northwest of Austin.

It’s available all or in part, with or without a 9-acre parcel with a lodge house bearing the address 26109 Wild River Road, Spicewood.  The five-bedroom, six-bathroom home was built in 2004 as a retreat house. At 3,128-square feet, the lodge sleeps up to 15 with space for more in cots on a sleeping porch. Modeled after 1800s-era Texas dog-trot style log cabins, the structure is finished out with antique and reclaimed materials and is so charming it has been featured in both Country’s Best Log Homes Magazine (Spring 2010) and Cabin Living (April 2016.) 

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09/15/16 2:19pm
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Photo: Clayton Homes

Suzanne Felber is a curator of things she loves and wants to share.

“Usually, that’s an unusual vintage plate, a quirky chair, or a book that I can’t put down — I need a lot of space to store all of these treasures,” Felber laments. But she may have changed her ways after seeing the stunning Clayton Designer Series Tiny Home that debuted at the Cashiers Historical Society Designer Showcase

“I’ve now fallen madly in love with a tiny home, and one may be in my future,” she said.

Naturally, our first thought was that these tiny homes are perfect for folks who want a getaway — and quick! This well-designed tiny homes line by architect Jeffrey Dungan of Jeffrey Dungan Architects makes vacation home ownership affordable, and with quality materials that will stand the test of time.

Instead of waiting more than a year for a new vacation home to be built, you’ll only have to think in terms of weeks before you can sit out on your cove, mountainside, or river.

Find out all about this game-changing new product over on CandysDirt.com.

09/12/16 7:47am
Boot Ranch

An aerial view of a Sunday House compound. All photos courtesy of Boot Ranch.

Do you hanker for a Hill Country vacation home for family gatherings, but question if you’d use it enough to justify the trouble and cost? Or perhaps, you don’t want to dedicate all your free time to the same place — but, you’d like a spot to get together for vacations and occasional weekends, especially if your children are grown up, live in scattered Texas cities and now have children of their own?

The developers of Boot Ranch might just have the answer in a luxury private club community offering golf, swimming, tennis, and more in a gorgeous Hill Country setting just 5 miles outside of the charming town of Fredericksburg and within a four-hour drive of most major Texas cities.

Among the options in this 2,000-acre premier golf community are large “Sunday Houses” shared among eight owners, each of whom has use of the property for approximately 40 days per year. Shares are now available in Sunday House Six, scheduled for completion in Spring 2017. Here’s a look at this deal with appeal to those who can’t do all the time, but, like me, have Hill County in their soul:

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09/09/16 2:15pm
Alys Beach

All photos courtesy of Alys Beach

A beautiful beach off the Gulf Coast in Northwest Florida, a luxury home and vacation rental community with well-planned urban design, gorgeous architecture and knockout amenities — this venue is simply stunning.  

Alys Beach, off Highway 3oA in South Walton County is unique among planned residential developments in its striking architectural style, inspired by traditional homes of Bermuda and Antigua, it is reminiscent of Spanish-Baroque style but modern, with white stone walls, antique cypress wood,  and lush landscaping.  

Designed by the award-winning firm behind Seaside, Alys Beach sits on a bluff which affords glorious views of the Gulf. The 158-acre town is bounded by 1500 feet of white sand beachfront, and bordered on the north by a verdant 20 acre nature preserve with walking and biking trails through the wetlands.  

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09/05/16 12:30pm

 

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California’s coastline has certain towns, as well known as prime wine varietals, with names that have become shorthand for wealth, luxury, golden light fading into soft rose at twilight, and sparkling off the water in the heat of the day. Montecito has drawn celebrities for decades, but what lures Oprah Winfrey, Ellen DeGeneres, and a bevy of executives to Santa Barbara County?

Montecito’s unique position provides a host of microclimates, and some of the most prized real estate isn’t along the coast. Instead it’s above East Valley Road, where a combination of gentle breezes, warm sunshine, and ocean views provide an idyllic setting. In this area you will find the most extravagant estates often boasting exemplary gardens.

Montecito’s reputation as a garden paradise began at the end of the 19th century as the East Coast wealthy began to seek out the restorative effects of a Southern California winter.

A modern example that has a similar appeal to some the George Washington Smith homes in the areas is 710 Picacho Lane. The home was built in 1996 and has been created for modern living with commanding ocean and mountain views.

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08/31/16 2:15pm
Long Cove

All photos courtesy Long Cove

Bunk rooms have become ubiquitous in vacation homes — not only for kids, but adults too. What is it about bunk rooms that is so engaging? Perhaps they bring back happy memories of sharing bedrooms with siblings (fights forgotten), summer camp, slumber parties, ghost stories, whispers, and giggles. We all have a little spot in our imagination of what the best slumber party ever looks like, and it likely has some kind of bunk bed or canopy-covered cozy spot.

The trend is prevalent at Long Cove, the knockout lakefront real estate community  on Cedar Creek Lake we’ve shared news of as stages unfolded.  The project is being developed by Don McNamara, well known in Dallas for projects such as CityPlace and West Village.

With shared amenities and a full range of services similar to second home communities such as Watersound and Seaside in the Florida Panhandle, Long Cove is a convenient and carefree place to relax just one hour south of Dallas. The premise: 1,100 acres of luxury lake housing with more than 6 miles of shoreline, a community knit together with shared amenities (a convenient marina, boat shop, pool, golf, and playing fields and courts for all sorts of sports and activities); concierge services to take care of the work that goes into the care and maintenance of a home and boat — all within easy driving distance from Dallas-Fort Worth.

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Residents here tend to be multi-generation families gathered to share weekends and vacation time under one roof. Space to sleep many counts here; hence the appeal of the bunk rooms. There’s a friendly bit of competition as to which designer comes up with the best bunks — it even has its own page on Long Cove’s community website. In the race for the best bunkroom, Long Cove shared photos of these slumber party-ready spots.  These fun nooks are tricked out with cool storage compartments, clever ladders, and tech-friendly USB ports. Many adjoin media or  game rooms furnished with flatscreens, video game setups, and billiard tables.

Have a gander, and smile with us, at these inviting heartwarmers and tell us: Which bunkroom is your favorite?

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08/26/16 12:10pm

5656 SOuth Shore Blvd Wellington Florida

With the news that Steve Jobs’ widow Laurene Powell Jobs purchased an estate in Wellington, Florida for $15.3 million in cash across the street from Bill Gates’ equestrian estate, the town of Wellington, Fla., made national headlines. Wellington, a town of approximately 60,000 around 15 miles east of tony West Palm Beach has become a nexus of wealth and power due to one factor: horses and the people who ride them for show. Jobs and Gates, it just so happens, each sired a daughter with a love of and talent for show riding.

The news of the Jobs’ purchase came fast on the heels of June reports that Bill Gates had purchased what nearly amounted to a whole street in Wellington, simply to provide privacy. Gossip Extra detailed how Gates spent approximately $37 million in Wellington.

But why is this place so attractive to the moneyed elite?

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08/23/16 5:20pm
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Janelle Friedman with her “neighbor” at the author tables, Ina Garten.

Here’s a fun “What I Did on My Summer Vacation” report!  Renowned Dallas hostess (and author of a book on the subject) Janelle Friedman spent last Saturday night in the Hamptons, aka the East End (of Long Island.)  The storied setting is, by any measure,  the premier second home location on the East Coast. Friedman was a guest author at the East Hampton Library’s Authors Night, August 13, joining literary icons, international celebrities, and a host of  reading fans in a lavish fundraising book fair benefiting the East Hampton Library.

How did this come about?

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