10/17/16 2:35pm


Aspen, Colorado

All photos by Shawn O’Connor. Floor plans are courtesy of the Residences at the Little Nell.


Seven weeks ago while visiting Denver, we decided on making a quick road trip to Aspen for a night. As always, I was awestruck by the beauty of the Colorado roadways — rugged rocks, lush green forests, blue skies, scenic vistas, not a speck of litter in sight during several hours of driving. Heading over a pass near the end of our journey to Aspen, lacey white particles began falling from the sky, denser and denser as we climbed, accumulating on the ground around us. Snow! In August! In this hemisphere!

The moment brought to mind: it’s time to start thinking about the upcoming ski season— what better place to start is there than Aspen, a preeminent location in the Rockies and one of the most popular destinations for Texans seeking a top-tier mountain homes? (more…)

10/12/16 3:39pm

Kelly Nyfeler

A second home on the coast of France? It may sound out of reach for most of us, but, believe it or not, it’s actually not that much of stretch in certain areas not as well known as say, Nice, Cannes, or Saint-Tropez. Kelly Nyfeler, the director of sales for the Uptown Dallas office of Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty recently purchased a vacation home in the French coastal city of Narbonne for under $600,000. The stylishly decorated three-bedroom townhouse with a saltwater pool and modern kitchen and bathrooms is located in Narbonne, a bit of a foodie mecca near beautiful beaches, vineyards, and ancient historic structures.  You can experience it firsthand, too, as the house may be privately rented via Airbnb.  Here are details:


10/10/16 6:30am
Long Cove

Photos courtesy of Long Cove

Fall is here. Winter’s coming! Does your boat have a home for the winter? Or perhaps you need a new vessel? Here’s news from East Texas: This past month, Long Cove on Cedar Creek Lake opened a new marina complete with dry dock storage, and it’s open to the public!

Even if you’re not a homeowner in the luxury lakeside residential community, you can rent space to store your boat during the off-season, out of the water and safely sheltered from the elements. Adding to this, Lewisville-based Buxton Marine Sales, the world’s largest Nautique luxury boat dealer, has opened a satellite location adjacent the marina, making shopping and maintenance all the more convenient in this knockout development with concierge services that take care of the work that goes into the care and maintenance of a lake home and boat.

Long Cove

Here are more details:


09/28/16 10:55am
Hall Wines

All photos courtesy of Hall Wines

Do you dream of a second home with a vineyard, a place to unwind with a wine country lifestyle? Kathryn and Craig Hall, who split their time between Dallas and Napa Valley, have penned a memoir of their journey from purchasing a dilapidated Rutherford winery to seeing a Hall-crafted Cabernet Sauvignon receive a perfect score from Wine Advocate’s Robert Parker, arguably the world’s most influential wine critic. Officially debuting Sept. 13, 2016, A Perfect Score: The Art, Soul, and Business of a 21st-Century Winery by Craig and Kathryn Hall (Center Street/$26) will rank 11th on the October 1 New York Times’ Nonfiction Hardcover list.Hall Wine

Here’s a glimpse inside the book and the authors’ wine country home:


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.) 

Fall Creek



Here’s more of the magazine-quality interior and gorgeous surrounds:  (more…)

09/15/16 2:19pm

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:


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.  

Alys Beach

It’s property that’s unique and well worth viewing … (more…)